Eclectic Fashion Mix for Fall

The '80s are over—again. After a few seasons of pure nostalgia, designers have decided it's time to sample fashion in the present tense. But they're having a hard time agreeing on what that means. Styles for fall and winter range from chic and somber black to Connecticut preppy, to '60s-influenced "mod" styles. The eclectic mix had few dominant themes, but most designers did favor one thing: classic, clean-cut items. A few ideas carried over in full from last season, including leather and military looks. Olive drab and other military greens are still strong, but—in a departure from previous seasons' trends—the color dominating today's runways is black. Gucci designer Tom Ford credits the somber state of the economy for this return to black as the predominant neutral. Others simply missed the sharp-edged chic the color lends to various styles. The fashion press, however, noted

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