Visions of fall ’97 are still dancing in retailers’ and editors’ heads. But almost as soon as the last minidress hits the runway, designers begin gearing up for spring ’98 — starting with the fabrics. Meanwhile, textile mills have already unveiled their spring ’98 collections at several major trade shows. Prato Expo in Florence and Moda In in Milan were among the earliest. Then it was on to Paris for Premiere Vision. Next, the scene shifted to New York with the International Fashion Fabric Exhibition (IFFE) and the European Textile Selection show. Here, a look at the season’s trends.

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