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updated 11/13/2006 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/13/2006 AT 01:00 AM EST

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The latest incarnation of the mini trend? Supershort shirtdresses (try saying that 10 times fast), accented with belts

LINDSAY LOHAN in a Balenciaga dress in London.

GWYNETH PALTROW in a Joseph dress in London.

FERGIE out and about in London.

CASSIE in a United Bamboo dress in Miami.


Mariska Hargitay (in a Carolina Herrera gown) shined at the Fashion Group International's Night of Stars awards gala in New York City.

Behind the Seams

SCREEN TIMEX: When Harold Crick's (Will Ferrell) timepiece goes berserk in the Nov. 10 comedy Stranger Than Fiction, Timex's IRONMAN watch was ready for its close-up. "Harold's watch is central to the plot," says a Timex rep. Apparently offscreen as well: Ferrell kept his after filming wrapped....

Timex IRONMAN Triathlon Dual-Tech watch, $90;

ROCKER CHIC: Jon Bon Jovi has found a way to say "I'll Be There for You" to the charity for the homeless HELP USA. The rocker teamed up with Kenneth Cole to design a limited-edition outerwear line in stores mid-November; 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the cause. "It's our goal to make giving back fashionable," says the star....

Kenneth Cole Bon Jovi Military Jacket, $795; to preorder.

LADIES WHO LAUNCH: Coveted handbags + fashionable stars + Chateau Marmont = girly party of the week! Joy Bryant and Zooey Deschanel hosted an outdoor luncheon at the L.A. hot-spot in honor of handbag designer Monica Botkier's latest collection. "I just like these bags," says Deschanel. "They're really cute and functional."...

MERCIER BEAUCOUP: Makeup artist Laura Mercier just released her first book, The New Beauty Secrets: Your Ultimate Guide to a Flawless Face. Says fan Julia Roberts: "When Laura does my makeup, I feel like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon."

The New Beauty Secrets, $35;


WHY THEY'RE HOT: Because Hollywood A-listers are going gaga over their fitted leather pieces, ruched hoodies and distinctive tops.
CELEB FANS: Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, Rachel Bilson and Jessica Alba.

He was a fashion photographer and art dealer; she was a former model turned federal investigator. What they had in common—besides their love for each other, of course—was "being passionate about whatever we do," says Mike Gonzalez, 31, of L.A.-based Mike & Chris, which he designs with wife Christine Park-Gonzalez, 31. "We always knew we wanted to start a clothing line." Featuring chic pieces with military details (prices range from $195 for hoodies to $1,000 for leather bags), the label, which launched in 2005, expanded into handbags this year. A men's line and knitwear are planned for 2007. "We have a specific aesthetic," says Gonzalez. "But every type of woman could find something that represents them."

Lloyd cropped leather hoodie, $662; 212-753-4000.

Austin antiqued-leather saddlebag, $995; 323-651-4129.


The best of what's on sale this week ...

Princess-sleeve tees (also available in black); 888-334-4629 to order; for stores.

$68 originally $98

14k yellow gold Baby Feather necklace; 888-455-2546;

$150 originally $360

Bari boot in sand (also available in chocolate and dark gray); style #52458; 800-695-8000;

$189.90 originally $299.95

Zip-up sweater in sand (available in other colors); style #Y5W531; in stores only; 800-717-2929 or for locations.

$69.99 originally $98

Six-pocket whipstitch bowler bag (16" by 13" by 6");

$299 originally $399

More ...

Up to 70 percent off select hats and handbags (including hobos, satchels and totes) until Nov. 7;

Save up to 60 percent off select accessories by Isabella Fiore, Kooba and Alexis Bittar, among others, through Nov. 30;

Thirty percent off all clothing, shoes and accessories Nov. 3 to 11. Brands include Anna Sui, Cynthia Vincent and Rachel Pally. (Enter "ANNIV30%" at checkout); karizma

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