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Published: Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 6, 2003 at 10:19 p.m.

Party makeup

When you're accessorizing a jazzy little party dress, think less about the right shoes and more about the perfect makeup. Here are some tips from Giella Custom Blend Cosmetics:

  • Holiday makeup should include a little shimmer. Dust on a metallic eye shadow or shimmery powder. Glittery lip gloss looks great, too.

  • Intensify your daytime makeup as you move to evening. Party colors that are deeper and brighter than the ones you normally wear add glamour. Line your eyelids with color from corner to corner. Use lip liner and fill in lips; top with a sheer gloss.

    Great sweaters

    Baby, it's cold outside. In this kind of weather, you can't have too many sweaters. But before you buy, remember sweaters can be a high-maintenance item. Be sure to check the care label first.

    Cashmere, mohair and merino wools usually wear well and can be hand-washed. But investment sweaters should be put in the hands of a good dry cleaner. Cotton knits and chenilles may lose their shape if washed by hand. Silk and rayon sweaters often have a distinctive odor that some people find unpleasant. Acrylics can pill quickly.

    In spite of the drawbacks, sweaters are a great alternative for holiday dressing.

    ''It doesn't make sense to invest in elaborate, expensive holiday attire that you may only wear once or twice a year,'' says T.J. Maxx fashion consultant Laura McDowell. ''Instead, opt for separates that you can dress up or down; a terrific sweater can truly make an outfit stand out in a crowd.''

    Put your own stamp on Nikes

    A Nike sneaker in bold orange, with a bright red ''swish,'' electric blue tongue, black sole and your name in the back in yellow would sure get you noticed.

    This unusual and highly personalized combination designed in front of your eyes on your computer screen can be yours for just $10 more than any old pair of Nikes.

    ''People are choosing color ways that should be illegal,'' says Jay Wilkens, general manager of Nike iD, the company's online customization program, at

    He says the opportunity to create such unique designs is attracting atypical Nike customers who are more concerned with fashion than the technical construction of their shoes.

    ''We were thinking people would like this because of the control over performance but don't underestimate the power of aesthetics,'' he says with a laugh.

    Nike's desire to provide customization for the masses has been around longer than the technology that allows the company to do it. Since launching it in late 1999, the program, which currently is only available on the Web but will eventually expand to retail stores, is more successful than Nike expected.

    Clothes care

    Steve Boorstein's mantra is simple. Buy better-quality clothes. Then buy his new book to make the investment pay off.

    In the long run, Boorstein explains, you'll end up saving money with his professional tips on taking care of your wardrobe.

    Boorstein, who calls himself the Clothing Doctor, is the author of ''The Ultimate Guide to Shopping & Caring for Clothing'' (Boutique Books, $19.95). A few of his suggestions:

  • If you're shopping for fine clothing, the salesperson can order extra buttons for you at the time of purchase.

  • Always apply deodorants, perfumes and hair spray before you dress.

  • If you stain a silk garment, it must be dry-cleaned within 48 hours.

  • Keep designer jeans in tiptop shape by dry-cleaning them.

  • Have a tailor ''restyle'' a dated leather or suede coat. Lapels can be narrowed, collars cut down and a trench coat converted to a hip or waist-length jacket.

  • Invest in what's known as a ''gravity-fed'' steam iron that can't scorch fabrics or leak water tainted with impurities. They're expensive but worth the cost.

    Warm scarves

    Nothing is hotter this winter - or warmer - than a great striped scarf. And nobody does sassy stripes better than The Gap.

    Check out the extra-long scarves for men and women ($19.50-$39.50) in bold colors and warm wool. The one-size-fits-all makes them a great gift for just about everybody.

    They can be found in Gap stores or online at

    Style sense

    Nicole Kidman is at the top of Vogue's list of the best-dressed women in 2002 and the magazine's editor-at-large, Andre Leon Talley, predicts she'll also be the one to watch in 2003.

    ''Her style is innate. From the first moment I met Nicole Kidman in the late '80s, she's always had great style going,'' Talley says.

    Meanwhile, People magazine picked Kidman's pink Chanel Oscar gown as one of the year's prettiest dresses.

    During the upcoming red-carpet season, Kidman likely will share style icon status with Renee Zellweger, who also loves fashion - and fashion loves her, according to Talley.

    ''They'll be the barometers of style. Their choices are always correct. You're going to have to watch everything these two ladies are wearing.''

    Talley says Kidman and Zellweger don't reserve their glamorous get-ups for photo ops only. ''They're girls who like to dress up.''

    Other Hollywood stars who made Vogue's list include Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow. From the fashion world, Annette de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and models Alek Wek and Karen Elson were complimented on their 2002 wardrobes.

    As for up-and-comers in 2003, keep your eye on Queen Latifah, who wore a black bias-cut dress by Christian Dior with a plunging neckline and art deco diamonds to the premiere of her movie ''Chicago.''

    ''She looked like all the other movie stars even though she's a plus size. She's an inspiration to other women,'' Talley says.

    wo buttons are back in

    Fashion is full of ups and downs, and suits are no exception. The trend to wear four or five buttons is retreating, and two-button suits will be in style in 2003, predicts the National Association of Men's Sportswear Buyers.

    The NAMSB, a membership organization of menswear retailers, recently conducted its 13th annual Fashion Futures survey and found a general trend toward more conservative clothes.

    ''Economic problems and the threat of war seem to be having a sobering effect on American men, and life in the business world has become more serious. Influences like this encourage them to reach for symbols of strength and durability, and of course one of those symbols is the suit,'' says Jack Herschlag, executive director of the group.

    Other predictions of popular fashions include patterned dress shirts and ties, decorated denim, retro striped knits, the shirt-jacket and lightweight sweaters.

    Patterns will be rich and complex, including florals and Asian motifs, according to the NAMSB.

    Cosmo wants a new face for the magazine

    NEW YORK (AP) - Cosmopolitan's editor-in-chief Kate White says that Jennifer Love Hewitt once told her that appearing on the magazine's cover was ''every girl's fantasy.''

    That dream will become reality for one aspiring model. The magazine and TV partner ''Entertainment Tonight'' are launching the Cosmo Cover Model Search.

    Supermodels and famous actresses need not apply - only new faces are eligible for the contest. Women who are currently modeling can enter if they haven't yet appeared in a major advertising campaign or on a major magazine cover.

    Even those who don't want to model can participate by helping to choose the winner. The April issue of Cosmopolitan will present 25 semifinalists, and from March 18 to April 1 readers can vote for their favorite on the magazine's Web site.

    The result of that vote narrows the search to four finalists, who will appear in the July issue. Readers can then choose from that field from June 10 to July 1.

    ''Entertainment Tonight'' will chronicle the countdown. The winner will appear on a fall cover.

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