By Sophfronia Scott
October 16, 2000 12:00 PM

The Jet Set

Halloween is weeks away, but Nicole Kidman, Janet Jackson and Faith Hill are already casting sensuous spells in witchy black leather gowns. “It boosted my confidence and made me feel dangerous,” says Providence’s Paula Cale of the long, strapless Cynthia Rowley she donned for an awards show. “I kept saying, ‘I feel like Marilyn Manson.’ ” Makes sense to Richard Tyler. Leather “has always had a rebellious quality,” says the designer, who stitched Hill’s cowhide number for the Grammys.

New techniques for thinning the skin “give it a suppleness it didn’t used to have,” says designer Christina Perrin, who dressed actress Leelee Sobieski for the Golden Globes. Adds Wayne Scot Lukas, who designed Janet Jackson‘s dress for the MTV Awards: “When you put it on a body like Janet’s, this new leather becomes very sexy.”

Lack Janet’s figure? Don’t worry. Even in larger sizes, “leather forms a beautiful silhouette,” says Perrin. “It actually keeps you tucked in.” That’s a little black magic everyone can appreciate.

with Robyn Flans in Los Angeles

behind the seams

Facing down Hannibal Lecter is a chilling prospect, but Julianne Moore is doing it in style. The actress, starring with Anthony Hopkins in the Silence of the Lambs sequel, needed to be dolled up for a pivotal scene shot recently. Moore suggested designer Marc Bouwer, who whipped up a clingy black cocktail dress with plunging V neckline. Bouwer wound up making three identical versions of the frock for the very physical scene….

Today weatherman Al Roker, who walked the runway for the first time at a show for Rochester Big & Tall, had difficulty adjusting to his new role. “I haven’t perfected that model look,” he said. “You know, like somebody took a whiz in your Cheerios. Why do models look like that? You’re making $1,500 an hour and somebody’s giving you free clothes. Get over it!” …

Saying “Happy 33rd birthday” with style, country crooner Tim McGraw recently lavished a pair of three-carat canary diamond-stud earrings from Harry Winston upon wife Faith Hill. Picky McGraw chose the loose stones, which were mounted within hours and rushed from New York City to Philadelphia, where he presented them to the birthday girl….

If you notice Minnie Driver sporting a casual cotton yoga jacket over a fab beaded blue ball gown in the new film Beautiful, pardon the fashion faux pas. The $76 hooded throw-on from L.A.’s trendy Yoga Force line was a last-minute substitute, because the delicate cashmere sweater Driver was supposed to emote in kept getting snagged by the gown’s sea of sequins….

Seen: Four-months-pregnant Celine Dion, looking chic in a sleeveless black dress, snazzy chain belt and black mules, scooping up DKNY fragrances in a Montreal store and giving them to her bodyguard to schlepp home.

presto change-o

Bouffant hair is out. At least for Joan Rivers, who partied in Manhattan last week with her big locks chopped small and flippy. “I love it!” says the E! Fashion Review host. “I feel like a Jewish Meg Ryan.” But she calls rumors of a freshly retucked mug off target: “If I did it, I want my money back!”

Cleanliness Is Next to Dogliness

Man’s best friend, yes—but dogs aren’t always the best smelling. Welcome a small flurry of scented products made just for canines. Actress and German shepherd owner Bo Derek, crowing, “I’ve got the cure for wet-dog smell!” has concocted Bless the Beasts, a line of shampoos and fragrances ($6 to $10) aimed at neutralizing any olfactory nightmares Rover can scare up. They’ll debut next week at PETCO stores. Meanwhile new pet perfume Oh My Dog! is flying out of Saks stores at $38 per 3.4-oz. bottle. Laurent Jugeau, who codeveloped the scent, describes it as “fresh, light, re-creating the tender smell of puppy.” Both Derek and Jugeau stress that pet owners can wear the fragrances too. That’s a doggone good deal.

what was she thinking

A minimally made-up Roseanne cut an unforgettable figure in Manhattan recently when she paired a garishly graphic Christian Lacroix ensemble with olive brogues for the Ruler’s Edge Awards—lighthearted honors for those who break “the rules of conventional online entertainment.” The jersey outfit, featured in the French designer’s spring/summer collection, looked more like a broken kaleidoscope. Still, says LA. stylist Cary Fetman, “something like this is perfect for Roseanne. She’s not afraid and obviously does not follow any fashion rules.”

Color Them Eye-Popping

Some stars are taking a cue from fall’s longer nights to turn up the brights. The iridescent blues, golds and pinks slathered over the lids of Madonna, singer-actress Björk and LeAnn Rimes recently “are coming back because fashion is going back to the ’80s,” explains L.A. makeup artist Martis Duarte. The heavy-handed hues “liven up the face,” adds Lorac makeup founder Carol Shaw. Her advice: “Have fun”—and blend well.

Casting Stones

That rumbling you hear in the Hollywood Hills might be the sound of Tori Spelling‘s teeth grinding. That’s because mom Candy Spelling, wife of TV mogul Aaron, is auctioning off 72 pieces from her huge jewelry collection, some at an Oct. 24 Sotheby’s sale in New York City and some via Her reason? A space shortage in her 56,000-sq.-ft. L.A. mansion. “My husband has this habit of buying me a piece of jewelry for every occasion,” says Candy. “It was time to make room for the new!” But, notes Sotheby’s exec Lisa Hubbard, “she’s not selling her best pieces. She wears her best pieces.” Tori, there’s hope yet.

A ruby necklace may go for $120,000; earrings, $35,000.

A diamond necklace may fetch $55,000; the earrings, $7,000.