Winning tiesThis is your tie. This is your tie on drugs...

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October 11, 1998|By Rachel Elbaum The new him | Rachel Elbaum The new him,Sun Fashion Editor

Winning ties

This is your tie. This is your tie on drugs. The designs for the new Johns Hopkins Children's Center Miracle Collection ties are inspired by an unlikely source: the molecular structure of medicines used to treat youngsters.

When translated into a tie pattern, Surfactant, for respiratory distress, resembles a series of skyscrapers (right). Pseudoephedrine, which helps relieve allergy symptoms, looks swirly and psychedelic. And Vitamin K, given to newborns with hemorrhagic disease, resembles the desert (left).

Local celebrities will model them Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, 100 E. Pratt St.

The ties, which cost $39.50, are available at Bank stores or through the company's holiday catalog. In the last two years, the collection has raised more than $154,000 for pediatric research.

For more information about the ties, call 800-285-2265.

Mood for a day

We've heard of makeup helping to give you attitude. But now there's makeup with an attitude.

Estee Lauder's new Attitude Compact, like the mood ring of decades past, changes color to show your frame of mind.

For $32.50, you get a refillable powder compact with a center stone. Touch it and in 10 seconds, a revealing shade appears.

Royal blue means cheerful. Brown reflects hesitation. Black suggests stress and tension.

Gee, isn't the mirror depressing enough?

- M.C.

Two-in-one trousers

Are they pants or shorts? You decide.

One of the latest innovations in skateboard wear is the all-terrain pant, a loose-fitting trouser with zip-off legs.

The ATP, as it's called, was created by Rusty, a California-based manufacturer of boarding apparel. The inspiration came from surfers and skaters who often set out in the morning cold and stay out through the afternoon heat.

Just so athletes don't leave parts of their pants behind, the designers have created cargo pockets for the detached leggings. They're available at area stores, including Pacific Sunwear in White Marsh and Annapolis, in sizes 28-38 and colors such as navy, khaki and olive. Sug-gested retail is $56.

Adam Haberman has two people to thank for his new look: Regis and Kathie Lee.

The grad student at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine wrote to the talk-show hosts suggesting himself as a candidate for their back-to-school makeover contest.

He had a lot going for him: Wavy hair that hung down his back, major facial hair and a style he describes as "in between hippie and heavy metal."

What also helped was this plea: "Women don't take me seriously," he wrote. "It's hard to get dates. Please help me attract the girl my mother has been waiting for."

Weeks later, the 24-year-old got the good news and headed to New York. A stylist picked out a new Banana Republic suit, T-shirt and shoes. The day of the show, he sat amid the chaos of backstage, getting 12 inches of his hair cut off, a clean shave and updated look.

The audience was so enthusiastic about his transformation that he forgot his nervousness and had "a blast" on TV. More surprising, though, was the appearance by his mother who gave a thumbs-up to her well-groomed son.

It's been a month since the show aired, but so far the perfect woman hasn't turned up. And the makeover has had one drawback. He says, "I have to get haircuts now and shave everyday, which is a real pain."

- M.C.

Pub Date: 10/11/98

Mary Corey

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