Living: Put-Ons, Take-Offs and Dress-Ups

Autumn in Paris is springtime on the fashion runways

"W hen I was a little girl," recalls Sonia Rykiel, "my mother always used to tell me, 'Keep your knees together like a lady!' She was always saying, 'Don't do this or that!' " Sonia, who today is a top Pa risian designer of ready-to-wear fashion, no longer has to worry about Maman's comments. But in the French fashion industry's showings of spring clothes last week, some of her new numbers did not seem cal culated to endear her to too many other women — though they should cause countless male eyes to go...

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