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A fashion riddle: How many items of clothing look as good with a business suit as with a pair of ripped jeans? Are as apropos on a 16-year-old as they are on a 60-year-old? And are both classic and brand-new? 

Answer: One--the Equipment shirt, a sexy silk button-front top that?s found a place under the sun in a bright new flagship on Melrose Place

Equipment shirts come in scores of solid colors and prints, in different shapes (one with breast pockets, say, and another with a slim fit), but all iterations share the common trait of being incredibly flattering to real women?s bodies, since they aren?t too skimpy and their high-quality material hangs so nicely. We feel like a glamazon when we toss on one of these silky tops, which start at $198. No wonder--the label was a jet-setter uniform during the 1970s, when it was run by a Frenchman. In 2010, Angeleno Serge Azria (the owner of Joie) bought the brand, hired the founder as a creative consultant and relaunched the line.

We?ve been browsing select styles at Saks and Madison, but now that the whole line is under one roof--along with new designs like cashmere sweaters and pajamas--we?ve got a whole rainbow to choose from. 

Equipment, 8459 Melrose Pl.; 323-330-8889 or

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