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Some Trends Are Fine Being Small

Cropped Jackets Are the New Proportion

Color-blocked with an A-line skirt at Louis Vuitton, asymmetrical over a dress at Chanel, or virtually nonexistent at Jil Sander, the shrunken version of the classic tailored piece became more than an outfit’s starting point.

Some Trends Are Fine Being Small

Big Shoulders Are on
the Horizon

Amid all the floating, diaphanous dresses at the spring collections were harbingers of a tougher silhouette to come, in the form of squared-off shoulders at Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, and elsewhere.

Some Trends Are Fine Being Small

The Rich Hippie Has Returned

That definitive bohemian Talitha Getty is a regular on designer inspiration boards. This season, fringe vests, flowing skirts, and mixed patterns at Balmain, Etro, and other houses signaled her ubiquity.

Some Trends Are Fine Being Small

Black and White
Are Forever

The only question each season is how the designers will use their two favorite noncolors. Rue du Mail made them artsy, with a graphic print, and Yves Saint Laurent went long and elegant. Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel mixed sailor references into his eveningwear and topped it with a deconstructed tailcoat.

Some Trends Are Fine Being Small

Pants Are Slipping Away

Like nearly everything else on the runways, trousers were loose and flowing, often cropped to mid-calf. Giorgio Armani made his in slinky gray and tied them at the knee for a gypsy feel, while Vera Wang cut hers in duchesse satin for the slinkiest cargo shorts imaginable.

Louis Vuitton

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Chanel

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Jil Sander

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Christopher Kane

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Rick Ownes

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Alexander McQueen

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Fendi

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Yves Saint Laurent

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Rick Owens

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Rue Du Mail

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Nina Ricci

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Balmain

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Etro

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Roberto Cavalli

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Duro Olowu

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Chanel

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Christian Dior

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Rue Du Mail

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Yves Saint Laurent

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Jonathan Saunders

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Giorgio Armani

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Kris Van Assche

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3.1 Phillip Lim

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Topshop Unique

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Vera Wang

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