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More affordable _ but to a point, as Beckham herself acknowledged. “It’s still expensive,” she noted, “but a little less, and maybe something more women can buy.”

Beckham said she focused the collection on the concept of easy, quick dressing. “You don’t have to think about it _ you just get inside and go,” she said.

As an example, she cited her very first item at Tuesday’s presentation: A sleeveless gray wool jumper with a low V-neck and white button-down shirt attached inside.

MARC BY MARC

The younger, trendier line of Marc Jacobs was a polished and quiet throwback to the 1960s.

He stuck mostly with pant suits, wool shift or trapeze dresses and coats in solids, accented with a sprinkling of white-and-black stripes and large leaf prints in autumnal red, orange-red, green, purple and a rich deep blue.

The female models, with fluffy curled hair and bright red lips, looked like they were ready to get on an airline flight to mix a little business with pleasure, while the men in plaid wool blazers could have been running off to a campus club meeting.

Trousers for both genders provided an updated look to the mod-style dresses and coats.

SOPHIE THEALLET

The designer was looking at a photo album not long ago and happened on a snapshot of her mother, back in France decades ago, in apres-ski attire.

It inspired her current collection. “I just wanted to recreate that easy elegance that she had in that photo, that sophistication but also practicality,” Theallet said.

She began her show with a couple of elegant wool coats _ not oversized or boxy or futuristic, as many designers have shown this season, but sleek and tailored.

Theallet moved into silky skirts and dresses, including an eye-catching, one-shouldered gray frock with a colorful print peeking out from a slit in the front. Some had a print of petals or leaves, either alone or covered by a sheer layer.

Especially appealing were her sleeveless sweaters _ paired with soft, flouncy, feminine skirts _ and a series of long and flowing dresses, a few of them backless with pretty and unusual strap details.

TRINA TURK

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