FASHION WEEK V OSCARS NIGHT
The Oscars have a lot to answer for in fashionland right now. First Anna Wintour cut short her visit to Milan for the Oscars, and now superstar stylist Rachel Zoe is bunking off Paris completely.
Zoe who is dressing presenters Cameron Diaz and Demi Moore, said “in an ideal scenario I would love to have things locked a week in advance, but normally the best gowns arrive in the last couple of days, and my job is to show the clients everything,” she said. “I found some great options in New York and Milan. It’s a nightmare that I am missing Paris, but for Oscars I often use couture.”
Ooh, so first hints of Oscars style.. Diaz and Moore in couture.
Meanwhile, Chanel are also getting hinty... WWD is reporting; "A Chanel spokeswoman said one Oscar presenter is due to have her final fitting for a Chanel dress this week..." Could these two delicious morsels of gossip be related?
LAST MINUTE LUXURY
It is well known that A-listers are notoriously slow to make up their minds about what to wear for their big night, leaving the final decision to the very very last minute. For stylists and designers alike, the traditional nightmare scenario is: Star A is dithering over which of her ten dress options to wear, eventually deciding on option 3 half an hour before jumping into the limo, leaving dresses 1, 2 and 4-10 will remained discarded on the hotel bathroom floor, when they could have been worn by any number of other stars. It’s a buttock-clenching gamble for the designers.
However, this might tip sympathy back into the camp of the stars and their stylists.
Hollywood's original celebrity stylist, Philip Bloch, revealed this week to the Stylelist blog that the designers only dispatch their Oscar-worthy gowns to arrive in Los Angeles FOUR DAYS before the ceremony.
"One would think with the "millions of dollars" of free press designers garner from celebs wearing their dresses on the red carpet that they would have their couture creations in Hollywood weeks in advance” says Bloch “however, that's not the case. While running around town pulling dresses for my client, I've come to find that big designers such as Versace, Alberta Ferretti, Badgley Mischka and Cavalli won't even have their dresses in L.A. until, at the earliest, March 3."
Zac Posen for example, only flew into LAX on Friday, with a trunk full of couture.
DITTO: BELATED BLING
The same goes for those mega bucks jewels. Chopard, one of France's biggest jewellery designers, only took delivery of their bodyguard-smothered consignment of bling on Thursday night. Since then, the jewellery label has been waiting patiently for their first choice wearers, Oscar nominees Penelope Cruz and Helen Mirren, to choose their jewels, after that, lesser-known starlets will be next in the queue for to take their pick of the luxurious leftovers.
Of course, it would be every movie diva’s nightmare to have someone else glide onto the red carpet in a similar dress. How to avoid that? Make like Jennifer Lopez and reserve his ENTIRE collection for yourself. So who is the lucky designer?
The not-terribly-well-known Zuhair Murad. If that name rings a very faint bell (and if it does, bravo), it might be because you recognise him as the man who dressed Miley Cyrus in her admittedly pretty stunning gown at Oscars in a princess ball. Let’s wait and see if, having reserved all his dresses, JLo actually comes wears any of them on the red carpet..
Meanwhile, Precious star Gabourey Sidibe is working with top Hollywood stylist Linda Medvene who dressed Kate Winslet (the year of "Titanic").
Rumour has it that Gaby’s gown will be a couture creation by one of the top red carpet labels, Marchesa, which is designed by Georgina Chapman, who happens to be married to movie mogul and Halston’s exec Harvey Weinstein.
Marchesa’s elegant ball gowns are adored by the likes of Cate Blanchett, Jessica Alba and Anne Hathaway, and we like the sound of the label specially creating a couture gown for Gaby for her special night.
Anyway, Grazia is waiting with bated breath to see all the gorgeous dresses (it’s LITerally our favourite night of the year, people!)
The Academy Awards will be broadcast at 1am GMT tonight, and will be shown to 200 countries with an estimated global audience of 1 billion. That's a lot of eyes on your dress…
WHO WOULD DRESS YOU FOR THE ACADEMY AWARDS?
So in the meantime, we’d love to know: who would design your dream Oscars gown?