Reigning Best Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway paired her inordinately…um…“perky” Prada dress with custom cruelty-free pumps from Giuseppe Zanotti. Requesting faux-leather kicks from leading footwear designers is becoming an M.O. for the newly vegan actress. Hathaway made her rounds at earlier awards in “veganized” Tom Ford gladiator boots and Jimmy Choo peep-toe heels.
Helen Hunt hit the red carpet not in an overblown confection by Georgio Armani or Dior, but rather an unfussy midnight-blue silk-satin gown from H&M. The Best Supporting Actress nominee didn’t make that decision on a lark. H&M recently named Global Green U.S.A., the American affiliate of Green Cross International and a cause Hunt supports, as the U.S. beneficiary of the retailer’s newly launched clothing-recycling program. Another connection? Hunt was on the host committee of the nonprofit’s annual pre-Oscar bash, which doubled on Wednesday as a celebration of the partnership.
Skyfall actress Naomie Harris opted for a daringly slit gown by Ghanian designer Michael Badger, winner of this year’s “Red Carpet Green Dress” challenge. Brought to life by Vivienne Westwood’s atelier and the Royal School of Needlework (the same folks who created the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown, by the by), the Cradle-to-Cradle-certified number featured Global Organic Textile Standard-certified silk crepe de chine, recycled zippers, vintage glass beads, hand-embroidered chocolate-candy-wrapper embellishments, and a pale mustard hue derived from a natural—and supposedly therapeutic—dye bath of goldenrod and chamomile seeds.