LOS ANGELES--From bare bosoms to big, easy shapes, the California Collections Preview weekend gave buyers plenty to look at. Here are some of the top trends.
BARE NECESSITIES: Baby T-shirts and shrunken tops, bare midriffs, hip-hugging bottoms that bare pierced belly-buttons, HotPants, miniskirts and sheer fabrics reveal that skin is in.
Among the best: Misc.'s sheer nylon baby T-shirts and hip-hugging track pants; Red Rhythm's plaid halter crop top and matching wrap miniskirt, and Switch U.S.A.'s "Angel" baby T-shirt and wrap miniskort.
EASY DOES IT: Comfort is key, evidenced by the popularity of unconstructed jackets, drawstring pants, apron dresses, layered knits and wovens, natural fabrics including linen and cotton in washed colors, long bias-cut skirts and dresses.
Among the best: Democracy's Tencel jeans; Freewear's linen gauze pajama tops and drawstring pants, and A.K.A.'s boyfriend cardigans and loose pants with satin sport stripes.
TENNIS EVERYONE: Designers are serving up bright white polo tops, tennis skirts, dresses and shorts, varsity sweaters, V-necks and A-lines, in terry cloth or cotton piqué, sometimes with athletic stripes.
Among the best: Yes Clothing Co.'s white terry cloth crop top and wrap miniskirt; Natalie D.'s white pique tennis dress with pleated skirt, and Hoda's white ottoman tennis top and skirt.
VEST INTENTIONS: Vests, vests, vests are everywhere in all sizes, shapes and colors.
Among the best: Anna Paul's black vest with ivory top stitching; Dina Bar-El's long, checked linen vests, and Poleci's white patent cropped vest.
CORSETS OR BUST: Dresses, jackets and bustiers with lace-up detail, push-up bras, boning and lingerie inspirations take looks from the boudoir into the ball- and boardroom. Among the best: Nina K.'s jackets with lace-up backs; Van Buren's hot-colored patent leather corsets worn over fit-and-flare dresses, and Tadashi's corset suit with sheer trim.
RETRO ACTIVE: A blast from the past. Designers give a nostalgic nod to various looks from this century. Among the best: Ball gowns by Jessica McClintock, Bonnie Strauss and Pamela Barish; Forties-style bias-cut crepe dress by Naomi Hasak; Fifties zip-front workwear by Tag Rag, and Seventies disco-style nylon and Lycra spandex wrap dresses and fitted shirts by Van Buren and Marina Rossi.
COLOR SCHEMES: From pastels to neon brights, spring colors are good enough to eat. Among the best: Primary-colored togs by E.D. Lee; Steel Jeans's chalky neon jeans, vests and jackets, and Moschery's suits in banana, mint and lavender.

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