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FASHION BRIEFS WALK THIS SWAY

If you're starting to think about spring fashion, here's a tip: Get used to walking with things swinging from your body.

Fringe, tassels, ribbons and ropes are among the hot details designers loved to let flow during the spring designer shows. Michael Kors wrapped brocade knee pants with a sash that resembled a drapery pull. Lily Pulitzer used what looked like fringed piano shawls as skirts over skirts. And Douglas Hannant tied a long swinging fringed sash over pants.

The good news is you can probably shop in your own home. Try the piano shawl around your waist. Look for drapery tassels around the house.

LOUIS AND UMA

Louis Vuitton reached for a star for its spring ad campaign: Uma Thurman. She wears a beaded black belted sweater and a white beaded skirt, a combination with plenty of sparkle, while laying on a stark slab of concrete.

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"The idea was to play with this beautiful woman, and present her in a very rough, raw, industrial-type environment, to dress her in a very sleek and powerful way, against something unexpected, like cement or concrete," says company creative director Marc Jacobs in a statement. He also says he's "thrilled" with the images.

DARK COFFEE

On the coldest of days, do you find yourself craving coffee? As a hair color?

Antonio Vitale of Boston's Studio for Hair says he is seeing a lot of brunettes in winter.

A dishpan brown doesn't cut it, Vitale says. Instead, he suggests a warm shade, which looks best on long or chin-length styles.

Here are Vitale's other tips on getting the best brown:

Use a color with red or gold undertones; green or blue will result in too dark or harsh a brown for most skin tones.

Hair color works best when it has some pigment to hold on to. Be aware that although your first coloring might look fine, it can fade quickly. The richness and depth of the shade will build in the second and third applications.

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Have your colorist apply a color sealant immediately. It will close the hair's cuticle, correct PH balance and prevent fading. You can buy sealant to use daily at home, too.

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