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Perhaps it was a natural (if theatrical) progression of the ongoing volume trend, or an indication that designers were anticipating this month’s release of “Joker.” Then again, maybe the darkly comedic side of our cultural reality spurred imaginations. Whatever the impetus, the tiers (and billows, tunics, colors and giant collars) of a clown were all over the spring runways. Looks referenced all manner, from chic Pierrot to everybody’s favorite, Ronald McDonald.