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The spring 2006 collections have walked the runways, and your fashion future has arrived. Whether your shopping spree is the real deal or a fantasy, or if you simply love to watch the parade, here are the ten trends (from the neutral colors and generous shapes to that particularly puzzling plunge of the hemline) you should know by heart.


From left: Vera Wang, Roland Mouret, Marc Jacobs, Sari Gueron, Proenza Schouler  

(1) You’ve Got a Whole New Length to Adjust to
And perhaps a visit or two to your tailor to plan. After hovering for several years right below the knee, hemlines migrated farther south for spring, to mid-calf. Challenging to wear, yes, but the demure silhouette is certain to stick.

(2) You’ll Join a Quilting Bee
Embellishment took a folksy turn for spring, with crochet cutouts on hems at Oscar de la Renta and Michael Kors, passementerie on the bodice at Behnaz Sarafpour, and lots of down-home quilting at Project Alabama.

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