Modern Living: Rags for the Richest

After flirting tentatively with le peuple and their street fashions, after enthusiastically showcasing medium-priced looks for the boutiques, the Continent's top couturiers finally seem to have solved their identity crisis—solidly in favor of privilege and high prices. As the preview season reached its peak in Paris and Rome last week, designer after designer produced winter collections clearly intended for the monied private customer who can afford to come in out of the cold—or stay in it —wearing the best. Fabrics for the look of "sportive de luxe," as Women's Wear Daily approvingly named...

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