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Fugger: Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway took some time out of the public eye after she won all the awards and made America’s eyes roll out of their heads and down the street to the local bar. That may not have been WHY she backed away, exactly, but I’m sure the backlash and the whole dress fiasco took a lot out of her — plus she probably just wanted to be married and quiet for a while and catch up on all the TV clogging her DVR. But now she has surfaced.
And that’s a very tentative reappearance. The color of the dress is about all the oomph this has; the cut isn’t very flattering — it’s a total Uterine Secret style — and the little piece of detail right over her Hathacave gives the illusion from a distance that we are sightseeing there, when in fact it’s opaque and patterned. The shoes have a little twinkle, which is cute, but they do nothing to enhance or elevate the overall aesthetic. And as much as I grew to like the pixie cut on her for a while there, this iteration of it isn’t as stylish. It ages her. So the whole thing for me is underwhelming, a little seasonally off (it’s only spring in the southern hemisphere, girlfriend), and 0verall feels kind of like she would rather STILL be sitting at home catching up on all the TV clogging her DVR. I don’t blame her. Sleepy Hollow isn’t going to watch itself.
I mean, the good news is that she looks adorable from the waist up? Let’s just stick to that.
So, I really, really was not sold on Anne’s blonde hair at the Met Ball. I will be the first to say that I ALSO didn’t think her features were optimized with the short hair, and then she had that awesome phase where she grew it out super stylishly and I fell in love with it and think she should keep it that way forever. So maybe I will come around on the blonde, too.
Having said THAT, I am not there yet — I think it’s way too brassy for her features, and I don’t like the phase that the short style is in right now (I felt that way when it was still brown, too), so that might be affecting my feelings too. Again, I fully realize I may eat those words in like two weeks when she does something fabulous to it and suddenly I want her to be a gilded lily forever, but fortunately, I enjoy eating, so that’s fine.
As for the dress, I don’t mind the idea of the shape and volume here, but I think in execution it’s making her look weirdly droopy. So basically, the last two times she’s worn baby pink, it’s caused boobular scrutiny that she’d probably rather have avoided. Please let’s not go for the charm with a third try.
Apparently, I like everything Anne Hathaway is doing with her hair lately, because I was totally into the short hair, and I ALSO like the blonde:
This Valentino is from 1992 — two years prior to Elizabeth Hurley’s infamous Versace safety pin dress — and I think it actually really, really works on her. Unlike a lot of the more successful OTT outfits from this event, it’s not TOTALLY event-specific. I mean, it’s punk-ISH and it’s totally appropriate, but if she had worn this to, like, the BAFTAs, I probably would not have burst into angry flames. As it is, I actually think this is great on her. Anne’s big problem can be traced back to the fact that she comes across as a TOTAL try-hard, and this is trying just hard enough. It’s actually kind of hot. And that is a sentence I have NEVER SAID ABOUT ANNE HATHAWAY EVER. Can we blame the blonde hair?