VINTAGE CHRISTIAN DIOR
"This is an original Christian Dior from 1955," said the Oscar winner. "I found it in a vintage store in Paris. It has a lot of love in it."
The Best Actress nominee credited her gown for her cool composure. "I'm strapped in. It keeps me upright!"
VINTAGE JEAN DESSES
With her gown—from L.A.'s Lily et Cie—and vintage Fred Leighton diamonds, she felt "sorta like Grace Kelly."
The presenter accessorized her gown with a $5,500 gold and alligator clutch from designer Lana Marks.
The presenter wore matching $850,000 Fred Leighton bracelets and carried Bottega Veneta's antique silver Enamel Knot bag.
DIOR BY JOHN GALLIANO
Her eight-carat diamond Chopard earrings were set off by the oversized flourish on her silk satin gown.
LOVE IT OR HATE IT?
79% of People.com voters weren't bowed over by Theron's dress.
BUBBLING OVER WITH BRILLIANT BEADWORK OR DELICATE DETAILING, THESE GOWNS LOOK BOTH ELEGANT AND EFFERVESCENT
"You look like an Oscar," teased beau actor Cash Warren, between kisses. She shined in gold chiffon, lace and tiny sequins.
New mom Garner's hand-embroidered silk tulle gown hid "a really good girdle," said Garner, who carried a gold Tod's clutch.
Gold-thread beading and silk chiffon elevated Thurman's pale pink lamé gown, as did her rose-cut diamond earrings by Fred Leighton.
"Classic with a modern edge," she said of her dress, which required "a bit of stitching-in." The David Yurman model wore his rose-quartz earrings and ring.
LOVE IT OR HATE IT?
Only 17% were wild for Watts's choice
SEXY AND SOPHISTICATED, THESE BLACKS GO BEYOND BASIC
To remind viewers that the Transamerica
star is all girl, Huffman took a plunge in black duchesse satin—and $2 million of a girl's best friend, courtesy of Martin Katz. The look came together, she said, "like alchemy."
"He made three dresses for me," said the seven-months-pregnant winner, of her designer friend. She chose this one just hours before showtime.
More revealing than her dress? Swank, separated from Chad Lowe, still wore a wedding band. She also wore the same Chopard diamond earrings as she did for her 2005 win.
IT WASN'T JUST THE JEWELS THAT DAZZLED. THE JEWEL TONES DID TOO
JADA PINKETT SMITH
The actress prepped apart from husband Will Smith. "He likes to clown too much. This is a serious situation! I have to separate myself."
Williams paired her gown with a 19th-century diamond necklace and ring from Fred Leighton and a Judith Leiber clutch.
She wisely kept her accessories elegant—and expensive: $4.3 million in diamond jewelry and a Nancy Gonzalez purse.
LIPSTICK? CHECK. ALTOIDS? GOT 'EM. THESE FULL SKIRTS' BUILT-IN STORAGE LET STARS TRAVEL LIGHT
The straps may look complicated, but "choosing this dress was simple," she said. "I didn't want to make a big deal out of it."
Were pockets a plus? "Oh, yes!" said Bullock, who didn't have to ask her date, Speed co-star Keanu Reeves
, to carry things.
Sanchez also designed her wedding dress
The dress was just a start. The Junebug
star also wore aquamarine-and-diamond earrings on loan from Herrera herself.
MARCH OF THE PARTY GIRLS
OSCAR'S OTHER FASHION SHOW—AT BASHES AROUND TOWN—IS LOWER PRESSURE, BUT STILL HIGH-WATTAGE
AZZARO BY VANESSA SEWARD
star went with the season's black-and-white trend for the afterparties.
She paired her red silk chiffon (from the fall 2006 collection) with Jimmy Choo heels.
Arriving at Morton's, the Ray
actress showed off an olive green chiffon dress from Jean Paul Gaultier's spring/summer 2006 collection.
To set off a pink frock by her pal Donatella Versace, Madonna
chose $10 million in Neil Lane jewels.
The star wore $10 million worth of diamonds
The Project Runway
host relied on fellow judge Kors for a silk chiffon halter gown sprayed with crystals.
The Desperate Housewives
star cheered on Felicity Huffman in a linen gabardine cocktail-length dress by Alber Elbaz for Lanvin.
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