February 03, 2003 12:00 PM

Hot Spots

Connect the dots at Hollywood’s recent red-carpet revelry, and you’ll end up with a very pretty picture. From Salma Hayek‘s petite pattern to Liv Tyler‘s bolder interpretation, polka dots are “upbeat and whimsical, but glamorous at the same time,” says designer Donna Karan, who clothed both fashion-forward actresses in one of spring’s most popular prints. The motif is a classic that never fails to attract attention, which may explain why stars have a soft spot for it. “Polka dots are flirty, playful and feminine,” says stylist Brooke Dulien, who helped Kelly Osbourne with the ’50s-style frock she wore to an Australian awards show. “They have a very iconic, nostalgic feeling to them.” Guess this retro style has truly come full circles.

Behind the Seams

Winner’s Circle

The Rules of Attraction star Kate Bosworth, at the Critics’ Choice Awards in L.A., has learned her lessons well: 1. Wear a sexy Alberta Ferretti gown; 2. slip into Jimmy Choos; and 3. enforce 1. and 2. with a killer smile.

YOU LOSE SOME, YOU WINSTON:

Jewelry house Harry Winston launched its Manhattan Avenue Collection of brightly colored cocktail rings at Hollywood power couple Irena and Mike Medavoy’s celeb-packed party Jan, 18. Waiters doled out boxes— two of which held the $20,000 rings (the others were filled with candy versions)—to 600 guests. Gwen Stefani got the real thing—a purple amethyst stunner—but no one claimed the second ring. After a panicked hunt, the mystery winner was discovered the next day. It was Stefani’s rocker hubby, Gavin Rossdale. “I didn’t open the box until I got home, and I’m still in shock!” he says….

CAUSE CÉLÈBRE: It helps to have friends in high places. Just ask the folks at Project Angel Food—which delivers meals to L.A. residents disabled by HIV/AIDS—who were thrilled when De Beers, with W magazine, threw a pre-Golden Globes bash with cohosts Julianne Moore and Salma Hayek to debut De Beers’s first foray into jewelry design. The event raised $35,000 for the charity, while the diamond baubles will benefit the wrists, necks, ears and fingers of several famous ladies….

FOND MEMORIES: Didn’t Christine Lahti wear the same Hervé Legér dress to this year’s Golden Globes and the 2000 Emmys? Yup. “It’s completely comfortable,” says Lahti. She stayed true to its first appearance: same hair and shoes, similar shades and purse. Do they give awards for Best Actress in a Recurring Ensemble?

Ahhh, Choos!

At a pre-Globes lunch to showcase diamonds, Jimmy Choo’s $985 Swarovski-crystal stunners outshone all the gems in the room. That’s spiking the competition.

Three Times a Lady

Nicole Kidman scored a couple of Hollywood home runs last week, walking away with both a Golden Globe award for best actress in a drama (for her role in The Hours) and huzzahs from fashion arbiters (for her strapless lilac-gray Yves Saint Laurent gown). But the Aussie actress was hitting ’em out of the park stylewise even in the days preceding the Globes, appearing at three events (the American Film Institute Awards, the Critics’ Choice Awards and the BAFTA/LA Tea Party) in an array of original and alluring outfits. Nic may not have had a nose for Virginia Woolf, but she sure has an eye for fashion.

QUICK FIXERS

Talk about throwaway chic: Comodynes have landed in the U.S. The Spanish line of towelettes keep you cleansed, toned or tanned on the go. Christina Applegate’s faves are the deodorant wipes. “Just one swipe,” she says, “and you don’t stink anymore.” How refreshing!

Comodynes face and body towelettes, $4-8; comodynes.net

Fresh Look of the Week

Although she describes her current cut as a “spiky…Chrissie Hynde kind of thing,” Angie Harmon’s coif at the Golden Globes was more romantic than rock and roll. “I didn’t want it to look like a big helmet,” she explains. Mission accomplished.

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