Zippers move from function to fashion

July 10, 1991|By N.Y. Times News Service

We have seen the future, and it is zippers.

Expect zippers to appear all over when cool-weather clothes hit the stores. And even though some fashion naysayers believe that zippers don't sell, you can bet your last dollar they will be as embraced next season as color-blocked clothes were for spring. The newness of trimming plus the instant fashion "in" of the look make it a sure thing.

Donna Karan is credited with starting this trend in her spring collection, which featured zipfront blazers, scuba dresses and skirts. For fall, the Anne Klein line followed suit, offering the ziplocked look well. (Even Anne Klein's fur collection featured gold zippers.)

As sure as the sky is blue, you can expect every manufacturer of women's apparel to slap zippers on their fall garments.

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