The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms


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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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SophieCat on

Wow, talk about stretching out every freaking detail of this couple’s wedding. Seriously, cufflinks?

freya on

I like Dave Coulliere’s non pretentious wedding better, cause everything is personalized , unique and charming. Jessica Simpson’s wedding is expensive and too fru fruish so much like her, full of hot air like the Kimye’s wedding.

Marie Mullin on

Enough of Jess and wedding, all be in the people magazine.

rarara on

He probably couldn’t afford to actually buy something. I don’t know if he has a job or not, but I’m pretty sure she’s the bread winner. I don’t think he plays football anymore.

Bill on

Can’t wait for all the Jessica worshippers to be screaming for her privacy when these two split.

Guest on

@freya I guess Daves wedding was very different:

1. He doesn’t have their youth
2. He doesn’t have Jessica’s money

He couldn’t have a wedding like that, even if he wanted to.

S.M. on

Hey, I love a wedding as much as anybody but cuff links and a “mystery gift” that she no doubt paid for. What’s next, what underwear they wore?

JellyBean on

I never did like her.