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STYLE: WOMEN’S SPRING FASHION : FUTURE SHOCK

Ephemeral and capricious, fashion rides on the winds of change. This spring, progressive designers are challenging many of the basic rules of Western dress. Although relying on retro and hippie styles for sales, the most forward-thinking of them are using this time to experiment. Defying traditional proportions, jackets, blouses and vests are elongated. Designed for comfort, styles are sewn without inner construction. And, as in Eastern dress, garments are layered--tunics over skirts over pants. This season, fashions jar the eye and provoke the senses, but they herald how, perhaps soon, we all may dress. Fast-forward to the future.

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Pages 38-39: Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel--Chanel, Beverly Hills and South Coast Plaza; I. Magnin, Beverly Hills and San Diego. Page 40: Michael Kors--Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills. Page 41: Karl Lagerfeld--Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills; I. Magnin, Beverly Hills and San Diego. Pages 42-43: Anna Sui--Fred Segal Flair, Santa Monica; Maxfield, West Hollywood; Fred Hayman Beverly Hills; Les Habitudes, L.A.; Bullock’s, Beverly Center. Byblos--Theodore, Beverly Hills; Roberta’s, Whittier and Newport Beach; Paradissimo, Pasadena. Pages 44-45: Calvin Klein Collection--Calvin Klein, Costa Mesa; Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills; I. Magnin, L.A., Beverly Hills and San Diego; Nordstrom. Pages 46-47: Sylvia Heisel--Madeleine Gallay, Sunset Plaza; Lulu Brandt, Pasadena; Weathervane, Santa Monica.

Produced and styled by Michael Eisenhower; hair: Jacqueline Colligan/ Elizabeth Watson Inc.; makeup: Rob van Dorssen/ Judy Casey; prop stylist: Faith Meade; fashion assistant: Kate Dimmock; models: Eugenie Vincent/ Click Models, Bernadette/ Ford Models, Helen Joy

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