And the winner is ...These days, fashion often imitates...

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October 18, 1998|By Mary Corey Class glass | Mary Corey Class glass,Sun Fashion Editor

And the winner is ...

These days, fashion often imitates art, and the VH1 Fashion Awards are testament to that. The show, which takes place Friday in New York, is introducing a new category: Best Avant Garde Designer.

The favorite certainly must be Britain's bad boy of fashion, Alexander McQueen, who has shaken up the House of Givenchy. But Hussein Chalayan, dubbed "London's leading existential designer," is also a possibility, especially considering the rave reviews his spring show just received.

Junya Watanabe, a protege of Comme des Garcons' Rei Kawakubo, earned a nod for his exaggerated layering, textures and colors. Viktor & Rolf's designs may be too outre. (Holiday dresses with built-in party favors?) And W< loses points for its silly name - Wild and Lethal Trash.

VH1 will broadcast the show Oct. 27 at 9 p.m.

Big-city looks

In his new book, "Big City Look: How to Achieve that Metropolitan Chic - No Matter Where You Live," Vincent Roppatte deconstructs what gives women in certain cities their style. Baltimore didn't make the cut, but the Saks Fifth Avenue style director had this to say of Washington women:

* There's "a stunning seriousness in hairstyle" in the nation's capital. Newcomers are advised to "put away your hot rollers and curling irons, and get used to styling with fat Velcro rollers and round brushes for a smooth, more natural, more sophisticated look."

* Wardrobe musts: pinstripe skirt and jacket, lush cashmere scarf, single strand of pearls.

* We're not quite sure where he got this stat, but women who live in and around Washington buy more beige nail polish than anywhere else in the country.

For Jimmy Mann, stained glass is about more than church windows.

The 30-year-old Washingtonian, who sports two stained-glass-window tattoos on his left arm, is so enamored of the colored art that he's made it his trade. Since 1989, Mann has been running "Mann Made" - a stained-glass-jewelry operation. He designs and creates necklaces, earrings, bracelets and barrettes in his Capitol Hill basement studio.

His jewels look like the real thing - onyx, amber and amethyst - at a fraction of the cost. His pieces range from $7 to $130.

"I've always loved glass ... the way it changes because of the skin it's over and the cloth it covers," he says.

His colors tend to mirror what's hot in fashion. This fall he's working with gray, topaz and dark amber. He's also introduced a peacock feather glass pattern.

He's a regular at the Eastern Market, Seventh and North Carolina streets Northeast in Washington (Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and his work is also carried at Runes and Relix in Washington. Or write 518 11th St. S.E. Washington, D.C. 20003 for a catalog.

Judith Forman

The scent of a man

It's not enough to dress like a Brooks Brothers man - now you can smell like one. The classic businessman's clothier is introducing a new collection of fragrance and grooming products for men.

The scent - a complex, heady blend that includes spearmint, aspen leaf, tangerine, spruce, sage and musk - is available in stores, through the catalog (800-274-1815) or online at

L Prices range from $9.50 (soap) to $45 (large spray cologne).

Mary Corey

Pub Date: 10/18/98

Mary Corey

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