When it comes to dressing sexy, many female celebs have long sought maximum exposure: bare arms, bare legs and necklines that graze the navel. But with the arrival of cutouts—strategically placed spots of nothing—fans such as Sharon Stone, Jenny McCarthy and Elizabeth Hurley are showing unexpected regions of terra derma. "It's the dress du jour," says Fran Drescher, who hit September's Emmys in an abs-exposing Hervé Leger. "Very au courant." Adds designer Richard Tyler, whose clients include Heather Locklear and Geena Davis: "The dresses are sleek and sexy. A cutout is the clothing equivalent of a beautiful sports car."
The look isn't just about flashing flesh, says Hollywood fashion stylist Phillip Bloch, who outfits Nicole Kidman and Vanessa Williams: "It's not for bimbos. Sophisticated women appreciate the artistry of the designs." Understatement, though, wasn't what Melrose Place's Lisa Rinna was after when she bared almost all in a white Gucci cutout at last month's Carousel of Hope ball in Beverly Hills. "I wanted to look hot, man!" she says. "I love to feel naked."
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