City Paces

August 14, 1994|By Vida Roberts | Vida Roberts,Sun Fashion Editor

Fashion is back in quickstep with the times. We had slowe down -- for a little while. We did penance for the greedy style of the '80s and its designer logos and snubby status turnouts. We've tried to be serious in the correct '90s demeanor by dressing like trail-worn pioneers, modern monastics or bedraggled Victorian match girls.

This fall we can stop pretending. There is a place for glamour, humor and color in the active life of today's urban woman -- mother, careerist, do-gooder, party-goer.

Those roles need positive energy, not guilt and anger. We hear the click of high heels drowning out the stomp of combat boots. Breezy coats are running circles around overburdened toppers. Suits with interesting trim and stitchery are pared down to move rather than being built on layers that smother.

Short, sexy dresses have come into their own, reducing dressing-up time to one zip and some red lipstick.

Vibrant color, a fuzzy texture or a youthful-looking plaid can stretch cheer though a day filled with appointments and obligations. So much more fun than perennial black.

It feels good to be moving again.


Page 15 -- Mohair coat, $690, dress, $350. Both by Tom & Linda Platt at Octavia. Gloves, $40, at Nordstrom. Sunglasses by Alain Mikli at Bernard Shear Opticians.

Page 16 -- Feathered turtleneck, $255, skirt by Russell Bennett, $245. Both at Ruth Shaw.

Page 17 -- Red pantsuit by Dana Buchman, $514, at Saks Fifth Avenue. Booties by Kenneth Cole, $120, at Nordstrom.

Page 18 -- above, Shearling coat by Nic Janik, $2,000, riding pants by Isda & Co., $240. Both at the Red Garter. Sunglasses by Concert at Bernard Shear Opticians. Boots by Freelancer, $259, at Nordstrom.

Page 18 -- below, Khaki trench by Laura Ashley, $268, plaid jacket, $298, vest, $198, skirt, $88. All by Susie Tompkins at Femme. Oxford boots, $190, at Nordstrom. Hat by Liz Claiborne, $38, at Hecht's.

Page 19 -- Poodle-stitch sweater by Jones & Co., $74, at Hecht's. Sterling ring, $31, at Nordstrom. Tights by Wolford, $45, at Nan Duskin. Boots by D'RO-TOO, $210, at Nordstrom.

Page 20 -- Faux fur-trim suit by George Simonton, $500, at Jones & Jones. Tights by Wolford, $40, at Nan Duskin. Boots by Stuart Weitzman, $190, at Hess Shoes and Nordstrom.

Page 21 -- Navy coat by DKNY, $565, at Nordstrom. Vest, $118, blouse, $98. Both by Jones New York at Hecht's. Striped trousers, $58, at Express. Boots by D'RO-TOO, $210, at Nordstrom. Hat by DKNY, $85, at Macy's.

Page 22 -- Fuchsia suit by Tahari, $360, bodysuit by DKNY, $60, gloves, $40. All at Nordstrom. Tights by Wolford, $58, at Nan Duskin. Boots by Kenneth Cole, $120, at Nordstrom.

Cover -- Green cotton coat, $2,540, plaid suit, $2,700, muffler, $420. All by Bill Blass at Nan Duskin.

Styling by Pascale Lemaire. Makeup by Eric Spearman/Zoli Illusions. Hair by Jeffrey Woodley/Zoli Illusions. Assistance by Tracey Freeman. Models: Marianne Goco and Kristi West/Nova Models.

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