Style Watch

updated 09/01/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/01/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Read My Tee

Stars often complain about being misquoted, but they've found a way around it—by letting their tees do the talking. Whether the tops offer a subtle come-on (Drew Barrymore) or a tongue-in-chic take on a 'tude (Wanda Sykes), the message is loud and clear: "They can help you say what you don't have the nerve to say out loud," laughs Sykes's stylist Stephanie Siegel. Best of all, they guarantee that no one else gets the last word....

Star Faves

love this life by David Culiner, $32, at www.lovethislife.net. Born to Lose by Left Field, $48. at www.leftfieldnyc.com. SimplyShe, $32, at www.simplyshe.com.

behind the seams

winner's circle
At the Don't Tempt Me premiere in New York City, an elegant Penélope Cruz dazzled in Ralph Lauren's one-of-a-kind silk charmeuse gown with jeweled halter neckline, toting his vintage silver clutch. Harry Winston's diamond bracelet and drop earrings further illuminated the Spanish beauty. Tempting, indeed.

ALL DOLLED UP: Giorgio Armani has a new muse—Barbie. Debuting Sept. 8, his upscale version of the Mattel fave ($134.99) wears an elegant strapless top and sparkly tulle skirt. But this Barbie isn't just a pretty face. Armani will donate his portion of the take to YouthAIDS and Room to Grow (a charity for babies born into poverty). Will the hoopla turn Barbie's head? Stay tuned....

Philanthropist Barbie? Armani gives her a mission.

SHOPPING HAUL: Identical gift bags? So last month! Instead, Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige and other stars on MTV's Video Music Awards show at Radio City will visit a backstage "gift retreat" offering PhatBox MP3 players for the car, Atari games, Miss Sixty jeans and more. VIPs also can pick a six-day trip to a Pearl Resort in Tahiti. (Rock and roll R&R!)...

Gift list: MTV Video Music Awards
On Aug. 28 presenters and performers can grab Fendi sunglasses, $350; Miss Sixty jeans, $99-$169; a Tommy Hilfiger leather jacket, $395; and Havaianas thongs, $50.

WATCH CRAZE: Celebs including Madonna and Sharon Osbourne are mad for a new Philip Stein watch said to protect against electronic pollution from cell phones, computers and other gizmos. Priced from $595 for a plain version to $1,995 for the luxe diamond model, the watch has a Teslar chip that emits a frequency meant to neutralize electro-smog. Wearers swear it zaps stress and anxiety: Barbara Walters wears her watch 24/7, and P. Diddy has ordered a showy diamond Teslar with extra carats. (Bonus! It doubles as bling.)

Philip Stein watches, Bloomingdale's; 800-232-1854.

I really LOVE my...

Rafinity diamond circle earrings. Classy and modern, Lucy Liu's sparkling sideways hoops certainly get around; the actress has worn them on the red carpet in Paris and at a chic charity event in L.A. Custom-made by Rafinity, Liu's go-everywhere earrings are definitely in the loop as far as Hollywood's concerned: When it comes to jewelry, the circle's the shape to be seen in.

AMAZON WOMEN

Did someone say Fountain of Youth? Right now, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Jennifer Garner and other stars are high on a "body-toning" line based on medicinal plants from the Brazilian rain forest. Created by a Paris spa, Nuxe Spa Tonific potions include a Firming Body Cream ($39) and Body Nourishing Lotion ($28) packed with exotica like bamboo and Brazilian mimosa—known in South America as the "bark of youthfulness." Bonus: Since the plants aren't endangered, Nuxe fans can get their fix sans guilt.

Nuxe Spa Tonific Body Mist, $28; Massage Body Oil, $30; 888-8 barneys.

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