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Exceptional Fashions For You
An exclusive silk store
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Sutter Place Mall
48th Street & Hwy. 2
488-2468
You have an appointment
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Daily Nebraskan Supplement
Life imitates art
ScFeenff&sWons the streets
By Tammy Kaup
Senior Editor
"There's no business likg show bus
iness" it even affects fashion trends,
Lincoln clothing retailers and New
York fashion editors say.
"People are more aware of what
fashions are around (through movies)
and feel more comfortable wearing
something more bold if they see Miss
Movie Star wearing it," said Mary
Cuddy, manager of The Limited at
Gateway.
" 'Out of Africa' has had a great
affect," said Carolyn Ziz, fashion assist
ant for New Woman magazine. All the
merchants and editors interviewed
agreed that "Out of Africa" has in
fluenced fashion.
Jay Murray, salesperson at the Brass
Buckle at the East Park Plaza said the
movie has helped make earth tone
By Johanna Beem
Senior Editor
Dressing is an art.
And like any other art form, it
takes time, knowing the basics,
and knowing yourself.
"Like playing the piano or skating,
you have to start with the basics, said
Margaret Curtis, a former model who
now works with textiles and design.
"You learn to play a scale or do a figure
eight before you go on to something
more creative."
Creating an individual style can
start with something small like wearing
a child's "Winnie the Pooh" watch, or it
can evolve into having an entire black
wardrobe.
Whatever statement a personal style
makes, fashion consultants agree that
a person needs to be comfortable in the
clothes he wears and the statement he
makes with those clothes. Not everyone
can accessorize a basic black tuxedo
with a hot pink bow tie and matching
high-top sneakers.
Gerdi Heath, a fashion consultant in
Lincoln since 1981, said that people
need to decide what their physical
images are. People should look at the
shapes of their faces, their skin and hair
color, their bone structure and their
physical features that should be mini
mized or emphasized.
Curtis said that people need to
realize that they are unique, both in
their physical appearances and person
alities. "Clothes can tell other people how
we view ourselves," Curtis said. "With
them we can project a professional
image, dramatic image, witty image,
sporty image or elegant image."
Both Curtis and Heath said that
people, especially women, place too
much emphasis on looking like someone
else.
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colors and big gold jewelry fashionable.
The Engligh colonial look shown in
the movie is popular, said Lisa Gabor,
editorial assistant in the fashion
department of Harper's Bazaar.
Jungle prints, particularly on scarves,
are also a trend in the look of Africa,
said Jane Harmon, assistant fashion
editor at Redbook magazine.
The Australian look of "Crocodile
Dundee" may also be influencing the
khakis and chambrays popular now,
Harmon said.
The Limited's "Outback Red" line
has styles similar to the ones portrayed
in these movies, although it has been
out for more than a year, said Cuddy.
Ruffled, Victorian blouses may have
been influenced by "Room with a
View," Ziz said. And "Amadeus" helped
bring softness and feminity to fashion
for a while, said Loretta Loibl, manager
Women will see something that looks
wonderful on someone else, Heath said,
and think that if they wear the same
thing they'll look just as nice. But most
of the time a copied outfit will look
inappropriate, she said.
Heath said people also have a hard
time liking what they wear when they
copy fashions from a magazine.
Curtis considers the basics of dress
ing to be color, texture and balance.
"Color has the most immediate im
pact," Curtis said.
Most people have a sense of what
colors look good on them, she said, but
can learn more about the play of colors
from-art classes or viewing art at
museums.
Each person has colors that work
best with his or her hair and skin
color. Redheads usually look best
in vibrant colors like lime green or
gold, dark brown and other colors with
warm undertones, Heath said. Dark
skin and dark haired people tend to
look better in dark, rich colors or
sharply contrasting colors like deep
blue, black, white or red, she said.
Blondes, or lighter-skinned people look
better in the "cool, ice-cream colors."
More goes into picking colors than
just what plays up skin tones. Color
also projects an image. Heath said that
black and navy are power colors. They
evoke a sense of authority, she said, but
also make someone seem unapproach
able. Softer colors make a person seem
more approachable.
Fabric textures also project an image,
Curtis said. Satin and velvet evoke a
sensuous feeling, while tweed makes
people look firm and practical. Denim
is so standard in America, she said,
that it evokes different feelings depend
ing on how it's used.
The last basic to consider is balance.
Curtis said that the key here is
simplicity. An outfit should have one
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at Brauns in the Centrum Plaza.
Singer and actress Madonna has
helped make jean-washed material
popular, said DesaFosbinder, assistant
manager at Brooks in the Gateway
Shopping Center.
"Pretty in Pink" may have influenced
a "cutesy" look in prints and petticoats,
said Maura McCurdy, associate fashion
editor at Cosmopolitan.
"Top Gun" may have helped make
leather jackets popular, said Tracie
Simpson, assistant manager of Maurices
in the East Park Plaza.
Movies that have influenced fashion
in the past include "Flashdance" and
"Annie Hall," said several merchants
and editors. The "Flashdance" look
included torn up sweatshirts and a
"not neat look," Murray said. "Annie
Hall" brought long skirts, lots of layers,
oversized and relaxed clothing, several
said.
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main point of interest. It makes the
outfit more effective and dramatic, she
said.
Once a person knows about the basics,
he or she can expand and make an
outfit unique. Curtis said, however,
that this is a gradual process. People
always should feel comfortable with
how they look, otherwise the effect of
the outfit is lost, she said.
Heath said people can know if an
outfit is right for them by other people's
responses.
"If someone compliments something
you're wearing, it isn't right for you,"
Heath said. "That's because it is a
contrast against you that the person
notices the sweater or blouse or what
ever, more than you.
"If someone tells you that you look
nice, then everything balances and
doesn't draw attention away from the
person inside the clothes," she said.
Curtis said that nothing in fashion
is new; items are adaptations of
past generations or other cultures.
Because of this, she said, people
shouldn't be afraid to update former
fashions or go to second hand shops
and buy a belt or sweater to make a
current fashion unique.
"Nothing is so far past that it can't
be used again," she said.
To slightly change the look of an
outfit, she said, someone could buy
interesting buttons from second hand
shops to add more drama or charm. The
same can be done with belt buckles,
old jewelry, ribbons and scarves.
Curtis also said that someone's sense
of style can come through in the way
they wear a piece of clothing: rolling up
sleeves, letting a lace petticoat show
under a skirt, letting lace show at the
top of a blouse, or even wearing a flower
in the lapel of a jacket.
"People don't have to be led around
by fashion magazines," Curtis said.
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