The star wears the Valentino gown we thought we'd never see again after Hathaway's Oscars drama

By Alex Apatoff
Updated May 23, 2013 06:21 PM
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When we saw Nicole Kidman glide down the the Cannes red carpet in this striking ivory lace Valentino Haute Couture gown, we thought for a moment we were seeing the best. Fashion Faceoff. Ever.

Then we realized: This dress hadn’t been worn before. In fact, it had reportedly rather famously been unworn by Anne Hathaway, who was said to have had it all lined up for the Oscars before ditching it at the last moment for a pale pink Prada column.

Hathaway’s decision to change Oscar gowns was so last minute that Valentino even sent out an announcement that she would be wearing the look before she hit the Oscars red carpet, prompting the Best Supporting Actress winner to release a remorseful statement. And though everyone kissed and made up, we couldn’t help but feel a little hurt that we’d never see the lovely look on the red carpet.

Fortunately Kidman came through for us, continuing her streak of knockout Cannes looks by donning the elegant, embellished confection to the premiere of Nebraska — and looking amazing while doing so. Jaw-dropping dangling earrings and a Princess Grace-approved sideswept chignon completed the look.

Tell us: What do you think of the gown? Should Hathaway have worn it to the Oscars?

–Alex Apatoff