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March 08, 1998|By Holly Selby | Holly Selby,Sun Staff

Many moods of gray

What did Carl Sandberg write about fog coming on little cat feet? So also comes this season's signature hue: Gray. More often subtle than splashy, gray nonetheless is the chameleon of colors. It can be banker-solid or mysterious. Dull or shimmery.

Grays this spring are seen in silky sweater sets, pantsuits and evening dresses designed by Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and Versace. And Estee Lauder has created "Amazing Greys," colors for lips, nails and eyes, ranging from $5 to $27.50 and inspired by the green-blue-grays of the ocean.

There are many ways to go gray: Think pussy willows. Rain showers. Silver linings. Throw on some pearls. Try a gray flannel suit. Or simply shade your eyes.

Geek chic -- the specs have it

Look smart may be the fashion tip of the moment. Heavy, rectangular frames -- stereotypically associated with CPAs and computer nerds -- are being spotted on the elegant noses of movie stars.

Darryl Hannah (left) looks beautifully geeky wearing chunky, dark frames in John Grisham's newest movie "The Gingerbread Man." So does Mili Avital in Universal Pictures' "Kissing a Fool."

Perhaps heavy frames offset fragile cheek bones. Perhaps they highlight pretty eyes. Perhaps intelligence has become hip. Or at least the appearance of it.

Cover girl wanted

It could be you. The search is on for the 1998 Seventeen magazine and Chanel new model of the year. The winner will appear on the cover of the November issue of Seventeen and will receive a $1,000 shopping spree and five-day trip to Paris.

The contest is open to young women aged 13 to 21, and details are in the magazine's March issue. The deadline is March 15.

Last year, the winner was a 15-year-old from Kansas. This year, who knows?

Running a business

A love story. Man witnesses girlfriend getting run in pantyhose. Man invents substance that stops runs. Man and woman go into business together.

Deborah Vollmer and Bob Horning's new, Akron, Ohio-based company, Fashion Sophisticates, now is marketing "RunFree Instant Hosiery Repair," a brush-on pantyhose repair kit. Billed as "instant, permanent, washable, low odor and invisible," the stuff stops runs when brushed on pantyhose, says Vollmer, vice president. "I have sensitive skin, and nail polish used to rip it to pieces when I used it on pantyhose, and this doesn't bother me at all," she adds.

Even though Vollmer wouldn't tell us what the ingredients were -- "It's a trade secret," she says -- we tried RunFree, and it indeed stopped runs in their tracks.

To order, call 800-787-1238. A bottle costs $4.95, but there's a two-bottle minimum purchase and a $3.35 shipping fee. Man not included.

Pub Date: 3/08/98

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