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The Top Ten Collections of Fall ’08

Designers delivered all sorts of fantastic fare this fall—from fairy-tale reveries to a rigorously austere vision—and WWD’s Top 10 did it with powerful results.

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WWD Collections issue 04/07/2008

Designers delivered all sorts of fantastic fare this fall—from fairy-tale reveries to a rigorously austere vision—and WWD’s Top 10 did it with powerful results.

Alexander McQueen

Victorian Goth meets Indian maharaja in Alexander McQueen’s lavish fairy-tale
reverie—a fascinating mix of real-world clothes and frothy bejeweled numbers.

Balenciaga

Nicolas Ghesquiere’s power gal got lady-fied with sculpted little black dresses, or futuristic in intriguing molded shapes and printed latex eveningwear.

Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten proved he’s no wallflower with a standout collection that was a kaleidoscopic whirlwind of color, prints and embroidery.

Lanvin

Inspired by grosgrain ribbons, Alber Elbaz fashioned a glamorous “striptease,” with drop-dead gorgeous dresses and plenty of Deco-inspired sparkle.

Marc Jacobs

With Sonic Youth performing live onstage, Marc Jacobs sent out a collection that was calmly subversive yet rooted in great American sportswear.

Narciso Rodriguez

Narciso Rodriguez struck a deft balance between geometric minimalism, an oh-so-sexy attitude and the cool confidence his fans love.

Prada

Miuccia Prada delivered amazing lace, serving up gutsy versions of that typically frilly fabric to strikingly austere effect.   

Rodarte

Sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy dreamed up a breathtaking fantasy, full of delicate knits, enchanting degrade frocks and even a bewitching Goth ensemble or two.

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