Out of the Andes: Peruvian fabrics


September 01, 2002|By Halle Gaut | Halle Gaut,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Tired of walking the mall and feeling that everything looks the same? May we suggest a taste of Peru?

The Peruvian Connection is known for its signature use of alpaca wools and Pima cottons. Owners Annie and Biddy Hurlbut, after many travels to Peru, finally figured out a way to share the region's rich Andean textile and knitting traditions with the rest of the world. What started out as a catalog now includes a Web site as well as retail stores. Marylanders are lucky enough to have one at the Prime Outlets in Perryville. And we're luckier still because this is an outlet store, which means items are 20 to 60 percent less than in the catalog or stores.

A key pick from the catalog is the women's Pima spaghetti strap camisole ($99), which comes in five different colors.

For more information, call 800-255-6429 for a catalog or go to www.peruvianconnection.com.

What's hot on the newsstand

September is the biggest month for fashion magazines. All the titles are out and packed full of new fall dressing trends and ideas, landmark photography and the latest must-haves for when the weather turns. Which one is best for you? Read on for a roundup and then decide.


Almost 2 inches thick -- mainly with advertising

-- Vogue is packed with:

* Utilitarian-inspired looks

* Glamour redefined: lots of show-stopping

detail on this season's clothes

* New takes on traditional accessories


This cutting-edge fashion publication offers

up a sophisticated take on fall, which includes:

* Tweed

* Rock-star-inspired fashion

* Limited attention to accessories (trends in-

clude beige, metallic ornamentation and super-

high heels)

Harper's Bazaar

Always a beautifully designed magazine, it is still

trying to find its direction creatively and

content-wise under a new editor. Its focus for

fall is on:

* Chic work-week clothes

* Elegant blouses and refined dresses

* Fabulous over-the-top knits

* Trendy denim

Marie Claire

Marie Claire provides approachable ideas

and direction on the latest trends.

Highlights from this month's issue:

* Exotic-skin accessories

* White: the new black for fall

* Great work-wear ideas

Stepping up

Judith Leiber, a name known mainly for extremely expensive and exquisitely jeweled evening bags, has launched a footwear collection this fall.

The new shoes are produced in a small family-run factory outside of Florence, Italy, and the collection includes shoes for day as well as evening. Designer Drusilla Plunkett describes the new line as "couture" and says she designed it for the "discerning customer who expects only the best and knows the difference."

The shoes complement Leiber's successful handbag collection, and each one features a tiny gold chatelaine medallion embedded in the sole.

The line embraces two of fall's biggest trends: the crocodile (exotic skins) pump and the color plum. To die for.

Prices range from $350 for a simple calfskin pump to $8,000 for a knee-high alligator boot. Various parts of the collection will be available at better footwear and department stores nationwide. Call 212-736-4244 for more information on where to buy.

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