Supreme elegance

Candid Closet

May 28, 1998|By Stephanie Shapiro | Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF

Annette Cooper likes new things, but not trendy things. The simpler, the more elegant, the better. The wife of Joseph Cooper, Sinai's chairman of development, she will be sticking to her sartorial guns this Wednesday in a full-length ivory matte-jersey sheath studded with rhinestones at the first annual Sinai Hope gala. (The June 3 benefit for the Sinai Health System's new ER-7 facility is sold out.) "It is a beautiful dress," Cooper says. It's bound to hold up well next to a display of dazzling gowns worn by the Supremes that will be on display, courtesy of former Supreme Mary Wilson, who will entertain at the gala.

Where did you find your gown?

I buy my formal clothes in Fort Lauderdale at Zola Keller. They will measure the clothes to you and make them to order. ... No body is built perfectly. I can't just go in a store and say I need a size 10. The dress has to be a certain style for my face and my body.

Talk a little more about Mary Wilson and the Supremes' gowns.

She has a collection of gowns that the Supremes wore and they're museum quality. She's bringing part of the collection here for its debut at the Sinai Hope gala. She owns a complete set of each of the gowns.

Have you acquired a Florida fashion sensibility?

The way they dress there is casual chic, or "Boca" chic, a nice pants suit with a nice silk blouse for a casual night out. Also, I'm pTC a walker, and usually I wear T-shirts from the Boca West walkathon. It's a great place to walk and Joe's out on the golf course. We meet for lunch and decide where to meet for dinner.

Where do you shop in Baltimore?

I love Stuff & Stuff at the Festival at Woodholme. They carry Gallant, a line of clothes that fit me well -- suits, skirts and pants. The clothes come in different styles. Unlike St. John, which always looks like St. John, Gallant is diversifying with different buttons and different details, although the cut is basically the same.

Can you describe another of your favorite pieces?

I had a gown made for my grandson's bar mitzvah. It has such gorgeous, heavy silk, that's too heavy to wear in May. At another affair, it might outshine other dresses. I don't want to do that.

Where do you buy shoes?

Here at New York City Shoes. In Florida, at Dolly Duz, and there is a Dolly! She's probably the largest seller of Stuart Weitzman shoes. People go in there and buy a dozen shoes.

Do you have a fashion credo?

I like to buy what looks good on me. I can't wear what the next person wears because that's the fashion.

Do you know any snappy dressers? Let us know. Write to Stephanie Shapiro, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278.

Pub Date: 5/28/98

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