Mules trot back into fashionJane Fonda wears them with...

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August 29, 1991|By Seattle TimesNew York Times News ServiceNew York Times News Service

Mules trot back into fashion

Jane Fonda wears them with miniskirts. Women on the streets of Los Angeles and New York wear them with ankle-length capris and flippy short skirts.

We're talking about mules, those backless pumps that used to be de rigueur with glamour queens of the 1950s, who accessorized them with negligees and cocktail shakers.

Fashion magazines have been showcasing mules -- usually with narrow, 1- to 2-inch heels -- ever since trendsetting designer Isaac Mizrahi slipped them onto his runway models a couple of seasons ago. And fashion prognosticators say that mules are coming back in a big way.

The question, say some women, is, "Why?" Aren't they hard to walk in? Don't they fall off your feet? Aren't these the pointy, stiletto-heeled shoes that Barbie wore for decades on her arched little feet, the ones that left her standing permanently on her tippy toes?

The answer is the stubborn nature of fashion and the old adage that what goes out of vogue will someday be back in. Ellen Goldstein, chairwoman of the accessory design department at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, says that mules were "popular in the 1920s. They went out of style in the '30s and '40s. They came back in during the '50s and now they're back. Fashion is basically on a 20-year cycle, so it's about time for them to come back."

In a sign that the recession may be lifting on Seventh Avenue, Calvin Klein has taken 116 pages of advertising space in a single issue of Vanity Fair magazine.

The whopping advertising package, to appear in a separatelbound supplement in October, is the largest industry executives could remember.

"It's certainly a record for me," said Mr. Klein, who was one of the first fashion designers to place multiple-page ads in magazines. "I felt I really had something to say, and the only way I could say it was in book form."

All the ads will be for Calvin Klein Jeans, which in recent years have received far less promotion than Klein's fragrances. All the photographs were shot by Bruce Weber. The model is Carre Otis.

"The photographs say it all," Mr. Klein said. "The theme is a fantasy rock concert, shot in San Francisco, and it revolves around sex, motorcycles and rock 'n' roll. Carre lives on motorcycles and hangs around with bikers. She lives the lifestyle I was trying to portray. It's about the audience, it's about kids screaming for their modern heroes. It's on stage and back stage. It's like a movie."

"They're very suggestive and provocative," Mr. Klein said. "If I say that, trust me."

Long nails are no longer a handicap on the golf course. To the rescue: fingertip-less gloves from Pocketec Inc. of Ventnor, N.J.

Lady Classic gloves come in three sizes (small, medium, large) ++ and in six colors -- white, light blue, pink, cream, peach and soft yellow.

In leather, the glove is $15; $10 in suede. Find them at golf pro shops or by calling (800) 669-5239.

SO:--Chicago Tribune

Button up

When is a shirt not just something to hide under a jacket? When it's gussied up with fancy buttons that transform it into an important article of clothing.

But not to worry. The buttons won't get mangled in the laundry if they are the latest fad: button covers that clip onto a shirt's basic plastic buttons.

They take a variety of forms, including hearts, flowers, coins, colored stones and mirrors, cameos, cat faces and, of course, pearls. They are sold in matched or mismatched sets of six and cost from about $24 to $48.

Macy's has sold the buttons for a couple of years, but they really took off this spring, thanks to the emphasis on jewelry-like buttons by designers such as Chanel and Christian Lacroix.

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