Style Watch

UPDATED 06/18/2001 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 06/18/2001 at 01:00 AM EDT

Shirt and Sweet
Quick: What's the one style that can go from workplace to watering hole in one svelte swoop? Answer a shirtdress. "They're so functional," says designer Diane Von Furstenberg. "The shirtdress is always right." Trendsetters like Kate Hudson, Debra Messing and Lucy Lawless, who have donned the '70s staple in everything from vinyl to silk, seem to agree. "Women love the idea of wearing a man's shirt," says Von Furstenberg. "A great shirtdress is the illusion of having a shirt except it's fun and sexy." Actress Caroline Rhea chose a cheerful Betsey Johnson print for a party last week. "I wanted something festive," she says. The right pattern is key. "Shirtdresses come high up and don't show much skin," notes Nicole Wachs, owner of L.A.'s girly-chic Sara boutiques. So for a simple dress, she offers a simple rule: "The color should look good next to your face."

with Karen Brailsford in Los Angeles

behind the seams

Primping to shoot the CD cover of her upcoming All That Glitters soundtrack, Mariah Carey was going for a biker-chic look. So the star flipped when her stylist pulled out a photo of the perfect accessory: A $12,000 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R motorcycle that Noir accessories designer Leeora Catalan had customized with more than 50,000 Swarovski crystals. Carey simply had to have the haute hog pronto and requested that it be flown in from New York to L.A. Alas, the Hell's Angels wannabe could only pose for still shots on her dream machine. Catalan, not wanting the cycle ridden, kept the keys....

Jessica Seinfeld thought shopping online was private. Au contraire! Jerry's wife recently logged on to a baby Web site to purchase a $2,000 Maclaren titanium stroller for daughter Sascha—"Jerry loves anything titanium," Jessica explains—only to have news of the buy splashed all over The New York Times soon afterwards. Miffed, Mrs. Seinfeld sent the item back to the company....

Expect Sandra Bernhard to make quite an entrance when she hosts the American Fashion Awards in New York City on June 14. In honor of Bob Mackie, who is snagging a career-achievement award, Bernhard may turn up in a racy number the designer created just for her. The ensemble is basically one giant feather....

Übermodel Naomi Campbell held court last week at Dolce & Gabbana's L.A. shindig, regaling Macy Gray and Joe Pesci with a fashion yarn. She boasted about buying a label-less white feather coat at an L.A. boutique, then wearing it during a shopping spree at a Dior store. A sharp-eyed sales associate quickly informed Naomi that her find was actually an old—and valuable—Dior coat....

Seen: Jennifer Lopez, in a sexy cropped lace top and carrying a baby-blue Hermés handbag, sweeping into Anastasia Salon in Beverly Hills to get her eyebrows tended. Was that chunky diamond an engagement ring on La Lopez's finger, or was I sniffing too much hot wax?

DOUBLE VISION
Josie and the Pussycats star Rosario Dawson looked as pretty as Pink in the same hot halter top by Alexander McQueen. But Pink, who wore the tie-on a month later, was hardly chagrined. "She can pull it off," says her stylist Trish Summerville. In fact, says the singer, McQueen's creation is "so edgy," it merits a repeat appearance.

star talk

Everyone loves a bargain. What do you buy on the cheap?

Rapper Eve
"Little T-shirts are the cheapest things I buy. A T-shirt and a great pair of jeans are the best fashion items ever."

Lea Thompson
"Ivory soap. It makes my skin really clear."

Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin
"Bonne Bell lip gloss. I like the way it tastes."

Jessica Simpson
"My favorite mascara is L'Oréal. And Mr. Bubble. I love Mr. Bubble."

Singer Eric Benét
"Everything I buy is cheap, from my $5 sunglasses to my beaded bracelets and tie-dye tanks."

winner's circle
Celebrating her first magazine cover at the Tatler party in her honor, model Lauren Bush (George W.'s niece) twinkled in Celine's bronze honeycomb-beaded dress, bullet belt and Jimmy Choo shoes. "Lauren said she wanted to dazzle," says a rep. "And she did."

In Full Bloom
Throw out your thongs and say "Buh-bye!" to bikini briefs. Tummy-tucking, oversized undies are back. Lingerie execs say sales are soaring on both sides of the Atlantic, and they credit their sidesplitting appearance on Renée Zellweger in Bridget Jones's Diary. "The movie gave credence to a fuller-cut panty, and there are women who need help," says Donna Karan Intimates vice president Norma Flanagan. But unlike your granny's girdle, today's briefs are big on comfort. Softer Lycra control panels create what Sarah Thomkins of British retailer Marks and Spencer calls flattering "turns and bums" contouring. Flanagan agrees. "It's totally seamless," she says. "It doesn't hurt like hell so you can't wait to get it off."

All That Glitters
Let's just say that Susan Lucci was tired of disappointing her fans. After years of hearing Erica Kane devotees ask where she gets her glamorous trinkets, the All My Children diva has launched the Susan Lucci Jewelry Collection for those who can't afford to indulge at Harry Winston or Fred Leighton. "Even as celebrities, we have to give [the jewelry] back at the end of the night," she says. "I wanted people to have access to that look." So Lucci (right, adorned with some of her designs) modeled the glitzy baubles after favorites she has worn and will sell them on the Home Shopping Network. The 40-piece line includes a mesh coin bracelet ($40.50), rhinestone belt/ necklace ($62.50) and a crystal-and-pearl necklace ($69.95), all styled á la Lucci. Says she: "It is very feminine, very sexy."

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