NEW YORK — It’s time for a little soft-shoe routine — or perhaps a grand jeté. That’s particularly true at Chloé, where Phoebe Philo has put together a few ballet-inspired numbers for pre-fall, such as bustier tops, full skirts and easy sweaters. Here, her cashmere wrap, silk jersey tank and rayon satin ballerina skirt. And while this is a big season for Europe, some Americans feel that it comes just a bit too close to the fall collections. For more pre-fall fashion and designers’ views of the season, see pages 4 and 5.

This story first appeared in the January 16, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.