Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Style Extra

Media spotlights local designs

Local style wizards Debra Moreland of Paris couture millinery in Reading and Donna Salyers of Fabulous-Furs in Covington aren't complaining about the heat of the recent media spotlight. Moreland's delicate cake jewelry, a sophisticated alternative to the traditional plastic couple, is featured in Victoria magazine's June issue and will be included in the InStyle summer wedding issue. Meanwhile, not one but two Fabulous-Furs red fox, full-length coats were ordered by NBC's costumers for Law & Order, and Fox TV's Fastlane ordered a white mink Fabulous-Fur creation. Zany designer Christopher Lowell, on the Discovery Channel, is also gushing over an FF custom bed throw in a "Bodacious Bedrooms" segment May 1 (his show airs at 2 and 3 p.m. Monday).

Lane Bryant plus-size online: Size 14 to 28 women can order Lane Bryant clothes online with the recent launch of www.lanebryant.com. Casual, career, intimate apparel, accessories (and a "sale" section with up to 50 percent off) can be ordered with the 3D model technology where customers can see a "virtual" depiction of their body from front, side and back in the clothes after typing in various measurements and body style selections.

Nu Bra at Dillard's: Celebs, including Jennifer Aniston and tattoo-happy Angelina Jolie, have been wearing them to red carpet events to keep their cleavage in place while wearing revealing gowns. The Nu Bra from Fashion Forms, a self-adhesive strapless, backless, seamless, nude silicone bra gives coverage without straps and can be used up to 100 times. About $59 at Dillard's. It's great for sheer tops and strapless gowns (brides take note).

Ring rouge: The Anna Sui ring puts a mini pot of lip rouge at your fingertips for on-the-go beauties who can't be bothered with toting a bag of cosmetics. In a rush it can be used on the lips and cheeks. $12 at www.sephora.com.

First ladies' fashions: Fourteen reproduction inaugural ball gowns from first ladies, including Helen Taft, Julia Grant, Eleanor Roosevelt and Patricia Nixon, will be at the William Howard Taft National Historic Site in Mount Auburn through May 31 to celebrate Women's History Month. Also included are reproductions of china from 12 administrations and personal artifacts from the first ladies. It's free. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 2038 Auburn Ave. Information: 684-3262.

Quickie wart-zapper: Getting rid of warts with over-the-counter products usually takes weeks, if not months, of daily applications. Wartner, a new product, uses a cryotherapy technique that takes 20 seconds to apply. A mixture of dimethyl ether and propane freezes the core of the wart when released into a foam pad attached to an applicator held on the wart. Wartner claims warts will disappear in less than two weeks. $19.99 for 10 treatments. At Target, Walgreens, Wal-Mart and Rite Aid. Information: www.wartner-us.com.

Custom shirts at Lands' End: Lands' End, which introduced custom chinos for men and women in 2001 and custom men's jeans and twills last year, has added dress shirts to its made-to-order lines. Customers "build" their shirts by typing in arm length, chest size and collar or cuff preferences on a computer to order a solid or patterned 100 percent cotton dress shirt. $49-$79, delivered in two to three weeks. Information: www.landsend.com.

Spring fashion at Lazarus: Learn about the hot new colors and styles of the season and enjoy a snack at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kenwood Towne Centre's Lazarus. Info will come from Kathy McManus, I.N.C. International Concepts specialist. It will be in the I.N.C. department, second floor. Free. Information: 562-6770.

Jewelry show: Cincinnati native Barry Brinkers comes to town from Bali and Indonesia for a trunk showi of his one-of-a-kind 18-carat gold, silver and diamond jewelry, 5-9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at 2700 Erie, the shop at the same address on Hyde Park Square. Information 533-0042.

AAA shopping day: Prime Outlets at Jeffersonville is partnering with central Ohio AAA Motor Clubs to sponsor a members day, Saturday. AAA members can pick up a sheet of specials at the outlets' customer service center and register for a shopping spree that includes a one-night stay at Amerihost and a $50 gift certificate. The first 100 members to show their cards will get a free gift. Prime Outlets is off Interstate 71 north at Exit 65. Information: www.primeoutlets.com.

Gotta love the name: You have to hand it to the folks at Philosophy cosmetics when it came to choosing a no-nonsense name for its anti-aging skin care. They tagged the two new products When Hope Is Not Enough Serum and When Hope Is Not Enough Cream, both promising to correct extra-dry, dull, lackluster skin that's starting to lose its elasticity. The products contain peptide, a group of 4-10 amino acids aimed at "improving structural, hormonal, enzymatic and cellular functions." They join other Philosophy products, including Hope in a Jar and Miracle Worker. Online information at www.philosophy.com and www.sephora.com.

Fashion mistakes men make: Comb-overs, watches the size of small computers, clip-on ties, pocket protectors. We've all seen them and grieved for the unfortunate man - and his mate. Author Ken Karpinski has the answers for any man who wants to clean up his act - Mistakes Men Make That Women Hate: 101 Style Tips for Men (Capital Books; $9.95). Combining humor that might hit home for many, with good advice, he identifies and corrects 101 errors, including wearing black socks with sandals, 100-decibel nose blowing, greasy hair and necktie stains. It's good advice with a giggle.

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

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