What are tweed coats—an itchy, Britishy staple—doing wrapped around so many stylish stars? It's because of their new, relaxed attitude and "modern cut," says designer Louis Verdad, who made Cate Blanchett's funky cloak. "She went to my coat and said, 'I love this.' " From Molly Sims's clever pairing of a ladies-who-lunch jacket with chicks-who-don't jeans to Demi Moore's deconstructed overcoat, it's clear this Sherlock Holmesian relic has been rediscovered. And that's elementary fashion: Everything old is new again.
Behind the Seams
Normally leather-clad and rockin' out, Sheryl Crow cleaned up right nice in a sequined dress by Carmen Marc Valvo and Manolo Blahnik heels at the 37th Annual Country Music Awards. Crow, who was nominated with Kid Rock for the duet "Picture," looked as purdy as one, didn't she?
MAD FOR COW: When you think animals of the rich and famous, you think: Jaguar. Mink. Teeny dogs wearing designer clothing. But cows? Yup. Cowshed, the veggie-based British bath-and-body line, is a fave of the veddy fabulous and, until recently, only available stateside at the elite Soho House (Nicole Kidman and Uma Thurman visit the spa there). Now commoners can buy the cow-themed collection, like Frisky Cow Invigorating Foam Bath or Grumpy Cow Morning Body Wash, at Barneys New York. Udderly cool....
Cowshed's body products, $22 each; 888-8 BARNEYS.
LACE AND FACE: Victoria's Secret models need a bit of paint and powder just like regular gals. Meet make-up artist Charlie Green, is responsible for the models' mugs. To coincide with Victoria's Secret's Nov. 13 fashion show, Green will debut her Super-Model Runway Kit, which creates the "radiant and glowy look you see on the catwalk," she says. Heidi Klum's lips not included....
Super Model Runway Kit, $39; www.victoriassecret.com
DA BOMB: They managed to make velour tracksuits the premiere hang-out, just-gotta-run-out uniform for hipster girls everywhere. Now the ingenious folks at Juicy Couture have come up with a covering for nippier climes. The nylon Juicy Bomber Jacket comes in juicy hues—olive and cream, light blue, pink and more. Britney Spears has it in pink, Cameron Diaz bought a basic black, Denise Richards has 'em in pink and black, and Julia Roberts favored olive. This flight jacket is cleared for takeoff!
Couture's Bomber Jacket, $245; 800-232-1854.
True Religion, a new brand of hip, low-slung jeans, is Hollywood's chosen one. Available in a variety of washes and styles, the jeans flatter both sexes, including angel Jennifer Garner and rascally devil George Clooney. Couple Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake both sport them, and MTV's Newlyweds Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey agree that these jeans are divine.
True Religion jeans, $172; 310-394-9814
Who better to design bags with a flair for drama and duplicity than soap actress Kari Fraser, the first Dixie on All My Children. Fraser's one-of-a-kind handbags, called Grace Holden, feature a detachable bracelet made with pearls, crystals and antique brooches. Penélope Cruz owns a few of the pretty purses, which let you carry your goodies on the inside—and out.
Grace Holden purses, $325 each; www.gracehotden.com
A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY...
...a little bit rock and roll. With just one day between them, the Country Music Awards and MTV Europe Music Awards were worlds—and wardrobes—apart. Let's compare.