Sheer Bliss: Designer Played peekaboo this spring by layering transparent separates over solid underpinnings, with varying levels of modesty.
Givenchy spring 2011
Eastern Front: Traditional Eastern influences abounded this spring. Runways from Haider Ackermann to Dries Van Noten to Reed Krakoff showed elongated tunics and vests paired with loose cropped pants, Chinese and Japanese prints, and kimono-style wrapping.
Dries Van Noten spring 2011
Building Blocks: Patterns took a cue from Rubik's Cube this season, with strong strokes of bubble-gum brights and rich jewel tones creating bold color blocking on shifts, dresses and tunics.
Missoni spring 2011
That '70s show: Retro bohemian staples like peasant blouses, floor-grazing skirts, and wide-leg trousers reminiscent of Ali McGraw in love story carried collections from Etro to Salvatore Ferragomo. This is the new Bohemia: cleaner, crisper, and much sleeker than its flower-child predecessors.
Salvatore Ferragomo spring 2011
Down to business:Modern, monochromatic takes on men's suiting were very visible this season, but classic proportions were abandoned in favor of futuristic cuts at Gareth Pugh, dress suits at Margiela, and fluid satin shapes at Bottega Veneta.
Bottega Veneta spring 2011
Lace Race: Lace was everywhere, but the message was more daring than "dolly". Full-body lace is sophisticated, feminine silhouettes is fresher than anything you'd find in Grandma's trousseau.
Dolce & Gabbana spring 2011
Punk'd: Tomboy toughness was translated across a very broad spectrum: Mascline met feminine at Balenciaga, while Balmain got a little grittier and more deconstructed.
Jean Paul Gaultier spring 2011
Into the wild: Designers indulged their primal instincts far beyond fall's basic leopard prints. Animal shapes, jungle themes, and feathered skirts proved that fashion's animal magnetism is still going strong.
Altuzarra spring 2011
Prints charming: Houses from Christian Dior to Miu Miu engaged in pattern play for spring. These hypnotic geometries and water color blooms would look great as wallpaper-but they're anything but wallflowers.
Louis Vuitton spring 2011
Blue jean baby: Chambray, denim's lighter cousin had a strong showing on spring runways. Designers from Celine to Thakoon showed this relaxed, true-blue fabric, usually reserved for California cool girls, in tailored suits, dresses, or scrublike silhouettes.
Derek Lam spring 2011