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    1. Designer Elizabeth Carson Racker wants to bring New York style to Tampa


      The main room isn't particularly large. From the front door, clients can see a wall-sized chalkboard calendar behind a desk facing three red chairs; this serves as the client consultation area. To the right are clothing racks and a fitting room neatly upholstered to mirror Rodeo Drive boutiques.

      Local designer Elizabeth Carson Racker closed out Tampa Bay Fashion Week.
    2. Vintage wedding dresses tell a historical tale



      Leigh Anne Brown has said "I do" only once, yet she owns 102 wedding gowns. ¶ The Brandon resident, a historian and collector of antique and vintage wear, has amassed a collection of bridal confections that range from 1890 to the present.

      Leigh Anne Brown arranges a 1963 wedding dress, right. Also shown is an 1897 war bride dress, left, and a 1944 war bride dress. The Dunedin Fine Art Center will have 30 vintage bridal gowns from Brown’s collection, from the Victorian era to present day, in a showing on Saturday. 
    3. For Tampa designer, what's old is in, new and vibrant


      Marisol Perez hustles through the coffee shop parking lot, hiding under a Marsala-colored umbrella lined with peach-hued fabric roses.

      Luis Santana  |   Times (2/7/2015 Tampa, FL)    Fashion designer  Marisol Perez poses for a photo at Cypress Point Park in Tampa. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
    4. Target's new line of plus-size clothes has blogger support



      Her Target boycott was short-lived.

      Chastity Garner Valentine, a prolific fashion blogger with 68,000 followers on Instagram, was so fed up when she found out that the designer partnership Target announced in August would not — once again — have clothes in plus sizes that she …

      Comments by Chastity Garner Valentine, center, on social media influenced Target to bring her on board, along with two other women, Gabi Gregg, left, and Nicolette Mason. The three represent Ava & Viv, Target’s new plus-size clothing line.
    5. Embrace and enjoy red lipstick


      NEW YORK

      Color bleed be damned. There's a red lipstick for everybody nowadays.

      Rouge Ecstasy is the handiwork of Giorgio Armani. (Giorgio Armani)
    6. Photo gallery: The stunning designs of Oscar de la Renta


      Oscar de la Renta, who died Monday at 82, shaped American couture half a century ago when it emerged as a serious rival to European fashion designers.

      In this Sept. 16, 2010, file photo, the finale of the Oscar de la Renta spring 2011 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York. The designer, who died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at 82, shaped American couture half a century ago when it emerged as a serious rival to European fashion designers. [Associated Press]
    7. International Plaza offering free stylist sessions during Tampa Bay Fashion Week


      TAMPA — As a wife and working mom who travels regularly for her job, Lisa Metheny doesn't have much time to devote to her wardrobe.

      Models walk a runway at the Hilton Tampa Downtown during the 2013 Tampa Bay Fashion Week designer show. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times (2013)]
    8. Straz ballet dancers leap, twist and twirl in animal-inspired fashion


      In the August issue of Bay magazine, photographer John Pendygraft teams up with dancers from Next Generation Ballet, an affiliate of Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts, to show off animal-inspired fashion. Go to to watch the …

    9. Spanx jeans are slim on results


      The Spanx empire of stomach-flattening, thigh-slimming, jiggle-reducing foundation garments has expanded to include what the brand promises is the mother of all body-shaping miracles: Spanx jeans. Debuting on the company's Web site last week and available in department stores Aug. 25, the jeans come in two styles, …

      Spanx straight-leg style Slim-X jeans, left, have a hidden shaping panel across the front. The Signature style has a wide, high, waist panel that zips at the side.
    10. Swim Boutique a swimsuit haven for beachgoers of all sizes


      In a sea of sea adjacent surf shops, the Swim Boutique stands out. Cutoff T-shirts, printed caps or generic souvenirs are nowhere to be found. Instead, the Indian Shores shop and its newly opened St. Pete Beach outpost aim to give tourists and residents a classier and unique set of wardrobe options when heading to the …

      From the sand to the beach bar. The denim swimsuit (top $64, bottoms $46) easily becomes an post-beach outfit with a matching skirt ($44) and  tank top.