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Fascinating Fashion

The spring '08 collections were fabulous, rich with ample thought-provoking fare. Here, the season's 11 most fascinating exits.

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.