Thigh-high and higher: American designers make short work of skirts


New York -- Such cheek! American designers showing their spring collections in the Bryant Park tents here are cutting skirts short enough to expose the derriere.

That's to make the point that long is old and retailers and consumers had better think about investing in new proportions.

The look is saucy and models are putting more skip than slink into their walk to show their flip sides.

Richard Tyler, who showed his first collection for the house of Anne Klein, cut skirts shorter than fingertip-length jackets -- more naughty schoolgirl than professional woman.

But not to worry, this is fashion week and designers have to make the fashion pack sit up and take notice.

Between the time clothes are shown and shipped to stores, skirts will have grown a few inches.

Bill Blass, designer to the ladies, kept things short and mid-thigh. The ladies were pleased.

Legs are the last to go, and women of a certain age will be able to show off their well-heeled gams for another season.

The hip designers played right into the naughty trend.

Byron Lars cut what appeared to be the shortest micro-mini so far at mid-buttock. Or perhaps that was a swimsuit?

With some designers showing swimwear, the line between what constitutes a swimsuit or a dress may just be a question of washability.

Betsey Johnson, the queen of ditz, hooked hems that rose above lace panties to thigh-high lace stockings with coordinated garter belts.

A modest attempt to keep the dresses from creeping higher.

Start stocking up on your panty wardrobe!

We've seen Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, and there is the rest of the week to go.

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