Anne Hathaway’s pink Prada disaster explained: why didn’t she wear Valentino?

When Anne Hathaway’s Nips of Doom stepped onto the Oscar red carpet, everyone was shocked to see that she was wearing a pale pink Prada (with sketchy darting). Annie was supposed to be wearing Valentino. Everybody said she would be wearing Valentino. Valentino’s people had already sent out the press releases. So a million fashion conspiracies were born! Did Anne and Valentino have a falling out? Did the original dress rip? Did Anne just want the night to be about her Nips of Doom? Well, the answer has come – E! News says that Anne decided at the last minute to change out of the Valentino because she was worried Amanda Seyfried’s McQueen gown was too similar!

When it comes to selecting the Oscar gown, it’s no surprise that quite a bit of careful analysis goes into the strategic style selection. After all, an Oscar dress on a nominee, let alone a winner, will forever be remembered in history.

So upon seeing Anne Hathaway in a blush-pink Prada design on last night’s red carpet, we couldn’t help but wonder what happened to her trademark Valentino couture loyalty. After all, the star has consistently worn the designer on countless red carpets, and even had Mr. Valentino design her wedding dress months ago.

More peculiarly, Valentino even sent out a confirmation press release earlier in the afternoon declaring that the Les Misérables actress would be donning a design from the house, and shortly thereafter Fashion Police’s George Kotsiopoulos predicted on-air during the E! Oscars preshow that she’d wear an ivory embellished gown with a high neckline by the designer.

So what happened?

A source close to the actress confirms to E! News that shortly before Hathaway stepped out on the red carpet she learned that Amanda Seyfried’s Alexander McQueen Oscar gown was strikingly similar to her selected Valentino design, and opted for the Prada dress last minute.

A quick side-by-side comparison shows that both pale gowns were embellished with beautiful delicate floral embroidery—perhaps a little too close for comfort, in the opinion of the Oscar winner.

Hathaway explained to E!’s Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet that she “didn’t know what I was wearing until about three hours ago,” and said her work schedule was to blame. “This is the one that spoke to me in the end.”

[From E! News]

You can see the Valentino design at E! News – the look was strikingly similar to Amanda’s McQueen. The biggest different was basically that Seyfried’s dress had that little “cleavage window” and the Valentino didn’t. As I think I said yesterday – this speaks more to how Sarah Burton is really screwing up the Alexander McQueen label. I seriously doubt that the late Alexander McQueen would have put a lacy, Valentino-looking gown out there… much less on Amanda Seyfried. Here’s Seyfried’s again:

After the Prada disaster, Anne changed into the grey-blue Saint Laurent gown for the parties. She looked way more comfortable and much less cloying. Speaking of “cloying,” when Anne spoke to reporters after the Oscars, she answered questions about the backlash against her “cloying” Oscar campaign:

Anne Hathaway is a world-famous movie star — and now an Oscar-winning actress — but that doesn’t mean she’s immune to insecurity. In fact, she may be more vulnerable than anyone. Though the 30-year-old star has been praised in recent months for her spectacular performance in the epic movie musical Les Miserables, she has also been criticized for what some believe is a false, cloying sense of earnestness in her awards show appearances.

Addressing the jokes about her emotional acceptance speeches after winning the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award on Feb. 24, Hathaway admitted to feeling hurt by the backlash. “It does get to me,” she confessed. “But you have to remember in life that there’s a positive to every negative and a negative to every positive. The miracle of the universe is that, as far as they know, there’s 51 percent matter versus 49 percent anti-matter — things tip in the scale of the positive,” she continued. “So that is what I focus on.”

The star — who beat out fellow nominees Sally Field, Jacki Weaver, Helen Hunt, and Amy Adams — then went on to say that she tries not to let other people’s criticism change the way she approaches her own relationships. “I live my life with love,” she explained. “I live my life with compassion. I live my life hoping the best for absolutely everyone, no matter how they feel about me. And when you live that way, it’s amazing how beautiful every day can be.”

[From Us Weekly]

For the love of God, Anne. “The miracle of the universe is that, as far as they know, there’s 51 percent matter versus 49 percent anti-matter — things tip in the scale of the positive.” STFU!!! I love her and everything, but don’t you want to see her tip her head back and yell, “Haters gonna hate, suck on my Oscar, bitches”? I don’t know why she thinks that we’ll only accept this cloying, too-sweet version – show some spunk, show some chutzpah. And for the love of God, stop talking in that gaspy little-girl voice.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. allons -y alonso says:

    there will never be another Alexander McQueen :(

  2. T.Fanty says:

    Amanda Siefried definitely won there.

    That quote just solves a blind item on another site.

  3. Lucy2 says:

    I can’t believe she didn’t have a back up better than that pink dress. Even the party dress, which I don’t like at all, was better.

  4. brin says:

    I can’t get past her cheesy toothy grin.

  5. Lune says:

    How did she know what Amanda would wear?

  6. Eve says:

    The picture where she’s holding her Oscar (third one down): I HATE it when people do that thing with their tongues/teeth when they smile — pressing the tongue against the front teeth.

    I’ve read somewhere that that is a technique to make your nose not look “hooked” or something…but it freaks me out that I can see the tongue coming out from the sides of their front teeth. Plus, it just looks like a fake, contrived smile.

  7. Celeste says:

    Anne needs to go away for a little bit. I think that everyone needs a break from her. She needs to get back to reality.

  8. Cinnamon says:

    anne’s pink prada dress looks cheaply made. not a fan. this year’s oscars didnt have many gowns that wowed me

  9. marie says:

    I will remember Anne’s campaign as being the year of the beaver-nips..

  10. pretty says:

    she has humongous eyes,nose,mouth,teeth in a small face. she must look kind of freakish in real life cause photos tend to make your face features less prominent.

  11. neelyo says:

    I think all of the criticism of the campaign did get to her and she lost her nerve. I was expecting her to wear a ball gown and a tiara.

  12. Post-It's says:

    Anne can spit the positive BS all she wants. But when you win an Oscar, and the only thing people are talking about are your nipples, then you blew it.

  13. T.C. says:

    Talk about ego gone wild. She changed her Oscar dress at the last minute because another girl had something close to hers? Of course she just had to pick the dress with her nipples showing. If there was any question about Anne Hathaway wanting the spotlight here’s your evidence.

  14. VV says:

    That was nice I guess she wanted to avoid infringing on her co-star’s choice of dress but isn’t Valentino also a friend? They made the announcement and everything, I don’t see why she couldn’t have sucked it up and gone with it.

    What an embarrassment.

  15. Anastasia says:

    Has anyone seen the slip of her describing winning as “creamy?”


  16. Ranunculus says:

    She looks like the inmate of a mental instituting in that 3rd one (actually in the first one too) I am scared to think what she will do with Oscar once she got him home.

  17. bea says:

    Her second dress (the blue one) is some awkwardness as well! Too long, unlined, even the beaded collar is strangely shaped.

  18. Amy says:

    I know she can’t help it, but Anne has the ugliest nose ever. As for the dress, I’ll bet Valentino is pissed. He hosted her and her fey husband at Gstaad FFS.

  19. Maggi says:

    I don’t care what anybody says, I liked the pink Prada. I like it better than Amanda’s look. And I wouldn’t have even noticed the nipples if everybody hadn’t mentioned them. They looked like darting. Whatever. Anne looked lovely and fresh. She evoked a graceful Audrey Hepburn vibe that was far more youthful than the fusty thing Amanda was wearing.

    • T.C. says:

      You can see nipples and areola. That’s the first thing I noticed about the dress with no one pointing it out to me. You can’t miss it. Kate Middleton had darting on her wedding dress but you never saw her nipples because they padded the dress properly.

    • c'est la vie says:

      Thank you – it’s darting, not anything else. Anyone looking for anything else is looking too hard. I still don’t see it. It wasn’t see through either, btw. It was a nice, pale pink Prada gown.

      No one’s ever seen a dress with darts before? Then they haven’t seen the Audrey Hepburn look she was channelling. She looked great and so did the dress.

  20. serena says:

    Both dresses were so horrible, my god. So the pale pink dress spoke to her…LOL.. and what did it say, now it’s the nipples turn ?

  21. L says:

    She should have worn the valentino-it wasn’t that close to Amanda’s dress. And common, the nipples? Really AnnE? Really?

    Just goes to show the arrogance of this chick. Can’t stand her.

  22. hannah says:

    I don’t even think the two dresses look that similar…

  23. Aud says:

    Anne is so thin she has no boobs, but clever illusion thanks to the darts in the bodice.

  24. Andrea says:

    Oh Annie….I want to like you so much. But just…why honey? Why?

  25. Miss M says:

    The Valentino dress was so much prettier than the one Amanda wore. People would be talking more about hers than Amanda’s considering she was an Oscar nominee + the Mcqueen doesn’t look a Mcqueen at all.

    If I were AnnE, even if the dresses were identical, I would wear it in respect to Valentino (they already had a press release). She prefers the attention (nipple showing) over keeping her word. Diva much???? I blame CHris Bale for “teaching” her to be a method actor – *sarcasm inserted*

    Maybe I am reading too much into this, I need my coffee: Morning celeb*tches!

  26. Nicolette says:

    “Oscar winning actress” Ugh! I can’t, I just can’t.

  27. VGS says:

    That Prada dress was a disaster. I don’t know what she was thinking wearing that to the Oscars. The Saint Laurent gown she wore to the after parties was much prettier and classier IMHO

  28. i'm french don't kill me says:

    so even with the Valentino dress, she was NOT one of the best-dressed

  29. Patrice says:

    Three things. 1. If she thinks responding to questions about her haters like THAT is making things any better-”The universe…matter…I live my life with love…”-is going to make things any better for herself, she’s got another thing coming.

    2. I love how her team is trying to make her epic nips all about the “darting” of the dress! LOL. Did the darting help? No. But you could spot those big puffy nips on her jiggly braless boobs a mile away!! Nice try though…

    3. WTF is up with these women *cough Michelle Williams* adopting fake, affected voices during awards season and in interviews?!? You wanna hear Anne’s real voice, watch ‘Rachel Getting Married’ or ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. I mean, they do know that we all have ears and know it’s all a put on, right?? It’s so strange! (I was actully laughing during her acceptance speech at how she started off w/the super duper baby voice, then midway through her real voice started to creep in then so she ‘corrected’ it and adopted the Marilyn thing again. I was wondering well ahead of time which vocal version of Annie we’d get. Can you imagine living with that every day? :D )

    • holly hobby says:

      Don’t forget the Princess Diaries and when she hosted the Oscars. She does not sound like a baby doll in those. Or Bride Wars when she was screeching shrill.

      I find her to be disingenious. This is the same gal who mocked Katie Holmes constantly on SNL. Well Annie, I hope someone mocks you on SNL too.

  30. Cordelia says:

    She makes me cringe..Lady, seriously, get yourself a proper personality.. you don’t need everyone to love you.

  31. Miss Jupitero says:

    Word. I would have so much more respect for her if she just plain didn’t give a damn what others think, shrugged it off, and said “hey, what’re ya gonna do?” She would get a lot less criticism if she would just put aside the sweetness act.

    Heading back from London! Loved every minute there, but could not get Macbeth tickets to save my life. I’m going back again in May, then again in June, though and will do a bit more planning!

  32. JenniferJustice says:

    It seems obvious to me that Anne Hathaway is envious of Amanda Seyfried’s youth and sexuality. Anne H is a fantastic actress, but there is nothing – I say nothing – sexy about her. She should accept and embrace the fact that America loves her for her talent. Stop with the competition for male attention or whatever it is. You’re never going to win. Amanda Seyfriend is sexy and she doesn’t need to try. Some people just are – it’s all in the build, the way they move, etc. You can’t “learn” it or make it happen. Ugh! Women!

  33. bns says:

    I don’t know why, but I like her. I think it’s my love for her haircut.

    Her speeches are really embarrassing, though. As soon as she whispered “it came true” into the mic I was so embarrassed for her. Her speeches come off as really rehearsed and phony.

  34. anonymous fan says:

    I have no feeling about her as a person,but how for the love of God did she think that cheap looking bridesmaid dress was appropiate for the Academy Awards? And with that 2 million dollar necklace she wore it looked even cheaper.She has made almost every worst dressed list.Idk,I guess when you love yourself as much as she does you can do no wrong in your own eyes.

  35. Style Spy says:

    Erm … I just realized … All this talk about how chummy Anne is with Valentino – he resigned from his company years ago … Does he do all this work for her privately?

    Hmmm …?

  36. Penny says:

    That second dress is Star Trek formal wear. I’ve seen pics from other angles, and it’s so unflattering, shapeless in the middle and too narrow in the legs.

  37. Sweet Dee says:

    …..and now all the scientists hate Anne Hathaway too.

  38. fd says:

    You know what, wear the dress that looks best on you. You can’t freak out if someone will be wearing a similar dress, half the women at the oscars were in some strapless ball gown, you didn’t seem them freaking out about whether someone was in something similar. AH messed up. That dress is not only an unattractive dress but it did nothing for her. I can’t think of anyone that dress would “work” on, and yes, the tailoring in the chest was super problematic and she should have known how badly that was going to photograph.

  39. jc126 says:

    That darting would look atrocious on anyone – what was she thinking?
    Oh, and I can’t stand her. She has a face I just want to punch.

  40. Nina says:

    Actually thought amenda’s dress was uninspired showgirl, the material looked cheap.

    The Valentino dress looked really pretty in that link but I guess annE wanted to go as Audrey Hepburn – with nipples.

  41. oliveo says:

    I can’t imagine what it was like for poor Amanda to do Les Mis press with Anne for months and months as the Oscar campaign got out of hand… maybe this is a little glimmering bit of Hollywood karma

  42. Justyna says:

    What happened to her? She was so much fun just a couple of years ago – her interviews were sweet, funny and enjoyable to hear. Now she sounds like Paulo Coehlo. Or worse – someone who tries to sound like Coehlo but comes up with even worse pseudo-philosophical, corny BS. Her interviews are as annoying and fake as it can be. She might disappear for a while but even then, I’m sure she won’t let anyone forget that she is an Academy Award winner, a serious actress, Anne with an E.

  43. Madhubala says:

    That Prada dress was awful. I thought she looked worse than Jennifer Connelly did when she won her Supporting Oscar award a few years back and I never thought I’d be saying that anytime soon. Seriously, Anne blew it. She could have looked regal and elegant and sophisticated but she ended up looking like a cheap knockoff of the real thing. Too bad.

  44. islandwalker says:

    I loved Amanda Seyfrieds dress. I thought she was one of the best of the night. No comment on the needy one.

  45. Twez says:

    She lost what good will I had left for her with her awed-baby-whisper “It came true!” when accepting that award. Even the stuff about modern-day Fantines that she tried to work in at the end… I’m sure she was sincere, but it was so rehearsed and fake that I rolled my eyes.

  46. JC says:

    Both of those dresses look like they were made by 17 year olds in home ec.

  47. Reece says:

    I can’t knock her for not wanting to wear a dress similar to someone else’s dress. That said anything would’ve been better than nipple darts.

    I can knock McQueen for being so sadly cookie cutter now.

  48. Amanda G says:

    This woman really needs to learn to wear a bra and underwear. Isn’t it uncomfortable walking around in a barely there dress unsupported? Doesn’t it get sweaty? I wouldn’t know since I’m a chesty woman and can’t go without one.

  49. needmeds says:

    I never want to see this chicks face again.

  50. Luxe says:

    What makes this funnier and more BSeriffic is that Sally Field and Hilary Swank had on very similar Valentinos. I’d rather have a similar dress than a total mess of a gown on the night I KNEW was mine. Hilarious.

  51. lady mary. says:

    If Valentino has no problem that she aint wearing his colection ,why should we?

  52. Mourning the Death of Music says:

    I see her in those dresses and take solace in the fact that, nature will eventually take its course and those titties are gonna be to her knees with wearing no bra.

  53. Mazunte says:

    The Valentino she was supposed to wear was actually very beautiful, more than the Sarah Burton dress.

  54. d says:

    Man, she must have panicked because with her height, that Valentino gown would have looked amazing. Too bad she didn’t have the confidence to pull it off.
    Because on her own, Amanda S rocked it.

  55. BrandNewNick says:

    Her teeth are horse teeth.

  56. McMe says:

    Her mouth is smiling like she is happy, but her eyes are glaring like she is angry…

  57. Snowpea says:

    My god that woman’s face is half nose and the rest TEETH!

    I’ve met someone like this old girl before. Her name was Elizabeth and she was school captain at my (all girls) high school.

    She was toothy as well. But more to the point, she was ALWAYS hanging around the teacher’s staffroom, wanting to chat to the teachers about schoolwork. What a goody two shoes. But to the students she was an A grade beyotch. She was UNBEARABLE!

    The teachers loved her but all of us couldn’t stand her.

    And that, gentle reader, is AnnE Has-her-way. AnnE, darling, you are a royal pain in the arse and we DO NOT BUY your whispering into the microphone little girl act. Please go away now.

  58. Snowpea says:

    Also what is with these blonde, preppy hubbies of late?

    Jessica Simpson
    Drew Barrymore
    AnnE MustHaveHerWay

    They all have these blonde, hirsute, scruffy blokes? What gives?

  59. dcypher1 says:

    That voice she did was so annoying. Im glad the oscars are over and no more hathaway for a while.

  60. Eden says:

    Does this mean Anne will now sit down, shut up, wrangle her boobs into a bra and grow her hair back? Good lord this woman has turned into an irritating hag.

  61. Thiajoka says:

    “STFU!!! I love her and everything, but don’t you want to see her tip her head back and yell, ‘Haters gonna hate, suck on my Oscar, bitches’?”

    That is EXACTLY what we want. She can even phrase it nicer than that and we’d still appreciate the honesty. Maybe she didn’t realize how annoying it was, for her to be so phony polite about it all while underneath there was clearly a desperate desire for THE grand award. But I’m willing to move on if she is–I’ve always liked her prior to this and just want her to put on her big girl panties. Figuratively and literally–no more cootchie shots, either, please.

  62. Amy says:

    I have always liked Anne Hathaway but five minutes of singing in and then promptly dying does not make you an Oscar winner. The media really blew her role out of proportion. I love Les Mis and Fantine’s role is meant to be tragic–Anne played it well, but not well enough to deserve an Oscar! Ugh.

    Anne go away and when you come back, do you a cute movie like the Devil Wears Prada. Then I will like you again!

  63. ??? says:

    Ohmuhgawd. Why hasn’t the Hathaway saga come to an end yet?!
    She won her damn Oscar. She got what she wanted. It’s OVER. Enough already.

    Please go away, Anne. Indefinitely.

  64. Gaby says:

    That Prada dress looks like an apron. Fug. Fug. Fug.