Tuesday, August 5, 2003

Accessories are her accents

By Joy Kraft
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Beth Hoffman.
(Joseph Fuqua II photo)
As president and co-owner of Hoffman & Albers Interiors in Kenwood, Beth Hoffman, who lives in a restored Newport home, "accessorizes herself as beautifully as she accessorizes a home," says Jane Anderson of West Chester.

Then a Cincinnati newcomer, Anderson was struggling to get her new home in order, visiting furniture showrooms. "When I came across Beth, her sense of classic style with her dress made me notice immediately that this was someone I could 'trust' with my home."

Describe you style: I wear black and white and chocolate and use accessories to accentuate what I wear. I am really not a trendsetter.

You can be found shopping at: Saks, Parisian's designer department and Ann Taylor.

Best bargain: Last fall, on a fluke, I went to eBay looking for a purse and found a new, ankle-length Chanel cashmere coat that had been worn only on the runway. It would have sold for $8,500 and I bought it for a quarter of that.

Sentimental clothing: I have a nightgown, tissue thin, and so frail. It was my mother's, ankle-length pale pink in the '50s chemise style.

You can never have enough: Bracelets, handbags and shoes.

Fashion pet peeve: Women wearing tank tops with their bra straps showing.

You'd never be caught dead in: Big floral prints.

Favorite designers: I love Chanel and Anne Klein II.

If you had big bucks you'd buy: I would buy Celine, Chanel and probably hire Nolan Miller to make one custom gown.

Fashion philosophy: Find styles and cuts that are the best for your body type and personality and how you want people to view you.

Favorite finishing touch: I am careful with jewelry. I juxtapose things. I'll take a tiny ruby heart pin off its chain and pin it up by the knot on a gentleman's tie, then drape a strand of pearls over that.


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