PARIS — Valentino’s collections are nothing if not rich-looking, and his fall couture looks were true to form. Their opulence, in fact, reflected an unabashed delight in luxury that was utterly appealing, especially in these trying times. Arresting evening looks are always a mainstay of the couture, and fur, frills and crystal tassels punctuated many of Valentino’s dramatic gowns this season. Here, his racy fur and lamé-detailed siren dress. For more of Paris’ night beauties, see today’s photo spread, “Drama Class.”

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