Fashion: Stares in the Sun

From the Lido and Monte Carlo to the beaches of Southampton and Malibu, this has to be the greatest summer ever—provided the sun keeps shining. For four years, the trend in bathing suits has been to expose more and more skin, and the designers are not yet quite done. There is still an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny more bikini to be pared, even if it means shifting to materials like the loosely crocheted fishnets that got started in St.-Tropez.

On the other hand, there is a school that believes the female torso is already as...

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