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Today’s Woman A SpeCIAL SeCtIoN oF tHe ReCoRD-ReVIew  MARCH 28, 2014 TRENDING Accessories take center stage SHEER DRAMA By TRACI DUTTON LUDWIG Accessories embrace the playful mood of spring by inviting fun into fashion! Jewelry, hats, scarves, bags, sunglasses and shoes not only enhance a look, sometimes they make the look. Combined with spring’s alluring styles, these accessories are the perfect link to perfection. Collarless coats A stylish coat is a strong layering piece for fickle weather. The best examples this spring are lightweight, structured and collarless. Long and streamlined, these coats capture the flow of a mantle, with the practicality of covered arms. The lack of a collar creates a seamless juxtaposition with whatever is underneath, enabling the coat to work as a true layer, as opposed to strict outerwear. Extended lengths cover spring’s tea-length skirts, while knee-length versions work well with pencil skirts and trousers. Neutral tones and solid colors coordinate well with most outfits, while prints and embellished fabrics — including denim — make a dramatic statement. Spring fashion excites with a carnival of styles A By TRACI DUTTON LUDWIG fter a long winter, we are more than ready for spring. As we tuck away winter favorites — for a while, anyway — a new character of fashion is ready to emerge. And with it, there comes a bright new mood! Here is everything you need to know to take the season’s role and dress your part. Cute as a belly button It’s time to hit the gym and tone up those abs. Spring fashions are showing more than just a wink of bare midriff. Crop tops are being featured in many collections from this year’s runways. The abbreviated style is surprisingly versatile, spanning the spectrum from casual sportswear to chic separates to luxurious crop tops paired with formal skirts. Boxy silhouettes and textural fabrics, such as linen, add formal structure and keep sloppiness at bay. This style is both confidently carefree and subtly sexy. Belly button rings are optional. Sheer drama Fabric is dematerializing. In the past, textiles were evaluated for their substance; they were praised for what they were… now, they are being celebrated for what they are not. Gauzy, diaphanous, barely there sheers are not heavy, not opaque and not overly modest. This season’s fashions are distinguished by panels of sheer fabric that suggest a tension of opposites. On one hand, a broad sheer panel sewn to the hemline extends the skirt to below the knee; however, this coverage is simultaneously challenged by the fabric’s transparency. Look for sheer sleeves, backs, midriffs and hems, with panels applied in geometric configurations. Other designers are pairing totally bare tunics, coats and dresses with unusual contrasts beneath — such as board shorts and tunics. And guess what? It works. Graphic punch Horizontals, verticals, circles and chevrons — on endless repeat. This is the new rhythm of the season. Strong geometric prints and grids are lending graphic punch to dresses, tops, jackets and pants. Realized as dramatic allover patterns, the optic energy of these prints is bright and dynamic. Pairings of black and white emphasize crisp contrast, while colorful combinations reverberate with musical energy. For greatest impact, look for silhouettes that match these assertive patterns. Go for bold expressive forms such as structured sheaths, A-line skirts, boxy tops, linear jumpsuits and contoured jackets. This look is about crisp definition, as a welcome contrast to the soft fluidity, pastel palette and floral abundance of spring’s more typical fashions. Italian ice Pale popsicle shades are a sweet alternative to spring’s obsession with the contrast of black and white. Mint green, soft lavender, blush pink, icy lemon and baby blue are flirting with dresses, pantsuits, sweaters and coats. Since these powdery tones are very specific, they might be hard to match. INSIDE This season’s jewelry demands attention. Mixed metals add contrast to define a new chic. At Catherine H. in Katonah. Shosh NYC for dresses and bags are an inspired choice for the season. At Churchills of Mount Kisco. For maximum wearability, go for head to toe looks. For variety, add a silk scarf or soft sweater — white, another pastel tone or a deeper shade of the same color should be a beautiful complement. Sensual knits and light-as-air textiles play up the gentle femininity evoked by these sugary pastels. Corporate office If you want to be stylish and sophisticated, put on a pantsuit. A staple of formal menswear, the pantsuit is also a powerful element of women’s fashion. It plays with notions of feminine identity in ways that are complex and powerful. A pantsuit instantly suggests confidence — and this is always sexy. Push the envelope with contoured silhouettes and ladylike accouterments such as high heels, über-feminine blouses, printed silk scarves and sparkly jewelry. A black or gray suit is a classic. For the most feminine cut, choose a single-breasted variety with long lapels and one to three closure buttons. Alternatively, you can shake up convention with a suit of modern Continued on page 2A Family jewels This season’s jewelry demands attention. Get noticed in chunky crystals, coiled bands of flexible metal and modern bib necklaces — ranging in attitude from updated classic to rock-star irreverent. Regardless of the individual mood, the assertive scale and presence of this jewelry define a new chic. Mixed materials and face-framing sparkle remain fresh and current. Some of the most creative interpretations on spring runways included voluminous coiled necklaces by Altuzarra, Anna Sui’s body chains and a metallic bib necklace by Dries Van Noten that looked like falling stars scattered across the model’s décolleté. Oversized pins and brooches, many with animal or botanical themes, are also making a comeback. Continued on page 7A DR. SUSAN RUBIN BeAUtY: For women, from women: 5 questions with skin care pros ........... 3A pRoFILe: Sally Baker: Girls’ Inc. founder inspires tomorrow’s women ...................... 4A pRoFILe: The Acceleration Project: Duo empowers women to reach their potential ...................... 5A HeALtH: A, B, C, D… V is for vitamins ....................... 6A From healthy teeth to healthy cafeterias to ... worms? D By EVE MARX r. Susan Rubin started out her professional life as a dentist, and while she was a dentist, it was all good. For 15 years she had a nice, comfortable job at Fields & Kulwin dentistry in Armonk, which fit in well with her life as a suburban wife and mom. Then one day she realized that her three daughters were eating a lot of junk food at school and that launched a whole new career. “And that’s the story of how I became involved in Better School Food,” Rubin said over hot lemon and ginger tea at Table Local Market in Bedford Hills. She quit her dentist job to engage full time in the emerging Slow Food movement, still a fledgling notion in 1989. “The Slow Food movement was a response to fast food and fast life and the disappearance of local food traditions,” Rubin said. Her personal goal was to affect policy about what was being served in school cafeterias, as well as to enlighten the public about what they were putting into their bodies and how food choices affect the planet. Along with a co-conspirator, Amy Kalafa, Rubin made a film called “Two Angry Moms,” a documentary about the Better School Food movement. In the film Rubin was portrayed as an angry mom. By then her credentials had considerably grown. She became the director of A Better Way Holistic Health, a private coun- seling service. She also began teaching cooking classes and conducting workshops and developing programs on food, public health advocacy and holistic healing. For several years she was in charge of the kitchen garden at Sun Raven in Bedford, a holistic center founded by Dr. Michael Finkelstein. In addition to her private practice, Rubin was instrumental in introducing the basics of composting to first-graders at West Patent Elementary School in Bedford Hills, and has maintained worm bins in classrooms at the Mount Kisco Child Care Center for several years. “When I realized I couldn’t break into the cafeteria, I went for the school gardens,” Rubin said, laughing. “It was through composting I had the epiphany that healthy soil is healthy food.” Worms, she said, are an integral factor of maintaining healthy soil. So she went for the worms. She said she had to. After completing a certificate program, the Westchester County Master Composter & Recycling Program — “It took about six weeks,” she said — Rubin studied wormeries in Cuba, where they’re big into composting. Cuba, which leads the world in organic farming methods, has over 175 worm composting centers. “When the Soviet Union fell, it became impossible for them to import commercial fertilizer,” Rubin said. “Vermicompost has been the largest single replacement for commercial fertilizer by Cuba. In 2004, an estimated 1 million tons of this special compost were produced on the island Dr. Susan Rubin and her latest impact project: red wrigglers. — that’s a lot of worm poop!” While traveling in Italy, Rubin met a man who has restaurants in Hawaii. “It costs a fortune to get rid of garbage in Hawaii, so they’re big into compost,” she said. That man told her about his own worm operation, which inspired Ru- JIM MACLEAN PHOTO bin to begin farming worms for herself. The worms she farms are red wrigglers. “They’re different from other worms,” Rubin said. “They’re not like the earthContinued on page 4A

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