Classic and classy at Ann Taylor


March 18, 2001|By Tricia Bishop | Tricia Bishop,Sun Staff

While other designers showcase glam-rock '80s styles, Ann Taylor is as classic as ever. The Spring 2001 Collection features modern, ultra-feminine clothes with a focus on lean silhouettes and easy versatility. Here's what to expect:

Suits -- Range from fluid, wide-leg trousers with single-button jackets to knee-length dresses with matching fitted jackets

Dresses -- Vibrant prints in pinks and yellows hug the body, some with ruffle details at the cuffs, collars or hems

Separates -- Lots of color and class: pale-yellow leather jackets paired with cropped pants of the same shade, green and blue paisley wraparound shirts with slim silk pants, a scooped-neck T and checked Capri pant

Accessories -- Strappy sandals, floral scarves, lizard bags

Listen: gemstones on the earphones

Mobile phones aren't just a means of communication anymore -- they're a personal statement. They play your favorite songs, come in a variety of colors and signal your popularity with every ring.

Designer John Hardy has just upped their style factor even further with the introduction of bejeweled earphones, created for Motorola or Nokia phones. The earphones feature sterling silver overlay and gemstones -- including black and white sapphires, diamonds and tsavorite, a green garnet.

They sell for $195 (no stones) to $1,100 and are available by calling 800-254-2739. -- T. B.

Finding the poetry in waxing

Women who wax know there aren't a whole lot of technological advances to be made in the technique: Slap on some of the hot stuff, rub a cloth over it and rip. But Poetic Waxing, a new kit, is at least trying.

It doesn't use cloth strips, for one. You just slather it on, wait for it to set and pull it off, which significantly cuts down on those missed spots you get when the cloth doesn't adhere to the wax. The second improvement is the color: It's bright blue, so you can definitely tell where it's going. (A very good thing -- just ask anyone who's mistakenly removed an eyebrow.) It also smells good.

The Poetic Waxing Kit, $40, is available at Nordstrom stores, online at or by calling Bliss World at 888-243-8825. -- T.B.

The well-accessorized head

A finished look is all about the details, hair included. Why slap in a tired elastic band when Frederic Fekkai has a whole line of accessories for spring? Bright colors and inventive materials -- including PVC, Lycra, snakeskin and mother of pearl -- characterize the collection. Here's a peek:

Saint-Tropez: Elongated barrettes and headbands made from hand-woven Maglina straw, with leather trim ($35 to $50)

Lycra: Reversible stretch bands and pony wraps in bright shades of magenta and orange ($25 to $55)

Cote d'Azur Collection: PVC in splashy colors accents the neutral of canvas in the pony wraps and twists ($45 to $55)

Boutons d'elastique: Mother-of-pearl-buttons fastened to pony elastics ($25 to $30)

Elastiques: Adjustable elastic headbands printed with sayings like "excentrique," "out of control" and "bad hair day" ($25)

Other designs include a velvet band studded with Swarovski crystals ($45) and leather pony wrap "belts" ($45 to $55). Find them online at -- T. B.

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