Going to Pieces

Leave it to the most industrious designers to make use of scraps left on the cutting-room floor

Maybe it's a nod to the now popular, eco-friendly green movement, or maybe fashion designers are taking their cues from the Grateful Dead. Whatever the inspiration for spring's funky patchwork look, this shabby-chic style is anything but American Quaker. For the haute-bohemian trend, mix-masters like Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana stitched together some very glamorous hippie-style patchwork chiffon gowns for their D&G line and also turned out ultra-luxe patchwork python shoes. At Miu Miu, handbags come in similar scraps of snakeskin. And for trendsetters intent on having a wardrobe that matches their home d├ęcor, Squint's reupholstered vintage couch and Etro's geometric...

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