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Does High Fashion Really Matter to Consumers?

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Does High Fashion Really Matter to Consumers?

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Does High Fashion Really Matter to Consumers?

Does High Fashion Really Matter to Consumers?

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Models wear outfits by Gharani Strok at their catwalk show at London FashionWeek, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007. Kirsty Wigglesworth/STF/AP hide caption

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Models wear outfits by Gharani Strok at their catwalk show at London FashionWeek, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007.

Kirsty Wigglesworth/STF/AP

Fashion Week moves from New York to London. And, along with the models who strut down the catwalk draped in tweeds, taffeta and trash bags, there are questions. What about the tiny sizes, super-sized price tags, and sometimes outrageous designs? Who actually wears these clothes?

Robin Givhan, fashion editor for The Washington Post, talks about how the fashion industry attempts to set the tone for what consumers wear.