Spring has sprung, and so have Hollywood trendsetters' locks. The hot cut of the moment—sported by everyone from Jane Fonda to singer Mary J. Blige—adds a flirty flip to the tousled look worn for years by Meg Ryan. The style is "sloppy, sexy, choppy," says Ryan's clipper Sally Hershberger, who coiffed Fonda. Actress Marg Helgenberger, cut by Juvencio Jimenez-Valdez, says, "I wanted something fun and funky."
Scissors alone don't make the do. The style requires a dab of volumizer to thicken the hair, plus mousse on the ends "to make it clump up," advises celeb hairstylist Oribe, whose clients include Elizabeth Hurley and Sharon Stone. But there's no need to be too neat about it. "There's nothing more beautiful than a girl in a gorgeous gown with a messy hairdo," notes Nashville stylist Melanie Shelley, who took Dixie Chick Martie Seidel to the jagged edge. "It looks like she's been kissing in the coat closet before the show."
behind the seams
When it comes to key fashion decisions, Chloë Sevigny is a mama's girl. Fashion gossips say the Boys Don't Cry actress was slated to wear a Bulgari necklace to the Oscars but ditched it at the last minute for a $160,000 57-carat diamond version from Asprey & Garrard because her mother preferred it....
Eagle-eyed Cher fans are buzzing that the black velvet dress she sported at the Oscars was the same one she wore to the Golden Globes 12 years ago. Let me set the record straight: Designer Bob Mackie created Cher's Oscar gown from scratch, though the shoulder straps and draped neckline do closely resemble those on the Mackie-designed 1988 Globes dress. As for the original gown? He says Cher lost it....
Watch for Prince Charles's lady love Camilla Parker Bowles to swap her countrified wardrobe for a sleek new Italian look. I hear Donatella Versace—the woman who designed Jennifer Lopez's barely-there Grammys dress—has whipped up some long pastel coats and matching frocks especially for her....
Joan Crawford, style muse? At March 25's Independent Spirit Awards, Debi Mazar (The Insider) wore a 1939 gold and aquamarine brooch, necklace and bracelet set owned by the late actress and valued at $150,000 (Mazar borrowed it from L.A. jeweler Neil Lane). Joan Rivers snagged the in-demand bijoux for a TV appearance just two days later....
A source whispers that Diana Ross and Pamela Anderson Lee are dueling over groovy $400 boots by hot Brazilian designer Fause Haten. Lee fell in love with the one-of-a-kind four-inchers, made of sky-blue cloth with gold raindrop-shaped embroidery, when she wore them for a magazine photo shoot; Ross borrowed the same pair to wear to her 56th-birthday party on March 26. To head off a battle of the supervixens, Haten is rushing to crank out more.
Steven Cojocaru is on vacation.
What's black and white and all over the red carpet? Designer Roberto Cavalli's zebra-striped silk pantsuit. "It's wild and sexy," says Later host Cynthia Garrett, who wore it to January's American Music Awards. Ally McBeal's Portia de Rossi sported it at the SAG Awards two months later. Says de Rossi's stylist Yana Syrkin: "She's willing to take risks."
Toting Her Own
No design training? No sweat for Monica Lewinsky, whose girly cloth totes, once only on the Internet, are now selling at Manhattan's trendy Henri Bendel. Though "they're nothing new," sniffs stylist Rachel Zoe Rosenzweig, 225 , of the $138-to-$178 bags sold after Monica hit the store last month. "It's validating," she says, "that people like what I produce."
what was she thinking?
Stylists aren't for Lisa Bonet, so her ensemble for the High Fidelity premiere represented her own, er, distinctive tastes. That droopy coat? "It was just an old thing she found in her closet," says Molly Madden, the former Cosby star's manager. The funky dress? It's by London's Voyage, while the boots are from Anna Sui and the shaggy locks from skipping cuts for a few years. "She picks out what she enjoys," says Madden. "She's an artist."
Channeling Abe Lincoln
Goodbye, goatees; sayonara, soul patches. This season the stylish leading man is sporting a full beard. American Beauty's Wes Bentley grew his facial hair for a movie role; so did Tom Hanks, who "can't wait to take it off," says wife Rita Wilson's hairstylist, Paul DéArmas. But newly hirsute gents like Al Pacino chose the look all on their own—perhaps for the frisson of danger it bestows. Says Beverly Hills cutter Jim Wayne: "It's hard to trust a guy who wears a beard."
Gwyneth Ties One On
With their hint of 1920s glamor, tassels are all the rage in L.A., but the buzz hit fever pitch when Gwyneth Paltrow looped jewelry designer Cathy Waterman's ruby-laden spiderweb tassel lariat ($33,000) around her neck for the Oscars. "Tassels are the sexiest thing a woman can wear because of the way they move," Waterman says. "You want to touch them and feel them. They're very inviting."
Moonlighting Becomes Them
Acting is exhilarating, but for a real rush, ER's Kristin Minter (clerk Randi Fronczak) and Emily Wagner (paramedic Doris Pickman) teach Spinning at Body & Soul Workout in West Hollywood one to three times a week (a frequent attendee: Laura Cerón, nurse Chuny Marquez). The class helps her stay in shape, says Minter: "Being on TV is not enough to keep me from eating!"