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By Sue Robinson

Lace is making fashion news this fall. DKNY, the doyenne of New York urban chic for the Manhattan working woman, is showing lace dresses. It’s an edgy look: Donna Karan is presenting lace sheath dresses, in pink and black, with clunky leather boots.

Also seen on runways: Lacy or crocheted tops with jeans and …

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Costumes were first worn by Colonial Williamsburg hostesses at the Raleigh Tavern during President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s visit for the dedication of Duke of Gloucester Street on Oct. 20, 1934. The first costumes were so successful that by Nov. 5, 1934, costumes were ordered for all hostesses in Colonial Williamsburg exhibition buildings. Early hostess gowns …

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By Sue Robinson

When it comes to carrying stuff, today’s women have all sorts of choices.

Slip an ID and a debit card in the back pocket of a pair of jeans. Lug a shoulder bag, a laptop messenger bag and a designer lunch bag from parking deck to office. Some women jog, sightsee and shop wearing …

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By Sue Robinson

The lowly apron, in modern times, is usually a utilitarian garment. It says: Let’s get to work.

Flo wears one. In our locavore, craft beer, restaurant-hopping culture , we see the apron on the farmer’s market vendor, the brewer, the chef or waitress.

Yet even today, aprons can be fancy and fussy: Run a …

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A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be displayed on the lawn of the Public Hospital and Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg from Oct. 9-13.

The Wall that Heals is 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., that has welcomed millions of visitors since its dedication in 1982.

Combined Veteran’s Organization CommitteeCombined Veterans …

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By Sue Robinson

Many fall trend reports point to the cape as a must-have outer garment for 2014.

Showing up in all sorts of lengths, styles, colors and effects, the modern cape, whether trimmed in fox or fringe, made in smooth camel wool or a nubby woven, fits every taste. Ralph Lauren even showed a dramatic column …

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