Eclectic eye wear is a spectacle

Candid Closet

November 02, 1995|By Mary Corey | Mary Corey,SUN STAFF

You'll know Kenny Saenz by his shades.

The bronze-framed specs festooned with hardware supplies are definite attention getters, but so are his DKNY ensembles and his straight-arrow suits.

The 38-year-old hair designer who works at D.K. Salon and lives in Ednor Gardens doesn't like to be pegged to one look, preferring instead a more free-wheeling fashion approach.

Says Mr. Saenz, "I even wear my hair 10 different ways."

How would you sum up your style?

Classic with a twist. The twist could be whatever I'm in the mood for. The style might range from artsy to even sometimes boring.

If money were no object, how would you dress?

Totally DKNY. I just love her style. It's probably the only off-the-rack item that fits me like a dream.

What aspect of your attire do people talk about most?

Glasses. I have a fairly reasonable little collection going on.

How many is that?

A couple dozen. Since I don't wear jewelry, that's my accessory. I normally go for black, pewter or gold frames. I've even been known to find costume glasses and have lenses put in. That's what I did with my sunglasses. I got them at Commander Salamander for $10. People think I paid $400. They're bronze and round and held together by bolts and springs.

What's the last thing we'd ever find you wearing?

Anything out of the '60s. Even though it's big right now, I think the clothes are horrible.

Is there one outfit in your closet that gets the most wear?

A pair of DKNY beige pants, a vest with a vintage black and tan pattern and a mandarin collar shirt with a fine black stripe. When I'm having a bad day, I know if I look good I'll feel good. In my opinion, I look good in that outfit. It works better for me than a cup of coffee.

Where do you shop?

Everywhere -- from Nordstrom to Abercrombie & Fitch.

What's your funniest clothing story?

My stupidest one happened when I first started wearing better clothing. I ran out and bought a $275 green and black shirt. I wore it half a day, decided I hated it and came home to change. It still hangs in my closet as a reminder of my stupidity. It taught me that I just shouldn't buy for the sake of wanting to buy.

What was wrong with it?

The collar. It was too pointy.

What's your best piece of fashion advice?

Buy what you like, not what anyone else likes.

Who dresses better than you?

Tom Hanks. His clothes fit like dynamite.

Whom do you dress better than?

Seventy-five percent of the general public.

You don't sound like a suit and tie guy.

For me, it's fun to wear them because I don't have to on an everyday basis. It's like a kid playing dress up.

What aspect of dressing still causes you the most problems?

Finding decent belts. There's nothing out there. Everything's either too conservative or too funky.

What do you most regret having once worn?

This lime green sports jacket. I was going to a fund-raiser at the Meyerhoff. I decided I was going to look a little funkier than my norm, but I think I funked out.

If you could only add one thing to your wardrobe in the next year, what would it be?

An Armani tux.

Do you know some dressers? Let us know. Write to Mary Corey, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278.

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