updated 03/07/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/07/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST
The coral of the story? Celebs are awash in accessories and prints inspired by this treasure of the sea
The Aviator's Josie Maran, in a vintage necklace, at a Golden Globes party.
Cate Blanchett, in Lydia Courteille danglers, at a premiere in Paris.
Molly Sims, in Michael Kors gown and Neil Lane earrings, at a Golden Globes party.
Paula Abdul, in Frdéric Missir necklace, at a party in Los Angeles.
Rosario Dawson, in vintage earrings, at the SAG Awards.
Behind the Seams
Twice as nice in black: Eva Mendes, in a silk Prada dress, and Amber Valletta, in a vintage lace frock, make their own match at Hitch's premiere in Berlin.
HEELS OF FORTUNE:
Diamonds were her best friends, but Marilyn Monroe's favorite acquaintances may have been these Swarovski crystal ear-rings. Stuart Weitzman fashioned them into adornments for Regina King's Oscar shoes; along with other celeb-signed Weitzman Oscar heels, these—with replicas of the gems—will be auctioned on eBay April 1-17 to benefit the celeb's favorite charity....
Monroe's earrings have been worked into Stuart Weitzman shoes; on sale in the Celebrity Rags 4 Charity Riches auction. www.ebay.com
Forget best-dressed lists-having a bag named for you is a style setter's highest honor. First came the Grace-inspired Kelly, then Coppola spawned the Sofia. Next to launch a thousand wait lists? Kooba's Sienna tote.The muse approves. "I'm flattered to have a bag named after me," says Sienna Miller, who has been carrying it nonstop. "Especially one as cool as this."...
Kooba Sienna bag, $595; at Barneys New York, 888-822-7639
The girls in Destiny's Child are such trendsetters, even they watch their videos for fashion inspiration. After wearing Roberta Chiarella's colorful 22-karat-gold-plated jewelry in their upcoming videos "Girl" and "Cater 2 U," Beyoncé Knowles and Michelle Williams each catered to their own tastes, buying pieces to wear offscreen. Knowles snagged six bangles, and Williams picked these dangling earrings....
Roberta Chiarella turquoise bracelets, $86 each; and mosaic crystal earrings, $338; www.robertachiarella.com
How does a nominee spend the weekend before the Oscars? Leonardo DiCaprio whiled away last Sunday shopping in SoHo with not one but two women he seemed to adore. But don't start ordering Gisele Biindchen a copy of He's Just Not That into You yet--the ladies were DiCaprio's mom and grandmother, who spent an hour helping him pick out spring casual clothes at H Hilfiger.
Oscar's Gifted Program
Appearing at the Oscars is a ticket to the swankiest giveaway around. Here's the scoop on Oscar goody bags
How much stuff does an Oscar participant get?
On Feb. 28 the Academy gives each presenter and performer an official basket valued at more than $25,000. All items are donated and must be worth at least $500; vendors do not pay an inclusion fee as with most gift bags, but competition is fierce. "The Academy gets a ton of applicants," says Sara Denny, PR manager for Krups (who provided kitchen appliances). "They want something luxurious." Nominees don't get the basket, but companies shower them with gifts, like those at right.
What's in it for vendors?
Access to elite clientele. "It's exciting to think talented people are wearing something you're proud of," says Kay Unger, who gave $600 cashmere sweatpants to the official basket. It also contains vouchers, like a stay at the Carlyle Hotel. "It stimulates old friends to visit again," explains managing director James McBride. Vouchers are good for a year, and celebs can't regift.
Does everyone redeem their vouchers?
Some celebs can't be bothered. Describing the Grammy basket, John Mayer says, "There's always some weird one that makes up half of the $50,000 value, like a $25,000 biplane ride in West Virginia that nobody's going to turn in."
Most gift bags cater to women; what about guys?
There are lots of unisex electronics; Motorola is giving its new V3 Razr phone and three months of Cingular service.
HOPE ON A ROPE:
Nominated actresses have received L'Oreal's Color of Hope bracelet with pave diamonds. Oscar-watchers can buy a silver version to benefit ovarian cancer research ($12.95; www.lorealparisusa.com).
BAG OF TREATS:
Actress nominees received Revlon Red Carpet Anya Hindmarch bags filled with products and a personalized message engraved in gold.
GOLD DUST WOMEN:
Varnish nail salon sent 24k gold-infused polish topped by an 18k lucky charm and certificates for Oscar day mani-pedis.
GLAMOR TO GO: Nominees who visited the Estée Lauder Beauty Spa suite left with Michael Kors bags filled with Manolo Blahnik sandals, Baccarat crystal and other goodies.
DIAMOND MINE: Female nominees were given two diamond necklaces to layer, and a pair of diamond earrings, all from Kwiat. The male hopefuls got cuff links.