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It seems plaid has finally grown out of its angry flannel phase — unlike your hipster boyfriend. This Fashion Week, grunge's mainstay looks relaxed and fluid. Y-3 used the nineties pattern in bright orange and yellow from head to toe, while Peter Som belted his gray and black patterned coat. And Preen used it as an accent to otherwise sleek looks.

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Bubble Yum

The hemline on the miniskirt is changing again. And since they can’t get any shorter (or can they?), they’re getting fuller — this time with a bubble hem. Costello Tagliapietra gathered her hem on a dip-dye skirt; Donna Karan added a briochelike touch to several pattern dresses; and Hervé Léger used the bubble hem to deviate from a collection of second-skin dresses. Feeling bubbly yet?

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Take a Bow

Last year's obsession with hats has morphed into a fascination with headbands. Big bows topped heads at Erin Fetherston, who wrapped tresses in feminine flowers. Costello Tagliapietra paired their evening dresses with satin hair bands. Sass & Bide sent out hats, bands, wraps, or feathers with every look. And Elise Overland belted a piece of extra-long fabric for a sixties-hippie feeling. So, go ahead, tie one on.

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Designers Catch Yellow Fever

We were expecting grays, browns, and blacks for fall. But banana yellow? Not so much. Kimora Lee Simmons sent Little Miss Sunshine down the runway in a floor-length yellow dress at Baby Phat, while Lacoste complemented the loud color with a dark cardigan. And Nicole Miller brightened up traditionally dark outerwear with a three-quarter-sleeved coat of color. This isn’t mellow yellow.

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Belly Dance

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Think shoulders are the only skin you'll be showing next season? Think again.

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Sheena Was a Punk-Rocker

Neon was the buzzword this week, landing on nearly every runway. But a few crafty designers reinterpreted that late-eighties trend into something distinctively more punk.

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Slow Down, Strike a Pose

Fashion Week will always be hectic. But some designers gave editors a break from having to frantically crane their necks just to catch a model soaring down the runway. They offered up static presentations where you could — gasp! — actually see the clothes.

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