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PARIS — There are many faces of fashion, and they’ll all be on display this week in Paris as designers unveil their spring collections. Inspirations this season range from dreams to gypsy women to spaceships. Unidentified Fashion Objects, anyone?

This story first appeared in the October 5, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

“I was inspired by the Tsolias silhouette [a traditional Greek costume] on a sensual mermaid body dipped into the shades of the ocean. It’s in a holiday mood, with a jet-set feeling, hopping from island to island to the rhythm of folk music.”
— Giambattista Valli for Emanuel Ungaro

“Fashion is more than just clothes. Fashion is about creating an aura that can transform reality into a dream. This season especially, transformation is the key word in our collection: the power to transform anything into something beautiful.” — Viktor & Rolf

“Everything I would like this summer — classy, chic clothes.” — Phoebe Philo for Chloé

“The collection is based on the underwater environment, especially shells, corals and sea currents.” — Sophia Kokosolaki

“The collection is inspired by glowing women living a healthy lifestyle. Fresh faces and a certain innocence…” — Stella McCartney

“Wild and sensual, the gypsy women are taking to the Paris streets.” — Jean Paul Gaultier

“The new red-carpet Chanel suit.” — Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel

“Sleep” “Dream” “Calm after the dream” — Hussein Chalayan blindscape spring-summer 2005

“White Sun. As if blinded by the light, the collection is bright and faded, acid and pastel. For summer before a ladylike winter: bimbos dancing from Miami to Ibiza. More ‘native’ than ‘ethnic.’ Everything is shortened and whitened. For girls and boys. A balance between couture cuts and familiar, worn-in favorites.” — Christian Lacroix

“A poised and urbane collection with just the right balance of glamour and youthful exuberance.” — Valentino

“The Arcadia” — Nicolas Ghesquière