Style Watch

UPDATED 12/03/2001 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/03/2001 at 01:00 AM EST

Leather Bound
There's a chill in the air these days that has some of Hollywood's hottest celebs, like Brad Pitt, Matthew Perry and Lorraine Bracco, reaching for the season's sleekest staple—leather blazers. The fashionable patch-pocket jacket is "a funky fall look," says Los Angeles stylist Maggie Barry. "It's comfortable and classy," says The Sopranos' Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who chose a chic Wilsons Leather version for a recent benefit concert. "It will keep you warm, but it's not too heavy." And it's certainly not too conservative, says actress Susan Sarandon, who considers her hip lace-front leather Roberto Cavalli to be "more edgy than a regular blazer."

Tailored to fit both men and women, blazers "can make any outfit look sharp," explains L.A. designer Julie Knapp, owner of the hot-selling leather label Jewels. It's a perfect piece to "dress up [an outfit] or wear with jeans and a T-shirt," notes Sigler. Bonus points go to the jacket's sex appeal—a big plus, "especially for men," says Knapp. "When a man puts on a leather blazer, he just looks cool."

with Amy Baumgartner in Los Angeles

behind the seams

Here's a comforting thought: Sarah Jessica Parker's style picks aren't always perfect. The trend-loving Sex and the Cit star recently chose a $5,000 gold bracelet—weighed down with whimsical charms such as a wedding cake, engagement ring, the Eiffel Tower, scissors and a stork—by New York City designer Tracey Zabar for her character Carrie Bradshaw. It turned out to be a big no-no. Parker had to give up the trinket after the show's audio people complained that the charms clanging against each other made too much noise....

The View's Star Jones appeared to be taking the best-buy approach at a recent New York City benefit when she bragged about sporting a $39.99 Lane Bryant jean jacket. Then the TV talker unleashed her inner diva, ripping open her coat to reveal a $20,000 luxe mink lining she had her fave furrier, Dennis Basso, add to the piece....

On Nov. 15 Gilda's Club honored uterine cancer survivor Fran Drescher with a benefit at New York City's Plaza Hotel, and the jewelers at Harry Winston were all too happy to deck out the actress with loaners for the occasion. Reps visited Drescher in her suite, where she gleefully chirped "I'll take that" to a $90,000 diamond choker and a diamond cuff worth six figures. And the comedian didn't miss a beat when another Winston employee, Jerry Ferris, a dead ringer for Brad Pitt, arrived. "I'll take him too," Drescher zinged....

Seen: Rebecca Romijn-Stamos in denim jacket and pants amassing a haul of Marc Jacobs togs at L.A.'s Fred Segal shopping emporium. The supermodel informed the sales clerk that she wasn't interested in anything fashionably frayed, cheerily adding that hubby John Stamos isn't keen on his spouse donning messy-looking garb.

Eau You Kid
Who wants to walk around smelling like a kid? Much of Hollywood, including Britney Spears, Sigourney Weaver, Jennie Garth and LeAnn Rimes. They are all enamored of Child, a fragrance that supposedly captures the essence of youth. The scent, which costs $92 for a 1-oz. roll-on and is reminiscent of bubble gum, is so popular that each month managers at the trendy Apothia boutique in Fred Segal's have to order about 600 bottles of the honey-colored liquid to keep it in stock. "I smell sweet and feminine whenever I wear it," says Garth, who insisted on being with Child after sniffing it on a friend. Plus, the actress adds, "Men love it."

Child's sweet-smelling scent comes in 1-oz. ($92) and .33-oz. ($47) sizes.

winner's circle
Her Xena days undeniably over, a newly coiffed Lucy Lawless (now pregnant with her third child) stepped out last week in a winter-white Valentino coat-and-dress ensemble. "I feel like I'm coming out of my shell and undergoing a metamorphosis," she says.

Purple Passion
Looking for a grape escape from the traditional red and blue tie, guys like Robert Downey Jr., Matthew Broderick and New York City mayor-elect Michael Bloomberg are sporting purple neckwear. "It sets men apart when they take a chance with a purple tie," says L.A. stylist Cary Fetman. "It's a great pop of color." Even better, he adds, "it's an easy way to get men out of their fashion rut." Agreed.

presto change-o
"Darker! Darker!" said pop's Mandy Moore. Colleen Conway, the L.A. hairstylist who has tended the singer's locks for two years, complied, transforming Moore's tresses from reddish blonde to a rich brown. The new shade, reports Conway, of Visions Salon, favors the songbird's skin and hazel eyes. "It gives her a different feel," she says. "I think it's fun."

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