PARIS — If you want to make a head-turning entrance, few looks are more suitable than a grand couture evening dress. And some of the most distinctive for spring were boldly patterned, often with unusual shapes: frothy ruffles at the hemline, flying panels or body-defining gathering. Here, one of the standouts of Emanuel Ungaro’s dramatic show, the colorful top and skinny skirt under a romantic, ribbon-laced bed jacket. For more night fantasies, see pages 6 and 7.

This story first appeared in the January 28, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.