By  on September 27, 2007

The most-viewed New York spring 2008 collections on

There was a little something for everyone at New York Fashion Week this season. Runways were filled with feminine dresses, wide-leg pants and prints, prints, prints, whether ethnic, safari, floral or bold-striped. Julie Gilhart, senior vice president and fashion director of Barneys New York, stated, "The main trend is that anything goes. Great colors and beautiful prints will help drive those spring sales." Some surprise moves within the top 20 came from Phillip Lim, who jumped up five slots to number six, while Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. collection appeared at number eight, after its absence from New York last season. All in all, the shows hit a high note. WWD stated, "The collections signed off with a shot of youthful feminism, à la playful frocks, ruffled gowns and snappy combos."

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Though Marc Jacobs presented his entire spring collection in reverse — and two hours later than scheduled — there was nothing backward about his creations. He once again stole the top spot. "Many of the clothes...made for a delightfully costumed experimental sexcapade," said WWD.

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Marc Jacobs' little sister line — which jumped to the number-two spot in New York's rankings after showing in London last season — featured sporty, tailored young looks for spring. Both his shift dresses, which were adorned in bows and stripes, and his shirtdresses, which contained oversize buttons and piping, were adorable and playful.

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This was no ordinary evening for Ralph Lauren. The designer chose to pair a gala dinner celebrating his brand's 40th anniversary with the showing of his spring collection at Central Park's Conservatory Garden. Out paraded his models in curvy party gowns, slick sportswear and paint-splashed jodhpurs.

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Showgoers were curious to see how over-the-top Zac Posen could pull off a show inspired by Shakers and Puritans. But he did, with his giant pilgrim-collared blouse and a dress that resembled a belted sheaf. The big ending, though, hit an off-key note: His five cloud-like gowns were "more like the twilight zone," said WWD.

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