By Julie K.L. Dam
May 24, 1999 12:00 PM


Forget futuristic frocks. A pastoral trend is turning Hollywood’s glamor girls into ’70s-inspired hippie chicks. Their signature garment is a flowing gathered blouse or dress that’s fit for a peasant—or a gypsy queen. “It’s quite alluring since you’re not all buttoned up,” says designer Richard Tyler. Will & Grace’s Debra Messing calls the look “flirty, playful, sexy and a little naughty.”

Indeed, the carefree clothes are “about expressing yourself,” explains L.A. stylist Ricci DeMartino, who dresses Andie MacDowell and Lisa Kudrow. Just don’t take the peasant look too far. (Paging Crystal Bernard!) And don’t feel that you need to spend big bucks. “You can walk into any thrift store and put it together,” says DeMartino. Still, actress Tia Carrere prefers the designer version. “Hey, it’s Hollywood,” she says. “I’m a high-end hippie.”

with Steven Cojocaru in Los Angeles