How Not to Wear a Diamond Necklace

While it’s the bustline darts on Anne Hathaway’s Oscar gown that have garnered the lion’s share of negative attention, her choice of jewelry for the Academy Awards is equally puzzling.

Hathaway wore a pink Prada apron-style gown, Asian in its design influence, accessorized with over $300,000 worth of platinum and diamond jewels from Tiffany & Co. The stud earrings were stunning in size if uninspired in design, and the pair of bracelets were exquisite. The necklace, however, is inexplicable.

The necklace consists of elaborate alternating floral motifs that had nothing in common with the sleek linear design of the pink gown or Hathaway’s sporty hairstyle – from a style perspective, a mismatch. But far worse is that the necklace was too long for the square neckline of the gown. The necklace was tied or otherwise rigged in back to pull it higher in front so that the necklace didn’t fall over the neckline of the gown. The result was a miniature ponytail loop of diamonds created from the stump of the necklace at the back of Hathaway’s neck, adding fussiness to what was otherwise the stunning sleek design of the back of the dress.

It is curious that Tiffany & Co. didn’t have a jeweler on hand who could have taken out some of the necklace links to allow the necklace to fit properly or better yet, provided jewelry designs that better matched the style of the gown.

Hathaway has been reported in the press to receive a substantial sum of money to wear Tiffany  & Co.’s jewelry designs when she co-hosted the Oscars in 2011.  None of that jewelry was memorable. The Tiffany & Co. jewelry selected for her to wear in 2013 has been worse than disappointing. It might be time for her to engage an objective stylist who doesn’t have a vested interest in her choice of jewelry. . . . and who also can recognize a red carpet gown likely to land her on the worst dressed list.

Surprising Celebrity Tips from the Red Carpet

In the midst of awards season, the February 2013 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal includes a feature entitled “What Does It Take To Look This Good?:  Makeup artist Stefanie Syat and Stylist May Alice Stephenson divulge the stars’ red-carpet secrets.”

Among their observations:

Some actresses use illegal eye-whitening drops (available only in Asia) to make the whites of their eyes brighter.

Women with dark hair sometimes get their arms waxed before the red carpet event.

Spray-on body makeup is the new trend, replacing spray tans. The makeup looks more natural and hides flaws.

A star typically tries on 25 to 40 dresses before making a selection.

And my favorite:

“You see Spanx in trash cans after awards shows. Actresses rip them off after they walk the red carpet.”

It’s a lot of work to be red carpet perfect. Happily, at least those who aren’t appearing on-stage may have the option of getting comfortable before show time.

Comfort is a luxury. I suspect that more than a few pairs of strappy sandals are kicked off too, once the celebrities reach their seats — at least for the duration of the show.