Fashions on the Mooo-veAren't quite sure what a Holstein...

INSIDE FASHION Edited by Catherine Cook

September 27, 1990|By Pat van den Beemt

Fashions on the Mooo-ve

Aren't quite sure what a Holstein cow looks like? Don't worry. If the California Milk Advisory Board's new line of cow clothing catches on, you'll be seeing more Holsteins in malls than in fields. Be on the lookout for T-shirts bearing black-and-white bovine faces and Holstein-patterned shorts, spandex leotards, leggings and bike shorts. The entire cow line was developed after the California Milk Advisory Board ran ads featuring Holstein-patterned bathing suits and was besieged by consumers who wanted cow clothes of their own. The clothes, manufactured by California-based Flyte Inc., come with a message from the California Milk Advisory Board. Be the first on your block to own a herd. Good taste is -- naturallissimo -- a prerequisite, but you want more. You want suave, sophisticated clothing with a continental flair -- and yet it must be subtle. Refined. Elegant. What you crave is Armani, and expensive trips to Milan are out of the question. Well, Saks Fifth Avenue's new Armani Les Collezioni boutique for men means you've got one more place close to home to indulge your tastes. Les Collezioni is the bridge collection based on Armani's couture offerings, averaging about $500 to $700 less than couture for a suit.

*Gazelle Ltd. is bounding out of its Baltimore borders and opening up a second store in Washington, D.C.'s Chevy Chase Pavilion on Oct. 17. The Cross Keys craft and "wearable art" concern has come a long way in its 10 years of existence. "I started out in a barn on my property at home. We worked on an appointment-only basis," says Amanda Black, owner and president.

*The service might not be quite up to Nordstrom's legendary standards -- a store that doesn't require a sales receipt for returns is exceptional -- but at 30 percent to 70 percent off, who cares? Nordstrom has opened its first East Coast "Nordstrom Rack" store in Potomac Mills, Va. Though the return policy is not as lenient as at full-line stores, most customers will probably find it generous enough -- merchandise can be returned to a Rack store, with a receipt, within one month. And a discount store that calls customers when favorite vendors come in must be up there on the service list. (Nordstrom will open a full line store in the Towsontown Centre in Spring of 1992.)

Donna Peremes The bead has been in existence for over 10,000 years, according to the Jewelry Industry Council, and will probably be around 10,000 more. Over the next few months, the trusty old trinket will take an exalted place among its ornamental peers as the Baltimore-Washington corridor hosts two museum exhibits and an international conference devoted exclusively to the subject.

"A Shared Tradition: Native North American Beadwork," the current bead-related exhibit at the BMA, focuses on the 19th and 20th century beadwork of the Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Lakota and Ojibwe tribes.

The exhibit was planned in conjunction with the International Bead Conference, to be held Oct. 6-7 in Washington, D.C. Vendor shows and a juried designer jewelry showcase, sponsored by the Bead Society of Greater Washington, will be open to the public.

Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. N.W.

A second BMA exhibit, "Ndebele Beadwork," scheduled to open Oct. 2, focuses on the elaborate, painstaking beadwork of the Ndebele tribe of South Africa. That exhibit was planned in conjunction with an African Studies Association conference, Oct. 30 to Nov. 4, at the Omni International Hotel.

Donna Peremes

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