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Boots, Bags, and Babies

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Haute Hollywood

Sharon Stone wore a Gap turtleneck to the Oscars and Demi Moore exposed her naked…head, but the big trends of the year were…

When Marla Maples Trump (left, in New York City in October) steps into her Mizrahis, she thinks of the “happy, fun time” at age 5 when “my mother and I wore matching go-go boots.” Margaret Cho (far left, in L.A. in March) says that she feels “sturdy, tall and powerful” in her Guccis.

In December in Manhattan, Jean Paul Gaultier (left) demonstrated that “boots with a skirt are more aesthetic, at least for a man,” as his spokesman says. Jada Pinkett (above) got kicky in knee-highs by Gucci at The Rock premiere in San Francisco in June.

My So-Called Life veteran Claire Danes (above) liked her purse so much that she wore the matching Cynthia Rowley tank top and pants to the MTV Movie Awards ceremony in L.A. in June.

Model Tyra Banks, (in Herve Leger, above) was bowed over at the Academy Awards last March. Iman (right), outfitted by Versace, says that she couldn’t fit her cell phone in her pink pouch. But she took the rest of her usual paraphernalia—”lipstick, a breath mint and a credit card”—for the opening of the New York City flagship Chanel store in May. “I like it because it’s light to carry,” she says.

Fifteen-year-old Beautiful Girls actress Natalie Portman (left) is no late bloomer. Clad in totally Tocca, she was in full flower at the MTV Movie Awards.

In Prada and proud of it, To Die For’s Nicole Kidman (above) let go of Tom Cruise‘s hand for a minute but held on to her color-coordinated purse strings at the Oscars last March.

Dressing for two was a no-brainer for Marlee Matlin (below, at the Cable Ace Awards in L.A. last December), who, with her policeman husband Kevin Grandalski, welcomed Sarah Rose on Jan. 19. “The outfits chose me,”she says. “Every day I was a different size.”

Melanie Griffith (above), awaiting the September birth of her third bambino (her first with new hubby Antonio Banderas), took a pregnant pause while shopping in London last May.

“I think it’s beautiful to show a pregnant body—I don’t think you have to wear a huge tent,” says Jill Connick, who wore a Donna Karan (below) in New York City with husband Harry Jr. in February. Georgia Tatom arrived April 17. Madonna (right), filled with great expectations, covered up in Manhattan in June. Père apparent is personal trainer Carlos Leon.

Jane Seymour (right) was a red-hot mama at the American Cinematheque Awards in Century City last autumn. On Nov. 30, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman became the mother of twins John Stacy and Kristopher Steven by her husband, actor-director James Keach.

Anticipating her third blessed event later this fall, model Stephanie Seymour (above), wife of Interview magazine owner Peter Brant, wore the white stuff by Azzedine Alaïa to the premiere of Basquiat in Manhattan in July.

Impending motherhood failed to deliver a new fashion sensibility to Baywatch star Pamela Lee—or did it? The actress (with rocker spouse Tommy Lee) wore a baby-doll dress to the American Music Awards in Los Angeles last January. On June 5, Brandon Thomas emerged ready to shake, rattle and roll over.