Tuesday, March 9, 2004

Design student wins wool prize


Industry unit honors dress, coat combo

Adrianne Gammie
Adrianne Gammie (left), a student in the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning from Clifton Heights, wears the circular-skirted crepe dress topped with a cream-and-chocolate houndstooth coat that won the National Make It Yourself With Wool Fashion/Apparel Design Award. In addition to a $1,000 scholarship, her winnings include a sheep pelt and luxe fabrics from Forstmann and Britex. At right is Katrina Humphrey, Seattle, Washington.
University of Cincinnati student Adrianne Gammie of Clifton Heights won the National Make It Yourself With Wool Fashion/Apparel Design Award for her circular-skirted crepe dress topped with a cream-and-chocolate houndstooth coat. Her winnings included a $1,000 scholarship from the American Wool Council and a trip to the awards presentation in Sacramento, Calif. The event was part of the 2004 convention of the American Sheep Industry Association and National Lamb Feeders Association.

Trotta trunk show: The show will feature Estrato, a natural stretch fabric from Trabaldo Tonga and lightweight wools from Ermenegildo Zegna, Barberis and Reda, along with Italian hand-sewn neckwear, shirtings, cuff links, silk and cotton knitwear, belts, hosiery, leather goods and handmade umbrellas. Mike & Carol Trotta, 406 Walnut St., downtown. Information: 621-2930.

For brides: Wedding fashions by Kenneth Pool, Kathlin Argiro and Maria Elena will be in the spotlight Friday through Sunday at Bridal & Formal, 300 W. Benson St., Reading. Information: 821-6622.

At Parisian: Clinique is having a Three-Step Spa Week Thursday through March 17 including a mini facial, hand massage, tips on the three-step skincare plus a make-up application and free sample. 792-2412. Get a preview of the latest mother-of-the-bride dresses by Montage, Daymour, Damianou with informal modeling 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

Duck tape prom fashions: If we're closing in on spring, it's time for the Duck brand duct tape Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest that challenges enterprising high-schoolers to create formalwear from the sticky stuff. Couples have a chance to win $2,500 each for college for their fancy tape work. Information and inspiration from past winners at www.ducktapeclub .com. The deadline is June 11 and winners are announced July 7. Last year, 339 couples entered and the winners ended up using 540 feet of duct tape for their matching outfits.

Celebs' fashion and beauty: Glamour is a magnet, and the clothes, scents and make-up of celebrities are big sales and attention generators. Stars who have put their glam on the retail line include:

• Queen Latifah, an icon for the curvaceous, signed on for a second year as official cheerleader for Curvation intimate apparel, which just came out with its first strapless bra and a line of sports bras. Available at Wal-Mart, the intimate apparel is also moving to Kmart. Information: www.curvation.com.

• Beyonce Knowles will be Tommy Hilfiger Toiletries' spokes-beauty for a new fragrance launching in the fall.

• David Bowie and supermodel spouse Iman are pairing for the first time in a campaign for H Hilfiger, Tommy Hilfiger's new upscale sportswear line. Ads, shot in black and white against the backdrop of the stately Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam, were built to reflect the elegance of the line, which includes cashmere, silks and leathers.

• Elizabeth Taylor, known for her super-sized gems and White Diamonds perfume, is spreading her name this spring to cosmetics. Elizabeth Taylor Color Cosmetics include lipstick, glosses, nail polish and pressed powder. The color palate, "hand-picked by Elizabeth herself," is packaged in gold metal cases with pave crystal color.

• Susan Lucci, the sultry Erica Kane from All My Children, seems a perfect pick for a line of lingerie. Susan Lucci Intimates began showing up last month on the TV shopping network HSN and hsn.com. The line includes camis, teddies and panties, $26-$86.

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