After several seasons of smack-you-up-side-the-head primary colors, pale pinks and purple, muted yellow and nudes are back. Elie Saabs rainbow of dresses in soft hues is representative of many collections. Those who dare to differ have picked colors associated with fall. Much of Lanvins collection, which conveys sexy power dressing, is black, while Burberry Prorsum is awash in sepia tones. Patterns also abound. The star of stripes is Kenzo, whose Paris show was like a stampede of zebras. Also in the City of Lights: Christian Dior chose dresses that gradated from purple, orange or green to tan. And Cavalli embraced black-and-white plaid. As Cole Porter wrote, Anything goes. * Ruffian blouse, $875, at Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills.
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