1.You’ll See Your Legs. Skirts shot up to the bottom of the bum in a variety of different shapes: full at Miu Miu, narrow at Prada, mod at Balenciaga, disco-hot in Gucci gold. In a related trend, opaque tights and leggings were popular on both sides of the ocean.
2.You’ll Need a Flashlight for Your Closet. Colorful it was not. Head-to-toe black, often tempered with white, was widespread. It was sleek at Fendi and Lanvin, romantic on an Alexander McQueen Empire-waisted lace evening dress. The combo is, of course, a classic at Chanel, where a white suit and black satin blouse were spot-on.
3.You’ll Channel Annie Hall, Again. Masculine suiting appeared at Comme des Garçons, Marni, Louis Vuitton, and Alexander McQueen in a slouchy, oversize way. The few feminine touches (subtle corseting at Comme, a leather bow at Vuitton) are bold and urban.
4.You’ll Go Dramatic With Your Outer Layer. Simultaneously mysterious and chic, the cape emerged as a surprisingly convincing coat alternative, from the classic strong-shouldered styles at MaxMara and Dolce & Gabbana to YSL’s white crocheted version that adds texture without bulk.
5.You’ll Soften Around the Edges. Big furs have been, well, big for several years, but this season the take is a bit more restrained, with fur confined to the edges of collars and cuffs. Burberry Prorsum used fox and beaver to update its fabled trench, while Marni finished the sleeves of a sleek, round- necked coat in a neat sheared mink.