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PARIS — Valentino always seems to have the 411 on what his ladies like to wear, and this spring couture season was no exception. His collection blended wearability and luxe with sexiness, in styles ranging from suits with beaded or beribboned...

PARIS — Valentino always seems to have the 411 on what his ladies like to wear, and this spring couture season was no exception. His collection blended wearability and luxe with sexiness, in styles ranging from suits with beaded or beribboned jackets to pretty party numbers, almost everything spiked with plenty of crystal. Here, one of his charming, feminine suits. For more on the collection and the season, see today’s stories Slinky Shine and Flamboyant Drama and A ‘Belle de Jour’ Moment.

This story first appeared in the January 22, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.