"Nothing evokes sensuality like lace," says designer Carmen Marc Valvo. "It is the most delightful fabric a woman can wear." In the bedroom or on a blushing bride, this delicate material "is sweet and a little naughty," says Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon. "When it's lined with nude cloth, it's sexy without being too revealing." With sparkle like Jennifer Connelly's wrap dress or shiny silk like Emma Thompson's gown, the result is holiday-worthy elegance. "It can snag on jewelry, and you need to be careful not to get caught on anyone you hug," adds Beauvais-Nilon. "But it's worth it."
Behind the Seams
Looking a lot like Venus on the half shell, actress and former model Joy Bryant emerged for the New York City premiere of her new film Honey draped in a simple and elegant empire-waist jersey dress with etched leather band by J. Mendel. Joy to the world!
SHIRT THE ISSUE: Scandal checklist: 1. Deny, deny, deny; 2. hire PR firm and lawyer, not necessarily in that order; and 3. buy Klozhorse's "Handle Your Scandal" tee so people will know you've got a world of woe—and a sense of humor. Paris Hilton does, which is why she, along with fellow firebrands Colin Farrell and Daryl Hannah, own the cotton shirt. Now, can Michael Jackson get one with a matching surgical mask?...
"Handle Your Scandal" tank, $40; Jennifer Kaufman, 310-854-1058.
HEELING POWER: Courteney Cox Arquette, Mariah Carey and Kate Bosworth, among others, were given a pair of stilettos by shoe designer Michelle K. and asked to decorate them—and now the finished products are being auctioned off on eBay until Dec. 15, with funds going to the celeb's charity of choice. As if you needed another good reason to buy shoes....
Bid on Kate Bosworth's feather-festooned stilettos at www.ebay.com
CLEVER I.D.: Newlywed Carmen Electra gifted her bridesmaids and hubby Dave Navarro's ushers with memorable keepsakes: silver dog tags by Jean Jewel inscribed with the person's initial on the front and the happy couple's names on the back. You were expecting a pen set?...
Tags, they're it for Carmen and Dave's bridal party.
CRUISE IN HIS SHOES: He may be the last samurai, but Tom Cruise is one of the first to be seen wearing MEDIUM'S delicious new luxury athletic shoes (a.k.a. sneakers). Cruise spotted the argyle-patterned suede Alchemists on a pal and emphatically declared them must-have. Ben's younger brother Casey Affleck and Giovanni Ribisi have each snagged a pair, which are available in five colors. Finally, something stylish to wear-when outrunning screaming fans.
Alchemist shoe, $90; Barneys New York, 888-8-BARNEYS.
What are the stars buying this season? Take a sneak peek at their holiday haul...
Aussie pop star Kylie Minogue got Pout's Pink Pop Knickers with lip gloss, $34; www.sephora.com
A BRAND-NEW BAG
Sarah Jessica Parker bought Nanette Lepore's satin purse, $120; Nanette Lepore, 212-219-8265.
OM FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Julia Roberts was drawn to this OM necklace by 5683 by MMG, $450; Intuition, 877-310-8442.
Kate Hudson took a shine to Lola's Shimmer Powder Ball, $35 800-HBENDEL.
ONESIES FOR THE ROAD
Pop-to-be Russell Crowe found himself "Naughty" and "Nice," this time with Peace Monkey onesies, $28 each; Kitson, 310-859-2652.
Sharon Osbourne bought all seven of her pooches this Jocelyn Inc. Doggie Diamonds collar (below), $95 each; Karens for People + Pets, 212-472-9440. Then she got herself a Fancy Bones diamond necklace (right), $6,700; www.fancybones.com
Jennifer Lopez found a way to add holiday sparkle with T. LeClerc's makeup pencils, $22.50 each; T. LeClerc, 800-788-4731.
Cameron Diaz snagged Splendid long Johns, $53 top, $59 leggings; 888-8-BARNEYS.
Kristin Davis carried away Prada's pouch with six tinted lip balms, $65; wwwn. neimanmarcus.com
Gwyneth Paltrow loves her rock stars—first the boyfriend, now the Alice + Olivia cashmere sweater, $230; www.aliceandolivia.com