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For the runway, she smartly mixed office-friendly dresses with velvet trim, and a buttery leather pullover in a neutral stone with a chunky-knit sweater with extra long sleeves.

The collection seemed to build on the updated 1970s’ vibe that is a bona fide spring trend, so there can be a seamless transition of seasons.

As for the accessories that really made Burch famous in the fashion world: The season is about satchels in her hand and stack-heel, color-blocked boots on her feet.


Her “Pearls of Wisdom” collection includes several skirt suits with strong shoulders of a man’s tailored jacket, but the silhouette slimmed down quickly to show a woman’s shape.

The clothes helped create a lean appearance, thanks to longer lengths and limited adornment.

Shearling stoles were draped around the next to add a little bit of glamour. A mix of sheer chiffon, sleek jersey and soft mohair made the outfits an alluring, tactile experience.

Karan used not a single stitch of black _ a departure _ but silver, pearl, cream and powdery shades are almost as easy to wear.


The old-school illustration of a woman that was beamed up to a high-tech screen behind Herrera’s runway delivered her message: Modernity and refinement are not mutually exclusive.

The image seemed to be of Look No. 2, a dark gray wool flannel wing skirt, black cashmere turtleneck, a slim gray velvet belt and black suede gloves that went high and wide up the arm.

Wear it in the fall, the next year _ and the year after that _ without ever worrying about a trend.

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