Little show-offsIn a small way, children's clothes follow...

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November 09, 1997|By Vida Roberts | Vida Roberts,Sun Fashion Editor

Little show-offs

In a small way, children's clothes follow adult fashion trends. ,, Sometimes the translation is unfortunate, as it was a few years ago when biker chic and grunge made mama's little darlings look like gangster bambini and miniature tarts.

This season the kiddie chic translation is endearing. Fashion's .. new accent on plush fabrics, embroidery and fluffy trim on outerwear harks back to the days when children had their dress-up moments for visiting and picture taking.

Here, a '40s inspired red swing coat with faux snow-leopard trim, is a look that's totally embraceable. Coat, $38, and matching snuggle hat, $12, are from the "High Lights" collection at The Children's Place.

Flat-out fashionable

Bag that backpack and supermarket-sized tote. The bag to have now is streamlined, slim and unadorned by hardware. The two shown here are models of the new restraint. Calvin Klein squares his off and punctuates it with a punched leather logo. The Ergo model by Coach is rounded off and said to be ergonomically more comfortable.

Tony people back in saddle

They say we're on the cusp of another cycle of conspicuous consumption. Must be. Polo, a relaunched magazine, is obviously hanging its hopes of success on those would-be conspicuous consumers. The magazine is flush with upscale ads -- Sulka, Gucci, Escada, Lexus. The articles run from art swindles to cashmere sweaters to a Monaco romp with Claudia Schiffer.

The polo part is covered on the social pages in a feature called "Through the Monocle" which follows the international matches and showcases the kings of the sport and the field followers. Would that the real polo set were as attractive as the pretend aristocrats in Ralph Lauren's ads.

In his own write

The Tommy Hilfiger universe continues to expand with the publication this month of "All American: A Style Book" by Tommy and Details editor David Keeps. Hilfiger, whose fashion empire is built on adaptations of clothes Americana, has put together an impressive pictorial and personal essay.

The book is a nostalgic look at the evolution of the fashion icons we now take for granted -- buffalo plaid shirts, chinos, the button-down shirt, penny loafers, T-shirts. Hilfiger digs deeply into the photo archives to resurrect memories of Davy Crockett hats, Converse high-tops, Beatles style, David Cassidy's hair and the gods of glam rock.

"As a man of pop culture, I hope to continue to investigate how it works, how ideas and images can be put together, taken apart and reassembled," he says.

The book (Universe Publishing, $35) would be a fine gift for those Tommy-mad teen-agers to show them that coolness flourished way before they were born.

Pub Date: 11/09/97

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