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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Trans-Atlantic love

Advertiser Staff and News Services


American beauties are discovering love on the other side of the pond.

Sci-fi pin-up Gillian Anderson, 34, has gone from hunting aliens in "The X-Files" to hunting men in Britain. She's dating Julian Ozanne, 38, a Financial Times foreign correspondent turned film producer. Starlet Jennifer Love Hewitt, 23, is dating British actor Paul Nicholls, also 23. The couple co-star in the upcoming romantic comedy "If Only," shooting in London. Nicholls starred in the popular British TV series, "EastEnders."

Chris Martin, lead singer of the British rock group Coldplay, played modest when a British tabloid asked him about his recent dates with actress Gwyneth Paltrow, 30. "I feel uncomfortable talking about her. This is all very weird because she's a big Hollywood star, and I'm just a bloke from Coldplay," Martin, 25, told The Sun.

High-quality display

Most of us never get near a 13-carat emerald. But Lee Siegelson, a third-generation jeweler based in New York, was barely in his 20s when his father died, leaving him in charge of the family business, which includes one-of-a-kind estate pieces, as well as designs by Michele Ong.

Siegelson is known in the jewelry world for procuring only the highest quality diamonds, emeralds, rubies, fancy color diamonds and sapphires, in the highest grades of color and clarity. A perfectionist, he has been known to remount a stone five times before he was satisfied with the design. You can see some of his pieces 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Monday, in a trunk show at Neiman Marcus, in the precious jewels salon.

Don't call it a purse!

The handbag is emanating the sweet smell of aftershave. As a guy's stuff outgrows his jeans' pockets — think cell phones, PDAs and iPods — the man bag is becoming an essential accessory for urbane boys. A host of designers, including Marc Jacobs, Fendi and Montblanc, have trotted out the latest manifestation of the testosterone-tinged tote.

Guys who fear feeling effeminate can eschew the terms "clutch" and "purse" in favor of "shuttle," advises celebrity stylist and man-bagger Robert Verdi.