Model colors for turning heads

August 08, 1996|By Elsa Klensch | Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate

I'm tall and good-looking and always wanted to be a model, but my parents insisted that I train to be a nurse. Next month the benefit committee of the hospital where I work is holding a fund-raising model-search competition. As you can imagine, I am determined to win it.

We have to wear one glamorous outfit for our walk down the runway. What should I choose?

If red suits you, go for it. If not, choose white. They are the two colors that always catch the eye.

As for the dress, it should be bare, but not too revealing and definitely body-fitting, so it shows off your curves. I'd go for a slightly flared skirt. It will look more graceful when you are walking and turning, and it's a lot easier for climbing stairs. Also consider layers or soft draping. They will give a hint of what is underneath without revealing too much.

A matching jacket would be a good choice to solve the problem many beginning models have -- what to do with their hands. Start down the runway with it on, then sexily slip it off. You can then play with it as you turn and twirl.

To complete the look, wear strappy satin sandals and diamond stud earrings. They will let your beauty shine through.

I've just quit smoking after 20 years, and I feel great. But every time I open my closet I'm reminded of my old habit. My fall clothes have a stale smell of smoke.

Dry-cleaning doesn't get rid of it. Is there a process to get rid of the smell of smoke?

Yes, there is a process and many dry cleaners offer the service. Joseph Hallak of Manhattan's Hallak French Cleaners explains the use of an ozone chamber to remove smoke and pet odors.

"We put the clothes in the chamber for 12 hours. Ozone is produced by passing air through a high-frequency electrical field. It removes the odor as it oxidizes the hydrocarbons that cause it.

"If any odor still lingers it can be treated with additives in the dry-clean process."

Hallak warns, however, that stretch items may loose elasticity, and delicate dyes can fade.

Pub Date: 8/08/96

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