updated 08/04/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/04/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Stars are looking downright delicious in summer confections finished off with pretty bows. Whether they're lush pastels (Hilary Swank, Connie Nielsen) or lively prints (Stephanie March, Robinne Lee), these ribboned frocks are as upbeat as they are flattering. Says designer Tracy Feith: "I try to create a style that makes women feel good." Mission accomplished for Jessica Capshaw, who felt "soft and flirty" in her bow-tied Feith. If the look has a message, it's a simple one. Says March: "I enjoy being a girl."
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She may play an angst-ridden teen in How to Deal, but at the film's New York City premiere Mandy Moore looked effortlessly elegant in a tulle Giorgio Armani dress and Christian Louboutin pumps. With swingy earrings, modern hair and a relaxed smile, this fresh-faced performer is all grown up when it comes to style.
SHE ROCKS: Diva extraordinaire Jennifer Lopez has a new title to show off—muse. Jewelry designers Anthony Camargo and David Nakard Armstrong are such fans that they created a tourmaline necklace in her honor. J.Lo promptly borrowed the $6,915 stunner from their company, Anthony Nak, for her July 17 Dateline interview. Lovely idea for a giftie, eh, Ben?...
Sure, she's starring on Broadway in Chicago, but Melanie Griffith (left) should leave the costumes in the dressing room. In New York City on a day of pampering that included a visit to bikini-wax queens the J. Sisters, Griffith looked as if she'd had a bad fright. (Is that a wig, or has she been watching Hitchcock? And the rich-hippie duds should go to Goodwill. My advice: Get a stylist, girl!...
GOOD SPORTS: Fashion meets a noble cause with Dior's hot new Sport Shoe: From Aug. 1 to Aug. 10, part of the money from sales will go to the Aaliyah Memorial Fund (benefiting breast-cancer research and Alzheimer's charities). To kick off the drive, Quincy Jones will open his L.A. manse for the Dance for Life, a celeb-heavy benefit sponsored by Dior. Now that's what you call a friend.
Fans of Dior's $340 sneak: Jewel, Eve and Gwen Stefani.
Penélope Cruz, Faith Hill and others loyal to L.A. brow maven Anastasia are hot for her first-ever lip gloss. Fave shades include Starlet and Sultry: perfect for doing the drama queen thing.
Anastasia lip gloss, $18; www.anastasia.net
Celebs and their stylists have conquered Visible Panty Lines (VPL). So what's with the recent rash of Visible Tan Lines? Strap streaks on Jennifer Love Hewitt and co. suggest that someone forgot that VTL can be cured with self-tanner (and that vertical stripes and bare tops don't mix).
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Ippolita gold bangles. Actress, rock wife and mom-to-be Kate Hudson may have traded her clingiest hippie-chic looks for outfits a little looser at the waist, but her 18k-bangles are a constant. Sleek and simple, they've taken her from the red carpet to dress-down Malibu. Best of all, they work with everything—including a blossoming belly.
Ippolita bangles, $400 each; 877-865-5500