Fashion fair at Symphony HallWith 200 outfits, 22 models...

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September 27, 1998|By Preetha Chakrabarti Pub Date: 9/27/98 Mary Corey | Preetha Chakrabarti Pub Date: 9/27/98 Mary Corey,SUN FASHION EDITOR

Fashion fair at Symphony Hall

With 200 outfits, 22 models and a 175-city tour, the Ebony Fashion Fair isn't simply a show: It's an extravaganza.

"Fashions to Love" is the theme of this year's event, which takes place Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Look for body-revealing styles from designers including Givenchy, Yves St. Laurent and Bob Mackie.

The fund-raiser, sponsored by the Baltimore Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, will benefit the organization's sponsorship and scholarship program. Tickets cost $20-$35. Call

Cat's out on the bag

Hello Kitty, the line of girlish playthings that attracts both young and old, has scored another hit with its new hat-box bag.

The cherry-red retro accessory with the sweet feline emblazoned on the front is turning up in schools as a fresh alternative to a backpack. (It's $39.99 at area toy stores.)

We hear it's also popular on the slumber-party circuit.

Shopping around

Call it the insiders' guide to shopping in New York.

The fashion experts at the Tobe Report, the respected retail publication, have published their 1999 New York Shopping Guide, a paperback compendium of department stores, hip specialty shops and flea markets, among other places.

The book features 11 walking tours, from exclusive Madison Avenue to trendy SoHo. There are also maps, restaurant suggestions and areas for note-taking.

For non-New Yorkers, the cost is $18 plus $3 shipping. Call 212-867-8677, Ext. 0. Or write Tobe Associates, 50 E. 42nd St., 16th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10017, Attn: Shopping Guide.

Taking big steps and looking good

Fingerhut's new catalog,, suggests its trendy content - fake-fur jackets, platform oxfords, inflatable ottomans and more. is a "life-style catalog," with a target audience of 18-to-24-year-olds entering the "real world" for the first time. Unlike the onslaught of catalogs selling baby-doll tees to preteen girls, is geared toward young women and men making the transition from living at home to a college dorm or first apartment. The catalog even offers a credit card and payment plans.

Prices range from $29.99 to $299. The catalog can be ordered through the company's Web site at, or by calling 800-557-9494.

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