Academy Awards Ups Fashion Ante, Starts Maternity Wear Style Debate

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – While the Academy Awards, long known for its focus on fashion, were filled with plenty of the expected fare from Hollywood’s A-list on Sunday night, a new trend emerged on the red carpet: maternity wear.

Pregnant A-listers Natalie Portman (in Rodarte) and Keira Knightley (in Valentino) dressed their baby bumps in style for the 86th Academy Awards, putting a spotlight on the often overlooked topic of maternity fashion — and sparking a debate about whether maternity style should be celebrated or criticized.

Portman’s ensemble sparked praise from some, who lauded her for .

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