September 18, 2000 12:00 PM

At the Grammy Awards in L.A. last February, presenter Jennifer Lopez was the night’s most memorable sight. Her chiffon Versace gown (complete with a built-in panty, seen above) not only launched a thousand quips–”It’s nice to see Jennifer in a classy little understated number,” said emcee Rosie O’Donnell–it inspired worldwide curiosity about the many uses of double-sided tape.

Two months before she accepted her Oscar looking like the very picture of demure elegance, Boys Don’t Cry star Hilary Swank went daring at the Golden Globes in black sequins–and little else–by Versace.

At the Cannes Film Festival in May, Uma Thurman inspired plenty of back talk in a low-slung raw silk skirt by Jean Paul Gaultier.

As cohost of Monaco’s World Music Awards in May, model Elle Macpherson–nicknamed “The Body”–set the pace in Dior lace (with matching panties and flesh-toned bodice) and boots by Manolo Blahnik.

“I love to wear outfits that feel like I have nothing on,” says Maria Conchita Alonso of her Bradley Bayou gown, which she nevertheless augmented with a store-bought pasty for November’s L.A. premiere of The World Is Not Enough.

Coming on strong in a silver-studded showstopper at an Emmy bash in L.A. last September, World Wrestling Federation star Chyna insisted to the Ventura County Star, “I feel comfortable in this.”

He may have wanted to send her home to change, but when daughter Jade Jagger launched her jewelry collection last fall in London wearing only panties and a crocheted dress, poppa Mick zipped his famous lips and smiled.

At an awards party in L.A. last October, Daryl Hannah made a Splash (or was it a slash?) in what a newspaper reporter described as “a little hanky for a top.”

Halle Berry earned an R rating–as in Rocks–at the New York City premiere of X-Men in July. When the actress realized she had nothing to go with her sparkly Lanvin pants, she had extra material from the trousers crafted into a bra secured by straps made with a reported $1 million worth of diamonds.

Going right to the Source Hip-Hop Awards last month in Pasadena, former Baywatch babe Traci Bingham reveals she used no adhesives and was wearing no undergarments” beneath her Roberto Cavalli halter dress. “I was so fortunate it fit me so perfectly,” she says.

Leaving her proper British lady, post-Spice Girl persona behind, U.N. goodwill ambassador Geri Halliwell, whose solo career began with the hit single “Look at Me,” caused many at November’s MTV Europe Music Awards in Dublin to do just that.

No matter how you slice it, American Pie star Tara Reid–in an iridescent halter–was not going unnoticed by her boyfriend, MTV’s Carson Daly, or anyone else at the Manhattan premiere of Black and White in April.

Frasier‘s Jane Leeves fessed up to using double-stick tape to keep her backless–and nearly frontless–Yves Saint Laurent top in place at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in L.A. last March.

Toni “Unbreak My Heart” Braxton was one very well-ventilated vocalist at Arista Records’ 25th anniversary party in L.A. last April.

While emceeing a fashion design awards show in New York City in June, comedian Sandra Bernhard got a few things off her chest–and kept the bare minimum on with a plethora of peekaboo pleats.

Decorum lost out to décolletage on Oscar presenter Cameron Diaz, who was visible in sheer Versace at the awards and Vanity Fair‘s post-ceremony bash.

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