Fun and fantasy on N.Y. runways

October 31, 1990|By Gwen Salley-Schoen | Gwen Salley-Schoen,McClatchy News Service

NEW YORK Sometimes the greatest challenge is to keep a straight face.

Such was the case Monday as fashion designers unveiled their new wares for spring and summer '91 at the Carolina Herrera show in New York. A gentleman in the suit complained rather loudly that the woman behind him had, well, poked him in a sensitive place as he was sitting down.

Note: Deborah Norville, co-host of NBC's "Today" show and noticeably pregnant, was sitting behind the man, but it was not she who "poked" him.

And it took enormous control not to laugh out loud when the last outfit in the Rebecca Moses spring '91 show turned out to be a wedding gown with a totally transparent top. The model had a terrible time deciding where to hold her bouquet. Left side, right side or in the middle she looked like she was giving signals at an Oakland A's game.

Hair patrol- There's lots of news in hair. Linda Evangelista, the Ford superstar model, started a short-hair craze about a year ago when she sheared her chestnut locks into a little-boy cut. She's now bleached her hair and it looks awful. Some people were meant to be blond. Linda was not.

On the street, the new style for young men is dreadlocks cut into a Mohawk a rather odd look to be sure. A few women are wearing ponytails wrapped up in a scarf to look like a snood. It's very chic and certainly a better use for the overpriced, snob-status Hermes scarves than tying them over a coat like a Boy Scout kerchief.

Designer Betsey Johnson has a new wig. Instead of her usual do that looked as though she cut it herself in the dark with a pairing knife, she now looks like a red-headed Cleopatra. Somehow it works with her wing-shaped, rhinestone glasses on rhinestone leash.

The Mary Tyler Moore flip is back. Nearly all the models who haven't chopped off their hair are wearing flip hairstyles with stretchy headbands. Those who haven't flipped are turning their hair into giant beehives and French twists. Looks like it's going to be a great year for hair-spray manufacturers.

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