Move over. Armani. Chanel made the bigger splash on the red carpet at Monday’s Golden Globe awards. Chanel dresses were spotted on hot young actresses Reese Witherspoon, Emily Mortimer, Natalie Portman and Vanessa Paradis as they strolled the red carpet.
But the House of Coco also made a couple of serious fashion faux pas.
Mariah Carey wore a gown especially designed for her by Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld — a skintight plunging neckline crystal-splattered gown that looked more Mae West than Maison Chanel.
So why was Carey’s name was left off of Chanel’s press release? "Was it left off?,” asked Gretchen Gunlocke-Fenton in Chanel’s New York fashion public relations office. "That could have been because we’re never sure what the actresses will wear until the last minute. And she had several fittings in Los Angeles after she met personally with Karl in Paris."
And many in the fashion world are wondering why Witherspoon ended up in a Chanel gown previously worn (horrors!) by Kirsten Dunst. Reportedly, Witherspoon was excited to wear a "vintage" gown by her favorite designer, thinking that “vintage” meant a classic frock worn in some bygone era. She had no idea it was a Dunst redux.
It was only after the Globes that Witherspoon’s camp learned the dress was worn by Dunst to a 2003 Golden Globe Awards party, with her hair done just like Witherspoon’s. Yikes.
Chanel issued this statement: "Chanel apologizes for the oversight that Reese Witherspoon’s dress was previously worn to a Golden Globes after party three years ago. We are honored that Reese chose to wear Chanel and thought she looked beautiful. We congratulate her on her well-deserved win."
Witherspoon’s publicist, Nancy Ryder, has told reporters that she and her other clients will boycott Chanel. And other star’s stylists are horrified that this duplication occurred.
“A star in the best actress category should never be seen in a dress that’s been seen before anywhere, even on the runway,” sniffed a top L.A. fashion PR gal. “Most actresses today insist on a couture gown especially made for them."
But considering Carey’s cheesy couture creation, maybe Witherspoon was lucky.
Photo (left): Mariah Carey, veddy scary in bespoke Chanel couture made specially for her by creative director Karl Lagerfeld.
(George Pimentel / WireImage)
Photo (right): Kirsten Dunst at a 2003 Golden Globes bash (left, with Sigourney Weaver) — wearing the same Chanel dress loaned to Reese Witherspoon for the 2006 Globes (right, with Ryan Phillippe).
(Weaver & Dunst: Steve Granitz / WireImage; Witherspoon & Phillippe: George Pimentel / WireImage)
Here — for all you fashion hounds who care deeply about such things (and I know you’re out there) — is a list of the 2006 Globes "Who Wore Who."
]]>Balenciaga: Gwyneth Paltrow (Not Lanvin, who thought they had a lock on her)
Bill Blass: Pamela Anderson, explicably.
Bob Mackie: Eva Longoria, and why not
Calvin Klein: All the young dudes: Eric Bana, Joaquin Phoenix, Matt Dillon, Chris Rock, Luke Wilson, Matthew Fox, Jason Lewis, Ang Lee, Jeff Daniels, Dominic Purcell, Naveen Andrews
Carmen Marc Valvo: Queen Latifah
Carolina Herrera: Renée Zellweger, exclusively, as always.
Chaiken: Mary-Louise Parker
Chanel: Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Emily Mortimer, Vanessa Paradis, Rachel Bilson, Mariah Carey (oops)
Collette Dinnigan: Sandra Oh, who tried to dance her way out of it at the Weinstein post-party.
Costume National: Heidi Klum
Dior: Charlize Theron, Kate Beckinsale Emmy Rossum, Elisha Cuthbert, Bryce Dallas Howard
Dior Homme: David Cronenberg
Dolce & Gabbana: Zach Braff
Donna Karan: Rachel Weisz
Elie Saab: Evangeline Lilly and Maria Bello
Escada: Geena Davis and Jaime Pressly
Giorgio Armani: Ziyi Zhang, Mira Sorvino, Nicolette Sheridan, George Clooney, Russell Crowe, Sir Anthony Hopkins
Givenchy: Michelle Williams
Gucci: Drew Barrymore, Faith Hill, Dennis Quaid, Adrian Grenier, Will Ferrell
Heidi Weisel: Debra Messing
J Mendel: Cynthia Watros and Malaak Rock
Jean Yu: Hilary Swank
John Varvatos: Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Eric McCormack, Steve Carell
Juicy Couture: Kevin Bacon. Huh?
Kevan Hall: Virginia Madsen.
Lanvin: Diane Kruger, Catherine Deneuve
Marc Jacobs: Anne Hathaway
Marc Bouwer: Marcia Cross
Marchesa: Penelope Cruz and Felicity Huffman, who boogied in it at the In Style/Warner Bros. after-bash.
Michael Kors: Candice Bergen and Mary-Kate Olsen. Talk about a wide age and weight range.
Monique Lhuillier: Jill Hennessey, Jenna Elfman, Megan Mullally
Prada: Isaiah Washington, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Noah Baumbach, Leonardo DiCaprio, Darren Aronofsky
Ralph Lauren: Ludacris and Mandy Moore
Roberto Cavalli: Emma Thompson
Rochas: Sarah Jessica Parker
Valentino: Ellen Pompeo, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, Jamie Foxx and Keira Knightley, who did a “Pride & Prejudice” waltz in hers at the Universal/Focus Features/NBC after-party
Versace: Jessica Alba, Teri Hatcher, Rosario Dawson (vintage)
YSL: Mischa Barton, Adrien Brody