March 18, 2002 12:00 PM

Mightly Mufflers

Stylish stars who have given their pashminas the cold shoulder are warming instead to super-long, ’70s-inspired scarves. Nicole Kidman, Christina Applegate and Kate Moss are topping off their casual ensembles with brightly colored, thigh-grazing mufflers. The natty neckwear “adds a big touch of drama and style,” says L.A. stylist George Blodwell. “It can make you look very artsy and intellectual.” Not to mention cozy. “It’s perfect to just wrap up and keep warm in but still look good,” notes JAG star Catherine Bell, who chose a trailing bright blue cashmere scarf for a recent film premiere. “It’s one of those things that looks great and is functional as well.”

Best of all—for crafty fashionistas, at least—the attention-grabbing accessory is a snap to whip up. “Right now the hip thing to do is make your own scarf,” says noted knitter Suss Cousins of L.A. “To knit a thick one that goes all the way to the ground will take about five hours.” The extra yardage allows for more variety. “It’s quite versatile,” explains Blodwell. “You can wrap it strategically when you’re cold and put it over your head.” Plus there’s no need to coordinate patterns. “Put it with anything,” says Cousins. “Even a printed dress and a striped scarf, as long as the colors aren’t too wacky, are fun to mix.”

with Amy Baumgartner in Los Angeles

behind the seams

After being courted by a slew of designers, Denise Richards has selected Giorgio Armani to create her wedding gown. I hear that despite a “no-beads” dictum, Richards was so wowed by Armani’s intricate beadwork on other gowns that she’s now mulling over the possibility of a dress with some sparkle. The Italian clothier is also throwing in a custom-made suit for the groom, Spin City‘s Charlie Sheen. The happy couple thanked the designer when they were guests at his March 4 fashion show in Milan. The future Mr. and Mrs. Sheen, who are keeping mum about their wedding date, squeezed in separate fittings before slipping away for a European vacation….

Another bride-to-be, No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani, isn’t blasé about her betrothal to rocker Gavin Rossdale. Stefani recently strolled into Neil Lane’s L.A. jewelry shop to get the diamond-studded white-gold engagement ring that her fiance designed for her sized. When told she would have to leave it at the shop, the hardcore romantic couldn’t part with the ring. Stefani elected instead to purchase one of Lane’s diamond eternity bands (priced at $2,000-$5,000), with which to anchor it on her slender digit….

Trendsetter Madonna has a new muse—hubby Guy Ritchie. The star was so taken with a black pinstripe Dunhill suit Ritchie picked out, she had an exact replica made for herself. The copycat also couldn’t do without the hunting outfit he recently bought, so she ordered one of those as well….

Matthew Perry was all set to don a basic tux for the Grammys. But on the day of the show the actor got a sartorial intervention from Jennifer Aniston, who helped him get hipper with a sleek black suit instead. “I had a tuxedo on at work,” recalls Perry, “and Jennifer said, ‘Absolutely not! We’re going to spiff you up a little bit.’ We had a stylist come to the set.” Aniston’s aid led to another perk, Perry admits: “I get to keep the stuff too.”

DOUBLE VISION

Cameron Diaz and Boston Public‘s Jeri Ryan cozied up to London designer Tamara Surguladze’s wool-meets-lace sweaters at recent events. The funky tops “share the same base, but every flower is different, and the sleeves are all vintage,” says Surguladze. Still, the effect is identical. “I love both of them in it,” says stylist Darshan Gress. “They have a romantic feel about them.”

Star Talk

Every trend isn’t for everyone. Which one do you regret following?

Mandy Moore
“Tube tops! What was up with that? They’re not very flattering.”

Legally Blonde‘s Selma Blair

“I got suckered into rhinestone-covered rock concert T-shirts. I have a $900 Guns n’ Roses one that I had someone buy for me. It’s sitting crumpled in my closet.”

Charmed‘s Alyssa Milano

“Big, scary ’80s hair. I had to go through puberty on TV during the ’80s and live through every bad trend. Not so good.”

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