HATHAWAY’S MEA CULPA: Anne Hathaway looked lovely in a pale pink Prada column for her best supporting actress win at Sunday’s Oscars, but her gown choice apparently ruffled some feathers at the house of Valentino. The actress told reporters on the red carpet of her Prada dress, “I didn’t know what I was wearing until two hours ago. I tried on a lot of dresses, but at the end of the day, I loved the simplicity of it.” Apparently Valentino thought it had a lock on her Oscar look and sent out a press release prior to seeing Hathaway on television. The misinformation was picked up by the blogosphere, causing momentary confusion about what she was wearing.

On Tuesday, Hathaway released a statement through her publicist Stephen Huvane: “It came to my attention late Saturday night that there would be a dress worn to the Oscars that is remarkably similar to the Valentino I had intended to wear, and so I decided it was best for all involved to change my plans. Though I love the dress I did wear, it was a difficult last-minute decision as I had so looked forward to wearing Valentino in honor of the deep and meaningful relationship I have enjoyed with the house and with Valentino himself. I deeply regret any disappointment caused.”

This story first appeared in the February 27, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

It wasn’t clear how news of the other gown came to Hathaway’s attention, but the only other Valentino worn by a major star on Sunday was the red ballgown on Jennifer Aniston, also a Huvane client. Huvane, who sent the statement to WWD and people.com, declined to elaborate, as did Prada and Rachel Zoe, Hathaway’s stylist. Zoe, Hathaway and Aniston are all longtime Valentino supporters — which is why the snafu, and the subsequent apology, carries more weight than is usually placed on such matters.

Hathaway wore a vintage red strapless Valentino gown to the 2011 Oscars, and a custom creation to her 2012 wedding. Aniston has famously worn several body-conscious Valentino gowns, far more her signature silhouette than a ballgown. As for Prada, Hathaway last wore it at the Paris premiere of “Les Misérables” earlier this month. Ironically, one of Aniston’s most famous looks was the red strapless Prada column she wore to the 2000 Emmy Awards on her first red-carpet appearance with then-husband Brad Pitt.

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