A Spike in time

Style File

June 28, 1998|By Mary Corey | Mary Corey,Sun Staff

After acting, directing and opening his own ad agency, Spike Lee was searching for a new creative endeavor.

He found one: designing a Swatch watch.

Following the likes of Christian Lacroix, Yoko Ono and other celebrities-turned-watchmakers, Lee cleverly adapted his signature in-your-face style to the confines of a timepiece.

The result -- three years in the making -- is an oversized "AquaChrono" with a citrus-colored bezel and silvery strap shouting WAKE UP! The face is sky blue, and the strap loops show an open and closed eye. The watch is water resistant to 200 meters and has a stop-watch feature.

It's available at area stores for $90.

Thinking small

Linda Standiford believes that premature infants are a forgotten part of the clothing market.

The success of her mail-order catalog for preemie clothes and accessories, TLC Clothing Co., is proof that parents want outfits for babies that actually fit, rather than rolled-up substitutes.

Standiford, who lives in Carroll County, got the idea nine years ago after struggling to find sleepers for her daughter, who was born prematurely. Standiford soon realized she wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, and the mail-order company was born.

The first mailing was small, but business has grown steadily over the years -- in part because medical advances have enabled more preemies to survive.

Standiford, who features name-brands such as Little Me and Carters, now sends out 10,000 catalogs and counts hospitals among her clients.

Highlights of her new catalog include polka-a-dot coveralls, quilted sleepers and baseball caps.

Grandparents and families with multiples get a discount. Call 800-755-4852.

Diary of a woman

"Bridget Jones's Diary," the English best-seller that's quickly becoming this year's hot beach read, chronicles life -- and beauty angst -- for the thirtyish single heroine.

Bridget begins the new year resolving to reduce the circumference of her thighs by 3 inches, to give away clothes she no longer wears and to visit the gym regularly and "not merely to buy a sandwich."

The producers of "Four Weddings and a Funeral" already have bought the movie rights, and with laugh-out-loud passages like this we understand why:

"Being a woman is worse than being a farmer - there is so much harvesting and crop spraying to be done: legs to be waxed, underarms shaved, eyebrows plucked, feet pumiced, skin exfoliated and moisturized, spots cleansed, roots dyed, eyelashes tinted, nails filed, cellulite massaged, stomach muscles exercised. The whole performance is so highly tuned you only need to neglect it for a few days for the whole thing to go to seed."

Ode to the past

For fans of the fashionable past, a new exhibit in Washington offers a look at period costumes, undergarments and the culture of clothing.

"Costume Myths and Mysteries 1780-1900," a show at the DAR Museum, explores historic styles through outfits, paintings and prints. Highlights include "outrageous" fashions of the day, children's attire and a comparison of looks in Paris and rural Illinois.

One of the most popular segments focuses on corsets, tracing them from 1769 to the modern-day "body slimmers."

The show runs through Dec. 31. Museum hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. The museum is located at 1776 D St. N.W. Admission is free. For more information, call 202-879-3241.

Pub Date: 6/28/98

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