PARIS — Conservative sportswear with elegant touches and shots of bright color were the main fashion messages at the latest edition of the Prêt-à-Porter and Who’s Next trade shows at the Porte de Versailles here.

Despite the specter of war in Iraq and the dour economic environment, buyers cited strong sales at retail last season. Some said they would increase their buying budgets by as much as 30 percent for fall 2003.

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