It was nowhere near the star-crazed mania that accompanied recent Hollywood premieres like “X2,” “Matrix Reloaded” and “2 Fast 2 Furious,” but Wednesday night’s premiere of “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” brought out a different sort — the fashionista. The Angels, a.k.a. Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, came decked out in white outfits by Stella McCartney, Chanel and Narciso Rodriguez, respectively. Diaz, who normally towers above her petite co-stars, walked the carpet barefoot — and shorter — because the strap of her Manolo Blahnik sandal broke as she crossed Hollywood Boulevard to greet fans. Barrymore, who’s sporting a svelte-again frame and tousled blonde mane, even wore a tiny J. Crew string bikini top under her jacket à la Gwen Stefani. Maybe that’s because the trio was dressed by Stefani’s longtime stylist, Andrea Lieberman. Barrymore, who also co-produced the film, said, “The notion of being my friends’ boss makes me a little uncomfortable. We just had fun and took it as far as we could to make it even wilder than the first film.” And Liu was still seeing visions in white: “The nun costume was my favorite for some strange reason,” she said slyly.
Meanwhile, Demi Moore managed to create her own media frisson at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, arriving well after the Angels were already inside. She stepped out of her black luxury SUV wearing glittery Missoni and a Tod’s bag with daughters Rumer, Scout and Tallulah in tow, as well as beau Ashton Kutcher, and her ex, Bruce Willis, who has a cameo in the film. Her new pal P. Diddy was also in attendance.
PUTTING IN HIS: He’s “In Da Club” and needs something to wear, so why wouldn’t 50 Cent be the next celebrity to launch a clothing line? Sources said the rapper has signed a deal with the New York-based Ecko Unlimited to produce a full lifestyle collection, set for a spring 2004 launch. The line will include men’s and women’s clothing as well as other products to complete the collection.
NOTHING TO SNIFF AT: Looks like fashion shows are the newest launch pad for men’s grooming products. Not only is Jean Paul Gaultier expected to introduce color cosmetics and a fragrance at his men’s show in Paris June 27, Tom Ford is said to have cooked up a new men’s scent that will debut at his Gucci men’s show in Milan next Tuesday.
EYE TO EYE: Viktor & Rolf, gearing up for their 10-year retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Fashion and Textiles at the Louvre this fall, have a lot of other projects cooking. In Paris Thursday for a charity event at the invitation of their fragrance partner, L’Oréal, the Dutch duo disclosed that they’ve also been invited to curate an exhibition at the Kyoto Costume Institute. Devoted to color in fashion, it is slated to bow next April, and then travel to Tokyo. Meanwhile, the Viktor & Rolf product universe continues to grow. The designers, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, who wear identical Fifties-style spectacles, are developing an eyewear collection with Japanese maker Murai of Japan.
HOW SYBIL-IZED: More ready-to-wear designers are crashing the Paris couture party. Spanish designer Sybilla is set to unveil her first collection of eveningwear for the Italian house of Capucci, which relaunched ready-to-wear by Bernhard Willhelm in Milan last March. A Capucci spokesman said Sybilla would present some 20 looks in a still-life installation July 8. She joins a rash of rtw participants during couture week, including Yohji Yamamoto, Loulou de la Falaise and Revillon.
WEDDING ELLES: In “Sweet Home Alabama,” she nearly tied the knot — then backed out. But in “Legally Blonde 2,” Reese Witherspoon actually picks out a Reem Acra wedding gown. Reese’s on-screen character, Elle Woods, shops for and finds the dress of her dreams in a strapless satin gown that features handembroidered insets on the bodice and skirt. Elle also decides on Reem Acra dresses in shades of lavender for her bridesmaids. The girls are seen in three different flirty versions of Reem Acra Evening as Elle ties the knot.
FAMILY VALUES: Twenty-nine-year-old Veronica Etro popped into town from Milan to host Etro’s trunk show at Bergdorf Goodman on Wednesday. It marked the Central Saint Martins grad’s first public appearance in the U.S. since she took the reins as head designer of the women’s collection in 2000, but she took her hosting duties in stride. “I love it,” she said. “It’s great to hear real comments from [everyday] people.”
Also present were jewelry designer Francesca Visconti and Amanda Hearst, 19, who recently signed with Elite, joining the likes of Lauren Bush and Monica Bellucci in the agency’s Celebrities division. Hearst will keep busy this summer with an internship at family-owned Harper’s Bazaar.