Dear Marylou: I have some wonderful old designer scarves, and am wondering if there are any new ways of wearing them.-I.O., Oyster Bay, N.Y.
Dear I.O.: The most prestigious scarfmaker in the world, Hermes of Paris, has come out with a 32-page color brochure showing 15 ways to wear a scarf, each illustrated in one of the company's more than 800 scarf patterns.
What with skirts being so short right now, you can create the one sketched here by using two 32-inch-square scarves of the same dTC or coordinating prints. Fold one in half and tie around your waist so the opening is in back. Don't worry it's not supposed to go all the way around. Now fold the second scarf in half and tie around your waist, this time with the opening in front. You can change the look by putting the opening on the thigh or in the back. The Hermes scarves featured in the booklet are $195 each. They are hand-rolled, usually by nuns who do the work for their orders. The hem shows on the right side of the fabric, and this is the sign that it is, indeed, hand-rolled.
It's also considered chic among the young to tie an Hermes scarf "on the chin," not under it, the way Queen Elizabeth II wears her Hermes on the British postage stamp. According to American Hermes representative Libby Sunderland, the most popular scarf print in the booklet is called Astrologie an interpretation of a 400-year-old celestial charting tool used by ancient astrologers to determine the relative positions of the sun and moon. Modern zodiac signs were added to the print by Hermes artists. This zodiac scarf is shown tied to make a backless, halter-front blouse. Illustrated directions for tying each scarf are included in the booklet. You can get the booklet free if you identify yourself as a Clotheslines reader when you write to Paul Diana, Customer Service Department, Hermes of Paris, Inc., 745 Fifth Ave., Suite 800, New York, N.Y. 10151-0123.
Dear Marylou: I read somewhere that a woman in California has managed to grow green, red and pink cotton, right in the boll, and that the colors are much deeper than it is possible to get with a dye. Can you tell me more about this? A.J., Fresno, Calif.
Dear A.J.: The woman is Sally Vreseis Fox, Vreseis Limited, P.O. Box 791, Wasco, Calif. 93280. Fox calls her naturally-colored cottons Foxfibre products. The only kink in her production is that her crop was bought by a Japanese fashion company and her attempts to grow more have been thwarted by a California law prohibiting any variety of cotton breeding except the traditional white Acala cotton.
Dear Marylou: Now that color is once more fashionable, what color would you recommend for someone with blue eyes? I would prefer a shade that has a chance of remaining in fashion for awhile. D.B., Gregory, Mich.
Dear D.B.: Coco Chanel believed that red not blue was the best color for someone with blue eyes. As someone with blue eyes, I agree with her. I always get compliments when I wear red, and its fashion longevity is secure. I have never known a time when red was not fashionable.
Dear Marylou: My daughter's left foot is a different size from her right foot, and buying two pairs of shoes in two different sizes every time she needs just one new pair is becoming prohibitively expensive. A friend told me that you could supply the name of a person who finds mismates so two people can share one pair of shoes. Please help. S.T., Farmerville, La.
Dear S.T.: Write to Jeanne Sallman, The National Odd Shoe Exchange, P.O. Box 56845, Phoenix, Ariz. 85079-6845 and send outlines of your daughter's feet, plus photos or sketches of shoe styles she prefers. Fees are $35 for adults. Children under 5 are registered for nothing. Annual dues are $10, and this amount is used to cover postage for mailing out the mismates. Sallman got involved with the Exchange when her mother saw its founder Ruth Feldman on the Art Linkletter show sometime during the '50s. (Sallman wears a 6B on her left and 4B on her right.) When Feldman retired, Sallman took over the service, which now also includes helping to find mismatched socks and single gloves. These, she explains, are especially appreciated by amputees.
Marylou welcomes questions for use in this column, but regrets she cannot answer mail personally. Send your questions to Clotheslines, The Evening Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278.