Since Wesley Snipes plays an architect in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever, costumer Ruth Carter figured he should dress with postmodern flair. She found a winner at designer Isaac Mizrahi's showroom: a matching shirt and tie in a cranberry and gray silk stripe. "It takes all the guesswork out of dressing," says Mizrahi, who also made Spike Lee a tux with a matching shirt, vest and tie for the Cannes Film Festival. Mizrahi's matched set sells for $290 (shirt) and $50 (tie), and has been such a hit that the designer is continuing the gimmick in his next collection. Word is that Snipes bought his Jungle costume.
Marilyn Monroe's come-hither, country-girl bare midriff, which she sported in early publicity shots and in her last film, The Misfits, is peeking out everywhere these days. Credit for the lusty look also goes to vintage Raquel Welch, Elizabeth Taylor and any number of other screen sirens from years past. In the current mode, Geena Davis shows off her tummy in Thelma & Louise, and Goldie Hwan, playing a waitress, bares hers in next fall's Crisscross. The Ava Gardneresque model Shana gives the look a Seventh Avenue twist in the new Guess? campaign. Have bustiers gone bust? Will women start worshiping The Dukes of Hazzard's cousin Daisy (Catherine Bach) instead of Madonna
? You're darn tootin', say the experts. "People are looking for down-home, improvised fashion like knotted midriff tops," says costume historian Richard Martin of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Adds fashion forecaster Mary Beaton of the Fashion Service: "There's some mystery to it. It's seductive but not obnoxious." Ya-hoo.
For Celeste Talbert, Sally Field's reigning Soapdish queen, a turban is the kiss of old age. "It makes me look like Gloria f—ing Swanson," shrieks the celluloid soap star when her costumer presents her with the dread head wrap. But Soapdish costume designer Nolan Miller (formerly of turban-smattered Dynasty) doesn't share Celeste's bleak view. "I love turbans," he says. "I'd like to see them come back." So much so, in fact, that in next fall's Dynasty reunion miniseries, "Joan Collins is wearing at least one." But Collins, Miller insists, "doesn't look like Swanson in her turban. On the other hand, Gloria Swanson looked pretty remarkable." So does neo-turbaned fashion plate Bianca Jagger. That's a wrap.