Sleek boutique's Hollywood flavorMadison Boutique is like...


November 28, 1999|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,Sun Staff

Sleek boutique's Hollywood flavor

Madison Boutique is like a little black dress: simple, sleek and sophisticated.

Stocked with all sorts of hip, urban separates and dresses from designers including BCBG, Laundry, Betsey Johnson, Tessuto and French Connection, the store, which is in the American Can Company in Canton, offers shoppers a little slice of the big city in a Charm City kind of way.

"I don't want to compete with any of the boutiques or big stores," says store owner Catharine Incaprera (right). "I just want to make sure all of the babes in Baltimore are looking great."

The women's clothes and accessories at Madison Boutique are the same ones you'll see celebs wearing on the pages of In Style magazine, Incaprera's research Bible. She knows firsthand what Hollywood types wear because she's spent the last 18 years working in the entertainment industry. For three years she served as costume supervisor on "Homicide: Life on the Street."

Eye-catching items:

* Charcoal cashmere blend boot-cut jeans by ABS ($158)

* A Tessuto velvet burnout skirt in shades of chocolate, pumpkin and burgundy with coordinating chocolate velvet V-neck top ($140 skirt, $98 top)

* A Parallel sheer black wrap skirt hemmed with black beads, designed to be worn over slim black pants or straight skirt ($114)

Madison Boutique is at 2400 Boston St., Suite 114 in Baltimore. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday. For more information, call 410-558-3600.

Shades of Eloise, for adults

She orders from room service. She rides the elevators. She's fresh, but fabulous.

Six-year-old Eloise, who lives at the Plaza hotel in New York City (and in Kay Thompson's popular children's book, "Eloise"), is the embodiment of spirited youth.

Now grown-ups can get Eloise's look without having to don her tiny party shoes and short, pleated jumpers.

Carol Shaw, creator of LORAC cosmetics, recently introduced a lipstick inspired by the terribly precocious child who has been around since 1955 but still looks 6. Eloise, the lipstick, is a rich pink shimmer shade, which is available at Henri Bendel, Sephora and select Macy's and Nordstrom stores for $17.50. For more information, call 800-845-0705 .

Be like Eloise. Use it to write on mirrors.

Pendleton wears it well

If it hadn't been for Pendleton, the Beach Boys might have never come to be.

The band known for its songs about sand, sun and surf called itself "The Pendletones" after the members' favorite shirts when the group formed in the early '60s.

The Beach Boys may have changed their name -- and favorite clothes -- but Pendleton shirts haven't changed.

For 75 years, Pendleton's plaid wool button-downs have been a wardrobe staple for men and women. Launched in 1924, the shirt originally came in two styles and 26 colors and cost $6.25. The company has since updated its shirts by improving washability, making them softer and in worsted weights. There are now 110 styles and 75 patterns.

Sorry, Beach Boys, Pendleton doesn't make Hawaiian shirts.

Pendleton shirts are available at the Pendleton store at Cross Keys. For a catalog, call 800-760-4844.

Necklaces that work

Get more mileage out of a favorite -- but boring -- black sweater by giving its neckline new life. Carolee jewelry offers these tips on necklaces that enhance necklines:

* V-neck: Layer a short choker and a longer pendant.

* Round neck: Draw attention to your face with a mesh choker and/or multiple strands of pearls and crystals strung on illusion cord to give the appearance that the jewels are floating.

* Boat neck: Go glam with a wide mesh or crystal collar.

* Strapless: Bare shoulders call for a feminine touch. Pearls frame the face, flatter the skin and add a touch of femininity.

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