Looking for a funky way to fight off winter's chill? Just take a look at celebs like Sandra Bullock, Tara Reid and Matthew Broderick who manage to keep cozy these frosty days by covering up in kooky, colorful knit hats. The trendy toque is "really cute," says L.A. hairstylist Calista Sanderson. "Knits are very hot in fashion right now." Perhaps that's because the snug cap is "easy to knit," says La Knitterie Parisienne owner Edith Eig, whose do-it-yourself hat patterns are a favorite of Debra Messing and Valerie Bertinelli. "You can knit a hat and wear it that same day." And these cool toppers look great with everything, notes Sheena's Gena Lee Nolin: "There are so many styles to choose from, you can find one for anything you are going to wear." Plus you need not worry about having hat hair when sporting this hip headgear because "those with masses of curly hair can opt for a looser hat," suggests Eig. So pull one on and enjoy. After all, the real appeal of this playful piece is "it's a really fun hat," says Sanderson. They're "for the young at heart."
with N.F. Mendoza in Los Angeles
Here's the secret to Michelle Kwan's skating success: a gold Chinese dragon necklace she received from her grandmother Yung Chun when Kwan was 10. "I haven't taken it off since," says Kwan, 21. "It means so much to me." The charm was purchased in China, but luck-seekers can scout out Chinese gift shops in the U.S. for similar ones.
What would you splurge on if you won the lottery?
Frasier's Kelsey Grammer "I'd splurge on opening a theater somewhere. It's always been a dream of mine."
Actress Traci Bingham "I'd donate half to charity and with the other half I would buy all my favorite beauty products so I can stay home all day and bathe and be beautiful and clean."
Musician Kenny G "I would buy one of those really expensive understated sports cars that don't look pricey but will run you $400,000."
Actress Dana Delany "I would buy a Richard Diebenkorn painting. More than jewelry, this is what I'd buy. Maybe I would just hang it from my neck!"
behind the seams
I am a 17-year-old guy and I'm getting sick of my hair cut. I saw Brad Pitt on Friends and liked his hair a lot. Can you tell me how he has it done?
Mike Chucker, Sarasota, Fla.
A: Pitt's longtime clipper, Rebecca DeLeo of the Giuseppe Franco Salon in Beverly Hills, reports that you can get his look "by using a razor and scissors to make the locks choppy. The cut," she says, "is 2½ inches on the sides and back and the top is left a little longer." Added tips: Pitt's hair is towel dried, never blown, and gets a color boost with regular bleach jobs.
Q: Can you tell me where I can get the necklace Sela Ward wears on Once and Again?
Beverly Daniel, Jonesboro, Ark.
A: The $1,915 bauble, dubbed the Millennium Orb, is available at Barneys New York stores. The stunning piece by L.A. jewelry designer Devon Page McCleary is a leather-cord pendant with a small diamond set in the bottom of a silver ball to signify the light in the heart and soul.
Q: Christina Aguilera's style is becoming more and more unnerving. Who chooses what she wears?
Vi Nguyen, San Marcos, Texas
A: Aguilera has a regular stylist, L.A. fashion expert Trish Summerville. But the songstress makes her own choices—mostly size 2 items from Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Roberto Cavalli. And she isn't about to ditch her daring duds for mass validation. Says Summerville: "Christina is going to wear what makes her happy."
Hubby Will stars in Ali, but Jada Pinkett Smith scored the knockout at the film's LA. premiere in a Dolce & Gabbana suit and faux-fur-trimmed coat with rhinestone stars by Tuleh. "I was going for the old Hollywood glamor look," she says. No split decision there.
Walking on Air
Trendsetters like Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow have extra pep in their step thanks to the Nike Air Rift sneaker. The $85 shoe's split-toe design separates the big toe from the rest of the foot, creating a powerful push off. The unique style, inspired by Kenyan marathoners who gain faster speeds by training barefoot, is a hit "among sneaker aficionados," notes a Nike spokeswoman. "It's not the standard look." The funky footwear may be "strange looking," says Atlanta stylist Tameka Foster, "but they're really comfortable."
War duties that include providing counsel to President George W. Bush didn't keep National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice from getting a flippy new do. It was about time. "She's worn her hair the same way for 20 years," says an aide. Rice unveiled the look at last month's Kennedy Center Honors, where honoree Jack Nicholson, one observer noted, admired the edgy cut.