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It’s never too early to start thinking about the season you’ve barely left behind. New York’s fall 2005 shows have come and gone, and we’ve sorted through thousands of looks that walked last week’s runways to shake out the top ten trends. Here, a crib sheet for the shapes, colors, and fabrics of the fashion future.

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From left: Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, J. Mendel, Matthew Williamson, Peter Som.

(1.) You’ll Get Reacquainted With Velvet.
The fabric of your childhood dressy-dress was everywhere. It has Anne Rice tendencies at Peter Som, but Vera Wang brings it safely to sunrise with a chaste olive suit.

From left: Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler, Doo.Ri, Zac Posen.

(2.) You’ll Borrow From the Boys.
And think about Savile Row. At Ralph Lauren, the menswear trend meant gray; it meant pinstripes; it meant three not-so-easy pieces. For something less literal, throw a tweed jacket over Proenza Schouler’s mod, Paco Rabanne-y chain-mail tunics.


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