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    1. Caché stores to close; new plus-size store opens at Tyrone Square

      Business

      Caché Inc., the women's clothing chain known for its snug, slightly tarty prom, leisure and cocktail wear, is closing its remaining Tampa Bay store this week.

      Slug	CACHE Pub Section	BIZ Status	New Description	Jensel, a new store carrying the Lafei Nier line of "fashion denim'' just opened at Tyrone Square Mall in space vacated by Cache, a nationwide chain now in bankruptcy. Cache is closing its International Plaza store this week. Photo by Susan Taylor Martin    Jensel, a new store carrying the Lafei Nier line of "fashion denim'' just opened at Tyrone Square Mall in space vacated by Cache, a nationwide chain now in bankruptcy. Cache is closing its International Plaza store this week. Photo by Susan Taylor Martin
    2. Q&A: Tampa Bay shoe designer Lindsay Phillips says, trust your gut

      Retail

      Lindsay Phillips applied for a patent on her shoes, which feature interchangeable straps and adornments, before graduating high school in Tampa. She had created a ceramic sandal during a high school art class and the idea took off from there. • At age 25, her creations were in more than a thousand stores. At 28, …

      For SwitchFlops founder Lindsay Phillips, success started with a ceramic sandal art project in high school. She saw merit in interchangeable shoe straps and adornments.
    3. Designer Elizabeth Carson Racker wants to bring New York style to Tampa

      Fashion

      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.
    4. Vintage wedding dresses tell a historical tale

      Events

      DUNEDIN

      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. 
    5. For Tampa designer, what's old is in, new and vibrant

      Fashion

      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]
    6. Target's new line of plus-size clothes has blogger support

      Retail

      MINNEAPOLIS

      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.
    7. Embrace and enjoy red lipstick

      Fashion

      NEW YORK

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

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

      Fashion

      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]
    9. International Plaza offering free stylist sessions during Tampa Bay Fashion Week

      Retail

      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)]
    10. Straz ballet dancers leap, twist and twirl in animal-inspired fashion

      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 tbtim.es/animaldancers to watch the …