August 13, 2001 12:00 PM

Power Flowers

There’s some pretty graphic material in Hollywood these days, and it’s throwing stars including Salma Hayek and Laura Linney into a bloomin’ rage. Floral skirts in eye-popping patterns “have become a major thing again,” says L.A. designer Trina Turk. “People are rediscovering that florals have personality.” So they’re perfect for adding character to a woman’s look. A bold print “injects a punch into what you’re wearing,” says stylist Vincent Boucher. Crisp and tailored instead of flouncy, today’s big blossoms can’t help garnering compliments. “Men love it,” says actress Jeri Ryan of her floral Prada pencil skirt. “I got a lot of ‘Wow!’s. It’s a good wow skirt.” Which means wearing one takes plenty of confidence. Self-restraint too. Says Boucher: “If you’re wearing a big-statement print, keep the rest [of your outfit] toned down.” And no matter how great you’re feeling, make sure those trousers stay flower-free. “A printed pant attracts attention,” warns Turk. “It’s more of a commitment.”

with Alison Singh Gee in Los Angeles

behind the seams

Child star, model, actress and now, Brooke Shields, fashion designer? The notion’s not so far-fetched. Not long ago she had a major hand in codesigning, with Badgley Mischka, a glam champagne-toned creation to wear on Aug. 17 when she hosts an arts fundraiser in Chicago. The actress instructed the couturiers to stitch a flowing gown with an Old Hollywood feel. Shields was so giddy with the finished frock—decorated by hand with 20,000 sequins, glass beads and Swarovski crystals—that she danced around the showroom at the final fitting….

It’s summertime and the living is easy for Naomi Campbell. The supermodel is off on a break with pals, designing duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. Though the trio are keeping their vacation plans under wraps, an almost certain pit stop will be D&G’s Monte Carlo retreat, where they should have plenty of time to chat about the whispers I hear—that La Campbell might become the designers’ new face. Their current campaign superstar, Gisele Bündchen, is only signed until January 2002….

In a shining display of female solidarity, Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate and Legally Blonde‘s Selma Blair all donned matching sweatshirts emblazoned with each other’s names between takes on the set of the comedy The Sweetest Thing. The trio, gifted with the cozy cover-ups by L.A.’s Juicy Couture, thought it would be cute to swap the tops and sport their costars’ monikers rather than their own….

Seen: Melanie Griffith, in white linen pants and T-shirt, taking her kids to a screening of Legally Blonde at L.A.’s Beverly Center. The star showed her loyalty: When a trailer for hubby Antonio Banderas’s Original Sin appeared, she stood up and cheered.

DOUBLE VISION

Coyote Ugly’s Izabella Miko lit up a recent premiere in a citrus-hued Christina Perrin halter dress. “The back is very open,” she says. “When you turn around, it’s like a big surprise.” Which is how she felt on learning that actress Maria Conchita Alonso had worn the same frock months earlier. Still, says Miko, “it just confirms that this outfit is amazing!”

presto change-o

Faith Hill doesn’t scare easily. Although 86 percent of those polled by Access Hollywood last winter booed her for chopping off her long locks, the singer has braved the shears again, getting an even closer crop from L.A. stylist Sally Hershberger. “I applaud her for doing the unexpected,” says Nashville clipper Earl Cox. “The girl can do no wrong.”

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