Fashion: Throw Out Your Skirts

Paris shows its radical solutions to the hemline problem

Gazing gravely down at the traffic along the Rue de Rivoli from his niche on the facade of the Louvre, General Jean-Baptiste Kleber looks sleek and elegant in his long hose, thigh-high boots and short spencer jacket. If his stone eyes could have seen the roiling human traffic around the museum as the ready-to- wear fashion shows were held last week, he might have been amused to observe that he was back in style again after 200 years. But his dashing look is a la mode for women, not for men.

The battle of the hemline may already have been fought...

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