Style Watch

updated 11/26/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/26/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

Arsenio Hall created such a demand for his trademark leather jackets emblazoned with stop signs, traffic signals and other Americana that North Beach, the firm that makes them, estimates a 20 percent sales hike over the last year and a half. Now, in an effort to put more curves into his road signs, North Beach designer Michael Ho-ban has added surf to his turf. His new $62 spandex tank suits with the same designs will be in stores next March. Sorry, Arsenio. They're for women only.

Rings that quickly signal a wearer's romantic status may become the next big trend. Maria Maples recently admitted that the $575 Cartier classic rolling ring—three interlocking bands of white, yellow and pink gold—she wears on her left hand was bestowed by The Donald, but strictly in the name of "friendship." What neither she nor he is saying is that Trump shelled out only enough for the cheapest model—perhaps the best indicator of his financial woes. (Had he felt flush, he might have purchased the wider, $1,400 version.) So where does that leave Ivana? The estranged Mrs. Trump might be interested in blowing some of any future divorce settlement on a new ring by British designer Maureen Gardner. Gardner's gimmick is to take a client's cast-off wedding band and inset eight stones—a diamond, iolite, verdite, opal, ruby, citrine, emerald and another diamond—that make the acronym d-i-v-o-r-c-e-d. It just may pay to advertise.

Once considered gauche, the open shirts Burt Reynolds wears on Evening Shade may foreshadow the next comeback in menswear. "Men have been buttoned up for four years now, so it's time for a look that's softer and more relaxed," says Tom Julian, associate fashion director of the New York City-based Men's Fashion Association. "A lot of designers are featuring longer, wider collars that are meant to be worn unbuttoned at the neck." Though Reynolds's pricey 100-percent cotton shirts are custom-made by Beverly Hills shirtmakers Nat Wise and Anto, the style is strictly Burt. "He'll leave a few buttons undone to be comfortable," says Cliff Chally, the show's costume designer. Ah, but comfort can be complicated. "For continuity's sake," says Chally, "we have to keep track of how many buttons he leaves open in each scene."

Call her Messy Woman. It might seem the off-the-shoulder sweaters favored by Susan Sarandon's While Palace character, Nora, were modeled after those worn by Nora's idol, Marilyn Monroe, whose pinups cover the walls of her house. But no, says the film's costume designer, Lisa Jensen, "The idea was just to dress her sloppy. We liked the idea of her bra straps showing." It was Sarandon's anatomy, Jensen believes, that added sexiness to the slovenliness: "Susan has great shoulders."

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