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.
Writer-actress Lianne Spiderbaby,, who saw her date, director Quentin Tarantino, go on to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Django Unchained, wore a hand-beaded, American-made Mara Hoffman gown.
First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise cameo at theOscars when she appeared via satellite on to announce the nominees for Best Picture. (Argo won, for those keeping score at home.) FLOTUS wore a custom, Art Deco-inspired silver sheath by Indian-born American designer Naeem Khan, whose designs are chiefly manufactured in the United States. If the dress looks familiar, your eyes don’t deceive you. Obama wore the same outfit to the governors’ dinner at the White House earlier that evening—all the better to multitask, of course.
Livia Firth had a relatively mellow Oscars night. The Eco Age creative director, who co-founded the “Green Carpet Challenge” in 2009 to raise sustainable fashion’s profile on the Hollywood red carpet, skipped the bright lights of The Dolby Theatre for the 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party in West Hollywood Park. Mrs. Colin Firth, whose husband was away shooting a movie, appeared in a Grace Kelly-inspired dress by New Zealand-born designer Emilia Wickstead, who used fully traceable GOTS-certified silk organza.