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There’s nothing dressed-down about the latest pre-fall collections. At Yves Saint Laurent, Stefano Pilati offers luxury with a hint of retro, as in a feather-trim cocktail dress. Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci channels the Flemish Masters on a base of austere black, done up with whimsical flourishes such as clusters of ostrich feathers. Christian Lacroix, meanwhile, has the chic — and a bit flamboyant — mademoiselle on his mind, evident in a jewel-embroidered cocktail dress and a bold two-toned fox fur stole worn as a collar.

This story first appeared in the January 29, 2008 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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