Style Watch

updated 09/25/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/25/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

State of Bind

Birds don't do it. Bees don't do it. But Oprah Winfrey, Daisy Fuentes and Lauren Holly are doing it: tying themselves into the trend of the moment, the wrap shirt. "It made me feel cozy," says actress Jennifer Grant, Cary's daughter, of the cashmere version she wore to a premiere. "It's like wrapping up in a blanket." Draped and tied snugly around the torso, the tops—in everything from cotton to silk to cashmere—are "sexy because they accentuate your waist," says Shelli Segal, designer for Laundry. "It's not an uptight shirt."

Nor should you be about wearing one. "Some people say they are too busty, but you have to try it," says designer Diane Von Furstenberg, whose flirty silk wraps have been sported by Sarah Jessica Parker. In fact the tops are "very forgiving," declares E!'s Fashion Emergency host Emme. "Wraps rock!"

with Samantha McIntyre in New York City

behind the seams

In an "I can do anything just because" move, Ally McBeal's Calista Flockhart wanted just a few teeny little adjustments made to the ruffled Alberta Ferretti dress she simply had to have for the Emmys. The couture gown was originally designed as a short and sassy black number, but she asked Ferretti to whip one up in red—and floor-length....

More dish from Emmys 2000: ER's Laura Innes (Dr. Kerry Weaver) was heading out in her white-jersey Celine frock when she noticed that the hem was unraveling. She made a quick recovery by mending it herself with needle and thread in the limo en route to the shindig. "I play a doctor on TV, so I can stitch all kinds of things together," she joshes....

Leeza Gibbons, the new host of TV's Extra, felt compelled to welcome Survivor alumnus Dr. Sean Kenniff, now Extra's medical correspondent. So thoughtful Gibbons sent Kenniff a gift she knew he'd appreciate: a 14-karat-gold nipple ring adorned with rhinestones. Gibbons enclosed a note saying the TV newcomer could sport the bauble to all the black-tie affairs he'll soon be attending....

E! fashion-show host Melissa Rivers, filming a documentary about her first pregnancy (she's due in December) for the cable channel, is proving she's still Mommy's girl. Camera crew in tow, she snapped up three pairs of maternity pants in stretch-cotton and viscose at the new Liz Lange boutique in Beverly Hills. Also enamored of Lange's leather maternity skirts, she promised to return with Joan Rivers so that the grandmother-to-be could foot the bill....

Now that Cher is producing a TV pilot featuring fashion makeovers, the pop diva is diving into her role full-force. I hear she'll hit this week's fashion shows in New York City to glimpse top designers' spring 2001 duds....

Seen: Cindy Crawford, in tie-dyed jean jacket, rhinestone-studded orange tee, lime-green skirt and denim flip-flops, munching corn dogs with hubby Rande Gerber and 1-year-old son j Presley at a chili cook-off in Malibu.

presto change-o

Actress Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg's wife, turned heads with a sexy new blunt cut at a Hamptons horse show earlier this month. "It adds softness to her," L.A. hairstylist Julie Rosenberg says approvingly. "It doesn't feel forced, like her previous style."

Cotton candy comes to mind when one eyes Selma Blair's new do. The brunette Down to You actress changed her hue for a role. "It looks kind of glamorous," Blair told a reporter. "Like hair you'd see in a '40s film. Except it's pink."

ER's Erik Palladino reports the doctor is in—and blond. He recently bleached his locks because his character, Dr. Dave Malucci, "is going for the rock-star-chic thing," he explains. The dye job is already inspiring the actor: "I feel like I could be a member of 'N Sync!"

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