updated 02/23/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 02/23/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST
You clip them and vow never to do it again, but lo, the call of bangs lures you back...and why shouldn't it? They're a way to update your look without losing your hard-earned length.
THE PRIME CUTS: Today's of-the-moment bangs come in two versions: sideswept like Molly Sims's sultry style or straight across like Kate Hudson's ca. '60s coif.
HOW DO YOU DO IT?
"To make the bangs modern, they need to be thick on the front and side," says stylist Laurent D., who fashioned Jewel's newly cut fringe. "And keep them long—that's what makes them sexy. These are the kind of bangs that need to be trimmed every two weeks."
Behind the Seams
Talk about white-hot. First, Charlize Theron's Golden Globe win, then a Best Actress Oscar nomination and now the winning Chanel tweed dress she wore to the Academy Awards nominees luncheon. No Monster here.
ON THE BLOCH: When the man who styles Halle Berry puts his mind to making jewelry, it's not going to be ho-hum. For his foray into baubles, Phillip Bloch teamed with Baccarat to create a crystal necklace and earring set, which he'll take to the Oscars to drape on a lucky star. Eventually, the pieces will be auctioned to benefit breast cancer research....
Copies of the original necklace, $2,400, and earrings, $300, are available by special order; 800-777-0100.
RETAIL THERAPY: Can't buy her love, but you can buy retail at your stepdaughter's clothing store. Although the two are said to have a frosty relationship, Sir Paul McCartney's wife, Heather Mills, recently spent a half hour shopping at Stella McCartney's London boutique. New mother Mills went home with a multicolored top, pinstripe pants and a matching jacket and skirt. And she paid full price for all of it....
FLOWER POWER: Once you're nominated for an Oscar, even your mailman has to go into high gear. Among the gifts being delivered to the actress nominees—including Naomi Watts and Renée Zellweger—are Charles Worthington's Couture Results hair goodies. Made with rare black-orchid oil, they come in a leather Smythson clutch with a silver Asprey compact and a $5,000 diamond Mondera barrette....
After the Oscars, buy the set (sans barrette) at Worthington's N.Y.C. salon, $1,950; 212-941-9696.
SAG SWAG: The presenters at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Feb. 22 will receive some pretty cool loot. Jennifer Garner and the others will walk away with a Hugo Boss boogie board; Tumi luggage; a Judith Ripka diamond-and-lizard bracelet; the world's thinnest digital camera, by Oregon Scientific; Debauve & Gallais chocolate; and more. Mortals can buy a replica gift bag on eBay—the bidding starts at $3,000 (far below the collection's unspecified value). Proceeds go to the SAG Foundation charity.
The SAG gift collection is up for auction on eBay from Feb. 18 to Feb. 25; stores.ebay.com/sagawards10
WHO: Jennifer Oz LeRoy
HOMETOWN: New York City
RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: LeRoy, who inherited the famed Tavern on the Green restaurant, spices up everyday items with razzle-dazzle designs.
Why did LeRoy start putting on the glitz? "My family was always going out to dinner, and we'd put our cell phones on the table and get confused as to whose phone was whose," says the competitive horseback rider. "At first I just put a few crystals on the sides of the phone to show it was mine. Then I went stud crazy!" Since founding Jenny'z in August, her stud-crazy ways have led to a stud craze (and more than $200,000 in sales)—Britney Spears has a contact lens case, Kate Hudson has a piggy bank and baby brush-and-comb set. Jessica Simpson requested an "I Love Nick" cell phone, and other custom items have included Swarovski-crystalled computers, iPod covers and Vespas. "Someone asked us to stud their Bentley!" she says. "For now we've just done the license plate frame." With Jenny'z clothing, furniture and handbags under way, it looks like her future is crystal clear.
The Jenny'z computer took 20 hours to decorate, $2,000 (depending on design); manicure set, $150; paperweight (left) $90; piggy bank, $425; www.jennyzny.com
So Nice They Got it Twice
What floats Jessica Simpson and Christina Aguilera's totes? Simpson got Gucci's carryall, which costs upwards of $1,190, in black and pink—perfect for the sometimes serious fashionista, sometimes kittenish crooner. Aguilera took a black-and-white approach to Luella Bartley's bag ($695 for the small, $895 for the larger). Wonder if she'll use one to haul her new Grammy.