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New York Fashion Week gets a heavy dose of skinny jeans

By Samantha Critchell

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Don’t declare the skinny jean dead. Although it has made rare appearances so far during New York Fashion Week, it was a key item at the Miss Sixty show Thursday.

The tweak for spring, after a full year of high-waisted, narrow-leg silhouettes, is that the new jeans will have a lower rise and higher hem.

The first look — super skinny jeans with chain and zip details paired with a cowl-neck, bare-back sleeveless top — will be snapped up by the brand’s young and cool customer, predicted Gloria Baume, market director for Teen Vogue. That same 17- to 22-year-old will also like the look of the hot pants.

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What about the acid wash jeans that were paraded in front of an audience that included Hilary Swank, Demi Moore, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Clive Owen?

"When I saw high-waisted pants last season, I thought no one would wear them. This morning I’ve seen three girls in high-waisted pants," said Baume.

Miss Sixty creative director Wichy Hassan said the line was aiming for duality of the pop-art era of the 1960s and the glamour of the ’70s, but it looked like there were more than a few influences from the ’80s, too, especially a silver lame dress and the studded booties on the feet of some of the models.

There weren’t just jeans in this collection. Wearable empire-waist sundresses floated down the runway and a silk dress with a floral print and tie neck fit in with the emerging trend of pretty frocks. A brown and navy silk chiffon sleeveless dress with ruched trim was short enough to be flirty but not too short.

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