The skin show in fashion seems to be over, at least in New York. The fall collections were the most covered-up in years. At Calvin Klein the models were practically buried in clothes.
The trend toward basics, symbolized by the Gap, may or may not spell a threat to designer fashion, but some designers are not sitting still. They're co-opting it.
At Perry Ellis, one theme running through Marc Jacobs' collection was the pocket T-shirt dress, like the Gap but designerized. These pocket-T's were long, slit up the sides and made of gray wool jersey or rayon and Lycra spandex in colors. They will cost about $325 in the stores.
After sending out his models layered within an inch of their lives, Calvin Klein walked down the runway wearing khaki pants and a white T-shirt, his triceps bulging. Has he been working out, or getting schmaltz injections?