They don't answer to 'khaki' anymore


April 13, 2003|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,Sun Staff

It wasn't so long ago that Banana Republic was the Temple of Khaki. We're talking Jeep rammed through the front window of the store and a catalog filled with references to Africa and the jungle and brimming with khaki pants, vests and ghurka shorts.

The store is now better known for its tres fashionable work and casual clothes, but Banana Republic hasn't forgotten its khaki roots -- that much is evident from its spring collection. Now, however, the store is calling the stuff "chino" and making it look more contemporary and less weekendy.

For men, the chino two-piece twill suit (left: $225 jacket, $118 pants) is a classic. And for women, khaki goes ladylike in a 3/4 -length cotton / sateen "ladycoat" (far left, $178), pleated skirt ($88) and long, fringed polka-dot scarf ($48).

Visit Banana Republic stores in the Gallery at Harborplace, Towson Town Center and malls in Columbia and Annapolis, or online at

Shining at the prom

Don't just think of duct tape as a tool to protect your family from terrorists -- think of it as a versatile, fashionable material. You know, the stuff that prom dreams are made of. Huh?

Duck Duct tape is offering $5,000 in college scholarships to the couple who crafts the most spectacular prom night attire out of duct tape.

That doesn't mean you have to look like the Tin Man and Tin Woman, either. Duck duct tape is available in 17 colors other than silver, including neon green, pink and orange and camouflage.

This is the third year for Duck's "Stuck at Prom" contest. Last year's winners crafted prom wear reminiscent of 16th Century English nobles for the Rochelle Township High School prom in Rochelle, Ill. They were also probably the only couple at prom that could brag that they got their dress and tux at Wal-Mart.

For contest specifics, visit the Web site:

It's a brave hue world

Now that blue eye shadow is no longer a substance to be feared, cosmetics manufacturers are going hog wild this spring in their exploration of eye shadow colors.

To introduce its line called "Rainbow Chic," L'Oreal is showing model Milla Jovovich sporting eyelids rimmed in sky blue and spring green. Model Janine Green is wearing a rainbow look composed of no less than four vibrant shades of green, gold, peach and yellow.

How does one walk the line between OK and overkill? Apply color sheerly for a softened, watercolor look, according to L'Oreal consulting make-up artist Collier Strong.

L'Oreal products are available at most drug stores, supermarkets and department stores.

Golden locks

Homer admired it. Ovid was obsessed with it and Margaret Thatcher, Hillary Clinton, Madonna, Marilyn Monroe and Jean Harlow all had or have it.

We're talking blond hair here. Records of golden tresses date as far back as 1800 B.C. Blond hair occurs naturally in 1 in 20 Americans. One in three American women dyes her hair blond, according to On Blondes by Joanna Pitman (Bloomsbury, $24.95).

The comprehensive book is a serious exploration, a history and a celebration of the hair color so many people seem to covet. And yes, in case you were wondering, the author is blond.

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