We were seriously hoping for Anne Hathaway to wow us in a custom Valentino creation at the Oscars after getting confirmation from the house itself. But, as the story goes, she wore Prada. It was a particularly rude sartorial snub since Valentino Garavani himself designed a gorgeous wedding gown for the Les Mis star, and she hung out with him on New Year’s Eve. Hathaway has been quiet about the matter, and we ourselves have concocted a good number of explanations, but now the actress has released an official statement on the snafu.
Hathaway’s rep, Stephen Huvane, issued the following to WWD on behalf of the actress:
“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. 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 honor of the deep and meaningful relationship I have enjoyed with the house and with Valentino himself. I deeply regret any disappointment caused.”
There’s obviously no publicly-available sketch or image of the original Valentino dress that Hathaway had planned to wear, though some outlets have proposed their own suggestions. A Prada spokesperson also told the paper: “It’s our policy never to comment and we can’t make any statements out of respect for our fellow designers.”
See Hathaway’s Prada below, and chime in on the sartorial scandal: should she have gone with the original plan?
this is some kind of spaceship or something.