Style Watch

updated 11/03/2003 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/03/2003 01:00AM

The Skinny
This fall the fashion pack is trimming down: Slim, skintight trousers are hugging the hips of celebs every where. In black leather they're rocker redux (Angelina Jolie), while stark white simply sizzles (Mary J. Blige, Charlize Theron). How to finesse this fresh silhouette? Add an'80s touch with "a stiletto or a billowy top," suggests Blige's stylist Atiba Newsome. Ironically, he says, the style's not for waifs, since "it makes you look even skinnier." Kelly Osbourne would look fab in them, but Lara Flynn Boyle—"No!" A sexy pant that can make you look thinner? Now there's a trend with legs....

Behind The Seams

WHAT WAS SHE THINKING?
Out of the blue, the usually tasteful Scarlett Johansson opted for an overly dramatic velvet drape at a recent Hollywood awards gala. The Lost in Translation star certainly has the legs to carry off the look; now all she needs are the pants.

BIKER CHICKS: The latest must-have bag is Versace's white-hot Biker Bag, which has inspired true lust among style-conscious stars. Madonna, J.Lo and Beyoncé zipped, buckled and snapped up leather ones from the fall collection; meanwhile, the lighter, brighter spring version recently seen on the catwalk in Milan was snared by Mariah Carey during a weekend at chez Donatella in Lake Como, Italy. With the autumn supply nearly gone, most of us will have to live with the craving till spring. Or should we just start trolling eBay?...

Versace Biker Bag, $700-$l,200; Versace stores nationwide

BISTRO SPECIAL: Are your peepers pooped? Keep at least one eye out for Body Bistro's Green Apple and Neem Eye Jelly, which fights puffiness. Halle Berry and Bruce Willis have used the ayurvedic potion, which bathes the eye area in apple extract, ginkgo and turmeric root. But here's the real kicker: The ingredients in each jar have been blessed by Tibetan monks....

Body Bistro's eye jelly, $42; www.bodybistro.com

HOT PINK: Nanette Lepore, one of the designers responsible for Reese Witherspoon's rose-colored look in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, was definitely thinking pink at the opening of her new Los Angeles boutique on Oct. 14. Glamor girls Tracee Ellis Ross, Ever Carradine and Tiffani Thiessen sashayed down the pink carpet into the über-girlie West Hollywood haven while bathed in the warm light of a multitude of pink candles. The setting may have been soft, but the designer's message was loud and clear—flirty flattering pink is the new black.

Zodiac Thriller
Five minutes ago trendsetters were getting personal with leather jackets and totes flaunting their initials. Now, though, the same stars are speaking sign language: Demi Moore (Scorpio), Gwyneth Paltrow (Libra) and Debra Messing (Leo) are showing off Bolsa's vibrant leather jackets emblazoned with their celestial IDs. Demi's version is black and white; Debra's a leonine orange and red; and Gwyneth's brown and pink. In the meantime, celebs including Halle Berry (Leo) have picked up on the matching Bolsa bag aligned with their star signs. Cosmic!

Bolsa leather jacket, $595, and bags, $395 (Virgo, left, and Libra), at Kitson; 310-859-2652.

Argyle Style
Taking their style cues from the Scots—and Teds, Joes and Bobs—stars are appearing in argyle sweaters, a piece of traditionally male-patterned boldness. Worn form-fitted or a la borrowed from a boyfriend, this dyed-in-the-wool standard is "a classic autumn piece," says Rachael Leigh Cook. Paired with feminine flair, argyle flatters the gals. After all, diamonds are a girl's best friend.

FEATHER GIRLS
When it comes to baubles, Hollywood's birds of paradise seem to be feeling I mighty flighty. Mia & Kompany's light hearted feather necklace in 14-karat gold is gracing the swanlike necks, of Charlize Theron, Alicia Silver-stone and Naomi Watts. Is there a message here? Guess showing your plumage is one way to prove that you're a way-cool chick.

14-karat gold necklace ($950), Mia & Kompany, Intuition; 877-310-8442.

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