Although the star had a Valentino dress ready to go just for the occasion, she walked the red carpet in a pink Prada column gown — and now the star is apologizing to the fashion house and explaining what caused the last minute frock swap!
Anne Hathaway opted for a pale pink Prada column gown with open back detailing for the 2013 Oscars on Feb. 24 in LA, where the 30-year-old star took home the ‘Best Supporting Actress’ award for her role in Les Miserables. Her dress was received with mixed reactions — and it turns out that she had a couture frock crafted for the occasion by Valentino! So, why didn’t she wear it down the red carpet for the big night?
“It came to my attention late Saturday night that there would be a dress worn to the Oscars that is remarkably similar to the Valentino I had intended to wear, and so I decided it was best for all involved to change my plans,” Anne said in a statement released by her publicist. “Though I love the dress I did wear, it was a difficult last-minute decision as I had so looked forward to wearing Valentino in honour of the deep and meaningful relationship I have enjoyed with the house and with Valentino himself. I deeply regret any disappointment caused.”
While Anne didn’t say exactly which dress was similar to her Valentino creation, reports speculate that it was her co-star Amanda Seyfried‘s custom Alexander McQueen gown that was strikingly similar to the frock Anne was supposed to wear.
The confusion first arose when the Valentino house sent out a press release mere hours before the Oscars red carpet, confirming that Anne, Jennifer Aniston, and Sally Field would be wearing Valentino to the award show — however once Anne stepped out in her pink Prada gown it was clear that there was a mix up.
“I didn’t know what I was wearing until two hours ago. I tried on a lot of dresses, but at the end of the day, I loved the simplicity of it,” Anne said on the red carpet at the 85th Annual Academy Awards.
Anne and Valentino go way back. Not only did the designer craft her one-of-a-kind wedding dress that she wore for her September 2012 nuptials, but the star also opted for the brand for her 2011 Oscars appearance — and their relationship isn’t strictly reserved to the red carpet! Designer Valentino Garavani went skiing with the couple over the New Year and has famously said Anne is, “like my daughter.”
While nothing is ever set in stone until the star walks the red carpet, what do you think? Do you think Anne was wrong to pull a frock swap at the last minute or do you think it’s totally understandable?
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