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There’s blue, and then there’s deep, rich, irresistible blue. Indigo, twilight and similar shades show up this spring on all things in home decor and fashion. It’s terrific on glazed stoneware dishes. Splendid on bedding. And a smart pick for the spring wardrobe. • Of course, white is its favorite companion. Say no more.Night sky: Shams and duvet cover in Blue Twilight F…

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The heels were high, the gowns stunning and the jewelry covetable on the Oscars red carpet Sunday night. As the arrivals began, all eyes were on the nominees – including “12 Years a Slave” actress and season style star Lupita Nyong’o – as well as on all the other celebrities walking on this runway seen around the world.Hollywood’s biggest night. Is there a better excuse to…

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The heels were high, the gowns stunning and the jewelry covetable on the Oscars red carpet Sunday night. As the arrivals began, all eyes were on the nominees – including “12 Years a Slave” actress and season style star Lupita Nyong’o – as well as on all the other celebrities walking on this runway seen around the world.Hollywood’s biggest night. Is there a better excuse to…

Red carpet trendsIn its “Awards Season Special” issue, People magazine highlights some of the top red carpet trends seen on celebrities this fall and winter at awards shows, screenings, fundraisers, etc. The top six: white gowns, sequins, princess ball gowns, provocative panels (gowns with long strips of sheer fabrics), crop tops and black lace.Who knows what will be seen …

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On this last day of February, let’s talk splashy florals instead of dark plaids. Pops of pink instead of dark jewel tones. Breezy blouses instead of that heavy wool cardigan you keep on the back of your desk chair.Spring will come and, along with it, clothes that will feel just so good to pop into. Lighter, looser, less static cling. So what’s looking fresh for the warm da…

t’s never too early to start looking at spring handbags. In fact, it may not be too early to begin carrying one. • Unlike strappy sandals and lightweight fabrics, some spring handbags can be enjoyed before the weather warms for good. • Here are some of the styles retailers are showing in their spring collections – either available now or coming soon.Color-blocked: Flap…

Dear Vicki: I need some new clothes, and I need to tell you that I have let myself become huge. My size is a problem with most all patterns, mostly because I hate elastic waist pants and skirts. Please find me a pants pattern that has a real waistband and zipper so it looks like regular clothes, just bigger. I’d like the short pants that have been around for a while.– Magg…

Rethink pink“Wink of pink” is one of the trends that Kohl’s highlights in its spring trends report. Peachy melons, sugary pales and bright salmons can all be mixed and matched.The shades can be found on just about any garment and accessory you can think of: dresses, oxford shirts, crepe blouses, skinny jeans, ankle-cropped polished cotton pants, tees, brimmed hats and scar…

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The fashion crowd undoubtedly wondered “What to wear?” this week as it faced wintry weather in New York and a schedule packed with runway shows, sometimes in out-of-the-way locations. Perhaps some in attendance dreamed of snagging a plush parka, cozy sweater or boxy coat straight from the runway as they watched designers present their collections for fall/winter 2014.The s…

It may be cold outside, but shades of turquoise make us feel as if we are in a warmer place. Trend-watchers note turquoise was a popular color on furniture and fabrics at the most recent High Point furniture market, and greenish-blue hues showed up on the runways as well. Now, as spring clothing and accessories begin breezing into stores, these colors will be hard to resis…

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NEW YORK – Driver, thank God you’re here. Take me to ... where again?New York Fashion Week descended upon the city Thursday, and with it, the vexing promise of a weekend of snow and slush. That should make the question of location even more pressing to every editor, retailer, model and hanger-on in town. Gone are the days when most fashion shows huddled together under tent…

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For something so old, lace has a way of always looking new. As spring approaches, we’re seeing short-sleeve lace dresses in trendy new hues. Lace details on shoes and handbags. Lace shorts and skirts, and many lace-front tops.“What fun lace is right now. No need to cringe at the word. It’s not your mother’s lace. This season, lace has a new attitude. It’s every-age appropr…

Foot printsIf you’re growing weary of winter boots, cheer up with a peek at some spring shoe styles. Those in fun patterns might even make you smile. There are colorful florals and abstracts that can easily become the focal point of your entire outfit but also snazzy black-and-white patterns that will add the perfect punch. • Look for patterned shoes in a variety of styl…

etals and metallic finishes are warming up in 2014 as gold, bronze and brass make stunning comebacks. Whether it’s a polished gold finish on a faucet or golden-hued shoes, you may be tempted to give nickel and chrome the cold shoulder. Take a look:Let it flow: Kohler includes gold finishes in its Purist collection of faucets. For options and buying information, visit www.k…

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Suffering from the January blues? A dab of “Bombshell” pink or “Lovers Coral” lipstick might lift your spirits. A fresh new eye shadow can do the same. Or a nail polish in an unexpected shade – possibly something in a pretty nude.January is a good time to treat yourself to some new cosmetics. A tube of lipstick is less expensive than a new outfit, but it can refresh your l…