A, C, E at 14th St.; L at Eighth Ave.
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Since LA-born sisters Diane Levin and Janice Levin-Krok opened their SoCal-inspired shop to the Meatpacking District in 2005, glamazon celebs like Rachel Hunter have been stopping in for body-conscious pieces that show just enough skin. Pronounced “policy,” the whitewashed, minimalist shop feels like an abbreviated runway, with racks of breezy, feminine pieces hanging on each side. A wide center aisle leads to crystal chandelier-lighted dressing rooms where shoppers balance degrees of exposure: A fitted black blazer tames matching hot pants; a raw-edged tweed trench dials down a nearly see-through tank. Alongside sultry neighbors Stella McCartney and La Perla, Poleci’s fluttery asymmetric camisoles, lightweight rabbit fur coats, and tatter-hemmed halter dresses add a little more coquetry to the cobblestoned grit of Ninth Avenue. The two owner-designers contrast an exposed ceiling of brick and pipes with a collection defined by Crayola brights and hybrid stripe-and-polka-dot prints. Most pieces have a relaxed California feel, but more sophisticated designs like jersey wrap-dresses also sway on the racks.