1 SARAH JESSICA PARKER AT THE EMMYS
Carrie Bradshaw’s alter ego rarely makes a fashion blunder. In the past year, she has had the nerve to casually throw a puffy-sleeved jacket (with the exception of SJP and Cinderella, no one looks good in puffy sleeves) over a bustier dress at the Wicked opening and pair a ruffly magenta YSL gown with a velvet blazer at the Sex and the City premiere — all while managing not to look like a refugee from a Barneys closeout sale. Among a parade of pastel play-it-safe frocks at September’s Emmy Awards ceremony, Parker didn’t disappoint: The beautiful, floaty, pale pink Chanel couture confection had classic tulle layers on the gown, but the bodice surprised us with a party of whimsical white feathers, embroidered lace, and a dramatic neckline that didn’t quite move with her body. (So George Michael’s ”Too Funky” video!) And, oh, the jewels. In an era of ostentatious, dripping-with-ice bling, she donned tiny, understated stud earrings and a delicate diamond wrist cuff in the shape of — what else? — a rose. Then the star of S&TC’s ”A Woman’s Right to Shoes” episode finished it off with a pair of sky-high, T-strap stilettos by — who else? — Manolo Blahnik. The result wasn’t the most comfy ensemble, but the effect was stunning and appropriate and gave us hope that Parker’s fashion legacy — much like the concepts of ”funky spunk,” ”breakup by Post-it,” and ”modelizer” — will live on long after Carrie and Co. bid adieu.
2 BEYONCÉ IN THE ”CRAZY IN LOVE VIDEO”
From the moment she struts into the opening scene — svelte bod clad in booty-clinging hot pants, a low-cut halter, and ending, as most fabulous outfits do, in shiny stilettos — the Destiny’s Child frontwoman titillated ”Baby Boy”s everywhere. No longer a slave to the busy ensembles she wore as part of the girlie group, now she’s rocking a luxe fur wrap and a tiger-striped unitard, or a slinky orange minidress that makes double-sided tape as necessary as self-tanner. Jay-Z-sus.
3 PARIS HILTON’S BEDROOM CATWALK IN ”THE SIMPLE LIFE”
For an afternoon barbecue on the Arkansas farm, Hilton selected a slit-to-the-crotch sundress accessorized with a floppy hat and rickety platforms. (Because nothing screams ”afternoon BBQ” like shoes you can till soil with.) But the best part was Miss Paris’ unapologetically self-absorbed bedroom catwalk, complete with hip-thrusting poses and pouty, Maxim-approved gazes into the mirror. Forget the sex tape — this is the one we want to replay in our VCRs.
4 ”QUEER EYE FOR THE STRAIGHT GUY”’S SELF-TANNING MOMENT
This ingenious show finally made the world of products and Prada safe for the straight male. And the episode where hunky grooming guru Kyan strips down to his skivvies and initiates a man into the fabulous world of self-tanning epitomizes the series’ You, only better! philosophy. Straight men of the world, join moisturized hands and unite. Don’t be ashamed of your mani-pedis and secret crushes on Kyan! The Queer Eye boys have got your (smoothly waxed) back.