Rock the classroom with your new clothes


August 04, 2002|By Halle Gaut | By Halle Gaut,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

August means back-to-school shopping, and Delia's has stocked up on fun, hip clothes that are still "classroom appropriate."

Here are the store's biggest statements for fall:

* The "Freedom Rocks" collection features utilitarian basics with a military edge, such as a pair of canvas army fatigues paired with a patchwork peasant top.

* "Wild Frontier" is a carryover from spring's romantic gypsy themes -- this season includes chunky knits.

* The "School Babes" group makes use of traditional menswear-inspired clothes. Think structured, tailored pants with a lace or sheer top.

* "Flirting with Prep" is full of novelty "varsity" inspired tops and bottoms with "girly twists."

Check out Delia's denim too. With lots of different cuts, washes and styles (and competitively priced at $29 and up), you're sure to find something that both Mom and teen can agree on.

Delia's is located at Towson Town Center (410-296-9676) and Arundel Mills (443-755-8815) or on the Web at

Good things in small packages

August means vacations and weekend jaunts to the beach and bags to be packed.

Wella has made this chore a little easier by introducing Wella Lifetex shampoos and conditioners in new travel sizes. Three shampoos (Wake-Up Call Hydrating Shampoo, Level Headed Color Shine Shampoo and Look Alive Energizing Shampoo) and five conditioners (Big Splash Hydrating Conditioner, Well Toned Color Shine Conditioner, Pumped Up Energizing Conditioner, Flash Flood Intense Hydrating Conditioner and Power Plant Intense Energizing Conditioner) all come in the 1.7-ounce size and retail for $5 each.

The price is high, but a portion of the proceeds from the sale of all Lifetex Wellness products is donated to the Leukemia Research Foundation. Available at fine salons.

A cologne for men and women

Acqua di Parma is Italian luxury at its best.

This fragrance and skincare collection evolved from the original Acqua di Parma cologne created in Milan back in the '30s. The cologne, which was designed for both men and women, has a distinctive scent that includes hints of Sicilian citrus, lavender, rosemary, verbena and Bulgarian rose.

In addition to its signature cologne, the collection includes creams, soap, powders, bath gel, after-shave balm, deodorant, towels, robes, leather goods, candles and other treats for the home. They also have other scents if their signature doesn't work for you.

The cologne spray comes in two sizes -- 50 ml ($55) and 100 ml ($90). It is available at Neiman Marcus stores nationwide or at Blue Mercury in Washington DC (202-342-1816).

No more pillowcases

Soon it is "off to school" and for some, that means learning how to manage laundry. It used to be all about throwing it in a pillowcase, old shopping bag or even a black Hefty.

Today, there are options. For those who want something a little more elegant, check out www.

City dweller Dianne Vavra was tired of lugging her laundry around New York in something that was less than chic so she created her own line of laundry bags called UrbanEve.

The bags come in three different colors: Frantic Fuchsia, Rush Hour Green, and Asphalt Blue. They have drawstring closures and the word "laundry" embroidered on them. The bags have been scooped up by several celebrities including Julianne Moore, China Chow and Sarah Jessica Parker, who will be using hers on Sex and the City this season. The bags retail for $38 and are available through the Web site or by calling 866-673-7159.

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