Tea And Company

IN STYLE

January 16, 1994|By Vida Roberts

The world is one big marketplace. The artistry of foreign fashion once was available only to the privileged. But with the advent of instant visuals and high-speed travel, fabrics and designs of faraway places quickly find their way to shops half a world away.

Traditional Japanese design, distinguished by its simplicity and refinement of natural elements, can today be integrated into any modern woman's wardrobe. The easy and roomy cuts of the floor-length kimono or shorter hapi coat are particularly suitable for informal entertaining. And when friends get together, they should be encouraged to shed their shoes and cares at the door, in the welcoming Japanese way.

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