updated 08/25/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/25/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT
For years, zigzag stripes conjured up images of woven ponchos, macramé bags and '70s-vintage Cher. But thanks to the ups and downs of fashion, celebs including Drew Barrymore, Halle Berry and Charlize Theron are angling for anything bearing the pointy pattern. "Hollywood stars have gone crazy for the zigzag because it represents a different way of being sexy," says designer Angela Missoni, whose star clients include Julia Roberts and Fran Drescher. Adds Robert Wagner's daughter Katie: "Zigzags are sexy, sleek and kind of rock and roll."
And maybe they should come with a warning label. "You've got to be oozing with confidence to wear these bold prints," says L.A. designer Tom Mark, who uses zigzags in his Mark Wong Nark line. "Anytime you put on a loud print, you're opening the door to criticism." One way or another, you will stand out. "I thought, 'That is ugly,' then I put it on and liked it," says actress Kellie Martin of her blue-and-yellow zigzagged Nark. "Why look like everyone else?"