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OSCARS: Red Carpet Is Fashion’s Runway

By | Friday February 22, 2013 @ 8:00pm PST

Monica Corcoran Harel is an AwardsLine contributor

If all roads once led to Rome, then most fashion runways now merge into the Red Carpet. For the past decade or so, celebrity stylists have cherry-picked the fashion runways for the very best frocks for their A-list clients on awards nights. In essence, you would first see a gown on Kate Moss and then on Cate Blanchett. But more recently, the trend is for actresses to show up to the Oscars in ready-to-wear or one-of-a-kind couture gowns that haven’t yet debuted at fashion week or the European shows. In many instances, the Red Carpet is the new runway. Case in point: The one-shoulder black-and-white column gown that Claire Danes wore to the SAG Awards came from Givenchy’s pre-fall 2013 collection. “In an effort to trump other celebs, it’s become about wearing something that hReasn’t even been seen on the runway yet”, says Cameron Silver, a fashion expert known for his serrated wit and the author of the new style encyclopedia, Decades: A Century Of Fashion. “The system is so out of control”. By system, Silver means the big, greasy machine in which actresses and designers make exclusivity deals. Though no star or stylist will speak on the record about such dalliances, it’s been suggested that anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 can come sewn into the hem of a red-carpet gown … Read More »

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Fashion’s Red Carpet Oscars Scorecard

(Fashion writer Elizabeth Snead has been part of Deadline’s awards coverage)

The biggest loser at the 83rd Academy Awards was the international House of Dior and their head designer John Galliano. He was widely assumed by fashion industry Red Carpet watchers to have locked in Natalie Portman since she is the new and very-highly-paid brand ambassador for Miss Dior Cherie fragrance. But she has yet to wear a single Dior dress all awards season, choosing smaller names like Viktor and Rolfe and Azzaro to the shows. But Portman once again snubbed the beleaguered Dior designer who was suspended  this week by the House after accusations he made drunken anti-Semitic remarks aimed at a couple in a Paris café. Instead of Galliano couture, Portman turned up in a design by Rodarte, a line belonging to two Pasadena-based sisters — Kate and Laura Mulleavy — who also designed her Black Swan tutus. Also missing in action from the Red Carpet were designs by Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta and Tom Ford making his big womenswear comeback (though Justin Timberlake and Colin Firth wore Ford’s tuxedos). Here’s a rundown of who wore whom:

Mila Kunis in an Elie Saab pale lavender chiffon gown with delicate lace on the bodice.

Hailee Steinfeld in a tea-length tulle Marchesa dress covered in delicate crystals with a diamond-and-platinum Fred Leighton headband.

Sandra Bullock in a strapless Vera Wang red gown.

Helen Mirren in British designer Vivienne Westwood’s gunmetal gray gown.

Helena Bonham Carter in a black velvet gown by Alice Read More »

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OSCAR: Who’s Wearing Whom To Awards?

From Issue #4 of Deadline’s recent awards print editions, noted fashion editor/writer Elizabeth Snead filed this report:

No, it’s not too early to ask that question about the Oscars or the Golden Globes or the BAFTAs or the SAG Awards or to speculate about the actress considered this Hollywood awards season’s biggest “get” among the global fashion industry that has taken root. Clothes and accessories designers, personal stylists, and image-makers who hook up celebrities with prestige brands already are predicting which actresses will wear whose haute couture (especially if they fit into a runway sample size 2).

The fact is, what stars showcase on the red carpets is based on their existing relationships. Several actresses touted for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress nominations this year, like Anne Hathaway, Nicole Kidman, and Annette Bening, already have long fashion histories. Style-icon Hathaway (Love & Other Drugs) favors Oscar classics from Armani, Valentino and Marchesa. Oscar winner Kidman (Rabbit Hole) has worked with many top designers during her career including, Chanel, Balenciaga, and her designer/stylist L’Wren Scott. Annette Bening (The Kids Are Alright) has long been on Team Armani.

Carey Mulligan (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Never Let Me Go) often wears Balenciaga; Lanvin; and Prada, the house that did her most recent Oscar gown adorned with tiny forks and spoons. Michelle Williams wowed critics with her trend-setting, mustard-yellow Vera Wang for her Oscar nod in 2006, but recently wore Chanel couture at the Blue Valentine Cannes premiere. Amy Adams (The Fighter) has picked Carolina Herrera for three highly-praised Oscar carpet strolls. Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right) loves edgier Lanvin and Balenciaga — plus, Tom Ford has directed her, so he might give her something special from his new collection that recently debuted during NYC Fashion Week. The always-eclectic Tilda Swinton (I Am Love) has designers she describes as “friends who send me boxes” including, Alber Elbaz (whom she’s nicknamed ‘Albert Elbows’), Haider Ackermann, Dior’s John Galliano, Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquiere, Viktor & Rolf, and Vivienne Westwood.

This season’s biggest Oscar ‘get’ might be Natalie Portman (Black Swan), if only she hadn’t recently signed her first fragrance contract — for Parfums Christian Dior. The natural assumption is that she’ll do Dior on Oscar Day just like she did at Mike Nichols’ recent AFI tribute. But there’s already chatter she might don Rodarte for some red carpets because of her long history with its Pasadena-based designing sisters, Kate and Laura Mulleavy. And don’t forget that she insisted on Rodarte designing the exquisite ballerina costumes for Black Swan. Natalie already wore a stunning red Rodarte gown to the Venice Film Festival, but also carried a Dior bag. Read More »

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