With all the sky-high hair in Hollywood lately, stars like Jennifer Lopez
, Sharon Stone and Sarah Jessica Parker
seem to be channeling Sharon Tate in 1967's Valley of the Dolls, sweeping their locks back with clips or headbands and giving them the big tease. "Straight hair is always chic, but we're out of that really flat-pressed, bone-straight hair," explains New York stylist Steven Ward, who gave Toni Collette and Jessica Simpson
the do for recent outings. "The hair is still straight, but there is movement to it." Raves The Sopranos' Jamie Lynn Sigler, 19: "It was a style that was completely new to me. I loved it."
To reach the necessary heights, extensions are often a must. "It takes a lot of hair, and very few people have that much," says Ward. And that sassy flip on the ends? "Use a curling iron or a Velcro roller and roll it upside down," advises veteran hairstylist José Eber. As for clothing, makeup and accessories, think vintage. "It's good to have the rest of you go along with the look," says Eber. "All together, it looks hot."
with Robyn Flans in Los Angeles
behind the seams
At the Spring 2001 collections in Paris, guests at Valentino's show were mystified when Hugh Grant strode to his front-row seat escorted by bodyguards, only to turn around and flee. "What most didn't catch was Grant eyeing the pack of panting paparazzi and muttering, "I'm not going to sit here for a half an hour and be photographed." Instead, the camera-shy actor hid backstage until moments before the lights dropped and the show began....
Consulting her How Celebs Procure Free Clothes handbook before the Christian Dior show, Leelee Sobieski (Joan of Arc) revealed her strategy for getting the goods on both sides of the Atlantic. "In America, you demand free clothes. In France, you lower your eyes and ask very, very sweetly," said the wise-beyond-her-years actress....
Meanwhile, Tori Spelling
's stylist Fati Parsia hit the top shows on behalf of her fashion-loving client. Parsia says that the actress is done with her 90210 dress code; she wants haute European fashions these days....
Stars participating in Lifetime's recent Women Rock! benefit concert, including Wynonna Judd and Melissa Etheridge, happily scooped up the stilettos designer Stuart Weitzman dangled before them at the event. But Ellen DeGeneres flatly nixed the offer, saying she never wears high heels. Weitzman didn't take no for an answer—he's now custom-making a pair of low-heeled golf shoes for the oh-so-practical star....
Bring your shades if you're planning to see Dr. T & the Women. That's because more than $50 million worth of Harry Winston baubles decorate the film's female stars, including Farrah Fawcett, who sports a $5 million orange diamond brooch, and Kate Hudson
, on whose neck rests a 45-carat diamond necklace. But having a treasure chest full of gems on the Dallas set had its perils: Actress Janine Turner's 2-year-old daughter Juliette giddily ran off with a $300,000 diamond line bracelet (it was soon recovered).
Like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Uma Thurman and Nicole Kidman
have fallen under the spell of poppies, specifically the poppy-print frocks from Prada. Thurman "just loves the look; it reminds her of the '40s," says her publicist Robert Garlock. Stylist Rachel Zoe Rosenzweig applauds the "vintage aura" the frocks give both women: "It's very feminine and sexy."
What was your most memorable Halloween costume?
Malcolm in the Middle's Frankie Muniz
"A fat sailor. I wore the outfit for four years because I never grew out of it"
The Duchess of York
"Last Halloween, I cut up a sheet, put it over my head and dressed up like Freddy Krueger."
CNN's Lynne Russell
"Interstate 85. The whole night I fought off Neanderthals who wanted to know how to access the on-ramp."
Actress Laura Dem cozied up to the crowds at a Manhattan premiere last week in a matching Chanel sheath and coat in a trendy wool loop fabric. "It's almost like a shag rug," says stylist Ricci DeMartino. "It's fun. It's all about feeling glamorous."
I've Got Jewels, Babe
It was only a matter of time before bauble fiend Cher started her own jewelry line. The Cher for Loree Rodkin collection hits stores next month (see www.loreerodkin.com). "Cher designed all of it," says jewelry designer Rodkin, a pal. "She beaded all the samples." The line, the proceeds from which go to charity, is "a little bit hippie," says Stanley Korshak buyer Melissa Geiser. But prices are not: pieces go from $600 for a semiprecious-stone bracelet to $20,000 for a diamond necklace.
A $4,600 necklace and $3,700 earrings of pearl, turquoise and apatite
The Serrathings Game
Maybe it was the 25th anniversary of jaws last summer. Or just the desire to feast on the latest trend. Whatever the reason, sawtooth-patterned duds are turning up on the most stylish stars. "The geometric pattern is timeless," says INCA designer Stephanie Hirsch, who recently garbed Halle Berry
and actress Paula Devicq in beaded ensembles bearing the jagged motif. "The look is bold," agrees L.A. stylist Tod Hallman. "And that's what is hot for fall, the bright colors and the intensity. It's fun." And very sharp.