Calling all girlsGirl magazine is a hip celebration of all...

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November 08, 1998|By Mary Corey | Mary Corey,Sun Fashion Editor

Calling all girls

Girl magazine is a hip celebration of all girls - short, tall, African-American, white, Hispanic, Asian, heavy, thin and more.

That's evident in the first issue, out this fall, which features ads for size 14 fashions, clothing under $20 and a tone that's approachable and real.

"It became clear to us that so many girls couldn't identify with the images in teen magazines," says editor Cara Kagan, 31. "Not everybody could fit into the clothes in the magazines, and so many beauty tips didn't apply to all women. ... The whole premise is that every girl should see herself and her friends in the pages of this magazine."

Although the teen magazine market is crowded, Kagan, who covered teen trends for YM magazine and Women's Wear Daily, believes Girl has its own niche. The quarterly publication, geared to 12- to 19-year-olds, is put out by Mode, the magazine devoted to larger-sized women. (The fall issue of Girl is on newsstands now; the next issue is due out in February.)

Girl was started in part because of strong feedback to a prom feature in Mode. Kagan says: "The thing that the two magazines have in common is self empowerment, feeling good about yourself the way you are."

Ties score with Davis doodle

When Eric Davis draws, designers pay attention.

A heart-shaped doodle by the Orioles outfielder has been turned into a tie to benefit cancer research. It's part of the latest Jimmy V Collection, a series of neckwear named for Jimmy Valvano, a former coach and TV commentator who died of cancer in 1993.

Davis, a colon cancer survivor, was a fan of Valvano's and eager to par-ticipate in the project. Although only 4 percent of the proceeds go to the V Foundation for Cancer Research, the ties have brought in nearly $200,000 since being introduced this year.

In this new collection, Davis has good - and creative - company, including figure skater Peggy Fleming and sports commentator Bob Costas.

The ties, which cost $35, are available at Macy's and Hecht's.

The face is new, but familiar

If the new face of L'Oreal looks familiar, perhaps it's because Laetitia Casta has already turned heads in Guess? ads, Victoria's Secret catalogs and on Paris runways.

Discovered on a Corsican beach at age 15, the French beauty has modeled for Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix and Yves St. Laurent. Her print ads for L'Oreal are debuting in this month's magazines. And early next year, Casta makes her acting debut alongside Gerard Depardieu in the French film "Asterix et Obelix Contre Jules Cesar."

Hair flair

To British milliner Pip Hackett, hair isn't just hair. It's a backdrop for art.

That's an apt description of her floral hair pins, organdy ribbon bands and ostrich-feather hair sticks.

Her work has brought international attention: collaborations with Paris designers, mention in Vanity Fair and orders from Harrods in London.

Etches in Mount Washington now carries an array of her styles - from sweet roses to flamboyant plumes. Prices range from $11 to $200.

Pub Date: 11/08/98

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