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Elements of Style

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ELEMENTS OF STYLE Phillip Bloch (Warner, $21.99) Fashion-magazine bywords fly fast and furious in stylist to the stars Phillip Bloch’s glossy guide to looking fab: ”for the frill of it” (when plugging ruffles), ”skirt the issue” (when considering hemlines), and ”stay in step with the times” (shoes). Who needs more of this airy advice? The slick photos attest to Bloch’s Hollywood clout, and designers from the exuberant Isaac Mizrahi to the doleful Miuccia Prada weigh in with their thoughtlets on Style. But the whole thing feels whipped up and artificial, like cake frosting lapped straight from the can. C+

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