Picture the scarecrow, the tin man, and the cowardly lion smiling

Over the rainbow: picture the scarecrow, the tin man, and the cowardly lion smiling

Karin Nelson

It isn’t just in The Wizard of Oz where they dream of yellow brick roads and emerald cities. For spring/summer 2006, designers too are imagining a vivid world far removed from winter’s doldrums. The most exciting looks this season explode with color. At Bottega Veneta, things get bright for both men and women with tailored shorts, dress shirts, and full A-line skirts blazoned with gumball-colored checks and stripes. Designer Tomas Meier even provides a pair of exquisite ruby-red shoes with which to click three times, as Dorothy did, if anyone so desires. At Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs gets particularly bold with Technicolor bags, strappy sandals, and one standout silk rainbow wrap. And while Missoni has always looked at the world through multihued glasses, this season the colors of the women’s collection become even more pronounced with blocks of electric blue and vivid violet added to the mix. Where there aren’t prismatic patterns, there are eye-popping solids: sunshine yellows and lollipop reds at Donna Karan, hot pinks and, yes, emerald-city greens at Gucci–colors so extraordinary they have the magic to take you over the rainbow.

Karin Nelson is a New York City-based writer. Above: Clothes by BOTTEGA VENETA. Shoes by HOGAN. Cosmetics by MAYBELLINE NEW YORK. Hair products by GARNIER FRUCTIS STYLE. Styling: ERICA BLUMENTHAL. Prop stylist: CHELSEA MARUSKIN. Hair: EARLSIMMS/seemanagement.com. Makeup: RALF/marzoukimakeup.com. Models: CLARA CHRISTENSEN/Elite Model Management and BEKIM/Re:Quest. Special thanks: SPLASHLIGHT STUDIOS. Fashion details page 222. Photo: NICOLAS WAGNER.

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