Tyler timeRichard Tyler's name may not yet...

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Tyler time

Richard Tyler's name may not yet be a household word, but it is spoken with respect by the fashion cognoscenti. He is a rising international star whose first New York collection in 1993 won him the Council of Fashion Designers of America Award for New Talent. In 1994 the CFDA named him Women's Wear Designer of the Year. The following year his menswear earned him the Perry Ellis Award for Best New Men's Wear Designer.

His clothes are limited in production because they are finished with such refinement as to make them almost couture quality. Tyler's spring show was breathtaking, and the detail in his clothes is even more impressive under close inspection. In addition to his signature line, he is the new designer tapped to bring the Italian house of Byblos out of the doldrums.

Tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., a Richard Tyler representative will bring a trunk show of the spring collection to Ruth Shaw in the Village of Cross Keys. It's worth a careful look.

Nature's way with scent

The aromatic and herbal school of cosmetics keeps growing. A People United, the Baltimore-based designer and importer of unusual clothing and artifacts, is developing its own botanical fragrance lines. The introductory scent, called Yin/Yang, a blend of sandalwood, florals, citrus and pepper, is designed to appeal to both sexes. Oasis will be blended to refresh; Eros is intended to attract. All are considered tonics.

In keeping with the company's aim to expand employment opportunities for women in developing nations, the fragrances are boxed in papers made by women in Pakistan and come with complimentary hand-carved bottles of wood and bone made by Pakistani women.

To introduce customers to the fragrance-as-tonic idea, A People United will offer shoulder massages on Jan. 11 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at its store in Towson Commons and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Charles Street store. Call (410) 727-4471 for more

information.

Some like it not

Marilyn Monroe Lingerie, a new line by Warner's, is a questionable tribute to a dead celebrity. The frillies are sexy, yes, and the spokesmodel certainly evokes Marilyn's kittenish allure. However, given the posthumous revelations about her tragic affairs and her pathetic death, one wonders about the genius who decided to link frisky boudoir wear with a lonely bedroom suicide. Best to leave the dead wrapped in their shrouds.

Time to cheer up

The holidays are history, and in these dark days of winter we need a smile. Folks whose holiday gifts didn't include a goofy or gag gift can remedy the situation. Joe Boxer Time! has a ring built like a miniature expansion-band watch. It has a ticking and moving "lickey" face, with a tongue that sticks out and moves from side to side. Hours of fun at a suggested price of $28. Call (800) 367-8463 for retail outlets.

Pub Date: 1/05/97

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