updated 09/15/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/15/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Jeans, the well-worn staple in every girl's closet (celeb or otherwise), have undergone a minor alteration—cuffs. The denim detail has two variations: small and casually rolled-up, with sleek flats (Elle Macpherson, Demi Moore) or oversize and full-on fashion-forward, with sassy, high-heeled pumps (Sarah Jessica Parker, Rachel Bilson). With a bit of a '50s kick, "it's a way to do something different to the jeans you wear every day," says stylist Rachel Zoe Rosenzweig. Plus, it's got an off-the-cuff commitment level. (And when it all comes to trends, what's better?)
behind the seams
And they said it couldn't be done: At the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 28, Jessica Alba wore a form-fitting, lace-trimmed leather sheath that looked classy instead of trashy. The Dior by John Galliano dress was edgy, all right, but the look (heightened by sleek hair and earrings) was almost ladylike. Like Audrey Hepburn as a rock chick....
BRUSHING UP: Don't look now, but Halle Berry, Kim Cattrall and even Robert De Niro are high on aroma-therapeutic toothpaste. Developed by celeb dentist Jonathan Levine, Go-Smile's mood fixers include a citrus-scented a.m. version said to stimulate the senses and avender and chamomile-spiked nighttime version meant to help you chill out. The price is $30 for two rubes, but hey—the stuff also keeps your pearly whites clean....
SECURITY BLANKET: The new gotta-have for first-class fixtures like Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyoncé Knowles? A personal travel blanket to use on chilly flights instead of the airline handouts touched by dozens of (ewww!) strangers. Germ-phobic celebs sleep peacefully under the cheery annie m. knits blanket ($150) that converts into a pillow. (Of course, it's handy for snoozing in limos too.)...
MANOLO FOREVER: Is the stiletto maker to the stars feeling nostalgic? Manolo Blahnik has issued a greatest-hits collection featuring his faves from 30 years of sexy spikes and killer heels. On Sept. 9 the limited edition of 15 designs ($545 to $1,600) is debuting online as part of a first-ever "trunk show" on Style.com (later some will hit select Neiman Marcus stores). So get ready to point, click and pretend you're Sarah Jessica Parker on a Blahnik binge.
Famously scruffy stars Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell are two of the unlikeliest (and stubbliest) fans of Sharps Barber and Shop Kid Glove shave gel ($12). The botanical-rich product is the first in a newly launched line of face, body and hair care products "barber-tested on guys, not animals." Other Sharps devotees include Justin Timberlake, Edward Burns and—in a gender-bending twist—Beyoncé Knowles and Britney Spears. (Now whether Justin or Colin told Britney about it is anyone's guess.)
Sharps Barber and Shop "prep for guys" products, $10-$16, available at www.sharpsusa.com
Silk flowers are nothing new, but Chrissy Azzaro of My-Tee has used fuzzy mohair to create bright, blooming pins favored by stars like Kate Hudson, Hilary Duff and Sharon Stone. "You can wear them with almost anything," says Azzaro. "They've got sass-appeal." Wall-flowers need not apply.
My-Tee flower pins, $16, at Fred Segal Twilight, 310-656-9755.
Last seen on the grunge-era Courtney Love, the baby-doll dress is having a revival. With a nod to mod, this season's version is sweet, pretty—and all dolled up. "It reminded me of Brigitte Bardot," says Lindsay Lohan. "We even did my hair like [hers]." Just like a regular Barbie....