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Long

The Long of It.

Are the long hemlines that are sneaking into so many collections a viable option for winter 2013? The trend started with Valentino in haute couture, where the choice of skirt length is ultimately left to the client. But it is a different story with the many Italian houses that are successful ready-to-wear brands. They have to read the messages coming through at retail.

The answer seems to be: a woman’s right to choose. No one has yet gone full out for ankle-length outfits. But there are long hemline options scattered throughout.

Perhaps the most intelligent use of length was from Gabriele Colangelo, one of Milan’s rising stars and a designer who understands that modern fashion is as much about texture and fabric treatment as about cut and hemline lengths. That is why a long white coat over a short dress was a leitmotif of the collection: It had a semitransparent insert at the hips of the coat, opening a slit window on the body — in fact, a technological treatment similar to burning away. Other techniques included overlays of shiny materials against matte surfaces and yarns disintegrating into fringing.