Spring 2008 Top 20

It was hard to compile, but here are my picks for the best shows of the Spring season. I think I managed to come up with a good mix of established designers and up and comers. Let me know what you think. The one that didn't make it to the list but was nonetheless fantastic was John Galliano, but c'est la vie.

1 Lanvin: No one understands women the way Alber does.
2 Prada: A return to the "geek chic" that so influenced me as a child.

3 Marc Jacobs: Underwear as outerwear never looked so good.
4 Roksanda Ilincic: The most beautiful dresses.

5 Dries van Noten: The best prints.
6 Comme des Garcons: The most wearable avant-garde dresses in the boldest colors.

7 Proenza Schouler: Creating a new silhouette with a luxurious mix of materials.
8 Balenciaga: Strong women need a bold shoulder and a lot of leg.

9 Chris Benz: Newcomer wows with classic American sportswear in gorgeous colors.
10 Alexander McQueen: Isabella Blow would be SO proud.

11 Rodarte: A little glam rock goes a long way.
12 Jonathan Saunders: Master of graphic dresses.

13 Louise Goldin: Taking sweater dressing to a whole new level.
14 Marni: Future dresses for now.

15 Nina Ricci: Romantic dressing for city living.
16 Dolce & Gabbana: Surprisingly smart & demure from the kings of sexpot dressing.

17 Preen: Glamazon dressing ready for its Helmut Newton closeup.
18 Luella: Smart girls finish first.

19 Jil Sander: Minimalist dressing doesn't have to be boring in neon colors.
20 Christopher Kane: White trash style never looked this luxurious.

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