September 5, 2008 7:03 AM

Slimmer economy may step onto fashion runways

A bad economy? A weak dollar? The typically impenetrable tents of fashion might actually feel the impact this season, which begins today when spring 2009 collections are presented at Bryant Park in New York. "I think designers are becoming more savvy in how to evolve their look without having to go to an entirely new look all together," says Jayne Mountford, vice president of Trend Reporting for Stylesight, which forecasts trends.

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