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By Kate Staples and Kate Staples,Contributing Writer Los Angeles Times Syndicate | September 30, 1993
New York--It's been more than 13 years since Elsa Klensch and CNN first lit up television airwaves with "Style," a weekly show that covered the "design worlds of fashion, beauty and decorating."At the time, it was as revolutionary as the network itself -- as if Vogue magazine had suddenly become animated, playing out all its glossy drama in America's living rooms.For most of those 13 years, Ms. Klensch was the TV viewer's only comprehensive link to those often rarefied worlds. Morning news programs dabbled with fashion segments and evening tabloid shows aired the occasional expose, but it wasn't until MTV's "House of Style" opened its doors four years ago that Ms. Klensch had real competition.
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By ELSA KLENSCH | May 28, 1998
Since I graduated from business school eight years ago I have bought separates, each one carefully planned to coordinate with the others in my wardrobe.Now I see many magazines featuring dress after dress, and I feel I will be completely out of fashion unless I buy one.I recently quit my job and am constantly going on interviews, so I want to look as up to the minute as possible.My boyfriend, who is a financial analyst, tells me I shouldn't be splurging and that a conservative suit is the only way to go for an interview.
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By Elsa Klensch and Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | October 31, 1996
I'm taking my boyfriend to my grandmother's Thanksgiving dinner in Boston. She's as stodgy as they come. On the invitation she emphasized that dress should be "appropriate."She told my mother that my outfit last year -- a miniskirt and silk shirt -- was "quite unacceptable."Reluctantly, I'm looking for a slightly longer dress for this year. But it has to really make a statement.I want to please my grandmother, but I don't want to be stuck with something I won't wear again.Quite a predicament!
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By Elsa Klensch and Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | May 21, 1998
I am a 29-year-old lawyer working in New York City. I recently joined a health club and started working out every day in hope of finding "Ms. Right."While I have no problem dressing for the corporate world, I'm at a loss when it comes to dressing for the gym. I am uncomfortable in tight clothing and think baggy T-shirts and shorts are sloppy. What can I wear that is modern, stylish and comfortable?A warm-up suit in a light fabric. Look for a jacket and pants with clean lines and a slim silhouette.
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By Elsa Klensch and Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | February 20, 1997
My boyfriend and I are going on an island-hopping cruise in Greece this summer. Since we'll have minimal space in the cabin, I've decided to pack only white clothes. What do you think?I couldn't agree more. White looks fresh and cool, even on the hottest days. At night, it can be glamorous or romantic.At the Italian house of Les Copains, Mario Bandiera suggests building your wardrobe around a short crocheted sweater."The sweater will give a lift to every piece you put with it. It looks great with classic skirts or pants.
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By Los Angeles Times Syndicate | April 17, 1997
My boyfriend invited me to a fancy movie premiere in London. I've never been to anything like this before, and I am so excited.He says it will be quite casual, and I am at a loss as to what to wear. "Casual" to me means jeans.I know he plans to wear his new Armani jacket with a mock turtleneck and slacks. I want to look chic and elegant but not overdressed.What should I wear?For advice I called Milan and put the question to Giorgio Armani himself. He agrees that being overdressed is the opposite of chic.
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By Elsa Klensch and Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | September 29, 1994
Q: I would love to buy my mother an outfit, but don't know what to get. I've been told that the answer is to find a personal shopper. If so, how do I go about it?A: Susan Olden, who heads the Saks Fifth Avenue personal shopping service, says you have the right idea. She adds that most major department stores have a personal shopping service, so find out what stores and designers our mother prefers."Contact the stores and set up an appointment for your mother. A good personal shopper will discuss her lifestyle and individual needs before she begins finding the right outfit for her," Ms. Olden says.
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By ELSA KLENSCH and ELSA KLENSCH,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | June 27, 1996
I'm a university senior in New York putting together a wardrobe for my first job. My mother keeps telling me I must build a classic wardrobe that will stand the test of time. When I mention to her that I wanted a sexy V-neck sweater to wear under a black suit, she went right out and bought me one in a dumb beige. It is exactly what I don't want. What can you suggest?Your mother is right, but so are you. It is essential for a career woman to build a basic wardrobe. But it is also essential for you to have fun with fashion.
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By Elsa Klensch and Elsa Klensch,LOS ANGELES TIMES SYNDICATE | April 24, 1997
I recently landed a job as an executive in the country-and-western division of a major record company. As part of it I have to attend a record-release party in July. My assistant, who has worked at many of these parties, suggests I wear a leather jacket with fringe, a shirt with a bandanna motif, jeans and cowboy boots.I'm a city girl, and I could never carry it off. I don't even like leather; it's too tough for me.Have you any suggestions for something that's country and western but sophisticated, too?
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By Elsa Klensch and Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | January 2, 1997
My boyfriend and I are having an argument about see-through shirts.He says I should buy one to wear at home because they are very sexy.I say, "I will if you will."He's agreed, and now we are looking for the right one for him. Where will we find it (and could he wear it out to parties)?See-through shirts for men are not as rare as you might think -- since they are a lot easier for men to wear.In Italy, Tom Ford, the rising star who designs for Gucci, has four in his spring collection. All are black, and all are meant for evening wear.
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By ELSA KLENSCH and ELSA KLENSCH,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | January 29, 1998
On a rainy afternoon I put my young nieces to work sorting and folding some of the dozens of scarves I've collected over the years.They had fun holding them up to look at the patterns and see if they liked them.When one of them asked if she could have the scarf to make a dress, I discouraged her, saying I didn't think it was such a good idea.But my sister-in-law says I'm out of touch, that many designers use scarves for dresses. Can this be?Sister-in-law has it right. Designers not only use scarves for dresses but for blouses and skirts as well.
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By Elsa Klensch and Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | December 11, 1997
Before I married and started bringing up my stepchildren, I collected beaded evening bags. Now that both kids are working I've taken up the search again.I've been looking everywhere, from thrift shops to flea markets, and have decided I want to concentrate on bags from the '30s. My question is, what qualities should I look for? I want to buy the best.For an answer I consulted New York designer Judith Leiber, who has made luxurious beaded bags for more than 25 years.She says the high-quality bags were made in three countries -- two in Europe and one in Asia -- in the '30s.
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By Elsa Klensch and Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | November 20, 1997
I had a traumatic experience as a child when I was pulled into the undertow, broke my arm and almost drowned. As a result, while I don't mind going to the beach, I never swim.My boyfriend loves the water and he constantly tries to talk me into taking a dip. But I am happy to lie on the sand and read.For vacation we are going to the island of Malta, and I need something sporty yet fashionable for the beach.I don't like swimsuits because I have heavy upper thighs. What do you suggest?Build yourself a swim wardrobe of separates.
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By Rod Stafford Hagwood and Rod Stafford Hagwood,SUN-SENTINEL | November 13, 1997
"Elsa Klensch's Style" has been a top-five ratings winner for 17 years on CNN. "Fashion Television" is cabled on VH-1 into 150 million homes. And now hip-hop heavy Vibe magazine is bringing its heavily styled fashion-and-pop culture show, "Vibe TV," to the little screen.And yet you still don't see many people swishing around the office in Vivienne Westwood bustle skirts as you do all the time on the E! Channel's "Fashion File." And when's the last time you ran into Todd Oldham at the flea market like you do repeatedly on MTV's "House of Style"?
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By Elsa Klensch and Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | November 6, 1997
I'm dating a talented young artist I met when I modeled for his drawing class. To celebrate our first few months together he is planning a romantic weekend in Paris where he wants to show me his favorite galleries and museums. As much as I hate to admit it, I know very little about art, Paris or dressing to go to galleries.What should I wear? I really want to stand out and make him proud of me.The best way to stand out in an artistic crowd is to wear graphic clothes and accessories.New York designer Michael Kors suggests taking a lesson from the modern Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, who had an enormous influence on fashion.
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By Elsa Klensch and Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | September 11, 1997
I have just been appointed chief concierge of an exclusive office building in Manhattan. The good news, apart from a salary increase, is that I no longer have to wear their dumb gray uniform.Since women have not traditionally been in this job, I'm a bit short of role models.My boss suggests I wear all black. This is ideal because I use black as the basis of my wardrobe.How can I add glamour to it when I go out after work on cold winter nights? I know I'll meet many more people and get invitations to business dinners.
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By Elsa Klensch and Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | December 5, 1996
My boyfriend is a huge Star Trek fan. I've always thought it harmless fun but never wanted to incorporate it into my life. He recently invited me to a Trekkie party and insists I come "in uniform."I have no intention of wearing a costume, but I don't want to make my boyfriend uncomfortable.Have you any ideas for an outfit that would be space-age but sexy?I'd go for a dress in silver. It looks more futuristic than gold, and it's also sleeker. Find one with a modern or geometric pattern. (Remember, there are no flowers in space.
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By Rod Stafford Hagwood and Rod Stafford Hagwood,SUN-SENTINEL | November 13, 1997
"Elsa Klensch's Style" has been a top-five ratings winner for 17 years on CNN. "Fashion Television" is cabled on VH-1 into 150 million homes. And now hip-hop heavy Vibe magazine is bringing its heavily styled fashion-and-pop culture show, "Vibe TV," to the little screen.And yet you still don't see many people swishing around the office in Vivienne Westwood bustle skirts as you do all the time on the E! Channel's "Fashion File." And when's the last time you ran into Todd Oldham at the flea market like you do repeatedly on MTV's "House of Style"?
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By Elsa Klensch and Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | June 12, 1997
I recently met my co-worker's pretentious wife at a company picnic. As I walked away, I overheard her say, "Oh, she's the hooker who wears those short skirts."I was appalled. While I do like to show off my legs, my skirts are always an appropriate length for the office. I figure I should wear short skirts while I'm young and in shape!Now she's made me uneasy about dressing for work. Do I have to change into long dresses?If your skirts are appropriate for the office -- a few inches above the knee -- then keep wearing them.
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By Elsa Klensch and Elsa Klensch,LOS ANGELES TIMES SYNDICATE | April 24, 1997
I recently landed a job as an executive in the country-and-western division of a major record company. As part of it I have to attend a record-release party in July. My assistant, who has worked at many of these parties, suggests I wear a leather jacket with fringe, a shirt with a bandanna motif, jeans and cowboy boots.I'm a city girl, and I could never carry it off. I don't even like leather; it's too tough for me.Have you any suggestions for something that's country and western but sophisticated, too?
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