Carryout chicIt's possible to get through the holiday...

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December 07, 1997|By Vida Roberts | Vida Roberts,Sun Fashion Editor

Carryout chic

It's possible to get through the holiday season with a dependable and smart little black velvet dress. However, a little bit of extra frosting goes a long way to make a woman feel party-ready. The answer could be a festive little evening bag. As an investment, evening bags pay long-term dividends because their very nature is to be pretty and decorative without regard to fluctuating trends. Vintage beaded and silver mesh numbers inherited from a grandmother work just as well today as they did in their party prime.

Many of today's designers, too, are inspired by glitter and whimsy, and there are many amusing bags in stores to spark a party conversation.

A recurring Asian influence in today's styles is picked up in accessories like the little brocade box shown here. It is folded and shaped like a Chinese carryout carton with a sparkling gold handle. The bag comes in red or black silk and is $65 at Cache at Towson Town Center.

Love spelled out

Dear mom. She runs a taxi service, caters pizza suppers for entire sports teams and manages to schedule orthodontist appointments between the playoffs. Such care is worth its weight in diamonds, but most kids can't stretch the allowance that far. We can't think of any soccer mom who wouldn't be proud to sport this glittering faux diamond pin on her holiday sweater. It can be phone-ordered for $10 from Premier Sports Jewelry (410) 363-6390.

Tied up in style

The arbiters of men's fashion have decreed that conversational ties are passe. You know the ties they mean -- cartoon characters, chili pepper prints and seasonal Santas and reindeer. It may be time to shop for something more original for that special man. Designer Gene Meyer, who has made a name for himself in strong and bright silk designs, has a line of ties in interesting geometrics. They're certain to be noticed without suffering from goofiness. The tie shown here in ultramarine blue and rose is $65 at J.S. Edwards Ltd.

However, the moratorium on conversational ties does not apply to the doctor on your gift list. He needs those ice-breaker prints to spark up his white clinical coat and to keep patients smiling while he's talking cholesterol and blood pressure.

A year of shoe heaven

There are fruits of the month and cheeses of the month, but Neiman Marcus has gone one better in its holiday catalog. Some lucky fashionistas will be receiving Manolo by the Month -- 12 pairs of to-die-for Manolo Blahnik shoes. Each month the recipient will receive a gift card worth $600. She can select a pair of shoes each month or save the card for a future purchase. The $7,200 package comes with an opulent desk calendar illustrated by the designer. The calendar alone costs $120 in the shoe salon. Call 800-365-7989 for details about the package.

Pub Date: 12/07/97

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