As they say in fashion, one day you're in and the next you're out. That rang true at the Oscars this year, where, at the last minute, best supporting actress winner Anne Hathaway wore a blush-hued Prada instead of the Valentino frock that was planned.
How do we know? Valentino had already put out an official press release stating that the star was wearing the brand.
The reason for Hathaway's change of heart was that the pink embroidered tulle Valentino looked strikingly similar to the Alexander McQueen number worn by her Les Mis co-star Amanda Seyfried. And you know what else they say in fashion — there's nothing worse than showing up to the party in the same thing as someone else.
The situation is even hairier because Hathaway has a close personal relationship with the iconic Italian designer. Not only did he make the star's wedding gown last September, but she and husband Adam Schulman also spent New Years with the designer in Gstaad, Switzerland. She wore a Valentino Couture cocktail dress to the Director's Guild Awards earlier this month.
The designer is said to be personally furious about the Oscars switch. And the 30-year-old actress has apologized to her friend, releasing the following statement to People.com:
"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."
While it's all a bit sticky, there's no reason to shed tears for Valentino — the house dressed a staggering number of stars on Oscar night, including Jennifer Aniston, Samantha Barks and Sally Field at the ceremony and Allison Williams, Miranda Kerr, Hilary Swank, Zooey Deschanel and Rosie Huntington-Whitely at Vanity Fair's annual Oscars party.