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NEW YORK FASHION

Horsey set

From hacking jackets to blanket plaids, equestrian styles rode the runways during the fall fashion previews staged earlier this month in New York.

The look, which drifts in and out of style through the years, was favored by Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Donna Karan (for her DKNY collection) and others during the semi-annual event known as Fashion Week.

What to watch for come September: Jackets with suede elbow patches, velvet collars, riding coats and pants, flannel jodhpurs tucked into riding boots, tweeds and houndstooths, equestrian patterns, horse-shaped belt buckles, cutaway riding jackets, and more.

VIDEO

A fashionable spoof

Other news from New York: Designer Kenneth Cole, who is known for expressing his social conscience in his shoe and clothing ads, most recently invited New Yorkers to donate "gently worn" clothing to charity in return for a discount in his stores.

To promote his campaign and satirize politics while he's at it, Cole opened his Fall 2001 collection -- staged Feb. 12 for retailers and press at Grand Central's Vanderbilt Hall -- with a cartoon video featuring comedian-actress Kathy Griffin, the host of MTV's "Kathy's So-Called Reality" who formerly co-starred on "Suddenly Susan."

In the video spoof, Griffin solicits donations from a number of famous people including Madonna, President Bush and Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, who offered to donate uncounted presidential ballots.

INTERNET

Snap, crackle and pop

Need a smile? Click onto YM magazine's Web site, www.ym.com.

A red-lipped character with the perfect eyebrow arch welcomes you by blowing a big wad of Bazooka into a bubble and letting it pop.

MAGAZINES

A mini-Bazaar

Tired of lugging around hefty fashion magazines? Harper's Bazaar has something for you -- a miniature version of its March issue. So easy to take shopping or stash in a bag while traveling.

The mini mag, which is 30 percent smaller than its big sister and contains the identical content (better grab your reading glasses), is scheduled to appear twice a year -- in March and September.

"I'm obsessed with things that are small," Kate Betts, Harper Bazaar's editor in chief, told the New York Times.

Both pocket- and regular-size Bazaars cost the same as well: $3.

AND FINALLY . . .

"Style is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma. Fashion is something that comes after style."
John Fairchild, former publisher of Women's Wear Daily

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