Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Kraft: Style extra

Model search stops at Kenwood

Women 13 to 21 get a chance to strut their stuff for a celebrity merchandise editor for a spot in Seventeen magazine 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Lazarus-Macy's Kenwood Towne Centre store. There will be a fashion show, live music and DJs from WKFS-FM (107.1). Visit the store for rules.

Bra fittings at JCPenney: Eight of 10 women wear the wrong bra size, according to support specialists. To remedy the situation, JCPenney is having a Bra-Fit Event now through Saturday with expert measurement and consultation by a Certified Fit Specialist. Information at intimate apparel departments.

Bridal shower: Knickers of Hyde Park will show bridal foundations, lingerie and accessories with cake from Take the Cake Thursday through Saturday, 2726 Erie Ave. Free. Information: 533-9592.

Carrie's polish: Now you can have Sarah Jessica Parker's style at your fingertips. Well, sort of. Celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann, who has created a special color for stars, has created Sarah Smile, described as "softest sexiest, sheerest pink," with the help of Parker (Sex and the City). $15 at www.lippmanncollection.com.

Stylish boys: Hickey-Freeman, long-time maker of fine clothing for men, is reaching out to the younger set with an exclusive boy's tailored clothing collection. Called "His First," the fall line includes suits ($495), sport coats ($295-$325), trousers ($95), dress shirts ($85) and neckwear ($55). Sizes will range 4-20. Information: www.hickeyfreeman.com.

Uniform logos at Lands' End: Moms who find it easier to shop for back-to-school uniforms by computer should know that many Tristate school logos are among the thousands available through the Lands' End Preferred School Program. The price is $5.50-$8.10 for logos requiring 8,000-16,000 stitches. To see if your school is a "Preferred" school, call (800) 469-2222.

Also, Sears has gone national with its availability of Lands' End clothes for men, women and children at all full-line stores. All stores will carry best-sellers from the popular catalog, but selection will vary according to location.

Beyond the ionic dryer: Ionic hair dryers, which are supposed to coat the hair with negative ions that attach to positive ions in wet hair and lock in moisture, are attracting attention from those looking for less static and more shine. (Good Housekeeping liked the Conair IonShine 1875 and Panasonic's Pantene Pro V, both under $25). Now comes Revlon's Aroma Dry ($20) with five interchangeable pads you spritz with perfume, then blow dry to infuse your hair with a favorite scent. (866) 858-2266.

Diamonds getting bigger: Diamonds are getting bigger. The Wall Street Journal reported recently the benchmark size of "an impressive diamond has risen from a single carat in the 1990s to two or three times that today." Brandee Dallow, public relations spokeswoman for the Diamond Information Center, says that between 1996 and 2002, sales in the half-carat ring jumped 77 percent while sales in diamond rings of a carat or more grew 81 percent. In a recent Internet study, conducted for the diamond center, 82 percent of all women stated they wanted a larger diamond. The Journal credits celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, in part, with their mega-rock rings.

It's all about the girls: It's official. Gadzooks, which was phasing out its merchandise for guys, has launched an ad campaign in September issues of Seventeen, Teen People, Lucky, ELLEgirl and YM, stressing its all-girl concept and the new tag line "Girls Tools." They also have added more fashion pages, event information and celebrity features to its interactive Web site, www.gadzooks.com.

Gay brides: After 70 years of getting brides down the aisle, Bride magazine has crossed the threshold with a full-page article on same-sex weddings in the September-October issue, dealing with issues including the appropriate attire if two women are getting married.

New for Old Spice: Ergonomically-designed handles on its shavers, Vitamin E, tea tree oil, jojoba beads and an after-shave moisturizer with sunscreen SPF 15 are earmarks of Old Spice's new line of High Endurance razors, shaving gels and after-shave products. Typical of the line are High Endurance Cleansing Pre-Shave Wash with tea tree oil to clean skin before shaving. $1.97-$5.99 at drug stores and mass merchants.


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

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