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A guide for the discerning dresser

Women's Wear Daily recently named its Top Style Icons, 18 women it said "the world observes and to whom others look for inspiration." Because the fashion industry bible didn't divide the group into good inspiration and bad, I'll do that for you.

Good: Coco Chanel; the Hepburns, Audrey and Katherine; Madonna; Jacqueline Onassis; Babe Paley; supermodels Twiggy, Iman and Jean Shrimpton, and WWD-labeled "icon in training" Jennifer Lopez.

Bad: Ali MacGraw (nothing about the '60s was good); the Duchess of Windsor (a poor Duke's Coco); supermodels Naomi Campbell, Gisele Bundchen, Kate Moss, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista (glorified clothes hangers), and "icon in training" Gwyneth Paltrow (she can't even buy a decent dress for the biggest night of her life).

Bye-bye, Beav

Letterman, Saturday Night Live and all you amateur comedians have lost a source of inspiration.

Much-maligned Beaver College became Arcadia University on Monday. "When (alumni) put their degrees up on their wall, particularly if they were not local, they found people saying, "That's a joke, isn't it?' " said Bette E. Landman, president of the suburban Philadelphia school.

The college opened in 1853 in Beaver County in western Pennsylvania and later moved across the state. More than 800 alumni have already requested replacement diplomas.

How to make sure

a career is dead

Speaking of bad ideas for material:

"I'm convinced that when she gets through this, she's going to have terrific material," says Bonnie Burns, Paula Poundstone's manager.

Provided she can find an audience for comedy about being accused of child molestation while going through alcohol rehab.

Bibles and unripped bodices

Among the trends in Christian products and publishing culled from last week's CBA (formerly the Christian Booksellers Association) trade show in Atlanta:

Keeping pace with technology. MyBible for Palm hand-held computers is available in a few translations. "A lot of people take these to church now instead of their Bible," said Scott Musser of MyBible's distributor, HeavenWord Inc. "It doesn't make noise, and they can find passages quickly."

Women's fiction and romance novels. And they are not the same thing, says Becky Nesbitt of Christian-oriented Tyndale House Publishers. Romances "celebrate men and women developing committed relationships on the foundation of Christ," she said. Fiction "emphasizes the woman's journey in a story in which she has somehow been touched by Christ."