Oscars 2013: Anne Hathaway in Prada

Posted on February 25, 2013

Kittens, we’ve got a LOT of ground to cover today and we’ve only slept a few hours after spending 6 hours live-tweeting that long, boring mess. So expect a lot of crankiness today! Yay!

Hit it, Anne.


Anne Hathaway attends the 2013 Academy Awards in a Prada gown paired with Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

Frankly, we think she dropped the ball at the last minute. From the second Les Miz opened, and continuing all the way through awards season, she’s been sporting one highly discussable look after another. So what does she do for the big moment? She balks and goes the Gwyneth Paltrow route. The criticisms that she was trying too hard must have really stung.

We don’t much like this dress. The pale pink doesn’t photograph well, it’s too satin-y and a little wrinkled, we don’t like that large waist panel, and we don’t like the neckline and how it interacts with that necklace. Then there are, of course, Anne Hathaway’s Imaginary Nipples. It actually took us a few seconds of staring at her chest (something that doesn’t always come naturally to us) to determine whether we were looking at Anne’s nipples or we were looking at some aggressively ill-placed darts. Even now, in the full light of morning, we’re not entirely sure how much of that is dart and how much is nip. Either way, she should’ve rejected this dress for that reason alone because the second she stepped on the red carpet, twitter lit up with “Anne Hathaway’s nipples” responses.

Then again, maybe she knew exactly what she was doing.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Nancy Dunn

    Rachel Zoe huge FAIL! That is all I have.

    • ¬†Zoe dressed her? oh god…. now on her show we have to hear ‘IdressedANNEfortheOscars’ every 3 minutes… Will T’lo be reviewing her show to save us the pain?

      • Nancy Dunn

        I was just assuming, since I hadn’t heard otherwise. If she hasn’t fired her, she should have. ūüôā

    • Sobaika

      SERIOUSLY!! What a spectacular disappointment.

    • I think Rachel Zoe had something fabulous picked out, and Anne nixed it at the last minute. Wasn’t she supposed to wear Valentino? For godsakes, this is ridiculously bad, so much so that I don’t think Zoe had anything to do with it.

      • Sobaika

        Yup, there were definitely some shenanigans. Maybe the Valentino ripped? Or was stuck in customs?

      • Wellworn

        One of the talk shows mentioned that the original dress she was supposed to wear was too similar to another a-list actress’ dress so they went with this at the last minute.¬† Shame about the dress, but hair and makeup were pretty.

        • Jennifer Coleman

          I would’ve loved to see what the Valentino was. This is more disappointing the more you look at it: the color, the nip/dart controversy and the sad, half-assed back ribbon. She must have been contractually obligated to wear the jewels no matter what because they are fighting with the neckline and cross backstraps. Totally ruins their impact.

  • It’s cute enough, but so boring.¬†

  • RzYoung

    I just started learning dress-making and one of the things my mum’s always telling me is to go easy on the darts otherwise you get these pointy nips…maybe Prada hasn’t mastered that yet ūüėČ I’m sure she knew what she was doing, but JLaw still managed to upstage her er downstage

    • JosephLamour

      Haha “Maybe Prada hasn’t mastered that yet.” Major league shade. I like you. Those darts are seriously awful though.

    • ¬†My father, mother, brother, boyfriend, and myself each spent at least five minutes looking at her boobs trying to figure it out. When I explained to the boys that those were darts, they all asked why she would wear a dress with darts right there. I had no answer.
      When the 3 least fashion conscious men IN THE WORLD can’t understand why you wore the dress you did, that’s a problem.
      (Also, she annoyed the crap out of me at the very end of her speech saying that hopefully soon there will be no more people like Fantine in the world. I know what she was getting at but not too many prostitutes are having to sell their hair and teeth before they die of consumption nowadays.)

      • Lauren Hall

        Also it was a nice comment, but she plans to eliminate prostitution through…happiness?

  • Elaine Lang

    That dress makes a bra pretty much impossible…I wasn’t nip-focused, but I did think she looked saggy … and if a dress makes Anne Hathaway look like she has saggy boobs? ¬†¬† Well, it’s just a bad dress. ¬†¬† Also, that high crossed back strap business ruins the interest of the necklace. ¬†¬†

    Her hair is growing out rather cute, though.

    • Hair and makeup are great, but that dress is unfortunate.

    • Mismarker

      The necklace was a bonehead move.  For me, it absolutely ruins an already iffy look.  It should have been loaned to poor bare-necked Amy Adams.

    • I don’t think it’s that she looks saggy, but rather that she isn’t busty enough to fill out the darts to begin with. It looks like this dress was a last-minute decision with no time to alter it. That fabric has a stiff enough hand to stand out by itself with darts like that. Combine that with the fact that she lost a ton of weight for Les Mis to the point that she clearly hasn’t gained it all back enough to have a fuller chest and you get a dress that has air nipples.

      • poggi

        I too got the impression that you could poke this in the bodice and just hit air.  Not a great fit plus the back with the slit and straps and ribbon and necklace  and the ankle strap shoes is so busy.

    • JasmineAM

      I thought the hair was awful. Too much Princess Di for me.

      • ankali

        ¬†I thought soccer mom, but I’m with you on awful.

    • YoungSally

      She needed to wear it with the appropriate 60s bullet bra….alas the dress was not made for someone to wear a bra and/or the bra was stuck in customs.

  • cindy_lightballoon

    wasn’t she supposed to be wearing Valentino? maybe something happened at the last minute and she had to swap. either way, it’s pretty underwhelming

    • bxbourgie

      I feel like I did hear her say on the RC that she chose this dress at the last minute, so you may be right. 

      • estella_nyc

        And you can really tell it was last minute.  Not thought out at all.  

    • Verascity

      1) LOVE your username.
      2) I heard that she did, in fact, swap at the last minute, although I have no idea why. This is dreadful.

    • She chose the dress 3hrs before the hitting the red carpet.

    • carolclark12

      ¬†For what it’s worth, George Kotsiopolis (I know I butchered the spelling) said on the pre-show on E! that she WAS going to wear Valentino.¬†

      Does anyone know what the Valentino looked like?¬† It couldn’t have been worse than this satin apron.

      • Meg0GayGuys6

        When I heard that she switched at the last minute, and this was (for some reason) the “better” choice, I became very curious as to what the “worse” dress could have been. ¬†I’d love to see that Valentino that she turned down at the last minute.

        • hyperionic

          I was curious too so I searched for it and found a site saying she switched at the last minute because her dress was too close to Amanda Seyfrieds. 

          • Introspective

            boy she missed out on making a huge impact though. that dress she passed on was WAY more stunning… oh well. she got her statue. are we done now?

          • Introspective

            and another thing– I know you and amanda are homegirls but really? you know she wasnt winning shit last night. so why would you dumb down your look cause you wanted to let your NON-NOMINEE friend shine????

            girl bye.

          • susan6

            ¬†Yeah….there should have been some friendly understanding that Amanda would change her dress.¬† And if not, there should have been some “unfriendly beat-down” to convince Amanda to change her dress.¬† Cause, that silk chef’s apron Anne wound up sporting….is just plain awful.

          • Nancy Dunn

            She missed the boat on that dress – it was way better than the drek with nips she wore!

          • capybara_cafe

             Wooooooow, that dress is beautiful. What a shame she switched to this horrible thing.

          • Polka_Dotty

            The only thing is that the pale pink color of the gown she wore is slightly more colorful than the Valentino. I would have liked to see the V. in some color. I wasn’t impressed at all with Amanda’s¬†dress¬†so Anne could have worn it anyway.

          • capybara_cafe

            ¬†True. I don’t know why colorless and/or drab is so “in” right now, but I think even without a splash of color, that gown knocks the other one out of the ball park. I can’t even honestly remember what Amanda’s looked like, so it must not have been anything spectacular, lol.

          • BazoDee

            On man that would have rocked. I love short hair with a high neck and sleeveless. I think she go cold feet and didn’t want to jinx herself by asking Amanda to back off.

          • littlemac8

            Thanks for the homework!! ¬†That is one gorgeous dress. ¬†Too bad…sads!

      • Vera L-

        Satin apron is an apt description. Satin apron with faux nips would work too. 

      • Little_Olive

        Satin apron. THANK YOU. 

  • bxbourgie

    Can’t wait for the rest of the red carpet commentary, EXACTLY what I need on a Monday morning.

    That being said this dress is a DEFINITE FAIL for me, mostly because of the darts/nipples. ¬†As soon as I saw her on the RC I was like WHY???? ¬†Why would she pick THIS dress for the BIG NIGHT she’s been campaigning so hard for all these months? ¬†Ugh! ¬†

  • Ceur

    I hate the apron neckline, the fabric nipples, the colour and basically everything going on at the back. This girl could choose among hundreds of gowns and ended up with this. I don’t get it.

  • Catiline

    Too bad about the nipples that cannot be unseen, because her hair and makeup are absolutely adorable.

  • Pooja Mirpuri

    I heard she was supposed to be in Valentino Рwould love to see the gown she was supposed to wear 

  • Verascity

    My God, this is terrible. It’s a scrolldown fug in the back and a scrollup fug in the front.

  • afabulous50

    Sorry Anne – I can’t get behind this look either. ¬†I was expecting something a little more grand. ¬†But I’m thrilled you got your Oscar – you deserved it. ¬†Anyone who can drown out Russell Crowe’s voice is aces with me!

  • The REAL question is, what in the holy hell is the woman in the last photo wearing who is in the background?¬†

  • So not Anne! ¬†maybe in another color? ¬†The top looks sort of like a craft apron the way it is cut? And the satin doesn’t look expensive when obviously it must be. — I thought at first the necklace was part of the dress, because it was interfering so much with the neckline. Round necklace with high squared off neckline looks thrown together. ¬†She prob should have done a big tiffany earring instead with that hair.

  • ¬†They have these fabulous stick on bras now, would have worked- but wouldn’t have solved the dart issue, obviously.

  • estella_nyc

    This dress reminds me of my high school home economics class.  Sorry Miuccia.  

  • MilaXX

    I think she went into faux demure mode the minute those “try hard” comments got back to her. I think this bland little tit dress was perfectly planned along with that annoying little stage whisper when she got up to accept her award. Okay, well done, Anne, you were the only one besides Samantha Barks who really sang well enough to do the story justice. Now go home and take a rest so we can like you again.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Seth was misrable.¬† And the schtick to try to¬†prempt the “it sucked” comments was even worse.¬† Everything I’ve read so far seems to say it agree.¬† Glad I was not the only one.¬† Offensive and non funny is a crappy combination.¬† I really really hated it.

      • MilaXX

         I detested Seth and I say this as someone who liked it when Ricy Gervais hosted the Golden Globes.

      • Wellworn

        I really really hated that Shatner schtick too.  They spent so much time with those defensive gags that it seemed that the show was all about Seth instead of the movies it should have been about.  It was an awful and awkward beginning to a show that a billion people around the world see.  Looked like a bad episode of SNL with gowns and tuxes.

    • I’m glad you mentioned Samantha Barks. I watched Les Miz this weekend, and Samantha’s Eponine was the only character I felt a connection to. I actually teared up at her performance. Anne’s, while I admit it was technically brilliant, didn’t quite hit me like Samantha’s did.

      • Girl_With_a_Pearl

        I guess I’m the only one who liked Les Miz. ¬†I do think that a studio recorded Les Miz would have had much better sound, but I still liked the movie and was not as critical of the singers/actors as other people. ¬†However, the best thing about last night is that Anne’s Oscar campaign is over (for this year).

    • Call me Bee

      No kidding–I couldn’t make it past 10:30pm.¬† Seth was not great–but¬†the sock-puppet bit was really fnny!¬†¬†

      • MilaXX

        Agreed, If only the had they had stopped there instead of milking that bit for another 10mins.

      • Violina23

        I enjoyed the opening, I have to admit to laughing at the boob song but I’m not sure what that says about me. Joseph Gorden-Levitt & Daniel Radcliffe doing a soft-shoe number made me smile. ¬†I didn’t really see much else, so I think I missed most of the more offensive jokes people were talking about?¬†

    • ¬†“Bland little tit dress” tee hee.

  • Drop the ball? This was a HUGE flop. OMWord. From the hair downwards I have never been underwhelmed with a look. And then to accept the award that of course she had a 99.9% chance of winning in that outdated piece of mess?¬†Unforgivable.¬†

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Agree with all – this is a total fail.¬† I hate the nip darts and the open lower slit in the back looks like they just didn’t use enough fabric to get all the way around.¬† Hate the color.¬† Hate the ribbons and bows and necklace mess going on in the back.¬† Every seam seems wrong.¬† She’s worn 3 or 4 dresses this season that were waaaay to much for the pole dance but would have killed it here.

  • kmk05

    OMG I tried to stay up for your twitter commentary but it was 1am here in London and I FAILED. Apparently Seth McFarlane was a sexist ass D: Will we get your impressions and commentary on the night, or just the fashion aspects?

    The Anne look seems like a cop-out. After EVERYTHING since Les Mis, this is what she wears? REALLY? Also, I don’t really get this jewellery trend of wearing the necklace dangling at the back? Jennifer Lawrence did the same.¬†

  • Holy crow, I hadn’t seen how high the slit in the back was. Between that and the ties, it’s essentially a couture hospital gown.¬†

  • teensmom99

    I do think she has never looked more beautiful. As to the dress–hard to get away from the darts. The pale column did work for me and I love the big slit in the back. ¬†But, man, those darts!

  • sarahmichelef

    It’s ALL dart. The fabric is too stiff to lie nicely with that strong a dart. It distracted me every time I saw her on camera and made me think that maybe I should ditch this academic thing and become a Seamstress to the Stars, because even *I* can tailor better than that.

  • I will never understand nipple darts.

  • Wendy Wetzel

    The minute I saw it, I thought “pointy tits” — poor fit, badly placed darts, no bra or duct tape.¬† Major fail on color, fit, etc etc etc

  • Jecca2244

    I was surprised that she went with Prada after a Valentino release had been sent out…knowing how close she is to Valentino himself.¬† Anywho, i thought this dress from the front looked like something I would have worn to a dance in junior high….satiny, square, boxy neckline. The Tiffany jewels were beautiful but just can’t get behind this dress. I like the pale blue dress she wore later to the Vanity Fair party a little better.

  • and the ‘Flintstones jewelry’ trend? that the f?

  • yulaffin

    Boring color that makes her look washed out and the fit in the bust is awful.

  • JP

    Argh. The necklace is gorgeous, but doesn’t go with the neckline, or that bow in the back. The bow in the back at the waist, combined with the one at the neck, combined with the slit make her look like she’s wearing a floor-length apron.

    I’ll give her hair and makeup, but that’s it.

  • Barbara Woodruff

    And what’s up with the backward necklace? Is that a thing? Jennifer Lawrence was wearing hers like that, too.

  • I hope the necklace is way more expensive than the dress because Anne and the dress seem to be supporting players especially in close-ups front and back. And I think it’s gorgeous.

  • Pink satin butcher’s apron.

    • Annabelle Archer


  • TVKimmy

    It looks like a pink satin smelting apron. Plus, every time she sat it wrinkled, severely. By the time she did the winner shuffle for the press, it looked like something she had wadded up in her purse.

  • DeGuz

    She looks lovely…from the neck up.

  • Chickadeep

    The jewelry, hair, makeup and shoes are actually quite lovely. Shame about the nip-tastic satin butcher’s apron. That said, I hate this a LOT less than the insane cleavage-baring and basically inappropriate dresses of Brandi Glanville and Heidi K.

    • lobsterlen

      ¬†Heidi’s dress was horrible. The gals at the porn awards dress better.

  • EttaKit

    I wore a dress that looked eerily similar this to prom in 2000. ¬†Mine was a butter yellow color and I even wore a similar necklace. ¬†I’m glad to know I was 13 years ahead of my time.

  • Judy_S

    I feel as if the bad dart is part of a trend which includes seams that run across the bust at nipple level. I associate that kind of construction with the bust padding of the 50s and early 60s, “those damn falsies that point all over the place.” I hope it is over soon.
    As for Anne, she looked pretty from the shoulders up.

  • Noshmek

    She’s wearing a big apron for the Post-Oscar BBQ she’s having.¬† If Hugh Jackman is going to be there, naked, I’d like to go too please.

  • She had all those high impact looks all awards season, and then it’s her big moment and she wears….THIS? ¬†Totally confused. ¬†Reminds me of going to prom back in the late 1990s.

    • margaret meyers

      Did she anticipate that everyone else was going to go big, bright and lavish (Aniston, Lawrence,Seyfried, CZ Jones, Theron, Fields, Garner, etc) and she decided to go austere and linear?

  • lobsterlen

    First the panty-less flash then the nipple dress. I don’t understand why this would be good thing for Ann Hathaway’s imagine but it does make you wonder if these events were planned to generate buzz. It seems everywhere this morning is talking about Ann’s nipples. Ann really campaigned for this win. Hopefully now she will disappear for awhile.

  • It looks like a really fancy apron.

  • Annabelle Archer

    Talk about face planting right before the finish line!  Ouch.

    Everything is wrong, the sad hair, the bad necklace on a tacky dress, the eye make up.  

  • Call me Bee

    I am in the minority, but I didn’t hate this.¬† Pretty color on her; her hair and makeup were flawless. But the darts are so unfortunate.¬† This shoud be a lesson for everyone going on the red carpet–while dressing, have a seamstress in the room to take care of things like this.
    Also–I hated her acceptance speech. Rehearsed to the point where it sounded completely insincere.

  • Dress was one horrible hot mess. Maybe it was those evil darts, maybe it was her nipples, but nipple is all I kept seeing!

  • That she dressed too serious was never a problem to me, but it was quite obvious that she wasn’t having fun with her looks (except for the Givenchy she wore to the world premiere of Les Miz and that black Tom Ford with the gladiator boots). When I saw these pictures, it really gave me the feeling that this was a dress that someone (her publicist?) forced to her to wear.

    Oh, yeah, and it’s fugly as hell: shiny pink, apron-y design and the whole nipples thing. Maybe it was a wink to George Clooney’s Batman outfit and I’m not quite getting it.

  • SewingSiren

    Definitely underplayed, and not in a good way. It’s as if she suddenly realized she was up for best supporting actress instead of best actress. The dress is okay, except for what look like a bunch of last minute alterations. The deep darts on the bodice, and the sash at the center back look odd. And the wrap at the back looks too open and not at all secure for standing and sitting.
    Her speech was super insincere too. I almost vomited.

  • An extra long Apron

  • Susan Crawford

    I think it is those sharply pointed bust darts that did her in. I am so disappointed that she went the route of blah, faded-looking pink – and in satin, too, which shows every crease and wrinkle. Heaven knows what she looked like by the time she made it to the after-party scene. This design did NOTHING for her except make her look like a column from the front, and a pinafore-clad child from the back. The jewelry was spectacular, but the back-straps interfered with it. It was truly a pastel evening for the most part, and by pastel, I mean really boring.

  • I saw an interview this morning where she said she was 30 and she felt so 30 in this dress. It looked like a bad prom dress to me.

    • Mismarker

      I’m 30 and I feel so 30 in this dress? What does that even mean? She should feel however old she was in 1999, which is where this dress came from. ¬†

  • Cheryl Kohs

    Les Nipperables.

  • kat89

    Awful. Rachel Zoe and anyone who was around Anne Hathaway when she was getting dressed should be embarrassed. The biggest night of her career and this is what she’s going to be immortalized in?

  • The darts are too long by 1/2 inch and too high for her bust point they should be about 38 inch lower

  • cteeny21

    I may be in the minority, but I liked it. It wasn’t a wow, but I loved that old Hollywood glamour look. The top reminds me of a Grace Kelly dress. It did look better on t.v.

  • MoHub

    From the back, it looks like a full-length hostess apron meant to go over a gown to serve one’s guests at a fancy dinner party. From the front: nipple darts says it all.

  • This would look miles better without the necklace, which ruins the line and just doesn’t go.¬†

  • Laylalola

    I can’t help but laugh every time I see this dress. Yes, absolutely, she picked this one on purpose, and probably precisely because it makes her nipples look like Hershey’s kisses. As we all know she’s been planning every last detail of her big night at the Oscars for months and months. I don’t for one second buy that she picked this out at the last minute.

    • Kayceed

      I’m with you. Switching gowns at the last minute, a falsely modest model that highlights her nipples – no, Anne isn’t aware AT ALL that this will be talked about. Snicker.

  • hate the neckline,which basically failed the whole look, love the back composing, though

  • Yeah, I didn’t like anything about it, but I was madly impressed that she wasn’t MORE wrinkled! That shiny fabric looks like it would crease if you looked at it too harshly!

  • SerpentsDance

    I like some aspects of the dress. The color, the tie in the back, and the shape. But the darts, the waist panel, the fabric itself and the giant slit up the back make it so very, very bad.

  • She was supposed to be wearing Valentino and then switched to this dress at the last minute. I wonder what happened.

  • Goddammit, Anne Hathaway!! What is this mess??

    And to think she put this BACK ON after performing in that reallllly gorgeous dress. 

  • luciaphile

    This is a fail for me. The back is too complicated on the top part and it kinda looks like someone forgot to sew up the bottom part. The front is just bad. Hair is great though.

  • piecesofconfetti

    Totally agree. This was supposed to be her big moment, and she left me completely underwhelmed. Why go the Paltrow route when Paltrow already did it (and better, dare I say). I also think she could have glammed up the hair a bit. The necklace is so wrong, too. It’s a perfectly fine dress, but I expected more for what is possibly the biggest moment of her career.

  • n a

    i have to say, what I like about her is that she is beautiful (like so fricking pretty!) and but even though she’s thin, she looks natural… like she doesn’t have crazy biceps or sinewy back muscles. ¬†Not that she looks too soft- but she does look a little soft, and frankly that’s so awesome. ¬†Thank you Anne! Team Anne all the way baby!¬†

    • Dot

       I agree! Her bone-structure is really something.

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    Ill-attempted Audrey Hepburn moment. 

  • VicksieDo

    This is a real shame.¬† The dress she wore to perform in was so beautiful, and this is just a wrinkly boring mess.¬† And I have to say it, she does NOT deserve the hate she’s getting.¬† I think she’s lovely and a wonderful actress who deserves the Oscar for the role she was nominated.¬† I do NOT agree with or understand the bashing.

  • It wasn’t just the nip-darts, it was the bridesmaid dress aspect of it and as you guys point out the horrific color and waist panel…the sum of all of it just wasn’t flattering. ¬†She’d have been better off in a Gap tshirt like Sharon Stone wore that year. ¬†Annie is just so overexposed now and I’m sick of her ingenue over-earnest routine. ¬†Hope she lays low for a while.

  • decormaven

    Out, out, and then again, out. Plus points for divine necklace & well-styled hair, but that dress is not her friend.

  • margaret meyers

    Out.   The one or two things I like about this dress (its restraint and composure) are undone by other things (that high back slit looks clumsy and the waist sash looks like a sop for insecurity, not a design element).

    I loved the dress she wore on stage during the Les Mis production number. Who designed that?

  • Going against the grain here. I liked it. Alot, with the shoes and Tiffany.¬†
    And I liked it largely because it wasn”t: Sheer. Black. over lace.
      She looked different and old school elegant to me. Chic elegant, if not glamorous.
        Now, today, I admit the dart points were distracting but not as much on my TV last night.

  • I loved this dress until she turned around. I found myself thinking “Wow. That’s how nice Gwyneth Paltrow might have looked if her dress had actually fit her properly. “Then Anne turned around and I sighed. The slit and the bow are doing a very weird thing interacting with each other.¬†

  • Judy_J

    The severely pointed darts in the bust ruin this dress.  The only part I like is the top half of the back of the dress.

  • Mary229

    Her hair and makeup are so lovely. But yes, this screams last minute. I actually wondered if something had happened to the dress she was supposed to wear.

  • GorgeousThings

    Oh, that’s dart, all the way. Whoever designed that dress needs to go back to school for remedial dart placement. Darts need to release 1 to 1.5 inches before they get to the bust apex (AKA the nipple) or you look like you have NHO. And Anne? Congratulations. Now go away for a long time.¬†

  • I hate the speech also!¬†

    • These people are over rated , over payed an at the end of the day they are not that exceptional as our celebrity focused media would have us believe.

      • Dot

        You do realize that you’re on a website centered on celebrity fashion, right?

      • emchicago

        exactly … you read lines in front of a camera and look pretty while doing it (and are very well compensated for your “talents”) … it’s nice when you see some of these celebrities have some perspective and not take themselves so seriously … anne takes herself SO seriously¬†

        • Dot

          You may want to rethink your dramatic oversimplification of what acting involves. What’s funny is that Anne Hathaway gets criticized for being an overly serious acting geek; then when she acts un-serious, she gets flack for being insincere, awkward, and any number of unflattering adjectives. The truth of the matter is that this girl just can’t win in many people’s books, no matter what she does. And I’m sure she’s just fine with that, because her portrayal of Fantine is a legacy that any “serious” actor or actress should be so talented and fortunate to have.

  • Les Nipperables! -_-

  • Lilithcat

    That’s one ugly dress. ¬†From the boxy bodice to the cut-outs to the ridiculously long slit in back to the washed-out color.

    What was she thinking?

  • She annoys me….. the doe-eyed, teary-eyed, bllllaaaahhhh. I think the pale pink cheap fabric made her seem all the more hokey. I like her hair and jewelry, though.

    • I hope her Oscar win means we will see a whole lot less of her. Often times for many Oscar winners it’s the kiss of death for they’re acting careers . She is annoying on so many level’s , an this dress she chose to wear on her big night is anti climatic .

  • Wasted opportunity. She’s such a great dresser and she picked this for her big night?

  • Dot

    The last picture is awkward, but I honestly didn’t hate the dress when I saw it onscreen last night. The color is kind of boring and she needed some sort of support for the ladies, but I thought she looked comfortable and beautiful. The darts are distracting in these photos, but I didn’t even notice them last night. The necklace was really eye-catching and lovely. I know a lot of people can’t stand this girl, but I just think she has such a striking look, no matter what she wears. I hope she keeps her hair short for a while!

    • l_c_ann

      IN HD, the ill placed and (even worse) ill pressed darts stood out like sore….thumbs.

      That lovely necklace was wasted on this dress.

      • Dot

        ¬†I have HD and I still didn’t notice them for some reason.

  • I thought of Gwyneth, too. Another pink disappointment.

  • Donna Schmidt

    Those darts are definitely wrong. Didn’t anyone do a fitting a week before so this was corrected. At least then, this would just be boring.

  • SapphoPoet

    Do not like. Also, the necklace is too fussy with that neckline. The darts are distracting.

  • leave_Blake_alone

    Woah the dress looks TERRIBLE from the back. (And from the front, but we already knew that.) Yikes.

  • sk8tfan

    Maybe she thought an ill-fitting pink blah gown like the one Gwyneth Paltrow wore would be a good luck charm. Boring color, stupid shape, poorly designed, ill-fitting. There is nothing about this gown that I like. Even the bow in back is wilting in defeat.

  • mmc2315

    What a disappointing choice in dress (that fabric!  those darts!) from Miss Anne.  Hair, make-up, necklace = gorgeous.

  • Alyssa

    I don’t care for this look at all. If I have to examine whether I’m seeing nipples or darts, it’s not good.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Too complicated. 

  • MaryanneGirl

    As I said last night – the second you put that on, shouldn’t SOMEONE have gone on areola alert?! This was tremendously awful.

  • formerlyAnon

    I just thought that pointy boobs are making a comeback. I mean, there was a time . . . .

    If they’re not, well, I don’t understand it. She worked like a dog at every aspect of this win, can’t believe the dress wasn’t scrutinized. Speaking of which, I thought it was a nice dress, nothing spectacular, but nice.

  • I’d have dumped the necklace. ¬†The necklace ruins it. ¬†Coco Chanel would have ripped the necklace off her neck. ¬†Otherwise, and with maybe some big earrings and a ring it could have been quite beautiful, if a little diplomatic.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Too complicated for too little payoff.

    I guess that’s my review of the dress AND the Oscars (I agree on the boring).¬†I haven’t watched the whole event in a looong time; it a pretty joyless affair, wasn’t it? The host managed to be offensive and boring at the same time — quite a feat!

  • Janet B

    Her lipstick is a pretty shade of pink.
    The pale pink was too pale.
    The rest isn’t worth discussing.

  • Monday1900

    I was SO disappointed with her outfit and styling¬†last night.¬† I was expecting some fabulous over the top Valentino confection and instead got Becky HomeEccy’s worst effort.¬† The necklace clashed with the straps (and what was the “let’s wear our necklaces backwards” nonsense?), the fabric looked cheap and her hair was awful.¬†

  • Damien W

    She said on E! that she chose the dress 3 hours before arriving, so there couldn’t have been much time for a proper fitting.¬†

  • Janel Fergusson

    I’m pretty sure somebody wore this dress to my graduation… in 1998

  • guest2visits

    Oh well, I’m easy to impress. I liked it very much for¬†her; the delicate pink satin, the necklace, the back (except for the
    extra-long back slit), and of course the pretty hair and make-up. The pointy darts didn’t ruin the look for me –
    it wasn’t distracting or deliberate, imo.¬† I really think that necklace and her great looks were¬†way more engaging than the¬†only
    sometimes visable ‘pointy-ness’.¬†

  • She’s so damn pretty I didn’t really mind her dress.¬† I was distracted by the darts though.¬† Bizarre.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    darts are the new nipples….

  • What a freaking let down. No really. This is not even prom dress worthy. This from the woman who was brave enough to wear trash bags and bondage boots a few months ago.¬†

  • sweetlilvoice

    Agreed. Horrid. And that bow/tie thing on the back!

  • Absolutely hated everything about this.

  • 3boysful

    Love the necklace.

  • quiltrx

    I would love to see the Valentino she eschewed at the last moment.  LOVE the necklace.

  • alyce1213

    Last night I realized why she is atop my irrational hate list (maybe it’s not so irrational).
    She made such a big fucking deal about: starving herself to lose weight, chopping her hair off, cry/singing live, exploring the depths of her darkness (whatever) — all for Realism. Then she opens her mouth to cry/sing and all I can see is a mouthful of perfect, big, white, shiny, $25,000 Fifth Avenue Dentist choppers. So much for Realism.

  • MsALVA

    Now I’m really curious about the Valentino that she rejected at the last moment.¬†

  • Anathema_Device

    Such a disappointment! Shiny apron with super nipple action! And the statement necklace is all wrong with that neckline. And letting it hang down the back when there is a already all the apron-tying business going on back there was another mistake. ugh. Did not like this at all.

  • capybara_cafe

    It reminds me of those odd bib front, ruffle butt jumpers people put on babies. And the height of that waist band/panel thing makes her look like she has none. Poor Anne.

  • Indigo54

    Wow, the first thing I noticed about this dress was the darts.  The placement of those darts looks wrong.  Something about that long bodice/wide waistband makes her boobs look really low. 

  • modelobrasil

    Awful look for her!

  • procrastinatrice

    Actually, I really like the back until the waist. And the make up is beautiful. But I really hate that column of pink satin we see from the front. Even though, I think this is passable, it is definitely among her least striking looks.

  • navypsych

    I think I wore this dress in sage green as a bridesmaid 10 yrs ago.  But I had *way* better nips.

  • suzq

    She said in an interview that she just turned 30 and this dress made her feel 30.  In other words, the dress made her feel grown up.  Whatever.   I think this dress never should have been offered in the first place.  Most. Boring. Prada. Dress. Ever.

  • pop_top

    I know it’s high fashion, but I just see a sexy satiny apron. And the nipple darts. No.
    The dress she wore while performing in the musical medley though, yes.

  • Little_Olive

    FAIL bigtime. Couldn’t believe it when I saw it. This was her time to wear something bold and striking, yet it all looks like an afterthought. Tsk.

  • moja31

    Can’t believe this is what she chose to win her Oscar in, it looks like someone’s prom dress from the 90s.

  • This was way too Gwyneth Paltrow’s oscar dress for me. Anne’s worn such better dresses leading up to this!

  • siriuslover

    This is one of those weird dresses where I like it at one angle then hate it at another. I do like how it shapes her (ill-placed nipple darts aside), but it’s not like Anne Hathaway needs a dress to help define her shape. I also hate the neckline and I hate the back. Too busy for me.

  • barbarienne

    Yep, wrong in so many ways. From the egregious darts to the “No one looks at the back of dresses, right? Right?” design, this dress wasn’t going to look good on anyone.

    Also, at this point I’m ready to like any gown any woman wears that is not within three shades of her own skin color.

  • shelley514

    It looks like prom dress to me.¬† The nipple darting is a fashion no no 101, so I’m thinking Anne did this intentionally.¬† There’s actual nipplage pressing thru by the way, making this look very very low fashion.

  • Kristy Evans

    UGH. This looks like a home-made prom dress. So ugly. 

  • It’s an apron, with inevitable side-boob. Sheesh!

  • kikisayshi

    This isn’t the first time she’s gone with the nipple darts.

  • L.

    Understated  & elegant.  Too bad about the darts, but a pretty look, especially accented with the vintage-y looking diamonds.

    • MilaXX

      Any more understated and she’d be in a coma.

  • bertkeeter

    This gown is WRONG on every level! Dart’s on bust are to high, waist panel sits away from body, back slit falls open, criss-crossed back straps and Trench Coat like belt dont jive…all that and a necklace that doesn’t make sense w that high neck. The dress, CHANEL, ¬†she wore on stage for performance was way better!

  • Apron.¬†

  • ashtangajunkie

    Do not like. Pretty from the neck up though. 

  • Zippypie

    I really have nothing more to say about the dress that you uncles and the kittens haven’t covered (or in Annie’s case, uncovered) except WTF.¬† She’s going to regret this choice since this photo is now permanently archived with her win.¬† Duh.

    But what about that tragic clunky necklace?¬† Trying to draw the eye up and away from those flashing areolas, Anne? (and yes, I do think those are nips showing along with darts)¬† Didn’t work, honey.

  • AViewer44

    Couldn’t have been worse. ¬†Pretty in principle but it was wrinkled (especially that apron-like bow in the back) and the breast and nipple situation was ridiculous. ¬† She looked like she was aiming for precision and elegance and ended up looking strangely sloppy. ¬†

  • jw_ny

    This is what she chose to receive her first Oscar!?¬† I really did expect her to bring it…this is disappointing, drab, and kind of ugly.¬† The nips/darts are bothersome. ¬†

  • At first I thought she’d gone all Jean Harlow on her nipples with an ice cube. Really a disappointment; I was expecting some fabulous and strange Givenchy gown or big-time Old Hollywood glamor.

  • maggiemaybe

    It’s an apron. Sure, it’s a very elegant, expensive apron, but still…

  • Snailstsichr

    I hate this with a passion.

  • conniemd

    My 27 year-old daughter, who unlike me never learned to sew immediately rejected the dress based on those “funny lines on her boobs.” I concurred immediately. Also didn’t like the neckline which clashed with the necklace as they were too closely spaced together.

  • warnerave

    she had so many choices and wore this one? i am so disappointed ..

  • I have to say, I was SOOOOO disappointed. She definitely went the Gwyneth route, with a blah dress in a blah color that REALLY didn’t fit her well. And the necklace was all wrong with it. And the back was too fussy. Le sigh – I was expecting such great things from Annie, and she’s one of my FAVORITE celebs out there, but this was a HUGE fail on her (her stylist’s) part.¬†

  • lalahartma

    I like it.  I know what darts are versus nipples.

  • kschwarting

    All I could think when I saw it was “headlights.”¬† It also doesn’t look like it fits particularly well, and that necklace is not well-suited for the neckline.

  • E. D.

    Disappointing.  The back looks like a long apron.

  • kathryn_dc

    First I couldn’t believe the pointiness of those darts. Then I noticed the color and shadows made total nipples! What?! How did no one notice this before it appeared on my television?!

  • Nipples fail, but hair and makeup are super cute.

  • Yosa Addiss

    I think she was going for a Breakfast at Tiffanys dress in an Ingenue color- she simply gushed when she said the jewels were from Tiffany.¬† It didn’t work.¬† The darts ruin the elegance.

  • Think the makeup and hair are gorgeous but this dress is a bit bland on her. ¬†There seemed to be some sort of bridal theme going on with this show, all these pinks and whites, but it was pretty much unflattering on the majority. ¬†Still that length is good for her hair and she should keep it for a while imho.

  • unbornfawn

    That is one ugly, sad dress that looks cheap and bland.

  • egl48

    She should have worn the Valentino.

  • MK03

    Between this pointe-shoe dress and her oh-so-pwecious speech last night, I am so over her.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Aggressively ill-placed darts, unless her girls point up way higher than regular ones.  Ugly, ugly dress.

    Like the necklace, though.

  • Qitkat

    I don’t have the hate on this as so many do, although those are very aggressive darts. I thought she was very pretty, Audrey Hepburn with an edge.

  • lizlemonglasses

    The key to being compared to Audrey Hepburn is not trying *so hard* to be compared to Audrey Hepburn. #fail

  • FoxInSocks

    Such an odd dress. Non-color, can’t decide whether it’s open back or even HAS a back, apron-y top with FemBot-style nip guns. She looks confident enough so I guess she was happy with it? Or really good at faking it.

    That necklace is the shiz, though.

  • Elizabeth Silverstein

    One word: underwhelmed. 

  • mhleta

    Boy, this dress was a bad bad bad mistake. Not only does it look like her nipples are pointing due north, it looks like the outline of her entire areola is visible. To add to the insult, because the dress is so bland and skin colored, the nipple effect is even more glaring. And it’s not like it was just one angle, it was every angle and was even worse on the wide shot. Its one thing if a dress is designed to be provocative, but this dress just turned into a big nipple joke, particularly since the opening anthem was “We Saw Your Boobs.” I’m embarrassed for her and I hope someone gets shot or at least fired for this.¬†

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Bland color and nipples. EPIC FAIL.

  • is that supposed to be a bow in the back? ¬†better a pussy bow than … a … pussy unbow? oh, and gorgeous necklace! what a shame to pair it with this kind of neckline.

  • missnutkin

    From the front I quite lke the idea of it – very audrey. But from the back it is just tacky city
    Agree about everything else re. colour and fabric choice

  • disappointing…expected better

  • marilyn

    I was with her until I saw the back.  The necklace would be fine if she had not had the straps.  It looks cluttered and amateurish.  The slit up the back exposes what looks like an unlined interior.  Poor quality.  Then looking over it all, the fabric is not suited to that design, because every single seam is emphasized. 

    She looks great as long as you look quickly.

  • Lilak

    Goodness¬†… . Miss Hathaway is the last person I’d think would blow her big Oscar moment.
    (Sartorially speaking, that is. The over-rehearsed speech was, alas, exactly what I expected.)

  • Synnamin

    is anyone else disturbed by the slit in the back, just under the tie? It makes it looks as if this is really just one big satin apron that’s a prank away from falling off

  • ccm800

    hmm. I think it pales in comparison to what she wore on campaign…but I don’t hate this. Yes it’s a sexy apron – but I like some of the elements and construction – even the cone darts (clearly darts, not her) The necklace is wrong and Anne looks tired and sorta dry. Okay I;ve talked myself out of it considering venue and such – this is a full on miss – but still I don’t hate the dress.¬†

  • e jerry powell

    Major yuck.

  • MzzPants

    Those are dart points.  Awful ones.  And from the back, it looks like a hostess apron.  I love Anne and usually dig her style, but this is mediocre.

  • EEKstl

    No no no no no no.

  • Pam Winters

    I do covet that necklace. I’ll even accept a knockoff.

  • Kate4queen

    It looks like an apron.

  • andreawey

    well she doesn’t really fill out the top that much now that I see it in the light of day but last night I was thinking, ¬†she could put an eye out with those!

  • rtuko

    Yikes at both the weird front panel and also the apron skirt. I was going with, ‘meh, not loving the fabric or the nipples, but sort of okay’ until I saw the back slit.¬†

  • snich11

    I don’t get how this is “couture”–isn’t couture supposed to be elaborate and hand-stitched? This looks like something any junior high home ec student could have made in a day.

    • Worse, it looks like something any about-to-be-auffed for it PR contestant made in one of the 24-hour challenges.¬†

  • Pterodactyl111

    It looks like a fancy apron.

  • naomiow

    Actually, I kinda like it, except that the top looks like an apron.

  • It looks like a very expensive apron, no?¬†Especially with the tie in the back.

  • emchicago

    she is completely insufferable btw

  • calimon

    “Anne Hathaway‚Äôs Imaginary Nipples”
    ‘nuf said.

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    The only good thing about this dress: it is the last we will see of Hathaway on a red carpet  in a long (long) time.  Hair and makeup are great though. Looking forward to her philanthropic work about helping eradicate the type of revolutionary circumstances that would cause a French prostitute to lose her teeth and die young!  

  • What a disappointment! I firmly believe that she had something else picked out, and something horrific happened to it at the last minute– a rip, a horrible drink spill– that prevented her from wearing it to the show. This must have been a last resort. Otherwise, I can’t understand this choice. I was just glad she didn’t go full-on Paltrow and start sobbing when she won.

  • Jena Marie DiPinto

    Awful. Just awful. This would have been auf’ed on PR for too much going on in the back, bad darts and bland color. Nina would have had something to day about not doing her any favors, MK would have made his stinky-face-duck-lips and said “awful, just awful” and Heidi would make some adorable comment about nipples.

  • All I see are nipples.

  • The dress she performed in was SOO much better than this one. I mean really?!? Anne everyone knew you were gonna win that night you¬†should’ve stepped up your game girl and gone full out, i mean your winning a fucking oscar¬†¬†

    • PeaceBang

      The dress she performed in that looked like a white chiffon party dress that was dragged through the mud? 

  • alula_auburn

    Oh dear, those side pictures are. . .unfortunate.  I feel like I want Joanna or Nina to ask what woman WANTS to accentuate side boob (and there-or-not!nipples) as the focal area of a look.

  • That’s not a dress. That’s an apron.

  • Glorified apron. Such a bummer; I was looking forward to seeing a stunner.

  • BIG disappointment!¬† Butterick pattern special.¬† Bet she’ll regret this gown in the future.

  • peachy

    great necklace…… that’s about it.

  • glennethph

    Even some Project Runway rejects look better than this.

  • PeaceBang

    It was so very strange. After all those months of exhausting tap dancing for our attention and approval she gets upstaged by her own nipples. Baffling. 

  • BookishBren

    Now that award season is over can Anne Hathaway just go away for a while?

    Maybe I only speak for myself, but I need a long break from you, Anne dear. 

  • geeeque

    Can I just say I HATE with an unholy passion all of Prada’s spring collection? It’s fucking ugly. Full stop. This pink placid 90’s nightmare is just the straw that broke my camel’s back. RANT.

  • Cousin_Rose

    would like to see a full pic of her in the Les Miz performance dress. It looked awesome. This isn’t bad for anyone else but she is so much better than this.

  • LittleKarnak

    Irrational dislike for her and rational dislike for that dress….I was pulling so hard for Sally to win last night I think I got a hernia….

  • I agree, and this pic of her in that nipple dress is everywhere. Definitely not a plus for the Prada brand.

  • Frank Lithium

    She looks fine, but nothing jaw dropping.

  • kathrineb

    It’s just the effect of badly placed darts. This is what I try to avoid when I sew a dress for myself-dart nipples. Dress is boring, badly fitted and unflattering.

  • bd73

    boring. not remotely special. perplexing considering her recent history. and the darts will follow her into history. but others have done worse at the oscars. so there’s that.

  • I hope all the Jo-anne fabric stores are stocking up on pale pink uphostery fabric because imagine how many drag queens and halloween queens are going to have HUGE AIR BOOBS!

  • KatDuck

    Going off my not-very-impressive experience gained from a decade of sewing … that dress is¬†amateurish¬†work at best. I wouldn’t let darts like that leave my sewing corner. They’d be resewn or tossed in the scrap pile. The side seams are poorly pressed and puckered. It’s just poorly done. And then the fit. That thing should have been custom-made for Anne and instead it’s doing strange things from top to bottom. I’d be¬†embarrassed¬†if that were my work on display.¬†

  • All I can see is headlights.

  • libraangel

    How could she (or her husband or stylist) NOT see the nipples when the entire world noticed them?! Even our local newscaster commented on her “darts”. Or maybe she was after this ugly look (have no idea why), since she also managed to pick the most hideous dress of her awards programs.¬†

  • Lisa Do

    It looks like she’s wearing an apron..¬†

  • Zyxomma

    Prada? Really? Looks like she borrowed it from a Beverly Hills butcher. No one would have voted for her if they’d seen her in THAT. Fail. Epic Fail. Never wear anything that doesn’t fit!