Finally, real style for bridesmaids


January 05, 1995|By Vida Roberts | Vida Roberts,Sun Fashion Editor

Bridesmaid dresses, as those who have been subjected to them can testify, tend to dumb down any fashion smarts a woman possesses. Not that brides don't try to help, it's just that they're more concerned with the look of the wedding than their bridesmaids' behinds.

"No one [no matter how young, no matter how beautiful] looks good in teal taffeta. Remember, you will still have friends if you let them wear something . . . well . . . cooler," says trendy designer Nicole Miller.

Having made her case against Bo-Peep wedding parties, she is introducing her first collection of bridesmaid and special occasion dresses. The designs are based on her own collection, with a choice of color and length variations in 10 basic silhouettes.

Some of the more forward styles can be had with matching jackets to adapt to more conservative weddings, or for individuals who want their arms covered.

The dresses can be sorted out in a 4-by-5 mini-catalog which shows photos and illustrations along with color choices and is an easy way for all members of the party to compare notes.

The catalog is available at Panache in Lutherville, Jones & Jones in Cross Keys and Robinson's Bridal and Formal in Glen Burnie.

Role reversals: Stephen Sprouse, who made a lot of noise with his neon and graffiti clothes in the early '80s, has taken a job in TC museum. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland has hired him as a costume curator for the museum's fashion installations. Not a total stretch for a designer who's dressed such luminaries as Axl Rose, Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop and Billy Idol.

The collection will include some of James Brown's sparkle suits, John Lennon's Sergeant Pepper uniform, Janis Joplin's rock rags and some vintage Sting.

Mr. Sprouse will be responsible for giving the exhibits the right look and attitude. The Hall of Fame is set to open in September.

Meanwhile, supermodel Naomi Campbell's novel is creating less of a sensation than her navel has done in the past. "Swan," her bare-and-tell book set in the modeling world, hasn't hit the best seller lists here as it did in Britain where it was first published.

Perhaps it's the revelation that the swivel-hipped one never set pen to paper and that the story was actually ghosted and plotted by author/editor Caroline Upcher.

Illusion seems to work better on the runway than it does in the book store. Die-hard model watchers can buy it at Waldenbooks for $20, the same price as a designer lipstick.

Think about it.

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