Cranky Beauty Pants: Helen Hunt and Best H&M at the Oscars 2013

by Cranky B. Pants on 25 February 2013 · 3 comments

85th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsYou might think that H&M means hair and makeup, but in The Sessions’ Helen Hunt’s case, it actually stands for H&M — the place she got her gown.

Apparently you can still call it H&M if you sew hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewels to it.

85th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsThoughts on wearing not only off the rack but “accessible” fashion to the Oscars? Did Sharon Stone do it better in Gap in 1996 and 1998?

Helen Hunt_Oscar dress_back_jewelsUPDATE: That $700,000-worth of jewelry appears on the back of the dress, as a brooch.

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Janine 25 February 2013 at 10:34 am

I love H&M, but this is a red-carpet fail for Helen Hunt, who usually looks so striking. The tailoring and fabric aren’t up to par — look at all that wrinkling in the bodice, never mind the skirt after her limo ride. And all that jewelry sewn into the dress… was it sewn into hidden compartments?


Pri 25 February 2013 at 3:25 pm

Apparently this dress was “eco-friendly”. I’m all for being green, but maybe in this case I’d rather go green with a shirt or pants for day-to-day wear, rather than an Oscar dress.


Janine 25 February 2013 at 10:12 pm

Eco-friendly gala-wear has a way to go, if that’s the case. This is only marginally better than the platter of crudités that used to be offered as The Vegetarian Option back when vegetarianism was a “new” thing.

Actually, I’m sure excellent eco options exist. Either Helen’s stylist needed to do more research, or this was a contract deal.


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