Simple elegance may be fashion’s mantra these days, but understatement hasn’t snuffed out glamor. Not since the days of Jean Harlow and Marlene Dietrich, in fact, have sequins and beads helped so many stars shine (think Julia Roberts at the Golden Globes, Ellen’s Joely Fisher  at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and just about everyone at the Oscars).
The appeal? Glitter dressing “is so old Hollywood,” says ER’s Julianna Margulies, who chose a rhinestone-sprinkled Valentino for the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Adds Party of Five’s Jennifer Love Hewitt: “If you sparkle, you look like a princess.” Or better. Halston’s Randolph Duke, who bead-decks Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer, thinks shiny sheaths make for “a goddess-like quality.” And not just on heavenly bodies. “Anyone with spunk can wear sequins,” says designer Todd Oldham. But don’t skimp. Cheap beading, Duke warns, makes you look like “a majorette.”
With Steven Cojocaru and Marisa Sandora