Helen Hunt Wears H&M (and $700,000 Worth of Jewelry) to the Oscars

02/24/2013 at 08:50 PM ET

Helen Hunt Oscars 2013
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Never has the term high-low dressing been more applicable. Oscar nominee Helen Hunt hit the red carpet in a gown with a label we never expected to see on the Academy Awards red carpet: H&M.

But she didn’t skimp when it came time to accessorize the mall-store gown, adding a Martin Katz diamond brooch to the back of the dress, plus a necklace and bracelets from the jeweler, which Hunt noted totaled up to $700,000 worth of jewelry.

Looks like Sharon Stone will have to give up her title of Most Frugal Oscars Dresser. (The actress famously stunned when she showed up at the 1996 Academy Awards in a Gap turtleneck.) Hunt has out-bargained Stone by wearing this midnight blue silk and satin strapless dress.

Tell us: What do you think of Hunt’s H&M dress?

–Jennifer Cress

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Pam on

She could have used an iron, but otherwise she looks fabulous.

Ali on

Wrong, that’s Sharon Stone who wore the turtleneck.

Christine on

I understand that the fabric was made of sustainable product, however it travels poorly. Too wrinkled for the red carpet.

Susan on

Too wrinkled, but a gorgeous color and a very nice dress on her.

Marie Mullin on

Needs an iron, good for her, please don’t post

T on

Beautiful!

Skipp on

She looks stunning.. i would never of guessed it was from H&M

Nora on

Ali, you need to go to “Zoolander’s Center For Kids Who Can’t Read Good”.

“Looks like Sharon Stone will have to give up her title of Most Frugal Oscars Dresser. (The actress famously stunned when she showed up at the 1996 Academy Awards in a Gap turtleneck.) ”

Helen Hunt is a boss. ‘Nuff said!

Amy on

Gorgeous dress, but would look oh so much better if it had been ironed!

tamara on

what H&M am I shopping at!?

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