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. (more…)