AND THE WINNING DRESS IS … : Carolina Herrera was counting on some key Hollywood exposure at the Oscars Sunday night. She planned to dress actresses Renée Zellweger and Salma Hayek, as well as Eve Weinstein, wife of Miramax honcho Harvey Weinstein.

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Versace expected to dress a pregnant Catherine Zeta-Jones, as well as Kate Hudson and her husband, Chris Robinson; Nicolas Cage; Heather Graham, and Angelica Huston, while Giorgio Armani was set to outfit Academy Awards host Steve Martin and Richard Gere.

ROYAL TREATMENT: As the world focuses its attention on the Middle East, one of its royalty is coming here. Barneys New York is rolling out the red carpet for Queen Noor of Jordan. While a window of its Madison Avenue store is devoted to Her Majesty and features an enormous crown fashioned out of book covers, the Queen herself will also be making an appearance at the store. On March 29, Queen Noor will be on hand signing copies of her newly published autobiography, “Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life.”

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