The state of design


Maryland is becoming a hot spot for young designers. Last month, the Fashion Group International of Greater Washington awarded David Hart of Severna Park a $5,500 scholarship. The group, which awarded a total of five scholarships this year, is dedicated to recognizing emerging talents in the fashion industry. Hart's designs -- which included a purple strapless gown with a train of hundreds of peacock feathers -- wowed the group, according to member Lynne Montedonico. Hart, who recently graduated from Severna Park High School, will use his scholarship to attend New York's Fashion Institute of Technology in the fall.

Also, designer Oscar de la Renta recently awarded Baltimore native Justin M. Kennedy one of three student internships. His winning collection featured designs made of felt. The felt was created by his wife, Nobue Shinohara.

Originally the designer was to award two internships. But because "the standard is so high," he spontaneously awarded three students the opportunity to work with him.

Kennedy, 23, is a graduate of San Francisco's Academy of Art College. He will work with de la Renta in Paris for three to six months.

"I'm just going to get as much out of it as I can," said Kennedy, who graduated from Perry Hall High School in 1994.

Save on scrubbing

To remove makeup, most women follow a routine that goes something like this:

1) Wash face

2) Scrub eyes and lips with makeup remover

3) Keep scrubbing

4) Give up and go to bed

Artistry's new Lip and Eye Makeup Remover gently and effectively removes makeup -- including waterproof mascara and bold lip colors -- without drying or irritating skin. In addition, the tissue-off liquid contains aloe vera gel, chamomile and oat extracts to soothe skin. Its lightweight, non-greasy formula can be used by contact-lens wearers and is ophthalmologist-, dermatologist-, allergy- and sensitive-skin-tested.

Artistry Makeup Remover costs $12.50. For more information about Artistry products, go to

Losing your footing

Summer is the perfect excuse to put away your panty hose. But what if you don't want to give up hose's body-smoothing effects when you wear sandals and sundresses?

Givenchy's new footless panty hose are just the ticket. The company's Passion Privee collection, made by Danskin, includes footless hosiery -- in capri and short lengths -- to be worn under pants or skirts with summer sandals.

The line, which features five styles and seven colors, ranges in price from $12 to $15 per pair.

For information on a store near you, call 800-926-4022.

Biker chic

Bikers are in, according to recent collections by Gucci, Helmut Lang and Dolce & Gabbana that feature leather clothing a la "Easy Rider."

Why shouldn't they be? Motorcycles are gaining in popularity among women. In 1998, nearly one out of every 12 motorcycle owners in the United States was female.

Get the biker look, with or without the Hog, with Harley Davidson Footwear. The motorcycle company makes tough leather boots for riding and hanging out, as well as funky leather sandals and clogs. Details include embossed metal buckles, chunky soles and the coveted Harley logo. Prices range from $60 to $155.

Call 888-637-7001 for a retailer near you.

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