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February 21, 2008
Designers and dresses and Oscar!

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Lisa Rinna (pictured with Joey Fatone) is still undecided about which dress she'll be wearing to co-host the TV Guide Network's red-carpet show this Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. (She has two to pick from.)

It's an important choice because, this year, the Academy Awards will be providing pretty much the only opportunity for big-name designers to showcase their frocks. With the writers' strike, there were no Golden Globes, and did we really care about the SAG Awards - at least from a fashion perspective?

So, designers will be falling over their tape measures to get next season's (even this season's) gowns on celebrities. After all, it's free publicity with very handsome rewards.

“People are dying to dress up in this town,” says Lisa, speaking on the phone from Los Angeles. “The nominees and presenters in particular will have their pick of whatever they want. They can call up any designer and say, ‘I want to wear one of your dresses.’

“I think we’ll see a lot of couture, perhaps on (best actress) nominee Marion Cotillard,” Lisa adds. “Penelope Cruz loves couture, and we’ll probably see Renee Zellweger in Carolina Herrera.”

As for the men, Lisa says they usually get it “right.”

“I love them!,” she says. “They know how to wear Tom Ford and Prada. (Best actor) nominee Javier Bardem is sooo stunning. I think the men will really be strong.”

She's equally effusive about her co-host.

"Joey is a guy's guy," Lisa says. "He can bring a husband, watching at home, into our audience because he's refreshing. You can't fake that."

A note from one fashionista to another: Want to dish about the red carpet yourself? Join me here at 21Q from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday as I blog in real time about my take on the fashions.

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