Style Watch

UPDATED 07/17/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/17/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

Bella, Bella!

This season there's no need to ask for whom the bells toll. They're positively clanging for Queen Latifah, Gloria Estefan, Naomi Judd and other stars reveling in the freedom of bell sleeves. Popular in the 1920s and in the '70s, the fairy-princess-like arm treatment "gives your outfit a romantic feel," says Access Hollywood's Nancy O'Dell, who sported a flared-sleeve Mark Zunino gown at a recent awards show. "I felt very chic and bohemian." And ready to groove. "When you're dancing or in motion, bell sleeves look great," says L.A. stylist David Youkhannah, who recently dressed En Vogue's Cindy Herron in a wrist-revealing Jean Paul Gaultier gown.

To dress with flare, just remember to pair belled tops with simple, fitted bottoms. "The accent should be on the sleeve," advises Bisou-Bisou designer Michele Bohbot. "You don't want to make the silhouette too heavy."

with Alison Singh Gee in Los Angeles

Behind The Seams

Desperate for fresh looks for her ever-expanding frame, seven-months-pregnant Madonna, who usually favors Gucci and Versace, ordered her latest frocks from—quelle horreur!—a maternity catalog. Granted, she's not exactly snapping up suburban-mom muumuus. The Material Mom's purchases: two chic frocks from L.A. maternity line Naissance—a red silk slip-dress with a black net overlay ($165) and a blue paisley stretch-mesh number ($125). She had the outfits overnighted to London and wore one out with boyfriend Guy Ritchie the very next day....

Mark McGrath and Rodney Sheppard of the band Sugar Ray loved the lambskin wrist cuffs they wore at a recent magazine shoot so much that the designer, Lauren Kaye Cohen, never got them back. A few weeks later, Cohen, who also works as a makeup artist, saw McGrath at another photo shoot—and jokingly threatened to paint blue eye shadow on him unless he coughed up $75 for her trendy arm-wear. (No need: The magazine picked up the tab.)...

Ralph Lauren has gone mad for Camryn Manheim's curves. I hear his design team has already stitched more than a dozen size 22 gowns for The Practice's statuesque star, including a head-to-toe gold lace number you may well see at the Emmys....

Warren Beatty pondered for months about what luscious bauble to buy for his wife, Annette Bening, to celebrate the April 8 birth of daughter Ella Corinne. After no fewer than three tortured hours of deliberation at Neil Lane Estate Jewelry in L.A., he finally chose a platinum 1930s ring of four entwined ruby-and-diamond hearts—one for each of their four children....

Seen: Lisa Marie Presley, in a sundress, cardigan and a full face of makeup, loading up on Tocca sundresses at a Beverly Hills sale...also Matthew McConaughey sporting a pair of gold sunglasses at a recent Gucci party in Milan.

Steven Cojocaru is on vacation

star talk

What color would you never wear?

Naomi Campbell
"Brown, because it's a low-energy color."

Will & Grace's Sean Hayes
"I'm usually so white, black on me doesn't look good."

Jenna Elfman
"Rust. It looks horrible on me."

George Clooney
"I'm, like, color-blind, so I can't even tell."

Ex-Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee
"Baby blue. It just isn't me."

Love Letters
After years of silence, T-shirts are talking again, with a Stella McCartney design for Chloé among the most endearing of them all. "What is sexier than a shirt that says 'I love you'?" asks actress Kirsten Dunst. When ex-Spin City star Jennifer Esposito wears hers, "people say, 'I love you, too.' " Isn't it romantic?

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