Cher shares some blame for the bell-bottom revival


December 24, 1992|By Marylou Luther

Dear Marylou: Did they have a meeting or something? I'm talking about all the designers in Europe and here at home who have decided that the '70s will be the next big design inspiration. How is it that they all came up with the same decade at the same time? -- A.C., Denver, Colo.

Dear A.C.: I took your question to Milan designer Franco Moschino, whose fashion forays into the decade of macrame, crop tops and bell-bottoms dates back to the first time he ever saw Cher. According to Moschino, "Every designer my age (he's 42) has nostalgia for the '70s because we were in our 20s then and everyone's fashion roots emanate from their 20s."

Besides, about the only item of apparel women did not already have in their wardrobes during the past few years was bell-bottoms. They were due for a revival. Moschino revives them for spring in these gentle flares paired with a sleeveless wrap jacket.

Dear Marylou: What is broderie anglaise? -- D.E.D., Peoria, Ill.

Dear D.E.D.: It's the hottest new fabric direction for spring and the materialization of fashion's new femininity factor. Broderie anglaise is the French expression (English embroidery) for fine white needlework, typically applied to fine white cotton or linen for a kind of white-on-white embroidery. It encompasses eyelet, fagoting and other openwork needlework. The last time you probably saw broderie anglaise was in a christening dress.

Dear Marylou: Where can I find a selection of fake fur fabrics? -- J.A.M., Fayetteville, N.C.

Dear J.A.M.: Ten imitation fur fabrics in 60-inch widths are available at Donna Salyers' Fabulous-Furs (1-800-848-4650). Silver fox, leopard, crystal mink, honey fox, black fox, sable, champagne sheared beaver, white sheared beaver, lynx and raccoon -- all genuine fakes -- are available by the yard or as part of a kit which contains both the fake fur and one of five patterns ranging from a poncho to a cardigan jacket.

A leopard jacket kit, for example, is priced at $129 and includes 2 5/8 yards of fake leopard plus the pattern. The fake leopard fabric alone is $60 a yard. Salyers donates a portion of all proceeds to the Tony Fitzjohn/George Adamson African Wildlife Preservation Trust.

Dear Marylou: In the $35-and-under category, what clothes gift do you recommend for a 14-year-old boy? -- S.C., Newark N.J.

Dear S.C.: I took your question to the experts at Federated Department Stores (Bloomingdale's, Rich's, and Burdines are among their 220 stores nationwide) who say a hooded shirt from Byer California is the gift most likely to succeed in your category. Taken from the hip-hop trend, this shirt is usually made of 100 percent cotton, comes in fleeces and flannels in solids. plaids and madras. Prices range from $20 to $35 in junior's and young men's areas.

Marylou welcomes questions for use in this column. Writ Clotheslines, Sun Features, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278.

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