HOLIDAY and fall dressing moves beyond basic black this year into bright lights worthy of decorating a Christmas tree.
Ruby, emerald, and aquamarine blue and pink take a turn in the spotlight for both day and evening. Earrings sway and glitter their way down to the shoulder, and gold baroque jewelry quietly glimmers.
Luxury is an essential part of the fashion picture this year. Achieving this in local stores on a reasonable budget is the challenge. Leslie Lynch, fashion merchandising editor at Mademoiselle, suggests women select a few items that appeal from a list of fashion essentials. Any of the following items will update a wardrobe and are rich in the tactile factor: an oversized sweater that can double as a tunic; leggings or catsuit; low-heeled boots; textured tights; a menswear jacket or a new coat, a shawl, gold baroque jewelry, something in velvet, anything quilted.
The most fashionable addition for evening wear is not necessarily a new dress. Lynch says earrings that hang to the shoulder are the best way to add flash.
"This is a season of color," says Lynch about current fashion. "What really is different this year is there are a lot of pastels that have been re-thought for fall. It is different from spring, because they are more icy tones such as dusty rose and icy blue." Black will always be a favorite for evening, but Lynch encourages women to think about wearing white, the luxurious new neutral.
Shape is the other partner to style. "The overall tone of the season is a very soft approach," says Lynch. "You will still see menswear-inspired jackets but they are more scaled down, along with anoraks, parkas and swing coats. Underneath, the most important thing is the catsuit." Those who aren't "toothpick-thin" can pair leggings with a long sweater to get the right proportion.
Lynch will host Mademoiselle Center Stage, a fashion and beauty seminar, at noon Nov. 2 and 3 at Hunt Valley Mall. Local models will show off fashions from the mall, and Lynch will discuss the trends with Linda Oliva, another Mademoiselle editor. New York makeup artist Donald Mikula will be along to do on-stage beauty demonstrations.
People attending the free fashion event will receive gift bags with products from Mademoiselle advertisers, and have a chance to win gift certificates and other door prizes.
For more, call Hunt Valley Mall at 785-3770.