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Fashion !Ioo Auflrtco (Stvrtea Frithiy.Jaiuiai-y 22. 1988- Pin t V 13 Cutting Path to New Career Is No Sweat Clotheslines Downsize Double-Breasted Jacket for an Upscale Look By MARY ROURKli, Times Stuff Writer Through the window of a shop called Laporte, you see spools of yarn and stacks of sweaters, but not the barber's chair behind them. And certainly not Ly n Laporte. She's cutting hair on the far side of a partition made of cans filled with shoulder pads. But after more than 20 years with the clippers, she wants to start a second business. These days, she's gearing up for changes ahead, playing self-esteem tapes or tuning the radio at work to the all-religious-music station. The regular customers to her barber shop have seen stranger phases. Some of the men have been with her for 20 years. By now Laporte seems to understand men well. They've been the most important people in her life, she says. Women usually strike her as too difficult and indirect. She won't cut their hair, except for the half dozen or so she considers to be like her. "Handsome women, and not fussy about themselves." If they want to stay occupied while they wait, they can play pool like everybody else. There's a portable table in the waiting area, and some customers say they've seen Laporte after work, shooting a game at Barney's Beanery. Because she's always surrounded by men, you would think she the target of a wayward suggestion from a man who was a boutique buyer and that she has failed to collect from a shop that has owed her several thousand dollars since last spring. "There are a million mistakes to make, and I've made them," she says in her matter-of-fact way. "You've got to have courage. A faint heart doesn't make it." If nothing else, her adventures have supplied months of conversation around the barber's chair. "I like to talk to my customers," Laporte says. She makes sure she has time, by scheduling appointments 45 minutes apart. The men have advised her on how to perfect the sweater's shape by changing it in very small ways. "Men love to educate and help you," she says. "I keep taking the kinks out. I want the best crew neck in the world." There is only one basic style. It's for women too, made of cotton or wool, done in one of three traditional stitches and priced from $350. The style is so classic she never plans to change it. "I want to do for sweaters what I do for hair," she says. "I give the same haircut now that I gave 22 years ago. I'll make the same sweater 22 years from now." Laporte's shop is in the Anti-quarius mall on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles. in bolts intended for swimwear. Q: 1 am enclosing an illustration of my bridesmaid dress a strapless, calf-length gown in peach taffeta. I'd like to wear this dress on a cruise, but I feel the need to add something to the bustline area so it doesn't look so bare. I'm 27, 5 feet 8 and rather top-heavy, although I don't look it in this dress. Should I wear it with a cropped jacket? A shawl? Any other ideas? F.C. A: Take a page from Karl Lager-feld's sketch pad for Chanel, and attach a row of black lace ruffles to the top of your strapless bodice, then continue the black trim idea with black piping at the waistline. Wear your dress with long black lace gloves, black lace stockings and black grosgrain pumps. A black lace mantilla would be the ideal wrap. Q: In recent months I have discovered many uses for my mother's lovely old handkerchiefs. Unfortunately, my supply has run out. Where can I get "ladies" FERNANDO FLORF.S Jean-Claude de Luca's jacket for spring curves in at waist. handkerchiefs? J.H. A: Irish linen handkerchiefs for men and women are available at the Vermont Country Store, Box 3000, Manchester Center, Vt. 05255-3000. Two styles are available for women, both 10 inch square. One is a linen with a 1V4-inch -wide cotton lace edge in a Shamrock design priced at $9.90 for two. The other is a linen with double-spoke hemstitching priced at $4.50 for two. The men's style is the classic 16!4-inch linen with half-inch-wide hemstitching. Two men's handkerchiefs are priced at $9.50. C L US I V E L Los Angeles Times Lyn Laporte dressed for them, but she doesn't. Not in a way most women would. Around the shop she wears black suede pumps and dark hosiery, trousers and one of her hand-knit sweaters. She considers herself to be a man's sort of woman mainly because she is like them. In her words, "I more build than decorate." Until a year ago, when she got serious about sweaters, she didn't know much about the fashion business. Since then she's had her share of misadventures. She says she was U rent looks in print! By MARYLOU LUTHER Question: About four years ago, during the height of the oversize look, I bought a navy linen double-breasted jacket. I like it because the extended shoulders with generous shoulder pads make me look thinner. Is this jacket hopelessly out of date? If so, what can I do to make it look more current? H.D.B. Answer: Substitute shoulder pads that are one size smaller than the originals, give your jacket a curve at the waistline by darting it twice on each side, front and back, and your newly renovated jacket should look something like this new spring creation by Paris designer Jean-Claude de Luca for Steilmann. The ideal skirt-mate for this jacket is a short, narrow sheath a look De Luca makes comfortable by the use of stretch fabrics. If your old, below-the-knee skirts from the same period as your jacket are not sheath styles, make yourself a new one in a stretch floral print. You're most likely to find the fabric E X Our stores are located i Pasadena, - R S Washed silk in tiny Beverly Center, Manhattan Beach, floral pattern. The pleated blouse, 90.00. The slim skirt, 76.00. Both, sizes s-m-l. Black with white, red with white or turquoise with black. 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