Herrera launches Chic, a fragrance in a striking bottle

STYLE FILE

July 07, 2002

It's a heady swirl of scents that includes Bulgarian roses, freesia and white musk, and it's encased in a clear, rectangular bottle that's an echo of minimalist artists Donald Judd and Mark Rothko.

The final product is a sensual new perfume named Chic by Carolina Herrera, a combination the designer said she wanted to suit the complex, independent woman today.

"It's all about the modern woman," said Herrera, looking impeccable in a gray suit and cream blouse during a recent visit to Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase to launch Chic. "This perfume is for the woman who likes to smell divine and feminine."

In talking about the perfume, Herrera seemed just as proud of the bottle as she is of the scent. The bottle is clear with a striking rectangle of red floating near the top, and its lines resemble many a Rothko, a modernist who was known for his paintings that used blocks of color.

As for its name, Herrera said, she wanted to use a word many women identify with today.

"In the 19th century, people used to use chic in art," she said. "We were so lucky that the word chic has come back and now you can use it for everything."

-- Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Shop like a New Yorker

So you think you know how to shop like a pro? Ready to hit the streets of New York? Many admit that when it comes to shopping in the Big Apple they don't know where to begin.

Girlshop comes to the rescue with Girlshop Shopping Tours, guiding you through four hours of Manhattan style-searching. The tours are available in walking and chauffeured varieties for small groups or private customers. Their friendly and informative tone reflects the individuality encouraged by girlshop.com, a four-year-old online boutique specializing in emerging designers. Girlshop will introduce you to the city's best boutiques and retail stores so that you can shop like a real New Yorker. Private tours can be customized to a variety of needs, including graduation, bridal and maternity themes.

Girlshop Shopping Tours range from $75 to $235. Call 888-450-SHOP, Ext. 303, or e-mail tours@girlshop.com for reservations and information.

-- Mercedes Suarez

How to look sun-kissed

Whether you're looking to accentuate that summer tan or hoping to create one, beauty products this season are all about bronze.

Creating copper locks without the commitment of highlights is easy: Just swipe bronze mascara through your hair to give it some light shimmer.

If you want to try it, Sephora recommends Bourjois Volume Glamour Mascara in Bronze Scintillant 07, $12.

Looking hot is one thing, but feeling it is another. Bloom's Aloha Bronzer, $24, brings a sunny glow to cheeks and controls shine for those warm days.

Even the classic French manicure has gone Caribbean. Try layering Urban Decay's Nail Enamel in Baked, $9, with Chanel's Nail Colour in Samba, $16.

All products available at Sephora stores or at www.sephora.com.

-- Mercedes Suarez

It could be time to wear a charming little watch

With the return of bangles and all things breezy and bohemian comes another trend, charm bracelets. Watchmaker Fossil has made this style practical and fun with its new charm watches.

Attach playful charms to the stainless steel links that make up the watch band. The romantic and feminine Silver Charm Watch has a silver dial and comes with butterfly, ladybug and other charms. For a sleeker look, there is the Celestial Bodies Charm Watch.

Fossil charm watches are $65 and are available nationwide. Call 800-969-0900 for information and store locations or visit www.fossil.com.

-- Mercedes Suarez

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