Star Watt-age at the Aussie Designer Showcase?

Talk about good timing.

With Naomi Watts poised for awards nods for her heartbreaking heroine in "King Kong," there couldn't be a better year for the Australian designers to make a big splash in the Los Angeles market.

Naomi Watts

That's no doubt why the Australian Designers Showcase, presented by Hardy Wines, will take place at the Hollywood Palladium on Jan 18, 2006. Top Down Under designers Toni Maticevski, Aurelio Costarella, White Suede, Gail Sorronda, Wheels & Doll Baby, Dogstar, and It Girl will present their wears to media, stylists, buyers and stars, as part of G'Day LA: Australia Week's official sked. The Australian designers have high hopes to dress stars for red carpets and land product placements in films and TV shows.

Hey, Marissa and Summer's designer duds on "The O.C." could sure use some international input. And how about reviving Gabrielle's fagged out wardrobe on "Desperate Housewives?" Hold your PC horses. According to Australia's national dictionary, the Macquarie Dictionary, that means "completely exhausted" in Aussie slang.

Simon P. Lock, managing director of IMG Fashion Asia Pacific and founder of Mercedes Australian Fashion Week boasts, "Australian designers are world-class and international showcases such as this event will cement our reputation for breeding truly innovative and professional fashion business and dynamic brands."

Expected stars will include Nicole Kidman and her new beau Keith Urban, Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Rachel Griffiths, Melissa George and Olivia Newton-John. Watts may show up too, schedule permitting.

Oh, and there's a promised "stylish and upbeat" cocktail party after the show, where there'll no doubt be plenty of shrimp on the barbie.

Photo: Naomi Watts, seen at the Paris "King Kong" premiere, may hit the Australian Designers Showcase next month in Los Angeles.
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