By  on October 29, 2007

There was plenty to love for spring, from the prettily polished to the flower-power babe, but the one thing these stellar collections all had in common was gotta-have-it fashion. Following, in alphabetical order, WWD’s top 10 picks.BALENCIAGANicolas Ghesquiere ushered in some radical silhouettes—extreme hourglass shapes done up in a floral flurry and severe techno sheen pants ensembles—in this knockout collection for Balenciaga.DOLCE & GABBANAIt was an art lover’s feast at Dolce & Gabbana, where Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce delivered a breathtaking collection of painterly proportions. DRIES VAN NOTENDries Van Noten introduced a fabulous new flower girl, one who’s comfortably at ease­­—and beautifully bejeweled—in his arty and exotic lineup.JIL SANDERRaf Simons’ collection for Jil Sander was as beautifully precise as ever, while also indulging his gentler side, with colorful clouds of tulle and billowing transparent layers. LANVINAlber Elbaz’s Lanvin collection was a marvel of simple, sensual dressing, from seamless draped dresses and languid flyaway trenches to fringed and feathered cocktail wonders.MARC JACOBSKooky, loopy and brilliantly fabulous. In musing on what’s sexy, Marc Jacobs took his audience on a Surrealist romp, complete with heels whimsically attached the wrong way on shoes.NARCISO RODRIGUEZMinimalist maestro Narciso Rodriguez showed he has an artsy side to flaunt, too, in a dazzling collection that paired gentle embroideries and tie-dye starbursts with exacting architectural cuts. PRADAMiuccia Prada spun a wondrous fairy tale for spring—dresses embellished with enchanting Art Nouveau fantasy illustrations and sculptural floral footwear—while working plenty of chic real-world clothes. RALPH LAURENRalph Lauren celebrated his 40th anniversary in high style: a glamorous setting, an A-list front row and, of course, a terrifically grand collection of dapper getups and garden-party gowns. STELLA MCCARTNEYStella McCartney sent out a delightfully charming lineup—Seventies floral frocks, safari tailoring and pretty printed silk onesies that shared a singular message: “get happy.”  

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