Ryan Seacrest Serves Sam Smith Real British Tea on Red Carpet: ‘No Sugar for Me, Watching the Pounds’

02/28/2016 at 07:13 PM ET

Sam Smith

This is certainly an Oscars first.

Ryan Seacrest offered Sam Smith some “real British tea” (prepared by chef Wolfgang Puck, who is catering the post-show Governors Ball) on the Academy Awards red carpet.

The British singer, who says he’s lost roughly 42 lbs., made it clear he’s still committed to his new lifestyle: “No sugar for me, watching the pounds,” Smith said to Seacrest.

Smith, 23, is nominated in the Best Original Song Category for his song “Writing’s on the Wall” from the most recent James Bond film, Spectre.

RELATED: Sam Smith Opens Up About His Dramatic Weight Loss

Soon after the encounter, Seacrest tweeted that the little tea party was highly rehearsed. (“Had to practice that English tea handoff approx 300 times.”

The singer recently opened up about his noticeably slimmer frame. “I’ve just not eaten like a pig anymore – that’s what I’m doing, basically,” he told CBS.

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Despite avoiding sugar, Smith does still take his tea with milk.

“Are you sure this is British milk?” he asked. (Seacrest confirmed.)

—Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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