November 05, 1990 12:00 PM


Trend alert! Will Smith, who plays the title character on NBC’s Fresh Prince of Bel Air, is the guy to watch if you like street fashion but want to keep one sneaker in the suburbs. A champion of unbuckled overalls (just one unfastened buckle, of course), Smith has lately been known to unbuckle his belt as well. “He thought it was a cooler look to have the belt hanging,” says costume designer Judy Richman, provider of the clothes, who adds, “He has very good instincts.” So listen up, duds dudes: Smith has been saying ixnay to a popular look that has become one of his trademarks. “I haven’t been able to get him into any more caps,” says Richman. “He got tired of them.”


And now to answer one question plaguing hyperhormoned high school hunks: Why doesn’t your teacher look like the vampy Miss Breedlove, played by Nancy Valen, on NBC’s Hull High? She’s not only gorgeous—but check out those clothes! Costume designer Tom Bronson spends about $2,000 on two “soft and flowy” outfits for Valen each episode. She wears fashions by Donna Karan, Giorgio Armani, Ellen Tracy and others, plus Bronson originals. (And all on a teacher’s salary!)


Sideburns are the latest, uh, earmark of celebrity chic sprouting on Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn and John Cusack. Says Marc Pipino, of Manhattan’s Pipino-Buccheri salon: “They look best with short cuts and should end just above the earlobe.”

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