Muse - fall/winter 2006

Romance is in the air for Muse’s fall/winter 2006 collection, though the attempt at sobriety may have been foiled by the irresistible call to be, in true Muse form, just a little over-the-top.

Layering is the name of Christian Chenail’s latest game, featuring ornately striped skirts with more layers than a wedding cake. The collection gets away with being so elaborate by using such a muted palette—browns and greys, with touches of green and gold.

Can we forgive the chartreuse mohair cuffs and collars that are so obviously recycled from Muse’s tribute to Alfred Hitchcock a few seasons back? Why not. These forays into the flamboyantly feminine are tempered by the new coy look: a charcoal tunic with shoulder buttons declares an innocence that is at once charming and difficult to believe.

The brown jersey cowl-neck dresses and tops articulate the serious side of the collection, as do the crepe skirts with front tucking. The turquoise chiffon skirts in paisley prints have the trend factor going for them, while the smoky blue velvet dress with spaghetti straps makes the case for simple evening wear pieces.

The purpose of the electrified blue taffeta? That’s a coin toss. The tweed and satin combination jackets is where the look starts to clutter, and though the bustiers are snappy and Madonna-esque with their sharp dart lines, they may have been mismatched one two many times to bewitch us with Muse magic.

Daniel Cox, Fashion Editor
Marek Wlazlo, Photographer