NEW YORK — Welcome to the “modern zone.” That’s what fashion executives have christened the offspring of the recent marriage between the hip looks of the contemporary market and the sensible prices that define better, and they’re banking on this nascent category to breathe new life into career sportswear. From leather jackets and skirts to wool coats and sweaters, these looks are not only updated, but are almost half the price of pieces from contemporary labels. Jackets, for example, retail from $138 to $225. Here, Kenneth Cole’s leather jacket over a cotton and spandex top and polyester, cotton and metal skirt. For more, see pages 6 and 7.

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