Modern Living: The French Line

It was show time in Paris last week, and the spring fashion collections proved the usual circus: patrons clawed for chairs, models for air and buyers for exclusive rights. Over all, suspended in the salon air like a huge, equivocal cloud, hung the crucial question: What of the miniskirt? Would couturiers give it short shrift, lowering hems to midi and maxi lengths? The answer, by week's end, was yes—and no.

Emanuel Ungaro remembered the mini fondly in a series of short, pleated skirts but covered most with midi-length coats, while Jacques Esterel's "he and she" collection featured tunics all round, ankle length...

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