Stable Manners Designers Saddle Up for Fall July 1, 2004 – Canter culture is a favorite source of fashion inspiration, and the fall collections were rife with equestrian references. Ann Demeulemeester roughed up the jodhpur with some dark Night Porter-style decadence. For his debut at the horse-worshipping house of Hermès, Jean Paul Gaultier sent out top hats and full skirts suitable for latter-day equestriennes. Helmut Lang pinned thick, swishing tails on pumps, bangles, and sandals to make his point. The horse-blanket striped ponchos at Chloé and the hand-painted horse-head leather jacket at Luella, meanwhile, deserve a winner's circle all their own. Color guard: can't-miss-'em hues at Hermès. Saddle bags: Ann Demeulemeester's generous jodhpurs. Puff daddy: Giorgio Armani's jodhpurs. A new take on the jodhpur, by As Four.