What a gagLocal entrepreneur Jerry Weiner thinks he has...

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October 03, 1991|By Catherine Cook | Catherine Cook,Chicago TribuneChicago TribuneEdited by Catherine Cook

What a gag

Local entrepreneur Jerry Weiner thinks he has the next pet rock on his hands. He's marketing an empty bottle of cologne called NOTHING: Eau de Cologne Imaginaire.

His son Ellis Weiner, a graduate of Pikesville High and a writer for Spy Magazine, came up with the idea after noticing all the fancy, but unopened bottles of cologne cluttering his father's medicine cabinet. He suggested that an empty bottle would make a great gag gift.

His father, a marketing consultant for a stationery supply company, got enough positive response from his contacts in the business that he came up with a finished product just in time for the holidays.

The aroma is described as "a subtle blend of scent-free ingredients, imaginary essences, and air -- all skillfully combined to create the unique fragrance that is NOTHING." Suggested retail is $4.99 for 0 fl. oz. 0.0 ml. For details on availability call 764-2515. The latest trend in men's fashion looks a lot like Grandma's crazy quilt. Patchwork motifs show up this fall in everything from neckties to boxer shorts.

History buffs might link this potpourri of patchwork with the revival of styles from the '60s, but fashion experts nix the thought. Today's patchwork is more planned, they say, more architectural and is another phase of the color-block movement.

"It's like reverse chic," Roger Forsythe, vice president and design director of Perry Ellis menswear, says of patchwork. "You're doing one of the biggest no-nos in the business -- putting pattern on pattern, plaid on plaid."

Patchwork appears most frequently on shirts and sweaters. Best rule-of-thumb for wearing it: Keep it simple. A patchwork jacket looks best with a solid color polo shirt or T-shirt. If you're wearing a patchwork shirt, forget the tie.

If you lack the courage to wear patchwork this fall, it's not your only chance -- designers are carrying the look into spring 1992

collections.

@ Don't be shocked. There's an "f" word having a fling in fashion this fall.

Make that a trio of "f" words. But not to worry. Not a one has any questionable overtones.

One "f" is for feathers. The other is for fringe, and the third stands for fur -- fake and the real thing, too.

Designers are using all three -- though, wisely, most often one at a time -- to trim, decorate, accompany or otherwise enhance the season's new crop of clothes.

Feathers used are often the exuberant ones: long, curly ostrich feathers that ripple with every movement; dramatic black coq feathers that show off their iridescent green highlights as they tremble around necklines or hemlines; or the softest of all feathers, lush marabou that's so closely related to down.

Fringe appears in a variety of forms: strings of shimmery beads on evening dresses; wide strips of suede on Western-influenced jackets; even chains, taking their inspiration from Chanel, are very much in tune with all the rapper-inspired jewelry that's so au courant.

Faux fur comes in small doses as collars and cuffs on sweaters, dresses or coats or as borders of gloves. In a bigger way, fake furs are popular again this season as more women turn to warm cloth coats.

A strong reason behind the use of fringe, feathers and fur trims at this particular time is that they add an element of fun. In a season that shows no radical silhouette changes, that continues already existing color and length statements, that often favors the pragmatic and sensible rather than the innovative or avant garde, there is a need for some flair, some spirit, something different.

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