PARIS — Bold stripes, bright colors, relaxed silhouettes and retro Fifties and Sixties looks 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 downturn in the economy, buyers cited strong sales for the recently ended summer season, as well as for early fall. Many said they would increase their buying budgets for the 2003 spring season by up to 30 percent. Exhibitors were showing looks for spring.

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