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Susan Martin

Susan Martin is Home & Style Editor at The Buffalo News. She is a native of Western New York and graduated from St. Lawrence University and Syracuse University.


After all the opulent fashion shows presented in trendy showrooms and New York's finest hotels, two designers dared to be different.Rather than staging a big runway extravaganza last week, Eleanor P. Brenner presented four informal previews in her showroom. She contributed the money she saved to help battered women and children.Norma Kamali took a chance on the weathe…

It's fashion week in New York, and if you like designer clothes, this is the place to be.Where else in America are garment racks frantically maneuvered through city streets as pedestrians and cabdrivers try to avoid the closets on wheels?Where else can one watch Deborah Norville of NBC's "Today" show report the morning news and then see her a couple of hours later at …

IT'S A CREEPY feeling: Tomorrow's Halloween, and you don't know what the devil to wear.Sure, every trick-or-treater under age 13 has been planning a costume for months. But that's kid stuff, you say. You're a procrastinating adult now.A procrastinating adult without a costume, that is.So maybe you're invited to a costume party; maybe you're supposed to dress up for wo…

FORGET VOGUE and GQ. There'll be no trends talk here. No fashion forecasts. No designer discussion. This story is about your neighbors, bosses, friends and relatives -- and what they wear to step out in Western New York.Whether it's dressing up for an exhibition opening or dressing down for a Bills game, one observation is clear: Some folks follow traditional dress c…

SOME PARENTS know the sounds all too well: brassy cough, labored breathing, hoarseness.When croup season hits, nobody sleeps."The usual story is that a child will have a cold for a day or so -- or maybe it will even start that evening -- and suddenly wake up during the night with this barky, seal-like cough," said Dr. Joseph M. Mattimore, chief of pediatrics at Mercy …

THEY'RE HEEERRRE: From "St. Elsewhere" scripts written by Buffalo native Tom Fontana (Buffalo State College) to performance tapes of avant-garde "New Music" (UB), Western New York is busting with information.Here is just a sampling of what can be found around the region:Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier -- North Jefferson Branch Library, 332…

FAMOUS FILESTO SOME, archives is a dirty word. It brings to mind all those dusty documents stored in dark, dingy places.Unfortunately, the value of archives -- dusty or otherwise -- is misunderstood. And the image of the people who keep them -- the archivists -- is not always the greatest.For the record: Those perceptions are changing. Believe it or not, archives are …

LONG? SHORT? Poufed? Tailored? Dressing formally comes naturally to many women attending the Philharmonic Ball. But for those who have not donned anything taffeta, silk or velvet since last being chosen as a bridesmaid, it's a different story.In a way, that's what makes dressing for the ball all the more interesting.At Rique Fashions, a man who identifies himself only…

EACH ENVELOPE IS addressed by hand, but the list of more than 2,500 guests is computerized. The Philharmonic's most active supporters attend, but some seats are filled by guests who may rarely darken the doors of Kleinhans Music Hall.The event is dubbed "black tie," but an occasional tailored dress may be spotted on the dance floor.Today, tradition blends with innova…

Babar is coming to the Buffalo Zoo. Literally.So is Clifford the Big Red Dog. Jemima Puddle-Duck. And the Frog and the Toad.It's all part of a special celebration of books planned in conjunction with the Buffalo Zoo's Zoo-per Pumpkin Patch and a national campaign initiated by the Library of Congress to spotlight 1989 as "The Year of the Young Reader."The Zooper Pumpki…

IT'S TIME TO TALK coats. Before the big chill arrives. What's new in collections? Color, for one thing. A pumpkin-colored coat -- in either a bright or burnished shade -- may be the liveliest way to wake up your wardrobe when the air turns cold. Designer Steve Fabrikant falls for the new color -- plus a new shape -- with his vibrant orange "pyramid" wool/cashmere coa…

Unexpected colors. Luxe fabrics. Sporty shapes. These are a few of the season's signals -- details that distinguish this fall from all others. When pulling together a cool-weather wardrobe, remember these focal points; they're the season's final notes: WRAPS AND TIES: Many skirts, blouses and jackets show wrapped and draped effects -- a sign that suits do not have…

Expect no one length this fall. No one look. No one trend. Instead, designers offer women a variety of styles that can best be described as reinvented classics. Nothing too revolutionary; nothing too ruffled.Following several not-so-successful fashion seasons -- first unwearable poufs invaded the fashion scene, then a series of ho-hum styles few could get excited about…

Unexpected colors. Luxe fabrics. Sporty shapes. These are a few of the season's signals -- details that distinguish this fall from all others. When pulling together a cool-weather wardrobe, remember these focal points; they're the season's final notes: WRAPS AND TIES: Many skirts, blouses and jackets show wrapped and draped effects -- a sign that suits do not have…

IN HIS USUAL quirky style, humorist Dave Barry once explained how women differ from men: Women, he said, are persons who, in a coed ball game where an infant is at risk, will elect to save the child without even considering whether runners are left on base.Women, indeed, make their decisions differently, said Marjorie C. Mix, who addressed members of Women for Downtow…