The spring ’08 collections were fabulous, rich with ample thought-provoking fare. Here, the season’s 11 most fascinating exits. (Marc Jacobs’ show flaunted a good girl–bad girl duet.)
MARC JACOBS Even with the hindsight of hundreds of shows, Marc Jacobs’ blockbuster remains the season’s most intriguing and controversial. It garnered conflicting opinions that heralded the designer as fab fashion deity or Satan of schmattas. Jacobs foretold both sides, however unintentionally, with a little help from master milliner Stephen Jones.
PRADA “Pajamas decorated with fairies—who will wear that?” queried one nonbelieving fashion editor. More to the point, who other than Miuccia Prada would dare suggest it? Her dark fairy tale was captivating.
JIL SANDER Spare where? Raf Simons charmed with minimalism-plus, working in mesmerizing flourishes such as this ethereal tulle pouf.
GILES The environment was on the mind of many designers, including Giles Deacon who paid tribute, ironically, in full-on leafy Latex.
LOUIS VUITTON A “Nurses” opening set the tone for Marc Jacobs’ unabashedly commercial collaboration with Richard Prince. Can it top the still-registering Murakami returns?
RODARTE Watching young talent develop is one of fashion’s great joys. Though the Mulleavy sisters struggled a bit, they took a major step toward commercial viability.
BALENCIAGA Tired of ho-hum spangles, Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquière proposed a shocking space-glam alternative for big nights out. Whether the red-carpet set boards his edgy ship remains to be seen.
ALEXANDER McQUEEN Couture masqueraded as ready-to-wear in breathtaking feathers, both real and faux. LANVIN Reality fascinates? You bet. With this coat-and-dress combination, Alber Elbaz turned every working woman in his audience into his love slave, fashionably speaking.
DOLCE & GABBANA After two seasons of dominatrix chic, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana did a 180, working a painterly inspiration for this glorious ballgown.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive
For @simonerocha_‘s fall show, hairstylist @jamespecis created a look inspired by the painter John Constable. Models’ hair was pulled back, tied into knots and topped off with a bow. (📷: @kukukuba) #wwdbeauty #lfw
Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance at @richardquinn1's London Fashion Week show to present the designer with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The new award will be handed out annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent, while demonstrating value to the community and sustainable policies. #wwdfashion #lfw (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)