An Era Revisited

The opera-length gloves and other lady-like details favored by fashion designers this season embody the style and glamour of a bygone era—a time when divas embraced a very different set of fashion values. Femininity in that era combined grace and elegance and was worlds away from the see-through fabrics and how-low-can-you-go necklines of recent times. A return to that elegant styling is refreshing for today's woman and good news for today's jewelry retailer. The year ahead holds promise that fashions of the '30s and '40s (think Veronica Lake) will return to favor, thanks to the rediscovery of such styles by today's fashion designers and the power of several pop-culture influences. When Hollywood icon Katharine Hepburn died this year, fashion magazines delved into the archives, offering tributes to her acting as well as to her personal style. (Hepburn was recognized as a key influe

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