Designers are finding (w)hole new uses for Granny squares and macrame

THREAD . . . BARE

November 06, 1992|By Vida Roberts | Vida Roberts,Staff Writer

New York -- Designers are hooked on crochet and macrame for spring -- yet another flashback to hippie style that's flashing a lot of skin on runways here.

At Louis Dell'Olio's spare and elegant collection for Anne Klein, one dress had photographers barking and the reporters buzzing -- a black, crochet skintight sheath. Auntie Maud would have blushed had she known her favorite doily crochet patterns could be arranged into anything this sexy.

Nicole Miller tossed some beads into a black number that appeared to be nothing more than a macrame necklace that grew into a dress. Even Ralph Lauren,he king of classy, got his hooks into the trend and turned intricate silk macrame fringe into black evening dresses.

Michael Kors showed crochet in innocent ivory for a not-so-innocent effect. An ivory crochet gown topped ivory linen hip huggers for a very sexy grand finale.

On the other side of glamour, the dresses that weren't lacy peek-a-boo were see-through. Anna Sui's evening drifts of velvet-printed or beaded tulle were totally transparent. Ms. Sui preserved model modesty on the bottom by showing dramatic color-coordinated thongs underneath. Bare bosoms on the runway are old news, but buttocks still have a shock value.

Which leads to the question whether visible panty lines are more distracting than no panties.

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