Fashion: The Leggy Look

The new spring look in style, if New York designers have their way, will be dominated by dresses that show lots of leg, arm and neck. That is what emerged from the closet at the semi-annual fashion showing of the New York Couture Group this week in Manhattan, where 51 leading designers showed off their spring styles to 250 fashion editors—and invited them to play the game of guessing which ones will catch on with U.S. women.

The designers think they know. They have replaced belts with sashes, bared arms and necks, lowered hiplines, emphasized the bloused dress and...

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