By  on February 23, 1994

NEW YORK -- Short is on the rise for fall when it comes to junior looks, but dresses of all lengths are still holding strong. While there's still some interest in the oversized, hip-hop-influenced silhouettes, there's a move back to bodyhugging looks, such as shorts, flippy skirts and knit separates like T-shirts and leggings. Other key looks manufacturers are starting to show for back-to-school bookings include racer-striped separates, loose multiprint dresses in long or short silhouettes and, of course, vests, which show no signs of cooling down.

At Jou Jou, here, executive vice president Bob Acampora said that previews of the fall line at last week's MAGIC show in Las Vegas gave the company some direction.

"We got a good reaction on a whole men's wear group that we called 'English Eccentrics,"' he said. "It has flippy short skirts, a boyfriend jacket, a tweed trouser and a vest that plays off the separate items."

That group is done in brown and charcoal tones of wool blend fabrics.

Acampora said Jou Jou is updating the flannel trend of last fall by adding feminine touches to tops, such as ruffling a blouse. Another look for flannel will be to mix it with denim, such as in appliques on a 16-inch skirt, a shirt or jeans.

For other items, Acampora said that denim shirts mixed with other fabrics, such as a sleeveless shirt with a Mexican stripe inset, and outerwear-styled looks such as boxy rancher jackets with western touches, will be key.

"We also did a group of cotton faille mixed with faux leather, which we're combining in vests or in a jacket," he said. "We really believe strongly that the vest will continue to be one of the hottest silhouettes this fall."

George Randall, chief executive officer of Yes Clothing Co., Los Angeles, said he's seeing a resurgence of interest in logo clothing.

"A lot of what's happening is going to be very logo-driven but not in an ostentatious way," he said. "It's going to be small."

But as far as he's concerned, "the uniform" for fall will be a short skirt or shorts worn over a cotton and Lycra spandex body stocking or leggings. Based on some early bookings, Randall said, the legging is making a resurgence.

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