The rocker is fashion's newest inspiration

By Nicholas Fonseca
March 02, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

Stylewise, Stevie Nicks has always gone her own way. Now, fashion is following. The ex-Fleetwood Mac singer inspired a series of Fashion Week moments, with dolman sleeves, ruffled skirts, and outsize coats — staples of Nicks’ witchy wardrobe — popping up at Oscar de la Renta, Jill Stuart, and Bob Mackie. Also getting their Nicks fix were Douglas Hannant and Vivienne Tam, who both showed dolman-sleeve tops. Even Betsey Johnson, whose collections often feature outrageous duds better suited for Cyndi Lauper’s ilk, opened her show with Nicks’ 1983 smash ”Stand Back.” ”The show was very personal,” says Ali Taekman, a spokeswoman for Johnson. ”Betsey wanted the music to reflect that, and as soon as she heard that song [she] felt it embodied what the whole collection was about.” With Nicks’ new solo album (May’s Trouble in Shangri-La, her first in seven years) and a summer tour on the way, the resurgence of Stevie style couldn’t be more opportune. ”You’re now seeing the bridge from the ’70s to the ’80s,” says NBC style expert Lloyd Boston. ”It’s feminine yet glam.”