Washington Life Magazine
Washington Life Magazine
What's Hot for Balls and Galas . . .
Our September issue features the Balls & Galas Directory,so it only seemed appropriateto pick out items that are sure to stand out this social season. Runway shows screamedthat glamour was back in style, so we picked some of the most enchanting dresses and we didnot forget the gentlemen,with cufflinks to accent their tuxedos. Diamonds may be a girl’sbest friend, but the new Sony Clie is everyone’s best friend.

Loads of satin sashayed down the fall couture runways.Glamour is back in a big way, and whether you likeyour frocks sexy with slits down the middle (Halston,$2450, pictured at left)or more reserved with long-sleeved beaded jackets (Carolina Herrera, $4990,pictured at right), there is something to please everytaste and body type. We encourage Washington toembrace elegance this season, for it is one trend thatlooks good on everyone. Available at Saks Jandel.

Formalwear trends for men are rarely a good thing.Remembering blue ruffled tuxedos and tartan kiltsis enough to make a man crave his faithful Armanitux. When looking for formal fashions it’s often betterto stick with the smaller accents. Cufflinks provide aman with an excellent opportunity to indulge in a littlejewelry that is never borderline in taste. Duchamp,a London designer, gained distinction in the last fewyears in the U.S. for its colorful neckwear (and youmay recall their hot and cold water faucet cufflinks).Their current collection of hand-enameled cufflinks isinspired from the 1930’s Art Deco Period. $190.Available at Everard’s Clothing.
 The Elara (tm) Brand was launched in the United States just three years ago, andalready these unique diamonds have been spotted on the necks and fingers of some of Hollywood's mostfamous leading ladies, including Sela Ward, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Christina Ricci. TheElara Diamond is a completely unique gemstone with brilliant, square-shaped cut corners,and it's the only gemstone to receive a copyright in recognition of "creativeauthorship". The 3-stone dangle necklace, set in platinum, is the perfect accent forthis season's glamorous gowns. Price varies. Available at Fink's Jewelers.
The perfect way to network and snap picsat your favorite balls and galas. Whip outthe new NR70V Color Clie from Sony andyou have all the features of today’s finestPDAs, plus the added bonus of a built-inCMOS camera and an MP3 player. Evenbetter for those who find mastering thePDA shorthand difficult, it has a built-in keyboard. It comes with all of the StandardPalm OS applications that you need forthat busy social calendar and is equippedwith an infrared port so that you canbeam your busy social schedule (or anything else from your Address Book, DateBook, To Do List, or Memo Pad) over to allyour friends nearby who were also smartenough to buy a handheld with an infraredport. $599.99. Available at CompUSA or amazon.com.
 No gown is complete without the properhandbag and this one by Judith Leiber, with its elegant teardrop silhouetteencrusted with Ombre Austrian crystals, meets all of the essential requirements of agood formal purse: not too big, not too small, coordinateswith many dresses,and is dazzling without being overpowering. $1950. Available at SaksFifth Avenue.


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