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5 X 10 Fall 2005 Forecast

The European collections have wrapped up and the picture of the fall to come is complete. What emerged from Paris and Milan? Some of the trends that began in New York—volume, for example, and fur—picked up steam, but there were new ideas, too. Exquisite couture-level details came down to the ready-to-wear level. The mod look is alive and well. Perhaps the best news: Black (that is our color, after all) was everywhere, often in the form of that perennial little dress. Here’s what you’ll be wearing, Part II.

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From left, Chanel, Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Stella McCartney

(1) You’ll Revisit the Sixties. Again.
It’s black-and-white, it’s short, it’s mod. It’s Edie at the Factory rather than Janis at Woodstock. But everywhere from Dolce to Dior, the sixties were just in the water.

From left, Balenciaga, Viktor & Rolf, Undercover, Jean Paul Gaultier, Burberry Prorsum

(2) You’ll Get Military.
It’s not a camouflage trend, it’s more of an epaulet thing. Think Navy rather than Army, like the subtly cool peacoats from Viktor & Rolf, or take it more literally with Balenciaga’s major-general look.


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