Safety pins are in fashion

By Megan Quitkin
Updated December 08, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

Hey, they worked for Elizabeth Hurley. When the then-unknown actress showed up at the 1994 Four Weddings and a Funeral premiere in a gold-safety-pinned Versace gown, reporters were left saying ”Hugh who?” With their mix of peekaboo and punk attitude, safety-pinned togs are back — just in time for the ’80s revival. While Chanel offers gold and pearl safety pins, celebs favor the variety more likely used by your seamstress. Ananda Lewis and Pink pop them on jeans, Bijou Phillips wore a T-shirt held together by dozens of pins, and Madonna rocked NYC’s Roseland Ballroom in a pinned-up Britney Spears tank. Why’s everyone stuck on the look? ”Some people say it has to do with the economy,” says Lucky’s fashion director, Andrea Linett. ”But I disagree…. Kids have been sticking pins on their clothes for a while now. Plus, celebrities love trends, and this is an easy way for them to look cool.” Point taken.