Fashions in flower
"Art Blooms at the Walters" beginning Monday, and not a moment too soon. This annual spring fete brings out the flowers in the museum's collection and brings in artists and designers to interpret their own floral fantasies.
This year Gazelle, at the Village of Cross Keys and Chevy Chase Pavilion, has commissioned a group of American wearable art and jewelry designers to create a collection inspired by flowers. Motifs will range from silk-painted interpretations to petal shaped fortuny-pleated dresses. Among the artists are many who are familiar to area crafts connoisseurs. Baltimore fiber artist Judith Bird has created a hand-woven and painted coat especially for the "Art Blooms" show. Jewelry designs by Baltimoreans M. K. Dilli and David Bacharach will also be presented.
The Women's Committee of the Walters Art Gallery will sponsor luncheon/fashion shows twice daily at 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Call (410) 547-9000, Ext. 305.
Matching up shoes with the new long skirts can result in fashion disaster or ultimate chic, say fashion pros, who unfortunately add, "There are no rules. Certain things just look right together."
They do, however, offer guidelines.
For more serious clothes with longer hems, platform-soled shoes -- pumps or ankle-wrapped -- look newest. Alternates: heavier-looking pumps. Sexiest: strappy sandals with stretch dresses.
Casual clothes call for flats. Whether it's Calvin Klein's full/filmy skirts or Oscar de la Renta's sleek/slit linens, strappy sandals are the answer. Alternates: Ballet skimmers, thongs. Man-tailored blazers with skinny, slit skirts, as per DKNY, look nifty with socks and two-toned oxfords (picture a golf shoe or a man's spectator wing tip).
When in doubt, go with a mid-heeled mule, the chameleon of shoes because its backless styling, teamed with an in-between heel height, seems to make it appropriate for different silhouettes, be they sporty or dressy.
@ Who can resist a dashing flying ace? Who didn't fall for Robert Redford in "Out of Africa" dashing about in jodhpurs, leather jacket and white scarf? The makers of White Scarf, a new men's fragrance, have aimed to package that essential appeal.
"We designed this fragrance for men with a sense of adventure and the women who love them," says creator William D. Breneman. The fragrance comes in a cologne and after-shave and is sold exclusively at The White House, the Baltimore-based chain of upscale women's boutiques featuring all-white clothing
and accessories. White Scarf cologne costs $35 for the 1.7-
ounce size. A women's scent will be in the air later this year.
Balmy weather in Baltimore has triggered thoughts of spring cleaning and storing. It's almost time to think about packing away winter woolens. Moth Chaser, created by Scarborough and Company, is a pleasant alternative to mothballs. The potpourri mixture is borrowed from an early American herbal recipe combining cedar, lavender, sandalwood, cinnamon and tonka beans.
When storing woolens it is essential that all clothes be properly cleaned to discourage moths. Moth Chaser is sold by the "scoop" at $36 per pound and is available at Crabtree and Evelyn and specialty stores or by calling (800) 542-9439.