FASHION: Who Wears the Pants?

"Be alive, be alert, be aware/Be a girl, be so glad you can wear/All the plain and fancy pants/When you're given a chance." So rhapsodized Pants Internationale last week in Los Angeles at a showing of California designs for 78 fashion editors from all over the U.S. Indeed, pants plain and fancy were being worn everywhere. The newest pants, stretch-pants adapted from European ski suits for the beach and living room, are so tight they have stretched the word slacks out of shape. One designer even labeled his stretch-pants creation "Scuba Reeds," so close are they to...

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