Fashion: Son of Culotte

Every few years, a fashion gimmick sweeps locustlike out of Paris onto the fields of fad. After the "sack look" and the "trapeze line" came the craze for "culottes"—dress-length pants divided in front by a wide pleat and designed to look like skirts. This year, as the release last week of the first photographs of the Paris fall collections showed, the day of the gimmick has come again. Sequel to the culotte: skirts divided in front by a wide pleat and designed to look like pants.

House of Dior Couturier Marc Bohan puts the reverse culotte on everything from beach...

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