The star, whose preliminary hearing was interrupted Monday when a news camera broke her arm, reappeared 40 minutes late for her 8:30 a.m. court date, wearing Jacobs' pleated black chiffon dress, black suede Prada heels and a sling.
But while Ryder appeared without a handbag Thursday, on that fateful December day, Kenneth Evans, head of loss prevention at Saks, testified that she was burdened with so many sacks -- an aqua blue leather Marc Jacobs purse, shopping bags from Saks and Oilly and a garment bag from Barneys -- that he had mistaken her for a homeless person.
And the alleged bag count grew when the district attorney's office presented court evidence. Among the items displayed in the courtroom were a black suede bag from Natori and a black fringed Dolce & Gabbana along with a white Gucci dress, Frederic Fekkai barrette and Eric Javits hat.
But Ryder's flair for fashion was a fact her attorney, Mark Garagos, used in her defense. "How many homeless people do you know who wear 3/4-length cashmere coats?" he asked Evans on the stand. "That's one stylish homeless person.""