NEW YORK — It may be fashionable, but if rainwear doesn’t keep you dry, what good is it? Although in the past, it often seemed that style and function in rainwear were mutually exclusive, today, it’s possible to have both. That’s something, say designers, that’s a welcome change.

"It’s great that today’s rainwear fabrics have so much texture," said designer Yeohlee Teng. Case in point: a white cotton jacquard treated for water resistance that she used for her spring 2003 line. "It’s very structured and high tech, but still has an interesting element thanks to the texture the pattern creates."

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