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Capriccio puts together festive looks for holiday season

| Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002

'Tis the season for holiday parties of every sort. And while a party can be one of the best reasons for the season, finding the perfect dress or suit can be one of the worst parts.

Capriccio in Squirrel Hill, however, carries casual and formal clothing for every occasion, including lines from Victor Costa and Eileen Fisher.

"A lot of people come here specifically because we carry Eileen Fisher," says Helene Glick Landman, who owns the shop. Capriccio carries an extensive line from the designer, with mix-and-match separates to get women through the holiday party season.

Choose a mulberry velvet duster ($218), for example, and pair it with a mulberry silk shell ($108) and basic black velvet pants ($178). Pick up a reversible plum wrap, and mix and match throughout the season. And don't worry if you spill some eggnog on these duds — each piece is washable.

For more formal occasions, choose a black satin mock wrap ruffled skirt ($185) and a white matte jersey with accordion-pleat cuff ($135) from Victor Costa.

A simple white top — in a variety of styles — from Rayure will give the skirt a fresh look for a second party. If you're planning on kicking back during the holiday season, Capriccio carries women-friendly Cambio jeans, cashmere funnel-neck tunic sweaters from Cullen ($256) and washable polar fleece sweaters in a variety of colors from Lauren Hansen ($62).

The shop also carries several lines of outerwear, including a colorful patchwork sweater jacket from Circle of Women ($164) — a company that puts women on welfare to work — and polar fleece coats that can be special-ordered in 10 styles and 15 colors from Maralyce Ferree.

There's also washable faux shearling and faux suede coats from Gabiz ($425 to $465) that are dead ringers for the real thing.

"The fact that you can wash it all is amazing," Landman says. One of the most stunning pieces in the shop is a calf-length, lamb leather black skirt with kick pleats to give the classic style an updated look. The A-line skirt ($235) is from Siena Studio.

Capriccio also carries black pleather machine-washable pants ($178) and brown faux tooled leather pants ($178), also machine washable, from Tark 1. Pair with a favorite top or sweater for a great look.

For women who love fashionable yet sturdy handbags, the shop stocks the Longchamp line ($38 to $400). The handbags come in a variety of styles, such as small, medium and large handbags and a backpack; several classic colors, including black, brown, navy and red; and different materials, including leather, corduroy, fur and nylon.

"What I want to do is help people put their best foot forward and feel good about what they buy," Landman says.

Capriccio


  • 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; until 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; closed Sundays.
  • 5825 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill.
  • (412) 422-4225.

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