The Left Lane
Corsets are a girl's best friend
More and more women are getting nipped and tucked this spring no plastic surgeon required.
Boned corsets, bustiers and other body-shaping garments are pushing into boutiques in a trend that started with "Titanic," picked up speed during the fall 2001 fashion shows in New York and Paris and should peak with "Moulin Rouge," the Nicole Kidman vehicle premiering this week at the Cannes Film Festival (and opening nationwide June 1). Kidman models "Moulin Rouge"-inspired designs in Vogue this month.
Bloomingdale's has opened "Moulin Rouge" boutiques in New York and California; Victoria's Secret established a corset shop in New York and some are predicting gaudy glamour also may pop up on the high school dance floor in time for prom. "It's going to be a very avant-garde, very fashion-forward girl who's going to be able to pull this off," says Amy Astley, editor of Teen Vogue, whose current issue features crinolined and bustiered prom princesses clad in clothes by such designers as Betsey Johnson and Jill Stuart.
Just for two
Maybe you won't be the next Captain & Tennille, but who knows? Glade, the air freshener, has launched a nationwide search to find singing duets. Five finalists will compete in a sing-out, to be judged by the Captain & Tennille, the '70s duet who were just in Honolulu last month, and a New York talent scout.
You could win $5,000 and be named Glade's Freshest New Duet. Grab a partner, practice at your favorite karaoke lounge, then get the VCR camera going and tune up. No, you don't have to warble "Love Will Keep Us Together" or "Muskrat Love." Send the tape, your name, address, phone number and age (sorry, 21 and older only) before July 15 to Glade Duet, 676 N. St. Clair, Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60611. If you make the final cut, you will compete in the Aug. 22 finals at Grand Central Terminal in the Big Apple. Finalists also get a year's supply of Glade Duet and the chance to possibly sing in future Glade commercials. Questions? Call (312) 988-2103 or log on to the www.duet.glade.com site.
Advertiser Entertainment Editor
There was an old woman ...
Nursery rhymes are so familiar but coming up with exact words for all of your favorites can be a challenge for anyone but Mother Goose herself.
So there is a Mother Goose guidebook: "The Everything Mother Goose Book" (Adams Media Corp., $12.95).
The book has more than 300 nursery rhymes, familiar songs and poems, the legends behind the rhymes and suggested activities based on your family's favorite ditties, including a trivia question list. A couple of examples: How many nursery rhymes can you think of that have a character named Jack? How many rhymes can you think of that feature cats?