It's been a rollercoaster year for fashion. Last fall...

Editor's Note

August 14, 1994|By Catherine Cook | Catherine Cook,Distinction Editor

It's been a rollercoaster year for fashion. Last fall designers decreed that long and droopy was de rigueur and offered up gloomy monastic garb. By spring, the monk had evolved into a flower child in languid, loose-fitting shapes. For working women it became a challenge to find something suitable for the office.

This fall, fashion editor Vida Roberts tells us, a compromise has been reached. Costumes have moved offstage, and ladylike tailoring has taken the spotlight.

On the homefront, writer Beth Smith has uncovered for us the names of some of those artisans whose handiwork gives a home that distinctive touch, but whose phone numbers are often closely held secrets.

Those of us who have suffered through frizzy perms, split ends and bad dye jobs will identify with Mary Corey's story on the hair-stressed, which was inspired by Hillary Rodham Clinton's very public struggles with her coiffures.

And anyone who's ever wondered how a chef can serve a dozen different meals a night should check out Peter Jensen's day behind the scenes at Rudys' 2900 restaurant.

Peter discovered not only the secret to cooking for crowds but the reason chefs wear houndstooth-checked pants. When queried about the tradition, a chef responded by covering his pant leg with flour and demonstrating how well the checks disguised the spill.

The promise of easy-maintenance clothing hasn't altered Peter's wardrobe, much as he enjoyed his visit.

"This has not caused me to go out and buy houndstooth-checked pants," he says. "And it never will."

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