The beat goes on
There's no doubt Valentine's Day is nearing. Heart motifs are everywhere. You expect to find them on boxer shorts and lingerie this time of year, but why stop there?
Heart applique T-shirts? Very trendy.
Heart-shaped cosmetics? Naturistics puts its fruit-flavored lip glosses in heart-shaped pots.
Heart-themed accessories? They're for all ages, but girls will especially go for Valentine hair accessories, handbags and socks. The sequined bag and anklets shown here are from Children's Place.
And for the home, look for heart-shaped candles, picture frames and tiny jewelry boxes.
Just perfect for storing those diamond heart-shaped earrings.
Going to all lengths
When shopping the winter sales for a new dress coat, keep this in mind: The best length coat to buy is one that is an inch longer than your longest skirt.
If Italian designers have their way, trend-conscious men will be turning back to traditional looks in the months to come.
That's the word from Milan, where next winter's fashion previews for men were recently staged.
"While designers continue to radically redefine the male wardrobe . . . the fashion pendulum at the autumn-winter 200 0/2 001 collections seems to be swinging away from street-inspired, baggy looks and back toward the old standbys of jacket and suit," reports Reuters news service.
Ahh, but that's just part of the fashion picture from overseas.
Designer Laura Biagiotti flung carpet-inspired wraps over guys' shoulders. Donatella Versace paired red pants with matching see-through turtlenecks. And Valentino opted for white, karate-inspired jumpsuits.
Complete with black belts.
Wear the pants
Speaking of menswear, fashion designers have stolen the mannish style of Katharine Hepburn yet again for spring, reports SELF magazine.
One tailored look to try: Pair pencil-slim pants with a tucked-in, fitted shirt. To pull it all together, add a skinny belt.
How liberating!, writes SELF.
And finally ...
"Bags and shoes are my weakness. Chewing gum is my vice and knitting is my avocation."
Joan Crawford, from "Star Style: Hollywood legends as fashion icons," by Patty Fox (Angel City Press, $18.95).