The recession was still Topic A in the front rows, but designers offered plenty of persuasive distractions on the Fall runways, from sex-kittenish dresses to the season's must-have topper—the biker jacket. And for the shopper who still has her eye on her 401(k), there were smart investments in the form of pinstripe suits and camel hair. Here, Fall's most important trends.

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  1. biker brigade
  2. boudoir crossing
  3. forties and fabulous
  4. party like it's 1983
  5. ruche hour
  6. smart investments
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