Scarlett in ParisIt's in the wind. The new novel...

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October 10, 1991|By Catherine Cook | Catherine Cook,New York TimesEdited by Catherine Cook

Scarlett in Paris

It's in the wind. The new novel "Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone With the Wind,' " (Warner Books), by Alexandra Ripley, is creating a whirlwind of sales in bookstores and fashion interest in antebellum silhouettes.

In France, the weekly magazine Madame Figaro devoted a whole issue to the subject. Clothes from several fall collections were charmingly photographed and accessorized to suggest "Le Style Scarlett." These photos may influence designers there preparing their spring showings.

But any designer who sends a dress down the runway with a full skirt with petticoats, a waistline pinched by a corselet or ankle-high front-laced booties is assumed to be under Scarlett's spell. Louis Dell'Olio said he didn't really have her in mind when he cooked up his tulle-skirted creations: "We were just trying to do something that suggested an ingenue and a vixen at the same time. But that's exactly what Scarlett was, wasn't she?"

Isaac Mizrahi, whose collection will have details like cinched waists, full skirts and Confederate-style jackets, said: "Just wait and see. In America, it will be called 'The Steal of Scarlett.' "

The '60s nostalgia that's swept the women's market in the past couple of seasons is starting to turn up in subtle ways in mainstream menswear.

While the neckties pictured here may have the conventional shape and width of the '90s, their patterns hint at the retro trend with motifs inspired by the Beatles' songs of the '60s

These Help and Yellow Submarine prints are just two of 12 created by Manhattan Menswear and available for $27.50 exclusively at Hecht's in White Marsh Mall as part of its grand opening celebrations today.

By early November they will be available at other stores in the area. Other titles in the series include Sgt. Pepper, Back In The USSR, All You Need is Love, Good Day Sunshine, Let It Be, Lucy in the Sky, Drive My Car, Do You Want to Know a Secret and Good Morning, Good Morning.

The Baltimore area shopping horizon is expanding with the "reopening" of Towson Town Center Wednesday with a three-day celebration of special give-aways, demonstrations, informal modeling and entertainment.

The reopening marks the arrival of several new stores to the area, the addition of new branches of stores already in the market and remodeling of old favorites.

Among stores new to the area are: Bostonian with fine men's dress shoes; Natural Wonders with apparel, jewelry and articles for the current gardening rage; and Audrey Jones with better career and casual wear, sizes 14-26, featuring Elisabeth and Jones New York.

Other stores joining the mall include Abercrombie & Fitch, AnnTaylor, Banana Republic, Compagnie Internationale Express, Gap, GapKids and BabyGap, Mother's Work Maternity, Talbots, Victoria's Secret, Eddie Bauer, Britches Great Outdoors and Gymboree.

And don't forget the established and local favorite stores that exist in the mall, including Hecht's, Hess Shoes, Miller Brothers, United Colors of Benneton and The Limited.

Christine Fillat

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