Suede for summer If you thought leather and suede were...


January 16, 2000|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF

Suede for summer

If you thought leather and suede were just for winter, Elie Tahari wants you to think again. For spring, the contemporary women's clothing designer has come up with several looks. She's paired soft glove-leather pants with a sheer, feminine tunic, and a geranium-pink suede halter with a floaty chiffon skirt. Now that's cool and hot.

Scarfing up history

History has never looked so ... pulled together.

Get a little swatch of the last century with a scarf that tells something about time gone by. The 100-percent polyester scarves, crafted by Symphony Scarves in collaboration with the U.S. Historical Society, depict everything from fashions of the times ($18) to facsimiles of signatures from the Declaration of Independence ($15).

Ten percent of the selling price of the seven designs goes to the U.S. Historical Society, a nonprofit based in Richmond, Va., that is dedicated to increased awareness and appreciation of American history and culture.

The scarves are selling briskly in the gift shop of the Maryland Historical Society, located at 201 West Monument St. in Baltimore (410-685-3750). Or check out the Symphony Scarves Web site:

In a blue mood

Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren aren't the only designers with penchants for red, white and blue.

An international survey of fashion and home furnishing manufacturers and designers by the Pantone Color Institute revealed that the top color choices in the United States and abroad include deep blues, true reds and pure, bright whites.

Most designers report they love the blues, however.

In the last five years of this survey, blue has been the most popular color. Favorite shades range from dark blues to slate blues, sky blues and wispy, vaporous blues that are almost gray.

The Pantone Color Institute, which studies psychological and physiological aspects of color, tracks and predicts color trends and provides color consultation services to companies for product development, packaging, fashion and interior design.

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