Let the red-carpet bidding wars begin. (Rachel Zoe was one of the firstpeople let into the presentation.) Georgina Chapman delivered onestatement-making confection after another, including a few appealingjumpsuits, in her “Orientalist-inspired” spring outing. Always one toerr on the side of drama, Chapman opted for a more subdued palette thanin past seasons — light blush, ivory, teal and mint — plus moodiermoments in plum, midnight blue and ebony (and a painterly floral motif).Floor-length gowns oozed glamour with sweeping curves, exaggerateddrapes and folds. Some standouts: a strapless rose tulle number swirledin horsehair-fortified black embroidery and a stunning two-tier midnightball gown hand-painted with white blooms, with rippled organzaappliqués at the waist and side. This time out, Chapman also worked inlaser-cut details, slicing a doily pattern into the paperlike folds of apeach gown and an Ultrasuede cocktail look. Special, too, was theexquisite stone and bead embroidery strung together to form the yokes ofseveral dresses, including a swingy mint baby doll and an embroideredlace look in white. There were also relatively simple moments to befound in cocktailwear, rendered in sexy lace and draped chiffon,sculpted organza or silk tulle — though with these, the drama was in thedetails.

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