Everyone has been talking about the pale pink Prada dress Anne Hathaway decided to wear last minute to the Oscars and the critics haven’t been kind. I don’t usually do negative reviews, but in this case, I’ll make an exception. Though her hair and makeup looked amazing, the dress was the wrong color for her, fit her poorly, and made it look like her nipples were showing. In other words, it was a disaster. Shortly after the red carpet, it came out that Hathaway decided the change her dress last minute because the Valentino she had originally planned to wear was too similar to Amanda Seyfriend’s Alexander McQueen that topped by Best Dressed List.
Though no one wants to be caught at an event wearing the same dress as someone else (it was every girl’s nightmare at prom), she forgot one of the cardinal rules of fashion. As Coco Chanel put it, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” Had Anne stuck with her original dress, no one would have noticed that it was similar to that of her Les Misérables co-star. We’ve seen a lot of white on the red carpet this Awards Season so seeing another white beaded dress wouldn’t have ruffled any feathers. The only thing everyone would have remembered was how beautiful she looked in it when she accepted the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her impeccable performance of I Dreamed a Dream. As an Oscar winner, I’m sure Anne Hathaway will soon get over her dress debacle and will have many chances to redeem herself on the red carpet. But, maybe next time, she’ll concentrate less on what others are wearing and focus on what works for her.
Living the socialite simple life means doing your share of consignment shopping. Since I’ve been so addicted to vintage lately, I’m so glad I discovered I-ELLA, a fun consignment start-up where you can shop the closets socialites, celebrities, fashion editors, and other stylish New Yorkers. Buying something vintage means owning a piece that tells a story. I-ELLA does a great job revealing the story behind each item by profiling the previous owner. I often find myself shopping by pervious own rather than by designer. Once you find someone with similar taste, it’s a easy to buy up everything in their closet.
I love that I can now shop the closets of equally stylish people who may have a slightly larger shopping budget than I do.
Who knew going green by buying vintage could be so stylish?
Shelves and shelves of pretty things!