Tuesday, March 4, 2003

Skeffington acquires Italian accent

Newport on Levee formal wear shop goes beyond tuxes

Skeffington's formal wear shop at Newport on the Levee knows there's more to life than an occasional tuxedo rental. So the 1,500-2,000-square-foot shop has taken an Italian turn, offering Tallia, Umo, Zanetti, "better Italian suits, sport coats and pants," says Scotty Bosworth, the store manager and a Skeffington's buyer.

"We started in October, after some well-received test marketing, and will be adding lots more in the spring," including the popular silkwear by Tommy Bahama . . . with everything from elegant but casual suits, evening wear and hook-ups (matching shirts and pants).

"Young fellows are figuring out what suits are for, how easy it is to look good in one, whether it's casual or dress - and that girls really like the look," he says.

"For us, it's a natural with the Levee being an entertainment complex. We see a lot of entertainers, ballplayers, tourists. Most of what we are offering is Italian or Italian-influenced.

"That's been the plan all along. We started this store with that in mind," he says.

Information: (859) 261-8957.

Soldiers fashion game: Soldiers waiting for combat overseas are passing time by watching 24-hour-a-day Fashion TV through satellite feed, according to Women's Wear Daily. The publication reported that one group of soldiers decided to make a game of it, each choosing one model. The first to get an e-mail would be the winner. Ana Beatriz Barros from Women Model Management was found by one soldier through designer Mac Carmen Valvo's office and an autographed photo was zipped to the unit.

Airport shoes: Johnston & Murphy men's footwear has opened a shop in the Delta terminal, Concourse B at Gate 16, at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, the sixth airport store for the shoemaker that has been fashioning leather by hand since 1850. The airport's 620 daily departures to 120 cities are credited with J&M's decision to add the airport to its other stores on the wing in Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Newark, N.J.

Jane Seymour catalog: The first Jane Seymour catalog of clothes, the Signature Collection, designed by the actress, is showing up in mailboxes from Crossing Pointe, a catalog that has carried her designs for a year. The 24-page booklet includes casual-chic designs, from jeans to ruffled dresses, influenced by Seymour's travels and family lifestyle. Every item is less than $100 with sizes 4 to 16 and misses 6 to 22. The clothes also are available at www.crossingpointe.com.

Suit packages: Hunt Club Clothiers on Fountain Square, downtown, is getting men ready for spring with a trio of wardrobe suit-and-shirt packages through April 1: a three suit and three custom shirt combo, a three semicustom suit and two custom shirt combo and a two custom suit and four custom shirt package.

Information: 721-2004.

Skin care consult: Institut DERMed master esthetic educator Lyn Ross will create personalized skin care programs - including an enzyme peel, selected serum, mask and relaxing massage - Thursday at La Bella Salon and Spa, 3330 Parkcrest Lane, Westwood. Fee: $57.50. Appointments: 481-4800.

Skin diet: Here's what you should put on your plate to prevent sun damage and give your skin a healthy glow, according to Fitness magazine: water; iron from meat, poultry; fortified cereal and legumes; fruits and vegetables for antioxidants and free radicals; vitamin C; unsaturated fats to deliver nutrients to skin cells and calcium, vitamin D and magnesium to keep bones strong and skin taut and youthful. Things to avoid: caffeine, alcohol, salt, saturated fats and partially hydrogenated oils and dairy products, which can cause allergic reactions.

Shoe trends: The weather is no proof, but spring is coming soon, with a new season of shoe styles. Burlington Coat Factory lists these shoe trends: rhinestones and glitz, wedges, thongs, ankle-wraps on sandals and heels and flower trims.

Sticky prom: Spring means proms - and the third annual Duck "Stuck at Prom" contest, which rewards teens for creating and accessorizing prom formalwear with duct tape. First-place winners get $2,500 college scholarships and $2,500 for the school hosting the prom. Second-place couples get $1,000 (with the high school receiving $1,000) and the third-place award is $500 (with the school getting $500). Photos and entries are due by June 13.

For entry information and a look at last year's winners, go to www.ducktapeclub.com. Last year's winners used 35 rolls of tape to create the winning entry styled after 16th-century English nobles' clothes.

Bridal shows

• Bridal and bridesmaid dresses by Watters & Watters, headpieces by Toni, W Too and the V Collection will be shown Friday through Sunday at Bridal and Formal, 300 W. Benson St., Reading. Free. Information 821-6622.

• Custom floral designs and flower choice information will be available 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Nina's Florist, 651 Northland Blvd., Forest Park. Free. Information: 825-2555 or (888) 825-2555.

• Visions of Love Bridal Show will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Four Points Sheraton, 8020 Montgomery Road. Cost: $5, includes two fashion shows, hors d'oeuvres and hotel tour. Information: 793-4300.

Contact Joy Kraft by phone: 768-8467; fax: 768-8330; e-mail: jkraft@enquirer.com.

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