Clockwise from top: Marc Jacobs’s taffeta dress; Ports 1961’s silk taffeta belt by Tia Cibani; Moschino’s silk satin and pearl bag; Valentino’s leather shoe; Hollywould’s silk satin shoe; Valentino’s leather bag; Bruno Frisoni’s silk satin shoe.

Pretty, please! That’s one refrain that echoed throughout the collections, and what better way to punctuate it than with stylishly wrapped bows? They were everywhere, in designs that ranged from childlike sweetness à la Shirley Temple to chiced-up tuxedo pieces that might suit Marlene Dietrich. Meanwhile, the mood was flamboyant at Marc Jacobs, with mammoth bows festively topping off dresses and gowns. No matter how the look is romanced, one thing’s for sure: It’s a bow coup.

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