Bulletin to those who think wearing white before marking the June solstice is a fashion faux pas: Think again! The crisp color "used to be worn strictly in the summertime," notes designer Donna Karan. "But now that white suits can be gabardine, rayon or cotton, they're seasonless." And irresistible, judging by stars such as Salma Hayek and Courteney Cox Arquette Arquette, who have been showing their lighter sides lately by stepping out in sleek white pantsuits. As interpreted by designers like Karan and Ralph Lauren, the tailored togs look "elegant and classy," says Extra's Leeza Gibbons. "It's a strong choice," says Dark Angel's Jessica Alba, who stood out in a Dolce & Gabbana three-piecer at the Golden Globes. "I felt really good in it and confident."
No need to worry about the hue adding heft, either. The suits are flattering, says celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch, "if you have the right cut and size." As for maintaining a spotless record, Gibbons advises, "No red wine when you're wearing white." But there's scant chance you'll find any soiled sports among these stars. "Nobody gets dirty in Hollywood," jokes Bloch. "They're not doing hard labor in these suits."
with Teena Hammond in Los Angeles
behind the seams
Bringing the mountain to Mohammed, Estée Lauder will spoil the stars before the Academy Awards with a novel idea: a mobile Oscar spa. A pampering posse of Hollywood beauty experts, including celeb dermatologist Dr. Karyn Grossman and eyebrow queen Anastasia Soare, will pile into a Mercedes SUV and make house calls, performing services such as microdermabrasion and underarm botox injections. (Who wants sweat stains all over a Chanel gown?) I hear presenters Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez have each booked a day of treatments including knot-busting massages....
If you're Jennifer Aniston and you're carrying the most anticipated TV baby since Lucy spawned little Ricky, you certainly aren't going to do it looking drab. After learning her alter ego, Rachel Green, was expecting, Aniston hit the Friends set clutching a catalog from L.A.'s hip maternity-duds shrine, Naissance on Melrose. She insisted the shop had the exact sartorial vibe she was seeking, and the show's costumers agreed. Aniston's picks—including a $48 beige tank top and $110 cropped boot-cut jeans—are showing up in current episodes....
News flash: Cindy Crawford and Diana Ross wake up looking gorgeous. Good genes help, but their secret owes much to wearing makeup they can sleep in. The idea sprang from makeup artist Peter Lamas, whose Night Radiance skin-care products such as foundation-style serum ape cosmetics because they contain color. Lamas created the line after screen queen Elizabeth Taylor told him she often went to bed in full war paint....
Seen: Halle Berry in ripped denim capris buying low-waisted beige corduroy pants at Bloomingdale's in Los Angeles.
Sizzling stars like Katie Couric and Trudie Styler are igniting fashion's flames by toting Lulu Guinness's Chinese fan bags. "It's more playful than the standard evening bag," says stylist Todd Hallman, who chose an embroidered version to complete a vintage look for Rachel Griffiths. Plus, "it's graphic and bold, and that gives it a modern edge," says Guinness, the London designer whose whimsical bags, including the $595 fan clutch, have been infiltrating star closets for the past year. "The bag has beauty," she says. But little room. "It's minute," says Elizabeth Hurley, "and you have to cull your possessions accordingly!" That's easy, says stylist Deborah Waknin. "Lipstick, keys and a cell phone, what more does a girl need?"