Tucking a simple white top into a high-waisted black bottom keeps these stars looking put together on (and off) the red carpet
MARIA SHARAPOVA in Temperley London shorts in Malibu.
WHITNEY PORT in a Yigal Azrouël skirt at a party in New York City.
JENNIFER GARNER out for a stroll while shopping in Los Angeles.
JAMIE-LYNN SIGLER in a Calvin Klein top and Zac Posen skirt at an event in Los Angeles.
Reese Witherspoon was a blue belle in the Sari Gueron dress and strappy heels she wore to an Avon event in São Paulo, Brazil, Aug. 28.
Behind the Seams
SECRETS FROM THE SET
Even Blake Lively takes her fashion cues from Gossip Girl. After the show's costume designer selected a Cake sweater for Serena to wear (right), Lively made a beeline to New York City's Henri Bendel to buy it. Meanwhile, Kooba has debuted the Blake bag, which the star also loves. "I ordered 10 in different colors to give to my sisters and friends," says Lively.
Kooba Blake bag, $645; saks.com
Cake ikat sweater, $298; 800-423-6335
MAMA PHELPS LOVES CHICO'S
Gold-medal mom Debbie Phelps wore so many Chico's pieces during son Michael's Olympic games, the chain has named a line after her. "The clothes are wrinkle-free, professional and artsy," says Phelps. "I have been shopping at Chico's for years; and every time I have [a] competition, I enhance my wardrobe immensely prior to traveling." Son Michael approves: "Now that's D.P. [Debbie Phelps]!" he said of the collaboration.
Debbie Phelps Collection Breezy Sheer Marjory Jacket, $98; chicos.com
VOTE FOR FASHION
With the presidential campaign in full swing, here are some ways to stylishly support John McCain, Barack Obama or just the fabulousness of voting in general
SOCIOLOGY Rock the Vote tee, $44; revolveclothing.com
MAURI PIOPPO Sterling silver necklace (11-04-08 is inscribed on back), $125; mauripioppo.com (20% of net profits donated to The Creative Coalition)
PUBLIC LIBRARY Obama Rama tee, $24; shopkitson.com
KAREN ZAMBOS VINTAGE COUTURE Vote scarf, $108; shopbop.com
CAFE PRESS I'm A McCainiac tee, $38; shopintuition.com
KNOT2MUCH2ASK Bracelet, $50 (25% of proceeds donated to the Obama campaign); knot2much2ask.com
PETS VOTE McCanine 2008 Doggy Tee, $20.08; petsvote.com (a portion of all proceeds benefit North Shore Animal League America)
There's a reason the air suddenly smells a little sweeter: A slew of celebs—Jessica! Gwen! Christina!—are launching signature scents. Here's a preview
Simpson's brand-new fragrance Fancy hits stores this month.
WHAT DOES IT SMELL LIKE?
"It's like when your boyfriend's cologne rubs off on you a bit—a mixture of fruit, flowers and the hottest guy," says Simpson. "The base is a vanilla cream, but it also has sandalwood, gardenia, jasmine and almond."
HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL?
"You want to hug the person wearing it. It's a fragrance that you don't have to worry about offending anyone in an elevator."
FANCY BY JESSICA SIMPSON
Eau de parfum spray, $49 for 1.7 oz.; macys.com
In her second fragrance venture, Stefani again uses Harajuku Girl culture for inspiration.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO DO FIVE SCENTS?
"You can choose which one you relate to," says Stefani. "I thought it would be cool to have each Harajuku Girl have her own fragrance that [fit] their personalities."
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE? "I really like G, which has a great coconut, tropical smell. And Love is so pretty that I can wear it both during the day and night."
Eau de toilette sprays, $45 each for 1 oz.; sephora.com
Hathaway is the new face of Lancôme's latest fragrance, Magnifique.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THIS SCENT?
"It's all about passion, joy and intensity," says Hathaway. "Fresh roses is one of the best scents in the world."
DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST FRAGRANCE?
"It was a peach body spray. I was 12. I went around smelling like a chemical peach orchard for a while. When you're young, you don't always understand the idea of less is more."
MAGNIFIQUE BY LANCOME
Eau de parfum, $65 for 1.7 oz.; lancome-usa.com
OTHER STAR FRAGRANCES
Christina Aguilera Inspire, $49 for 1.7 oz.; macys.com
Kate by Kate Moss, $52 for 1.7oz.; dillards.com
Luscious Pink by Mariah Carey, $52.50 for 1.7 oz.; macys.com
Beckham Signature for Her, $52 for 1.7 oz.; macys.com
KATIE'S JEAN WARDROBE
Katie Holmes is rocking multiple jeans styles in N.Y.C. Here's how to get her casual chic looks for less
THE People POLL
WHICH KATIE JEANS STYLE DID PEOPLE.COM READERS LIKE BEST?
62% liked her skinny jeans
25% preferred high waisted
13% liked the boyfriend style
Levi's 524 Too Superlow jeans, $40; kohls.com
Armani Exchange Paper-bag-waisted trouser jeans, $80; armaniexchange.com
LTB Denim May jeans, $70; 310-396-1101