The style of color
While their music may not be making a comeback (yet), the wild styles of Cyndi Lauper and Siouxsie and the Banshees singer Siouxsie Sioux sure are. The latest look in eye makeup, for example, is loud enough to make a banshee blush. At recent shows for designers Anna Sui and John Galliano, the lids of Naomi Campbell, Shalom Harlow, Kirsty Hume, and Linda Evangelista were covered in hi-amp eye shadow, applied in geometric shapes, and outlined by sharply angled brows.
The look ”was quite bizarre,” says Siouxsie (Susan Dallion), 40, now living in the south of France and working on an album with her new band, the Creatures. ”It’s makeup that’s definite, direct, and about knowing what you want.”
Subtlety also takes a holiday with the brightly colored hair streaks pioneered by Lauper in the early ’80s and now showing up on trendsetters like Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox. In May, Christian Dior introduced its line of Mascara Flash, ten shades of temporary colors and highlights to be applied to the hair with mascara wands. Fans include Gillian Anderson (who got red), The Single Guy’s Ming-Na Wen (blue), and Mira Sorvino (whose personal hairstylist streaked her for Mimic). ”I used the very light blond colors all around Mira’s hairline to give the effect of highlights,” explains stylist David Gardner. But unlike Lauper, Sorvino is one girl who wants to have only so much fun with her hair. ”If I were a teenager and wanted different colors every week, I would,” says the actress, ”but I’m happy to go out with straight, grungy hair and, like, not be noticed.”
Before Erykah Badu, the only celebs wearing turbans were jet-setting, middle-aged matrons like Liz Taylor or Sophia Loren. But the 26-year-old singer’s African head wraps — made from cotton cloth bought at fabric stores — changes all that. A smart, multicultural style alternative to the hoary fashions of the Spice Girls, Badu’s turbans are also a very hip way to hide a bad-hair day. To imitate her look, use material at least three yards long and two yards wide and follow the steps below:
(1) Bend forward at the hips and drape the fabric over the back of your head. (2) Grab hold of the two hanging pieces and twist together in a counterclockwise motion. (3) After three or four revolutions, stand upright and continue to twist the fabric counterclockwise. (4) Begin piling the fabric around the top of your head. (5) Once you achieve a beehive effect, tuck the loose ends under the back of the headpiece. (Badu sometimes lets the pieces hang loose, depending on her mood.) Voila!
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Everything Susan Sarandon touches turns to Oscar gold. How else to explain why the Donna Karan velvet gown worn by Sarandon at this year’s Academy Awards is the knock-off to have this fall? According to A.B.S. (the New York clothing manufacturer that copied Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s wedding gown), Sarandon’s outfit is the top seller in the company’s premier line of Oscar dresses, which are inspired by seven of the night’s best-dressed women (prices range from $175 to $275). Below, the early sales figures from this Oscar (dress) race:
1. Susan Sarandon’s Donna Karan burnt velvet gown: 6000*
2. Nicole Kidman’s chartreuse Christian Dior: 4000
3. Holly Hunter’s simple black column, by Vera Wang: 3500
4. Courtney Love’s white satin Gianni Versace: 3000
5. Lauren Holly’s flowery Valentino: 2500
6. Sigourney Weaver’s bias-cut burgundy Nino Cerruti: 2500
7. Claire Danes’ casual powder blue Nino Cerruti: 2000
* Numbers are total dresses sold as of Sept. 8, 1997