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Face it: Halloween is right around the corner. If you’re looking for a few frightening additions to your own little haunted house, skulls and skull-and-crossbones patterns are heading your way. § While not reserved for fright nights, they do make themselves at home among the drop-down bats, zombies and other petrifying props of the season. § Bad to the bone? You be…

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Ask a wardrobe pro what a guy should seriously consider adding to his inventory this fall, and you may be surprised by the answer.“I would definitely suggest Tingleys,” said Natalie Neumann, owner of Riverside Men’s Shop in the Northtown Plaza in Amherst.Tingleys, we asked?It turns out she’s referring to Tingley – a traditional brand of rubber overshoes that prot…

Invest in a vestf you like popping on a vest come cooler weather, this season’s styles won’t disappoint. Puffer vests in a rainbow of colors continue to be popular, while faux – be it fur or leather – is trendy for fall. A faux fur vest dresses up an outfit; a faux leather “moto” vest adds a bit of edginess. Fleece and knits are other options.Shown left: A faux…

Dear Vicki: I love to sew. It allows me to really splurge and buy an occasional very expensive piece of clothing because I can make many other pieces so cheaply. I would like a suggestion for a dress. I seem to be really attracted to skirts and dresses now. I am wanting a dress that is special but not for a special occasion. I work in a showroom, so it can’t be sexy or l…

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Rihanna with a cascading fishtail side braid. Eva Chen, the editor-in-chief of Lucky magazine, on Instagram with her purple locks woven into a slightly tousled crown braid. Allison Williams at an Emmys weekend party in a complicated French braid.Once relegated to the beer halls of Oktoberfest, the girlish braid has shown surprising staying power since it began to reappear …

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If you think some of this season’s sweaters smack of the 1970s or some other distant decade, you’re right. Preppy pullovers, bold graphics and even some cowl necks can all be found.Add to these old-time classics some of the latest trends, and women may put sweaters at the top of their fall shopping lists.Particularly noteworthy is the mixed-fabric sweater. A knit with …

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Fall is the time for dressing a little more fancy, and embellishment always helps. In the spotlight this season are decorative buttons, gold chains, bows, strap and buckle details, and studs galore.What’s striking is how these dressy details sometimes spill over into home furnishings and accessories. We spotted a gold chain overlay on a toss pillow and a leather strap on…

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WASHINGTON – Thirty years ago, a good girl didn’t do this. A good girl didn’t walk into an establishment plastered with images of dragons and flames, hike her shirt up over one shoulder and let her body be injected with ink. Especially not if she was, like Darlene Nash, a 57-year-old grandmother.But America has changed since then, and so has Nash. “When I was young…

It’s always fun to dig through a bin of gourds and look for the whackiest shapes and colors. Take them home, pile them in a basket or bowl and you have instant fall decor.But gourds inspire other seasonal accessories and art pieces as well, to be used alone or as part of a harvest-theme arrangement.Bonus: They will last longer than your jack-’o-lantern.Illuminating: Gl…

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White tailored shirt? Definitely. White denim jeans? Possibly. White linen skirt? Probably not.While it may come down to fabric, style or even the outside temperature, white after Labor Day continues to spark conversation. And some debates, too. (Just Google it).Tamara Olivieri grew up in the no-white-after-Labor-Day tradition, but she always interpreted it this way: “No…

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Morgan Walsh always dreamed of becoming a fashion designer. Now she has something special to add to her portfolio: a dress designed from toilet paper for a recent New York Fashion Week runway show.Walsh, a student in the fashion and textile technology program at SUNY Buffalo State, was commissioned to design the dress by the Cottonelle brand after submitting sketches. The …

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Some bold. Some beautiful. Some bizarre. It’s New York Fashion Week. We shouldn’t expect otherwise on the runways.Designers unveiled their Spring 2014 collections in New York the past eight days, and if it’s cropped tops you’ve been longing for, you won’t be disappointed. Styles range from cropped-to-the-waist shirts to the more abbreviated bra top. Cut-outs and …

Dear Readers: This is in addition to last week’s column about the mother-of-the-groom outfit. Now, the dress underneath is probably going to be Vogue 1154 from designers Badgley Mischka, but I have an alternative (next week). This dress has a truly wonderful skirt; the arrangement of pleats and the narrow pegged hem make a fullness that will mask the fullness of your bod…

Moto madnessMotorcycle-inspired jackets – called moto jackets, for short – are a big trend for fall. They come in real leather, faux leather and other fabrics as well. Styles are all over the map. Bold zippers or minimal hardware. Cropped lengths or extended to the hip. Dressed up with a dress or dressed down with jeans.We’ve seen them in fall collections from Macy…

DETROIT – Honoring the mentor who taught them how to “perform for kings and queens,” some Motown luminaries paid tribute to Maxine Powell on Monday night.In a warm, nostalgic reception at the Motown Historical Museum in Detroit, artists including Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves and the Four Tops’ Duke Fakir gathered to greet and applaud the woman who ran Motown’s …