What's not to like?

STYLE FILE

February 27, 2000|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,Sun Staff

The BCBG Max Azria contemporary sportswear is hard not to like. The dresses and separates are modern and fun, hip and wearable, not to mention moderately priced.

Now here's another reason to like BCBG: The company just launched a new women's line with Nordstrom. The line, called BCBG Exclusively for Nordstrom, contains clothing that reflects BCBG style, but with a more casual, easy- to-wear feel. The new line, which arrived in stores this month, is sized more generously than the standard BCBG Max Azria cut. Prices range from $50 to $150.

That X factor

First there was Kleenex. Then came the Wonderbra. Now make way for the X-Bra.

Cleavage just got a makeover with Lily of France's newest bra. The X-Bra gives women a little something else up front by using an innovative "cleavage enhancement" technique.

Simply lift the clasp and pull the silky strap between the cups to control the amount of cleavage you desire. Leave the cups 1 inch apart to look like Betty, pull them close to resemble Veronica.

The X-Bra costs $25 and comes in an array of colors and sizes. It is available at Hecht's, J.C. Penney, Lord & Taylor and Macy's.

Leiber-ating the purse

Sharon Stone carries one. So do Elizabeth Hurley, Cindy Crawford and Kim Basinger.

Those glittery, jeweled Judith Leiber bags dangling from the arms of celebrities at awards shows always look so trim and sophisticated.

Here's what you need to know about Leiber's spring collection of evening bags:

* Seventies flower power goes glitzy with Leiber's floral-print beaded handbag (pictured) in fuchsia, purple and black. She calls this bag Jubilation. $3,750.

* The Love Bug: A multicolored ladybug with pearl accents and black onyx clasp costs almost as much as a real Bug -- Volkswagen, that is. $3,350.

* Barbie's purse makes a comeback, this time in python or satin. A-line handbags cost $1,150 for python, $975 for satin.

'Tude and then some

Sunglasses are supposed to exude attitude, be comfortable and cut glare. Rarely, however, do sunglasses stand up to abuse.

Killer Loop Sunglasses not only look good, they're built to last. Crafted from durable, lightweight metal alloys and molded plastics with impact- and shatter-resistant polycarbonate lenses, Killer Loop sunglasses won't disintegrate in a backpack. And their rubber tips surround the temples and offer fully bendable, adaptable frames for any face shape.

And then there's the attitude. For a full serving, go with the Pandemonio (above, $95), which comes in matte black, matte brown, metallic gray and dark gunmetal. Or try the Notte ($69), which comes in black, tortoise and green.

Style File welcomes fashion news and tips. Send suggestions to Maria Blackburn, Style File, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519

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