updated 03/08/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/08/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST
Guess who's got the Midas touch? Jessica Simpson, Eve and a slew of designers like Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Celine have all grabbed ahold of the gold for toting valuables.
Spring's lustrous leather carryalls are suitable for day and night and are capable of dressing up a pair of jeans or adding the pizzazz your basic black lacks.
PICK YOUR KARATS
Not ready for the solid-gold answer? Plenty of spring's hippest bags just have gold hardware and finishings for a semiprecious look.
Behind the Seams
Evan Rachel Wood shows her range—from troubled girl in Thirteen to lovely young lady in Oscar de la Renta and De Beers diamonds at the SAG Awards (she was a nominee). Bravos all around!
SHOW OF AFFECTION: After Sex and the City's Manolo madness and Fendi fever, no one is sadder to see the show's demise than the designers who were glorified during its six-year run. Now it's time to give back—and how. After the finale, Sarah Jessica Parker and her costars each received fashion-house favors, including a Versace clutch purse filled with makeup and $200 tortoiseshell sunglasses, Diane Von Furstenberg dresses, Bella Dahl cashmere sweatsuits and a Major League Baseball New York Yankees bikini by G3. (Remember, Carrie Bradshaw once dated a Yankee in the second season.) Parting really is sweet sorrow....
Jeweler Anthony Nak gave the Sex gals a blue topaz, aquamarine and sapphire necklace, $16,000.
CASE CLOTHED: Nae & Audie's PJs "have been a real comfort to me," Martha Stewart has said about the company's soft, muted cotton sleepwear. They may be low-tech, but they get high marks from Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Alba too....
Nae & Audie pajamas, $95; www.naeandaudie.com
FACE TIME: Oscar nominees are descending upon facialist Tracie Martyn for her famous "resculpting" facial, which reduces puffiness and firms the skin. Renée Zellweger, Charlize Theron, Tim Robbins and Sofia Coppola all have appointments. So let the statues fall where they may, no one can take away their glow....
Renée uses Martyn's new cleanser, $60; Barneys New York, 888-8BARNEYS
DAISY CHAIN: Following in the footsteps of swimsuit models-turned-TV-hosts-turned-fashion designers like Kathy Ireland and Cheryl Tiegs, Daisy Fuentes has lent her name to a clothing manufacturer. This month her casualwear line (price range: $16-$46) debuts at Kohl's department store, after a kickoff bash in N.Y.C. on Feb. 18—one year to the day after Fuentes first met with the folks at Kohl's, who hope the collection will blossom.
I really LOVE my...
Childish maternity jeans. Gotta give Gwyneth Paltrow snaps (make that three up the side of each pant leg to be exact) for keeping her fashion savvy while losing her waistline. But even a glam mama is going to stick with what works—and is comfy. The stretch denim boot-cut "Elle" jean has a frayed, unfinished bottom and under-the-belly waist, $92; www.childishclothing.com.
Sleep Like a Baby
Binky, Lovey...Whatever you called your baby blanket, it was cuddled beyond recognition. My Blankee, a new ultrasoft line of hypoallergenic microfiber bedding, is so plush that Ozzy Osbourne can't sleep without his My Blankee pillow. Madonna and Russell Crowe are fans as well. Real softies, no?
Stroller size, $72; www.myblankeeinc.com
In Hollywood, successes (and failures, not to mention public humiliation) are hardly official until on a shirt. Enter Project E's The Apprentice-inspired tees and tanks to remind us of Mr. Trump's catchy phrase (and kooky coif). So get fired—and keep the shirt on your back.
Project E's T-shirt, $36, tank, $24; Bloomingdale's, 800-555-SHOP.