This ^^ is a photo from January 26th. Anne Hathaway and her husband Adam Shulman went to the Beverly Hills Farmers Market, and they ran into a black-sack-clad Rachel Zoe. Rachel showed Annie something on her phone – probably a photo of new baby Kaius – and Anne reacts appropriately. That was less than a week ago. And yesterday, sources confirmed Anne and Rachel are no longer working together. Anne was one of Rachel’s most famous celebrity clients, and Rachel did right by Anne on the red carpet more times than she did Anne wrong. Rachel famously did all of Anne’s costume changes when poor Anne co-hosted the Oscars too, which was probably the grandest collaboration between celebrity and stylist in the past decade. But something changed.
When Anne Hathaway showed up at Sundance last week looking perfectly chic and understated, we started to wonder if she was taking her usually girly style in a new and more sophisticated direction, flavored with structured menswear influences. An oversize cream Max Mara coat with an ASOS scarf was her outerwear of choice for arrival at the Salt Lake City airport. For a Harvey Weinstein football watching party at the film fest, she wore tattered jeans and an oversize funky graphic print Givenchy sweatshirt. Then there was a slouchy hunter green pantsuit paired with a black J Brand camisole.
All of those looks were for her promotional appearances on behalf of the new indie Song One. Another ensemble, which she wore to do interviews in the THR Sundance suite with Facebook and American Airlines, was a Nonoo quilted oversize sweater over a cotton pima tunic from pre-fall, all over skinny black leather pants. During the day, she accessorized with a two-tone Marni Trunk bag and Carrera by Jimmy Choo leopard-print shades.
From whence came the funkier side of Ms. Hathaway, we had to ask. Sources in the know tell THR that veteran stylist Penny Lovell, who also works with Rose Byrne, Taylor Schilling, Bella Heathcote and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, has been quietly pulling pieces from showrooms for Hathaway. Sundance reportedly was the duo’s first time out the gate together — meaning that the Oscar-winning actress has called off her long-term relationship with celebrity stylist-turned-designer Rachel Zoe (whose current clients include Jennifer Lawrence, Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Garner and Isla Fisher).
Lovell is best known for having a knack for taking smart risks, like Byrne’s groundbreaking white Elie Saab jumpsuit on the SAG Awards red carpet, leading the way for jumpsuits as eveningwear. We hope this means something new and exciting for Oscars, where Hathaway will present on the heels of her win last year for Les Miserables. If you recall, the normally impeccably dressed Hathaway showed up at the last minute in a pale pink satin Prada dress with unfortunately placed darts that became the most tweeted moment on the Oscar 2013 red carpet.
Hathaway worked with Zoe for roughly a decade.
Yes, I’ve got to wonder if the Oscar dress debacle from last year wasn’t the beginning of the end. Even though – it’s worth noting – it wasn’t really Rachel Zoe’s fault. Rachel had organized an original, one-of-a-kind Valentino gown for Anne’s Oscar walk, but then Anne saw Amanda Seyfried’s Alexander McQueen gown the day before the Oscars, and Anne freaked out about the similarities between the two dresses. Reportedly, Anne was a disaster of indecision on the day of the Oscars, and Rachel ended up finding her the pale pink Prada disaster which made everything think Anne’s nips were at full salute all night (it was a darting issue).
Since then, Anne hasn’t done many red carpets, so she and Rachel probably haven’t worked together much since the Oscars. It’s sad that Anne blames that disaster on Rachel, but maybe we don’t know the whole story. It’s also possible Rachel didn’t devote as much time to Anne as usual, although Rachel has been losing high-profile clients in a steady stream for the past two years. I think Zoe’s more high-profile client these days is Jennifer Garner? Is that right? I’m pretty sure Cameron Diaz left a while ago, and I remember hearing that Jennifer Lawrence is working with someone else now too.
Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.