Rachel Weisz plays dress-up

You won't hear Rachel Weisz whining about the fashion pressures of the 2006 awards season.

"You just have to lighten up and have a good time with all of it," says Weisz (pronounced "vice"). "It's a bit like playing dress-up. And besides, it's quite fantastic to be paid to have your hair and makeup professionally done and wear gorgeous designer clothes."

Rachel Weisz

The Golden Globe-nominated actress — for her role in "The Constant Gardener" (nominated for best motion picture, drama) directed by Fernando Meirelles (nominated for best director, motion picture) — wore a chic black Christian Dior skirt suit and Pierre Hardy high heels to a recent Focus Features cocktail party at Il Cielo in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Showing off her shoes, she explained Hardy's appeal. "They're amazing shoes, so comfortable and he makes them in so many different colors and styles. But the best thing is that you can stand in them for long periods of time without pain. Well, without too much pain," she added.

Despite her current fondness for Dior, Weisz is a longtime fan of designer Narciso Rodriguez's sleek, sculptural gowns. No early word on whose dress Weisz will wear to the Globes, but she admits she's definitely not a do-it-yourselfer when it comes to fashion. "I have help because you really do need people to contact the showrooms for sample sizes."

Weisz is best known for diverse roles in "Stealing Beauty," "Sunshine," "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns." Oddly, her "Gardener" Globe nod is for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture," even though she is the lead actress and recently won the British Independent Film Best Actress Award for that part.

Oh well. Either way, it's still better than her 2005 Teen Choice nomination for "Best Scream" in "Constantine" when she's pulled out of a building by invisible evil spirits and taken straight to the underworld.

But speaking of spending time in the underworld...

Photo: Rachel Weisz plays a good game of dress-up at the GQ 2005 Men of the Year party in Los Angeles.
(Steve Granitz / WireImage)