Glamour design diva Sandra Harvey of Costa Mesa rides the Orient Express into fall with her Suzy Wong collection of brocade vests, mandarin dresses and gowns hand-painted with Chinese motifs. This last category will feature her signature silk charmeuse slips brushed by Andrew Nesselrod, a local artist whom Harvey says took her 10 years to find. "I've gone through three other artists, and none of them could put my vision on fabric like Andy," she says. The intricate delicacy of Nesselrod's work gives the dresses a quality of vintage couture--falling right in line with Harvey's ongoing fascination with the sultry and seductive '20s. Each one-of-a-kind gown sells for $500. Her Newport Boulevard store will soon have a cousin in New York, when another Sandra Harvey Boutique opens in SoHo later this year, as well as a Dagger, a house fragrance with a sweetly intoxicating but dangerous scent.
Clothes and jewelry are not the only things enjoying a sterling year. Hair is getting a silver touch, with a blue-gray tint washing over blondes and brunettes, according to Clay Wilson of the Doyle Wilson Salon on Melrose. Too Leisure World, you say? Or maybe too futuristic? "Our motto is if we wanted it natural we'd leave it alone," says Wilson, one of Los Angeles' top colorists and the '93 North American hairstylist of the year. Consider the modernity of a short cut with the silverish tint. These flatter, metallic shades work better with this season's bright and silver fashions, says Wilson, versus hair colored with warmer oranges, reds or browns, which can compete and clash. It also works better with the "hardware" trend, adds Wilson. Hardware refers to the metal barrettes and hair clips, as well as the more severe shapes, once again in style.