Raincoat of a different colorWe have discovered proof that...

Inside Fashion

November 01, 1990|By --Donna Peremes | --Donna Peremes,--Knight-Ridder News Service--New York Times News Service

Raincoat of a different color

We have discovered proof that designers really are making color a staple in a man's wardrobe. Burberry's, the company known for khaki trench coats, plaid lining and conservative tailoring, is launching a Thomas Burberry sportswear line. Menswear trade publication DNR reports that the line debuted in New York, Chicago and San Francisco and will make its way into the other U.S. Burberry Boutiques next year. The line is going after younger customers with such colors as pea green, bright blue and muted orange. It also will be without the signature Burberry plaid.

Bruce Willard is a savvy California businessman who's managed to maintain a childlike rapport with the free spirit of his old buddy Huckleberry Finn.

So strong is the kinship that Mr. Willard adapted the name of his men's clothing company from lines penned by Mark Twain, Huckleberry's creator: "Well, I reckon I got to light out for the territory ahead of the rest because Aunt Sally, she's going to adopt me and civilize me and I can't stand it . . ."

In an introduction on the inside cover of the first mail-order catalog for "The Territory Ahead, Clothing for the Man Within," Mr. Willard admits, "I hate to shop as much as Huck would have, and there isn't a day I wouldn't rather light out for the Territory instead of the nearest shopping mall."

Convinced that there are lots of other men who share his views, two years ago Mr. Willard, 35, and Jodie Ireland put together a line of rugged, masculine classics aimed at full-time and weekend Huck Finns.

* First, there was the mood ring. Then, we evolved to a more advanced stage of change-with-the-temperature fashion with the Mood Suit. And now, with Freezy Freakies, we've entered the space age of chameleon clothes. Freezy Freakies are jackets that reveal colors, designs, logos and messages when the temperature hits 60 degrees, an idea that sprang from the mind of 10-year-old Judah Rifkin, whose uncle, Eliot Peyser, vice president of Peyser Sportswear, made the dream real. Kids' versions are available locally at Blum's Clothing and Charlie Rudo Sports in Mondawmin Mall.

* Sweaters from Scotland, genuine Southwestern salsa and antiques from New England are just a few of the selections

available at the 34th annual Carriage House Christmas Sale. And in the giving spirit of the season, proceeds from the event will benefit patient care at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Special events include a lecture by jewelry artist Mish Tworkowski, "Santa's Silent Auction" and tours of the Evergreen House. The sale will run Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Evergreen Carriage House, 4545 N. Charles St. Admission is $5, and parking is free.

* As Mrs. Lovett in "Sweeney Todd," she taught the world to be very careful of what they put in their mouths ("Pies Pies Pies! Fresh supplies!"). And as the bicycle-riding, mystery-solving Jessica Fletcher in "Murder, She Wrote," she's the active, sharp-as-a-tack woman we'd all like to be when we grow up. So it's hardly a surprise that 65-year-old actress Angela Lansbury would have some diet and exercise tips to share with the public in her new book, "Positive Moves." What is a surprise is her frank talk on plastic surgery (she's had a chin lift), mature sex and sensuality, and self-acceptance. It's a human side to the stage and screen veteran many will be surprised to meet.

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