While full-on glamor is still a must for most red-carpet dos, stars are taking a more modern approach to lesser fetes. The laid-back look of the moment: sleek jeans, strappy heels and the key ingredient—a subtly sexy, one-of-a-kind top. Individuality and attention to detail are what counts—fluttery sleeves (Julianne Moore), knockout graphics (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Angie Harmon) or gorgeous embroidery (Mandy Moore). Matthew Williamson creates the kind of hippie-chic pieces that make these outfits so vibrant. "My clothes are colorful and sexy, so they work well with jeans to ground them," he says. Faith Hill's stylist Garth Condit says premiere-weary stars are thrilled with the role of rock mama. "It's a great, comfortable summer look," he says, "and it breaks the monotony of wearing evening dresses." All it takes to wake the jaded palate, it seems, is fresh topping.
behind the seams
Sashaying into the L.A. premiere of her movie Confidence, Rachel Weisz made it all look so easy—letting Narciso Rodriguez's smashing little red dress speak for itself. Adding only sleek pumps and simple earrings, she showed how a bit of attitude—and a judicious display of skin—can be a girl's best friend.
LIV FROM PARIS: Parfums Givenchy has a new face to go with the fragrance it will launch in August: Liv Tyler. The news about La Liv is supposed to be top secret, but the glowing newlywed didn't exactly blend into the scenery while shooting a Givenchy commercial in a convertible at Place de l'Opéra last week. Looks like she taught Paris a lesson about topless chic....
SITTING PRETTY IN L.A.: In yoga-mad Hollywood, the must-have for the downward-dog set is the designer yoga mat. Haute Stuff's jazzy mats ($58), sold at Kitson boutique in Los Angeles, come in 10 styles. Seems Demi Moore poses on the Buddha, Debra Messing picked the cherry print, and Tiffani Thiessen went wild for the leopard. Call it om decorating....
LOVE SIGNS: With its kicky early-'60s fashions, the Renée Zellweger/Ewan McGregor comedy Down with Love (opening May 16) is sure to excite the style crowd, a bonus that marketers haven't ignored. Zellweger popped into Bloomingdale's in New York City April 15 to unveil a Down with Love boutique, featuring First Lady-like hats, gloves and matching pumps, along with '60s-themed cosmetic cases from Nick & Nora. Part of the proceeds from the whimsical cases will go to one of Zellweger's pet charities, UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. A Lovely gesture, that.
Kitschy cases come in three sizes, from $20 to $30.
Provocateur Calvin Klein brings street culture to the perfume counter with limited-edition bottles of the unisex fragrance CK One emblazoned with graffiti. The cutting-edge designs were created by three renowned graffiti masters—New Yorkers Futura (a star in the '70s) and Espo (a hit in the '90s), and Dutchman Delta (representing the '80s). The message-on-a-bottle edition of CK One ($38) is available only in May and June. Like the art that inspired it, it's ephemeral.
Art glass: CK One graffiti bottles, $38, at www.sephora.com.
In L.A., cover girls Christy Turlington and Brooke Shields model a versatile YSL Rive Gauche frock: Christy warms it up with a shawl for a premiere, while mom-to-be Brooke (at a benefit) opts for a sexy, curves-and-all look.
Celebs are showing off those toned arms with stacks of Alex & Ani's wire bangles festooned with Swarovski crystals, beads and shells. Fans of the bracelets include Gabrielle Union, Ali Larter and The Bachelorette's Trista Rehn. Designed to snap onto the arm, they pack a style punch when they're worn en masse (sets of 3 to 10 bangles: $38 to $98). Larter flashed 25 at a pre-Grammy event, and Eve has piled on more than 50. Hmmm...could hefting all those rocks take the place of push-ups?
Rose crystals on wire bangles are sold in $78 sets.
Sets that include these vintage glass beads are $98.
Crystal bangles in $98 sets; Henri Bendel, 800-423-6335.