Fashion: Next, the Maxiskirt?

Now that the miniskirt is being sported 8 in. above the knee, it is apparent that the only possible direction for hemlines is down. The question is when? The answer, according to a number of designers: as early as next fall.

Egged on by Paris' Coco Chanel, who calls the miniskirt "the most absurd weapon woman has ever employed to seduce men," two of France's biggest ready-to-wear designers, Daniel Hechter and Jacques Delahaye, are now showing "maxi jupes" for autumn that reach all the way down to the midcalf. Hechter and Delahaye, who...

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