There's gold in them there hills! The Hollywood hills, that is—now that such stars as Sharon Stone, Catherine Deneuve and Christina Aguilera are strutting around in 24-karat style. "There's something about a gold dress," says model Claudia Schiffer, who shimmered recently in a golden Valentino in Cannes. "When you put one on, you just feel special." The precious metal "looks new and fresh again," says designer Mark Badgley of Badgley Mischka, whose creations are often showered in the stuff. "We haven't seen gold in 10 years, and all of a sudden it's the great new look. It's luxurious and exciting."
And one whose rich glow suits almost everyone. "Gold is beautiful against any kind of skin—dark or pale. It looks elegant," says stylist Phillip Bloch, who garbed Halle Berry in the color for her X-Men premiere recently. Just beware of mixing metals. "With a gold dress," Bloch warns, "you should not wear silver jewelry or silver shoes." That's just bad chemistry.
with Susan Christian Goulding in Los Angeles
behind the seams
Bill Clinton, fashion muse? A longtime chum who owns the Hot Springs, Ark., factory that makes cool Icon shoes gave the Prez a $260 pair decorated with images of old-time jazz musicians. Not long after, a Clinton handler rang up the pal and asked if he could customize an identical pair into cleated golf shoes for the Commander in Chief. Clinton got his wish—and now Icon plans to mass-produce the funky footwear....
That was Hollywood It Girl Mena Suvari (American Beauty) staring forlornly into the window of trendy L.A. jewelry boutique Liza Shtromberg the other day. But not for long: The 21-year-old actress quickly swooped into the store, bellowing, "I have to have this ring!" She treated herself to the $134 oversize Peruvian opal....
Adam Sandler was fully into the task of helping his girlfriend, model Jackie Titone, pick out a slew of sexy under-things at an L.A. boutique recently. The cutup even slipped into the dressing room to size up the boudoir bounty, which included a Cosabella black nightie and loads of G-strings, before handing over his credit card to pay the $800 bill....
Class act Christie Brinkley showed just how gracious she is when she strolled into the LeSportsac boutique in Southampton, N.Y. She sprang for 20 of the company's $68 flirty baguette-style Kiki bags as thank-you presents for the cluster of pals who worked with her at an antinuke benefit she hosted in July. At the top of Brinkley's gift list? None other than ex-hubby Billy Joel's current inamorata, Long Island TV reporter Trish Bergin....
Seen: Sandra Bullock in a playful daisy-decorated bathing suit, basking in the sun at Santa Monica's Will Rogers State Beach with an unidentified überbuff guy.
Supermodel Kate Moss, minus her mousy brown locks, shocked bystanders when she turned up with a platinum blonde wedge cut at a shop opening in London. "She wanted something new," says a pal of stylist James Brown, who did the honors. How's the look going over? Predicts Julia Robson, a fashion editor at Britain's Daily Telegraph: "It's going to start a new trend."
If you were on Survivor, what clothing would you take to the island?
Country singer Naomi Judd
"Definitely a support bra. And a cotton dress."
"A bikini. It's the most comfortable thing to wear."
The Today show's Al Roker
"Long pants, so I'm not a smorgasbord for insects."
MTV's House of Style host Molly Sims
"A sarong. I could wear it as a skirt, I could wear it as a dress, I could wear it to keep the sun off."
Singer Dionne Warwick
"I wouldn't be on the island. I am not that kind of person. I survive in luxury."
Singer Cyndi Lauper
"One piece of clothing? Me? Are you kidding? I would bring a couple of trunks."
3rd Rock from the Sun six-footer Kristen Johnston wowed guests at a premiere last week in a silk appliquéd Valentino dress and girly Manolo Blahnik mules. Says her stylist Jeanne Yang: "It's not that hard to look good when you've got a body like hers."
They Want a Cool Rider
Forget $70,000 Porsches and $50,000 Lexuses. The real star vehicle in Hollywood these days is Chrysler's PT Cruiser, a funky model that recalls the classic roadsters of the '40s and '50s and can be had for less than $20,000. The car, which hit showrooms last spring, has been snapped up by Tom Hanks, and Jay Leno was spotted driving one. "Even celebrities who could afford anything are buying this car," says DaimlerChrysler spokeswoman Ann Smith. Cher recently bought one each for kids Chastity and Elijah. "It's the best of all possible worlds," she raves. "Style, safety and a great price."
Preggers and Proud
Pregnancy fashion has gone belly out. Stylish moms-to-be like Madonna, who wore belly-clinging clothes during her pregnancy with daughter Lourdes, 3, are now going one step further by baring their bulging midsections in revealing tops. "It's the new way of thinking," says Bisou-Bisou designer Michele Bohbot. "There's nothing more beautiful than a pregnant woman."