'Casual' requires work


My boyfriend invited me to a fancy movie premiere in London. I've never been to anything like this before, and I am so excited.

He says it will be quite casual, and I am at a loss as to what to wear. "Casual" to me means jeans.

I know he plans to wear his new Armani jacket with a mock turtleneck and slacks. I want to look chic and elegant but not overdressed.

What should I wear?

For advice I called Milan and put the question to Giorgio Armani himself. He agrees that being overdressed is the opposite of chic.

But, he adds, "While London has a splendid formal side, its citizens love to break the rules. So in making a choice, the qualities of individualism should prevail."

With the occasion and the city in mind, Armani suggests a long, black slit skirt in a lightweight knit.

He would pair it with a black, V-neck jersey top cut just above the waist.

"Over it put a fake-fur bomber jacket in a shade of China blue or jade green," he says.

"It's an outfit that is both fashionable and fun."

Elsa Klensch welcomes questions from readers. While she cannot reply individually, she will answer those of general interest in her column. Send questions to Elsa Klensch, Los Angeles Times Syndicate, 218 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, Calif. 90012. Or she can be reached on the Internet at Agent(AT SIGN)ix.netcom.com.)

Pub Date: 4/17/97

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