Strut your stuff, tough guy

STYLE FILE

September 29, 2002

On The Sopranos this season, the thing to notice isn't the guys' tough talk, menacing scowls or flashy guns.

Instead, look south and check out Tony Soprano's shoes. He and Christopher Moltisanti score style points this season for donning scrumptious leather Kenneth Cole lace-up shoes or slip-on boots.

Cole, who gives his clothes playful names, even gave these new shoes mob-related monikers -- "Verrazano Bridge," "Mis-Trial" and "Court Appearance." The irony is, these shoes were named before the Sopranos stylist selected them for the show.

"Tough-guy chic is back," said Cole spokeswoman Meredith Wollins. "Sleek leather jackets, ... distressed leather boots and motorcycle boots are all hot trends for fall."

The shoes, which range from $145 to $194, are available in stores.

-- Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Starter scent

Finally, a teen-age perfume that displaces the flowery, bubble gum-chewing stereotype associated with most adolescent fragrances.

Chanel recently launched Chance, intended to be a pleasing contrast between youthfulness and sophistication. And with its fresh yet spicy smell, it succeeds.

The scent is like a cross between a perfect spring day and a trip through the Orient.

The perfume, which ranges in price from $38.50 to $75.00, is available at fine department stores and online at gloss.com. For more information, visit the product's Web site at www.chancechanel.com.

-- Jess Blumberg

Where's the hair spray?

Scary to say, but "big hair" is in this fall. According to New York-based hair stylist Julien Farel, hair is big, but orderly -- and not wild. It's "a definite 'do."

Fall 2002 runway collections were all about '70s interpretations for hair. Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci both showed hair parted down the center and totally turned out, while Marc Jacobs showed smooth and severe hair even though it was highly styled.

-- Halle Gaut

Forget the s'mores

Lather's Marshmallow Root Body Spray is a light, silky moisturizer in a chic silver can.

The spray idea is a good thing. Skin absorbs it quickly because of the nongreasy formula. It's easy to apply to hard-to-reach areas such as the back, and it also can be used in the hair as a detangler and leave-in protector.

But here's the downside, and we consider it a biggie: Rather than remind us of sweet, toasty marshmallows, the spray ($12) smells like AquaNet.

To try out other Lather body sprays and products, check your local Nordstrom for availability, or see LatherUp.com.

-- Halle Gaut

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