When it comes to upbeat spring frocks, celebs are doing double takes: Whether it's Debra Messing appearing in the same Donna Karan as Julia Stiles or LeAnn Rimes and Shiva Rose in twin Guccis, the instant replay is in the air. (So far, not on the same red carpet, but we're standing by.) The surprise: Since each star has her own sartorial character, no one comes off as a copycat. Doubles, anyone?
and Nikki Cox, both in N.Y.C., in Marc Jacobs' purple dabble-print dress.
in N.Y.C. and Laura Linney in Cannes, wearing Donna Karan's cotton-piqué skirt.
LeAnn Rimes in Las Vegas and Shiva Rose in L.A., each in Gucci's embroidered dress.
Debra Messing (right) and Julia Stiles, both in N.Y.C., in Donna Karan's embroidered eyelet dress.
behind the seams
At the Essence Awards in L.A., Queen Latifah
looked, well, like a princess in a Bradley Bayou for Halston Empire-waist gown that set off her curves and complexion. Pairing the richly hued dress with gold accessories like Lana Marks's Cleopatra clutch, she struck a perfect balance between elegance and star quality. A crowning achievement....
STRANGE BREW: Scent maven Alex Balahoutis recently opened a Venice, Calif., boutique called Strange Invisible Perfumes. Celebrity pals including Anjelica Huston, Sela Ward and Molly Sims are dousing themselves with Red Dragon, made for them by the ethereal Alex. (Her motto: "Every fragrance has a soul.") Getting your own scent made to order costs $700, but look at it this way—you won't sniff it on everyone you know....
JEAN GEMS: Want a fresh way to show off your assets? Janet Jackson
, Mariah Carey
and Rita Wilson are flaunting the Jean Jewel—gold and silver baubles designed to hang from a belt loop. Ranging from $65 to $500, the saucy new midriff enhancers come in 75 styles, many with semi-precious stones. Created by Hollywood producer Wendy Thorlakson, they're perfect for adding a shot of glam without doing the full-on bling thing....
GALLIANO LIGHT: Hip to the fact that we all look better in candlelight, designer John Galliano has whipped up a candle for Diptyque (the French firm whose scented versions are catnip to style-philes). Hitting stores on June 15, the Essence of John Galliano candle, $45, is already in the hands of the cognoscenti—Elton John, Jennifer Aniston
, P. Diddy
and J.Lo. (Mood lighting for the Bentley?)
A Passion for Fashion
Nameplate necklaces, Fendi bags, drop-dead Manolos—Sex and the City
made stars of them all. At the start of its sixth (and final) season, a look at the sartorial joys of Sex
reveals that HBO's comedy has put an indelible spin on urban chic
Little things mean a lot
Carrie's whimsical accessories sparked trends because "everything's wearable," says costume designer Patricia Field. What's this season's surprise hit? Field won't say: "There are a few contenders, but I want people to see for themselves. I don't want to expose the magic."
Coming attractions: Carrie's new looks
A woman with the courage to wear microshorts with stilettos on the streets of Manhattan, Sarah Jessica Parker
's Carrie Bradshaw looks dishy in anything from Richard Tyler to thrift-shop finds unearthed by costume designer Patricia Field. Eccentric, creative and confident, Parker's character has stepped out in looks that range from the sublime to Oy! Here, a peek at ensembles from the final season....
Instead of her signature stilettos, Carrie gravitates toward platforms.
This-minute Louboutins with bows are seen with aviators revived from seasons past.
Hems are lower, but the mood is still flirty: Check the bag and peep-toe shoes.
Carrie (in Miu Miu platforms) takes her eclectic style to new heights.
On the Prowl in Killer Heels
Sex put shoe designers like Manolo Blahnik in the mainstream. "People tell me, 'Even my husband knows what Manolos are, and he's a plumber,' " says Field.