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March 22, 1986 - Image 41

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-03-22

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evident in knit-dressing. Fabrics
of cotton, jersey, and silk skim the
body with a sophisticated touch.
Dresses, skirts, sweaters and
pants are all part of knit-dressing.
Knit-dressing is popular because
it wears well, fits well and packs
According to Trish Henning, of
Trish Henning in Farmington Hills
at Hunter's Square, "Every
woman should invest in a few knit
pieces, whether it's a
sophisticated top teamed with
pants or an ankle brushing skirt,
or more casual body conscious
styles in jumpsuits, tank sweaters
and minis. The styles are clean
and simple and can add up to an
eclectic, layered look."
For summer, fashions are
cutout. Sundresses are backless,
strapless, or one-shoulder. Tank
tops have large armholes, and
midriff tops will be popular.
According to Pamela Swift, a
clothier in West Bloomfield, with
ready-to-wear lines and custom
designs, it will definitely be a bare
summer. Fashions will reveal "as
much skin as a woman can

Another trend which tran-
scends women, men and
children's clothing is Hollywood
inspired styles. The movie
Out of Africa displayed Meryl
Streep against the lush jungle
of Africa. Although designers
Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren
have always shown romantic,
safari-type clothing, it's more
popular since the movie.
Tropical, safari, and jungle
prints are bold and bright. Some
outfits have exotic animals set in
vivid patterns. Designer Willi
Smith uses African-inspired
prints in his spring and summer
collection for men and women.
Harry Kosins, co-owner of
Kosins Clothes and Kosins Big
and Tall, both in Lathrup Village,
revealed that he personally just
purchased khaki trousers and a
coordinating sweater, when

discussing the latest trends of
men's clothing.
At Peanuts, a children's
clothing store in West Bloomfield,
one boy's outfit included a jungle
print short-set with a camera and
Also at Peanuts, there's a long,
white, terrycloth robe that is
perfect for "Rocky" idols.
In men's clothing the Miami
Vice look is still strong with
unconstructed blazers worn
casually. For boys, this look is
also popular.
The Dynasty look is still evident
but seems to be replaced by a
more glamorous, subdued
elegance. "An overall image
would be the glamour
represented by Katharine
Hepburn or the various
sophisticated dressing in
American sportswear in the '30s
and '40s," says Gretchen Snow
of Hudson's.

The colors of spring and
summer '86 are plentiful:
There are pastels of mint,
lavender, coral, and aqua to
bright citrus hues, and neutral
shades of creme and taupe to
classic white and black. The
palate has never been better,"
says Annie Bower, a fashion
director formerly with Saks
Fifth Avenue-Troy.
"We have opened our spring
season with mint condition," says
Ms. Snow. She sees an emerging
trend of greens that will begin with
pastels for spring and blossom
into a bright summer green for
women, men and children.
Colors for men also range from
soft pastels to bold and bright
primary shades. "Some of the
guys that have been wearing
nothing but grays and blues all
their life are going to have to get
into it," says Bob Benkert, owner
of Claymore Shop and
Polo-Ralph Lauren in
Birmingham. "I think the idea
here is to have a little fun," he
Ralph Lauren is showing knit

shirts in every color of the
rainbow, madras in corals and
jade, and a complete line of
pastel sweats for men.
A solid, total look or
monchromatic dressing is also in
vogue. Suits for men and women
in white, navy and black in
summer fabrics of linen and
cotton are always classic.
Fashion consultant Leah Marx
believes black and white are
stylish for this season. She
suggests an all black or white
outfit with large, costume jewelry
for a dramatic, fashion statement.
Patterns are important, but
their role is not as strong as last
fall. The floral prints are gentle,
airy and romantic. The exotic,
tropical patterns are bold, while
geometric, dots, and stripes are
dramatic in white, black and navy.
"There's a new perspective for
fashion that caters to women of
all ages," says Harold "Hersh"
Rothenberg of Hersh's in West


DRESSES: "There is a return
to dresses this season," says
J. J. Benkert, owner of the
Claymore Shop and Polo-Ralph
Lauren in Birmingham. The
fabrics are exciting. Knits
define the body, while the silks
are long and graceful. "Ralph
Lauren is using silk crepe
deChine in daytime dresses for
a simple, modern, and elegant
look," says Ann Magnin,
director of publicity for
Ralph Lauren.
Evening dresses are
glamorous and dramatic. Many
are backless and one-shoulder
fitting close to the body. Colors
are captivating, and fabrics are
often adorned with pearls and
sequins. The styles are
reminiscent of the
1930's—draped, dazzling, and
daring. The effect is theatrical yet
Claire Pearone has some
exquisite evening clothes. A
seafoam green, one-shoulder

March 1986


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