Ebony and elegance
The Ebony Fashion Fair is as close as Baltimore gets to international couture. These are designer fantasies that few wallets -- or figures -- can handle, but it's a real experience seeing those Versaces, Diors and Ferauds in motion. Eunice Johnson, wife of the head of the Ebony enterprises, visits the world's designer salons with an eye to finding the most dramatic and audacious turnouts for the show. Women can dream, and the 39th annual fashion highlight is an opportunity to revel in extravagance.
The Baltimore alumnae of Delta Sigma Theta have sponsored the show since its inception, and it is the chapter's major fund-raiser of the year. The event takes place Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Call the ticket hot line (410) 483-0087 for sales information.
Remember grandmother's charm bracelet? Her little talismans were collected over the years and represented meaningful moments -- a mortar board for graduation, a tiny Eiffel Tower from that first trip abroad, a secret token from a beau.
Today's charm bracelets jingle on the fast track. Jezlaine jewelry creates tiny camcorders, in-line skates, cellular phones, yuppie Jeeps and other icons of what youth now holds dear. Times change. The sterling link bracelets and charms are at Hecht's.
Almost a no-brainer
There are moms who can whip up a Halloween original that's up to Hollywood studio standards, but we haven't met many. Moms we know pray for help. The folks at Lands' End have come up with clothes that can be turned into costumes and then back into clothing with a few snips. They offer a $5 pattern kit which includes bunny, apple, sunflower, strawberry and dinosaur costumes in sizes from infant to preteen. Some simple cutting and hand-stitching is required. The bunny, for example, starts out in matching gray hooded sweats and gets ears and a carrot. To order the kit, call (800) 356-4444.
Good hands on deck
Sailors who keep their shoes going with duct tape and dental floss may be interested in seeing how deck shoes are really made. Sebago is sending a craftsman to demonstrate hand-sewing techniques at the U.S. Sailboat Show, which comes to Annapolis Oct. 11 to 13.
Roger Dufault has been hand-stitching shoes since 1948 and on a fair day can handle 24 pairs. He'll be at the Sebago booth from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pub Date: 10/06/96