Spring Fashions: Relaxed Chic

Fashion has a new name each season. For spring/summer 1996, it's "Relaxed Chic." Shapes are slim and tailored, but without the supertight fit of "Retro Glamour" or the dowdiness of "Conservative Chic" in previous seasons. Relaxed Chic's chief asset is salability. The apparel industry has been in a slump long enough to know that fashion theater is fun, but there'd better be some practical, wearable clothes at its heart. Last fall, there were and this spring, there still are. Pieces and proportions remain small and fitted, but not as tight as they have been. Many months ago, a fashion commentator observed in Women's Wear Daily that the apparel segment of the fashion industry should take a cue from the fine jewelry segment, where style trends evolve rather than change abruptly. It seems they've done just that. Spring 1995's Retro translated into fall's Conservative Chic, and many clothe

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