Texting With Anne Hathaway’s Shear Genius
In what was, by all accounts, a pretty dull Oscars telecast, there were some highlights to speak of. Jennifer Hudson was one (in a word, damn); Anne Hathaway was another. While we’re not going to come out and say we enjoyed the hosting stylings of Hathaway and Franco, per se, we will admit that Anne was without question the couple’s better half—and her (count them) EIGHT hair and makeup changes were something to behold. Of special note were the glittering eyelashes that makeup artist Kate Lee custom-made using individual, black Swarovski crystal-clad Ardell and Make Up For Ever lashes. And of course, that hair, which vacillated between up and down, soft and sleek, thanks to Frédéric Fekkai stylist Adir Abergel. Seeing as how getting backstage to take in all of the antics that surely ensued as the night went on (and on) wasn’t a possibility, we asked Abergel for his blow-by-blow via the next most immediate way: text message. Here, Abergel shares his thoughts from behind the front lines (spoiler alert: It gets emotional). And to see the complete Hathaway outfits, click here.
9 a.m.: Getting in the car with all the important things, like my parking pass to get into Kodak Theatre and my FHI Iron and Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray. I would die without those two things!
12:15 p.m.: Arrive 15 minutes late, of course (Los Angeles traffic!). I feel so blessed to have my assistant Sean here to help me through this very busy day ahead.
12:45 p.m.: Going through looks and setting up everything so when Anne sits I can start.
1:30 p.m.: Anne is in my chair! We’re blow-drying with Fekkai Bouffant and my Ibiza round brush. See you in a bit.
2 p.m.: OMG—Annie is wearing a beautiful red Valentino dress first. Why is that Valentino such a genius?
3 p.m.: I love the process of choosing the right hair and makeup with the dress. I’m going with a middle part, softly pulled-back low chignon with soft tendrils around the front for the red carpet.
5:30 p.m.: Show look 1: The inspiration was a soft version of Rita Hayworth to complement the Givenchy dress. She’s doing the opening number…YAY! I’m so proud of Anne. And the dresses throughout the night are stunning thanks to Rachel Zoe—she has such great taste.
5:52 p.m.: Seriously, I could not do these many changes without my FHI Heat Curling iron and my Fekkai Glossing cream…
7:15 p.m.: Channeling old Hollywood glamour with look 3 [the gunmetal gray Westwood gown]. I pulled this love from the archives of the sixties. Grace Kelly is such an inspiration.
8:19 p.m.: Anne is such a natural, she’s amazing. So so so proud. She looks so happy onstage dangling her Oscar de la Renta! The hair here is very texturized to match the free spirit of the dress. A great tip for texture is applying the Fekkai Coif Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel, one of my go-to products.
8:45 p.m.: Now we’re doing a deep side part with a sleek finish to keep the vibe of the stunning Armani Privé purple-y blue dress—it’s stunning. I could DIE, like my friend Rachel Zoe would say.
9:05 p.m.: Last look of the night, can’t believe it’s almost over—I’m really emotional. I just watched a woman whom I love and respect host the Oscars and have fun throughout the entire night. Just keeping this one simple and effortless, exactly like Annie. Her energy is great and she is just so amazing to work with. Had the best time, hope you enjoyed!
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