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Go basic? Not a chance. Despite recession rumbles, designers of the best collections served up fabulous fashion inspired by country gals, power babes and les Parisiennes. Here WWD‘s Top 10 collections.
Christopher Bailey celebrated British icons Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf with a lineup that was wistful, wearable and packed with charm.
Karl Lagerfeld delivered dandified house classics worked to the hilt with frills, ruffles and pleats.
John Galliano infused Dior’s oh-so-Parisian chic with an air of oriental exotica and a touch of the flapper.
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Nobody intrigues quite like Rei Kawakubo, who charmed and provoked with a balance of military muscle and dreamy tulle.
Alber Elbaz worked his remarkable construction with a forties bent.
Marc Jacobs celebrated the French coquette, all sexy, sassy, frilled and flirtatious.
The designer delivered an over-the-top ode to New York eighties.
Consuelo Castiglioni played feisty mix master with artful control and some fabulous jewelry.
Miuccia Prada’s daring blend of rough and refined featured thigh-high waders and a lot of attitude.
Ralph Lauren’s mesmerizing blend of tony tweeds and lush embroideries looked worthy of a Degas painting.