Catherine Martin Blames Oscars Weekend Rain on 'Gatsby'

Associated Press

At her Friday night induction to Rodeo Drive's Walk of Style, the Oscar-nominated costume designer jokingly took responsibility for Los Angeles' wettest day in years.

Friday night marked the induction of beloved costume designer Catherine Martin to Rodeo Drive's Walk of Style, putting her in the company of past honorees including photographer Mario Testino, editor Diana Vreeland, and designers Valentino and Manolo Blahnik.

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Despite heavy downpours, the bad weather didn’t stop fellow fashionphiles from making appearances, including Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman and Oscar-nominated Cate Blanchett, who presented the award to her fellow Australian by flashlight when rain knocked out power at Beverly Hills' Greystone Mansion and throughout sections of the city (thankfully, an emergency generator kicked in and nary a champagne bubble went warm). 

A Prada-clad Martin -- who is up for a costume design Oscar for her role in reimagining the 1920s in husband and director Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby -- paid little attention to the wet weather, and even jokingly claimed responsibility for one of L.A.’s most rain-soaked days in recent memory.

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“Australians are used to rain, because no matter what anyone tells you about the Sydney climate, there’s about a 30 percent chance of rain. To us, rain is normal, so we don’t get that upset about it. Also, Gatsby seems to bring rain. It rained at Cannes, it rained at the New York premiere, it rained throughout the shoot in Mount Wilson. I’d like to take responsibility!” she laughed. “My husband always says I should be hired to be a rainmaker.”