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Forget the bread. Let them wear bubble skirts and bustiers, platformpumps and pompadours!

Vogue magazine has decreed that the extravagant, over-the-topvoluminous 18th century gowns in Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette" - designed by Oscar-winner Milena Canonero – is the biggest influenceon fashion this year.

"It's all about volume," the rag mag editrix Anna Wintour declared ina recent TV interview and who in their right mind would disagree withthis indisputable style sneer.

While some may dispute Coppola's portrayal of the young queen as avapid, bubbly fun-loving girl who loved shopping, partying and sippingchampagne, no one can argue with the film's powerful influence ontoday's apparel market.

So go ahead and blame the French teen queen for this latest fashionflashback - bubble skirts, sack dresses, empire waists, vests, corsetsand leggings (worn all at once, please) – on the internationaldesigner runways.

Several London designers embraced the bigger-is-better fashion theoryduring their collections. Dolce & Gabbana did molded corset dresseswith enormous bubble butts (with platform shoes, just to make life –and walking a runway- a little more perilous) in their Milancollection.

Peter Som showed billowing coats and high waisted organza gowns inhis recent Big Apple show. Anna Sui's New York show was a wave toMarie Antoinette with French revolutionary hats, leggings and highboots, along with scads of voluminous bubble skirts and tent dresses.

This week Nicky Hilton took a turn modeling in Roberto Cavalli's Milanshow, wearing an enormous bright red bubble butt dress that only addedmore fuel to the pregnancy rumors fire.

Gosh, isn't that just what women look for in an outfit; something thatadds "volume" to one's figure, especially around the hips and ass?

I know I do. "May I help you find something," the helpful salesgirlwill ask. And I always reply, "Yes, please. I'd like a dress thatmakes me look as wide as I am tall,"

This season, it won't be hard to find. But truth be told, neither younor I will be able to resist this royal pain of a fashion craze. Andafter flipping through a few fashion magazines in a doctor's waitingroom, we will undoubtedly find ourselves trying on bits of theAntoinette look. For Fall, it will be nipped military jackets andbubble skirts with fur touches in rich velvets and plummy hues. Fornext spring, we'll be hankering for those tent dresses and empirewaist frocks, albeit in lighter fabrics and mouthwatering pastelcolors.

If you really need to be in step with the Marie trend, you can alwayspick up a pair of Manolo Blahnik's period footwear from the film. Theshoe designer is selling a limited edition of his Marie shoes in hisEuro boutiques.

Coppola is actually a talented fashion photographer and clothingdesigner in her own right. She even worked briefly for Chanel designerKarl Lagerfeld in Paris when she was 15. So it's fitting that Chanelhosted her LA premiere party at the Chateau Marmont this week.

The historic Hollywood hotel – originally designed with a whiff of aLoire Valley chateau – was transformed for the night into a mini-Versailles, complete with ablack-and-white tile ballroom, crystal chandeliers, a gilded hall ofmirrors lounge and more bouquets of pink flowers and piles of pastelbonbons than you could wave a feathered fan at.

And of course, several of the celebrity party-goers – including MischaBarton - got into the Marie mood by wearing Chanel. Even Coppola, whois several months pregnant, was regal in a Chanel empire waist chiffonfrock, ankle strap shoes and bright red Antoinette lips.

According to most awards observers, Canonero is a lock for a Globe,Guild and Oscar nomination for her sumptuous "Antoinette" costumes inmouth-watering candy colors. "She' definitely the frontrunner forbest costumes at this point," predicts one awards handicapper. "She'sthe one to beat."

But this expert prediction could be because Coppola's frivolous filmshould get something, now shouldn't it, and best director, bestscreenplay, best actress/ actor just ain't gonna happen.

Now for the bad news: this is not the end of queenly film fashion trends.

To be sure, it's doubtful that the dowdy costumes Helen Mirrren wearsto portray the reigning Queen Elizabeth in "The Queen," will end up inanyone's closet who doesn't live in an assisted living retirementcommunity.

But brace yourselves for another royal fashion trend in 2007 sparkedby "The Other Boleyn Girl, " starring Scarlett Johansson as Mary andNatalie Portman as Anne Boleyn, sisters who fought for the affectionsof Henry VIII, the monarch who liked to cut his ties with troublesomeex-wives with a swift axe blow.

And this week, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Johansson hassigned on for the lead in another Tudor period film, "Mary Queen ofScots."

Gosh, I can hardly wait for the Tudor trend: somber black velvetgowns, long gauze veils, and stiff white neck ruffs.

Sadly, just like poor little Marie A, Mary's life also had a cuttingedge end. She was beheaded in 1587 for treason, implicated in a plotto assassinate her sister Elizabeth.

If only it were that easy to get rid of film-inspired fashion trends.

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