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A flustered Witherspoon — who won the best actress award for her portrayal of June Carter in "Walk the Line" — was seen asking Chanel president Maureen Chiquet at a post-Globes bash why she was never told the haute couture dress had already had a public outing.
Chiquet could not be reached for comment Tuesday, having already left for New York. But by early afternoon, the company e-mailed the following to WWD: "A Chanel dress never goes out of style. It is timeless."
And that's sure one popular party dress. "Funny enough, I tried on the 'Reese dress,'" admitted Anne Hathaway at another post-show party, apparently unaware of the Dunst link. "When I put it on, I couldn't even zip it up, and I thought, 'Some short, skinny girl is going to wear this dress.' And then Reese Witherspoon appears in it. She looked divine."
Perhaps Witherspoon can take solace in the fact she wasn't the only starlet to reprise a Chanel fashion à la Dunst. Natalie Portman looked every bit like Audrey Hepburn with those strong brows, the cropped hair and her strapless black lace Chanel Haute Couture dress. She also reminded some "Spider-Man" fans of the engagement scene in the 2004 sequel, where Dunst appears in the same dress. Chanel said Portman's dress surfaced in the Fifties, while Witherspoon's bowed sometime after 2000, although on Tuesday the house's representatives would not specify the season.
Maybe the Witherspoon fracas caused Chanel to overlook another star it clad for the evening: Mariah Carey. Karl Lagerfeld designed a siren couture gown specifically for Carey at the request of André Leon Talley, who is orchestrating the pop star's makeover. Talley apparently went straight to Lagerfeld for the look — and sources said the designer delivered against the advice of in-house publicists. The happy diva proudly declared it was Chanel Couture to all who cared, yet Chanel didn't mention her in any post-Globe releases. It took two requests regarding the matter to Chanel to confirm that Carey did, indeed, wear Chanel.