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August 24, 2003


Vogue compiles chic shopping list

New York -- If Vogue's 740-page September issue is sort of like a fall catalog for the chic woman, a list of top trends compiled by the magazine's editors could be considered a shopping list.

Here are the top 10 looks of the season, which, according to Vogue, all follow the underlying themes of pretty and polished:

  • A fur stole -- real or faux -- for movie-star glamour. "Wear it over a simple dress like a sleeveless sheath instead of a pashmina," says fashion news director Sally Singer. The stole also works as a fur collar under a tweed jacket, she says.
  • A sleek pencil skirt.
  • A pair of fishnet panty hose, or textured or brightly colored tights.
  • A narrow-waist cinched jacket like Katharine Hepburn would have worn in the 1930s.
  • Something "borrowed from the boys," such as a pair of flat-front trousers or a slightly oversized sweater.
  • Towering red heels, a fuschia bag, a blue crocodile belt or some other colorful, eye-popping accessory.
  • Long gloves. For evening, long gloves are both elegant and fun, says Singer. They also are a way to add color to a black dress. For day, colorful gloves can give personality to a conservative shirt, suit or coat, but the gloves should come off once you're in the office, she advises.
  • A pretty cocktail dress.
  • A corseted top or dress to emphasize shapely curves.
  • Over-the-knee boots. "You have to be bold enough to wear a miniskirt with these," Singer says, but the boots actually provide a lot of leg coverage. "It's a modest way to do a mini."

Purses rock

New York -- Gwen Stefani's new fashion brand, L.A.M.B., is making its first mark this fall with a limited-edition collection of handbags and accessories in a partnership with LeSportsac.

L.A.M.B. stands for love, angel, music, baby -- all words that Stefani says are meaningful to her and are heard often in her songs.

Many of the Gwen Stefani-L.A.M.B. for LeSportsac bags are made of black rip-stop nylon and covered with words and phrases in a white gothic font. The handles -- graphic-print grosgrain tape -- are supposed to look like guitar straps.

Of course, there's a "concert bag," a small 8-by-8 1/2-inch pouch.

"I was flattered that someone would give me the chance to design something. I've designed tons of things for myself, which is no big deal because I'm wearing it. But to do something for other people -- that's cool," the 33-year-old singer said in a recent statement.

The accessories line will be followed with a L.A.M.B. ready-to-wear collection in the spring that matches Stefani's own fashion aesthetic -- a mix of "punk and Paris, of rock and roll, or color and pattern."

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