People: Apr. 14, 1997

AND THE TONI AWARD FOR FASHION...

TONI BRAXTON may not have been born with a lanky model's frame, but she's never been shy about showing off all of her 5 ft. 2 in. "Midriffs," the Grammy-winning singer once explained helpfully, "make me look taller." She found in designer Marc Bouwer the perfect architect of her no-foundation-garments- necessary look. Bouwer describes his style as "athletic glamour" and uses lots of Lycra and other stretch fabrics in his evening wear. At this week's fashion shows in New York, the relatively unknown Bouwer has scored a coup by persuading the singer, whom he has...

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