Two new shows for fashion junkies So it's cold and gray...

STYLE FILE

February 17, 2002|By Tricia Bishop | Tricia Bishop,Sun Staff

Two new shows for fashion junkies

So it's cold and gray outside -- big deal. Things on the fashion front are pretty hot. Friday finished New York Fashion Week Fall (yes, fall) 2002, when the designing bigwigs (including Betsey Johnson, Kenneth Cole and Calvin Klein) strutted their stuff for buyers and media. And tonight, the Style Network is launching two new shows "dedicated to the clothes horse and beauty junkie in everyone." Take a look:

* The Look for Less (9 p.m.) -- The host, Elisabeth Filarski (the oh-so-likable -- and slightly saccharin -- former shoe designer from Survivor II), teaches the art of adopting the season's hottest looks without taking on a second mortgage. The half-hour show slips into its regular time slot, Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m., Feb. 20.

* Glow (9:30 p.m.) -- Lynda Lopez, NYC entertainment reporter and J-Lo's sister, talks with hair and makeup experts and checks out the best of salons, day spas and beauty bars to unearth trends and practical advice. The show airs regularly Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. starting Feb. 21.

To find out if your cable company subscribes to the Style Network (an E! Entertainment-affiliated cable channel devoted to clothes, trends and beauty), visit the Web site: www.stylenetwork.com.

The route to perfect sideburns

In case the '70s are more your style, check out www.perfectsideburns.com, a site devoted to a goofy-looking invention that's supposed to ease the task of trimming troublesome facial hair. Basically a pair of lens-free glasses with pegs on the sides for attaching templates, the ProLook helps men get even sideburns by giving them a pattern to shave around.

The ProLook system sells for $12.95 (order online or by calling 800-538-3598).

-- T. B.

Getting with that '80s program

The world's gone mad; there's no use fighting it. Last month Fox showed the premiere of That '80s Show; Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, Billy Idol, Boy George and Huey Lewis all released new CDs; and then, of course, there's that Flashdance fashion resurgence that began last year. The decade of ripped sweatshirts, Mohawks, leg warmers, power ties and yuppies is back, despite our sensible protests. So we're waving the white flag and adopting an "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em" attitude. Here are some ways to start:

* Dior D'Clic Fluorescent Bracelets: Paradoxically punkish-yet-designer cuff bracelets available in neon colors, which, for some reason, were a staple of the '80s wardrobe -- a counter-maneuver against all that pastel Don Johnson wore on Miami Vice, perhaps? (Three for $45 at eluxury.com)

* Charles Worthington's Big Hair shampoo, conditioner and hair spray, to help achieve that feathery, teased and varnished look we so love. ($6 at Walgreens)

* Escada Sexy Graffiti: A light, springy scent with tones of raspberry and violet to help you get that energized, rebellious spirit without actually vandalizing anything. ($38 to $68 at Saks Fifth Avenue) -- T.B.

Wrap up these wraparounds

They may look like a blur, but those are some seriously high-tech glasses that 19-year-old Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno has been sporting around the track.

The new Nike Mojo wraparound shades, made available to the public Friday, minimize distortion caused by the curved lenses necessary for wraparound specs -- making panoramic and peripheral vision clearer than ever before, Nike says. The lenses are also coated with a sweat- and water-repellent and feature a ventilated nose bridge to cut down on fogging and slipping.

Nike Mojo is available with black or silver frames and sells for $79 at Sunglass Hut. -- T. B.

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