What could be sexier than sliding on a silky satin slip dress? When worn by stars like Alicia Siiverstone, says Anne Klein designer Charles Nolan, the look just "exudes femininity." The sensual style "is a throwback to the Lana Turner 1930s vibe," says Decades vintage boutique owner Cameron Silver. Today's lustrous variation, says designer Narciso Rodriguez, reflects "the way women want to look—more polished, less cluttered and still very refined and elegant. It just hugs the body in a really beautiful way." But while bedroom eyes accessorize the slip dress perfectly, Silver has a caveat. "It had better be a luxurious version," he says, "or you will look like you're wearing a nightgown."
with Karen Brailsford in Los Angeles
behind the seams
Perks are a given when you're a celeb. But check out the booty MTV Video Awards performers and presenters like Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue and Bruce Springsteen will take home from New York City on Aug. 29. Among the freebies in the $17,000 haul: the newest Sony Cyber-Shot digital camera, an airport transfer via private helicopter, a one-year membership at the nationwide Crunch health club chain, a pair of Elizabeth Showers t Studio's 14-karat-gold vermeil chandelier earrings, Chanel's new Chance fragrance, his-and-hers Skechers roller skates, a color-changing "mood" dog collar—and a nylon thong by Cosabella....
Whatever the outcome at next week's U.S. Open in Flushing, N.Y., Serena Williams is guaranteed to dazzle the competition. The tennis star, who has already won Wimbledon and the French Open this year, will sport Harry Winston's new $29,000 nine-carat Twelve to Twilight tennis bracelet on her wrist throughout the tournament. To keep the floral-motif platinum bracelet from taking flight during play, the jewelers have fitted it with a double clasp....
The Century City Express store stayed open until midnight recently to allow Cher to go on an after-dark shopping spree. She bought $800 worth of denim and accessories for her upcoming tour—and said she was off to the Beverly Center store next day. Earlier that week Tom Hanks was spotted at the Santa Monica store, and Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio were seen browsing the racks of jeans at the branch in Aventura, Fla....
The sight of rock stars throwing personal items at their screaming fans is nothing new. But Steven Tyler has his limits. At a recent show in Holmdel, N.J., Aerosmith's frontman flung his long white parachute jacket into the crowd. He also tossed his high-glam oversize Yves Saint Laurent flash-mirror shades—but to a strategically placed assistant.
Schedule permitting, what's your favorite way to pamper yourself?
Michael J. Fox "I love to hang out with my kids and go to the beach."
Laura Linney "A really good hot bath, sometimes bubbles, sometimes not—depends on the mood."
Coach Pat Riley "Go to a private, sandy beach in the Caribbean and drink one of those tropical drinks with the little umbrella."
Lara Flynn Boyle "I love lying around in my flannels, zoning out, not having anyone touch me or put creams on me, because that's what I do every day—get up at 5 in the morning and people are powdering and plucking me."
Rapper Nelly "Sleep. I don't get much of it, so sneaking a nap in the afternoon is rare and special."
Chris Klein "I eat a big bowl of Mackinaw Island fudge ice cream without going to the gym before or after."
Evander Holyfield "Manicures and pedicures."
Katie Holmes "My mother loves to give me pedicures. She pulls out my feet and makes them feel great."
Samuel L. Jackson "The golf course, of course."
what was she thinking?
Some people heading to a child-custody hearing might think of dressing conservatively. Not Pamela Anderson, who breezed into Los Angeles County Superior Court last week turning heads in a casually cool pastel sundress. "For her" points out L.A. stylist Brenda Cooper, "this is presentable. She's not wearing ripped-up jeans down to her bikini line and a T-shirt up to her nipples." Not only that, says Cooper, "she doesn't have that mask of makeup on, a major move on her part." The defense rests.
Putting on the Dog
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jennifer Garner keep a handle on their favorite four-legged friends, toting their pampered pooches in chic Isabella Fiore pet carriers. Crafted with the same whimsical patterns as the signature Fiore bags, the embroidered leather-trimmed carriers—which will be available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus in the fall—look "extremely stylish," raves actress Rebecca Gayheart, whose Maltese, Jackie, travels in one. "I love taking my dog everywhere." Which is why the tote is pretty handy. "A pet carrier is to a pet what a stroller is to a child," says the bag's designer, Jennifer Tash. Spacious enough to accommodate smaller breeds only, "it's a great mode of transportation," says Tash. "Not only will your dog get attention, but so will the carrier he arrives in. Think of it as a Concorde for canines."
Isabella Fiore's new $365 pet carrier
Crème of the Crop
Got bling-bling? Why not have Jing Jang too? The silly-sounding plant-based moisturizing cream can be slathered on alone or mixed with powder as a glossy eyeshadow. It creates "a beautiful sheen," says creator Kristin Mason. Just the effect celebrity makeup artist Molly R. Stern seeks for Reese Witherspoon. "I use it as gloss on her eyes for a dewy look," she says. In fact, Stern is such a fan of Jing Jang that it has become a permanent presence in her emergency kit. For one thing, she says, "it doesn't break you out. It's good for all skin types, all sorts of problems—anything chapped, even eczema." Drew Barrymore agrees: "I use it anywhere and everywhere."
One ounce sells for $18.