Natalie Portman's Stylist Plus VIKTOR & ROLF on her Golden Globes Gown!

17 January 2011

Oh, the dress dilemmas that arise when you’re expecting a baby and a Golden Globe! Do you make like Heidi Klum and use your bump as an accessory? Is a body-skimming gown the way to go? Does a rounded tum work with a little gold statue? Eeep!

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As awards season loomed, these were the questions facing Natalie Portman but, according to the be-bumped actress, roomy was the only option. ‘I just want to be in things that are comfortable now,’ she said shortly after announcing her pregnancy and the red carpet outfits that followed were accordingly black and billowing. So on Friday, Grazia Daily said a little prayer for a refreshing colour splash at last night's Golden Globes and guess what? The fashion gods didn’t disappoint. Hallelujah!

‘I still want to wear something beautiful,’ Natalie explained. And hats off to her stylist, Kate Young, who dressed her in exactly that. The dust-pink tone of her column gown is super-sumptuous - not to mention the colour of the night - and the draped silk satin glides over her bump ensuring the look is feminine yet flattering. What a graceful SWAN-like creature she is (guffaw!). As for that hand-embroidered red rose adorning the bust and covered in Swarovski crystals, it provides an interesting and sparkly twist, dontcha think? Fellow preggers celebs, take note.

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Of course, it helps if, as the New York Times reported, your stylist is able to request "a number of custom gowns" i.e. dresses laboriously made especially for Portman's ever-increasing measurements; even though, according to Young, 'Natalie doesn't have a lot of patience'. Uh oh. But as the stylist explained, 'Natalie is beautiful and poised. It’s an opportunity to make the most beautiful pregnancy dress on the red carpet.'

So while Grazia Daily was applauding their triumph and hooraying the sight of such a pretty palette, the unexpected designer decision had us baffled. Considering the new campaign for Miss Dior Cherie - starring a naughty-but-nice Natalie - has just been released, odds were on that the French fashion house would be first in line to dress the starlet. The crimson gown that “face” of Versace January Jones wore comes, unsurprisingly, courtesy of BFF Donatella while Armani’s “face and body” Megan Fox wore a slinky dress by Giorgio's fair hand, so Natalie was expected to follow suit with a John Galliano-created stunner. Failing that, a Rodarte number was on the cards thanks to Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s beautiful ballet costumes for 'Black Swan' or a Lanvin frock considering Alber Elbaz is one of Nat’s favourite designers...

But au contraire! The predictions were way off the mark and the Best Actress winner side-stepped the expected by wearing a frock especially made for her by Viktor & Rolf. Quite the curve ball, non? Especially considering Ms P’s style is typically demure and fuss-free, with her stylist explaining that ‘Natalie is not that into fashion’. Granted, she didn't wear one of their upside-down dresses or chainsaw-gored tulle ballgowns but V&R are known for a more, er, unusual approach and their brilliantly bonkers creations are more likely to be seen on style stuntwomen like Rihanna and La Roux.

So how did the designers end up dressing the lady of the night? Viktor and Rolf exclusively told Grazia Daily that they 'were deeply moved and inspired by Natalie's performance in Black Swan' so were understandably clamouring to dress her. What's more, they 'feel she is the embodiment of a powerful women: talented and stunning.' Hear, hear!

So here’s hoping Natalie’s Dior clutch was enough to keep Mr Galliano happy this morning. Oh, and the fact her pretty little face was covered in Dior cosmetics. Her makeup artist Sarai Fiszel used Dior Hydra Life Sorbet Crème and DiorSkin Forever Extreme Wear Makeup in No. 020 on her skin while her cheeks were made suitably rosy with DiorBlush in Rosebud. Her eyelids were swept with Dior 5-Colour Eye shadow in Soft Pink Design No. 018 and Diorshow Lash  Maximizer and Diorshow Iconic Mascara in Black maxed-up her lashes, while Dior Waterproof Crayon Eyeliner in Trinidad further defined her eyes. As for the lips? They were given a gentle flush with Rouge Dior Lipcolor in Star Fuchsia No. 766. Beautiful!

So we want to hear your thoughts on Natalie’s Golden Globes gown. Are you saluting her unpredictable dress choice, or is it just as elegant as you'd hoped, despite the left-field label? And does this mean a Dior design is an absolute cert come Oscar night? Or – quelle horror! - are ALL bets off the table? So far, RedHeadFashion has described last night's look as 'angelic' while littlemunchkin thinks Natalie is 'dressing like she is about 50 years old'. Yikes! What's your verdict?

- Jessica Vince


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