Samantha McIntyre
August 19, 2002 12:00 PM

Bold Glory

What’s a girl to do when she needs to look groovy? Stars like Kristin Davis and Jennifer Lopez know the answer: Pull on a Pucci—vintage or new. A ’60s style setter, Emilio Pucci, the Italian-born designer, says Valerie Steele of New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology, “was the first to use stretch fabric” and to create clothes “for the psychedelic movement, with bright colors and patterns.” Adds fashion historian Tom Julian: “There really isn’t another designer with such a consistent signature—a little bit of jet set.” Today, Pucci swirls are still a guaranteed way to stand out, as soap star Heather Tom discovered when she wore her vintage Pucci to the Daytime Emmys. Recalls Tom: “My mother said I should have been at the Cannes Film Festival in that dress.”

with Kadesha Thomas in New York City and Erica Johnson in Los Angeles

behind the seams

What was she thinking?

XXX’s Asia Argento was certainly a shining star in the metallic Balenciaga ensemble she chose for the film’s L.A. premiere last week, but pairing that shredded top with those blinding pants (and what’s with the tummy tattoo?) didn’t make for a polished look. Wearing silver “is tacky if you do it head to toe,” notes stylist Brenda Cooper. Next time, she advises, use silver sparingly, “as an accessory. That really adds pizzazz to an outfit, especially for fall.”

The West Wing crew is known for tackling such pressing national concerns as terrorism and the economy. Now, behind the scenes, it’s dealing with more important stuff: thinning hair. After noticing her tresses were a little on the skimpy side, Allison Janney started using Nioxin, a line of botanical hair products designed to remove debris from scalp and hair follicles and promote healthier, lusher locks. Thrilled with the results, she shared her secret with the show’s coiffeur, Jeffrey, who now uses the products on Richard Schiff and Stockard Channing….

If someone were going to rob Lauren Bacall, you’d think they would make a grab for her Golden Globe statue or her gems. But after workmen left her New York City abode, Bacall discovered that her La Mer skincare products were missing! Still, no one can come between a screen legend and her cherished sea kelp moisturizer for long. Bacall quickly dialed up La Mer’s reps and replenished her stock, to the tune of several hundred dollars….

Not all stars pay others to scrape off their dead skin cells. Count Bo Derek and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos among the do-it-yourselfers now using Dermanew, a home microdermabrasion system that exfoliates face, hands and body. At a recent VH1 music festival in L.A., Rachel Hunter was so taken with the $130 kit on display at the Fred Segal Beauty booth that she later asked for 10 of them to help her family and friends achieve pore perfection too….

How does Cher stay perennially hip? With a little help from her friends. The star took one look at her pal Loree Rodkin’s trademark rainbow-hued Cosmic lens sunglasses by SEE Eyewear and decided she needed a few pairs herself. “I want the latest, craziest eyewear you can find,” the disco diva told Rodkin, who also designs much of the jewelry Cher wears on tour. “Anything that looks good on you is going to look good on me too.” Rodkin zoomed back into SEE at the Beverly Center and picked up three pairs of silver aviator frames with Cosmic lenses. Total cost: $747. Cher charged it over the telephone.

In the Pink

Pink eye didn’t used to be a look to strive for. But these days, “women are more relaxed about colors they can get away with,” says makeup artist and Delux Beauty makeup creator Jillian Dempsey. “A tiny bit of shimmer is the key.” Reese Witherspoon shone in Dempsey’s own Rosy Pink shadow at the MTV Movie Awards, and stars like Cynthia Nixon and Alicia Keys have gone blush too. “Pink is in,” says Keys’s makeup artist Ayako, even if you’re not a girly-girl. “With an edgy look like Alicia’s,” Ayako says, “pink gives her a bit of sweetness.”

Bling Bling, Baby

When costumer Deena Appel wanted a male-symbol medallion for Mike Myers to wear in Austin Powers in Goldmember, she called Jacob Arabo. But she was shocked by the 5-in., diamond-and-gold behemoth the jeweler delivered. “We shaved it in half weightwise,” she says. “I was afraid it might conk Mike on the head.”

Of course, knocking out his customers (metaphorically) is what Arabo, 37, is all about. Specializing in diamond and platinum pieces that he sells from his Manhattan showroom, Jacob the Jeweler, as his hip-hop pals call him, has flashily accessorized everyone from P. Diddy to Lil’ Kim and Usher. “I make people happy,” Arabo says. Mike Myers included. “Mike loved [the pendant],” says Appel. Surprised? “When you’re in 7-in. platforms,” Appel explains, “you look at the world with a whole different point of view.”

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