FASHION: HUMMING THE CLOTHES

THE SEXY COSTUMES OF THE NEW HIT MUSICAL RENT GET A FAST TRANSLATION INTO A ZIPPY YOUNG LINE OF SUMMER GEAR

It took nearly two years for the hit rock musical Rent to get from workshop to Broadway, but its sassy, sexy downtown look will be available retail this week--a scant nine days after its Broadway opening night--when Bloomingdale's opens a Rent boutique in Manhattan.

While there may be mild irony in an upscale department store peddling a look that is based in part on thrift-store chic, fashion has long fed on pop-culture events for inspiration. Diane Keaton's shapeless slouch gear in Annie Hall and Jennifer Beals' off-the-shoulder Flashdance sweat shirts both set looks that lasted for months on the streets. Bloomingdale's...

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