Monday, March 25, 2002

Jewelry adds to awards show glitter

By Joy Kraft
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        It's not about the statue. We all know the Oscars show is really about the clothes. But this year there was a bonus.

        “It was all about the jewelry,” says Diane Firsten owner of Diane Firsten in O'Bryonville . . . from Joan Rivers' antique earrings to the $1 million Cinderella slippers by Stuart Weitzman and Kwiat worn by Laura Elena Harring of Mulholland Drive fame.

        Nearly everyone glittered, except Jennifer Connelly of A Beautiful Mind, who chose a cloud of a chiffon scarf instead.

        “She could have benefited from some jewelry,” says Margie Voelker-Ferrier, associate professor for fashion design at the University of Cincinnati.

        “It just wasn't striking enough for her. Too bland.”

        Otherwise, the stars got passing grades, even a gold star or two.

        “The actresses have come of age,” says Ms. Voelker-Ferrier.

        “They've matured and become very sophisticated in what they've chosen to wear. Nicole Kidman was absolutely charming in that pale pink that almost matched her skin color.

        “It's a girly, seasonal thing that's going to be a hit this year. That's what we'll be wearing this spring,” she says.

        Sharon Stone in black took Ms. Firsten's best of show.

        “It was very symmetrical, very flattering for her. She was striking.”

        “Halle Berry always chooses browns that look great on her,” says Ms. Firsten. She wore a sheer aubergine design with flower appliques and tiny petal earrings that picked up the colors perfectly.

Laura Elena Harring wears $1 million Cinderella slippers by Stuart Weitzman.
(AP photo)
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        For the most part, the men stuck to the classic tux with a few variations — Will Smith's longer jacket in a black-on-black stripe, and many men, including Ben Kingsley, in black suits, white shirts and pewter or champagne ties.

        But for every perfect dress, including Kate Winslet in lipstick red, Reece Witherspoon and Renee Zellweger in black and Julia Roberts in a “stunning” Armani, there were some missteps.

        • Cameron Diaz in a colorful salmon and wine Ungaro wrap who “looked like she was preoccupied with something else,” when she was getting dressed, said Ms. Voelker. She completely forgot to pull a comb through her hair, and it looked like she plopped a blue scrunchy on the nape of her neck.

        • Jennifer Lopez in a pale Versace that was anything but flattering to her backside.

        • Sting's wife Trudie Styler in a Jean-Paul Gaultier red and black number that looked like it was whipped up from upholstery extras.

        • Faith Hill in an Easter-egg creation.

        • Paul McCartney's intended, Heather Mills, in a two-piece lace creation that should have covered her belly.

        • Ananda Lewis in a too-tight ruffled red gown with a distracting whirly-gig bracelet.


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