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Best and Worst Dressed People '98: The Judges

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Even after perusing some 300 photos for PEOPLE’S 19th annual Best and Worst Dressed issue, our eight fashion arbiters had energy left to assess what’s in their own walk-ins. Former New York Times Magazine style editor and current Old Navy spokeswoman Carrie Donovan says she clings to “two black Donna Karan jackets—I don’t know what I’ll do when they wear out.” But designer Marc Bouwer gives his oldies the heave-ho. “Otherwise,” he says, “you are stuck in a fashion time warp.” Linda Serijan-Fasmer, costume designer for the WB’s campus-based drama Felicity (making its debut Sept. 29), likes it both ways, pairing antique items with new designer duds. “When you buy an Armani suit,” she admonishes, “never wear the jacket and the pants together.” Plus-size model Emme, host of E! Entertainment Television’s Fashion Emergency, embraces a similar strategy: “I like to take a bit of what’s happening in the trends and insert what looks good on me.” L.A. Laker Kobe Bryant plays it easy. “I stick to neutral colors, or jeans and a white tee,” he says. Both designer Amsaie Aberra (known professionally by her first name) and MTV’s cheeky teenage fashion toon Daria are inspired by celebrities. Amsaie says she adores the “ex-tremely chic” Audrey Hepburn, while Daria recently told W that one of her influences is “Imelda Marcos…. And in the area of color, Gumby.” Simon Doonan, creative director of superchic Barneys New York famed for his outrageous window displays, thinks laughter is the best accessory. “People making huge mistakes is what makes it fun walking out your front door,” says Doonan, whose irreverent Confessions of a Window Dresser will be published in November. “The bigest faux pas is being humor-impaired about what you’re wearing.”