Mainstream fashion gets a television show


Channel chic: Broadcast television has a fashion show, "Main Floor," a syndicated magazine format half-hour that focuses on names and how-tos. In a video world where Elsa Klensch does high fashion, MTV does hip and QVC does home, "Main Floor" does mainstream.

Each weekly episode includes beauty hints, shopping tips, a look at new products and backstage talks with designers, movers and models.

Producers promise fashion chat for the guys, the almost forgotten television fashion audience. Sunday's segment goes to the MAGIC show in Las Vegas, a huge design and trade presentation of menswear lines that draws top manufacturers of everything from boxer shorts to tuxedos.

On the trend watch, there's a look at Miami's South Beach, the mecca for photographers and models who come to the hot spot to sun and be seen.

For make-over fans, and we're all interested because we all hold out hope for improvement, there is a makeup demonstration for women of color.

The host is wholesome Nancy Stafford, a former Ford model who was seen on "Matlock" and "St. Elsewhere."

"Main Floor" airs Sundays at 9 a.m. on WJZ.

A mom reminder: It shouldn't come as a big surprise because the candy corn started appearing on shelves weeks ago, but Halloween is just around the corner. The Sewing Fashion Council says this could be the year mom makes costumes instead of hitting the Halloween Be Us store at the last minute.

Sewing may be the last resort for parents whose kids want to be Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Try to find them. Butterick has a pattern for all six Power Rangers for $8.99, so desperate moms can even share.

Before you say boo to sewing, take a look at the pattern books. Varying degrees of sewing skill are required but almost all the pattern makers feature some all-thumbs, no-brainer projects. Just a thought.

Think Small: From The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York's professional school for the next generation of designers and creators, comes a lesson in scale. Ellen Goldstein, who chairs the accessories design program, says fashion is shrinking. "Alterations in belt sizes tend to be key indicators of larger changes in the fashion world. Big belts are out and skinny and medium-sized belts are in -- the more the merrier." Got that?

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