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Spring 2013: The 50 Best Collections

Now that the dust has finally settled on Fashion Month, it's time to take a look back at the best collections we saw in all four of fashion's capital cities. Click through to learn which 50 collections reigned supreme in New York, London, Milan and Paris—and are giving us major cause to look forward to Spring 2013.

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Rag & Bone

Inspired by motocross racers, David Neville and Marcus Wainwright sent out a sporty mix of railroad striped, multi-pocket shirtdresses, utility vests and plenty of biker jackets. A section of looks in neon green wowed just about every editor we've spoken to. Click here to read our full review.

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Boy by Band of Outsiders

Few designers could pull off a collection inspired by Battle Royale (The Hunger Games' more violent Japanese predecessor) without it seeming gimmicky or costumey. Scott Sternberg's just looked beautifully draped and dyed. Click here to read our full review.

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Altuzarra

With a focus on the androgynous workwear look, Joseph Altuzarra sent out railroad-striped skinny pants and button-downs, some even finished with logo patches like those you'd see on garage mechanics' uniforms. By sharp contrast, his closing scarf-style dresses, which dripped with golden chain fringe, were anything but utilitarian. Click here to read our full review.

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Prabal Gurung

Prabal always brings the pretty, and this season's lineup of drop waist feathered cocktail dresses and cape-back chiffon blouses was no exception. The closing look, which featured red and white ostrich plumage, gave us a total "girl on fire" vibe. Katniss Everdeen (er, Jennifer Lawrence), you listening? Click here to read our full review.

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Thakoon

The designer, known for his beautiful and romantic prints, really outdid himself with those birdcage dresses. Furthering that sense of fantasy, he also played with sheer floral lace and iridescent paillettes, both to beautiful effect.

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Rodarte

Kate and Laura Mulleavy's lace- and leather-heavy sartorial salute to Game of Thrones would look just as good on, say, Kirsten Dunst (who sat front row at the show) as on Daenerys Targaryen. Also, we would totally wear those silver dragon ear cuffs.

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Proenza Schouler

Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez used the internet as their creative jumping-off point this season, showing beautifully patchworked dresses and separates meant to reflect the mashup of material available online. Perforated leather looked appropriately tech-y and very cool, and the finale dresses made from sliced, diced and studded digital prints of beaches were clear winners.

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3.1 Phillip Lim

Lim's ode to '90s eclecticism hit all the right notes: there were sheer plaids, hot pink overalls and even sweaters tied around models' waists. We especially loved the patchwork denim separates and the fantastic florals. Click here to read our full review.

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Marc Jacobs

Marc followed up his fur-hatted Fall 2012 collection with one far more simple and restrained. Graphic black-and-white lines were the dominant motif, but they looked sharp and smart. Especially on those closing evening looks, which were covered in sequins and featured long skirts slashed up to the waist. Click here to read our full review.

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Calvin Klein Collection

Francisco Costa got sexy this season, sending out bustier minidresses, transparent mesh skirts and even a little bit of leather. Minimalism rarely looks this seductive.

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Karen Walker

Fans of The Jetsons, rejoice! Walker's '50s-suburbia-meets-outer-space collection was packed with playful planet-printed dresses, sweet polka-dotted separates and copper-colored metallic statement pieces. Click here to read our full review.

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Chris Benz

Chris' colorful presentation was packed with stars—and with clothes like this (which will soon be available at a contemporary price point), it wasn't hard to see why. Inspired by—get this—zombies, Chris showed layered looks that sparkled with paillettes and sequins, many accompanied by the bright double-buckled bags he created with Cambridge Satchel Company. Click here to read our full review.

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Suno

Branching out from their usual African fabrics, Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis played with leather, denim and a striking cell phone pattern—all of which we absolutely loved. Proving they can cover eveningwear as well, the duo sent out a show-stopping floral peplum gown for their grand finale.

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Peter Pilotto

Design duo Pilotto and Christopher De Vos worked their digital print magic on peplum tops, slit-up-to-there straight skirts and skinny pants. The closing looks took the visual overload a step further with additional beadwork and embellishment in the form of tiny mirrors.

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Mary Katrantzou

Inspired by the souvenir-like quality of postage stamps and banknotes, Katrantzou printed them on sophisticated halter dresses, button-ups and pencil skirts.

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Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

We missed having Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi show here in NYC, but the duo's return to London was a beautiful one. The designers covered '90s-minimal basics—silk slipdresses, slit skirts and button-up shirts—with rich prints of exotic reptile skins and sheer mesh panels. If this is where minimalism is moving next, count us in.

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Christopher Kane

With Frankenstein as his inspiration, cool kid Kane used plastic nuts and bolts and little strips of gaffer tape to bind his (ironically quite feminine) looks together. In keeping with Kane's love for unexpected materials, many cocktail looks were made from shimmering loops of rubber. It was one very pretty monster mash.

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Michael van der Ham

With Miró as his muse, van der Ham presented a beautifully collaged collection of abstract-patterned wrap tops, multi-layered skirts and fluttering peplum dresses. The silver sequins placed on select looks made those mixed prints even more stunning. This was fine art inspiration done right.

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Antonio Berardi

Berardi's star has risen enormously over the past year or so—and with a collection like this one, it's easy to see why. Never has athletic mesh looked so good alongside aqua-colored sequins and violet tone-on-tone leopard spots.

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Mulberry

"C'mon, get happy!" seemed to be Mulberry creative director Emma Hill's message with this collection. And truly, it doesn't get more cheerful than the floral brocade short suits, mint tweed biker jackets and gecko-printed Del Rey bags that came down the runway—accompanied by standard poodles.

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Erdem

Lace, meet snakeskin. Erdem Moralioglu married the two unlikely materials in his beautiful collection of collarless coats, fitted sheaths and box-pleated skirts. An unusual color combo of neons and pastels furthered our belief that sometimes, weird can work.

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J.W. Anderson

Hot off the heels of his hit capsule for Topshop, Anderson used ruffles freely and frequently in his spring collection, adding them to bandeau tops and high-waisted shorts (or were they skorts?). For the more daring, there were scuba-style pieces crafted from cotton sponge!

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Burberry Prorsum

Christopher Bailey's cheerful spring collection was packed with candy colors, eye-popping ombré and capes of every length. Ruched satin looks almost resembled pulled taffy, while classic trenches got fancied up with lace and feathers.

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Gucci

As colorful as a sleeve of Starbursts, Frida Giannini's collection of azalea pink, coral, turquoise, lemon and lime looks brought the punch. Tunics worn with trousers featured heavily, as did dresses virtually dripping at the shoulders with bold ruffles. Also worth mentioning? The ornate jeweled chokers, which would make even a white tee feel special.

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No. 21

Alessandro Dell'Acqua is killing itl. His cerulean side-slit skirts printed with images of neoclassical figurines were graphic and gorgeous, while floral pieces slashed with red racing stripes were totally modern. And a figure-hugging sheath covered with silver bottle caps looked like something Venus would emerge from the sea wearing.

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Versus

We loved the colorful chain-link trims and prints on Christopher Kane and Donatella Versace's wonderfully fun collection, as well as their heavy use of bright polka dots both super-sized and small. Knits blocked with magenta, yellow and green stripes were a fun take on the rasta look, and multi-zippered day dresses somehow made sheer athletic mesh seem chic.

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Simone Rocha

In a clever mix of avant-garde and classically feminine, Rocha showed floral lace skirts, collared tops and swingy coats done in "hard," unconventional materials like plastic and leather. And while most looks were quite sheer, the gorgeous halo-style headpieces kept the overall aura angelic.

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Jonathan Saunders

The look at Saunders was '70s futuristic. Straight skirts were cut from holographic fabric, slinky slipdresses were covered in Studio 54-esque sequins, loose pants were ombré-dyed and reflective stripes adorned boyfriend blazers and cropped tees. A sensational collection from start to finish.

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Marni

Consuelo Castiglioni played with checks and balances—graphically speaking, of course. After opening with tie-waist coats and knee-length skirts in picnic plaids, she showed a section of monochromatic (!) leather dresses and separates in simple, sober black and white. The shimmering black jacquard finale looks, however, were anything but plain.

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Jil Sander

The label's eponymous founder has returned, and with a stellar homecoming collection to boot. Pocketed coats and dresses in oxblood and navy stayed true to Sander's minimalist roots, as did the designer's great color-blocked shifts and separates (most of which were shown with similarly duo-toned mid-calf boots). The white-on-white finale looks peppered with iridescent polka dots, though, were the real knockouts.

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MSGM

Massimo Giorgetti's bold and youthful collection has been a favorite of ours for several season. The designer's panther-patterned jumpers and monkey-fronted minidresses were tons of fun.

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Aquilano.Rimondi

Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi used harlequin prints to best effect, splashing them on bubble dresses, peplum skirts and sharply peaked bustiers. Some of those diamond jacquards were cut with palate-cleasing stripes, others amped up with gleaming sequins. Total drama.

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Bottega Veneta

Tomas Maier showed beautiful '40s-inspired floral tea dresses, but balanced all that femininity with looks trimmed in metal studs and snakeskin insets. The second-to-last look, a belted party dress that featured crisscrossing rows of black beadwork, was a major highlight.

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Fendi

Karl Lagerfeld's Cubist inspiration was apparent in his paneled shirtdresses and skirts flanked by three-dimensional square pockets, and in the adorable dice-style clutches—some of which were carried by hand, others clipped to large totes. Less directly artsy (but equally amazing) were the Big Bang-printed looks that closed the show and resembled digital tie-dye techniques. Talk about an explosive finale.

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Chloé

We want to own so much of this collection. Especially the lavender dress. And the metallic pumps. And the peach dress, too. Click here for our full review.

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Carven

Another designer who understands that he's in the business of selling clothes, not playing dress-up, Guillaume Henry's love of schoolgirl style doesn't get old. We'll take the red skirt suit, please.

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Givenchy

Riccardo Tisci designed an elegant collection for rich, powerful women. And we truly admired it.

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Dior

Loved, loved, loved those black suits that opened the show. Raf Simons' ready-to-wear debut proved he's got what it takes to bring Dior into the new millenium. Shop the look here.

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Kenzo

So fun! And colorful! And fresh. And if this collection is any indication, off-the-shoulder tops and dresses are going to be big next spring. Bravo, Humberto and Carol! Click here to read our full review.

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Alexander McQueen

Inspired by beehives, this honeycombed collection was wonderfully decadent.

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Dries Van Noten

The prints master made grunge look elegant.

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Stella McCartney

Working with a juicy palette of tangerine, lime and cobalt, Stella showed semi-transparent bomber jackets, peplum-waisted eyelet dresses and tailored looks belted low at the hips. Cool, casual and carefree.

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Lanvin

In a fun twist on the classic le smoking, Alber Elbaz showed the sleek suits with a little something askew: sometimes the jacket had only one lapel, others the entire look was belted with a Japanese-style obi. Asymmetry was a big story; the jewel-toned satin cocktail dresses that closed the show, for instance, featured irregularly-placed (but gorgeous!) panels of embellishment.

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Isabel Marant

The French favorite's legions of fans will be clamoring to order these black-and-white florals and paisley separates. And it's only a matter of time before her studded-to-the-max chunky-heeled sandals pop up on every street style star in the biz.

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Haider Ackermann

Ackermann's an absolute master of tailoring. He showed beautiful pantsuits in tweed and silk, most cinched with wide belts that further defined the models' waists.  And while the designer mostly stuck to subtle geometric prints, he got playful with a section of looks splashed with graphic polka dots.

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Céline

Whether or not you're a fan of the mink pumps and flat sandals Phoebe Philo sent out—holy surrealism!—there was a lot to love in this lineup. We particularly liked the filmy silk slipdresses with sexy netted insets, as well as the tops and dresses that came with a voluminous twist of fabric at the bodice.

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