Christina Hendricks, Rachel Zoe (and Barbie) give Divine Design some va va voom!


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Now we know where celeb stylist Rachel Zoe gets some of her paparazzi-friendly pizazz. At Project Angel Food’s Divine Design gala Thursday night, she introduced an honoree who’s one of her idols, a star still going strong at 50, with an age-defying face and figure that would stand out even in plastic Hollywood: Barbie.

“I mean, is there anyone better?” Zoe mused out loud to the crowd. “Is there anything cooler? I don’t think so.”

Time for a math break. In her book “Forever Barbie,” M.G. Lord calculated that if the doll was blown up to human size, she’d have an 18-inch waist, about the size of Scarlett O’Hara’s with a corset. And as for Rachel’s proportions?


Well, the book on that hasn’t been written yet, but it’s probably safe to assume that lunch isn’t big on anyone’s schedule here.

Accepting Divine Design’s Fashion Icon award for Barbie was Mattel’s dapper Chief Executive Richard Dickson, who patted the company on the back for the doll’s longevity. “It’s not easy to keep a 50-year-old brand relevant, especially when she’s only 11 inches tall,” he said.

“But so hot,” Zoe added.

Even rarer than hotness in Hollywood?

“She’s incredibly easy to work with,” Dickson said.

On the other end of the hotness spectrum was honoree Christina Hendricks, whose Marilyn-esque proportions may single-handedly resurrect the passé term “va va voom” -- not to mention “three meals a day.”

You might expect “Mad Men’s” voluptuous redhead to hook up in life with the kind of cool cat that her character, Joan Holloway, fooled around with on the hit series, the silvery slickster Roger Sterling, played by John Slattery.

Hendricks did end up with a cool cat, but not that kind. She married the cool, funny and somewhat geeky Geoffrey Arend (“[500] Days of Summer”) in October, and at the Divine Design gala, it was easy to see why. Introducing his wife before she received the Woman of Style Award, he commented on how thrilled female fans are to see a working actress with womanly proportions.

“It’s a rare thing to have a beautiful woman make another woman feel beautiful,” he said. He added that Hendricks also helps him with his personal style.

“Before she picked this out,” he said, nodding at his stylish suit, “I was dressed as a pirate.”

-- Irene Lacher

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