Santa's eyes aren't the only thing twinkling. Hollywood stars are helping make the season bright by decking themselves in diamonds galore. From Amber Valletta's delicate David Yurman danglers to Debra Messing's eye-popping 115-carat Martin Katz platinum necklace, a touch of brilliance "is very much in vogue at the moment," says Anthony McElroy of London's Boodle &c Dunthorne jewelers, where Madonna got her shiners for a recent premiere. Whether they prefer contemporary creations or romantic vintage pieces "people want sparkle," says L.A. jeweler Neil Lane. "Some want low-key sparkle and others want high-maintenance sparkle." Either way, he says, "just do it with style and grace." So Santa, how about bringing a lump of this coal down the chimney?
behind the seams
Sex and the City star turned Beltway beauty this week, stepping out in plunging décolletage and pleasing pleats to attend the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. Pairing a vintage Fred Leighton diamond bracelet and brooch with her satin $2,800 Carmen Marc Valvo halter-top gown, the actress earned accolades of her own. Capital!
DESIGNING WOMAN: When NYPD Blue's Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon couldn't find a jewelry box spiffy enough to house her baubles, she decided she would whip up her own. Voilà: Inspired by the flora of her native Haiti, Beauvais-Nilon had the handmade wood boxes (priced from $355 to $385) covered in plush ultrasuede in vibrant hues like canary yellow and bright fuchsia and adorned with one-of-a-kind antique brooches. To purchase go to www.beauvaiscollection.com....
TOKENS OF AFFLECK-TION: Jennifer Lopez has found a creative way to express her feelings to her significant other. The future Mrs. Ben Affleck has ordered undies by Blume Girl customized with "Ben" appliqués stitched smack dab in the center of the sexy cotton thongs. Lopez is prepared to message her man every day of the week: The star owns seven pairs of the $24 panties, each with a different color patch. What did you expect from J.Lo, a Hallmark card?...
LORD OF THE CA-CHINGS! British bargain hunters and looky-loos were in a tizzy as Elton John kicked off his Out of the Closet IV sale in London on Dec. 4. Sir Elton and partner David Furnish cut the ribbon at the rented Regent Street shop where the singer unloaded 17,000 personal items of clothing and accessories (including 600 pairs of shoes and 200 belts) to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Stars are being naughty and nice this season in Christian Louboutin's gold-satin bow-toed stiletto. Molly Sims digs the sweet 'n' sexy heels because "they go with just about anything," she says. What more could a girl ask for?
...Louboutin's $420 Dechambre pumps.
How to sail through the holidays with your eyes all aglow—and a few other parts too? On the wish lists of young Hollywood are these new beauty products that add shine from head to toe. Alias star Jennifer Garner gets out from undercover with Stila's All Over Shimmer powders and limited-edition Crystals body gel. What about rapper Eve's glamorous gleam? GirLActik's sparkle eyeliners keep this star spangled. Actress Christina Ricci credits her lips' radiant beams to the colors in Vincent Longo's palette of glosses. With all this glitter, no wonder they call it Tinseltown.
Stila's All Over Shimmer products: powder brush ($24), Powder ($30), Body ($28), Crystals ($18); gloss.com
girLActik's Sparkle Eyeliner set ($20); girlactik.com
Vincent Longo's limited-edition LUV-U lip gloss palette ($35); sephora.com