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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.
Nicolas 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 & GABBANA
It was an art lover’s feast at Dolce & Gabbana, where Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce delivered a breathtaking collection of painterly proportions.
DRIES VAN NOTEN
Dries Van Noten introduced a fabulous new flower girl, one who’s comfortably at ease—and beautifully bejeweled—in his arty and exotic lineup.
Raf 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.
Alber 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.
Kooky, 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.
Minimalist 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.
Miuccia 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 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 McCartney sent out a delightfully charming lineup—Seventies floral frocks, safari tailoring and pretty printed silk onesies that shared a singular message: “get happy.”