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Fashion briefs

July 29, 2001


Fashion to a tee

As athletes, golfers are in a fashion league of their own. Visors, argyle, saddle shoes they dress as if they're not engaged in competition but rather milling about socially. So it's not all that surprising that Kenneth Cole would come up with a man's golf shoe that fits equally as well in the boardroom as on the greens.

The lace-up "Birdie," which comes in black or brown, is made of waterproof leather and has removable spikes so you really can wear them on the street, which might help justify their price. For $170, they should do double duty.

The shoes are available online at or by calling (800) 536-2653.

Getting cold feet

For a quick blast of cool on otherwise fried feet, BlissLabs offers Frigifeet, a minty gel.

The combination of menthol and camphor aims to increase circulation. And cooled-down feet are less susceptible to swelling and bloating. (Frigifeet can also be used on calf muscles.)

The $22 tubes of Frigifeet are available at Bliss Spas, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Doing the slide

If you were in diapers when disco was big, now's your chance to be a dancing queen or at least have the shoes of one. Candie's, the staple footwear for divas in the late '70s, has brought back its dangerously high-heeled wooden slides.

Available at Hecht's, Macy's or online at, the vintage collection ($39 to $52) revives the studded-nail-on-leather look and finally gives you something to wear with your oh-so-trendy wrap dresses.

Made in the shades

Kate Spade's added another accessory to her design line: sunglasses. Made in the same boxy-chic shapes as her handbags, the glasses combine a '60s oversized sensibility with today's trends of bright colors, thick plastics and rimless lenses. They come in 11 styles (butterfly-shaped, too) in shades of violet, blue and green. Find them at Sunglass Hut ( for $150 to $160. Prescription lenses are available.

Sleek looks for fall

GQ has peeked ahead at the fall fashion calendar, and the magazine's editors already have compiled a "must-buy" list.

The winners are:

Trench coat. In dark colors and sleek leathers, this classic is a must. Pair it with a bright turtleneck for a modern look.

Double-breasted suit. The 1980s style is back with a modern twist. Wear it to work with patterned shirts and ties for a new approach to an old classic or with a turtleneck for a more casual feel.

Camel topcoat. Camel is the hot color this season. The reinvented camel topcoat has leaner lines and a shorter length.

Worn-in jeans. Jeans will never go out of style. Dress them up with a velvet blazer or tweed jacket, or go for a casual look pairing the jeans with sneakers and a zip cardigan.

Plaid suit. The monochromatic look is over. It's all about bright patterns for fall 2001. Mix bright shirt-tie-suit patterns to create a look all your own.

Tweed overcoat. Stylish yet practical, this coat goes best with simple pieces like a turtleneck and jeans. (But don't mix tweeds.)

Zip cardigan. Perfect for the weekend, this sweater is the modern, hip version of the old button-down. Wear it with a white T-shirt and jeans.

Shearling. The shearling is the hot coat this fall with its rugged yet urban look. Avoid wearing this casual coat with tailored suits, instead opt for corduroy pants and a sweater.

The list of top pieces appear in the July issue of GQ.

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