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Over the past few years, American trouser manufacturers have successfully introduced youthful variations on the flat-front pant as a wardrobe staple and alternative to classic pleated styles. Now the emergence of the “slouch look” in the designer world shows iconic pleats in a youthful new light. As a result, the two ends of the market are converging. “I believe there is a sophistication in the drape of an American pleated pant,” said Mike Cohen, president of Oxxford Clothing. Look for a deep single, double or even triple pleat on both full-cut and straight-leg slacks.
This story first appeared in the April 30, 2009 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
MODELS: BECK/VNY, CLINTON AND NILS LAWTON/DNA; HAIR AND MAKEUP BY RYAN TANIGUCHI FOR TRESEMME; FASHION INTERN: KEELEY MICHENER; FASHION ASSISTANT: LUIS CAMPUZANO