WHAT THIS MEANS TO YOU Blame it on El Niño. We’ve blamed it for almost everything else, so why not the fickle winds of fashion, too? The winds of change have blown through ready-to-wear like a hurricane, leaving in their aftermath an abrupt about-face of design sensibility. While the past few seasons have been about baring it all, fall/winter 1998 is about covering it all. It’s surely good news for all women north of Florida. It’s also good news for jewelers (see story on page 76). The biggest change is a return to long skirts – not just slightly longer, but ankle-brushing, street-sweeping, hem-tripping long. Knits and tweedy wools are the fabrics of choice. The new skirts are wrapped and curved, with twists and turns of fabric, but there are no slits or slashes to show even an inch of leg. Fashion industry analysts are hot on the look because they say it’s the one len

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