Fashion's Fast Track: Season of Change

Designer fashion is going through some major shifts, which could define how observers look back on the fashion decade.

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The new sobriety offers much hope for the bridge sector, which had suffered as a result of the proliferation of contemporary fashions, and fall could turn into a strong season for bridge departments.

"The bridge business has to benefit," Wolfe said. "With the sophisticated and tasteful back, bridge looks right again."

Resources and retailers alike have started putting more emphasis on the area again, from expanding their assortment to opening more units. In October, Bloomingdale's unveiled its overhauled bridge floor, now called "The New View," that is easy to navigate with a more luxe feel and shop-in-shops. Anne Klein is once again hoping to make it in the retail business, opening nine freestanding units, and Eileen Fisher recently expanded into the home arena with the Eileen Fisher Home by Garnet Hill collection.

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