April 08, 2002 12:00 PM

Sporting an ill-fitting Heidi-goes-Gothic look, presenter Gwyneth Paltrow slouched onstage in an Alexander McQueen see-through stretch-tulle top and silk taffeta skirt. Designer Randolph Duke called the getup “unforgivable.”

At Giorgio Armani’s V.I.P. showroom, actress Claire Forlani ran into Salma Hayek, who helped pick out Forlani’s skimpy beaded top. (Or is it a Rorschach test?)

“She looked like a little cancan girl,” says stylist Jessica Paster of the Versace mini she chose for actress Brittany Murphy. She should have insisted, Can’t, can’t.

Italian designer Valentino took a detour through Spain to come up with this look, which Marisa Berenson termed “Gypsy flamenco.”

Daryl Hannah kicked her pale Christian Dior dress into thigh gear with a pair of lace-up metallic boots. Fashion-wise, it was a less-than-shining moment.

Ruffled up—and over-the-top—in a dusty rose asymmetrical frock and fishnets, Rosanna Arquette appeared off-kilter as she hit the Oscar party circuit.

“I just wanted a really great party dress,” said The Sweetest Thing’s Selma Blair, bingeing on fringe in a silk cord Atelier Versace.

Janet Jackson worked too hard for those abs to hide them, even on Hollywood’s chicest night of the year. At the Vanity Fair party, the singer stayed true to her renegade style, donning hip-hugger jeans, coat and sparkly bikini top.

Trudie Styler can’t even blame a stylist. The Jean Paul Gaultier fan asked the designer to whip up this raspberry silk jacquard coat and black dress, and even shuttled to Paris for fittings. Undaunted by critics, she declared the ensemble “romantic and sexy as hell!”

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