Highland kilts take a hike

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The kilt has gone punk. Well, maybe post-punk. That's the term used by Kalman Ruttenstein, Bloomingdale's fashion director, to describe the micromini kilts fastened with slews of safety pins, shown recently in the store's windows in New York.

He might also be talking about the teeny-weeny kilts in Anna Sui's spring show, worn with bare midriffs, low-slung silver belts and silver Lurex knee-highs. The kilt has come a long way from the Scottish highlands.

The best places to find the ultrashort ones right now are Bloomingdale's and Bergdorf Goodman.

They might be worn with white cotton shirts, snug sweaters or long jackets that leave just a flutter of pleats uncovered. But don't forget the big safety pin. That's de rigueur.

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