PARIS — Pants played a leading role on the runway this season, particularly in the new, wider shapes. At Balenciaga, for example, Nicolas Ghesquière’s captivating spring collection featured a variety of terrific-looking versions, often paired with matching jackets. Here, his soft blouse and trousers. For more on the trend, see “Wearing the Pants.”

This story first appeared in the October 14, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.