Knockout look, knockdown price

STYLE FILE

January 21, 2001|By Tricia Bishop | Tricia Bishop,Sun Staff

Designer Tadashi Shoji has dressed Lauryn Hill, Celine Dion, Tyra Banks, Vanna White and even our lieutenant governor, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, but what's most impressive is that he can dress you (in evening wear!) for less than $500 --- much less.

Tadashi's evening clothes sell for $120 to $400, which isn't bad compared with the four- and five-digit figures on other designers' price tags, and you're getting the same clothes the stars choose from, not cheap imitations.

His spring 2001 collection features lots of color (bright color -- think turquoise and fuchsia), sequins and beading on halter and bandana tops, asymmetrical skirts, jersey side-slit pants and form-fitting gowns. In the Baltimore area, Tadashi is sold at Nordstrom and Cache, which has stores in Columbia Mall, Towson Town Center and Owings Mills Town Center.

Cover it up and go party

So you're planning on wearing that perfect strapless gown to your cousin's wedding, but you don't quite want to bare it all -- like that scar you got ice skating or the birthmark you've never liked. What to do? Check out Smart Cover concealers, which hide any markings you don't want others to see, including birthmarks, varicose veins, scars and tattoos.

The products come in two kits and a range of colors that cover light to very dark skin. The Smart Cover-Up Kit ($29.75) is for hiding large areas and contains three shades of concealing cream, a moisture primer and sponges for blending. For smaller jobs, there's the spot-specific Perfect Touch Kit ($26.95), which comes in compact, powder and stick forms, making it akin to a heavy-duty version of your regular foundation.

You can buy Smart Cover at www. smartcover.com or by calling 877-651-6655.

-- T. B.

A sparkling bounceback

Now that your bank account is beginning to recover from holiday shopping, you can think about spoiling the person who needs it most: you. The Limited is offering a whole selection of sparkling accessories to liven up the season -- and your psyche -- from beaded bags ($10) to rhinestone bracelets ($5) and low-slung chain belts -- the "it" item for 2001 ($20 to $36). And for those among you upset by all the fur on the runways, the Limited offers an alternative, a faux-fur collar ($12) that captures the look without the guilt. -- T. B.

EVENTS:

Betsy Robinson's two bridal stores feature trunk shows Jan. 26 and 27. Appointments are strongly recommended:

The Pikesville location shows the delicate, hand-embroidered designs of Reem Acra, whose gowns sell for $3,000 to $8,000. 1848 Reisterstown Road in the Creative Center; 410-484-4600.

Designer Monique Luo will be at the Glen Burnie location showing her dresses, which sell for $800 to $2,000 and are described by Betsy Robinson as having traditional silhouettes with contemporary detailing and lots of beading. Luo will also be available to talk with brides-to-be about their style choices. 8 Mountain Road in the Southdale Shopping Center; 410-766-4600. -- T. B.

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