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Published: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 26, 2004 at 11:24 p.m.

Bridal Expo set for Feb. 8

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This bright red three-piece embellished suit from Catherines Plus Sizes features an open-front jacket with soft accents, a jewel neck shell with decorative hem, and skirt with a beaded waistband. It's available for $179 for sizes 18-24, $189 for sizes 30-34. The matching red hat sells for $130. All items are available at Catherines stores or online at or by phone at (800) 304-4120.


Florida Bridal Expo 2004 is set from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center.

The Expo will be a preview of the season's latest wedding apparel and services, featuring several local wedding vendors.

In addition, the expo will include a fashion show that will present formalwear by well-known designers, including the collection of bridal gown designer Justina McCaffrey. McCaffrey and her designs have been featured on shows such as MTV's "True Life" and "Good Morning America."

Meantime, on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6 and Feb. 7, McCaffrey will be part of a trunk show from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Solutions Bridal Designer House, 6500 SW Archer Road. For information, call 367-0070 or go online to

Paris Hilton No. 1 in 'fashion terror'

Mr. Blackwell, chronicler of clothing catastrophes, says socialite-reality TV star Paris Hilton committed the worst fashion follies of the past year.

Blackwell's list was released Jan. 13. The acid-tongued critic and former fashion designer has been ailing in recent years, preventing him from reading his 44th annual list aloud to the press.

But in an exclusive interview, Blackwell told AP Radio in Washington: "Paris came up shining with a big spotlight saying, 'Pick me!' She was just the most natural contender to make No. 1 this year."

Hilton, star of the Fox show "The Simple Life," became an inadvertent Internet icon when a homemade sex video she shot with her then-boyfriend made the rounds online.

"She does everything she can to be outrageous, everything she can to be over the top, everything she can to be too much and she succeeded - and what she got from it was a great TV show," Blackwell told AP Radio.

In a statement, he described those on the list as "Ten Titans of Fashion Terror that, in 2003, ran the gamut of style-free excess from trashy to flashy, frumpy to dumpy and every egregious variation in between."

Madonna and Britney Spears - "kissin' cousins of couture crime" - were tied for second place, followed by Shania Twain ("country-fried kitsch"), Diane Keaton, Jessica Simpson, Celine Dion ("half-sequined scarecrow, half-gaudy acrobat"), Missy Elliott, Melanie Griffith, Courtney Love ("torrid temptress of fashion") and Lara Flynn Boyle.

On the positive side, Blackwell praised Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Garner, Diane Lane, Salma Hayek, Oprah Winfrey, Katie Holmes, Tippi Hedren, Beyonce, Faith Hill, Sarah Jessica Parker and the Countess of Wessex, the former Sophie Rhys-Jones, as "Fabulous Fashion Independents for 2003."

Pick the right foundation

Foundation can be your best friend, evening skin tone, perfecting skin tone and creating a flawless canvas for other makeup. But if you choose the wrong shade or apply it sloppily, it can become your worst enemy, in the form of the dreaded two-tone "base line."

In its February issue, Cosmopolitan magazine offers the following pointers for picking the best base:

  • Choose a yellow-based foundation whether your skin has pink or yellow undertones, Cosmo's beauty pros say. A yellow-based tint creates a warm complexion, so if you're deciding between hues, pick the more golden of the two.

  • Take the colors for a "test drive." Apply three different shades to your face, then go outside and see how they look in natural light. Despite what the ladies at the cosmetic counter say, never test foundation on your hands because their shade and texture are different than your face's.

  • Bring an old bottle of foundation with you when you shop to help you find a new hue that matches a shade that's worked in the past.

    Beauty line

    Singer and reality TV star Jessica Simpson can add beauty exec to her resume, partnering with D'Lish founder and president Randi Shinder to create a line of "lickable, kissable" beauty products, the company announced recently.

    Dessert products will have both fragrance and flavor, and will be available in Sephora stores in April.

    The products will come in three flavors - Creamy, Dreamy and Juicy - and will include "kissable" fragrance, whipped body cream, bath bubbles, lip plumping cream and powdered sugar body shimmer.

    Check them out online at

    Healthy grain

    Seeds and grains are healthy when it comes to bread and oatmeal; now, with a new line of bath and beauty products from Davies Gate, they're beautifying, too.

    Like seven-grain bread? Try Davies Gate Seven-Grain Therapeutic Salts, a blend of whole grain flours, unprocessed sugar and sea salts ($23) that will help eliminate aches and pains. Enjoy hummus? Get a generous helping of Sesame Seed Bath Foam containing natural sesame oil to smooth skin ($25). And if you like to knock back a beer now and again, Barley Body Wash contains hops, calendula, barley grain and coneflower to soothe and heal skin ($20).

    The products are available at, or call (888) 398-9010.

    Perfumed hair

    We wash with perfumed soap, slather on perfumed lotion, then spritz on a little perfume.

    Now the people at Van Cleef & Arpels have introduced a Perfumed Hair Mist, which they say is formulated to spray over your hair without damaging it or weighing it down. It brings softness and shine along with the scent of Murmure - a floral, woody perfume.

    Murmure perfumed hair mist costs $38 for 2.5 ounces. It is available by calling (800) 218-4918.

    Spring lingerie

    Spring lingerie collections promise more colors, more frills and more luxurious fabrics as vintage-inspired, romantic garments fill the racks. And for those who have been suffering through the heyday of the thong and waiting for roomier panties to come back, the wait is over.

    Bikini and boy short styles are everywhere, and with spring's more fluid silhouette, women have room to wear the lace, ruffles and frills that would have been bumpy under the sleek fashions of recent years.

    Even at the Victoria's Secret fashion show, an annual parade of flesh that is broadcast on national television, there were some luxe bikinis and boy shorts among the barely there, outrageously sexy panties the show is known for.

    Heart disease fundraisers

    Macy's will "Go Red for Women" as part of its three-year, $4.5 million commitment to the American Heart Association to help fight heart disease in women.

    Macy's hopes to help the association raise awareness for heart disease - the top killer of American women over 25 - with fashion events, cooking demonstrations and special merchandise.

    National Wear Red Day, the association's annual public awareness campaign for heart disease, is Feb. 6 this year, and Macy's will host a Feb. 4 event featuring actress Daryl Hannah at its Manhattan store to kick off its participation in the "Go Red" campaign.

    Designs by Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg and Nicole Miller will be presented at the event as part of the "National Wear Red Day" push, to show support for heart disease's victims and their families.

    Also beginning Feb. 4, Macy's will sell a "red dress" Gund toy bear, donating $5 to the association for each sale. Free red dress pins will be available at all Macy's stores and online at, and select Macy's stores will feature Swarovski's Little Red Dress pin. The crystal maker has vowed to give the association up to $100,000 from the proceeds.

    Earth shoes are back

    First Afros and patchwork jeans resurfaced from the depths of the '70s closet; now Earth shoes are back, too.

    Originally designed by a Danish yoga master who was passionate about the health benefits of walking barefoot, the shoes employ something the company calls ''Negative Heel Technology'' to achieve this effect.

    But thanks to updated styling, the men's and women's shoes now come as hiking boots and Mary Janes and no longer look so . . . well, earthy. They range in price from $79 to $135 and are available in select stores.

    Morning makeup

    Lipstick is easy to touch up on the go, but eye shadow and liner require more time and effort.

    To make your morning makeup last longer, skip eye cream on the eyelid, says makeup artist Bobbi Brown. (It's OK, though, to put eye cream under eyes as a base for concealer, she adds.)

    Brown also suggests using a pale yellow powder on lids, applied with a powder puff, before any other product to take away moisture and set makeup.

    These two steps are effective toward combatting humidity and the natural moisture from the eyelid to keep color cosmetics in place, says Brown.

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