Cosmetics by Calvin You can't get much cooler than...

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May 14, 2000|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF

Cosmetics by Calvin

You can't get much cooler than Calvin Klein's sleek, minimalist clothes.

Unless, of course, you consider the popular designer's new color cosmetics line. Calvin Klein color cosmetics, which debuted in stores recently, include lip, eye, cheek and face color, as well as seven skin-care items and accessories such as brushes and sharpeners.

Calvin himself reportedly picked the shades for his 180-piece line. Look for everything from robust red to nearly nude. The overall look is translucent and natural. Lip, cheek and eye make-up are color washes, which show up differently on various skin types, but don't look overdone.

Prices range from $14 for lip liner to $38 for medium coverage foundation to $125 for a Lucite cosmetic brush stand.

Calvin Klein color cosmetics are available at Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Spade style

Kate Spade's vintage rose print doesn't shout, it whispers. Fat, red, ladylike roses dotted on a sky-blue background make a quiet, girlish statement all by themselves. Line a wicker Kelly bag with the fabric ($495), and sigh in deep appreciation every time you catch a glimpse.

The rest of the designer's spring collection is equally demure. A black patent-leather tote with ribbon cut-out ($375) looks so Doris Day. And a pair of fuchsia Turkish silk slippers ($150) would make Gidget giggle. But what wouldn't?

Kate Spade's shoes and hand bags are available at Nordstrom.

Bargain benefit

There's no denying it: Sela Ward is hot.

Buying designer sunglasses and other accessories at half-price is pretty hot, too.

Put the two together, and we're talking fire here.

Ward, the star of ABC's "Once and Again," is the host of QVC's third annual "Cure by the Shore," from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday. For three hours, Gucci, Fendi, Christian Dior, Calvin Klein and Borghese cosmetics items will be on sale live from the Cannes Film Festival. Sales from the event benefit the National Women's Cancer Research Alliance.

Tune in and you might see a couple of stars while you shop. In past years, Salma Hayek, Mira Sorvino, Kirsten Dunst and others have been among the celebs attending the party that accompanies the televised benefit.

Don't forget to wear your shades.

Expect to be pretty

The words "pretty" and "maternity clothes" don't seem to go together.

But when you look at some of the maternity dresses, sweaters, pants and swimsuits from Italy and the Netherlands available at Maternity Wardrobe in Roland Park, "pretty" is exactly the word that comes to mind.

Instead of hiding a burgeoning belly in dark colors and baggy sweaters, an expectant mom can show it off in a sheer floral blouse by Noppies Nature ($46) or plum linen jumpsuit ($137) from Sara by Cristina and Marco Pratesi.

Store owner Phyllis Como says the detailing, fabrics and fit help set these maternity clothes apart from the rest. But if these designs seem too daring, Como also sells more traditional maternity clothes as well. "Women should have choices," she says.

Maternity Wardrobe is located in Wyndhurst Station, 5002 Lawndale Ave. For more information, call (410) 377-8030.

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