Meeta Agrawal
October 31, 2007 AT 11:08 PM EDT

When on Monday night’s episode of The Hills Lauren Conrad announced that she had the perfect dress she’s been holding “on reserve” for her next Amy Astley meeting, what fashionista wasn’t foaming at the mouth to see the couture creation she’d pull out? Imagine our surprise when the Teen Vogue-r didn’t show up in an LC Original, or something terribly exclusive, but the same form-fitting Black Halo dress (pictured, top right) that has steadily been making its way across the viewing week. First Amanda sported it in Season 1 of Ugly Betty (left), then Susan Meyer crashed a funeral in it on Desperate Housewives (bottom right). (It’s also made a slew of red carpet showings, pretty much whenever celebs like Kelly Ripa and Jenny McCarthy want to rock the sexy secretary look.)

As for how much it helped Lauren Conrad with her best impersonation of a highly respectable bow tier, that depends on whether you thought Marc Jacobs left their meeting with a stifled giggle or grimace. Still, from Becki Newton to Teri Hatcher to LC? As they saying goes: One Dress to rule them all…

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