Thoroughly modern bridesToo often, bridal magazines look...

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July 19, 1998|By Mary Corey | Mary Corey,SUN STAFF

Thoroughly modern brides

Too often, bridal magazines look like catalogs and read like Miss Manners.

Stacy Morrison, Modern Bride's new editor-in-chief, hopes to change that.

Since taking over, she's set out to make the magazine live up to its name - and her efforts show in the August/September issue on newsstands now.

She's added new features including personal essays called Voices. She's created a friendly, welcoming tone. And she's devoted more pages to style and beauty.

"The bridal fantasy doesn't have to be so offputting," she says. "If you're not into pearls and satin, then get married in cotton. The fun and joy of having a wedding isn't about being a bride. That has a retro resonance to it. ... It's about family, your fiance, friends and having the time of your life."

Morrison is well-suited for the job. A "magazine junkie," she grew up asking for subscriptions as Christmas gifts.

Although she's only 29, she's already got plenty of experience - having worked as managing editor of Time Out New York and of Conde Nast Sports for Women.

The fact that she's married - and survived a downpour on her wedding day - also helps. Think of the ocean, blue waves gently rolling into each other. Then you'll begin to understand ombre, the subtle gradation of ++ color that's turning up in everything from swimsuits to evening dresses this season.

Newer than tie-dying, ombre produces a feminine, elegant effect, giving fabrics the illusion of texture.

Anne Klein introduced ombre late last year and now features it in silk, chenille and velvet. One of the standouts for fall is a short slip dress in shades of blue.

"Customers are loving it," Susan Jones, vice president of sales for Anne Klein, says of ombre. "It's like wearing a print, ... but it's more sophisticated and subtle."

For nail-polish wearers who have trouble deciding on just one shade, there's this: colors that change in the sun.

Del Sol polishes contain an ink that reacts with ultraviolet rays, allowing for the two-tone effect. Superhero goes from blue to purple. Reckless turns from pearl to pink, and Peek-A-Boo undergoes perhaps the most dramatic transformation: clear to cranberry.

On a sunny day, the change occurs within seconds of stepping outside. But after you walk indoors, it may take a minute for the original shade to return. And don't look for much nail magic on cloudy days. (A sticker on top of the bottle shows the second color.)

In a glutted market, solar-powered polishes may sound like a gimmick at $8 a bottle. But distributor Adam Shatz insists they serve a purpose: "Offices have a lot of rules," he says. "Some don't want you to have a partying kind of nail polish on. You can wear the pearl shades to work and then go outside and show your colors."

B6 Call 888-759-7372 for store locations or to order. Maybe you never thought of Madeline, the storybook character, as a fashion plate. Think again. Now that the children's classic has been turned into a charming movie, Miss ++ Clavel's sidekick could become a style setter.

What Jackie Kennedy did for the pillbox, Madeline may do for the straw Breton with red ribbon.

Her look - blue jumper, black patent shoes and anklets, as created by costume designer Michael Clancy and worn by actress Hatty Jones - harks back to a time (the 1950s) when little girls dressed like little girls, not like pint-sized supermodels.

Already, there's a hint of the Madeline influence. At a recent private screening of the movie, several girls were spotted dressed like the character - hat and all.

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