Hottest Winter Fashions

From New York to L.A., see what trends PEOPLE style director Susan Kaufman calls the must-haves for the season. By Serena Kappes

  • TREND: PLATFORM SHOES photo | Ashley Olsen, Eva Mendes, Lindsay Lohan

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Updated: Sunday Dec 25, 2005 | 06:00 AM EST

TREND: PLATFORM SHOES

Platform shoes "are taking over the universe," says Kaufman. "It's good news for small women because they can get the extra height without having to wear four-inch stilettos." Just don't go clunky; instead, opt for sleek, like Ashley Olsen's Christian Louboutin heels (left) or Eva Mendes's and Lindsay Lohan's 1940s-inspired look.