Now that the Oscar dust has settled, which designer was the most popular on the red carpet?
You could call it a tie. Dior dressed two big names: presenter Charlize Theron and the adorable first lady of the evening, best actress Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon.
Theron’s forest green silk gown with a benign tumor-sized shoulder bow didn’t win over most style seers. But Witherspoon’s honestly vintage 1955 beaded Dior frock was a major thumbs-up, despite criticism that the gown was "too much dress" for the petite actress.
But Vera Wang also dressed two important ladies — both best actress nominees — and both of her creations were wildly hailed. "Brokeback Mountain" nominee Michelle Williams wore a Wang curry-hued ’30s-inspired chiffon gown. And "Pride & Prejudice" nominee Keira Knightley looked to-the-manor-born in Wang’s fishtail hem burgundy gown.
And here’s a surprise: Versace, usually deemed a bit too racy for the Oscars, came in third, designing for three presenters: Jessica Alba‘s gold gown, Salma Hayek‘s blue wrapped gown and Hilary Swank‘s strapless black number.
Other fashion forces at the 2006 Oscars:
Photo: Michelle Williams won fashion favor at the Oscars for her curry-colored Vera Wang chiffon gown.
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]]>Carolina Herrera: Amy Adams‘ adorable brown satin gown (with pockets!) looked elegant and incredibly practical.
Zac Posen: Felicity Huffman‘s low-cut sheer black frock was eerily unsexy.
Roberto Cavalli: Jada Pinkett Smith‘s blindingly blue strapless gown was definitely eye-catching.
Balenciaga: Nicole Kidman‘s white strapless gown was, in a word, boring.
Givenchy: Naomi Watts‘s shredded beige chiffon was decidedly limp.
Lily et Cie: Jennifer Lopez‘s nauseating pea soup-colored chiffon gown made some carpet watchers reach for the antacids. Burp.
Rochas: Jennifer Aniston‘s plain and simple black gown was way too simple and plain for the Oscars. Put some effort in it, girl.
Michael Kors: Jennifer Garner made a perfect post-baby red carpet comeback in an elegant cream-colored gown. It was a close call, but thank heavens she didn’t trip over that hem onstage.
All the men looked great in their fancy designer formal wear. Armani scored big with the hottest hunks, decking out George Clooney, Joaquin Phoenix, Paul Haggis, Keanu Reeves and Ludacris. Ralph Lauren dressed young lads Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Phillippe. Oh, and host Jon Stewart. Matt Dillon looked perfect in Prada, Heath Ledger was dashing in a classic Dunhill while Paul Giamatti was hot — well, kinda — in a Hugo Boss tux.