Time was in the fashion world when any hint of the '80s—big shoulder pads, big logos, Joan Collins's wardrobe—was decried as stupefyingly passé. But that was before the sudden revival of gold lame, a Reagan-era staple that currently has Hollywood stars including Geena Davis, Andie MacDowell and Another World's
Linda Dano on a gilt trip. "Silver has been hot for so long, we needed something new," says designer Pamela Dennis, whose clients include Jamie Lee Curtis, Daisy Fuentes and Demi Moore. "Gold just looks fresh." Adds veteran Hollywood style-maker Nolan Miller, whose high-glam gowns are faves of Heather Locklear and Teri Hatcher: "There's something very sexy about a slinky gold dress. It looks like liquid poured over the body."
Revived alongside such other luxe ware as Gucci loafers and oversize jewels, the opulent material is a kind of "walking status symbol," says Karin Labby, a Hollywood fashion stylist who dresses such celebs as Brooke Shields, Cameron Diaz and Ellen DeGeneres. "You can't help but feel expensive when you wear it. It's not just a color—it's a statement!" But at last month's Emmys, NYPD Blue's best supporting actress in a drama series nominee Sharon Lawrence had another motive in mind when she elected to attend in a borrowed $15,000 gold Chanel gown. "The dress itself is amazingly comfortable," she said. "And the color matches the trophy."