May 09, 2005 12:00 PM

Back in Action

No need to put on a good front with these sexy backless numbers. But it does take spine to carry them off!

Penélope Cruz, in Marchesa, at the Los Angeles premiere of Sahara.

Drew Barrymore, in Donna Karan Collection, at a Las Vegas awards show.

Claudia Schiffer, in Marchesa, at a gala in Beverly Hills.

Nicole Kidman, in Azzaro by Vanessa Seward, at an N.Y.C. film festival.

Behind the Seams

WINNER’S CIRCLE

Nicole Richie‘s rich in a luxe, one-of-a-kind tribal Costume National gown at an L.A. charity gala. It’s her “favorite dress ever! says her stylist Rachel Zoe.

STRONG SUIT: “It’s hard to find a good bikini,” says Mischa Barton, who has admitted that she’s tired of being photographed on the beach in bad suits. “I want something with more coverage.” Her wish was granted when The O.C. costumer ordered colorful Poko Pano suits for the female cast after outfitting Jaime King in one for an upcoming episode. Barton liked hers so much she ordered three more styles, including the Pink Linen bikini….

Pink Linen bikini by Poko Pano, $110; http://www.pokopanoswim.com

STAR TREATMENT: With its private celebrity entrance and top-secret treatment rooms, the famous and fabulous could just as easily be de-briefed as de-stressed at the recently opened Cornelia Day Resort in New York City. Uma Thurman, Jessica Alba and singer Thalía go there for facials, as does Lindsay Lohan, who stocks up on its Signature skin-care products and shampoo. If you can’t make it to—or find—the secret entrance, you can get the goods online….

Cornelia Day Resort’s Signature skin-and hair-care line, $28-$60; http://www.cornelia.com

MAKING THE BAND: Hey, Elton John! Now that you’ve announced plans to wed your longtime partner, David Furnish, have you given any thought to rings? Consider jeweler Udi Behr’s Love & Pride bands for same-sex couples. The 18k gold rings with male or female symbols combine to form one piece. “It is an opportunity to do something right with a form of art I know,” says Behr, whose other designs have been worn by Britney Spears and Sharon Stone….

18k white-gold-and-diamond rings, $1,550; http://www.loveandpride.com

$NEAKERS: Shedding big bucks for sneakers has hit a new high note. Reebok has released a limited-edition Nautical Mile Python sneaker (yes, made from real python), which retails for $950. Jennifer Garner, Alicia Keys, the Black Eyed Peas’ Fergie and Paris Hilton were each sent a pair, but expect the remaining sneaks to sell out quickly.

Reebok Nautical Mile Python sneakers, $950; Rbk in N.Y.C., 212-799-6523.

MOTHER’S DAY

To Mom, with Love

WANT TO CHARM YOUR MOTHER? TRY THESE STAR-MOMMY NECKLACES

My daughter and I love crystal because there is something so purely magical about it,” says Teri Hatcher about the Swarovski pendants she and her daughter own. David Arquette awarded his wife, Courteney Cox Arquette, Best Mom with an enamel heart. Nicole Kidman owns two of Lisa Parodi’s necklaces with the birthstones of her son Connor and daughter Isabella. John Mayer made a mint talking about fathers being good to their daughters—but it’s time for everyone to be sweet to good ole Mom.

TALI GILLETTE

Celeb Fan: Gwyneth Paltrow
18K white-gold diamond Mama necklace, $2,395; http://www.ishopblush.com

M² DESIGN

Celeb Fan: Demi Moore
14K gold-and-pink-sapphire chain and pendant, $325; the Rectory, 866-535-5833.

MIA & KOMPANY

Celeb Fan: Courtenay Cox

Sterling-silver-and-enamel Best Mom necklace, $195; http://www.shopkitson.com

LISA PARODI

Celeb Fan: Nicole Kidman
14K white-gold birthstone shield, $1,450; Jennifer Kaufman, 310-854-1058.

SWAROVSKI PENDANT

Celeb Fan: Teri Hatcher
Crystal heart, $60 large for moms, $30 small for daughters; http://www.swarovski.com

STAR TALK

In honor of Mother’s Day: What’s the best style advice Mom ever gave you?

“Present the best you. Comb your hair, clean your face. The basics”

GARCELLE BEAUVAIS-NILON

She tries to get me to like the cool Chanel suits, and when I listen to her, they look hot.”

PARIS HILTON

Aspirin with a little water is a really good facial—great for taking the redness out of pimples.”

MOLLY SIMS

Wear all black. It’s easy.”

—DREA DE MATTEO

Mummy always said to sleep with the window open. Fresh air is meant to make you prettier.”

ELIZABETH HURLEY

Mom told me to never pluck above my eyebrows, only underneath. If I mess it up, it’ll ruin the shape of my brows.”

ELISHA CUTHBERT

“To always smile, even when you’re showing too much cleavage!”

JESSICA SIMPSON

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