Fashion: S for Shape

The news from Paris last week, as French high-fashion designers called the coming season's styles, was shape. Last winter's flapper rage, the short, unfitted boop-a-doop look, had been inaugurated by Dior's A-shape; this year the alphabet has yielded a softer, swirlier letter as a theme—S. At the end of a week studded with the usual fashion-show crises (Red Cross ambulances stood by for crush victims, models fainted as Zippers caught, Designer Michel Goma was rushed to the hospital with appendicitis), the trend was clear: this year's styles—though not yet ready to hug—make...

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