Style Watch

updated 01/09/1995 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/09/1995 01:00AM

CLIP JOB

First came baby-doll dresses, then schoolgirl microminis and Mary Janes. Now the rage for kiddie chic has gone to the heads of celebs who have regressed to barrettes. Naomi Campbell, at a Dec. 1 party celebrating Manhattan's planned Fashion Cafe (which she will co-own with fellow supermodels Elle Macpherson and Claudia Schiffer), topped her simple, straight coif with glittery rhinestone clips, and on Beverly Hills, 90210, Tori Spelling and Jenny Garth stay welltressed with an array of sweet and innocent little-girl barrettes. Cindy Crawford clamped on silver clips for the November cover of Vogue, and Winona Ryder turned up at last summer's waterlogged Woodstock anniversary sporting a do adorned with plastic daisies.

A longtime preteen staple, barrettes acquired a hipper, more contemporary persona when Courtney Love of Hole started wearing them in her sloppy locks (pink plastic bows are among her fave styles). Then a veritable barrette fest was launched when designers such as Christian Francis Roth and Anna Sui showed them on their runway models last year as accessories to their naughty schoolgirl look. "It's part of that whole trend of 'I want to be carefree, sweet and innocent,' " explains Diana Lesanics, a brand manager at Goody, a hair products manufacturer whose packs of bright plastic duck, bunny and bow barrettes are best-sellers.

"They make a s—ty haircut look like it's supposed to look that way," explained barrette fan Janeane Garofalo of Saturday Night Live. And the look isn't just for women: Blind Melon's Shannon Hoon and Green Day's Tré Cool use them to tame their manes. But celeb hairdresser Enzo Anglieri, coiffeur to Demi Moore and Annette Bening, recently put Drew Barrymore in plastic barrettes for a photo shoot but wouldn't recommend the look for everyone. "They fit Drew's personality perfectly," he says. "But I would never put them on, say, Jodie Foster."

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