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After Hundreds Of Shows, What Will Work In Stores?

By SAMANTHA CRITCHELL

NEW YORK (AP) â¿¿ Now that we've seen hundreds, maybe thousands, of outfits on the New York Fashion Week runways, what's going to stay in our collective memory?

And we speak of the big, giant WE. Fashion editors, stylists and retailers fill the seats at shows but the looks are beamed everywhere â¿¿ and pretty much instantly. You'll start seeing consumers copying them sooner â¿¿ and maybe more inclined to shop, said Sally Singer, creative digital director at Vogue.

But she still thinks spenders like direction from insiders.

"Ultimately, retailers pick trends. They decide what people will buy because it's what they believe in to put into stores," she said. "Things that work at retail are things that might not be from this season's runway."

Hello, cropped tops?

But there are some trends that do work, she said: The great menswear-inspired button-down shirts, for example, from the placket-front nightshirt to the crispest collared shirt, the flashes of sheerness, the fuller skirts and even palazzo pants for evening.

Jay Fielden, editor-in-chief of Town & Country magazine, said he focuses more on muses, or general inspirations, that leave a lasting impression than single items.

"From a man's point of view, there were a few women who came out of the shows: the super-sexy girl showing her goods, the very refined elegant look that's more of a throwback to a real woman, the tomboy, and the girl who has brains and doesn't wear things aimed at a man, although I'm a guy who can like that."

Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera's modern twist on an old-school sophisticate is "the way any man would like his wife to dress â¿¿ effortless perfection," Fielden said.

Some designers offered true moments of fashion "direction," said Singer, including Proenza Schouler's show, which featured long pleated metallic skirts. "That's a show that will transcend the week."

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