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Spring's Essential Trends

The Circle Is Unbroken

Mystically significant, or merely a nice shape? The perfect form appears both as tailoring detail, at Dolce & Gabbana, and as structural element, at Maison Martin Margiela and Viktor & Rolf.

Spring's Essential Trends

Necks Are Exposed

By hair swept back in polished updos, conjuring sexy Mad Men-era restraint.

Spring's Essential Trends

Eyes are Hidden

Behind round-frame, rock-star-worthy shades.

Spring's Essential Trends

The Garden Takes a Stroll

At Giambattista Valli, gowns are bouquets with legs.

Spring's Essential Trends

Flowers Grow Everywhere

Fendi's 3-D roses are a wearable nosegay.

Spring's Essential Trends

Boots Stop Short

And show the toes.

Spring's Essential Trends

Op Art Lives on the Body

The classic black-and-white pairing plays tricks on the eyes in big, jangly stripes.

Spring's Essential Trends

Shapes Shift

Swimwear is anything but monochromatic.

Spring's Essential Trends

Nature Is Kind of Sexy

Brightly colored animal prints- giraffe, zebra, cheetah- brought the zoo to the runways. At Prada, red-tinted python-print cotton became a slithery sheath.

Spring's Essential Trends

When the Lights Go Down.

The polychrome, iridescent, mesmerizing shine comes up.

From left: Dolce & Gabbana, Maison Martin Margiela, and Viktor & Rolf

Prada

Dries Van Noten

Giambattista Valli

Fendi

From left: Narcisco Rodriguez, Yves Saint Laurent, and Fendi

Michael Kors, left, and Dries Van Noten

Emilio Pucci, left, and Oscar de la Renta

Prada

Balenciaga