Dior: Purple Pose
A fluid evening dress drips with glamour on Natalia Vodianova, who appeared in seven shows weeks after having her third child. Dior by John Galliano silk satin crepe dress, headband, earrings, and heels.
Dolce & Gabbana: Nifty Fifties
It's a mid-century fantasy: a painterly, hyperromantic party frock with an exaggerated tulle train. Hand-painted silk organza dress and scarlet snakeskin sandals.
Louis Vuitton: Tweedy Bird
A granny suit could be matronly, but not when it sparkles with madcap pink and gold paillettes. Coral-and-pink suit, double-layer knit top, tulle hat, brooch, lambskin-and-nylon gloves, Richard Prince monogram bowling bag, and alligator pumps.
Donna Karan: A Woman in Full
The designer defies anyone to say a voluminous shoulder can't be paired with an ample skirt. White cotton shirt, sand cotton-blend skirt, fedora, belt, and lizard peep-toe sandals.
Balenciaga: The Flower and the Glory
Rule number one for modernizing a floral print: Streamline the shape, saturate the colors, and add up-to-there gladiator heels. Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière silk gazar jacket, minidress, and stilettos.
Chanel: Back to Black
Who doesn't look timeless in a little noir jacket? Paillette-trimmed jacket, sheer skirt, and glasstone earrings.
Ann Demeulemeester: Pajama Game
A different sort of eveningwear (the kind meant for sleeping) becomes a slouchy suit for day. Striped silk jacket and trousers.
Oscar de la Renta: Solitary Refinement
Sharp, clean lines cinched by a belt lend perfect polish. Ivory silk jacket, olive blouse, loden shantung pants, pheasant-feather hat, alligator belt, and python pumps.
Marc Jacobs: Deconstruction Site
It's a frock! No, it's a blouse and trousers! No need to be nonplussed by a non-dress. Cherry sequined dress with black pin-tucked underlayer, chiffon trousers with blush stripe, leather gloves, and suede heels. Stephen Jones for Marc Jacobs wiglet.
Calvin Klein: The Greatest of Ease
A spare dress fits to a tee (and almost like your favorite T-shirt). Pale-jade stretch silk sheath.
John Galliano: A Little Twisted
What happens when two fashion eccentrics—Galliano and little Edie Beale—collide? An off-kilter sweater and a cardigan, inspired by the Bouvier cousin's singular style. Carnation cotton cardigan, muslin fishtail skirt, crystal brooches, and crocodile sandals.
Ralph Lauren: Brimming with Style
The Edwardian dress gets updated in a graphic black-and-white hibiscus print (and a striped blazer). Cream-and-black blazer and silk dress. Philip Treacy for Ralph Lauren black straw hat.
Nina Ricci: Mercury Rising
Lamé trickles down the body and gathers in a pool at your feet. Silver evening dress.
Marni: A Beautiful Mind
It's not just that a look is pretty but why: intelligent pleating and pin-tucking and a flower-petal hat. Silk blouse, pine-green silk skirt, red hat, horn bracelets, and platform sandals.
Prada: What's Your Fancy?
Use your imagination—Miuccia did when she conjured her fantasy prints. Heather-green knit vest, organza fairy-print skirt, plaid tights, gold leather spats, and platforms.
Dries Van Noten: Woman of Contrasts
Yes, it's fine (and actually cool) to clash your colors and patterns. Floral silk blouse, green-tone silk skirt, silk cuffs, and sandals.