Vera Wang curries fashion favor at the Oscars
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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