Print cover-up makes a romantic poolside touch

April 10, 1997|By Elsa Klensch | Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate

I am the happy author of a romance novel that is coming out in June. My publicist has planned a pool-side press party to launch it. As there will be photographers, she insists I wear a swimsuit and cover-up with ruffles, lace and embroidery.

But I'm a dramatic rather than a feminine type, and I would feel most uncomfortable in such an outfit. Have you any suggestions?

Go for a romantic print. Prints are high fashion this season and you'll find many florals that are dramatic as well as feminine.

Or take the advice of Milan designer Gianni Versace: "A bold heart print is both romantic and eye-catching, particularly if it has a pale or white background. Choose a one-piece suit, since they are easier to wear, and make sure the cover-up is transparent."

A bold print will indeed make a clearer and stronger photograph than a soft, ruffled suit. Good luck.

Three years ago I had my hair cut in the layered shaggy style that Jennifer Aniston wears in the TV show "Friends." It suited me, and I felt I was right in fashion.

Then last week I met an old high-school rival who told me that everyone, including her 8-year-old niece, has the same style.

She advised me to get it cut and fast. Can you tell me what style I should choose?

For advice I turned to Peter Coppola, a top Manhattan stylist. He agrees that the layered look is "out" and short hair with a distinct cut is "in" and adds:

"A popular style is an updated version of the hard bob of the '60s but with a soft edge for the '90s.

"If you want to keep your layers, go for a much shorter version of your shaggy style. The bangs should be longer, with more fringe around the face. The sides should be just long enough to put behind your ears."

As for color, Coppola says the chunky look is out.

"For spring-summer it's all about looking natural. For a pick-up consider 'low lights.' This process puts flickers of light in the hair; they are subtle, feminine and completely natural."

Elsa Klensch welcomes questions from readers. Send to ELSA KLENSCH, Los Angeles Times Syndicate, 218 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, Calif. 90012. Or she can be reached on the Internet at Agent(AT SIGN)ix.netcom.com.)

Pub Date: 4/10/97

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