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Published: Thursday, 11/2/2000

There's gold in those gowns


If you care at all about seasonal fluctuations in fashion, by all means do delve into the new tweeds, plaids, skins, touchy-feely tops, and showy shoes in stores now. They're all hallmarks of what's currently stylish: looking rich, sophisticated, worldly, and powerful.

But nothing sets the new standard in style like gold does. Nothing looks more precious.

Its essential rarity helps make gold seem so desirable; it simply hasn't been “around” in a while. Suddenly, it's got that irresistibly tempting and taunting look of new money. Gold accents the rich, indulgent sensibility coursing through all the top designers' fall collections.

As fashion houses and e-commerce have converged, collided, and collapsed in the six months since this season's top looks were first unveiled in the fashion capitals, gold has become this season's symbol of quests for world domination.

Metallic gown by Christina Perri. Metallic gown by Christina Perri.
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In a startling show of unanimity on the runways of New York, Paris, and Milan, designers appealed to our preternatural attraction to gold, whether it's the thread woven into sweaters and pinstripe suits, or lacquered on some exotic animal hide, or spun into silk, or fused into form-fitting fabrics. And then there's all the focus now on gold-toned accessories: jewelry, straps, buckles, and heels.

Fashion's fixation on gold is the clearest signal that “power dressing” is back in vogue. So, if you don't dip into the pool of gold clothes and accessories that stores have stockpiled, it'll be the Achilles' heel of your entire wardrobe.

Designer Michael Simon, whose colorful cotton sweaters bring a sense of whimsy and fun to getting dressed, will appear from 4 to 7 p.m. tomorrow at Jacobson's Franklin Park Mall store, in its Expressions Sportswear department.

Simon's sweaters have personalities you won't find on other collections. Almost all depict something, be it a Christmas tree, a cat with a three-dimensional tail, shoes, cars, flowers, and even kites.

Old Navy isn't the only new clothing store in the Toledo area. In recent months, a few others have moved in:

Ticknor's, a men's clothing chain based in northeastern Ohio, has opened for business in the Franklin Park Mall. The store's stock emphasizes suits and business-casual attire - its top labels include Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, and Kenneth Cole. Now in temporary quarters across from the Structure store, it will soon move a few doors down to the spot now occupied by Harley-Davidson. That store, meanwhile, will move to a site across from Ruby Tuesday.

New York Kid opened in the Westgate Village shopping center, just a few doors down from its parent store, New York Collection. Right now the store's offerings include lots of urban-inspired denim, sweaters, jackets, and sweatshirts. Its labels include Avirex, Guess, Roca Wear, Coogi, Pella Pella, and Sean Jean.

And Charleston House Resale/Consignment Shop has reopened. It concentrates on women's clothing, but it also sells clothes for men and children, as well as jewelry and gifts. Located at 4055 Monroe St., it's open Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Blade staff writer Vanessa Winans contributed to this report.

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