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The footwear at the spring 2012 Yves Saint Laurent show was one of the most exciting elements of the collection. Sky-high platforms covered in reflective gold plating and sexy slingbacks with jewel cluster details accessorized the outfits. When attention wasn’t directed downward, the lineup by creative director Stefano Pilati included chic day-to-night options like crisp white blouses paired with boldly printed maxi skirts. Strong colors like emerald and amethyst gave the designs a sense of sophistication, while black evening gowns sprinkled with gold beads brought the all-out glam factor. See our favorite looks in the gallery.

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— Violet Gaynor