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Orlando Blooms

Denim has seen it all.

It’s been low-waisted, cut to shreds, painted, bleached, customized, sassed up with heels, and dumbed down with flip-flops. In other words, it’s been good for just about everything — except making you look like a lady.

For that, turn to Chicago designer Orlando Espinoza’s fall collection — an ode to all things feminine. The pieces — sleek silk and rayon matte jersey dresses and separates — hug your body in all the right places. Pencil skirts with ruching, sueded silk charmeuse tops that lace up the side, long-sleeve dresses with daring necklines, and silky belted tops with cowl necks. No fussy florals, plaids, or tweeds; just clean designs in solid colors that remind you how much fun it is to flaunt your best assets. So give the jeans a rest.

They’re tired — in more ways than one.


Available at Jake, 3740 North Southport Avenue, between Waveland Avenue and Grace Street (773-929-5253). Fall 2004 trunk show, August 20 to 21 at Sara Jane, 49 East Oak Street, between Michigan Avenue and State Street (312-751-0669).