The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on September 28, 1996 · Page 4
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A4 SATURDAY. SEPTEMBER 28. 1996 FASHION THE SALINA JOURNAL T LONG AND LEAN Extended pieces try Floor-sweeping coats top turtlenecks sweaters and trousers ' Scripps Howard News Service A long coat with matching trousers plays a key role In the long, lean look for fall. Model Sabrlna Ball of Memphis, Term., is shown In a vanilla coat and pants In poly-rayon by Claude Rene. a t AFTER A FASHION By BARBARA BRADLEY Scripps Howard News Service Fashion is narrow-minded this season, but the result is liberating. No need to chain yourself to the treadmill. Long and lean styling does the work for you. It's accomplished with a jacket that's slimmer, small-shouldered and long, and with skirts that drop to the mid-calf and ankle. It looks most dramatic in floor- sweeping coats, topping turtleneck sweaters and trousers. Linda Allard, designer for Ellen Tracy, created such an outfit in scarlet for her fall collection that would make any woman an entrance-maker. "I think everyone is looking for that clean, modern look," says Allard. "And there are many options, many ways to create the lean proportion. Using a turtleneck or deep V-neck sweater extends the line. Wearing monochromatic colors (does the same)." Donna Karan overextended with coat-like dresses dropping to the ankle, and Ralph Lauren reached for the skinniest long cashmere suits. But you can get the look at moderate prices using last year's wardrobe. A pair of slim wool trousers in a berry color and matching turtleneck by Jones New York requires only your long overcoat, maybe boots and a trailing knitted scarf for that fresh exaggeration. Your long straight skirt suddenly has legs paired with color-coordinated textured stockings and the new updated stack-heel shoe with its trimmer, taller heel. Not since Halston and the 1970s has eveningwear looked so sinewy. Matte jersey columns offer plunging necklines, halter tops and sexy cutouts. Gucci designer Tom Ford's slithering columns wowed 'em with silver buckles that dangled tauntingly inside peepholes at the waist or the hip. Nicole Miller delivers the idea at more accessible prices with a variety of cuts that are surprisingly flattering. "This is one of the best fall seasons for any woman I've seen in a long time, and not just because the clothes are more classic," says Barbara Freeling, a department store special events director. In new lines such as Lauren, and Tommy Hilfiger's women's collection, she sees classic jackets with an updated twist that seem to perk up the whole wardrobe. "They look good with matching skirts and pants, but also with jeans and leggings," she says. "I think that's what women are hungry for — pieces with lots of possibilities." "Love Story" wardrobe Preppy fashion takes on new polish and softness with clothes inspired by Ali McGraw's wardrobe in "Love Story". Look for great classics such as peacoats, roomy camel coats, big plaid . skirts and pants and tons of velvet and corduroy. Plaid is a theme itself in blanket patterns, tartans, wild-colored plaids and plaids you mix up — as in a big-plaid top with a smaller- plaid shirt. Khaki is cool again, whether it's The Associated Press Khaki, with colors ranging from cream to a deep tan, Is cool again In these twill pants. in a preppy zipfront jacket and little skirt, or the most fashionable pant of the season — a hip-riding, slim-fitting bootleg cut. The bootcut is a gentle flare, not a bellbottom. Paired with chunky heels, it can make your legs look longer. (Hip-riders can also make wide hips look wider, so proceed with caution). These days it's hard to walk into any store without seeing a pair of khakis, also known as" chinos, twills or poplins, hanging prominently on a rack. "Our twill business is just amazing," says Elizabeth Kelly, assistant manager of a Gap store. "We can't keep them in. We get them in as fast as we sell them." For many, khakis are a comfortable, dressier alternative to jeans. And where casual Fridays at work have expanded into weeks, there's a greater need for adult clothing that can be dressed up and down. The color of khakis range from a pale cre^am to a deeper, darker tan. But, according to Kelly, it's the stone color pant that everyone seems to want. Purple puts pizazz In fall The hottest new fall color? It's passionate purple and related shades such as aubergine, burgundy, wine and plum. But brown 1 is all around, camel is big and' chartreuse, lime and orange still look new. ; The '70s hits junior wear full tilt with a busload of fashions direct from "The Partridge Family" and "The Brady Bunch" years, with a: little geek chic mixed in. Expect- polyester fabrics, hip-riding' miniskirts and pants, op-art, prints, dorky knit shirts and bad-, boy color combos like sludge green with purple and brown. But there are consolations. The, clothes are mostly washable, comfortable and moderately priced. And, in moderate climates, you'll find comfy chenille, sweaters in rich colors and little: V-neck sweaters that look new' and charming with the long slim skirt. A peacoat feels light as air whipped up in a boucle knit by L.N.I. When fashion restrains itself, accessories often cut loose. Jungle • fever has seized purses, bags and. hats, which appear not only in: tiger and leopard patterns, but al-> so ocelot, zebra, giraffe, pony and. cow print. Welcome to the not-ready-for-middle-age fifties PATRICIA MCLAUGHLIN Universal Press Syndicate Studies say midlife is really not that bad. So how come it still sounds so, well, middle-aged? T his year, the leading edge of the Baby Boom gets dragged, kicking and screaming, into its 50s — and thus (horrifying thought) into official middle age. It happened to me last summer, and I'm still coming to grips with it. All year I kept thinking about my grandmother, who was 52 when I first knew her. I kept checking in the mirror for any signs of impending orange corsets, or the rust- colored, bubble-cut perm and blood-red nails from her standing appointment with Mr. Vito, or the amazing hats and matching long gloves and size 4 high heels, or the beady-eyed stone martens that chased each others' tails around her shoulders, or the dead baby alligatdr that bit her purse closed. How could I turn 50 without turning into Nanna? And how should I have my hair cut? Thanks to the insightful comments of friends, I had been made aware that my pigtails — which had started out a couple of years before as a purely utilitarian way of organizing my hair under a bicycle helmet and gradually became a regular thing because they kept my hair out of my face and didn't give me a headache — were beginning to look like a bad case of denial, a way of saying, "I may be turning 50 officially, but I'm really still 14." It's embarrassing to have the subtext of your hairstyle turn out to be so obvious, so I got a haircut, the shortest one since I actually was 14. I'd forgotten that, short, my hair waves comically in many directions of its own choosing. But that wasn't the worst of it. The worst was a compliment that shook me to my core: "That is a great middle-aged haircut!" I'm sure it was meant as a compliment. But even so. It reminded me of what Hillary Clinton said after the last campaign: that, of all the mean things people had said about her, the only one that really hurt was one she couldn't even disagree with, from a reporter — no doubt a young whippersnapper — who'd characterized her as "a middle-aged woman." See, 50 isn't the problem. Fifty is fine. The bikini's 50, and it still looks OK — on women who aren't. Preliminary reports from a gigantic study of middle age funded by the MacArthur Foundation suggest it's nowhere near as dreary, dried- up, half-hearted, boring and midlife-crisis-ridden as it's cracked up to be. (But notice that even the scientists doing the MacArthur studies are careful to refer to it as "midlife," which sounds so much more vibrant and contemporary.) Middle-aged sounds staid, stuffy, boring, settled, blah. It sounds so June Cleaver. I have a friend who describes with some amusement her teen-aged daughters' all-too-obvious assumption that her entire life revolves around them and that, once they leave for school in the morning, she sits around all day bored, waiting for them to come home so she can feed them snacks or do their laundry or drive them somewhere. Remember when we couldn't imagine what point our parents' lives could have once they were through raising us. In other words, there's a juicy new 21st-centu- ry version of middle age — free of orange corsets and beady-eyed furs — out there in the future somewhere, just waiting for us to claim it, if we can ever stop believing that grown-ups are, by definition, people older than us. That will be hard. Meanwhile, I have a temporary solution. All we have to do is agree to live to be 150. I've read a truckload of magazine stories that claim that, any day now, we'll be able to, at least if we take the right cocktail of hormones and vitamins and antioxidants and mysterious herbs from the Amazon rain forest. Sure, it'll have disadvantages, beginning with the catastrophic effect on Social Security. We probably won't be able to retire until we're 120. But — and this is why it's worth it — we won't be middle-aged until we're 75. Universal Press Suddenly, grown-ups are US. So why can't we be more grown-up about It? T NOVELTY MENSWEAR Spy-eye necktie costs $5,000 Tiny video camera lurks just below knot that's hard to tie ly JAMES BARRON J$K Times News Service ' Lydia Keys eyed the $5,000 tie she had just tied around someone else's neck. It eyed her back. ;: It does that, for it is different from the $175 ties she has tied around the necks of celebrities IJke Ahmad Rashad, George Hamilton and Jay Leno and has sold to retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue. What sets it apart is not the pattern (silver dots on a dark blue background) or the fabric (silk Jacquard), but the credit- card-size video camera just below the knot. Keys, a designer whose background also includes a stint marketing surveillance equipment, figured the tie would appeal to well-dressed VIPs who want to make clandestine recordings of important meetings, or who want their security people to. images, inc. m South 4th, SaUna 1400.827-0824 And if the tiny camera sounds like something out of James Bond, that is no surprise: Keys has been a consultant to John Gardner, the British author who took over where Ian Fleming left off. It turns out that a "tie cam" is harder to tie than an ordinary Hermes — the qamera makes it hard to get the knot just right. Keys' tie has a wire connecting the camera to an 8 mm video recorder, which Keys says can be worn around one's waist. 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