Accessories bring joy to Joye's world


Candid Closet: Hair colorist Joye Marino uses interesting pins and scarves to spice up simple outfits.


February 24, 2000|By Stephanie Shapiro | Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF

Don't postpone joy -- or Joye Marino, for that matter. Hair colorist extraordinaire and collector of "alley art," Marino has an amazing ability to wear baubles and scarves in new and surprising ways.

Today, a striking Art Deco brooch from Oh Said Rose in Hampden transforms her simple ensemble of a white turtleneck sweater and wool pants. Marino's flair is why friend and Rodgers Forge neighbor Judy Foshee nominated Marino for Candid Closet: "The thing about Joye that drew me to her sense of style was that she will have on one distinctive piece, for instance, a brooch, or earrings, or a ring; and everything else is background to showcase that."

Marino, a veteran of numerous hair salons here and in Australia, where she lived for 10 years, takes the same approach to appointing her Hampden salon, called Joye's, which is housed in a converted funeral parlor.

And on her journeys through Baltimore area alleys looking for good stuff, Marino, who is in her early 60s, has on occasion found very wearable clothing, including a new Jones of New York blazer.

Why are accessories so important?

I love accessorizing. I used to have a fashion accessories shop at my salon, Wyndhurst Coiffures. I would look for really out-of-the-ordinary things, arty types of jewelry. I'm not into clothes. Accessories are more fun. Scarves can change an outfit in 20 different ways. I would go to New York on buying trips and find wonderful ponytail holders and other pieces designed by young entrepreneurs at the shows.

How did you decide to wear that Art Deco pin this morning?

I put it there to pull my turtleneck off my chin. It keeps my makeup from rubbing off.

How did you highlight your hair so that it looks so natural?

It's a system called "Balayage," which uses your own pigment colors to soften the impact of graying hair against aging skin. It warms up the color by using your own natural shades.

When you're out at night, do you think about how you would do other people's hair?

Only if somebody really needs a makeover. I think, "Wow, I'd love to give her a business card." But you never know how it will be accepted.

How do you dress when you go out at night?

I'm a little on the flamboyant side. I collect antique muffs and wear them out, or big scarves tossed over my shoulder.

Do you have any outfit you are known for?

When I lived in Australia and was pregnant in 1966, I was invited to a ball. I found a tomato-red silk crepe dress shaped like a kite. I wore it to Boccaccio's for New Year's one year with jewelry I bought at Andre's on Charles Street, where I worked in 1958. Now, I wear the dress every year for New Year's.

Do you know any snappy dressers? Let us know. Write to Stephanie Shapiro, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278.

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