FASHION: Lessons in Lessness

According to the dictums issued by fashion magazines earlier this fall, the look of the season was "a new glamour," but it might just as easily have been described as call-girl chic. Women were supposed to stride around in stiletto heels, fishnet stockings and microminis -- some of which Vogue featured in colorful versions of rubber and polyvinyl chloride. The same style dominated the spring collections shown in Paris and Milan last month. There were front-slit short skirts from Karl Lagerfeld, gold-mesh biker shorts from Gianfranco Ferre and rhinestone-studded hot pants from the team of Dolce & Gabbana, who acknowledged that...

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