Antique Row has new flair
Fashion stylist Llewellyn Jenkins sells a little bit of everything at his trendy upscale boutique, llewellyn, on Antique Row in Baltimore.
For the diva, there's a slip dress covered in gold paillettes ($90). For the bathing beauty, there are crocheted bikinis, dresses and tops by Baltimore designer Tracey Hawkins. And for the style maven, consider a denim handbag trimmed in dyed fox and lined in gaily printed silk ($225).
llewellyn sells high-end clothing for men and women by such designers as ABS and Jody Davis, as well as clothing by local designers, accessories and vintage handbags.
The mix is eclectic: a demure pink floral sundress by ABS ($240) in one corner, a midnight-blue sharkskin shirt by Planet USA in another ($130) and an embellished gray flannel dress by B. Michael ($499) against the wall. Because he carries only a few of each item, shoppers need to act on their intentions to buy when they see something they like. "It's just like going into someone's closet and finding something you have to have," Jenkins says. "Once it's gone, that's it."
Jenkins, 47, grew up in Baltimore and graduated from New York's Fashion Institute of Technology. He's spent years in New York City and has worked as a stylist for such national television programs as "The Queen Latifah Show" and "Showtime at the Apollo."
The interior of the store is sleek and modern. Cherry-red banquettes and ornate chandeliers give the space a '40s-supper-club-gone-Soho feel.
For fall, look for fur, lots of fur: reversible shearling pants and fox vests, Isadora-like long scarves and animal-print stenciled fur.
"I try to sell my customers a feeling, not just an outfit," Jenkins says.
llewellyn is located at 700 N. Howard St. in Baltimore. For store hours, call 410-523-9100.
Comfort, yes; wrinkles, no
Shorts and sandals, sneakers and T-shirts, khakis and polo shirts: It's no secret what people like to wear on vacation.
Comfort is most important to women when it comes to vacation clothes, according to Cotton Incorporated. In addition, fiber content is more important to women than brand name, and a majority of women -- 81 percent -- don't like to wear wrinkled clothes on vacation.
L.L. Bean offers a variety of cotton and Lycra pants, shorts and skirts to combat the wrinkles that beset clothing jammed into suitcases.
Call 800-809-7057 or check www.llbean.com for some ideas. -- M.B.
Me and my skin care
Calvin Klein's new color makeup line made a big splash at its spring debut. The popular designer's new skin-care collection will probably do the same.
Developed by dermatologist Dr. Patricia Wexler, Calvin's new line is designed to improve the look of all skin tones and skin types in two steps: first a purifying cleanser, then a moisturizer with antioxidants and SPF. Products range in price from $16 for makeup remover to $30 for lotion.
Calvin Klein Skincare is available at Nordstrom. -- M.B.
Getting the green out
Most kids love to swim. However, washing the chlorine out of their hair after a visit to the pool isn't exactly fun for Mom and Dad.
L'Oreal's new Kids Swim Shampoo takes some of the pain out of the process. The tear-free formula removes chlorine and minerals, conditions hair and removes tangles.
L'Oreal Kids Swim Shampoo costs $2.99 for a 9-ounce bottle at drug and department stores.
-- M.B .