Ants in her pantsThe way Rachel Herbst sees it, the ants...

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September 06, 1998|By MARY COREY Uniform options | MARY COREY Uniform options,Sun Fashion Editor

Ants in her pants

The way Rachel Herbst sees it, the ants made all the difference.

Before them, her entry in Seventeen magazine's underwear design contest was simply clever: picnic cloth briefs festooned with drawings of food. But the ants - plastic, glued on and marching toward the cherry pie - made her a winner.

Now the 16-year-old from Olney is preparing to see her work, aptly titled "Ants in Your Pants," in stores including Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom and Frederick's of Hollywood next month. She's awaiting gift merchandise from a contest sponsor, Undergirl Underwear. And Herbst, one of four winners from more than 2,000 contestants, is feeling justifiably proud.

"Someone out there thinks I have talent," says the junior at Sherwood High School, who also has designed flared jeans, silk-screened T-shirts and a miniskirt made of bubble wrap.

Initially, though, when she told friends about her underwear creation, they replied, "That's so weird." But now her mother, Karen Imm, is planning a party where her daughter will autograph the undergarments.

"This," her mother says, "is how Calvin Klein got started."

As youngsters return to school this fall, more will be wearing uniforms - and more retailers will be providing them.

Aware of the trend toward uniformed attire, stores including Kmart and Target are selling oxford shirts, cardigans and other clothes for that purpose.

Dickies, known for workwear, is touting its khakis for uniforms. And the mail-order company Lands' End (right) has an entire catalog devoted to these clothes, including blazers, jumpers and even gym outfits. (The company also offers an embroidery option.) For a copy of the catalog, call 800-469-2222.

MARY COREY

Look for the beauty label

Who hasn't felt overwhelmed by all the cosmetics, skin creams and styling products on the market? Now there's a bit more guidance, thanks to the Cosmetic Executive Women trade organization. The group, which each year votes on the best in the beauty field, recently introduced the Beauty Award Winner Seal to help consumers identify products that these industry insiders have ranked No. 1 in various categories.

Look for the seal on products including Biore Pore Perfect Strips, Christian Dior Mascara Flash and L'Oreal Kids 2-in-1 Shampoo.

MARY COREY

Glitter and sparkle

You don't have to be a supermodel to shine.

Glitter, seen sparkling on runways and in fashion magazines, has made its debut in everyday beauty products. One of the latest to offer the shimmer is Bath & Body Works, which this month introduced ART STUFF, a line of cosmetics and accessories geared toward girls ages 8 to 12.

But the products - which include Shimmering Hair Gel ($4), Glitter Lotion ($5.50), Glitter Splash ($5.50) and picture frames, barrettes and change purses ($3.50 to $6.50) - are not just for preteens.

"They're for the young at heart, for anybody who is willing to get fun with their cosmetics," says Andrea Mennella, a spokeswoman for the Columbus, Ohio-based company. "They're focused on fun and flavor rather than on color or making a statement."

The glitter is easy to apply and washes out of clothes, hair and skin easily with soap and water. We especially liked the glitter lotion that became a staple of our "going-out" beauty routine. Be warned, though: The Hair Mascara is for hair only; don't apply to lashes.

You'll find the line in fruity flavors - including Berry-Go-Round, Strawberry Sass and Make Mine Mandarin - at area Bath & Body Works stores.

Judith Forman

Pub Date: 9/06/98

Mary Corey

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