By  on April 11, 2005

Alexander McQueenThe designer’s Hitchcock homage was a stellar parade of Tippi Hedrens done up in incredibly chic coats and suits, plus curvy knits, Pocahontas fringe and red-carpet numbers.BalenciagaNicolas Ghesquière went lean, leaner, leanest in a Sixties-cum-Space Age collection focused on construction, cut, dreamy pastels and polished high glam.BurberryChristopher Bailey’s delightful ode to the Brit “It” girl of the pop Sixties—filled with savvy street-smart clothes those hip types love to wear.ChanelPile it on—gutsy tweed, crochet, bows, chains, great shearlings, Ali caps and leggings. Mix-master Karl Lagerfeld did it oh so luxuriously.Comme des GarçonsHere comes the bride, if a quirky one—Rei Kawakubo’s bridal party of dreamy dresses frosted with ribbons, bows and lace, to be worn even when not saying, “I do.” Donna KaranBreathtaking! Karan delivered glorified reality with a touch of the artiste, using elements of men’s wear, feminine draping, intense details and a romantic, moody palette.Marc JacobsHis hotly debated collection was controversial, but it was also brilliant—A gutsy fashion statement playing up volume, a brooding mood and, oh yes, fabulous clothes.PradaMiuccia Prada gave you embellishment, but now she craves simplicity. Her fall take on minimalism and quiet decoration was tres chic.RochasGoth-loving boy grows up. Olivier Theyskens moved beyond somber Victoriana to deliver sexier lady suits, floaty dresses and evening beauties trailing trains.Viktor & RolfViktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren transformed the lacy, frilly and quilted trappings of the boudoir into stunning clothes that could make any woman look like a dream.

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