1. Metallic Minis
We know! Nothing new about yet another outpouring of minis, but turned out in gleaming metallics, this new batch feels both glamorous and futuristic. Above, from left: Balmain; Costume National; Christian Dior; Balmain.
All-over prints on the wrong people can be a recipe for disaster. But presented by Ann Demeulemeester and Givenchy, these optical illusions are a study in artfulness. Above, from left: Miu Miu; Ann Demeulemeester; Kenzo; Givenchy.
Head-to-toe blue seems like a very bad idea, but not with the silvery-gray tone that emerged from Dior and Gucci's brand of blue. Above, from left: RM Roland Mouret; Hermès; Christian Dior; Gucci.
4. Sari Wrapping & Indigenous Patterns
The most flattering and fresh body-conscious looks for spring applied inspiration from traditional saris. Add to that a bounty of pattern and texture and the results were nothing short of beautiful. Above, from left: Dries van Noten; Kenzo; Dries van Noten; Lanvin.
5. Modernist House Dress
Maybe Mad Men revived the house dress, but we're more inclined to think it was always pretty cool…especially seen through the fresh eyes of Giles and Chloé. Above, from left: Bottega Veneta; Giles; Chloé; Alberta Ferretti.
6. Embellished Nudes
Nude and neutrals are pretty much a staple of spring, but glammed up with rhinestones, brocade, and other embellishments gave this basic shade a schizophrenic sort of chic. Above, from left: A.F. Vandervorst; Miu Miu; Valentino; Alberta Ferretti.
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