When Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway showed up in Prada to last night’s Academy Awards ceremony, fashion followers were a bit surprised. Valentino is Hathaway’s preferred red carpet designer (Mr. Valentino also designed Hathaway’s wedding dress) and a press release had been sent out earlier in the day stating Hathaway would be wearing one of the house’s couture dresses. As New York Times fashion reporter Eric Wilson tweeted at 3:54 PM EST on Sunday, “Valentino just announced its red carpet lineup for tonight: Look for Sally Field, Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Aniston, all in couture.”
According to our sources, Hathaway was indeed slated to wear Valentino. That is, until yesterday, when she saw Amanda Seyfried’s Alexander McQueen lace gown. Apparently, the dresses were very similar. Anne “freaked out,” requiring stylist Rachel Zoe to call in a bunch of different dresses hours before the show. (We’ve reached out to both Zoe and Valentino for comment and will update this story when we’ve heard back from them.)
Hathaway’s pale pink slip of a dress by Prada, paired beautifully with a Tiffany necklace, was pretty perfect. So all was not lost. But perhaps that’s why Hathaway was so cagey when asked about her gown on the red carpet last night. “I didn’t know what I was wearing until two hours ago,” she told WWD.
It all goes to show: a celebrity placement is never a sure thing.
UPDATE: A savvy reader found this Valentino couture gown from Spring 2013 that looks a lot like the McQueen dress Amanda Seyfried wore last night. Think this was the dress Anne Hathaway was supposed to wear?
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