The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on September 29, 1996 · Page 66
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 66

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, September 29, 1996
Page 66
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4 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29. 1996 THE SALINA JOURNAL Get your fashion from Nick At Nite Parents may look to Paris but loo's are turning to their favorite fashion haven, Nickelodeon television, when they want fashion inspiration. Those all-night reruns of vintage sitcoms, such as "The Brady Bunch," "Welcome Back, Rotter" (starring a very young John Travolta), "Mary Tyler Moore," "Rhoda" and even the "Sonny and Cher" variety show have introduced a whole new generation to polyester, flared pants and A-line dresses, say retail experts such as Maureen Wright, fashion consultant for Mervyn's California stores. "Peace, love, hip-huggers, . corduroy and disco — they recall memories," Wright said. "This year, the resurgence of these '70s trends will make it hard to know whether it's 1996 or 1976 when you look at a room of high school students." Wright added that the retro trend may even help parent- child bonding, especially if parents are willing to share an original happy face button or "Love Story" era peacoat and knit cap. Talk about time warp. "A few years ago teens would have laughed at the clothes of the '70s," said Laura Cervone, T.J. Maxx fashion consultant. "Times have changed, however, and now floppy collars, hipsters and stretchy polyester knits have invaded the market." Key items, Cervone said, are barely-there "Father-shockers" like navel-baring tops with zip fronts and V-necks, tight pants that sit low on the hip and super-short A-line skirts in clingy cyber-fabrics. Sears spokewoman Mary • Kwan said many of the TV shows — current hits as well as reruns — have affected children's clothing. She cited "Seinfeld" as a major influence, zeroing in on the open-collar club shirts favored by the sitcom's thrift-shop-loving character, Kramer. Of course, all this new fashion awareness will cost parents more money than in previous years, but Kwan said she be- FAMILY HEIRLOOMS Yesterday's charm combines with the beauty of solid oak! Heirloom Quality to enjoy now and for future generations! MANY NEW STYLES including secretary/curio and Victorian Showcase! FQREVER OAK " Hondcnftti Oak Furniture & Accents" 1-800864-4429 823-9729 019 E. Crawford Elmore Center Monday-Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-4 Layaway Christmas! lieves the new styles are worth it because they're more parent-friendly. JC Penney spokesman Don Scaccia even calls it . the "final proof that grunge is dead" and applauds the movie "Clueless" for bringing back classics. The classic looks he and Kwan are talking about are updated versions of what parents wore in high school and college: corduroy pants, skorts and A-line jumpers; argyle sweater sets (now in washable acrylics); and plaid skirts and pants paired with matching jackets, as well as nonmatehing prints (for that geek-chic look). Also try polyester hiphuggers and body-fitting, lace-up shirts (think "Saturday Night Fever,") turtleneck sweaters, khaki flat-front (nonpleated) pants and overdyed black or deep indigo jeans worn close to the body instead of two sizes too big. Even shoes this fall are '70s-inspired. "Shoe silhouettes for boys and girls range from hearty lug-sole boots, chunky oxfords and sandals to penny loafers... and multistrap Mary Janes with square toes and chunky heels," according to Lou Lynn, who is in charge of children's shoes for JC Penney stores. She added that clogs, a '70s favorite with both boys and girls, will be returning. Clogs, the clunky slip-on shoe often worn with socks, also will be found at Target stores, according to its fashion adviser, Corbin Seitz. To complete the new ensembles, Seitz says, they'll be offering an assortment of '70s accessories such as funky polymer clay rings, necklaces and watchbands, silver rings with big fake jewels and square nylon book bags, which are looking fresher than backpacks for girls. At junior fashion depots like Rampage and Contempo Casuals, the look is big on polyester fashion (no dry cleaning or ironing required) and fake fur- trimmed clothes that Cher might have worn in her teens. Accessories include Y-necklace tiearrings, oversize movie star sunglasses, headbands, floral chiffon kerchiefe, tiny patent leather purses with handles. For fingernails, black, gold, pewter and purple metallic shades are a wanning trend. Boys, as usual, aren't big on accessories. Brown leather belts with khakis or corduroy trousers are in and zip-front or lace-up pullovers and turtleneck sweaters are it One detail to note is the white T-shirt that's once again visible under open-collar shirts and henleys, a throwback to the James Dean era. It looks great with suede oxfords and penny loafers. For the fashion-impaired who need extra help in pulling their look together, there's plenty of after-school help on the tube. In addition to sitcom reruns, savvy students can pick up fashion tips on "Clueless," ABC's new sitcom based on last year's hit film. And for those who can't make a move without validation from those '70s fashion icons Marcia and Greg Brady, stay tuned. "A Very Brady Sequel," has come to the big screen, and it's bound to stretch polyester to its retro limit. LEFT: Penny is wearing a hip black nylon jacket with lots of zippers and pockets provided by JC Penney.The ribbed white shirt and black mini skirt with matching belt are provided byTargetThe black metallic tennis shoes are provided by Brown's Shoe Fit The black nylons are provided byWarden's. PHOTO: VINO WONG Some Your coat, however, isn't one of them. NOW IS THE TIME TO HAVE YOUR WINTER COATS CLEANED • Coats • Sweaters • Suits • Blazers Leather Cleaning Available Alterations Available CLEANERS 820 E. Crawford Salina, KS 67401 Phone 913-827-9875 •^•S—<"^«^—^^^E—-^^•K--*^^BE^--'~^«E— Atlas Optical 536 S. Santa, Fe, Salina, KS "Where Vision Arid Fashion Come Together" • FASHION TINT YOUR LENSES • FRAMES REPLACED OR REPAIRED • PRESCRIPTIONS FILLED IN COOPERATION WITH YOUR OPTOMETRISTS & OPHTHALMOLOGIST • CONTACT LENS REPLACEMENT 827-7757 M-F 9 am-6 pm Sat. 9 am-5:30 pm Prescription Filled by CERTIFIED OPTICIAN DONALD K.DAVIS-Mgr, • A.B.O. 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