A COAT FOR ALL SEASONS

NEW YORK — White shoes in winter? Suede in summer? The old-guard fashionistas must be gasping. But these days, the seasons blur as those time-driven rules collapse. For fall, bright, springy colors are the guiding force behind lightweight leather and suede coats. Here, J. Mendel’s lace-edged shearling coat worn over Cynthia Rowley’s floral cotton dress. For more, see pages 6 and 7.