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In Paris, the runways were awash with color, but one of the splashiest fashion shows of all wasn’t staged there but on the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday night in L.A. Since when did the SAGs — known for their casual, low-key vibe — become such an all-out fashion parade?

Halle Berry and Jennifer Aniston opted for cleavage-baring Giorgio Armani gowns, while the expectant, goddess-like Catherine Zeta-Jones showed off considerably less décolletage in a purple Empire-waisted Versace.

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“I might cost more now that I’m nominated,” joked Zeta-Jones who fielded role offers while walking the red carpet. “You’ll have to talk to my producers.”

Uma Thurman, looking fresh in a two-piece sherbet-colored Chanel, did a bit of baring herself, as did the white brigade, which included Julianne Moore in a plunging Ralph Lauren and Sarah Jessica Parker, who wore a Narciso Rodriguez dress with black trim. Only Outstanding Female Actor winner Renée Zellweger took the demure route in a black Valentino.

In a departure from her floor-grazing gowns, Nicole Kidman went short — well, knee-length — wearing a look from last week’s fall 2003 Gucci show.

“I’m cold,” she shivered in the 75-degree weather. “But at least it’s much warmer here than on the streets of New York.”

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