Fishing for compliments

Style File

August 02, 1998|By Mary Corey | Mary Corey,Sun Staff

Maybe you noticed it in the Baby Gap ads, on the Beastie Boys or as Gilligan's fashion statement on "Gilligan's Island" reruns.

The fishing hat - a hip alternative to the baseball cap - has become the summer accessory for style-savvy teens.

"It's a very urban, street-wear look with a casual, relaxed attitude," says Susan Miller, general merchandise manager of the women's division for American Eagle Outfitters, who calls them bucket hats because of their shape.

They have been the hottest-selling styles at the Annapolis Hats in the Belfry this season. The store sold out of plaid patterns weeks ago, and the washed-khaki version is the most popular color. (Prices there range from $10 to $15.)

These washable cotton hats are often worn with an untucked T-shirt and long shorts. But American Eagle shows a more stylish side, pairing them with a lingerie tank and dress.

The company is testing a corduroy version, and look for bucket hats with cargo pockets this fall.

Gap to Go

Another reason to lament that we don't live in New York.

The Gap is offering a new service this summer for New Yorkers too busy to wait in line: Gap to Go.

Customers can order by fax or by phone from a 21-item menu that lists summer shirts, jeans, khakis, socks, belts and underwear. Orders are delivered to homes or offices by messenger. In addition to the cost of the items, there is a $3 handling charge and a $10 delivery fee for same-day service.

If it catches fire, Gap says it might try the idea in other cities.

"We like to think of Gap as easy," says Michael McCadden, executive vice president of Gap marketing. "And this is as easy as it gets."

- Associated Press

Watch this face

Beauty alert: There may be another supermodel in the making.

Cover Girl Cosmetics, which helped make celebrities out of Cheryl Tiegs, Christie Brinkley and Jennifer O'Neill, has inked an exclusive contract with 16-year-old Dutch model Lonneke.

The brown-haired, azure-eyed beauty is appearing in TV ads now and will be seen in magazines next month.

Lonneke (pronounced LON-ih-ca) was discovered by Pauline's, a top international modeling agency. Since then, the Holland native has worked extensively with esteemed fashion photographer Bruce Weber.

Her face already may seem familiar: She has appeared in Elle and Allure as well as ad campaigns for Ralph Lauren and Guess.

- M.C.

Styles for fall

This month's teen magazines are packed with back-to-school fashion finds. Teen picks 100 gotta-haves including: embossed leather, chunky silver jewelry, twin sets, pea coats and major mascara.

Seventeen predicts teens will turn up in blue Birkenstock slides, rhinestone chokers, animal-print sweaters, iridescent pants and hooded parkas.

And Teen People likes the skirt-over-pants look, Hello Kitty backpacks and Steve Madden platform Mary Janes.

- M.C.

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

Pub Date: 8/02/98

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