For the art setThere is a core of women in town who remain...

Style File

September 21, 1997|By Vida Roberts | Vida Roberts,Sun Fashion Editor

For the art set

There is a core of women in town who remain loyal to their own style no matter which label is hot or where hemlines hit from season to season. They're the creatives, and you know them by their original art gallery jewelry and hand-crafted wardrobes. Many of them wear their own art or collect work done by their friends and colleagues.

Three companion shows coming to Mount Washington seem tailored to women with a taste for crafts. "The Environmental Bead," a traveling exhibit, features beadwork by metalsmiths. "OXOXO Beads '97" showcases beadwork by nationally-recognized artists, with Baltimore artist Joyce Scott as curator. Both shows open at OXOXO Gallery with a reception for the artists from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 27. Call 410-466-9696.

Judith Roberts, a clothing designer with a strong bent for beadwork, is bringing her collection to Something Else. Roberts, a former Baltimorean now based in Mexico, is notable for one-of-a-kind jackets and coats that combine unusual textures and fabrics in patchwork collages. She will be at the store to explain her techniques and inspirations from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 27. Call 410-542-0444.

E-nails

Here's something to do while you're waiting for your mud masque to harden. Gap has a new web site that gives you a virtual manicure. Just sign on to www.gap.com to test the 11 shades of Gap Colors nail polish. Click on to the virtual hand, pick the virtual skin tone closest to your own and start colorizing.

You can paint five nails the same color or try a different shade on each nail. The polishes come in brazen and subtle shades in an assortment of metallics, micro-glitters, opalescents and duo-chromes. This is the closest mature women should ever get to blue and purple polishes, which merely enhance the bluish tint of veins that make themselves prominent with age.

Speaking of nails, there's a new polish out there that peels off without polish remover. The makers of Nail a'Peel say it %o eliminates the hazardous chemical substances common to most polishes and removers and is environmentally safe, nontoxic, hypoallergenic and fume-free. It won't hold up like industrial-strength products, but is easy to take off and reapply in 11 colors. The trick is to pick a corner and peel.

Call 888-473-3548.

Best Dressed Sale expanded

An annual Baltimore shopping rite kicks off this week. The Johns Hopkins Best Dressed Sale and Boutique opens its doors at the Carriage House Thursday. To mark the 70th anniversary of the fund-raiser of Hopkins Women's Board, an extra sale day has been added on Sunday.

The thousands of regulars who shop this event for gently-worn quality clothing pretty much know the drill. Here are some hints for newcomers on ways to get the best bargains.

* Travel light. There's a crush in the friendly common dressing room, so strip down for action. Wear leotards and tights with an easy on-and-off top for try-ons. Wear slip-on shoes to save lacing time. Forget the universal purse and carry only your plastic and checkbook in a small portable purse.

* Wait it out. Fresh stock is added and try-ons are rehung, so allow time for multiple flips through the racks.

* Take a friend. Someone who knows your size and preferences may spot the winner you've missed.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Pub Date: 9/21/97

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