FASHION IS BACK: From buttons and bows at Givenchy to sequins at Helmut Lang, feminine embellishment is all the rage.

SLEEK CHIC: Skirts may have some flare, but jackets and sweaters are tight and close to the body.

PANTS: From Helmut Lang to Yves Saint Laurent, they’re the most important day look.

KNITS: From bag-lady schmatas at Yohji Yamamoto to curvy little dresses at Valentino, the knitting needles are being worked overtime.

COLOR: Maybe no one from the fashion pack will wear it, but color still lives. Red is strong and so are pastels, especially lavender. White is also important at virtually every house.

ACCESSORIES: They’re back! Prominent jewelry, pearl belts and colorful textured legwear are everywhere.

MAXICOATS: The long coat — tailored or full — is absolutely de rigueur.

ETHNIC DIVERSITY: From the Indians of Arizona at Galliano to the Indians of Bombay at Chloe, there is a folkloric whiff in the Paris air.

HALSTON LIVES: And so does Way Bandy. His smoky eyes and bronze complexions are the new/old look for fall.

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