Looking luminous

STYLE FILE

October 19, 2003|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,Special to the Sun

Foundation is a wonderful thing. Unless it's too heavy. And streaky.

And makes you look like a cut-rate mime.

Bloom's refillable compact foundation won't let you down. It's a water-resistant foundation that provides a smooth veil of oil-diffusing powder and imparts a luminous finish. Use it wet for an even, translucent look or use it dry on oily areas for fuller coverage.

Here's the best part: When you run out, simply pop a refill into your sleek, mirrored compact. What could be easier? Bloom compact foundation costs $18 for the compact, $22 per refill.

It's available at www.sephora.com.

Manly, but she'll like it, too

What sorts of trends should you be looking for in women's clothing this fall? Bernard Holtzman, design director and president of Harve Benard, offers these suggestions:

* Menswear influences. Think checks, tweeds, plaids, herringbones and stripes in tailored blazers, slim pants and girly skirts. A tweed suit with covered buttons makes menswear fabrics feminine. Tweed suit $200 or Glen Plaid jacket and gored skirt $244. (left)

* Cropped jackets. Whether curvy or sharply tailored, short and boxy or blousy, the cropped jacket focuses attention on the waist.

* Corduroy. The beloved fabric of English professors everywhere is back in a big way for fall in pencil skirts, minis and coats. Corduroy coat $150. (below)

* Minis. Go short and show some leg with a skirt that's between 19 and 21 inches long.

Harve Benard coats and sportswear are available at stores nationwide. Call 866-354-8420 for a store near you.

Comfort for him

Men's underwear isn't really known for being fashionable or fun or exciting. About the best a company can do is fashion a pair of boxers and a T-shirt that's soft, inoffensive and comfortable.

Using that criteria, Jockey's Next to Nothing line pretty much fits the bill. The briefs and shirts are seamless, which makes for more comfort. And the boxers, briefs, thongs and muscle T-shirts in the line have a moisture wicking feature that keeps the wearer cool, dry and comfortable, no matter how hard he works or plays.

Prices range from $16 to $26 and sizes include medium, large and extra large. Jockey is available at Jockey outlets in Ocean City and Hagerstown, Kohl's, Hecht's and Macy's stores. For more information on where to buy, go to www.jockey.com or call 800-JOCKEY-1.

Stella, bottled

Let's say you're a top British fashion designer with a famous father (Hint: The cute Beatle) and you've just developed a new perfume. What do you call it?

Well, you could name it after an attribute, like Beautiful. Or you could call it something moody, like Obsession. Or you could just go simple and name it after yourself.

Stella McCartney, daughter of Paul, chose the simple route, and we're glad about it.

Stella the perfume is a combination of feminine rose mixed with other scents. Just like her clothing, it's a study in contrasts.

Stella perfume costs $95 for .25 ounces. Stella Eau de Parfum natural spray costs $58 to $75 and Stella Soft Body Milk costs $35. Products are available at www.nordstrom.com.

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