Modern Living: Line of Most Resistance

The midi goes to great lengths to look like a loser. Unflattering (except over legs that never quit and hips that never start) and impractical (except to cover up a bad case of knees), the latest dress length seems as anachronistic as the New Look and more of a drag than the bustle.

Still, to the persistent tune of Women's Wear Daily pronouncements that "The Longuette is now it," U.S. designers are elbowing each other to be next in line with the line. Norman Norell is silent on skirts, but has let it...

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