E ALL KNOW how great the celebrities
look when they hit the red carpet. You know they have stylists to
help them out for special events as well as the daily routine they
indulge in. You don't have to be a celebrityor anyone with
a platinum credit cardto get the star treatment.
Working it all out
THERE ARE a couple of ways to achieve
the perfect body and celebs use them both.
One is to work out: Pilates; the bar method; the
S factor; yoga, spinning (Todd Mendiola kicks it into high
gear at Crunch, LA); kick-boxing.
While most stars have personal trainers, you can join a gym or consult
a personal trainer to get you going for four to six sessions. Ashley
Borden is local to LA and
while she works with celebrities, she works with regular people,
too. So you can get the same workout as the stars you read about.
dont have to be a celebrityor anyone with a platinum
credit cardto get the star treatment
An easy way to do it would be to workout at home.
No excuses about being too tired; you can workouts on DVD
and VHS that are 1045 minutes
long. Quick Fix Total Cardio Kick with Janis
Saffell (2) is built around 10 minute segments. Saffell's
Brand New Butt will give you just that or you can use The
Bar Method for the changes that you want in the butt, thighs
and stomach area. Check the web
site to see if there are classes near you (celebs take these classes)
or get the DVD for a workout that can
be broken down into segments that are quite manageable.
For a bit of a differentbut still cardioT-Tapp
is used by tons of models who know that this workout will whittle
inches off your body parts while you improve your body mechanics and
improve your posture.
Maybe you are already working out but you still
jiggle. Those with stylists know that there are ways to stop the jiggle:
it's what's worn under the gown that makes the person look phenomenal.
Check out OnGossamer's collection which features a seamless,
backless, strapless bra (no. 3416, 3) that dips in back
and front, invisibly creating a shaping effect. Pair it with the Mesh
Hip-G (no. 3512), a seamless panty in a range of styles for varying
amounts of coverage. (At Macys West; Barenecessities.com.)
If you want a touch more control under that gown,
Spanx provides everything you need in body-control and leaves
you a smooth sleek line under every garmenteven pants. Celebrities
like Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives) swear by this garment
for their red carpet fashions! (At Neiman Marcus, Saks, Nordstrom,
For those low-cut tops and gowns, don't fret about
the possibility of pulling a "Tara Reid" demonstration.
Get Hollywood Fashion Tape (4) and tape clothing down
so that it won't move or gap. Tape is what kept Jennifer Lopez
in that fabulous Versace dress at the Grammys and can take care of
all your needs to make sure you cover your assets. (At Personal Touch
Lingerie, 1 800 882-2812.)
STARS never go far down the red carpet
without a luxe handbag. Swarovski's
amazing Star Collector limited edition clutch (5) is
made from crystal mesh and kidskin, and features a hidden chain
and was carried by Penelope Cruz at the Oscars.
If you prefer a less glitzy clutch, Lauren
Scherr is a popular choice on and off the red carpet. The
beautiful Anastasia clutch (6, also in Lucires
print edition) is done in champagne with a colourful dragonfly brooch
or with a beautiful round brooch both done in Swarovski crystals.
(At Lauren Scherr and MaJolie.com.)
Want to bring out the bling? Slip into a Tinu
Shoebag (7) for some amazing designs done in the
style of boots and shoes. These fab bags can be done with real or
faux gems and were the hit of the Oscar suites. Limited editions
so you won't see yourself coming and going, Tinu shoe and boot bags
are created to put the fun in fashion with style.
While her most notable bags are the shoe-bags
and the boot-bags, Tinu presented new styles at the suites at the
Hilton that showed her range
of styles including hobos with zippers that could expand and show
an inner lining in a variety of colours; a satchel-type bag with
decorative jewels; and a scrunched leather bag with golden charms
that flew out of the suites on the arms of various celebrities.
Jewellery is always a hot item because it can
makeor breakany outfit. Talia's
diamond and ruby Waterfall Earrings are stellar examples
of serious bling with gorgeous colour that sparkle every time you
turn your head. (Call 1 310 472-2740.)
Fossa's Vice Versa Rings (8) are stackable
brushed platinum and diamond rings that can be worn as singles or
stacked in various multiples. These rings were very popular with
14K white gold, pink tourmaline ring
(9) is a fab piece that will garner a lot of attention. This
new line definitely been gaining attention from various male and
female celebrities at a variety of events since January 2005. This
ring is a bargain because of its four-figure price tag. (Call 1
Men wear jewellery for a polished touch. Neil
Lane created an edgy platinum and diamond Maltese Cross Pendant
(10). This was an awe-inspiring piece to pick up and looked
amazing on male and female celebs who dared try it on. (Telephone
1 310 275-5015.)
Chris Aire for 2
Awesome International's cool chunky platinum and diamond
bracelet (1) is bling with a more subdued touch. This bracelet
is a funky touch to give edge to the red carpet attire of black
For a more elegant look, choose David Webb's
platinum, black enamel, diamond and crystal shirt studs and cufflinks
(above left) which are what Morgan Freeman wore to
the Oscars (see Lucire April 2005).
hosted their suite at the Four Seasons Hotel and hosted a great
cocktail party to kick-off Oscar week. Movie and TV
celebrities like Sharon Stone, Glenn Close and Allison
Janey visited the suite to view and "test-drive" the
Kwiat collection of cool ice and hot diamonds. Emily Rossum
(Phantom of the Opera, right) visited, too. For the best
of "right hand rings" and stunning earrings, Kwiat is
the line to check out.
ONE OF THE PLACES were media and celebrities
could mingle and relax was at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Bacardi
Big Apple Lounge. Set on the floor with a majority of the Oscar
suites, it was great to take a break, sip an appletini and get a
manicure from the Nailtini people. It was SRO
for the manicures and the delish martinis!
It's a shoe-in!
SHOES ARE CRUCIAL in completing the
"star" look. Stuart Weitzman presented new strappy
silhouettes that are sensational both on and off the red carpet.
The special shoes he created for the Oscars featured pieces of jewellery
worn by Marilyn Monroe.
Jimmy Choo's new collection showed up on
red carpet along with Christian Louboutin.
The biggest "star secret" was seen at
the Monkey in Pants suite at the Hilton: MBT anti-cellulite
shoes (12). From Swiss
Masai US, this is a unique tweak
on athletic shoes taken from the Masai tribes in Africa for whom
cellulite doesn't exist. By changing the centre of gravity in your
posture and gait, you can relieve some orthopædic problems
and help lose that cellulite because muscles work differently. Available
as athletic shoes and sandals in a variety of styles, these shoes
are flying out of the stores that carry them in LA.
other star-inspired products in the Fashion Insider
section of the June 2005 issue of Lucire. And there's
more on the Oscars in the April 2005 issue.
To make sure you dont miss out, click on the image at
right to subscribe or buy a single copy. (Click 'Yes' if pop-up
boxes appearyou're being switched to our secure server
and it is completely safe.)