Entrepreneur Iris Garnett Chase has been doing some shady deals in Washington, D.C., lately with a line of sunshielding "artglasses" encrusted with everything from mini flamingos to micro sports equipment. "I would never wear sunglasses that were not al dente," quips Frugal Gourmet Jeff Smith of his tomato-sauce and tricolored-pasta shades. Author Danielle Steel's custom specs sport a cupid, bookmark and tiny Star, a Steel bestseller. While prices in Chase's Georgetown boutique, Off the Cuff, range from $65 to $150, the glasses have been known to appreciate in value. Elton John's two $85 pairs (one adorned with a leopard, the other with brass fans) fetched more than $4,000 at auction.
IT DIDN'T SUIT HIM
It took a while for Rod Stewart, 45, to get into the '60s spirit for his video revival of the Isley Brothers' "This Old Heart of Mine." The vintage suit with narrow lapels and tapered pants, thin tie and Beatle boots were not his style. "I really had to talk him into wearing it," says stylist April Napier. "He resisted for days. I guess he remembered living through that period. He wanted to wear a new Gianni Versace suit." Though two decades younger, the backup singers were also skeptical of the cutout green vinyl minis—until they put them on and started dancing. The happiest rocker, Napier says, was guest star Ron Isley, 48, who "loved his '60s suit," even though it had to be expanded in the back to fit his '90s girth.
With dueling lambada flicks—The Forbidden Dance and Lambada—at the movie theaters, lambada fashions are going from the dance floor to the selling floor faster than a Latin dance beat. Brazilian-born swimwear designer Gloria Del Rio has rushed out a line of off-the-shoulder tops and short flighty skirts, while body wear designer Gilda Marx, who provided much of the wardrobe for Lambada, is premiering lambada skirts in her New York City store before launching them around the country. An official lambada label, however, is hardly necessary to achieve the lusty look. "A lambada outfit is a very short, full skirt, usually worn with a midriff top or a bathing-suit top and a thong or bathing-suit brief underneath," says Lambada costume designer Dorothy Amos of Hollywood Raggs Inc. "The most important thing is to show some rear end." As for men, a pair of high-waist-ed pants is the only must-have. No shirt is required.
THE MANE EVENT
Since House Party made Christopher Reid, a/k/a Kid, a star, the grooming business has been booming for hairdresser Roberto Amoros of the Spanish American Barber Shop in Corona, Queens, N.Y. Amoros, affectionately known as Doctor, is the guy who makes Reid's hair stand on end—eight inches high, to be exact. Now wannabes are lining up for $20 copies, but the results aren't immediate. When Reid, 26, first became a client more than three years ago, "his hair was only about half an inch long," says Amoros. The hairdo—known as a super high-top—requires weekly visits to shave the sides, shape the top and condition. As for how he maintains it between salon visits, Kid says, "There's a certain way you lay your head on a pillow so when you wake up, you're right in place."