Fashion: Looking Straight Ahead

In Hollywood, Paris and Milan, fashion turns down the fuss

Maria Valention - MCV

A Versace ready-to-wear coat for fall and winter of 2007-08 at Milan Fashion Week.

Time to toss the gilded crocodile handbags and the flashy sequined fishtailed numbers. After enduring a one-two fashion punch, obvious luxury is looking a little frayed. On Oscar's red carpet the sober styles worn by actresses like Reese Witherspoon and Maggie Gyllenhaal had the most modern vibe. And across the ocean, on the fall 2007 runways of Paris and Milan, designers are striking a serious pose with a less-is-more look reminiscent of the early 1990s. It's a subtle shift away from the pile-it-on look of fur and python and paillettes that has defined luxury labels for several seasons. Instead of ornamentation, the...

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