Always elegant and ever luxurious, purple takes center stage as the season's newest neutral. Long the color of royalty, it has finally trickled down to the masses.

Shoes and sunglasses, plates and pillows, ties and tiles--everything, it seems, is turning up in shades of grape and eggplant, lilac and lavender. But now that you

don't have to be born to the purple to dress yourself or your home in the imperial color, one caveat:

Best to be a shrinking violet-- a little goes a long way.

FOR THE RECORD Los Angeles Times Sunday December 12, 1993 Home Edition Los Angeles Times Magazine Page 10 Times Magazine Desk 2 inches; 50 words Type of Material: Correction In "The Color Purple" (Style, Nov. 28), information about three rings was inadvertently omitted. The Demian Designs silver-and-amethyst rings are $105 each at Contents by Theodore in the Beverly Center. The Dolce & Gabbana teardrop-shaped costume ring is part of a set of five, priced at $440, at Maxfield in Los Angeles and Fred Segal Hoops in Santa Monica.
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