Slinky fabric pure gold for galas

February 27, 1997|By Elsa Klensch | Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate

I am the second wife of a successful businessman. He is a patron of the opera in our city, and we are going to the annual opera gala, the social event of the year. It is always covered by the newspapers and last year my husband's first wife had her picture prominently displayed on the society pages. This year, she is the chairwoman of the event. She is competitive and extremely sophisticated, but I plan to meet her toe-to-toe.

What is your advice on a knockout dress that will get me on the front page this time?

This season the dress is hot fashion news and, believe me, in one of the new, slinky fabrics, it can be a total knockout.

At Escada/Laurel, the Munich-based company, Stefano Guerriero recommends showing a little skin but not too much.

"A column dress with a new asymmetrical neckline, such as a one-shoulder, would be perfect. As for color, try gold. It is always flattering and certainly eye-catching."

My boyfriend would make a great model. The thing is, he has a gold tooth on each side of his mouth. He doesn't have a rough-boy, thuggish look. In fact he looks cool and very cute. Would having gold teeth prevent him from becoming a model?

For an answer I turned to John Bartlett. He's a young New York designer who puts on the most avant-garde shows. He offers this advice: "I am always looking for guys with a great style who look good in the clothes and fit the mood of the collection. I definitely think the two gold teeth are an asset more than a hindrance. They will set him apart, and that is what it's all about.

"The perfect all-American boy-next-door is only one of the looks going right now. Good luck."

Pub Date: 2/27/97

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