A-list actresses routinely hit the glam European runway shows to check out potential gowns for all those tiresome awards shows. But shopping for an Oscar outfit at the Mercedes-Benz Los Angeles Spring 2006 Fashion Shows? Mmm, maybe not.

Still, Oscar hopeful and “North Country” star Charlize Theron turned up for pal Pegah Anvarian‘s Oct. 17 show at Smashbox Studio. Dressed like the Spy Who Came in from the Rain — wearing the designer’s tailored brown wool trench coat, beige turtleneck, jeans and a brown fedora — Theron even went backstage to congratulate the designer with a big hug.

Two nights later, the almost (or already?) Mrs. Tom Cruise was hanging at the late-night Rock & Republic denim show on the Sony lot. Wonder if Katie Holmes was shopping for a maternity gown? Well, she was intently focused on everything on the runway, and sitting next to her new pal, Victoria Beckham, a.k.a. Posh Spice.

Could Katie have been wearing a well-fitting pair of Posh’s new maternity jeans, a line the ex-Spice-ette designed for hot sexy expectant mums? Our money says yes. And since you’re wondering, no sign of Kate’s (hey, that’s what Tom calls her) excitable fiancé.

Photo: Katie Holmes and Victoria Beckham at the Spring 2006 Rock & Republic fashion show.
(Chris Weeks / WireImage)

]]>Rumor has it Tom’s still busy with “Mission Impossible 3.” Or maybe he just doesn’t like the L.A. fashion scene. Too many people on medication when they should be home, exercising, eating right and getting a decent night’s sleep.

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