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The Eighties are back.

That’s the message from denim companies — Rock & Republic, Antik, Yanuk and Taverniti So — presenting fall collections last week in Los Angeles. Skinny jeans, shredded sweaters, red plaid prints and skull adornments harked back to the hair band era.

At Sony Studios in Culver City, Calif., Rock & Republic displayed dark denim trimmed with fur and long tiered skirts from its new high-end sportswear brand, Tailor Made. Yanuk designer Benjamin Taverniti balanced slim pitch-black jeans with flaring asymmetrical knits from his new top line, Neo, while his father, Jimmy, visited the Scottish Highlands as inspiration for his Taverniti So line. And Antik kept the silhouette long and lean by pairing velvet and lace vests with blue jeans tightened at the ankles with zippers.

Absorbing the rock vibe in Antik’s front row was pop star Hilary Duff, who’s preparing to launch her new tween clothing line this fall. “Antik Denim has been very inspirational,” Duff said before the show, but added: “I really want to come up with my own looking jean.”

This story first appeared in the March 27, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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