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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…

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…

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…

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 …

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 …

Supply lists! Sneaker shopping! Last-minute doctor appointments! No wonder many parents feel like pulling out their hair this time of year.We can help. Here’s our A-to-Z guide filled with tips and ideas that will make things run a little smoother.A is for Alarm clock. Even kindergartners can use an alarm clock with some practice. Imagine the fun they will have picking on…

A cargo jacket over a floral dress. Denim jeggings with wedge sneakers. Leopard-print pants with a plaid shirt.This fall, the back-to-school crowd may give new meaning to the phrase mix and match.“Galactic leggings with a bunny sweater? Uh, yeah. Normal is boring. Embrace your inner weird!” suggests dELiA’s, the retailer that dresses young teen girls, on its website.…

Sweater watchAs wardrobes begin to transition to cooler weather, one trend to watch for is the mixed-media sweater. Gap sells a knit color-block crewneck with mesh sleeves and V-shaped patch at the center of the neckline. The mesh accents are nice for showing a peek of pattern underneath. Other brands show knit pullovers with lace fronts, cardigans with contrasting sleeves…

No one is trying to rush into fall here, but before long, days will grow cooler, summer staples will feel too beach-y, and newly arrived printed pumps will catch your eye at the shopping mall.Well, your summer sandals are looking a little tired.What to wear? If you’re beginning to think about how to shift your summer wardrobe into early fall, we’ve dug up some tips for…

Canine designs promise to go far beyond the dog days of summer. Already fetching on decorative items for the home, as well as on some apparel, man’s best friend is moving into fall collections as well.We sniffed out just a few options available now or coming soon.Mutt shot: The Charmix dog sweater, $39, is part of the Joe Fresh fall collection expected in September at J.…

July is National Ice Cream Month and it’s been so ever since President Ronald Reagan endorsed it in 1984. But let’s talk now. • Besides indulging in your favorite flavors, you can also find ice-cream-themed home decor, clothing and accessories that provide a visual treat for no calories. You can go subtle – sundae motifs on a dish towel, perhaps – or all out. T…