Josephine’s influence lay more in the use of soft tones from the time she was empress of Napoleon’s doomed domains. A play on tone was a major feature as two or more shades of the same color, especially non-colors like sand, smoke, and eau de nil, played out on the same outfit. Vivienne Westwood draped two tones of gray on a skirt, developing the idea into a ball gown replete with two shades of gray and pink side by side. Viktor & Rolf, in the second half of their runway extravaganza, bounced sweet shades of party pink off each other and Véronique Branquinho‘s muddy shades in flannel and jersey flowed along sensually. Alexander McQueen and Chanel did opaque on sheer in the same color for a similar tonal effect, Jean Paul Gaultier conjugated brown in big skirts, and Akris, Sharon Wauchob, and Chloé worked on tone-texture amalgamations.
Photos: Stella McCarthy spring 2005
Balenciaga spring 2005
Viktor & Rolf spring 2005