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SEEN AND HEARD: Several designers got more than mere name-dropping when celebrities were asked the requisite who-are-you-wearing red-carpet question by reporters at the Academy Awards. Valentino took publicity matters into his own hands, or feet as the case may be, by walking the red carpet with Anne Hathaway, who wore one of the designer’s vintage gowns, and offering an underhanded assessment of his successors to Tim Gunn. (The designer took the same stroll in 2009.) Tom Ford got a shout-out from Colin Firth in his Oscar acceptance speech, Natalie Portman gave public thanks to Kate and Laura Mulleavy in hers, and Georgina Chapman caught some air time on the elbow of her husband Harvey Weinstein. Marc Bouwer got his due by dressing Best Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo in a lattice lace gown with a lining covered with oblong sequins. The 50-year-old actress first spotted the dress while in the designer’s showroom. “Her eyes welled up with tears and she said, ‘If it happens, this is the dress,’” Bouwer said Monday.
Just off the plane from Los Angeles, Bouwer, who had 60 gowns in circulation for the Oscars and preshow events said, “It’s so intense I can’t even call it fun. You’re in the middle of this huge popular event surrounded by celebrities and you’re trying to keep doing your job.”
Bouwer didn’t mind that reviews of Leo’s red-carpet choice were mixed. “She loved it and I thought it was a beautiful dress. It didn’t look like anything else so we accomplished what we wanted to.”
— ROSEMARY FEITELBERG