Mondawmin hot spotsWhere in Charm City can you find...

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August 01, 1999|By Gailor Large | Gailor Large,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Mondawmin hot spots

Where in Charm City can you find Lacroix, Polo, Versace, Donna Karan, Moschino and Anna Sui all in one place? Look no further than Mondawmin Mall. The opening of Unica and the expansion and re-merchandising of Outline, two fashion-forward shops, means you won't have to travel as far as New York for the hottest new designs.

While Unica's youthfully chic clothes pleased us (DKNY jeans at $34, for instance), we were most impressed by Outline and its selection of hip designer clothing, from a wild Moschino dress ($399) to a collection of Versace suits ($850 each). Outline has been in the area since 1969, but until recently it didn't have the range of merchandise or the selection of women's clothes to earn it widespread attention.

Owner Nissim Kazin says he's often questioned about the shop's location. "People come in and say, 'This place belongs in Towson or Tyson's Corner,' " he says. He thinks it belongs right where it is.

Mondawmin is repositioning itself as a fashion hot spot. Says Geri Moore, marketing manager at the Baltimore mall, "When customers are [searching] for the one-of-a-kind look, we'd like Mondawmin" to be the first place they think of.

The male in August

If June and July's heat didn't make you give up your corporate jacket and tie for casual business wear, consider this: August in Baltimore. Some men, however, become a bit befuddled at the prospect of finding a warm-weather substitution for the suit and tie. The single most important thing is to keep the look clean. Casual doesn't mean Al Bundy. You'd be surprised how far a tucked shirt and pressed pants will get you. After that, it's up to you. Here are a few tips to send you on your way.

Go for it

* Khakis (with a belt, of course)

* Casual, rubber-soled shoes

* Neutral-colored V-neck sweater (works great over a crisp white oxford)

* A polo shirt under a blazer

Forget it

* Jeans

* Sandals and sneakers

* Sweats or T-shirts with logos

* Shorts (This isn't the beach!)

-- G.L.

Softies from the Seventies

As we look forward to the next millennium, the world's top designers are celebrating the past, particularly the '70s. While disco is definitely back, there is an alternative to the gaudier fashions of the era.

Sharing the runway with late-'70s sex and sparkle is the earthiness of the decade's early years. So if a sequined tube top isn't your favorite, slip into a peasant blouse. The profusion of soft-flowing tops, and denim, is a telltale sign that designers haven't given up on hippie fashion.

As W magazine reports, this fall you'll find denim everywhere, from Chloe jeans by Stella McCartney (with lions embroidered on the back pocket) to Anna Sui's embroidered jean jacket.

Still, pulling out the old bell-bottom jeans may not do the trick. Designers are modernizing the '70s with styles like the Bohemian knit, a way to keep the look soft and earthy without its seeming like a blast from the past. Sophisticated and romantic, Valentino's soft peasant blouse (pictured) shows another side of the newest retro trend.

-- G.L.

Pub Date: 08/09/99

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