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Spring Fashion 2000

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We've seen the first fashions of the new millennium, and we're happy to report that there's nary a unisex space suit among them. Not that designers aren't looking forward. There is a sense of confidence and optimism in the best of the collections that is infectious, resulting in a season that sparkles with the kind of color, embellishment, and upscale luxury we haven't seen for years. Some of our most inventive designers have found a new way to shock -- by making beautiful, ladylike dresses. The logo has returned -- applied with heavy hand and tongue-in-cheek humor. So, too, has wear-everywhere, go-anywhere denim. All this, plus Dynasty-era gloss, opulent accessories, and a great group of up-and-coming designers who are making their way to us thanks to the recent rise of the boutique. If you shop wisely this season, you'll be looking rich for years -- no matter what happens to the stock market.

New School
You haven't heard these names yet, but you'll soon be clamoring for their clothes. Meet the next generation of boutique-bred talent.

Shooting Stars
A new crop of woman photographers in New York and London are shaking up the fashion world -- and they are as cool as the pictures they take.

High Flier
This spring's deluxe, logo-bedecked clothes will make you feel like part of the jet set -- even if you've never flown on the Concorde.

Dress Reversal
Elegance is back -- and some of the most cutting-edge designers have embraced the ladies-who-lunch aesthetic. Eight new models trade in their downtown style for an uptown makeover.

Jean Pool
Whether you're gallery hopping or window-shopping, denim will take you anywhere. Here are the newest looks -- from a sophisticated trench to tie-dyed jeans -- in the season's most versatile fabric.

Glam Slam
Wondering what to wear with spring's luxury-loaded looks? Seize on the details: shoes that sparkle and bags that are bound to make your friends jealous.

Drama Scenes
Ellen has arrived in Manhattan from her Palm Beach manse. Her doting son Tom is thrilled; his wife, Laura, is beside herself. It's an Aaron Spelling-worthy saga -- with clothes to match.

Body Shots
This season's more revealing trends -- plunging necklines, sheer fabrics, and tiny shorts -- may make you consider a trip to one of the city's best spots for all-over body polishing.

Produced by JORDAN SCHAPS
Fashion Market Editor: Shyama Patel
Fashion Assistants: Danica Wilcox, Erika Svec
Production Assistant: Deborah Grossman
Edited by Meredith Kahn


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