MIXED METAPHORS

PAISLEY AND PLAID, RHINESTONES WITH PEARLS AND FUN FUR-FOR NIGHT AND DAY

Look for the streets to be lined with color and for skirt lengths to shoot from the hip. Textures, patterns and jeweltones have hit it big. You won’t see tone on tone anymore. It’s paisley with paisley; plaid with herringbone and stripes any which way-as long as they’re there. The layered look continues to influence the way we live: Oversized coats cover patterned blazers and high-waisted pants. Accessories-whether they’re gloves, jewels or fun fur hats-pull the looks together, especially the Chanel-influenced lengths of pearls that can drape down the back of an elegant gown or enhance the waist yoke of a clinging evening frock. A strand of pearls mixed with sparkling rhinestones is a combination that can take even leather to new heights.

Dallas has developed its own individual approach to fashion that neither copies the New York trendies nor rejects the European chic. It is a blending-a taking of the best of both spheres-that epitomizes the Dallas look and those who live it.

Hence, Dallas has the essence of early Paris to some, a slightly Bohemian, off-the-cuff to dressing approach that is as inspiring as it is inspired. Some say it’s a fashion frontier. No hard-and-fast rules. No determined hemlines. If it looks good-and more importantly if it feels good-do it.

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