Style Watch

updated 02/19/2001 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/19/2001 AT 01:00 AM EST

Suited for Action

With chicks kicking butt in films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Charlie's Angels, it was only a matter of time before the jumpsuit, fashion's paean to feminine powerhouses, made a comeback. Now trendsetters such as Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah and Melissa Joan Hart are channeling their inner action heroines. "It's my 'don't mess with me' outfit!" says singer Mandy Moore of the Alexander McQueen light wool jumpsuit she donned recently for an awards show and hailed as a welcome change from "a sea of tube tops and miniskirts." Hart, who wore Daniella Clarke's Frankie B. one-piece denim for The Specials premiere, "thought it made my curves look lovely," she says. "When I go out, I see at least three people wearing something like it. It scares me that one outfit could become so hot."

Clarke, for one, can explain the style's enduring allure. "The minute women put them on, it's like magic," she says. "It's sexy, fun and flattering to all figures." David White, designer of the edgy Syrup line, agrees. "It's provocative," he says. "If you wear it once, people will remember."

with Cydney Junius in Los Angeles

behind the seams

When Jennifer Aniston interviewed singer Melissa Etheridge for her Web site show Jen XX, the aspiring Barbara Walters got more than she bargained for. The Friends star flipped over Etheridge's funky silver ring by Stockholm designer Efva Attling. So the rocker hooked her up with the jeweler, and now Mrs. Brad Pitt is sporting Attling's silver dog-tag necklace engraved with the word HOPE....

Buzz is percolating that Moulin Rouge, the upcoming musical starring Nicole Kidman, is a virtual love letter to spectacular costumes. So it's no wonder that the world's top couturiers—Oscar de la Renta, Karl Lagerfeld and Dolce & Gabbana included—are signing up for the ultimate postshow project: a fashion extravaganza during the film's glitzy New York City premiere on April 17. The designers are whipping up one-of-a-kind odes to the cancan girl, which will be auctioned off that night with proceeds going to the CFDA/Vogue Initiative benefiting AIDS charities....

I hear Liv Tyler is on a vintage-clothing kick these days. Tyler is telling pals she now prefers throwback togs, because the cuts are more flattering to her curvaceous figure. Her latest finds: a beaded chiffon tunic top with bat sleeves and a 1920s flapper dress, both snapped up at flea markets in Paris....

Suddenly deciding on a hair overhaul was Rosanna Arquette. After exchanging a few bons mots with top British hairstylist Charles Worthington at an L.A. premiere, the actress became a model customer the next morning. Arquette was so pleased with her new choppy do that she rang up sis Patricia to hightail it to Worthington's suite at L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills for her own styling....

Seen: Courtney Love, sans makeup, clad in blue jeans and argyle sweater, buying skin-care products in L.A.

Actresses Hilary Shepard and Kate Hudson found themselves collared recently by funky carved squares by Chloe. The Stella McCartney-designed plastic pieces, which adorn dresses and tops in her latest collection, also come threaded with long ribbons to double as belts or necklaces. "You just gotta love Miss Stella," raves Hudson, who wore a halter top with the ornament to a film premiere. Shepard tied one on as a choker for an L.A. screening. "It's great," she says. "I wear it all the time!"

presto change-o
Deep into laying tracks for his next CD, rocker Lenny Kravitz hunkered down in a Miami studio and simplified his look with a no-fuss cornrow style. "This reminds me of Stevie Wonder on the Talking Book album," says L.A. hairstylist Nick Harris. "It's Afrocentric and regal as opposed to his raw Afro. But both looks say, 'This is me, au naturel!' "

what was she thinking?
Rushing through London's Heathrow Airport last week, Pamela Anderson caught her plane, but her motley cool look didn't fly. "I love the bags, the boots and everything else, but not together," says L.A. stylist George Blodwell, who has worked with the actress in the past. "The bag is patent leather with crocodile straps and the boots are matte. There are too many different textures going on. It's a little chaotic." His advice: "Next time, Pam, take me with you so I can edit you."

star talk

If you could wear only one designer's clothes, whose would it be?

Dr. T & the Women's Tara Reid
"I would have to go with Tom Ford from Gucci because the clothes are funky and edgy, but they have plain things too. I like that."

The View's Star Jones
"There is an elegance about Halston that is untouched by anyone. Halston fits a woman's body."

Tom Arnold
"I'd say Armani. I'm a bigger man, and the suits tend to be slenderizing."

You Can Count On Me's Laura Linney
"Prada is right up there. Comfort, good lines and simplicity."

Actress Bai Ling
"Roberto Cavalli. His designs are sexy, modern and adventurous."

Rachel Hunter
"Badgley and Mischka are my favorite designers. The clothes are sexy and classy, not shouting out at you."

Jay Leno
"That would be Levi."

Sealed with a Kiss
No need to reach for the collagen to sport the perfect pout. Celebs like Jessica Simpson, Cyndi Lauper and Charlotte Church achieve the look with cheeky T-shirts imprinted with luscious lips. "They are very Marilyn Monroe-ish, very glamorous," says Maja Hanson, who designed Lauper's red lace trimmed shirt. Rapper Pink, on the other hand, values sentiment over style. "I like it," she says of her Dolce & Gabbana tee, "because it makes people think about kissing."

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