(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 in Wonderland costume designer Colleen Atwood.
Natalie Portman in a purple draped silk chiffon Rodarte gown adorned with Swarovski crystals.
Halle Berry in a nude and crystal encrusted Marchesa corset gown with organza and silk tulle ruffles.
Reese Witherspoon in an Armani Prive black and white strapless gown.
Nicole Kidman in a Dior dress with a peplum around the waist.
Hilary Swank in a silvery strapless feathered Gucci gown.
Jennifer Lawrence in a Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein red maillot gown with Chopard jewels.
Melissa Leo in a Marc Bouwer with bits of mirror on it.
Sharon Stone in a one-shouldered feathered down Dior gown.
Marissa Tomei in a 1950 couture gown by Charles James from Lily et Cie and vintage Van Cleef & Arpels.
Gwyneth Paltrow in a liquid gold Calvin Klein gown.
Scarlett Johansson in a burgundy Dolce Gabbana lace gown and Anna Hu jewelry.
Mila Kunis in a lavender and lace Elie Saab chiffon gown.
Mandy Moore in an off-the-shoulder gold-beaded illusion gown by Monique L’huillier with Chopard jewels.
Halle Berry in a feathery light pale pink Marchesa gown.
Amy Adams in a navy blue high necked cap sleeve gown by L’Wren Scott.
Michelle Williams in a white short-sleeved round neck Chanel gown.
Anne Hathaway in a red Valentino gown and over $10 million dollars worth of Tiffany jewelry.
Cate Blanchett in a structured shoulder Givenchy gown.
Jennifer Hudson in a deep V-necked orange Versace gown.
Oprah Winfrey in Zac Posen.
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