Trends

UPDATED 08/06/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/06/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

modern

Go futuristic in op-art checks and space-age metal tones

METALLIC

THE LOOK: BARBARELLA MEETS THE MATRIX

CAUTION: These attention-getting pieces are not for the shy.

HIGH IMPACT: Wear just one piece of metallica at a time, not head-to-toe armor.

HOLD THE GOLD: Stick with silver and gunmetal finishes.

WEAR TO: Strictly evening affairs (unless you work at NASA).

KEY PIECE: Silver leather jacket by Bebe. Pair it with jeans or slim pencil skirt to get the biggest bang for your buck.

SHARAGANO
Silver poly-spandex top, $120 (212-941-7086)

TOM FORD FOR GUCCI
Stretch satin eyelet skirt, $3,565 (800-234-8224)

BEBE
Leather bomber jacket, $169 (bebe.com)

VERSUS BY VERSACE
Cream wool top with metal details, $255 (888-3-VERSACE)

GRAPHIC

THE LOOK: BLACK & WHITE & BOLD ALL OVER

GET GEOMETRIC: Try dizzying op-art, big checks, neo-spectators.

CHECK MATE: Wear one pattern at a time paired with solid white or black.

COLOR CODE: Accessorize with ultraviolet tights or candy-colored pumps.

KEY PIECE: Knit top by Necessary Objects. Wear it with a black mini and over-the-knee boots or jeans.

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
Printed jersey wrap dress, $325 (646-486-4800)

CLUB MONACO
Wool tile print skirt, $99 (888-580-5084)

NECESSARY OBJECTS
Knit microfiber "Twilight Zone" cross-over tank, $42 (Select Bloomingdale's)

FINISHING TOUCHES

CHARLES DAVID
Pointy-toe mule with lacing detail, $160 (charlesdavid.com)

FENDI
"Creole" bag, $555 (800-FENDI NY)

ARGENTO VIVO
Silver cuffs, $78-$135 (Nordstrom)

SIGERSON MORRISON
Silver foil "Barbarella" boot, $644 (Saks Fifth Avenue, L.A. and N.Y.C.)

CHARLES DAVID
Black and white handbag with chain strap, $120 (charlesdavid.com)

CELINE
White leather striped boot, $800 (866-600-4121)

KENNETH JAY LANE
Bead necklace, $45 (877-953-5264)

NINE WEST
Graphic pump, $69 (ninewest.com)

elegant

Luxuriate in bold houndstooth and ladylike classics

TWEED

THE LOOK: SOPHISTICATED CITY GIRL

FEMININE ATTITUDE: This is tweed with a twist. Look for unusual colors (pinks and blues), '50s jackets, A-line skirts.

WHERE TO WEAR: Perfect for the office, meeting the in-laws.

DRESS IT UP: Add pearls or a sparkly brooch to jackets for more glamor.

KEY PIECE: The fringed bouclé suit from A.B.S by Allen Schwartz. Mix jacket with jeans and the skirt with a sweater set.

DKNY
Wool "Marlene" sporty weekend coat, $349 (Bloomingdale's; Macy's East)

A.B.S BY ALLEN SCHWARTZ
Wool bouclé jacket, $340; skirt, $190 (Saks Fifth Avenue)

MINT
Wool flip skirt, $250 (Saks Fifth Avenue)

MAXSTUDIO.COM
Wool houndstooth funnel neck jacket, $220 (maxstudio.com)

RETRO GLAM

THE LOOK: DAYTIME BOMBSHELL

ENJOY BEING A GIRL: Think pure luxury.

GO FOR FORM-FITTING LINES: Pair shapely low-cut jackets and sexy pencil skirts.

MIX TEXTURES: Team with fishnet tights and crocodile bags; add a dash of velvet or chiffon.

ADD: Opera-length gloves, fur stoles and collars for night.

KEY PIECE: Croc pump by Hype. You'll be well-heeled.

BETH BOWLEY
Faux fur jacket, $341 (Tootsies, Houston, 713-629-9990)

CAROLINA HERRERA
Velvet skirt, $790 (212-249-6552, select Saks Fifth Avenue stores)

BANANA REPUBLIC
Textured wool "Hyde" jacket, $198; skirt, $98 (bananarepublic.com)

BCBG MAX AZRIA
Chiffon scattered tulips print top, $118 (888-636-BCBG)

FINISHING TOUCHES

GAP
Wool felt sailor hat, $24.50 (800-GAPSTYLE)

PRADA
Grey tweed bag, $1,020 (Select Neiman Marcus and Prada stores, 888-977-1900)

MIU MIU
Pink and blue tweed pump, $310 (888-977-1900)

KATE SPADE
"Belize Brice" pink bag, $375 (212-274-1991)

VIA SPIGA
Burgundy croc bag, $225 (800-557-0250)

HYPE
"Cadeo" pump in tobacco croc, $120 (323-586-5835)

CASSIN Fox
"Kissette" capelet, $1,125 (Neiman Marcus)

WOLFORD
"Sixty-Six" fishnet tights, $38 (800-Wolford)

sexy

Get pretty in punk; run wild in jungle prints

TOUGH CHIC

THE LOOK: '80S PUNK WITH AN UPTOWN VIBE

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE HARDWARE: Black leather is embellished with zippers, buckles and studs.

NO BODY ART, PLEASE: Piercings, Mohawks, tattoos drag this look down.

MIX IT UP: Wear a leather bomber jacket over a satin gown or soft sweaters with leather skirts.

FORGO THE MOTORCYCLE BOOT: Stilettos and pointy-toe boots work best.

KEY PIECE: Zippered stovepipe pants by DKNY—with heels and a sexy black top, it's a sophisticated evening look.

DESIGNS BY SKAFFLES
Black studded belt, $12 (feedback@skaffles.com)

XOXO
Poly rayon belted minidress, $49 (xoxo.com)

BEBE
Leather and jersey chain skirt, $89 (bebe.com)

MICHAEL KORS
Chain fringe dress, $3,995; leather battle jacket, $3,495 (212-452-4685)

A/X ARMANI EXCHANGE
Poly "Perfecto" jacket, $248 (armaniexchange.com)

DKNY
Cotton zippered pant, $248 (800-231-0884)

ANIMAL PRINT

THE LOOK: SEX KITTEN WITH MONEY

HOT PRINTS: The whole animal kingdom--from cheetah to zebra.

WEAR ONE PIECE AT A TIME: You don't want to look like you're wearing the zoo.

BE SELECTIVE: No one should own all of these items. This trend is chic in small doses.

GO SPLASHY NOT TRASHY: Tone down the showgirl quotient by wearing items with solid black or jeans.

KEY PIECE: Leopard-print pump by D&G. This shoe adds excitement to all things neutral.

ARDEN B.
Rabbit fur leopard print bomber, $298 (ardenb.com)

ALLEN B, BY ALLEN SCHWARTZ
Cotton zebra print skirt, $180 (Select Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus stores)

RAMPAGE
Chiffon leopard-print halter top, $42 (rampage, com)

DOLCE & GABBANA
Silk turtleshell print dress, $1,395 (Select Saks Fifth Avenue)

FINISHING TOUCHES

DIOR BY JOHN GALLIANO
"Latest Blond" black leather choker, $490 (Dior boutiques, 800-929-DIOR)

NINE WEST
Black ponyhair D'Orsay pump with rivet detail, $79 (ninewest.com)

RIA
Black buckle bag, $398 (Montmartre, 212-875-8430)

KULSON
Calf-skin "Madrid" Cavalino coat, $3,900 (800-232-1854)

CLUB MONACO
Faux fur leopard "Debbie" bag, $89 (clubmonaco.com)

JONES NEW YORK
Zebra-print scarf, $28 (Lord & Taylor)

D&G
Leopard kitten heel, $355 (D&G Soho, 212-965-8000)

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