Call of the Wild
No beating around the bush: The safari jacket is one of the hottest looks in summer outerwear. Generally khaki-colored and roomy with large expandable pockets, the style has been updated by several designers in order to meet the fashion demands of the urban jungle. Robert Stock's slim-fitting version in off-white silk ($175), for example, is a cool alternative to a sports jacket. So is the brown, taupe and sage-green checked model from Nigel's Drape Clothing ($395). For a more casual look, Dolce & Gabbana offers a tan three-button cotton bush jacket ($825, shown here), which goes great with jeans and a T-shirt. Donna Karan also takes a relaxed approach to safari styling. Her current DKNY men's collection includes a washed-cotton jacket that comes in muslin and features a hood that can be hidden inside the collar ($345). There's even a gray suede safari jacket by Industria ($1365). Happy hunting.
The bad news is that Seventies styles are back. The good news is that the new designs aren't tacky like the originals. Take pants. Calvin Klein has given his stovepipe jeans ($72) a looser fit than the peg-legged versions we remember, and Silver USA's "big guy" styles follow suit in blue and blue-black denim and oh cotton twill ($52). Of course,if you want the real thing, UFO sells unused Seventies flares in denim, twill, corduroy and velvet ($20 to $40). To top off these pants styles, look for loose-fitting, boldly colored striped shirts such as Silenzio's multistriped denim cotton ones ($35) or Bon Homme Shirt-makers' cotton style with berry-and-mustard stripes ($27). And when you get the fever on a Saturday night, all white still works—but leisure suits don't. Try a white linen jacket by Byblos ($578) with white jeans.
Hot shopping: the Hamptons
A summer playground for old money and new moguls, literati and rock stars, the Hamptons give Manhattan a run for its money. Mark, Fore & Strike (87 Main Street, East Hampton): Preppie classics for country types. • Carol Rollo—Riding High (14 Jobs Lane, Southampton): A hot spot for those who crave contemporary clothing. • Amagansett Square (Main Street, Amagansett): A square of off-price outlets with trendy brand-name goods. — Above the Potatoes (One Main Street, East Hampton): Hip threads ranging from beachwear to Ivy stripes and plaids. • Springer's (39 Newtown Lane, East Hampton): Everything from classics by Paul Smith to fashions from companies such as Patagonia.
First seen at the 1991 Tony Awards, the red-ribbon lapel pin has become a nationwide symbol of compassion for (and solidarity with) people with AIDS. In fact, the pins havebecome so prevalent that several jewelry designers are rallying to the cause withtheir own interpretations. James Arpad, who created a crystal-pavé arrangement on red leather for Elizabeth Taylor, now sells that exact style ($100) as well as enamel versions in three sizes ($20 to $30). Jeffrey Lawrence for Lawrence Bentley has designed AIDS pins, pendants and earrings in red satin, velvet, grosgrain, epoxy and enamel ($5 to $10). And then there's Jo Gelbard's 14-kt. gold, ruby and enamel pins, cuff links and stud sets ($65 to $500). Whatever the price, a portion of the proceeds from the variations is donated to AIDS organizations.
"You need more clothes for white-water slalom than you do for other sports," says 1992Olympic gold medalist Joe Jacobi, "but most of it is stuff you can wear in the realworld, too." When it's cold, for example, the white-water champion wears "fuzzies,"Patagonia's pile sportswear. In hot weather he dresses in activewear made of amoisture-resistant fabric, Cool Max. And when the weatherman promises inclement conditions, he stays warm and dry in his Gore-Tex jacket. Currentlycompeting in the summerlong Finlandia race, Jacobi will soon be off to train for the 1996 Olympics. When he's not shooting the rapids, he stays dry in "lots of Ralph Lauren, khaki pants, untied Reeboks and my trillion baseball caps."
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