“She’s a woman after my own heart,” Donatella Versace once said of casting Anne Hathaway as the face of Versace. “She loves and understands great clothes.” Donatella – the grande dame of Italian glitz and glam – would have loved the rhinestoned ensemble that Hathaway wore yesterday afternoon while visiting a television studio, then. She would have loved those vertiginous metallic stilettos, too.
Hathaway wore that outfit – comprising an outsized overshirt, a crop top and some utilitarian pants – before changing into a ladylike skirt-suit in bouclé cream. That’s not to say the actor’s original ensemble was inelegant, but she was wearing multi-pocketed cargo pants which – in silhouette, at least – are more closely aligned to the sort of laddish attire that gets worn on the football terraces than the typical red-carpet wardrobe.
Outfits like these are evidence of a subtle yet significant style pivot that has seen Hathaway cloaked in corseted puffer jackets and sequined columnsand high-fashion capuche dresses. It means the wholesome image of an American girl next door seems to have been replaced with an avatar of femme fatale. “She’s a little bit dangerous,” as Donatella said while shooting Hathaway’s Versace campaign back in April. “Dangerous but sexy.”
Originally published on Vogue.co.uk