This season's minidresses are over-the-top—and barely over the bottom. And to make the tiny togs even more eye-popping, the trendiest versions are worn in colorful shades.
THE LOOK HAS LEGS
Minis leave little to the imagination, so kick things up with elaborate boots like Vanessa Marcil or shiny heels like Lindsay Lohan.
Taryn Manning designed her own frock and named it Trouble. "Because a girl who wears this dress," says Manning, "is going to find herself in a lot of trouble!"
Behind the Seams
It's hard to stand out among all the gorgeous gowns at the fashion test that is New York City's Costume Institute gala, but Molly Sims managed to wow the crowd in a cool Michael Kors silk frock and crystal Judith Leiber clutch.
MONSTER FANS: Some people will miss Monica, others will miss Joey once Friends ends. True fashionistas will miss the fashion frenzies the show has sparked. The latest (and possibly last) craze is the Junk Food Cookie Monster tee that Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) wore recently. Fans flooded the designers with requests. It's more than a shirt, it's a—sniff, sniff—show memento....
Junk Food's cotton-and-polyester Cookie Monster tee, $28; www.shopkitson.com
A NAIL TALE: Poor Paula Abdul. "Almost lost my thumb!" she said recently after a manicure left her with an infection so serious, she had to have her right thumbnail removed. To avoid infections in the future, she bought several CutieKits so she can bring her own manicure-pedicure tools to salons. Even Simon Cowell would approve....
CutieKit nail-care set, $35; www.shopintuition.com
ROCKS STAR: Mick's daughter Jade Jagger skipped across the pond to celebrate her fine jewelry line for Garrard's new Manhattan shop. Items range from silver pieces to a $200,000 diamond tiara. Sean Penn, Brooke Shields and Tim Robbins partied with her at the launch bash at the Gramercy Park Hotel....
TOP BANANA: Your neighborhood Banana Republic is taking a turn for the fashion-forward, but don't worry—prices are staying put. The megachain's runway show for fall 2004 was its second and had all the trappings of its couture cousins: gorgeous models, luxe-looking clothing (the most expensive pieces are $400 coats) and celebrities like Mandy Moore and Mary-Louise Parker. From boho chic to retro pieces, new things are in store.
TOAST OF THE TOWN
A Mixed Bag
Toast's leather-and-wood carryalls are a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll—and celebs from both camps are snapping them up. The vintage-inspired bags combine New York-based Australian designer Suzie Kondi Van Wyck's love of nature with "funky, modern materials," she says.
The art that appears on the wood (it's birch) part of her bags is designed by Kondi Van Wyck on her computer—then transferred on and lacquered.
Cameron Diaz, Lauren Bush and Sarah Wynter carry the gold totes. Sarah Jessica Parker and Christina Aguilera bought them in fuchsia, and Cindy Crawford has one in brown.
Where to Buy
Toast's Side Car handbag, $380; www.toastaccessories.com
Bath-and body-care company Ooohlala of Beverly Hills put its best foot forward last month with its new Spa Foot Care Line. The peppermint tootsie treatments ease the dried and tired dogs of celebrities like Mandy Moore and Jessica Alba, who spend their fair share of time living the high-heel life and could use a little ooohlala-aahh.
Peppermint Foot Soak, $16; www.ooohlalabath.com
Trend of the Week
Nicole Kidman and Nicole Richie have tied the knot! Married? Heck no. They're wearing summer's most versatile accessory—the printed scarf—in different ways. Jessica Simpson covers her hair à la Elizabeth Taylor poolside, Richie ties one on as a headband, Kidman opts for a classic neckerchief and Sharon Stone uses hers as a soft belt. It's a look to scarf up...
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