Peasant Uprising |


Peasant Uprising

It’s no secret that haute hippie chic is in. One easy way todress like a flower child is the versatile, flattering-to-mostpeasant blouse. Most famously revamped by Yves Saint Laurent inthe mid-’70s, the must-have item has been adding a folksyflourish to the 2002 runways, including Roberto Cavalli,Valentino, Marni, and Moschino. But genuine bohos need notdespair – less bank-busting alternatives come courtesy of ArdenB., Anthropologie, H&M, Urban Outfitters, and Express, amongothers. In designer Mark Montano’s ”Winter in Mexico”-themedshow last month, colorful silk-and-wool takes on the top werestandouts. ”We’re returning to more femininity, more comfort.It’s time we felt less constricted in fashion, stop sucking ourtummies in all the time,” says Montano, whose downtown duds drawthe likes of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mary J. Blige, and Lil’ Kim.”The peasant blouse gives you a sense of freedom and looksbeautiful.” – Alice M. Lee