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Fashion

    1. 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]
    2. 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)]
    3. 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 …

    4. Spanx jeans are slim on results

      Fashion

      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.
    5. Swim Boutique a swimsuit haven for beachgoers of all sizes

      Fashion

      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.
    6. What's in the box? Beauty goodies

      Fashion

      It's a beauty product fan's dream: a monthly box sent to the door filled with samples of lip glosses, face creams, hair treatments and nail polishes. • The trend started a few years ago with companies such as Birchbox charging between $10 and $15 a month for subscriptions. But it has recently taken off with dozens …

      Birchbox, the brainchild of two Harvard Business School classmates, is among a growing number of businesses that will send customers monthly shipments of beauty product samples (for a price).
    7. Paris Isabella brings fine fashions to Pinellas Park

      Fashion

      For most, "casual" isn't the word they would associate with upscale boutiques, but Mara Marozzelli is changing that, at least in her own store, Paris Isabella.

      A different kind of cuff. The Carolina Rocha cuffs ($159 to $219) are all hand-painted, decorated with Swarowski crystals and signed on the inside by the artist.
    8. St. Petersburg's Freshly Squeezed serving stylish streetwear for men

      Fashion

      Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, St. Pete. That's what one of the now sold-out shirts sold by Freshly Squeezed in St. Petersburg said, and the store is helping the city fit it into that exclusive, fashionable club by raising the bar when it comes to streetwear.

      There’s something different about that shirt. The CBNC shirt ($35) has a cut similar to a baseball jersey and is made with a material that makes it softer than the usual tee.
    9. Want a personal shopper? You don't have to be rich

      Fashion

      You don't need to be rich to get your own personal shopper. A new breed of online sites is tailoring boxes of items to shoppers' tastes. And at traditional retailers including J. Crew and Macy's, the services of personal stylists don't cost any extra.

    10. Fashion backward: Embracing the slept-in, day-after look

      Fashion

      Strange beauty trends are nothing new. Think pencil-thin eyebrows, crimped hair and any trend inspired by the cast of Jersey Shore.