Q: I love the new frock coats that the designers are showing for fall, but where could I get one now? Do I have to wait until August? - E.M.
A: Not if you invest in a man's formal evening tail coat (tails, for short--as in white tie and tails). If you shorten the tails, you can effect the look of Claude Montana's design for Complice that's shown in our illustration. Men's formal tail coats are never closed at the waist, but the new frock coats for women are; so be sure that you buy the tails large enough to close at the waist, thereby providing that little dimpled drape in the front. Technically, frock coats do not have to be cutaways, but like those that were popular at the turn of the century, most of today's frock coats dip in the back.
Q: How can I remove candle-wax spots from clothing? I'm a priest, with many vestments now spotted from candle drippings. I've sent them to the dry cleaner, but the spots remain. --G.P. A: Take one of your vestments to a dry cleaner that's a member of the International Fabricare Institute. Ask the proprietor to send it to the institute's headquarteres in Silver Spring, Md., where it will be analyzed for a $15 fee. Pray that your vestment will come back spot-free, and you will know exactly how to treat the rest of your wax-spotted garments. A spokesman for the institute asked whether the culprit candles were white or colored. I told him that I didn't know, so when you go to your dry cleaner, take along one of the candles so it can be sent to the institute. That's assuming that all of the offending candles are made of the same wax. According to this representative, Filoy's in Beverly Hills is an IFI dry cleaner.