NEW DO: Do blondes really have more fun? Eva Mendes is about to find out firsthand. Mendes chopped almost seven inches off of her hair and has gone blonde, according to hairstylist Rod Ortega, who transformed her mane earlier this week. Apparently Ortega and Mendes have toyed with the idea of going short for quite some time, but only now moved ahead with it. Aside from looking gorgeous, Ortega said Mendes "looks younger" with the shorter, lighter locks. Mendes is expected to reveal the new do at an event Saturday night.

WAIST NOT WANT NOT: Oprah Winfrey will be showing her true colors as a presenter at Sunday's Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall, but who can blame the talk show queen? "The Color Purple" has 11 Tony nominations, including one for Winfrey for her role as a producer. She will be decked out in the customized three-piece ensemble Gianfranco Ferré designed for her to wear to the show's Broadway opening, but never did. Underlining her personal favorite, Winfrey plans to wear a purple-trimmed gray shantung bolero and a floor-length lace skirt with a purple band underneath at the Rockefeller Center event.

MIYAKE HONORED: For the first time in its 22-year history, the Inamori Foundation has chosen a fashion designer as one of the laureates for its Kyoto prize. The organization said that it has selected Issey Miyake in the field of arts and philosophy. The organization also awards prizes for achievement in advanced technology and basic sciences. During an awards ceremony in November, laureates will receive a diploma, 20-karat gold prize medal and cash gift of 50 million yen, or about $446,000 at current exchange. Inamori cited Miyake's "tremendous contributions as a designer to the innovative development of clothing by fusing Eastern and Western cultures and applying cutting-edge technology ... He applied the three-dimensional property of pleats in an unprecedented way to launch Pleats Please in 1993 and used groundbreaking weaving techniques for A-POC [A Piece of Cloth]."

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