One-piece rompers seen as hot outfit for spring

Thu Sep 11, 2008 12:10pm EDT
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By Martinne Geller

NEW YORK (Reuters) - One-piece romper suits that combine shorts with a shirt are mostly worn by infants, but that may be about to change.

Designers of all stripes who showed their Spring 2009 collections this week in New York featured the unusual garments with styles ranging from baggy military-influenced outfits to form-fitting body suits resembling leotards and swimsuits.

"That's all anybody's talking about," said James Aguiar, co-host of the "Full Frontal Fashion" television show. "Absolutely every designer that I've seen so far had a version of it."

Among the more practical versions shown at Fashion Week were a shirtdress-style striped romper with elbow-length sleeves by Mara Hoffman and two rompers by Peter Som, in tweed and periwinkle, that were paired with belts. Alexandre Herchcovitch showed a short-sleeved tan romper with shoulder epaulets, silver buttons and bloomer-like shorts.

Betsey Johnson showed a whimsical overall-inspired romper with blue and yellow stripes and ruffled trim, while Marc by Marc Jacobs had a more tailored version topped with a blouse.

Whether women will wear rompers remains to be seen.

The roomier interpretations may skew toward younger women, Aguiar said, while less forgiving styles may go nowhere.

"You can't take the runway so seriously. You have to take away that some of these things are for the theatrics of it," Aguiar said. "But when you see these things over and over and over again, it's a trend that's going to be very serious."   Continued...

<p>A model presents a creation from the Mara Hoffman Spring 2009 collection at New York Fashion Week September 10, 2008. REUTERS/Cary Horowitz</p>