Style Watch

updated 03/02/1998 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/02/1998 01:00AM

PUFF PIECES
In Hollywood the words "chubby" and "sexy" have seldom spent much time together. But that's changing; suddenly chubby is hot, at least when it comes to those short furry coats (some faux, some real) currently warming such stars as Pamela Lee, Bette Midler and Ally McBeal's Lisa Nicole Carson. "It's fun and glamorous and keeps me warm," says Carson, who wore an off-white vintage fake fur at the October L.A. premiere of Eve's Bayou. A retro look that pays homage to the glitz of the '30s and '40s, today's chubbies come chic or casual. La Femme Nikita's Peta Wilson opted for elegance at November's CableACE Awards in a burgundy-and-black coat by Valentino. "It was an opportunity to go Hollywood," she says. For Lee, who recently sported a chartreuse faux fur on the streets of New York City, the style creates a look that's "warm, fun and really sexy with go-go boots." But what about that name? "Who would want to wear something called a chubby?" says designer Marc Jacobs, who uses fox pelts for his versions, dyed such colors as Day-Glo pink and bright orange. According to Hollywood fashion stylist Karin Labby, those startling shades are best, and she recommends not dressing bulky underneath. Otherwise, she warns, "You're going to end up looking like Chewbacca."

With Steven Cojocaru, Julie Jordan and Helene Stapinski

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