PARIS — Alexander McQueen’s spring collection was a tour de force in two ways: first, in the highly imaginative presentation — a human chess game — and second, in the beautiful real clothes he showed. There were great-looking, relatively understated jackets, playful gowns and crisp full skirts. The last, in fact, appeared throughout, and are among the pumped-up pieces that are a major theme this season. Here, McQueen’s delicate blouse, bra top and flowered skirt. For more voluminous shapes, see “Hit the Big Time.”

This story first appeared in the October 13, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.