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  • CREME DE LA KHAKI

    London designers take a refined approach to workwear silhouettes and khaki colors, extending the range into soft peach tones with accents of yellow. A midcentury brushstroke print adds more visual …see more

  • SEVENTIES NEEDLE-CRAFT

    Many of the knits and crochets coming down New York runways have a distinctly ’70s feel. There are Missoni-inspired flame stitches, body-hugging ribbed jerseys, lurex stripes, lacy crochets and placed …see more

  • SOFT CARGO

    Cargo styling, like five-pocket jeans a motorcycle jacket, can be endlessly reinterpreted and still retain its timeless identity.  For next season, the military or utility-derived inspiration is there, but fabrics are …see more

  • STRING THEORY

    Crochet, which started edging its way in a year ago, is in full expression on New York runways this week. Crochet, pointelle and other openwork stitcheries are used for midi-dresses, …see more

  • FLUO POWER

    If the recent menswear runways are any indication, fluorescent shades will be big for next Spring. Neon and nearly-neon brights showed up on sweatshirts, sweaters, woven tops and casual bottoms, …see more

  • KEEPING TRACK

    Tracksuits lose their tacky reputation and make a hipster-approved comeback. The new sets are made from tech fabrics or cotton blends, and get their newness from contrast details, cuff treatments …see more

  • SPLIT PERSONALITY

    The newest color-blocking is a simple two-color split. The effect can be as subtle as two shades of a single hue or as graphic as black-and-white. The duotone feature brings …see more

  • AU NATUREL

    Nothing captures resort informality better than a billowy dress. For next season, designers propose effortless smocks and frocks in delicate shades of white and ecru, adding an unbleached purity to …see more

  • IT’S A MAD MOD WORLD

    Mrs. Prada showed her cruise collection in New York last night in a Prada-owned former piano factory, its huge windows covered by sheets of red plexiglass that tinted sunset views …see more

  • TAILORED SCULPTURE

      Tailoring takes a sculptural turn for next fall. Arms are rounded, torsos are nipped, shoulders are draped and hips are molded. Fabrics with body are essential, often reinforced with …see more