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From left: Balenciaga, Versace, Prada, Gucci, Miu Miu Photo: Firstview

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.

From left: Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Lanvin, Fendi, Alexander McQueen Photo: Firstview; Fendi Photograph Courtesy of Fendi

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.

From left: Bottega Veneta, Marni, Louis Vuitton, Comme Des Garcons, Alexander McQueen Photo: FirstView

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.

From left: Max Mara, Dolce & Gabbana, Hermes, Yves St. Laurent, Nina Ricci Photo: First View

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.

From left: Prada, Burberry Prorsum, Christian Dior, Miu Miu, Marni Photo: FirstView

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.

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