- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 18, 2008

Fergie, Mrs. O on list

Filling two converted bedrooms with clothes — one for casual and a second for glam — apparently has worked for Fergie. The Black Eyed Peas singer on Wednesday made People magazine’s 2008 list of best-dressed women, Reuters news agency reports.

The double issue hits newsstands Friday.

Joining Fergie, whose hits include “Glamorous,” on the top 10 list are actresses Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron and Eva Mendes. Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez, singer Rihanna and supermodel Heidi Klum also made the list.

Rounding out the top 10 was Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, who was given high marks for a look that is “classic and confident.” Mrs. Obama, however, played down the notion that her sense of style might be anything close to couture, telling People: “Some of my favorite summer dresses are from Gap and H&M.”

The magazine’s editors also spent time peering into the fashion choices of the Republican vice-presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — her rimless glasses, step-toe pumps and updo hairstyle. Mrs. Palin didn’t talk to People, but her hairdresser did. She said the candidate would rather not discuss style choices “because she wants people to hear what she has to say.”

The magazine’s editors also pick apart red-carpet disaster dresses worn by singer and “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul and actress Lucy Liu as well as the aqua-and-orange boots and fedora favored by Patricia Arquette.

Pricey threads

Speaking of haute couture and the Republican vice-presidential contender, Mrs. Palin plunked down $2,500 for a silk Shantung jacket by fashion legend Valentino Garavani for her big speech earlier this month at the party’s convention in Minnesota, says TMZ.com, citing a story in the New York Post.

Poised for a comeback

After 15 years without a new album in the United States, Tom Jones will release a disc of almost entirely original material this fall, Associated Press reports.

The singer, 68, will release “24 Hours” on Nov. 25 on S-Curve Records. It’s a retro-tinged album much in the style of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” and finds the Welshman’s voice as strong as ever.

“The fire is still in me,” Mr. Jones tells AP. “Not to be an oldie, but a goodie. I want to be a contender.”

The new disc was produced by the British production duo Future Cat, which has cut tracks for Lily Allen, Kate Nash and others.

Since releasing his hit “It’s Not Unusual” in 1965, Mr. Jones has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. While his 2000 album “Reload” was a hit in Europe and elsewhere (buoyed by the club hit “Sex Bomb”) it was never released in the United States.

O’Neal, son busted

“Love Story” star Ryan O’Neal and his son were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of having methamphetamine in their Malibu home, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore says authorities went to the 67-year-old actor’s home for a routine check on his son Redmond, 23, who was given three years’ probation after pleading guilty to drug possession charges in June. Mr. Whitmore says deputies and probation officers also found narcotics in Ryan O’Neal’s living area.

Both men remain in custody on $10,000 bail, AP said.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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