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March 25, 1989 - Image 25

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-03-25

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A BRILLIANT IDEA

films that don't send us to the stores
either. Out of Africa is one good
example. "That look just didn't take
off. We're working women. Who
goes around in pith helmets these
days?" Schreier asks.
What many women are looking
for are outfits to wear to work,
which is why the wardrobes of
Gracie, Ann, Roxanne, and Abby
from television's "L.A. Law" are
widely copied. "They're chic yet
professional," says Schreier. "They
dress sensationally"
Nancy Lucas of I. Magnin in Los
Angeles, Ca. agrees. Lucas, a personal
shopper at the chic department store
who also assists movie studios with
their costuming needs, says the
biggest film and television influence
is on career clothes. Baby Boom,
Working Girl and "Murphy Brown"
are all having an effect on working
women's wardrobes.
"Great little suits, silk shells,
understated accessories — that's the
look now," says Lucas. "It's minimal,
clean, uncluttered, but very stylish."
Of course, there's more to life
than working, and the movie
Dangerous Liaisons is giving the
fashion industry a new direction for
evening wear. "The romantic look of
Dangerous Liaisons is popular
again," says Schreier. "The erogenous
zone is once again the bustline. The
new collections are all showing a
more voluptuous style."
Tom Bruno, of the posh Torie
Steele Boutiques on Rodeo Drive in
Beverly Hills, Ca., also sees a return
to lacy lingerie, bustiers and lace
blouses, all derived from the
Dangerous Liaisons look.
If you don't get to the movies
much these days, you can still update
your wardrobe by turning on your
television. "Miami Vice" and "Moon-
lighting" are two shows with major
fashion messages.
In fact, according to fashion and
costume designer Elena Zlotescu,
who teaches in the theater depart-
ment of the University of Maryland
Baltimore County, television has
even more impact on our fashion
lives today than films do. "A show
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