Helena Bonham Carter carrying a velvet bag by Lulu Guinness
Natalie Portman wearing Tiffany & Co. tassel earrings
Celine Dion wearing Bulgari necklace
Marisa Tomei wearing Van Cleef & Arpels earrings circa 1960
Helen Mirren wearing a vintage Cartier necklace
Gwyneth Paltrow wearing a Louis Vuitton brooch on her hip
Amy Adams wearing Cartier emeralds and diamonds
Twitter, which has been so rapt with Oscar conversation that it remains a trending topic almost 24-hours later, was abuzz over the notion that there were few statement necklaces adorning A-list décolleté. But the bling that was on display? Make no mistake, it was major.
Cartier captured attention for the $1.35 million in emerald and diamond jewelry seen on Amy Adams, the green an artful match with her purple L’Wren Scott gown. Helen Mirren also opted for Cartier, a vintage platinum necklace with diamonds and pearls from 1907 that she paired with her taupe Vivienne Westwood gown. Van Cleef & Arpels outfitted Cate Blanchett with a diamond tassel bracelet from 1946 and oval fancy yellow-diamond earrings from 1981, while Marisa Tomei (wearing a 1950 Charles James gown from LA’s Lily et Cie) likewise chose estate pieces from the jeweler, a bracelet and earrings set from 1960 crafted of diamonds, emeralds and sapphires.
An estate necklace from Bulgari found its way onto Celine Dion with her Armani Privé, while Louis Vuitton’s high-jewelry collection also received red-carpet attention, as Gwyneth Paltrow chose a ring, earrings and brooch (the latter worn on the hip of her Calvin Klein gown) in diamonds and gemstones on white, yellow and rose gold. Tiffany & Co. also offered up a pair of talked-about looks: the $10 million Lucida Star diamond necklace with matching diamond earrings and ring worn by Anne Hathaway on the red carpet, and the rubellite and diamond tassels that danced on the ears of Best Actress winner Natalie Portman.
|Anne Hathaway in Brian Atwood pumps|
Of all my tweets last night (and there were many), the one retweeted most had to do with Anne Hathaway’s shoes. One pair, to be exact, worn with her Lanvin tux (the third of her eight looks for the evening): Brian Atwood’s black-satin Fiona pumps, adorned with 8,000 hand-applied Swarovski crystals. Atwood scored well at the Oscars, also outfitting Paltrow in gold leather Martina pumps and Mandy Moore in silver metallic Maniac pumps.
Not to be outdone, Christian Louboutin offered up his signature red soles, with Halle Berry choosing his Hyper Prive in nude with her Marchesa gown, while Scarlett Johansson wore his Lili Marlene with her lace Dolce & Gabbana. And Tamara Mellon’s Jimmy Choo likewise was much in evidence: Jennifer Lawrence wore the New Lancer platform sandal with her Calvin Klein, Penelope Cruz wore the Crown platform sandal with her L’Wren Scott, and Sandra Bullock chose the Vita platform sandal to go with her Vera Wang. And to pair well with Marisa Tomei’s vintage midnight-satin gown, Mellon designed a custom navy satin sandal adorned with Swarovski crystals.
Finally, an unexpected shoe is always a great surprise, which is why I loved the coral peep-toe Pierre Hardy sandal Nicole Kidman chose to pair with her white beaded haute-couture gown by Dior.
Something tells me a.) Helena Bonham Carter once again will not fare well in Monday morning Oscar fashion quarterbacking and b.) she once again will not give a flying fig. Opting for a custom dress by Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood, a black-velvet affair that indeed resembled something from the Harry Potter set, Bonham Carter did score points with me for her bag choice, the embroidered black satin Lulu Guinness Sophie Fan bag, named after Sophie Dahl.
Unlike so many clutches, it looked large enough to hold your phone, your keys and your lipstick—not that an A-list actress has to worry about any of this. Jennifer Lawrence, meanwhile, carried Judith Leiber’s diamond box clutch in gold, while Marisa Tomei carried Cartier’s Panthere Art Deco clutch and Hilary Swank sported a Roger Vivier clutch with her Gucci Premiere. And with her utterly sweet Marchesa dress, Hailee Steinfeld chose Salvatore Ferragamo, a silver metal clutch and nude satin peep-toe shoes.