Looks like a Cover-Up

Designers explore a risky new strategy: modesty

Taking cover is the theme of the Paris fall 2006 collections. Wave adieu to the frilly ladylike look and navel-baring sexuality of past seasons. At Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci put his bespectacled models into stiff dresses and opaque tights. At Rochas, the modest mood was reflected in Olivier Theyskens' skinny, chimney-sweeper-inspired pantsuits and monastic evening gowns. The color du jour: soot black.

These were elegant renditions of fashion's sober new mood. But some designers took the trend to an extreme, covering models' heads with paper-bag-like scarves, as the Japanese designer Jun Takashi did at Undercover, or at the show of Dutch duo...

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