Color Me Camel

If there was any doubt that camel is the color of the fall season, it was cleared up by designer Hannah MacGibbon. Her Chloe collection was a study in the classic hue and every other shade of beige, from caramel to bark to bisque. Camel is a fresh alternative to black, reflecting fashion's renewed interest in classic American-style sportswear, a trend that we saw on the runways in New York at Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Derek Lam, and in Milan at Gucci and Max Mara. In Paris, nearly every designer had a camel coat on the runway. Chloe's MacGibbon showed sturdy man-tailored camel's hair coats alongside sleek high-waist trousers, dotted bow-front blouses or chambray shirts, and cowboy boots. At Stella McCartney, the camel coat was sportier, more akin to an anorak. At Hermes, it was cut close to the body with a smart black leather collar. Lanvin's camel coat had sculpted power shoulders. Hussein Chalayan showed a camel's hair poncho. And at Martin Margiela, camel came in the form of a classic turtleneck sweater, paired with a crimson red coat, a color combination that's definitely worth trying on at home. Photo: Chloe's fall 2010 runway in Paris. MORE FASHION NEWS: Reviews from Milan Fashion Week Reviews from Paris Fashion Week Reviews from New York Fashion Week PHOTOS: Women's fall fashion trends from New York Fashion Week PHOTOS: Men's fall fashion trends from New York Fashion Week
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