THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Helmut Newton’s famous shot of Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking and pantsuit. Story by Anne Pringle.

Pants prohibition?

Way back in 1799, Paris passed a law forbidding women to wear pants without police permission. What is most shocking is that the law has not yet been repealed! (Although it is rarely enforced.) There was an earlier attempt to abolish it in the ’60s, but the chief of police deemed it unnecessary, claiming that women sporting pants was just a passing fad. A new attempt at repealing the law is under way now—a few centuries should be enough to prove the “fad” is here to stay. (Style File)

Runway rundown

Prada has announced its new Fall 2010 campaign model cast, which includes model Miranda Kerr, who is best known for being a Victoria’s Secret Angel—and Orlando’s GF. (Kerr and fellow Angels like Doutzen Kroes walked Prada’s runway for the first time back in February.) Victoria’s Secret is known for choosing more athletic, slightly curvy models, who can actually fill out lingerie. In the past, this was a marked—and refreshing—change from many of the emaciated models on the catwalk. It’s nice to see that healthy bodies are starting to come back into style. (Fashionologie)

DIY nails

The recession has everyone cutting back and making compromises—but where we cut back may be where another gains. In 2009, nail polish sales went up almost 15 percent. Seems many women decided to cut mani and pedi costs by doing it themselves at home instead. (Style List)

Humble abode

Since Yves Saint Laurent’s death in 2008, much of his art collection has been auctioned off. But perhaps the biggest-ticket item left behind by the designer is his Left Bank Paris apartment, which was put up for sale last week. The price to live like a high-fashion designer? The 11-room duplex is going for about $31.4 million. (NY Times)

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