November 20, 2006 12:00 PM

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Florence Nightingale, trendsetter? Not quite. But stars are donning stylish capes to ward off this season’s chill … no fashion Rx necessary

NATALIE PORTMAN in an A.P.C. cape at a premiere in London.

AMANDA PEET at a TV appearance in Manhattan.

DIANE KRUGER in a Ralph Lauren Collection cape in N.Y.C.

LUCY LIU in a Derek Lam for Tod’s cape in N.Y.C.


In a silver lamé Ralph Lauren Collection gown, Cate Blanchett displayed her towering fashion savvy at Babel‘s L.A. premiere.

Behind the Seams

SPECS-TACULAR: Who knew TV’s Ugly Betty (America Ferrera) actually wears some pretty haute glasses? Her vintage red frames are by Paris-based Alain Mikli, who has seen a surge in sales of his red models since the show debuted—and has created a similar version (right) for Betty wannabes. Wonder if he has a store in Queens? …

Mikli glasses style #M063503, $220; 800-829-8032 to order; for store locations.

FLOWER POWER: Designer Tom Ford had a specific woman in mind for his new Black Orchid fragrance. “My customer’s not a wildflower,” he said at the Nov. 2 launch party in N.Y.C. “She’s an urban flower, she’s a hothouse flower, she’s an orchid.” Good thing, too, since “Black Geranium” just doesn’t have the same ring….

Black Orchid by Tom Ford, $90 for 1.7-oz. eau de parfum, $600 for limited edition Lalique bottle;

SHOW PIECES: Love the idea of real pop-star clothing but not the possible sweatage? Bid on a Nixon watch made from leather castoffs from Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake and Dave Navarro, among others. Proceeds will benefit MusiCares. “I’ve seen firsthand how MusiCares has helped so many of my friends,” says Navarro, “that I jumped at the chance to give back.”…

Limited-edition Nixon watch auction to benefit MusiCares MAP Fund takes place Nov. 15-Dec. 13;

PAJAMA PARTY: Just when you thought L.A. couldn’t get any more casual, stars are now officially wearing pajamas to work: Rachel Bilson was recently spotted in Scanty’s Askimo pajamas on the set of The O.C.; Britney Spears and Carmen Electra are also fans of the line. The PJs are totally super-cute and all, but what do they do on casual Fridays?

Scanty Askimo long-sleeved top and legging set, $82;



CLAIM TO FAME: Stars are fiercely loyal to the L.A. aesthetician’s personalized facials and emphasis on at-home skin care.

CELEB FANS: Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Garner and Kate Beckinsale.

It’s a strong woman who can refuse Brad Pitt. “He wanted to come in every week,” says Joy, 45, of one of her star clients. “I told him, ‘I don’t want to see you that much—go away!’ Treatments are great, but what you do every day is most important.” It’s exactly that down-to-earth attitude that keeps her A-list clientele coming back. “I am not a proponent of a complicated skin care regime,” says Joy, whose L.A. spa—her first—opened in August. “It should be simple enough that you can do it yourself.” Jennifer Garner thinks Joy isn’t giving herself enough credit: “Nerida has magic hands.”

Nerida Joy Skincare face cleansing gel ($32) and cell fortifier cream ($86); 866-777-8834 and

Jimmy Choo Troy Bag

Jimmy Choo has another hit handbag: Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyoncé have all been spotted with the label’s just-out Troy oversized daytime clutch. Apparently designing last year’s It Bag—the slouchy Ramona—wasn’t enough.

Jimmy Choo Troy in black calfskin, $1,150; 866-524-6687.


The rocker collaborated with L.A.-based label People’s Liberation to create PL for TL, a line featuring men’s and women’s tees, hats and jeans. The collection launched this month at department stores and boutiques nationwide.

Why did you decide to create a clothing line?

Well, I love fashion, all kinds—jeans, suits, hats, shoes. Especially ladies’ shoes … that’s a whole other foot fetish can of worms you don’t wanna open!

What do you like best about the clothes?

They’re cool, sexy and all inspired by my tattoos.

What makes you feel sexy?

When you look in the mirror and go, “That’s hot.” If you have to think about it, that’s not sexy.

PL for TL women’s Cherry Blossom tee and Lion tee, $75 each; 212-705-2000 to order; peoples for stores.

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