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NEW YORK — Get ready for another season full of folklore. At the fall 2003 print shows — Printsource at Parsons and Directions at the Penn Plaza Pavilion — bohemian looks were the main attraction, with more embroidery and embellishment than seen in prior seasons. This time, however, the looks were simpler and more sophisticated, with lighter beadwork and less flashy appliqués. There were lots of paisleys, foulards and florals, most notably in patchwork constructions.
But folky looks weren’t the only direction designers took. Home furnishing-inspired prints — mimicking everything from heavy jacquards and floral upholstery to tapestries and vintage wallpaper — were seen at a select number of studios. Overall, colors were either washed and worn-in neutrals — ivory, mushroom, khaki or green — or deep, with shades of plum, teal, rust and aubergine.