Fashion: Stripping Down to Essentials

Leggings, tights and body stockings give slink a high profile

Life must be sweet to Emilio Pucci. There can be few satisfactions more pleasing to a designer than to savor success twice, to lead fashion's promenade after years on the shelf. A quarter-century ago, Pucci introduced bodysuits in vivid geometric patterns. They became a chic international uniform for several years and then, inevitably, were castigated as cliches. Fortunately for Pucci, fashion repeats itself. Thus, lively hosiery has become the rage of 1990, and the grand old Florentine marchese, who began his career by running up slinky playclothes for his girlfriends, may be out of stock before the summer is over.


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