It's Hollywood's latest hot-button issue—shirtdresses that look tailored but fun and ready for work or, more likely, play
Samaire Armstrong, in Escada, at a launch party in L.A.
Fergie, in Gucci, at an awards show in L.A.
Nicky Hilton, in Sretsis, at an L.A. fashion show.
Lisa Rinna, in Diane von Furstenberg, leaving a TV appearance in N.Y.C.
Connect the dots and what do you see? A radiant Sarah Jessica Parker in Valentino Couture at the 34th Annual FiFi Awards in N.Y.C.
Behind the Seams
FREE TO BE: When it comes to L.A.'s latest trendy fragrance, certain lovelies just can't let it be. Cameron Diaz and Nia Long snapped up the florally citrus be perfume (named for creators Kristen Becker and John Eshaya), while Christina Aguilera chose the candle....
Be perfume, $65, and scented candle, $45; www.lafairchild.com.
FROM THE HEART: What's Mariska Hargitay's philosophy? Maybe it's that sometimes life should imitate art. After playing a detective who aids victims of sexual assault on Law & Order: SVU, she started the Joyful Heart Foundation to help such women heal "mind, body and spirit" in real life. Now, with help from Philosophy cosmetics, she's created Joyful Heart ocean-inspired shower gel, with all proceeds going straight to the Joyful Heart....
Philosophy Joyful Heart shower gel, $20; www.drugstore.com.
GET "IT"?: There's one way to be sure you've got this season's It bag: Carry Kate Spade's new tongue-in-cheek "it" carryall conceived with and hand-printed by artist Hugo Guinness. A percentage of proceeds from the canvas tote will benefit the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and only 150 were made. Better find it quickly....
Limited-edition canvas it bag by Kate Spade and Hugo Guinness, $250; 1-800-519-3778.
SOFT TOUCH: What makes stylesetters unique? What's on, not in, their jeans. Kerry Washington, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Lindsay Lohan have Gap's new ultra-soft Left Weave jeans and for a custom touch, each chose a word to be embroidered on a pocket; Lohan picked "breathe," Washington went for "smart" and Gellar opted for hubby Freddie Prinze Jr's initial's F.P.J.—a decision he must think is jean-ius.
Gap Left Weave Jeans, $58; Gap stores.
Trend of the Week
Ahh, the whites of spring. This season's hottest color is also a bright idea in accessories. Whether beaded like Nicole Richie's or made of links like Haylie Duff's, these necklaces add subtle drama when worn with white. A gold chain like Sienna Miller's creates a layered, luxe look.
REESE'S (Affordable!) PIECES
Red-carpet gowns she's got—but for gray pavement pounding and general running around, Reese Witherspoon favors the line Puella. She recently bought these pieces in L.A. Other Puella fans include Jennifer Garner, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Aniston and Mischa Barton.
From left: Puella Perfect Cami, $53, Pleated Camisole, $98, Wrap Dress, $176; www.pinkmascara.com.
Makeover of the Week
The actress has gone from blonde to brown—for Pink. Silverstone recently dyed her long (and longtime) golden locks for a role in the ABC comedy Pink Collar about female relationships in the workplace.