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FASHION BRIEFS LOURDES FASHION SHOW

A "Fun Fashion Show," presented by Lourdes High School, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday in the commons at the school.

A light breakfast with reservations only will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. The show will feature fun, colorful and contemporary clothing that promotes dignity and respect for young women.

Jill Krieger-Swanson of Rochester, an image consultant, will discuss how to use color, cosmetics and fashion. Amanda Rosenthal, a speaker from Minneapolis, will share her thoughts on how to maintain modesty in today's world.

Tickets may be picked up at the high school by Thursday or call 282-3662 for reservations.

DOWN AND OUT

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Mary-Kate Olsen, the 18-year-old self-made multimillionaire, is on the front line of a new fashion movement rooted ironically in street poverty. The New York Times calls it "Dumpster chic."

She and twin sister Ashley are influencing young women, including fellow students at New York University, where they are seen wearing mishmash combinations, baggy skirts, street-dragging cable cardigans, floppy hats and giant sunglasses. They are emphasizing the down-and-out look with expensive touches such as cashmere mufflers and a French designer's status bag.

It's a far-right turn from the recent rich-girl's style entrenched in Gucci or Prada and it's a long way from the previously influential celebrity dress from Christina Aguilera and Paris Hilton.

The look today may involve a well-worn bag, peasant skirts, vintage sweaters, jackets with frayed edges and scuffed cowboy boots topped with a pricey shearling coat.

Some pundits see it as a rejection of the excessive ostentation that has swept our society and, at the same time, an inability to let go of luxury completely. It's compared to the bohemian wave of the 1960s.

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