Style Watch

updated 02/02/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/02/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

Curls About Town

Let's get it straight: Don't.

WHAT'S IN: Romantic, pretty, Pre-Raphaelite curls are the new way to go when you're going out.

WHAT'S OUT: Severe, straight, flat-ironed Cher hair.

GET THE LOOK: Mischa Barton's stylist Jenny Cho blew The O.C. star's hair straight with sculpting cream, then spritzed 1-in. sections with holding spray, wrapping each around a medium-size curling iron and finishing it off with hairspray and a finger comb-through.

MAKE IT LAST: "Preparation is key. Use enough sculpting and hold products," says Cho, so you don't lose the curl and look left out in the rain.

Behind the Seams

WINNER'S CIRCLE
Lucy Liu, who long ago earned her fashion wings, gets plucky in an ostrich-feather and beaded-lace Carolina Herrera cocktail dress at the Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hairstylist Guild Awards in Beverly Hills.

WHAT'S IN A NAME?: About $50,000 worth in diamonds if you're Sharon Stone, Beyoncé and Ashanti. Each bought Jacob the Jeweler's 7-carat monogrammed timepiece. Stone ordered a second, nameless one to wear while filming Catwoman so as not to damage the first. There's always enough time for more bling....

Jacob the Jeweler Angel watch, $50,000; 212-719-5887.

LIPS AND TONGUE-IN-CHEEK: Torque's scene of Monet Mazur as a biker babe in an iconic Rolling Stones lip-and-tongue tee would be just par for the racecourse were it not for the fact that her artist father, Ruby Mazur, created the design. She wore it to work, and director Joseph Kahn flipped. As for Dad, says Monet, "I'm sure he's very happy about it."...

SUNDANCE SECRET: Makeup artist Pati Dubroff, who prepped Naomi Watts and Amy Smart for the festival, says the savvy celeb trick to saving face in the cold is tinted moisturizer. "It hydrates and gives a perfect glow," says Dubroff. The women "want to look pretty but don't want to look like they tried too hard."...

Elizabeth Arden Sheer Lights Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15, $25; www.dillards.com

SEALS OF APPROVAL: In other Sundance news, stars took time out to make a real fashion statement—stop clubbing seals. In their "Club Sandwiches, Not Seals" sweatshirts and "Save Seals" mittens, celebs like Christina Applegate, model Carmen Kass and Nick Carter signed a Humane Society petition to put an end to Canada's seal hunts. Making movies—and a difference?

Sweatshirt, $50, mittens, $25; available Feb. 1 at www.protectseals.org

Trend of the Weeks
LEOPARD COATS

Talk about spotting a trend: From London to L.A., ladies like Kate Moss are prowling around in this feline print. Kimberly Stewart's dad, Rod, saw her topper at a Malibu store and declared it a must-have: "He's obsessed with loud, outspoken things." These cool cats are onto something.

Manolo's New Bag
Manolo Blahnik, the high priest of high heels, has teamed up with Estée Lauder and designed his first-ever bag. It's unisex, big enough for a weekend getaway and filled with more than $10,000 worth of beauty and fashion goodies to be given to select Oscar nominees. With no plans to design another, it's Blahnik's feet, er, fait accompli.

Oscar nominees will receive an Hermès throw; Baccarat earrings and a lighter; Estée Lauder beauty products; a custom spa package; and more. For Just the leather bag, $3,500; Manolo Blahnik, 212-582-3007.

STAR SCENTS
A celebrity playground, the isle of Capri is also famous for its perfume, Carthusia, which is now available closer to home at Barneys New York. George Clooney wears Mediterraneo, and Elizabeth Hurley favors Lo Capri. It's almost as good as being there. Almost.

Carthusia's Lo Capri eau de toilette, $90, available Feb. 1; 888-8 BARNEYS.

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