Under that skin
Now that leather halter tops and skirts in such colors as yellow and pale pink have proven that leather isn't just for winter and fall, it's time to see what lies ahead in the world of leather for autumn. Tops trends in leather from the Leather Apparel Association include:
Prints: Crocodile, alligator, ostrich and reptile embossed looks are still in vogue. Also look for painted-on plaids, florals, geometrics, tie-dye and paisleys, not to mention tried-and-true zebra, pony and giraffe prints.
Colors: Camel, mustard, red, blue, terra cotta and ivory, as well as the traditional brown and black.
Metallics: Gold, bronze and platinum are popular, as are metallics in brown and black.
Lengths: Knee- or hip-length coats are "in." Skirts should hit the knee or above. For men, jackets go all the way from the waist to the floor.
Styles: Popular women's styles include the trench, the wrap, fitted blazers, and jean jackets, such as this one by Siena Studio (right). For men, slim blazers, overcoats and knee-length toppers are fresh for fall.
Swimwear suitable for the runway
If you haven't already bought a bathing suit for summer, listen up. Here are some of the hottest trends in women's suits this year, according to DuPont, makers of Lycra:
Ethnic patterns, evocative of Africa, Asia and India as well as crochet, tie-dye, stenciling and embroidery give bathing suits a fresh, new look that happens to be timeless.
Swimwear's gone high-fashion with such runway trends as denim, lace, suede, animal prints and apron ties.
Such details as fringe, beads, layers, laser cutting and graffiti, not to mention matte or shiny silver make swimsuits stand out.
Short or long wrap pareos, sheer dusters, sarongs and A-line short skirts (right) make covering up part of a beachgoer's ensemble.
Incredible stink shrinker
Sweat stinks in more ways than one.
Burt's Bees wants to help. The natural skin care innovator has just introduced Farmer's Friend Herbal Deodorant. Farmer's Friend doesn't prevent the body from perspiring. Perspiring, after all, is a natural cleansing process that releases potentially harmful toxins. What Farmer's Friend does is minimize and neutralize odor naturally with an essential oil blend of sage, lemon and lavender. It costs $8 for 6 ounces of spray.
Also, don't miss Burt Bees' Garden Tomato Toner, which uses extracts of tomato, cucumber, green tea and other natural ingredients to tone and remove residues of facial soaps, cleansers and dead skin cells while restoring natural pH balance to skin. An 8-ounce bottle costs $9.
Call 800-849-7112 or check www. burtsbees.com for a retailer near you.
Lights on their feet
Most kids light up when you mention summer vacation. Now their sneakers can light up, too.
Stride Ride just introduced the Speed Tech sneaker for children, an athletic shoe that uses a material called IllumiNITE that illuminates and glows at the flash of light.
Available in white with raspberry and white with black and blue, the sneakers comes in sizes 6-10, 10.5-3 and 3.5-6 and cost $34 to $52. They are available at Stride Rite stores and other Stride Rite retailers.
Now calling the kids in after dark is as easy as taking out a flashlight. -- M.B.