Style Watch

updated 07/03/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/03/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Swing Low!

Ditch those diamond studs: In these postminimalist days, earrings simply must be the shape (and practically the size) of a certain old-fashioned ceiling fixture. Just ask Melanie Griffith, Catherine Deneuve and Nicole Kidman, all of whom have helped make chandelier earrings the bijoux du jour. The Bachelor's Marley Shelton donned a pair of dangly Swarovski crystal earrings to "throw a little glamor" into the fashion mix of simple Calvin Klein tank top and Katayone Adeli suede skirt that she wore at a Cannes Film Festival party: "They really dressed it up."

Indeed, the ornate ear bobs "are feminine and fluid," says jewelry designer Janis Savitt—perfect for making any outfit special. The peacock-feather-shaped head-turners that ex-Loving star Noelle Beck recently wore to accent a turquoise frock "were the pièce de résistance," she says. "When people saw me they would comment on my earrings first."

Some restraint is required, however. When you fasten on chandeliers, "don't wear a loud dress or get overly made up," says Shelton. "With this look, a simple chignon and hardly any makeup will do."

with Alison Singh Gee in Los Angeles

behind the Seams

Dish from last week's American Fashion Awards in New York City: When a pal didn't make it on time to zip Elizabeth Hurley into her peony-pink, ultratight Valentino gown, the resourceful star hit up her bodyguard. "I squeezed into it by the skin of my teeth," she said. "I can't breathe!" Later, Hurley giggled with Claudia Schiffer over the dazzling 24-carat diamond ring the Brit had borrowed for the evening from Harry Winston, saying it was "the size of a fridge!"...

The girl talk wasn't quite as friendly when presenters Ashley Judd and actress-singer-model Milla Jovovich were backstage. Judd inadvertently dissed Jovovich by asking her when she was going to become a rock star. A none-too-thrilled Jovovich shot back, "I am a rock star!"...

Presenter Ben Stiller looked sharp in a navy Hugo Boss suit, but it wasn't his first choice. I hear Stiller's people approached Prada about dressing the star, but the Italian fashion house said arrivederci, because they weren't keen on him sporting their duds at an event that promotes American fashion....

Naomi Campbell went far to get her gold Azzedine Alaïa gown for the bash. The mannequin popped into Paris on her way back from a Morocco vacation, scooping up eight Alaia frocks just to be on the safe side. "I always overpack," Campbell sighed....

You can add designer to Rene Russo's résumé. The actress teamed with jeweler David Hundley to create a chic sterling-silver charm bracelet that will be sold exclusively through Neiman Marcus's Christmas catalog. All proceeds from the $600 bracelet, which can be decorated with four different charms (at $60 a pop), will go to Cure Autism Now. I hear Russo will present one of the bracelets to Rosie O'Donnell during an upcoming appearance on O'Donnell's show....

Seen: Singer Lenny Kravitz, in floor-length Indian poncho and sunglasses, and Denzel Washington, in baggy black shirt and pants, at New York City hot spot Moomba's karaoke night. They chose not to warble, instead chowing down on chicken and drinking wine until 4 a.m.


Dressing isn't easy when you're 6'4", like New York Liberty forward Rebecca Lobo. We asked bow she meets the challenge.

What's your biggest fit problem?

I have long arms, muscular shoulders and a wide back. Sleeves on off-the-rack blouses are never long enough. So I like sleeveless tops.

And suits?

I get suits custom made by Eléveé in L.A. But it takes at least a month. If I have a party later in the week, I better already have something.

What about shoes?

I prefer closed-toe. Basketball players don't have the most attractive feet.

Dana Reeve and actress Sharon Lawrence were all smiles when they turned up at a benefit honoring Reeve's husband, Christopher, with their hips hugged by the same sparkly Laundry by Shelli Segal pants. "Sharon said, 'I've always liked your style,' " recalls Reeve. "It was fun." Lawrence was drawn to the trousers' sleek fit: "They show off the rear very well."

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