The fur jacket has been cropping up—literally—on celebs who've replaced last year's stoles with this newer style
NAOMI CAMPBELL in Valentino at a book signing party in N.Y.C.
EVA LONGORIA in a sable Cassin out and about in N.Y.C.
MARY J. BLIGE in a mink Adrienne Landau at an N.Y.C. award show.
NICOLE RICHIE leaving MTV's TRL in New York City.
Rosario Dawson definitely looks high Rent in a silk-crepe and chiffon Gucci gown and bag at the film's New York City premiere.
Behind the seams
IT'S THEIRS: Rene Russo plays a widowed handbag designer in the upcoming film Yours, Mine & Ours, but the carryalls her character creates are actually from the French line Jamin Puech and are available for sale. Get Yours now....
Jamin Puech's Jeronimo bag, $450; Jamin Puech, 212-431-5200
NEW WRINKLE: Even beauty products get makeovers. A year ago, Prevage launched as a prescription-only cream with 1 percent idebenone, a wrinkle-fighting antioxidant. Next week, a .5 percent idebenone version will be available over-the-counter as Prevage Elizabeth Arden. Mena Suvari got a sneak peek and became a fan. "With long days onset or on a plane, my skin is at risk," she says. "This is my secret weapon."...
Prevage Elizabeth Arden, $150; www.prevageskin.com for locations
HOLIDAY SHOPPING: The costumer for next year's romantic comedy Holiday ordered OnGossamer's "Luxurious" embroidered tulle camisole in pink and black for stars Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet to wear onscreen. And a very pregnant Jennifer Garner asked to keep the pink one she wore during a magazine photo shoot. It's the top that's spinning all over Hollywood....
OnGossamer Luxurious camisole, $96; Bloomingdale's, 800-232-1854
WRAP PARTY: Decked out in her own finery—a Cartier Trinity bracelet—actress Rachel Weisz helped unveil the 215-ft. ribbon and bow attached to the outside of the jewelry company's Manhattan building. "It's such a New York tradition," says the British actress of Cartier's 26th annual event. "It's the kind of thing I would think the mayor would do!"
INTRODUCING Lucy B. Cosmetics
CREATED BY: Lucy Baldock CELEB CLIENTS: Gwyneth Paltrow and Claudia Schiffer RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: "I get my inspiration from the beauty of Australia and from working," says Sydney-based Baldock.
While working with Elle Macpherson in the middle of Australia, makeup artist Lucy Baldock was amazed—not by the perfection of Elle "The Body" but by the natural beauty of bush flowers. "We met with Aboriginal elders who explained that they had used bush flower extracts for healing for thousands of years," she recalls. "I was inspired." So much so, she spent two years creating Lucy B. Cosmetics, a new line that uses bush flower essences. Organic and aromatherapeutic, the essences are believed by some to be antiviral, anti-inflammatory and can even inspire confidence. "Health food shops don't always have groovy lines, and groovy lines don't always have great ingredients," says Baldock. "I wanted to put the two together."
Stung Lips Ruby Red balm, $17, Lemonade and Fresh Juice gloss, $16 each; www.beautyhabit.com
Trend of the Week
At the premiere of her latest film Reese Witherspoon not only walked the line, she also wore a line—a luxe black headband. Once a daytime staple, the classic black band is now getting dressed up for evening, acting as a formal finishing touch for these swankily clad celebs. Witherspoon's hairstylist, Oscar Blandi, calls the look "reminiscent of Breakfast at Tiffany's, elegant and sophisticated, yet clean."
Mementos of a Movie
From official tie-in fashion to Japanese-inspired accessories, Memoirs of a Geisha will be at a theater—and store—near you
The kimono "is just eight yards of fabric," explains costume designer Colleen Atwood. But don't let that fool you. Some of the rich, stunningly detailed clothing she created was painstakingly dyed, stenciled, hand-painted and embroidered. Atwood "even bought beautiful antique kimonos from a Russian collector on eBay." No less involved was the makeup, which was overseen by Noriko Watanabe (see box), who trained more than 100 makeup artists to help transform the cast. Hey, it ain't easy being geisha.
L.A. jeweler Neil Lane provided two 19th-century French combs from his private collection, including this $50,000 cushion-cut citrine and filigree gold piece.
Geisha costume designer Colleen Atwood asked designer Robin Renzi, co-owner of Me&Ro, to create hair ornaments for the geisha. An exact replica of the silver, gold and coral piece (left) is available for purchase. Me&Ro also has an Asian-inspired line called the Geisha Flower Collection.
Flower Bouquet Hair Ornament, $2,980; garnet-and-silver Geisha Flower Collection pendant, $235; 877-MEANDRO.
These companies wanted the look, the feel and the name of the film.
D.L. & CO.
They're offering Geisha stationery, large scented candles and votives in hand-painted silk hat boxes.
Cherry Blossom Japanese Rose candle with 80 burning hours, $175; Barneys New York, 888-222-7639.
The company has created a limited-edition Holiday 2005 Memoirs of a Geisha Collection.
Floral Kimono Wrap Top, $88; 888-BRSTYLE.
The beauty company created the Sake Bath and Rice collections, which include perfume, face wash, shimmer powder and cosmetics.
Fresh's Geisha Collection, $18.50-$125; www.fresh.com
Using a thermal technique, movie stills from the film have been transferred onto leather goods from bags to shoes.
Red Lantern Cosmetic Case, $85; Rain Dance Coin Purse, $55; Arthur Beren, www.berenshoes.com
GET THE LOOK
"The geisha look is a painted white mask except the nape, dramatic sexy eyes and vibrant lips," says the film's makeup designer Noriko Watanabe. "For eye shadow I used M.A.C and Giorgio Armani in different dark-brown shades," she explains. And for the bright mouth she applied Shu Uemura red lipsticks. "I think for evening a black dress with smoky eyes and eyeliner like a geisha is very sexy," she says.
Giorgio Armani eye shadow #33, $23.50; 800-347-9177. M.A.C eye shadow in Brown Down, $13.50; www.maccosmetics.com. Shu Uemura Lolishine Rouge 140, $20; www.shuuemura.com