Associated Press Writer
Icelandic singer Bjork laid a fashion egg, literally, on the red carpet leading into the 73rd annual Academy Awards.Bjork, nominated for best original song for "I've Seen It All" from "Dancer in the Dark," arrived at Sunday's Oscar competition in a white, feathered, knee-length dress tailored to look like a swan. It even included a swan's neck and head that she draped around her own neck.Outside the Shrine Auditorium, she lifted up her dress and out dropped an egg."It was a panic. She provided the kook factor," said Merle Ginsburg, Women's Wear Daily entertainment editor. "Nobody dressed badly, so you've got to have some fun."Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jennifer Lopez provided the glamor, all in gowns recalling old-style Hollywood."We definitely saw a reaffirmation of Hollywood with vintage looks," said Tom Julian.Roberts, the best actress winner for "Erin Brockovich," opted for vintage Valentino — a black-and-white velvet column dress with creme straps forming a "Y" down the front. She matched boyfriend Benjamin Bratt, who wore a black tux and white-on-white tie and shirt."Julia stood out," Ginsberg said. "We expect her to look so modern. The fact that she wore a Valentino that was 15 years old, it was really stunning."Marcia Gay Harden, who won supporting actress honors for "Pollock," livened up the Oscar fashion parade in a strapless, burgundy dress with matching wrap by Randolph Duke."I've always been inspired by the beautiful old-world movie stars," said Harden, who carried a handmade red beaded clutch. "I just wanted to feel and look like a movie star."Lopez, known for her skimpy awards outfits, arrived in a one-shoulder, two-tone ball gown by Chanel with a gray, see-through top."I always choose at the last minute, which is bad. This is what I feel good in at the time," she said.Joan Allen, nominated for best actress for "The Contender," wore a sequined coral halter gown by Michael Kors."When the dress came up, it was a strong contender," she quipped, noting she has a similar-colored sweater set that people always tell her looks great on her.Being seen in the "right" gown or tux draws more than approval from the fans. It can be worth millions in free publicity for a designer and a star whose outfit is seen, again and again, worldwide.The pre-show fashion show didn't stop at just dresses, however."We saw more about purses, shoes and necklaces than just about the gowns," said Julian.Zeta-Jones accessorized her black flowing skirt and black-beaded bodice with a diamond necklace featuring a teardrop pale blue jewel and matching teardrop earrings.Julie Moran of "Entertainment Tonight" had the evening's best purse. She toted a rhinestone-studded movie camera.Laura Linney, nominated for best actress, chose a tomato red gown with a high neckline. Like Roberts and Zeta-Jones, she wore her hair in an elegant upswept style.
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