Headbands with a twist

Style File

July 05, 1998|By Mary Corey | Mary Corey,Sun Staff

They go by many names: hair springs, accordion headbands, zigzag bands.

But whatever you call them, these teethy gizmos are hot. Their appeal is part practical: They don't slide out like ordinary headbands, and they keep hair off your face. Yet they pack plenty of style: They're sleek, chic and come with pearls, crystal beads or velvet, among other things.

They first appeared 15 years ago and resurfaced on European runways last fall. This summer, they've been particularly popular with teens and young adults.

"They're fun and kicky," says Dolores Wexler, showroom manager for Riviera, an accessories line that has 15 styles. "People buy them to match their swimsuits and shorts."

Another plus: They're inexpensive. Prices vary, but Riviera's average three for $6.

Love and fashion from cover to cover

Stars talk romance in this month's fashion magazines:

Minnie Driver, who graces the cover of Elle, dishes about ex-beau Matt Damon who dumped her by announcing on "Oprah" that they were through. "The worst thing is feeling, 'How could I have so misjudged?' " she says.

Mademoiselle finds Uma Thurman much happier -- married (to Ethan Hawke), pregnant and makeupless. "I'm in a very rich chapter of my life," she says. "My mind is constantly getting blown."

And in W, Liv Taylor sounds like a 20-year-old in love. The actress, who's featured in the movie "Armageddon," raves about boyfriend Joaquin Phoenix. "I wish all the time about things," she says. "I wish on loose eyelashes; I made a wish about Joaquin the other day on a dandelion." No word on whether it came true.

Shades of cyberspace

If you've ever yearned to see your face on the Internet in a pair of cool Ray-Bans, here's your chance. The company's Web site -- www.Ray-Ban.com -- allows cyber shoppers to try on styles without ever leaving their computer.

It works like this: After sending the company a photo of your face and $3 for processing, you receive a password-protected picture on the Web site. You may need to download some free software, and then you cruise through 60 styles, "trying" glasses on your portrait.

This interactive fashion show is meant to help you narrow your choices before heading to a store.

For more information, call 716-338-5366, or write Ray-Ban Eyewear Division, One Bausch & Lomb Place, Rochester, N.Y. 14604-2701, or visit the Web address mentioned above.

Dressed for action

For women hikers and campers, the drill is often the same: Buy clothes and gear designed for men and make do.

L.L. Bean finally has gotten wise to the power -- both physical and economic -- of women on the move. The Maine-based company is introducing its first catalog with apparel and equipment designed specifically for active women.

Microfleece sport tops, nylon climber pants and Polartec socks are among the choices in the first catalog, out this month. The company also has taken women into account when coming up with gear: sleeping bags are wider in the hips, hiking boots have a narrower instep and kayaks are shorter.

Call 800-809-7057 for a catalog.

Style File welcomes fashion news and tips. Send suggestions t Mary Corey, Style File, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519.

Pub Date: 7/05/98

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