What the Fashion Industry's Power Brands Looked Like 10 Year Ago

Like pretty much everything—trends and celebrity style, for example—designers and fashion houses change and evolve over time. You can, though, almost always spot that signature element that makes a specific brand unique to them. However, most labels don’t look exactly the same now as they did 10 years ago. To illustrate this, we rounded up seven of Who What Wear’s favorite designers to show what they look like now in 2016 versus 2006. It's so interesting to see the differences.

Keep scrolling to check how fall collections look a decade apart. Plus, shop a current piece from each of these covetable brands. There's something for everybody with what's coming ahead. 

You can always count on designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for reinvented classics—whether that’s the little black skirt in 2006 (the fluted style here was very of the moment) or the going-out dress like the red-hot deconstructed number from today.

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Under the new leadership of Vetements’ Demma Gvasalia, the new Balenciaga feels completely fresh and cool after he turned to the archives to completely reinvent Balencaiga for the modern woman. We saw a similar shift 10 years ago under the helm of Nicolas Ghesquière, who pushed the same sense of modernity with rounded coats and stand-away collars—very 2006.

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It’s no secret that fashion girls have craved all things Céline under Phoebe Philo’s direction. Season after season, she churns out the most elegantly modern silhouettes. In 2006, under the direction of Ivana Omazic, the vibe was a bit more toned down with touches of glam, including unique fur pieces.

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Oh, what a difference 10 years makes. We all know and love Gucci as it is today under the genius leadership of Alessandro Michele. His revolutionary spring and fall collections offered up those vintage-inspired, irreverent, and colorful must-haves we only could dream of (i.e. crisscross mules). Now, think back to 10 years ago under Frida Giannini, and you’re looking at a completely different vibe, filled with more ’90s-esque glamour (almost an echo to Tom Ford’s collections).

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Oh, Marc—a man so unpredictable that you never really know what risk he’ll take next, whether that’s his goth-y 2016 collection complete with the craziest platform heels and crochet separates or grungy 2006 line with flannels and oversize knits.

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Rag & Bone is one of those brands that just never loses its cool factor. Season after season, you can rely on the label for beautiful knits, interesting outerwear pieces (we loved the motocross-influenced styles from the 2016 line), and updated takes on classic pieces like the button-down or LBD.

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Then known as YSL, Stefano Pilati’s collection featured powerful pieces for women to wear in their everyday lives—smart jackets, tailored trousers, and fun party separates. Hedi Slimane’s final Saint Laurent collection for F/W 16 felt completely different, riffing on the ’80s party girl with exaggerated shoulders and glittery everything.

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Who is your favorite designer? Let us know in the comments below!