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Asking Anna

At the start of New York Fashion Week, WSJ's Rachel Dodes asked Anna Wintour what we should expect to see for Fall 2009 -- which is a little like being able to waltz in on Day One and ask God what might sprout in the garden.  In other words, the answer is not so much a prediction as a declaration.

The response?  Originality and value are "in," copying and excess are "out":

Right now, what's going to work is something their customer doesn't have in her closet and that has a real intrinsic sense of value. …Because to be honest there's been too much product, too much copy-catting, and, probably too much consumerism. I think a sense of clarity, a sense leveling off and a sense of reality is needed.

And She saw that it was good.