Style Watch

updated 10/15/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/15/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The stars are flipping for wigs—and wig wonderland is Patricia Field, the downtown New York City spot where ladies fair get their hair. Justine Bateman's short blond impulse purchase—featured prominently in paparazzi shots-brought her more publicity than anything since Family Ties. Deee-Lite's Lady Miss Kier started a mini-rage with the red flip she got there. And supermodels Paulina Porizkova and Naomi Campbell have turned into closet chameleons, with a gamut of styles from the store. "Wigs are like pantyhose," says Patricia Field's Matthew Kasten. "They give every outfit a different look." Fashion slaves from other walks of life are catching on to this latest aspect of the 1960s revival. "They express a new sense of fashion as play," says Harold Koda, director of the design lab at Manhattan's Fashion Institute of Technology. "A wig shows who you are at the moment, not who you are all the time."

Button-down corporate types who were inspired by Michael Douglas's natty Wall Street wardrobe can look forward to Tom Hanks's Savile Row suits in December's Bonfire of the Vanities. Made by 86-year-old British tailor Henry Stewart, who worked in London for 40 years before moving to New York, they promise to bring back the broad-shoulder, slim-hip, tapered-waist look now eclipsed by boxy styling. Original Stewarts are a big investment in vanity. His suits "are handmade from the finest $200-a-yard worsted wool,' " he says, explaining their $4,000 price.

The mighty Oakland A's may be the winningest team in baseball, but the humble Oakland Oaks have stolen their thunder on the fashion scene. Seattle entrepreneur Jerry Cohen's Ebbets Field Flannels—authentic reproductions of shirts, jackets and caps from the Oaks and 79 other defunct minor league teams—have become cult favorites among fans as well as baseball-loving celebrities such as Spike Lee, who featured a Pittsburgh Crawfords' shirt in Mo' Better Blues. At $130 to $160, the jerseys may be more suited to somebody's Field of Dreams than Oakland Coliseum, but that didn't stop Kansas City Monarchs shirt owner David Letterman from custom-ordering 350 "Late Night" specials for Christmas presents for his staff.

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