Anne Hathaway has now publicly apologized for the personal decision of choosing to wear one dress to the Academy Awards instead of a different dress, in the still-unfolding scandal otherwise known as HathawayDressGate2013. This is the statement the actress released via a spokesperson:
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 is too much. Don't you just want to give Anne Hathaway a hug? It's going to be okay, honey. Really. [WWD]
- Alexander Wang's first collection as the creative director of Balenciaga will be unveiled in Paris today. He talked to Suzy Menkes about getting the job:
"I'm extremely excited. I am high on life. It's a dream come true," says Mr. Wang, while admitting to feeling nervous. "My first reaction was: ‘I am so occupied, I give 110 percent to my brand.' Then I thought of elevating my team and being given a chance to do all those things I had at the back of my mind. I am doing something quite different from what I do here."
Wang went to Anna Wintour for advice before taking the job. (It's likely that PPR, which owns Balenciaga, also spoke to Wintour before making Wang the offer.) The Vogue editor told Wang that if he didn't accept the position he would never forgive himself. [IHT]
- Tilda Swinton will be in the ads for Chanel's pre-fall collection, which was themed around Scotland. [Telegraph]
- Fashion's Night Out is going "on hiatus" in the U.S. this year. Stores didn't like that hundreds of thousands spent on celebrity appearance fees, free booze and food, and thinking up ever weirder entertainment gimmicks — wanna sing karaoke with Oscar de la Renta? Play Scrabble with Isaac Mizrahi? — didn't translate into sales. Fashion's Night Out is dead; long live Fashion's Night Out. [WWD]
- Manolo Blahnik says he's open to mass-market retail collaborations. Hello? Hello? Anyone? [Vogue UK]
- On that note, Karen Walker is doing a children's collection and a line of adults' t-shirts that will hit Uniqlo stores in June. [StyleCaster]
- Macy's, which is currently embroiled in a legal dispute with Martha Stewart over her homewares line, just announced it is dropping Emeril Lagasse's line of homewares — which is made by Stewart's company. Macy's insists the move is not punitive and merely reflects the Emeril line's poor sales. Meanwhile, the judge at the bench trial dropped a strong hint that he doesn't consider Stewart's claim that entering into a deal to sell her homewares via Martha Stewart shops inside J.C. Penney stores, when Macy's had an exclusive right to sell the line, credible. The contract allowed for Stewart to develop Martha Stewart stores of her own and sell her line there, and Stewart is arguing that the Penney's deal meets that exception. "Regarding the store-in-store concept, I'm going to let the cat out of the bag — I'm not so sure there's any ambiguity in this contract," said the judge. Macy's is still presenting its case; J.C. Penney and Stewart have yet to make their respective cases. [WWD]
- Kanye West, a fashion-week fixture who's been oddly M.I.A. lately, made his first appearance at this season's collections, taking in the Anthony Vaccarello show in Paris. [Fashionista]
- Adam Levine's clothing line for K-Mart will be called 222 by Adam Levine and will reach stores this fall. [Racked]
- Zoe Kravitz lent her name to a collection of Swarovski crystal jewelry. [WWD]
- Scott Sternberg has some new investors who have taken a stake in Band of Outsiders, but the designer won't say who they are, how much money they put in, or, really, anything else. Sternberg says that he is retaining a controlling share of the company and that the money will fund its expansion. [WWD]