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By SUZY STREET
Leafing through current ftishion magazines and wandering through local bou
tiques, students may notice how spring clothes seem to jump out from their con
finements. The colors and wild prints compete fiercely for a buyer's attention, and
nothing can be too bright or too tight.
According to Joanne Greer of Blue Heaven at 171 E. Franklin St., this season's
fashions can be characterized by an "explosion of color." Deep pinks, vivid pur
ples and bright yellows are everywhere, she said.
Greer was quick to point out, however, that feminine pastels and muted colors
were also "strong. ' - .
"There are definitely two distinct color groups this year," she said, and all colors
are appropriate for both sexes. Greer said pastels like peach, mint green and pale
yellow are now popular for men.
By far the most demanded color, however, continues to be black, said store man-,
ager Janice Lowery. She said the color's versatility and the slimming effect have
made black "the biggest color all year."
Popular again this year is the crisp-looking black and white combination. Its
clean lines are easy to accessorize, Greer said, ajid reds, pinks and yellows are
often added for a dash of color.
Greer said she has seen little red or navy blue for this season, and traditional
neutrals have given way to a grey-tan color popular in the Esprit fashions.
Prints are also big news this season, and they're not for the conservative dresser.
"Paisley (last fall's best seller) is on the way out," Lowery said, and its scarcity
in magazine advertisements attests to this. Taking its place are zoo prints, cartoon
characters and flowers.
Esprit's spring line includes shirts adorned with large, bright dinosaurs. And fish
are another unique print for spring, Greer said.
Mickey Mouse continues to be the rage, Lowery said, but other comic strip char
acters have begun to establish themselves in the fashion arena. Some fabric manu
facturers are even printing material with entire, but randomly dispersed, "Sunday
edition" comic strips.
Greer also noted the resurgence of ethnic and Indian prints. Although it is not
as common as other motifs, this look has added a new dimension to the ever
popular neutrals, like khaki, tan and beige.
The shapes of spring clothes are also noteworthy. For men, Lowery said, the
look is "long and baggy." Jams and oversized shirts are a mainstay in this war
drobe, she said.
While men's clothes are "baggy," women's styles include new closely-fitting
shapes that look anything but comfortable. These clothes are "body conscious,"
But Lowery added that designers had adapted their styles accordingly. "The
clothes are cut to make you look feminine," she said, so curvier women can still
look as good as thinner figures.
A staple this season Greer said, is the sleeveless, turtleneck shirt. Paired with a
, body-bugging skirt, the top. creates a pattering, but slightly racy,)ong line." It's ,,
"playing it safe while still being sexy," she saidr "
Sleeveless turtlenecks, crewneck and criss-cross halter dresses are also part of
this look. Jennifer Riegal, a women's wear associate for the Ralph Lauren Com
pany in New York, said the spring was especially suited for this style. "Dresses are
very, very important for spring for (women)," she said.
Other notable spring fashion trends include "stirrupless" pants which retain the
stirrup pants shape; cotton sweaters (for men, too!) oversized tops paired with
snug bottoms; simple styles with wild accessories (especially rhinestones and
hearts); skirts of all lengths (especially denim minis); ankle-length crop pants; pas
tel madras separates; sunglasses (particularly if they are on a cord); hats (especially
baseball caps and "rum-runners'1); bustiers for women; and most important ...
Women's swimsuits bright; men's baggy
By KATHY PETERS
Swimsuits are going Hawaiian. t
If there is one word to describe the
styles for both men and women's suits
this summer, it is prints any and all
types of prints. . .
Tropical designs are fashionable for
men, while floral and geometric styles
are "in" for women.
Cartoon prints, like Mickey Mouse,
are also making a big splash, especially
in juniors departments, according to
Debbie Coryell, assistant manager for
the misses division of the Jantzen
"The brighter the better" is the
motto for men's suits this season,
according to Bob Black, men's depart
ment manager at South Square Mall's
Belk-Leggett store. Jams, baggy, color
ful suits reaching at least to mid-thigh,
are back and even longer this year
just a few inches above the knee.
And prints are taking a step back 10
years to the tropical patterns of the 60s
and early 70s. Second in popularity is
the stratified look which combines
dots on one half with stripes on the
other, according to Patti McGrats,
assistant to Jantzen's advertising
For women, bikinis are back, and,
judging from the looks of it, this year's
style is not a far cry from the itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny
yellow polka-dot bik
ini of years past. The Shrunken Head
at 155 E. Franklin St. sells 60 percent
of its suits to bikini-wearers, according
to owner Shelton Henderson.
Although Europeans will be sport-'
ing wider bikinis this summer, Ameri
can women are' sticking with small ban
deaus. "The tiny bikini is still going
strong," said Gillian Mitchell, owner
of Twins, a women's bathing suit
manufacturer in Hialeah, Fla.
Despite the resurgence of the bikini,
one-pieces are still fashionable. Only
this year, designer artistry is changing
the one-piece. In some styles, the tradi
tional line of the suit is practically
abandoned in favor of cuts in untradi
tional places. Designers are creating
maillots with tummy regions cut out,
reminiscent of the one-piece "cosmo
suit" that swept the industry in 1978.
Tummies are not the only bare areas
on some suits. Twins has created a "C
suit," which leaves both the tummy
and half of the back bare.
No longer is it taboo to wear func
tional suits, even with other styles
appearing on the market. Maillots
sport wide straps and moderately high
cut legs with a focus in wearability and
simplicity. In fact, the low-backed tank
suit is predicted to pick' up where it left
off last summer as one of the top
sellers on the market.
Replacing the bows and ruffles of
last year are the cover-ups. Both skirts
and oversized shirts are "a big busi
ness" for Jantzen, according to
On the women's market, color, espe
cially for prints, is headed toward a sof
ter look, according to Coryell. Neon is
slowly fading from the scene.
Even so, hot pink wiH not relinquish
its hold on the market, according to
Mitchell. And black-color combina
tions such as black accentuated with
yellow or hot pink are selling well,
according to Whitney Cork, sales asso
ciate at Belk Leggett.
But if shoppers can't decide which
color to wear, the Twins company
offers the "Magic Ink" suit, a light
activated suit which changes colors
when the wearer moves from inside to
outside. Macy's department store in
New York has bought the suit. They
plan to sell the one-piece style for $39
and the bikini for $32.
Color and texture merge in one par
ticlar style suit that is getting noticed.
Mitchell calls this high-sheen combina
tion "the foil look." Gold and silver, its
primary colors, are toned down
slightly with a blend of hues, and the
result is almost snake-like.
' Ocean Pacific has come out with
some tricks of its own, too. Their new
line of men's suits includes some made
with a process called reverse printing
in which the suits are printed inside
out for a shadowy effect. The suits
brighten up when they get wet.
Photographs by Charlotte Cannon
hoes make the perfect fashion finish
By MARTHA WALLACE
At last. It's finally time to go.
You've spent hours figuring out
what to wear, and it's not until you're
making that final check in the mirror
that you notice one thing is missing
There you are, wriggling your toes
and trying to decide between your two
pairs of flats and wishing they .
matched Why didn't you think of this
sooner? . .
"People don't tend to put as much
emphasis on their shoes as they do on
their outfits," said Patsy Turner of
Separate Quarters specialty store at
1819 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. "Most
people just want something basic that
they can wear with everything."
The bottom line, it seems, is often
forgotten; but jhis spring, shoe
fashions are making more of a state
ment than ever.
"The new cropped pants, or clam
diggers, give special attention to the
feet, and sporty shoes and boots look
great with them," says Melissa
Rousset, fashion consultant for Unisa
Shoes in Manhattan, N.Y.
Leather boots come in every color
of the rainbow and can be found at
almost any shoe store this spring. The
boots look especially good when worn
with bobby socks, another fashion
"Bobby socks come in a variety of
colors this year," Rousset said, "and
are not only being worn with tennis
shoes and boots, but also with
Popular pumps this year are quite
different from the uniform color two
inch heel shoe of 1985. And colored
hose or the thin colorful bobby socks
are a real accent to the new look.'
"This year's pump is bringing the
Chanel look back for the first time in
years," Turner said. "The spectator
pump is back now - a white pump
with a colored toe or heel. The heel is
medium height and very thin this
One may also opt for the new flats,
however. . .
"This year flats are really in."
Turner said. She added that sling-back
open heel shoes with a closed toe were
also fashionable this season.'"
Popular shoes in Chapel Hill are the
more sporty, fun shoes, according to
the salespeople at Separate Quarters.
The demand for avant-garde is dimin
ishing. Turner said.
What is selling in New York City?
At Unisa, the basic shoe is also in, but
their idea of basic is a tad different.
"Our metallic shoes are selling very
well this season," Rousset said. "Silver
is more popular than gold in shoe
fabrics, and weVe sold a lot of the
shoes with chains on them."
Flats are also fashionable in the Big
Apple. "We are selling a kind of baller
ina slipper that is very popular, and
skimmers the basic flats, are doing
quite well," Rousset said.
Short boots are a favorite in New
York, selling at an affordable price
and coming in a variety of colors.
What colors are popular besides the
metallics? Pastels and naturals are
doing quite well, Rousset said.
"Unisa sells to the younger set,"
Rousset said, "and our shoes are usu
ally canvas in earth tones and lighter
colors. Our buyers, for the most part,
want something they can wear with
Then, Triangle Park and Central
Park areas are somewhat in concensus.
Shoppers want shoes that are fashiona
ble, inexpensive and suitable tp wear
with everything even that drop
dead dress that will knowingly be
worn one time.
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