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September 10, 1993|ROSE APODACA

Celestial Seasonings

Caramel, chocolate, vanilla and honey--the ingredients of a new candy bar? Try the notes of Thierry Mugler's debut parfum Angel. The designer strove for a sweet smell a child would love to give his mother (or at least want to snack on). The name connotes the angels of goodness and darkness in us all. His star-shaped bottle is supposed to evoke daydreams of a mythical universe. "I consider it my lucky charm," says Mugler, who has long used the symbol in his collections. A taste of heaven starts at $55.

Tiny Togs

Finding clothes for an infant born prematurely can be frustrating. Finding something with personality is close to impossible. But relatives of preemies at Hoag and other hospitals are finding duds both fancy and funky at Suite Six One One, a gift shop in Newport Beach's Cannery Village. Many outfits are under $25. In addition to sizes that are wee small, the clothes consider the delicate condition preemies are in, offering such features as easy access for tubes and fabrics that won't irritate the baby's especially sensitive skin, says store owner Joan Wise.

Sticks and Stones

For fall, local accessory designer Tamara Beardsley takes a slight departure from the glamorous and whimsical pieces she's known for and comes down to Earth. Using found twigs or stones, she wraps them in twine or wire--a process which has become her signature style. "I'm interested in using different materials out of their natural context," says Beardsley about her Fauna Collection of chokers and thigh-length necklaces ($40 to $175). "Common natural elements can be just as majestic or beautiful as (faux) gems."

On the Cuff

The hippest detail for wearing jeans now is older than rock 'n' roll. The legs of unfaded Levi's are being turned up with three-inch cuffs. "In the '50s, bikers wore a high cuff so they wouldn't get grease on their trousers," says 25-year-old English immigrant Craig Jackman, a local tattoo artist and half of the grind music deejay duo known as Jackman & Jones. "They also stored cigarettes and lighters there. It just became a fashion statement for rebellious teens." It's big fashion once again--whether or not you're a teen rebel.

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