Some changes in the jean pool
It's official: Your parents' jeans are no longer cool.
A recent survey by the New York City-based trend research company the Zandl Group found that, according to teens, Levi's are hardly the jean of choice anymore.
Here's what's hot right now, according to the survey of 2,000 people ages 13-24:
* Designer and status brands like Calvin Klein for women and Polo, Abercrombie & Fitch and FUBU for men. Up and coming status brands include Banana Republic, Todd Oldham and Lucky.
* "Youth only" jeans featuring low-rise styles and advertising campaigns targeted at the under-16 set. Some examples: Old Navy, the Gap and MUDD.
* Jeans with authentic work-wear roots are gaining in popularity among young men. K-Mart, Wal-Mart and Target sell the brands in demand -- Dickies, Wrangler, Route 66 and Lee. -- M.B.
The victory bra
When Brandi Chastain ripped off her jersey after scoring the goal for the U.S. women's soccer team in the World Cup finals in July, her sports bra became famous.
Now you can try one on for yourself. After two years of research, the Nike Inner Actives Bra is on sale.
Hundreds of athletes, including Chastain, were interviewed to determine what women do and don't want in a sports bra. The wants: support, shape and fashion. The complaints: ouch.
Nike also has four styles of sports underwear that won't ride up during a run or a World Cup soccer game. The thong, bikini, briefs and compression shorts cost $16-$38.
The bra comes in six styles and six colors, is sized from 32 to 40 and cups from A to DD. It costs $40-$47. Nike Inner Actives products are available where Nike products are sold and at www.nike.com.
Designer makeup by mail
From eyeglasses and neckties to bridal gowns and couture, Nicole Miller is a designer who does it all.
Now Miller (right) is getting into cosmetics. This fall the successful fashion designer, known for her whimsical prints and cool, clean styles, introduced a line of luxury moisturizers, toners and other skin-care products that will be sold directly to consumers. We caught up with Miller to ask about her new cosmetics (which cost $15-$44 and are available by calling 888-2NICOLE).
Q: There are so many skin care products available today. What makes yours unique?
A: I think a lot of skin care is just too complicated. People get fed up with them [products] and just don't use them. Mine have a lot of natural ingredients and reflect the latest developments in skin care. Plus you don't have to go to the store to buy them.
Q: How do you shop for makeup?
A: I always felt like I had to run around. I would go to the department store to get one thing, to a drug store for another, to Mary Kay for moisturizer. Now I have a line of products where I can use everything.
Q: Did you really buy cosmetics from Mary Kay?
A: I'm a big fan. They have good lipsticks and good colors. I've always liked their day cream.
Color compacted for evening bags
Trying to cram cosmetics into an evening bag along with cash, a credit card and a driver's license is like trying to fit into your jeans from high school: impossible.
Instead of bringing a lipstick and a blush, why not try some of Stila's new convertible color compacts instead? The mini-mirrored compact filled with a creamy multipurpose hue can be applied with fingertips to cheeks or lips.
Stila convertible color compacts cost $28 and are available in New Orchid, New Poppy, New Rose, Camellia, Magnolia and Peony.
For information on where to buy them, call 800-883-0400. -- M.B.