Flattering the female figure for thousands of years (give or take a few), classically draped gowns in gossamer fabrics are now wafting down the red carpet. Rediscovered by Chloé and other designers, divine dresses also receive their due in the Costume Institute's retrospective exhibit "Goddess" at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The look is uniquely feminine," says Emanuel Ungaro, who designed Thandie Newton's dress. "It celebrates the purity, voluptuousness and sensuality of women." The modern twist? Celebrating that hard-earned figure. "These gowns are for women who want to show off their effort," says the Costume Institute's Andrew Bolton. And for people who recognize a style deity when they see one: When Golden Brooks faced the paparazzi in her creation, "they shouted, 'Athena, Athena!' " she said, laughing. "I really did feel like a goddess."
behind the seams
Is Madonna off the tracksuits? The star changed pace in N.Y.C. with a fitted Celine coat, Girbaud's gauchos, two-tone Manolos and Louis Vuitton's this-minute Murakami bag. Maybe the Material Mom's working on a new "American Life"-style....
When Elizabeth Taylor launches a new fragrance, she leaves nothing to chance. For her latest, Gardenia by Elizabeth Taylor Fragrance Collection, she insisted on capturing the aroma of her very own blooms. So the fragrance company creating le scent dispatched a team to the garden of Taylor's L.A. digs, where they extracted the scent of the diva's gardenias at their peak. (Close your, eyes, take a deep breath, and think I of Bel Air.)...
Last week A-list model Maggie Rizer put a lot of work into shedding her clothes for a cause. On the shoot for the invite to the June 25th Viva Glam fundraiser thrown by DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) in New York City, Rizer spent a full eight hours being $ transformed into the Queen of Diamonds. Using gold body paint and Swarovski crystals, M.A.C makeup artist Nadine Luke created the illusion of an intricate lace gown. (Hmmm—wonder what she'll wear to the party?)...
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Wanna cop the cool of The Matrix? You can make like Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss in May, when the Matrix sunglass collection by Richard Walker for Blinde Design hits stores in time for Matrix Reloaded.
Walker's shades ($240) are perfect doubles for those in the film. Call them a chic peek into the future.
Eager, perhaps, to keep their dear ones near, celebs are showing off their family jewels. Not Grandma's diamonds, but instant heirlooms (think Mother's Day) hung with precious photos. "They help me feel connected to the ones I love," says Brooke Burke (left), in a gold Naatalia necklace and bracelet featuring her extended clan. Lisa Rinna keeps kids Delilah and Amelia close with A and J Designs' pendant (upper right), while Maria Shriver wears a photo of her with Arnold in Planet Jill's silver frame (right). And Holly Robinson Peete flashes a Planet Jill bracelet (below) adorned with semiprecious gems and her own little treasures—twins Ryan and Rodney and son Robinson. Brag books? So last month!
A and J Designs necklace, $125; lovearoundtheneck.com
Planet Jill necklace, $105, and bracelet, $200; planetjill.com
Burke's sterling bracelet (left) by Naatalia, $1,453; at intuition, 877-301-8442.
I really LOVE my...
Ralph Lauren satin princess dress. As an actress, singer and producer, Jennifer Love Hewitt stays busy. So does this ballgown—a winner seen on the red carpet three times in three years. Why retire it if it's still a hit?
Set of Sugar's bath gel, lotion and bubble bath, $25; at sephora.com
Craving a sugar fix? Body-conscious divas are high on a new line of skin products that smell as sweet as...you know. Fans of Sugar's bath and body potions include Courteney Cox Arquette Arquette and Drew Barrymore. P.S. None of the goodies actually contain sugar, but the lotion is—honestly!—edible.