Style Watch

updated 02/18/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/18/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

Some celebrated brides wear their hearts if not on their sleeves, then on their gowns. Robert F. and Ethel's Kerry Kennedy (Mrs. Andrew Cuomo), 31, and Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton (Mrs. Shannon Kelley), 23, said their recent I dos in dresses with sweetheart necklines—also the most popular style among not-so-famous brides, according to last year's Bride's magazine survey. "It's romantic, and there's a return to romance," says Vera Wang of Manhattan's posh Vera Wang Bridal House. The current lust for the bust may have inspired 22-year-old megamodel Rachel Hunter's (Mrs. Rod Stewart) deep V. "Most of my brides have to-die-for figures," says L.A. wedding planner Cheryl Fish, who recently sent Michael Landon's daughter, Leslie, down the aisle in sweetheart style. "They're going for cleavage."

Posters of scantily clad—or unclad—women are taboo in Saudi Arabia, but Allied soldiers have found that a royal mum and a Mormon police officer have the chaste advantage. Among American GIs and British squaddies, a demi-décolleté shot of Princess Diana, 29, which first appeared in British Vogue, fetches three Desert Rat regiment badges or an American camp bed. It passed muster with the censors, says a Saudi information officer, because "She is a princess and a married mother of children." Some U.S. Marines, however, are smitten by the more macho image of 30-year-old Jackie Phillips Guibord, a Provo, Utah, police officer who is the wife of a former Marine and mother of a 16-month-old son. Rifle in hand, the 5'9", 130-lb. redhead leans against her police car in a Wrangler jeans ad that has been pinned throughout military quarters. "We are in a country where women are treated differently than in the States and are not nearly as beautiful," wrote Sgt. Brett A. McKee and Sgt. Scott E. Orsborn in a fan letter to Guibord, who has been a narcotics investigator for eight years. "I'm fully clothed, and I'm not doing anything provocative," insists the astonished (but flattered) poster woman. "I never considered myself pinup material."

"I've been doing the best I can with this acting thing, but what I really want to do is model," jokes Kevin Bacon, 32, of his runway debut last month in a men's spring fashion show at New York City's Plaza Hotel. Bacon, who can be seen in the new Queens Logic and the forthcoming He Said, She Said, paraded as a favor to Perry Ellis menswear designer Roger Forsythe. "I've been wearing his clothes for a few years, and I feel comfortable in them," explains the actor, who is still plugging away at the acting thing. He just wrapped Pyrates, co-starring his wife, Kyra Sedgwick.

From Our Partners