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September 07, 1991 - Image 64

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-09-07

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All the Fashions
Fit to Wear
****
BY
BARBARA PASH

SOFTER SUITS

Suit manufacturers are
happy people. And why
not, with suit sales soar-
ing to about $2 4 billion
retail volume in the U.S.
last vc.:1r- Suit sales be-
gan climbing about two
years ago, and no one

seems particularly wor-
ried that newcomers are
pouring into the market.
Newcomers that
launched suit lines last
spring were Gillian, Ta-
hari, Victor Costa and
Susan Bennett. New
names for this fall are
Leslie Fay, Anne Klein
Suits and Alvin Bell. For
spring 1992, expect to
see Liz Claiborne suits.
Career suit colors
aren't shocking, but
they're not predictable,
either; instead of basic
black and dark brown,
there's butterscotch and
rust herringbone, and
blue windowpane.

Color-blocked wool
crepe suit by PSI,

$490

The suit continues to
be the uniform of the
working woman. This
fall, designers are re-
casting men's suits for
career women's lives.
The fabrics are the
same subtle pinstripes,
herringbones and plaids
but the silhouettes are
softly shaped. Many of
the suits have double-
breasted jackets and
short, slim skirts

FLIGHT PATTERN

Bomber jackets top
the list of popular outer-
wear. They're best in
leather, available in a
variety of colors and fin-
ishes, and with big.
shiny metal zipper . LI

Oscar de la Renta's wool
melton coat, $2200

Colorful Coats Chase The Chill

Staid is out, color is
in. Plain is out, em-
bellishment is in. Coats
this fall are full, bright
and fairly short (hemmed
just at the knee). Styles
run the gamut from mili-
tary-looking brass-
buttoned double-
breasteds to country-
looking mohair tweeds.
Other current styles: the
trapeze-shaped car coat
(some are color blocked
— one color for the
body, a different color
for the sleeves and col-
lar); the coat with
nipped-in waist; the self-
belted robe coat. Fab-
rics range from wool
and cashmere to silk
and rayon quilted down
coats.

The trench coat has
become a fashion sta-
ple. The newest come in
jolting, jazzy colors and
fresh fabrics like satin.
Hot pink was a favorite
color last spring, and is
being shown again this
season.
Fake fur coats are as
popular as ever. They
come in both fancifully
colored plush fabrics
like forest green or
plum, or in faux fur
looks. The faux furs are
newest when mixed with
other fabrics, such as a
black-and-white faux
ocelet coat with black
leather trim.

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