Style Watch

updated 01/24/2005 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/24/2005 01:00AM

Love Triangles
Sexy celebs work the right angles with geometric cutouts that highlight shoulders, décolletage—and even ankles

Zhang Ziyi, in Emporio Armani, at a premiere in Los Angeles.

Fantasia Barrino at a Los Angeles awards show.

Alicia Silverstone, in Moschino, at an awards ceremony in L.A.

Elizabeth Hurley, in Versace, at a party in New York City.

Behind the Seams

WINNER'S CIRCLE
The gold standard in elegance? Cate Blanchett in a brocade dress by London designer Marchesa, looking like a Roman goddess at The Aviator premiere in Italy.

TWO CUTE:
Talk about teeny bikinis! Kelly Ripa wore a turquoise-studded two-piece on her holiday trip to Nevis, but the real itsy bitsy number was the matching mini-me suit she brought for daughter Lola Grace. While there, Ripa picked up a second matched set of swimwear and cover-ups (white with mirror trim) from INCA's "Mommy and Me" line. But we have one question: What was dad Mark Consuelos wearing? ...

OLD NEWS:
What's better—vintage jewelry or the hottest new design? Stylesetter Heather Locklear got both when she purchased these gold earrings from up-and-coming L.A. designer Natalie B., who takes vintage gold pieces and crafts them into new looks featuring exotic gemstones. After all, Heather looks great in reruns....
Natalie B. gold and gemstone earrings, $135; at Jennifer Kaufman, 310-854-1058

HIGH BLOTTAGE:
Not all stars want to shine all the time. At last year's Independent Spirit Awards, Naomi Watts told Christian Dior reps that she longed for a chic compact to hold her blotting papers, one that would fit in a dainty evening. Her wish was their command; this year Dior is sending black compacts to certain stylish celebs in time for red-carpet season and passing out logo-ed ones at the Indie Spirits. Neither of the compacts are on sale—yet—but a version for mere mortals may be in the works....

CHEAP CHIC:
Even in Hollywood, a bargain's a bargain. At a Women in Film/GM event last week, Nia Vardalos sported a trendy look—for a tiny price. Her black satin ensemble was from Banana Republic. As for the shrug, "I got this little jacket on Melrose," she confided. "These are going to be in for a season; next week my sister's going to be grabbing it out of my closet. So I thought I'd get something fun, cheap and trendy." After all, savvy shoppers like to save up for big, fat wardrobe classics.

Scene Girls

With matching clothes and accessories, copycat friends Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton show that you're never too old to share dress-up (or dress-down) tips with your best buddy

The Message Tee
Their tees did the talking: Paris's offered advice ($40; www.stevemadden.com ); Lindsay mouthed off ($38; www.shopkitson.com).

The Crystal Cell
To phone homeys, the pair reach for pink-studded T-Mobile Sidekick IIs adorned by NYC Peach ($395 to stud; www.nycpeach.com).

The Archie Sweater
Lindsay's top asks, "Are you a Veronica?" ($345). Clearly, Paris is; hers says, "I saw him first!" ($495; www.shopkitson.com).

The Suede Boots
After Lindsay bought her tan Mukluks, Paris purchased them in several colors, including white, which Lindsay then snapped up ($395; www.shopkitson.com).

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