April 30, 1990 12:00 PM


Julia Roberts metamorphoses from lady of the night to fair lady in Pretty Woman, thanks to the help of Pygmalion corporate raider Richard Gere. But when it comes to fashion trends, the movie gets things backward. The hip look isn’t Julia’s demure, Princess Di-like “after” clothes, but her “before” style of thigh-high boots, micro-minis and midriff tops. These and other “hooker” fashions—including spandex and hot pants—were the stars of the European runways. “We call the look the morning after the night before,” says Cathy Paul, fashion director of Nigel French Enterprises, which forecasts style trends. Retailers are betting that even modest Marys will squeeze into toned-down tawdriness. Of course, there’s no telling when the ghost of an outfit past will appear. Just ask CBS This Morning anchor Paula Zahn, whose dusty old photo in hot pants recently turned up in The Star. “If you ever have a daughter, don’t ever let her wear hot pants,” Zahn warned co-anchor Harry Smith. “It’ll come back to haunt her 20 years later.”


When Ivana Trump first stepped out in public this month at the New York City designer fall-fashion shows, she was a vision in lace. Vogue’s May cover girl had shimmied into a pair of $460 Western-style French lace jeans by 31-year-old designer Rebecca Moses. And Ivana’s not the only socialite who has snapped up these butter-colored britches. From sister-in-law Blaine Trump to Barbara Sinatra, the ladies who lunch are turning Moses’s caprice into a spring uniform. Normally nervous retailers have snapped up all 400 pairs. So what did Moses do for an encore? Alas, the star of her fall collection was not any of her Sherlock Holmes-inspired fashions, but a runway prop, her basset hound, Goose.


Days of Thunder, the new Tom Cruise vehicle filmed in Daytona Beach, Fla., and scheduled for release this summer, promises to do for racing what Top Gun did for flying. One bonus beneficiary besides Cruise’s reunited Top Gun team—producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott—may be Chevrolet, whose Luminas light up the screen. Chevy, which introduced the $12,615 sporty coupes and $12,815 family sedans last spring, plans a 30-city “mall tour” of the star cars this summer. For wee budgets, Matchbox Toys has reduced all five of the movie’s featured cars to pocket size and the prices to $1.99. Cruise comrade Rick Hendrick, a Charlotte, N.C., dealer and stock-car racing-team owner, steered the producers to Chevy. He hasn’t had as much luck with Cruise: Offscreen the racing buff drives a Nissan.

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