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Lucire gift guide 2005

With our ‘Star Struck’ issue, Stevie Wilson examines more on how to get that Hollywood look



Initial cap 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 celebrity—or anyone with a platinum credit card—to 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
You don’t have to be a celebrity—or anyone with a platinum credit card—to get the star treatment

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.
   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 10–45 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 different—but still cardio—T-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 Macy’s West;
   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 garment—even 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.)

Accessorize this!
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 Lucire’s 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
   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 make—or break—any 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.)
   Jeannette 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 celebrities.
   Sossi's 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 1 866 767-7426.)
   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 tie.
   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).
   Kwiat 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.

Party down
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.

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