Byline: Agnes Cammock

NEW YORK — Designers often seek inspiration in exotic places, but for fall, many of them are staying closer to home — as in the good old U.S.A. At Chaiken, classic zip-front utility jackets are cut in slim shapes with a dressy slant, paired with flannel trousers. Meanwhile, at DKNY, the grunge look resurfaces, but this time around, the effect is much prettier, with combinations such as chunky sweatercoats and cool pinstriped skirts. Even all-American denim gets spiced up as Charles Nolan adds a simple stripe up the side of slim jeans at Anne Klein. Linda Allard gives sporty peacoats a sleek makeover for her signature Ellen Tracy collection, while for the firm’s Company line, corduroy blazers and clean, houndstooth pants are right for work or play.

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