The little black dress is dead, says designer Bill Blass, who was in town last month to help Belk-Four Seasons Town Centre celebrate its renovation and addition of a third floor.

``Today's little evening dresses are hot pink, chartreuse, red, orange or yellow,' he says. His evening fabrics are lace, point d'esprit, silk crepe, satin organza and silk chiffon prints shot with metallics.Blass also says the long evening dress has been usurped by colorful shorties - or pants. He's beaded, ruffled and braided a bunch of little evening jackets his customers like to collect, he says.

His newest chemise for evening is a straight column of silk crepe, draped up on one side in an assymetrical hem. He also shows it as a tunic over skin-tight, see-through lace pants.

``My clothes are not timid,' he says. ``Women want to be noticed in my clothes.'

Blass says daytime dressing for spring 1991 will feature bright colors, splashy prints and classic cuts. ``The day dress is the news,' he says.

The chemise is structured as a wedge - broader at the shoulder and narrow at the hem. Another chemise is narrow at the shoulders and widens to the hem.

Blass also likes a straight dress, gently shaped to the curve of the body, under coats and jackets. ``The dress and jacket replaces the suit,' he says.

He says his favorite daytime fabrics are double-faced woolens, wool gabardines, cotton jacquards and double-faced linens.

Among his favorites are bright floral prints and bold stripes in all colors. He also colors a more muted group of tailored outfits in pale tones of pink, mint green, peach and mauve.

Lunch break Get in the fashion swing - look for holiday ideas at lunchtime. Judy's and All That Jazz will show today at noon at Chi-Chi's Mexican Restaurant. L. Phillips will provide the modeling at the Equinox on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from noon to 2 p.m.

Look here The October issue of Visions magazine says that the eyeglass case, once just an afterthought, has become a fashion accessory in its own right.

For instance, accessory designer Kathleen Kirkwood has introduced a mini-handbag for glasses with room enough for keys and lipstick.

The publication also reports that the Vision Council of America, as part of the Envision Yourself program that helps consumers select eyewear as fashion accessories, is offering a free brochure.

The full-color pamphlet explains how face shape, hair color, skin color and lifestyle play an essential role in selecting the proper eyewear.

For a free copy, write to the Vision Council of America, 1800 N. Kent St., Suite 1210, Rosslyn, Va. 22209, or call Color Me Beautiful (1-800-533-5503).

For a dazzling look Viking Sewing Machine Co. and Vogue Patterns have joined to publish a new illustrated magazine, ``Art of Sewing,' to help you create a one-of-a-kind look for off-the-rack apparel with machine sewing.

Articles advise the reader on transforming outfits into designer-like originals. Detailed information provides the basic sewing techniques for satin stitch, heirloom and three-dimensional appliques, patchwork and quilting, and machine embroidery.

The magazine is available from authorized Viking Sewing Machine dealers.

Weighty remarks Post-holiday diets will get an assist from the ``Weight Talker' scale, which remembers changes in readings for up to five users.

The maker says it also announces clear, audible reports of current weight, plus the loss (or gain) from the previous time each person's input was recorded. It also has automatic shut-off, a volume control and low-battery message, and it maintains stored weight data during battery changes.

The scale is available through the Sears Catalog and through other leading retailers. Suggested retail price: $109.

In Style, by staff fashion writer Doris Dale Paysour, appears on Wednesdays. Send items for In Style to her at the News & Record, P.O. Box 20848, Greensboro, N.C. 27420.

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