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Guy Laroche: Hervé Leroux was on a dress roll at Guy Laroche this season, with a swish of satin, a lick of lace and reams of black velvet set off by alabaster skin. Standouts included a cinched cocktail dress with velvet belt and a houndstooth bustier dress and turtleneck combo, inspired by Katharine Hepburn in “The Philadelphia Story.”

Veronique Leroy: In a collection full of Sixties and sci-fi proportions, Veronique Leroy played with padded shoulders or a giant fox collar to enhance an hourglass silhouette. Among her best styles were wool suits and dresses with layered sleeves and astrakhan coats.

Charles Anastase: Charles Anastase worked a sweet girlish theme for fall, showing baby-doll dresses with oversize buttons; voluminous, velvet-trimmed skirts, and shrunken military jackets paired with pretty ruffled blouses.

Tsumori Chisato: Japanese designer Tsumori Chisato went to the great white north for inspiration for a sweet collection with a Seventies arts-and-crafts spin, from Eskimo-like hoods and youthful knit dresses to more elaborate patchwork dresses and prints of snow-covered trees and wolves.

This story first appeared in the March 7, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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