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FASHION UPDATE: JEWELRY AWARDS SWEPT BY JAPAN, ITALY DESIGNERS

Every two years, the Diamonds-International Awards are presented to honor the most original and trend-setting designs in fine diamond jewelry. This year, jewelry designers from 43 countries submitted 2,118 entries.

In recent ceremonies, designers from 14 countries won awards. Japanese designers dominated, sweeping 10 awards. Italy, the largest producer of jewelry in the world, was second with five awards. Two designers from the United States - Lauren Pipkorn and C. Thomas Hunt - also captured awards.Pipkorn, a native of Orlando, Fla., is head designer for Hammerman, a leading manufacturer of fine jewelry based in New York City. Pipkorn's winning design is an elegant necklace that glitters with more than 31 carats of 255 square-cut diamonds set in a crisscross pattern of yellow gold.

Hunt operates his own design and manufacturing studio in the heart of San Francisco. His winning piece is a pin accented with red enamel and glistening with 17 brilliant cut diamonds.

The Diamonds-International Awards are considered the "Oscars" of the jewelry industry. A collection of the winning designs is now touring the world.

- Glamour, the largest fashion, beauty and health magazine in the country, will bring its pages to life with color images and timely information at ZCMI on Saturday, March 28, at 9 a.m. Titled "Glamour Update," the fashion show and event will feature everything that's elegant for career and casual wear for spring as well as ways to update your makeup and hair. Hosting this event will be Kathleen Bradley, Glamour's Merchandising Editor.

"The fashion statement for spring '92 is simple," Bradley says. "Wear clothes that express the real you. There are any number of different looks to fit your style for spring. At `Glamour Update' you'll discover them all."

Attendees will receive a special gift bag from Glamour. The event will take place at the downtown ZCMI's Center Court. For reservations and tickets, call 321-6656.

- Who is the Leslie Fay Woman? She has a style all her own and cares about the way she looks. She not only finds time to spend with friends and family, but reaches out to people through her work and/or civic contributions.

Could you be the next Leslie Fay winner? To find out, send a photo and a brief essay explaining why you qualify as a Leslie Fay Woman.

Entry forms are available at displays and through advertising by better department and specialty stores coast to coast. Also, Leslie Fay garments will carry a special "Search" hangtag that doubles as an official entry form.

You could be one of the five winners who will receive $3,000, a $1,000 Leslie Fay wardrobe and be eligible to appear in a Leslie Fay national advertising campaign.

In addition, sweepstakes winners will be chosen from a random drawing of entry applications. The grand prize is a Mercury Capri convertible. Two first-prize winners will sail on a 10-day Caribbean cruise. Ten second-prize winners will receive Longines lady's quartz watches. The 1,000 third-prize winners will get an ensemble of Leslie Fay handbags including various small leather goods.

Entrants have until April 15 to submit their completed forms. For information about participating retailers, call 1-800-LF FASHION.

- Teen volunteers, lend an ear!

In June 1992, Noxzema Skin Cream and 'Teen Magazine will select a teenager who best embodies the spirit of the Noxzema Extraordinary Teen Award Program. This program recognizes the contributions of young people nationwide who have made a difference in their schools or on a local, national or international level.

To be eligible, students must be ages 12-19. Five finalists will be flown to New York, plus $500 will be sent to their local schools. The grand-prize winner will receive $10,000, to be divided equally between the winner and his or her charity. For details, write to Noxzema Extraordinary Teen Contest, c/o 'Teen Magazine, 437 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022, or call 1-800-488-7288.

- A limited number of delegates-at-large will be accepted for the 14th annual Miss Teen All America Pageant to be staged Aug. 6 through 9 at the Miami Airport Hilton & Marina in Florida. Judging will be on poise, personal interview and beauty of face and figure. No performing talent is required. Young women age 13 (as of July 1, 1992) through 19 can qualify. To apply, send a recent photo along with your name, address, telephone number and date of birth to: National Headquarters - Dept. 2A, Miss Teen All American Pageant, 603 Schrader Ave., Wheeling, WV 26003-9619. Application deadline is March 14.