Kurt Iswarienko / For The Times
Are designers under the impression that all women possess the kind of two-story gams that come with an insurance policy? That might explain why shorts are peeking out from under tailored jackets, silky kimonos, diaphanous tunics, structured trench coats, even the ubiquitous linen suit. This is potentially dangerous shopping territory, but thankfully were offered a range of silhouettes, from just-above-the-knee to postage stamp-sized skivvies. Dries Van Noten pairs a red floral kimono with blue-and-gold striped shorts. Stella McCartney tops wispy white shorts with a wide-belted navy bomber. And Givenchy mixes high-waisted cuffed black shorts with a cummerbund and white dress shirt. Todays shorts are cocktail-party appropriate, provided a pair of Blahniks accent the effect. Too bad we cant wear them to work.
Trench coat by Kai Kuhne, $1,499, at Diavolina, Los Angeles; vest by H&M, $14.99, at H&M, San Francisco; shorts by Robin OReilly, $192, at Showroom Seven, (212) 643-4810.