It's a wrap! Winning the unofficial title of fall's It Shoe are Gucci's lace-up stilettos, which have Hollywood fashionistas like Jennifer Lopez and Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon eagerly tying one on. Whether it's the grosgrain sandal ($450) or the pointy leather pump ($610), the 4-in. spike-heel styles by designer Tom Ford are racier than the square-toed, satin crisscrossers that were popular last year. "They're like naughty ballerina shoes," says NYPD Blue's Beauvais-Nilon. "They're provocative yet classic." But buyer beware: All eyes will be on your calves when you get bound up in these. And that's sure to keep you on your toes.
behind the seams
Sandra vs. Salma? Front-row star Sandra Bullock may have gotten the early peek at Donna Karan's spring collection during New York Fashion Week, but Salma Hayek beat her to the finish line. Just a few days later Hayek was resplendent in her straight-off-the-runway black-sequined polka-dot Karan frock at the Frida movie premiere. Nothing an arm wrestle—hey, watch the French manicure!—couldn't resolve....
Riddle: How many tuxedos did Jackie Chan need for the filming of The Tuxedo? Answer: As many as he could destroy. Just to be on the safe side, the movie's costumers tapped Giorgio Armani for 25 custom-made tuxes (worth a tidy total of $125,000). But wool crepe is no match for a rough-and-tumble action star. By filming's end, more than half the suits were left for dead....
What goes around comes around: While shopping at Resurrection for a dress to wear to W magazine's Best of L.A. Vintage bash on Sept. 26, Kelly Lynch spied a yellow-and-orange sequined Stephen Sprouse number that looked very familiar. Turns out Lynch had modeled the dress in a photo shoot 20 years before. Brave girl tried it on—no stomach-sucking needed—and it fit like the proverbial glove.
what was she thinking?
Blue without a clue? Sorry, Daryl Hannah: Summery frocks and heavy leather boots just don't mix—or match.
A CURL'S BEST FRIEND
•FORGET STRAIGHT TALK: In her new book Curl Talk, Ouidad, hairstylist to stars like Melina Kanakaredes and Caroline Rhea, reveals her wave-taming tricks. "We teach people that having curly hair is not a curse, it's a gift," says the New York City-based queen of curl. The book is her latest weapon in the fight against frizz: Her 12 curl-friendly products are already a Hollywood staple. "I have the whole line," raves Rhea. "She literally makes your hair more beautiful than ever."
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Natasha Richardson had no problem breaking that red-carpet fashion rule: Don't get caught in the same dress twice. At least not when it came to designer Alexander McQueen's flirtatious ($1,435) take on sweet 'n' low.
No, it wasn't Catherine Zeta-Jones who persuaded hubby Michael Douglas to lighten up. Nor was the actor dye-ing for a change. His recent tress transformation is for his new film, Till Death Do Us Part. Our verdict on the sandy shade? We'll take the Fifth.
Doing Good by Design
Designers are thinking pink this month—to help promote October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. "I really wanted to do something to raise funds," says Nanette Lepore, who came up with a line of limited-edition throw pillows that will profit the Young Survival Coalition. Pitching in too is hairstylist Frédéric Fekkai, who designed a Think Pink elastic headband for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Spreading good karma is yoga label ener-chi's embroidered tank top, the sales of which will help fund UCLA's Ted Mann Family Resource Center. Ann Taylor shops will offer a specially designed tee ($18) and pink-enamel breast cancer ribbon pin ($6). And for those with the urge to splurge, Crème de la Mer has autographed jars of their luxe moisturizer, including one signed by cast members of Friends. The price—$1,500—is a whopper but worth it: All proceeds are going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Frédéric Fekkai headbands ($25) are sold at his salons (212-583-3311 or 310-385-4555).
Throw pillows ($90-130) are on sale at Nanette Lepore, N.Y.C. (212-219-8265).
Ener-chi tees ($24) are sold online at enerchi.com or call 1-866-enerchi.
Signed 16-oz. jars of Crème de la Mer; at Bergdorf Goodman, N.Y.C. (212-872-2739)
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