Fall Fashion Forecast: Party Hearty and Cozy Up

The fashion season that rings in the big calendar change will have no specific “look.” Fall/winter 1999-2000 will be a season of pieces. A woman can update her wardrobe with a few key elements, such as a puffy down-filled coat, a pair of leather jeans, a crinkled shift in shiny silver, or a pony-skin bag. The season’s watchwords include comfort, protection, American, and futuristic. Some designers have produced the kind of apocalyptic, outer-space looks one might expect for the dawn of a new age, but others have declared themselves sick to death of Y2K hype—they turned their backs on it and looked to rugged American roots in-stead. The American influence has resulted in clothes that are wearable and comfort-driven. Jeans and jean jackets, lumberjack plaids, denim of all kinds, Eisenhower jackets, overalls, cashmere sweatpants, and bomber jackets inspired many European design ho

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