By the cats with the hatsKangol, the British purveyor of...


August 18, 1996|By Vida Roberts | Vida Roberts,SUN FASHION EDITOR

By the cats with the hats

Kangol, the British purveyor of hats to the hip hop nation, has extended its collection to include street-smart jackets, coats, TTC sweats and T-shirts. The outerwear is fashioned in today's hot iridescent and waxed nylon and in tough cotton canvas.

The familiar kangaroo logo has been updated, too, and is now encased in a space-age bubble or comes as an embroidered patch that glows in the dark for those who want to show their colors. Kangol lines are carried by Cavalier men's shop in Landover Mall.

The downtown set may be surprised to know that Kangol also does millinery collections for uptown ladies in velours, leathers and satins with fanciful trims. There's an answer for folks who want to make a fashion statement while testifying to their Christianity at the same time. Exodus Apparel, the brainchild of designer Michael Edwards, is a line of traditional and active upscale sportswear that uses Biblical references instead of designer logos.

"Consider the Lilies of the Field" is his latest line of ladies' Ts, featuring verse and floral embroidery. There are also tough Messiah baseball jackets and hockey jerseys, discreet golf vests and polos with a Savior pocket insignia, as well as bold message T-shirts that proclaim chapter and verse or rally the faithful -- "Don't Fight Naked" on the front, with "Put on the Full Armor of God" in back.

The Exodus line is carried at the Baltimore Baptist Bookstore on Belair Road. Call (800) 448-4720 for a catalog. The days of teensy and delicate jewelry are numbered. It may be the result of her New Age spiritualism, but Donna Karan has gone back to nature and seems to be inseparable from her chunky amber necklaces and pendants, which she has worn to take bows at her spring, fall and menswear collections. It may also be that large, rough-and-tumble semiprecious stone and crystal necklaces are prominent in her fall jewelry line. The big rocks have a rich earth-mother look to them, but are a handsome contrast to today's modern and spare silhouettes.

Donna's chunky jewelry is pricey, so it might be smart to look for reasonable facsimiles at the craft fairs and ethnic fetes that dot the fall calendar. Aveda, the cosmetics company that popularized the notion of aromatherapy in America, has a line of jewelry that allows wearers to carry along their personal aura. Miniature sterling containers, some accented with semiprecious stones, are designed to be filled with fragrance and can be worn on the neck or carried. The limited-edition Mars bottle and Luna necklace, shown here, have the quality of a talisman yet are sculpturally modern in feeling. For information, call (800) 283-3269.

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