Thursday, September 4, 2003

Style extra: Magazine aims for full figures

New fashion publication targets the 'normal' majority of women

Joy Kraft

A new quarterly magazine, Figure, for the majority of women who wear more than a size 6, is being sold at Lane Bryant, Catherines, Fashion Bug stores and newsstands. The first 84-page issue of the $3.95 glossy, produced by a boutique marketing communications firm and Soho Publishing, gives tips on finding jeans with the right fit, tailgate parties, before-and-after makeovers and workout clothes as well as crafts, cooking and nutrition articles.

Brighton jacket giveaway

One limited-edition denim jacket decorated with colorful purses and Brighton trim will be given away at each Brighton store in September. Register for the $250 jacket at the Kenwood Towne Centre Brighton store. Details at Web site or 771-7780.

Towne Centre magazine

Hoping to catch the eye of female shoppers, Kenwood Towne Centre launched a 16-page K Magazine, with merchandise from the mall's 160 retailers in hopes of evolving into "lifestyle publication." The first issue features layouts on matching lipsticks to outfits, as well as school gear and children's rooms. Free at the mall.

Accessories at Miss Martha's

The little extras that make an outfit are featured through Saturday at a multilevel trunk show at Miss Martha's Dress Shop, 2508 Dixie Highway, in Fort Mitchell. Included: silk and cashmere pashminas, a new line of Art Effects shoes, handmade jewelry from Carlton Ridge of Louisville and leather and fur-trimmed fall creations from New York designer Jheri Richards. Information: (859) 331-7878.

Silk luxuries

If hand-embroidered silk sets your plastic trembling, stop at 2700 Erie Ave. in Hyde Park 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday for the Flying Fig trunk show. The Flying Fig design house, created by a mother-daughter team, gathers vibrantly colored, exquisitely made wraps, table linens and bridal accessories from around the world. Their scarves were included in 2002 gift baskets for Academy Award presenters. Information: 533-0042.

New lip applicator

Lipstick manufacturers seem to turn to fiddling with applicators when they run out of color variations . . . gooey glosses on wands, tubes with holes in the end that squeeze out the color and easy-pack mini-pots.

Blisslabs has filled plastic tanks that look like art markers with "long-lasting" stains that set after application. Nine shades, $18 each at During October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 20 percent of all shades of Naif (a pink color) long-lasting lip tint will be donated to Gilda's Club New York City, opened in 1995 for people touched by any type of cancer, as well as their family and friends, to learn about how to live with cancer. Information: Web site.

Night club show

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has tapped into the creativity of students at the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning for RetroFittings, a Sept. 18 fund-raiser 6-9 p.m. at the Empire at Newport on the Levee. Fashion design students will use thrift finds from St. Vincent de Paul stores to create modern looks which will be available at silent auction. $10 in advance at Web site, $15 at the door. Information: 562-8841, Ext. 25.

Children's etiquette

Programs on bringing up children with good manners begin Sept. 20 at Dillard's, Kenwood Towne Centre, Tri-County Mall, Northgate Mall and Crestview Hills Mall. Conducted by Cathi Fallon, regional director and member of the Etiquette Institute, the programs are for girls in grades 1 to 5, teens in grades 6 to 9 and boys in grades 4 to 9. Information: (888) 677-9346.

Model search

Elle magazine and Guess Watches are looking for a new face for the timekeeping company to mark its 20th anniversary in 2004.

The search is open to amateur and professional female models. Those interested in launching their face can apply at the Guess store at Kenwood Towne Centre or the Elle magazine Web site submitting an application with a recent photo.

Six hundred semifinalists will be narrowed down to 15. They will be flown to Basel, Switzerland where the winner will be announced at the 2004 Basel World Watch and Jewelry Show.

Contact Joy Kraft by phone: 768-8467; fax: 768-8330; e-mail:

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