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Now that all the fashion shows are finished, next fall’s trends are official. Color is out, capes are in—yes, for real—and hemlines are on the rise. Also on the horizon: emphatic shapes (like the masculine suits at Comme des Garçons), bold combinations (black with white, strong fur trims), and a view of fashion that leaves little room for sweet.


From left: Balenciaga, Versace, Prada, Gucci, Miu Miu   

  1. 1.You’ll See Your Legs.

    Skirts shot up to the bottom of the bum in a variety of different shapes: full at Miu Miu, narrow at Prada, mod at Balenciaga, disco-hot in Gucci gold. In a related trend, opaque tights and leggings were popular on both sides of the ocean.

    From left: Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Lanvin, Fendi, Alexander McQueen   

    1. 2.You’ll Need a Flashlight for Your Closet.

      Colorful it was not. Head-to-toe black, often tempered with white, was widespread. It was sleek at Fendi and Lanvin, romantic on an Alexander McQueen Empire-waisted lace evening dress. The combo is, of course, a classic at Chanel, where a white suit and black satin blouse were spot-on.

      From left: Bottega Veneta, Marni, Louis Vuitton, Comme Des Garcons, Alexander McQueen   

      1. 3.You’ll Channel Annie Hall, Again.

        Masculine suiting appeared at Comme des Garçons, Marni, Louis Vuitton, and Alexander McQueen in a slouchy, oversize way. The few feminine touches (subtle corseting at Comme, a leather bow at Vuitton) are bold and urban.

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