October 26, 1992 12:00 PM

Hoofer-Actor-Singer, 46

THE LOOK: Jazzy.

THE EARRINGS: “A sailor with an earring signified he had been in a ship that had gone down but he’d survived. So I wear mine as a badge of survival.”

In the limelight since his days as a teeny tapper with brother Maurice, this sophisticated gent has choreographed a style that gracefully balances chic and hip. Though he favors the urban-dapper look of Armani (who designed the striking, midnight-blue tux in which he accepted his Tony Award earlier this year), Hines says his priority is comfort: “I don’t wear things to be noticed.” But the tap dancer extraordinaire can’t avoid it. “He always looks suave; his style is a throwback to Astaire and Kelly,” says Louis Dell’Olio. “You could wrap him in a piece of cotton and he’d make that cotton look great just because of his movement,” raves Susan Bixler. “People that have an energy about them wear clothes beautifully.”

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