When Nicole Kidman wore this cream Valentino halter-necked gown on the red carpet in Cannes yesterday she set the fashion world buzzing.
Not because there was a wardrobe malfunction, although there do seem to be a ton of those lately. But because the fashion press believed the gown to be the very same one Anne Hathaway was supposed to wear to the Oscars in February before she made a last minute switch.
At the 11th hour, the story goes, Hathaway discovered that her Les Miserable co-star, Amanda Seyfried, would be wearing an Alexander McQueen that looked a little too similar for her taste. (For the record, they don’t look that much alike to me. See the slideshow below.)
Hathaway and Valentino have a longstanding relationship. The legendary designer came out of retirement to create her wedding gown. You remember: Pinkish. Gauzy. There was a headpiece. Everyone assumed Hathaway would wear him to her big night and Valentino pr even issued a press release saying as much. So when she appeared in a blush colored Prada column instead. . .
It was a dicey move. The substitute landed her on a few “worst dressed” lists because of the way the bodice fit her — or didn’t fit her– especially around the bust area.
Hathaway apologized. She made sure to step out in a vintage Valentino at the Met Gala and everyone’s friends again. Ancient history.
Then Kidman’s red carpet turn brought the whole thing back up again. Apparently, though, a Valentino rep explained that Kidman’s ivory gown (look 47) was not the exact one Hathaway had in mind. That was look 48. Hopefully we’ll get to someone wearing it before the next collection comes around.
Anne Hathaway in Prada 1 of 3
The silk column she chose on Oscar night at the last minute.
Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen 2 of 3
The high-necked embellished gown Seyfried wore to the Academy Awards.
Valentino Couture — Look 48 3 of 3
This was reportedly the dress Anne Hathaway was set to wear to the Oscars.
Images via Pacific Coast News, Valentino