Style Watch

updated 05/08/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/08/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Hooping It Up!

Hollywood stars are used to going for the brass ring. So leave it to Uma Thurman, Jennifer Aniston and Cate Blanchett to grab on to the latest retro jewelry craze: oversize hoop earrings. The shiny rounds epitomize "slinky, fabulous '70s chic," says L.A. stylist Kim Bowen, who has outfitted Janet Jackson. "They're graphic, they're elegant."

Even in shoulder-brushing sizes, "hoop earrings are so basic and beautiful, you can't go wrong," says New York City jeweler Janis Savitt, who designed the 18-karat white-gold-and-diamond pair that graced Thurman at the Oscars. Raves rapper Missy Elliott, who wore platinum-and-diamond hoops at February's Grammy Awards: "They're a simple, everyday look, but they can easily be dressed up with diamonds. You can wear them with anything."

Though a few women of a certain age—Diana Ross comes to mind—have embraced the style, "I couldn't see my mother wearing big hoops," Savitt says. "They're a little bit more bohemian." A simple rule of thumb: If shooting hoops is no longer your game, wearing them should be off your list too.

behind the seams

what was she thinking?
On a recent Cancún trip, Melanie Griffith hired a 13-year-old local girl to cornrow her hair. She has kept the look, saying, "I really like it." Whatever. It still looks like a 13-year-old did it.

If you happen to bump into The Practice's Lara Flynn Boyle, don't stare at her toes. Seems Boyle has a hang-up about them, made painfully clear when she slipped on a pair of flirty $370 open-toe Blumarine shoes at L.A.'s Horn boutique. She frowned when she looked at her feet, complaining that her long toes stuck out too far. So she moved on....

It might not rank up there with an Emmy, but Tori Spelling has won a special honor: a hair color named after her. The hue—Ann-Margret Retro 2000 Tori—was so dubbed after La Spelling recently got strawberry and blonde highlights resembling the '60s temptress's painted on her auburn tresses. According to her colorist Marcus Daniels at Santa Monica's Frank Studio, the secret to achieving the sun-kissed look was shaking the hair-color concoction but not stirring it....

Watch out, Jennifer Lopez: Singer and daring dresser Toni Braxton, now putting together a saucy look to promote her new CD The Heat, has been shopping for risqué rags that might make you blush. This from a top designer's rep who tried to steer Braxton's stylist away from a plunging number accented by a spiked dog collar, suggesting that an S&M getup might not be appropriate for an upcoming TV appearance....

Brad Pitt will appear on the big screen next year as a crook in The Mexican, but the hand-embroidered Mexican-style shirts that cover the star's torso in the film are actually made in India. Authentic, no, but what a hip pedigree: The $175 shirts are the work of Indian designer Alpana Bawa and were snapped up by Pitt's stylist at L.A.'s current temple of cool, KBOND....

Overheard: Reneé Zellweger, while getting coifed at a Beverly Hills salon, moaning to a chum about having to put on 15 lbs. to play a flab-obsessed singleton in the film Bridget Jones's Diary. The actress joshed that she should make the movie studio spring for a slimming spa visit once the film wraps.

star talk

In her new book, My Friends' Secrets, Joan Collins, 66, spills the beans on how her over-40 glamor pals maintain their good looks.

Who has the oddest beauty tip?

Jerry Hall sometimes goes for a month without washing her hair. She believes washing isn't very good for it, and after a month, it cleans itself.

Did you learn great makeup pointers?

Morgan Fairchild puts navy blue eyeliner on the inside of her bottom eyelid. It makes your eyes look bigger.

What about skin tips?

If Diahann Carroll has dry skin, she'll smother on Vitamin E, cover her bed with towels and go to sleep.

Who had the most rigorous skin regimen?

Michelle Phillips splashes her face with hot water 40 times every morning and night.

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