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Fashion Gets Oscar Fever, Armani and Otherwise

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    As fashion week heads abroad, all eyes her in the U.S, have turned to the Oscars.  The Armani/Fifth Avenue flagship store will exhibit several recent red carpet looks (including Gaga's galaxy duds) to coincide with the March 7 awards show, while the second annual Oscars Design Challenge, hosted by the Academy kicked off yesterday with a crop of fledgling designers looking to outfit a presenter. 

    Girogio Armani has been a go-to guy for Hollywood's A-list for years, and now some of the most spectacular of those recent collaborations will be on display at the Fifth Avenue flagship, including, of course, the Lady Gaga number, as well as Penelope Cruz's faintly Sevillian black gown from this year's Golden Globes and gowns worn by Anne Hathaway and Alicia Keys.

    Meanwhile, those with less of a hold on the red carpet set will take aim to enter the club with their submissions to the Oscars Design Challenge.  Finalists among the 250 sketches -- Ari Sheuhmelian, Elda De La Rosa, Fernanda Carneiro, Ivy Higa, Kelsy Zimba, Oday Shakar, Oliver Tolentino, Phong Hong and Rania Salibi -- showed off their couture gowns to members of the Academy and show producers, who will select their favorite to be worn by an Oscar presenter the night of the awards.

    Excitement is mounting to the big night, when we will cozy up on the couch with friends and finger foods to host our own annual analysis and critique.