Fashion's Fall

If you think clothes have become more silly over the past few seasons, wait until autumn: they'll be worse

During last month's Paris shows for ready-to-wear fall clothing, director Robert Altman appeared with stars like Sophia Loren and Julia Roberts to shoot scenes for his new film, Pret-a-Porter (Ready-to-Wear). At first the fashion community welcomed him -- what a chance to show off! What free advertising! But a chill quickly set in. Banning the movie crew from his show, Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld said, "I'm afraid Robert Altman will make fashion look like a nightmarish cartoon." Evidently Lagerfeld has not noticed that he and his colleagues have achieved that all by themselves. The depressing news of the fall collections just...

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