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In the most-viewed show once again, Jacobs showed a complete contrast to seasons past for fall. He chose to leave fluff, layers and frill behind, and instead focused on subdued colors and played with structured pieces and chic tailoring. Standouts included reed-thin pantsuits and shirtdresses, accompanied by a new line of smaller handbags.

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The Kors woman is "smart, chic and very rich," said WWD, noting a few favorites from the designer's fall collection, including the champagne mink, the cozy-sleek knits and Hepburn trousers. "And he worked the accoutrements of glam — big sunglasses, flashy bags and fur, fur, fur."

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"De la Renta's collection was, in a word, dazzling," said WWD. He showed divine dresses in wool crepes and tweeds. Fur was abundant, and he chose to place it coyly, like in a floppy hat or as a border to a cocktail dress. Evening remained quiet with simple shapes and subtle sparkles in his navy silk column gown and embroidered organza number.

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Posen delivered a much more restrained, precise fall, which was apparent in his tailored jackets, pencil skirts and beaded separates. "Nowhere was his talent more evident than in his eveningwear," said WWD. For evening, the Forties-inspired gowns were delightful, as were the flirty baby-doll dresses.

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The big surprise from Sui's show was that the designer revealed a moodier season than anyone can remember. Utilizing dark purples and black, she worked in sweaters and silk tent dresses and adorned her models with chunky gold necklaces and belts. Sui stayed true to her roots, though, with her playful layered knits and party dresses.

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"Francisco Costa offered a manifesto of a different sort: a smart, cool treatise on architectural minimalism," said WWD. He worked with an almost all-gray palette, showing off curvy dresses, sturdy wool coats, a drawstring hem skirt and two softer gray lace dresses.RALPH LAUREN
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It was all about the mixing of fabrics at Ralph Lauren this season. The pairing of slipdresses and suits over lean sweaters was beautiful, as was the slim checked skirt and ribbed cardigan match. He also mixed gold leather pieces in with outfits, such as the ski vest, black turtleneck and skirt combination.

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Weaving Spanish themes throughout her collection, the new CFDA president sent out her signature colors and prints with a little extra savvy this time around. Notables included the lacy cocktail number matched with a cozy cardigan, the wrap dress with a matador ruffle and a taffeta party dress.

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Her love for New York City is evident each season, but Karan continues to be innovative with her silhouettes and her layering. For DKNY fall, the designer combined crisp dress shirts under chiffon dresses, while her silhouettes varied from lengthy tweeds to shorter chiffon pieces — all of which were done up in a mostly dark palette.

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For this, Johnson's 58th collection, quiet numbers, such as silk day dresses, bow blouses and short-sleeved coats in tweed or plaid, were sent down the runway. The collection will "entice her current fans, and probably bring a whole new crop of them cartwheeling into her world," said WWD.

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Moving up seven slots from the spring rankings, Phillip Lim's fall collection was effortless: Cocktail dresses were graceful and fluid, but what really caught the house's attention were the coats. Said WWD, "They were all great: a black leather bomber, the collarless trench, a reworked red lumberjack number. Need we go on?"

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Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough put a spin on fall's polished theme by decorating things up just a bit. What resulted was a "supremely confident" collection, consisting of embroidered felt coats and languid dresses mixed in with low-slung trousers and plenty of delicate evening selections.DONNA KARAN
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Karan's program notes spoke volumes about her collection. The designer wrote, "Speak to a woman's greatest asset — her ability to seduce with power and light." So she sent out curvy bustier dresses in both wool and satin, along with jersey dresses and "a bolt of bright paillettes dazzling against a tight black skirt," said WWD.

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Details and textures were heavily emphasized over at MaxAzria for fall, and though at times pieces seemed a bit cluttered with ribbons, feathers and chains, the collection had some standouts. One example: the brown, swingy jersey shift that featured black appliqué. Nice work for a collection that didn't break the top 20 last season.

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Herrera was aiming for effortless elegance with hints of embellishment for fall, and she delivered the mood perfectly. Basic shapes were matched with airy fabrics, and geometric designs put a playful spin on understated wool and satin dresses. Fur pieces were paired subtly with plaid skirts and cozy scarves.

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Vera Wang took the plunge this season with both romance and embellishment, indulging in darkly hued A-line dresses, jeweled medallion dresses, rugged boots and lantern skirts. In the end, "It resulted in some absolutely breathtaking clothes," said WWD.

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Though evening dresses are Mark Badgley and James Mischka's forte, the duo presented instead "chic and sporty little day looks that had the wow factor," said WWD. Ultraskinny jeans were paired with a sable jacket edged in satin, and an officer's jacket accompanied a georgette skirt. For evening, the gowns were glamorous in silk, tulle and velvets.

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The season was a mix of the expected innerwear constructions and the unexpected retro sportiness for Rodriguez. Pieces that stood out on the runway included his dresses and the embroidered white coat with rectangular designs.

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Though playful and pretty American sportswear is really where Lam excels each season, he is continuing to find a stronger identity within each piece — call him a "work in progress." But a few looks, such as the tailored plaid jacket with navy sleeves, were impressive.MATTHEW WILLIAMSON
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Fall for Williamson meant wildly loud prints and color combinations — he worked oranges, metallics, greens and dark greys into hooded dresses, flowy pants and glittering jackets with butterfly-sleeved gowns.

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