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Nazi-inspired Designers Blitz Runways

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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LAST NIGHT'S SEDER Levi Okunov and friend at a recent Heatherette fashion event

Always anxious to unravel taboos, British fashion luminaries are sashaying into serious foul territory with their latest theme—Nazis. Seemingly enthused by Prince Harry's notorious Gestapo getup and fueled by the resurgence of Nazi punks' favorite footwear Doc Martens, London shock label Voyage showed a collection of garments emblazoned with large, conspicuous swastikas—just what you need to get yourself 86-ed from any respectable public location. And Gucci Group designer Alexander McQueen (surprise, surprise) has been showing leather vests decorated in Nazi eagles, swastikas, and iron crosses in his new, cheaper line McQ.

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All this artistic goose-stepping and Deutschland über alles has some people in the fashion world yelling "Oy! Oy! Oy!"—no one louder than Brooklyn, New York, Hasidic Jewish designer Levi Okunov, who told that the neo, neo-Nazi symbolism is "so cliché, even Hitler wouldn't wear it."

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