By  on November 19, 2007

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 JACOBSEven 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 SANDERSpare where? Raf Simons charmed with minimalism-plus, working in mesmerizing flourishes such as this ethereal tulle pouf. GILESThe environment was on the mind of many designers, including Giles Deacon who paid tribute, ironically, in full-on leafy Latex.LOUIS VUITTONA “Nurses” opening set the tone for Marc Jacobs’ unabashedly commercial collaboration with Richard Prince. Can it top the still-registering Murakami returns? RODARTEWatching 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.BALENCIAGATired 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 McQUEENCouture masqueraded as ready-to-wear in breathtaking feathers, both real and faux.LANVINReality 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 & GABBANAAfter two seasons of dominatrix chic, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana did a 180, working a painterly inspiration for this glorious ballgown.

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