Fashions and Fads
For those who want to be shielded from the sun's burning rays but still want a tan all over—and that means all over—there is The Unsuit. Before putting it on the market, actress Ann Turkel (formerly Mrs. Richard Harris), whose boyfriend, nutritionist Hans Buhringer, actually designed the material, personally tested the suit in 95° weather in Florida and Mexico. The pure cotton fabric is woven in such a way as to allow tanning rays to peep through while filtering out harmful zaps of ultraviolet. But here's the rub: Since the Unsuit provides a built-in No. 6 sun block, the wearer has to slather a No. 6 sun block on the uncovered parts of the body to ensure an even tan.
Turkel, for one, is thrilled with the overall results: "A tan hides a multitude of sins—cellulite, stretch marks and varicose veins." Sun worshippers apparently agree; they're eagerly plunking down $40 for the one-piece version, $38 for the bikini model and $36 for the men's Unsuit brief. With sales of more than $5 million before the season even begins, the Unsuit has found its place in the sun along with these other summer fads and fancies:
They first came on the market in the form of low-tar cigarettes and low-cal beer in the 1970s, but this summer consumers will be spending millions on low-starch, low-salt, low-caffeine, low-whatever spaghetti sauce, wine, soft drinks, pancake syrup, potato chips, even cigars. Got a lite?
•The hot vacation spots.
Forget Cancún, Maui and Mykonos. The Caribbean is kaput. The real movers and shakers are flocking to Fiji—the islet of Toberua, to be exact. Guests pay $100 a day (meals not included) for the pleasure of sleeping in thatch-roofed huts. Stateside, there's Tall Timber, a hideaway outside Durango, Colo. The 180-acre spread is reachable only by helicopter or a steam train, and there is room for just 30 guests at $195 per day. There are no phones, but Tall Timber does boast a spa, pool, tennis courts and golf course. That's really roughing it.
•Peas in a pod.
As gardens get smaller and tastes get fancier, the plot thickens in thousands of backyards with a new veggie called the Sugar Ann snap pea. Named by professional horticulturists as one of the best new vegetables of 1984, Sugar Ann is the first dwarf plant grown in the U.S. with a mature pod you can eat along with the peas. That means you don't have to shell them before you cook them. Aw, shucks.
New Yorkers are gobbling up corn bread, ribs, pork barbecue and collard greens at restaurants like Carolina and Jack's Nest, while in L.A., the place to go for deep fried okra and gumbo Creole is the American Bar and Grill. But the best may still be found in New Orleans, where K. Paul's Louisiana Kitchen, run by Paul Prudhomme, serves up Cajun and Creole dishes like jambalaya and crawfish bisque. Goodbye, sushi. Hello, true grits.