Man-on-the-street interviews are rightly the stuff of parody (Uh, Saddam who?), but The Plain Dealer
's Fashion Flash gets it right. The weekly Arts & Life section feature that asks hip Clevelanders what they're wearing and why is practical and fun. Best of all, PD
stylist Brenda Sue Junkin chooses real people -- legal secretaries, store clerks, copywriters -- who manage to look sharp despite limited budgets and non-runway bodies. "As far as I'm concerned," Junkin says, "if you put on a pair of pants in the morning, you're making a fashion statement." Now, if only she had buttonholed Traficant during his racketeering trial . . .