Low-cut and cinched at the waist, these sexy winter coats are keeping celebs warm—and hot—on the red carpet
Behind the Seams
THE LEVI'S HAVE IT: Mena Suvari is true to her blues. At Levi's store opening in Beverly Hills, the actress remembered "the vintage Levi's I had as a teenager. I used to go to vintage stores and get them. They've been around for such a long time. You can get any style and any wash. Their selection is endless, and you can't really get that with a lot of other jean companies." Not surprisingly, Suvari wore Levi's to the event—their Skimmer Skinny jean from the new Capital E collection....
MONKEY SEE, MONKEY BUY: Can't we all just get a Kong? Nope—at least not the ones celeb jeweler Rosalina custom-made for King Kong star Adrien Brody. The actor commissioned a $16,000 ape-inspired cognac diamond ring and a $34,000 black diamond pendant that he wore to the film's N.Y.C. premiere. Brody, who'd come across Rosalina's line of diamond animal rings, said he'd "never seen anything like them. I love animals, and they were fun and had a sense of humor." And a serious price tag....
SHOP TALK: During Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn's recent trip to Arizona, the pair visited the Lather boutique in Scottsdale. The actress picked up Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Scrub, Eucalyptus Foaming Foot Scrub, Lip Balm, Lavender Lime Shea Butter and more. Not sure how the rest of their trip went, but here's guessing Aniston was smooth....
THIS JUST SIMS: She works on Las Vegas, but Molly Sims shops in Beverly Hills. The actress visited the Club Monaco store there and bought two Elisa vests and a cropped tweed Acadia jacket (Jessica Alba has it too) that's selling faster than a Vegas roulette wheel. Sims knows a good bet when she sees one.
WINNER'S CIRCLE: The future looks bright for Charlize Theron, who dazzles in a custom-made Dior Haute Couture dress at the L.A. premiere of Aeon Flux.
Trend of the Week
One way to bring a breath of spring to winter evenings? Add a faux flower to a formal hairstyle. It's "a flirty and pretty look," says makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff, who worked with hairstylist Theresa Hill to create Alicia Keys's look for the Memoirs of a Geisha premiere. They used the movie for inspiration, says Sheriff, explaining that "traditional geishas wore live flowers in their hair." Keys's updated version was made of hardier silk flowers, the bloom of choice for this bouquet of modern beauties.
Help in a Jar
It's too early to stuff stockings, but Liv Tyler and Sarah Jessica Parker have already jam-packed jars. New York City's C.O. Bigelow Apothecary asked star shoppers to fill signed ceramic jars with their favorite products to be auctioned on eBay from December 15 to 22, with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Madonna is still a material girl, right down to her eyelashes—the brushed mink, diamond-studded false ones she and her makeup artist Shu Uemura's Gina Brooke dreamed up to match her album's disco feel. She's been wearing them at every performance, and the company produced just one other $10,000 pair for sale at Neiman Marcus. Girls with slightly less material can settle for limited edition Diamante lashes made of synthetic fiber and crystals.
INTRODUCING Matin Maulawizada
CLAIM TO FAME: A top celebrity makeup artist improving the lives of women in Afghanistan. INSPIRATIONAL CLIENT: Angelina Jolie. "She told me to put aside my fears and do what I need to do."
Makeup artist Matin Maulawizada is used to changing the faces of celebs like Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow. Changing the lives of women in his native Afghanistan has been a bit more intense. His organization, Afghan Hands, pays women in Afghanistan to embroider one-of-a-kind scarves and shawls (that Lindsay Lohan and Claire Danes have snapped up) and actually pays them to learn to read and write with the help of a teacher. Some women in Afghanistan, especially those who are the primary breadwinners, "are so poor they would rather make money than go to school," explains Maulawizada, 41, who has kept his day job to support Afghan Hands. "My goal is that they get high school diplomas." Many of them are well on their way. "I received a shipment of shawls and [the women] had signed their names on the back. They had finally learned to write their own names. They were the most beautiful signatures I'd ever seen."
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YVES SAINT LAURENT MUSE BAG.
Naomi Watts has gone bananas over her leather ivory bag by Yves Saint Laurent. The King Kong star carried the tote all day on Nov. 30 while in N.Y.C. to promote her upcoming film—changing outfits repeatedly but not swapping her bag (an almost unheard of event in celeb-land). Why the Kong-like grasp on it? The $1,195 Muse has reached It-bag proportions: Nicole Kidman, Sienna Miller and Demi Moore own it too.
STYLE WATCH CONTRIBUTORS Danielle Dubin, Eleni Gage, Samantha McIntyre, Dana Meltzer, Kara Murphy