Stepping elegantlyAfter business is settled, assignments...

Inside Fashion

March 05, 1992|By Vida Roberts | Vida Roberts,New York Times News ServiceEdited by Catherine Cook

Stepping elegantly

After business is settled, assignments dispersed and plans drafted the conversation will turn to shoes. Women who juggle career, family and a heavy social schedule want to walk in high fashion even when they are on the run. It takes a woman of style and sensibility to under-stand that need. Charna Garber, who with her daughter Ellise Garber designs the d'Rosanna shoe line, has that dramatic sense and the answers.

The creative initiative was taken by Charna Garber, who after many years experience in the shoe business decided to strike out on her own. The designs clicked with women of fashion and buyers for the finest stores.

"We look to the Europeans -- Lagerfeld, Lacroix, St. Laurent -- for key trends and then interpret them for the American market," Ms. Garber says. "I believe in beautiful shoes that support the foot lovingly. This season we offer shoes to complete any look -- sandals, platforms, dressy evening designs and classic suit pumps."

The Garber design team -- mother, daughter and an all-woman professional staff -- bring the d'Rosanna collection to a trunk show at Hess Shoes, Cross Keys on Saturday. "A trunk show is an opportunity to see an entire line. It shows a designer's direction and gives a woman the first opportunity to find the perfect shoe in her size," says Ms. Garber. "Some customers bring in their new spring purchases and seek our assistance in choosing coordinated shoes."

It's a pampered way to shop.

Twin sets -- cardigan sweaters paired with matching short-sleeve pullovers -- suddenly seem irresistible. They feel just right when worn with a flared skirt that ends above the knee, or with a skirt that stretches like a stem toward the feet. They also look great topping a pair of leggings.

Perhaps this has something to do with the desire for timeless style that is wafting into fashion this spring. At any rate, the simpler and more familiar the shapes of these sweaters, the better.

Whatever fabric or color, sweater sets add classic balance to strong modern silhouettes.

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