Fashion: Meanwhile, at the Ranch

The U.S. fashion world has never really got the hang of glamour. Hollywood too often defines it in terms of cleavage, Seventh Avenue too readily as spangles and fringes. When it comes to elegance, the field is still held by Paris. But wardrobes the world over are filled with more than ball gowns and capes, and, increasingly over the past few years, the U.S. has come to dominate the other, everyday end of the closet. As the fall collection previews drew to a close last week in Manhatan, they proved that the American...

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