In the Today section's Style File today,...


In the Today section's Style File today, an incorrect date is given for the unveiling of a line of silk ties being sold to benefit the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. The unveiling, at the Jos. A. Bank store, 100 E. Pratt St., is Tuesday.

The Sun regrets the error.

Ties that benefit

Molecules never looked so good. They are the inspiration for a Stonehenge Ltd. line of silk ties called the Miracle Collection. Each tie is decorated with a diagram of the molecular structure of one of eight drugs that treat pediatric illnesses. Proceeds from the line's sales will go to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

The "miracles," shown here on Raven Michael Jackson and 11-year-old Brian Swatek of Bel Air, will be unveiled Oct. 16 at the Jos. A. Bank store on 100 East Pratt St., at a fashion show that promoters promise will include several local celebrities and dignitaries. Afterward, the ties will be on sale for $39.50 each through Jos. A. Banks stores and catalog, or by calling (800) 285-2265.

First used in the armor of medieval armies, chain mail is now adorning the necks of the fiercest fashion warriors. In steel, silver and gold, the sleek line that chain mail lends is converting jewelry designers in droves. In thick bracelets or a flowing strand around the neck, like the Eve France design shown here, chain mail can transform a waif into a wonder woman. Available locally from $80 to $200 at Tatiana in Providence Church, Glenelg; (410) 442-1144.

Fashion obsession is not a modern phenomenon, as an exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art proves. "A Passion for Paisley" showcases dozens of intricately embroidered Indian and European shawls, scarves and sashes from the mid-18th century through the late 19th century. The exhibit follows the evolution of shawl design from East to West in the first public viewing of these fabrics.

The shawls are on exhibit in the Directors Corridor and the Costume and Textiles Gallery through January 19. The museum is located on Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street and can be reached at (215) 763-8100.

All but extinct a few years ago, animal prints are roaring back this season. On hats and shoes and everything in between, animal prints liven up even the most basic black. Versace features tiger spots in his fall line, but those of us with pouches too small to afford designer clothes can find cover in less-expensive accessories, like this $9.99 umbrella from Marshalls in the Festival at Bel Air mall.

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