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Fashion Etc.

The Who, What, and Wear for the week of Nov. 21

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SHINE ON All that glitters is not gold. Sometimes it’s silver, pink, purple, or yellow. And it’s been showing up on the cheekbones, brows, and decolletage of Hollywood. At the recent VH1 Fashion Awards in New York, Fiona Apple appeared smeared in sparkling yellow face makeup, Maxwell arrived with four glittery beads glued to his face, and Mariah Carey, who looked like a linebacker in her tight dress, still shone with glitter on her shoulders. ”[Mariah’s] been wearing so many body-baring, sexy clothes lately, she’s using her skin as an accessory,” says Carey stylist Tonjua Twist. Riding the wave of these shiny happy people, companies such as Stila, Urban Decay, and FACE Stockholm have introduced shimmery body glitter that can be used virtually anywhere (even in hair). Guess glitter still rocks.

CHANEL SURFING Now, this is living the fantasy. Demi Moore, who stripped away her femininity to play G.I. Jane, hopes to get it all back in a movie about one of the most influential women of the 20th century. Moore optioned Axel Madsen’s 1990 biography of Coco Chanel, the designer responsible for the little black dress and the perfume Marilyn Monroe wore to bed. Still a demon for research — remember the hours she clocked in strip clubs while making Striptease? — Moore barreled through the recent European fashion shows to soak in the scene (and created a stir among the fashionista because of her entourage). She posed for Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld in a Chanel-like costume, and later that evening, Moore showed up to dinner at Lagerfeld’s home still suited for the part — right down to a signature Chanel black bow in her hair.

Of course, Moore’s flicks all turn controversial sooner or later, and that will go double for any movie about Chanel. The designer was a Nazi sympathizer — a thorny subject for the movies, as Brad Pitt recently found out with Seven Years in Tibet. Still, this pret-a-portrait may not be such a stretch for Moore: Chanel’s hardscrabble youth and rags-to-riches success — achieved through stubborn self-creation — actually sound right up Demi’s alley.