Jennifer Lawrence will co-chair the Met Gala: good pick or hot mess?

Jennifer Lawrence

These are the new Miss Dior ads starring Jennifer Lawrence. They’re okay, but Dior always photoshops too much. Their ads often suck JLaw’s fresh originality right out of her. She looks like a mannequin. A pretty mannequin shilling purses.

Something more interesting: A bit of JLaw news beyond dating rumors. Jennifer has been announced as a co-chair of next year’s Met Gala. It seems like an unexpected choice, but I suspect the decision is tied to her Dior contract. This event could help Dior Chairman Bernard Arnault work another agenda. The design house has been pushing its luxury wares in China pretty hard lately. The theme of this Met Gala is “Chinese Whispers.”

The name of this event points towards potential awkwardness. Remember the game “Chinese Whispers” from childhood? (The term could be considered offensive by some.) You probably knew it as the broken-telephone game. You whisper a sentence into someone’s ears. They pass it on to the next person. And so on. The last person in the game utters a sentence completely different than the original. The game reveals mistakes in accumulated retellings, and now a fashion event will do the same. Huh. Here’s the announcement from Harper’s Bazaar UK:

The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced its latest exhibition: Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film and Fashion.

Set to open next spring, it will explore the influence of China on everything from fashion, costume, paintings, movies, films, opera and art, with work from creatives as diverse as film director Ang Lee and fashion designer John Galliano.

“The West’s interest in China seems to be intensifying, and China’s cultural influence on the West also seems to have reached new heights,” explained Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton of the choice to stage this exhibition now. “The basic idea is the influence of Chinese aesthetics on designers, but I also wanted to convey how costumes and decorative arts crystallise centuries of cultural interchanges between the East and the West.”

The exhibition will be officially opened with the inaugural Met Ball next May, co-chaired by Jennifer Lawrence, Wendi Murdoch, Anna Wintour, Chinese actress Gong Li and Yahoo president and CEO Marissa Mayer.

[From Harper’s Bazaar UK]

On the bright side, Gong Li and Wendi Murdoch are also co-chairing for this theme (with further input from director Ang Lee). The event could flow well until red carpet arrivals when people (inevitably) interpret the theme wrong. Some attendees always ignore the theme, but you know someone (Katy Perry probably) will wear something racist. They’ll use the theme as an excuse. There will be fallout.

Oh, and we have an “update” on the Martin Lawrence relationship that makes me feel better about the awful John Mayer rumor. Yay! E! Online says Chris and JLaw visited the Chateau Marmont together on Thursday night: “It doesn’t seem like it’s a new relationship.” They were “super cute” (again). JLaw was acting so “gregarious and confident” that they “were the center of attention.” Seriously, they visited the Chateau and no one got a picture.

Jennifer Lawrence

Photos courtesy of Dior

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  1. danielle says:

    I like j law, but not every actress is a fashion it girl, and they shouldn’t have to be!

    • LK says:

      Dior doesn’t understand her! JLaw is a CK girl through and through. Ruffles, bulks and fusses don’t become her.

    • Talie says:

      I can’t figure how CK let her slip through after she made such a splash with her Oscar dress.

      • Katenotkatie says:

        That red CK dress was a total show stopper. I feel like that dress marked the moment when people really took notice of her. She’s definitely more of a bombshell than a fashion girl, and I think she should own that.

      • Pager90 says:

        Yes the red dress was amazing. She looked beautiful in it, fantastic. And ..the light colored Oscar Gown she wore when she won, she looked stunning. So elegant and her beauty was on full wattage. She can look quite lovely when her stylist get it right.
        I think sometimes she gets her hair wrong lately, though. Her hair at this years Oscars made her look matronly. I don’t really like the hair in these ads, so lackluster, but I think her skin and eyes are so pretty. She just looks hollow,in her eyes in these photos.

    • Pri says:

      I completely agree danielle!! Yes she is young and won an Oscar, but does that mean she has style, no.

      Does that mean she has an interest in fashion, no. She has gone on record about not caring about fashion.

      My question, why not have a designer on this panel, Marc Jacobs was on last year’s panel. I mean, having an Asian designer instead make a lot more sense to me.

    • joan says:

      Oh goodie. Maybe she’ll trip again! It’s always so charming and quirky and SURPRISING when she does that!

  2. Azurea says:


  3. Akua says:

    Love the last pic, that’s all I have to say.

  4. PunkyMomma says:

    I’m kinda meh about it. Does nothing for me at all, one way or the other.

  5. OhDear says:

    Ooh, I predict that the upcoming Met Gala is going to be a hot mess, red carpet-wise. Save for maybe four people, no one could even get last year’s theme of white tie right.

    • Marianne says:

      Most people barely got “punk” right either from the year before.

      I see “Chinese Whispers” being a total mess. I feel like some people are going to go too caricature like.

      • whipmyhair says:

        Ladies in kimonos because they’re like Asian. Chopsticks in hair like it’s 2002.

        Can’t wait for the cultural appropriation with just a hint of on point not racist styling.

      • Hello Kitty says:

        It’ll be Mulan meets Memoirs of a Geisha with a purse shaped like a Chinese take-out container. Remember when those were in style?

      • Linn says:

        I can understand that it was not easy to do punk right, especially if they got told to still look like they go to a gala.
        Eddie Redmayne mentioned he didn’t really know what to wear since they told him to wear a tuxedo to a punk themed party.

        There really is no excuse for failing at white tie. That’s the easiest theme ever.

        I don’t think that somebody like Jennifer who can’t stop talking about how boring fashion is and how much she doesn’t care about it should co-chair.

      • COSquared says:

        I’m waiting for some celeb to pop up in a kimono.

      • Bridget says:

        Keep in mind that for the Met Ball, the stars are there as the guests of the designers, and are dressed by the designers. They only get as much input as the designer will allow. And I still don’t understand how Tisci was the honorary chair for the punk theme, and not Westwood.

      • QQ says:

        It’s gonna be a Kimonos, cheong sangs, silk and satin(which is flattering as a fabric on exactly nobody) dragons and Mao Necks hot mess up the ying yang!

        On another note: I NEED at least 4 pairs of Mise en Tribal Dior Knock off earrings asaptually!

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      LOL. So true.

  6. Justine says:

    This girl has no sense of style whatsoever. She rarely looks good with a stylist. I don’t remember her to impress with her style since this gown at Oscars two years ago. And that’s it. But I guess at this point this girl has to be put everywhere and nobody can change it… Unfortunately.

    • Bella bella says:

      If you read the Fug Girls they will be the first to say that Dior has done Jennifer NO FAVORS at all. Marion Cottilard usually gets the decent stuff and Jennifer gets the wackadoodle hideous afterthoughts. I’m amazed she got this gig. I like her personality and I like her acting, but her unfortunate contract with Dior is bringing down her way down sartorially.

      • Bridget says:

        This is just my own personal opinion, but I feel like Dior doesn’t do great things for any of the women that represent them. Look at the Dior gowns that Charlize Theron has worn to the Oscars – the dark green with the hip bow, the black one with the clear straps , the one with the pink cinnamon buns on her boobs – not good. Even when they put her in the lovely blue tulle it looked like she just threw it on and seemed really uncomfortable. Marion Cotillard gets the decent stuff, but even then it tends to veer more towards cocktail gowns, nothing showstopping.

      • Bella bella says:

        @Bridget, I totally agree. Who is leading the Dior ship now? They are in a major fail period. There’s no inspiration, no vision in their clothes these days. They are phoning it in with a big dash of unflattering. And such lovely women to dress!

        (I can’t believe Jennifer got the Met Gala gig for this reason — the Dior stuff has been a snore, so how did they snag this? Interesting to think about the behind-the-scenes negotiations, if Dior Chairman China theory is true.)

        You are so right about Marion Cotillard’s dresses1 — so many are cocktail gowns and tea length.

    • Chammy says:

      Maybe Dior did chose her for her popularity and her appeal to the younger crowd?
      JLaw doesn’t strike me like a fashionista. If you compare her to Sarah J Parker or Audrey Hepburn or some of the ueber-supermodels (Crawford, C. Schiffer, Naomi C., …) JLaw can’t … at least not yet.

  7. Samantha says:

    I think J Law is a good choice – as long as she doesn’t fall. She is quirky and fun!

  8. littlemissnaughty says:

    Love the makeup in these ads. Other than that, they’re pretty bland. But Dior is not exactly exciting. Beautiful but not exciting.

    To be fair, that theme screams for awkward moments. It is pretty easy to misinterpret it or be full-on offensive. I wouldn’t want to dress for it.

  9. Blackcat says:

    I think she happened to be in the right place at the right time for a great contract–Dior. I don’t see her as some innovative fashion mavan. She just wears the clothes and collects the check. A big N.O. on her co-hosting the Met Gala.

  10. Charlotte says:

    Coincidence that Jennifer is co-chairing after GOOP so publicly dissed it and said she wouldn’t be back??

  11. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I love the colors of all three handbags, and I like her in the black outfit to show them off. I wish Dior wouldn’t hang those big initials off the handle, though. Just in case people didn’t know you had an expensive bag.

    Didn’t Goop pronounce that the Met Gala was sort of over? Too crowded with peasants, etc.?

  12. Ninks says:

    Weird choice. Jen and high fashion do not go together. No matter how hard Dior are trying to make it happen, it’s not really going to happen.

    There are pictures of Jen having lunch at the Chateau Marmont, but not with Chris Martin, floating around Tumblr. I still can’t believe this relationship is really happening. It feels like some kind of social experiment or that E are waiting for April to yell Gotcha.

    • Migdalia says:

      Ahhh yes late but just coming here to say that. There are accounts of her being there with her girlfriend…not Chris. Fishy fishy.

  13. Beatrice says:

    Kim K is crying somewhere and Kanye is ranting–no one appreciates the fashion influence of Kim. And after Wintour approved their baby’s name!

    • aquarius64 says:

      I was thinking the same thing! Kanye managed to strongarm Kim onto the Vogue cover (I don’t care about Witnour’s denials), and to be shut out on this is an “insult” (or an act of common sense).

    • Bella bella says:

      I keep wondering… Do you think maybe Wintour was kidding about the name and they actually took her seriously??

  14. Gemma13 says:

    I really do not like the modern day Dior; however, vintage Dior is the best! I would love to wear the dresses from the 50s/60s.

    • Meme says:

      Galliano Dior was the BOMB. Current Dior is a mess and I’m sick of Jennifer Lawrence. Talk to me in 5 years and we’ll see how her career is. Girl sold out way too early.

      • Bridget says:

        Did you notice that they name-checked Galliano in the press release? He’s been out in the cold since his incident but Anna still supports him, and now he’s being featured in the Costume Institute exhibit – with Lawrence co-chairing signs are pointing to Raf Simmons/Dior chairing the event… but will Galliano be there too?

  15. lisa2 says:

    I think she is a pretty girl, but there is no life in these pictures. You could find so many people to do it better. I just don’t think she fits this brand at all. I guess they are trying to pull in a younger buyer; but these pictures just look so stiff and uninteresting.

  16. whatsmyname? says:

    Are people aware that the co-chairs of the gala are always entertainers + fashion people? Like Bradley Cooper was co-chair last year, it has nothing to do with someone being “fashionable” or not. I hope she dumps Dior AND Rachel Zoe because neither are doing her any good.

  17. bns says:

    More proof that popularity is more important to Anna Wintour than fashion.

  18. Audrey says:

    Why bother hiring someone if your ad is just going to completely change them? Give these ads some fun, she’s a young woman full of personality with an athletic body

    these ads make her a boring, washed out stick figure. thanks, photoshop

    What is their target demographic?

    • Chris2 says:

      I have the same reaction when wading through the first (all-advert) third of Vogue.
      If I were in the market for a Sicilian widow outfit, a humungous carpet bag, or a miniature tweed suit with threatening boots…..I’d buy *in spite of*, and never thanks to, any advert.
      They all seem to me so woefully misjudged that I wonder is the expense provably worth it to fashion houses?
      I’m rather tired of glowering models brandishing giant handbags as though they were awards for bravery/disguised orgasmatrons!

  19. Lilacflowers says:

    Gong Li! It won’t matter what Jennifer Lawrence does because the stunningly gorgeous Gong Li is going to capture everyone’s attention. That woman looks beautiful wearing burlap.

  20. Maria says:

    i dont get that ad. shouldnt it be how happy she is to be included with such amazing high fashion? she looks like she does not care at all. which is not a good commercial idea. “Dior, you wont really care about our products” “look, we paid a talented actress with an imagine of being goofy to stand around looking bored”

    i am doubting the relationship more and more. they go to celeb hotspots where paps camp and dont get even photographed solo? they would probably dont arrive together but not even a little proof they were in the same spot?
    on the other hand i can understand a publicist not wanting to attract further attention by denying something, but this was always very big and its not for a couple of weeks so why not deny it if its not true? that would speak for that its true.

    its weird all around. the coupling and the no picture thing.

  21. Mischa Jane says:

    Nothing against Jennifer, I like her, but I just don’t see her as a Fashion Girl, Dior contract or not. They are a weird pairing. Her co-chairing the MET Gala also doesn’t jive. She’s just not “that” girl. She seems way too normal and casual for that.

  22. The Original G says:

    Well well. Powershift. Out with the old.

    No one is photographed at the Chateau. That’s why celebs go there.

    • don't kill me i'm french says:

      Robert Patinson was filmed exiting to Chateau Marmont the same day and you can find a pic of JLaw with a girl friend at Chateau Marmont this day taken by a Bieber fan

      • Bridget says:

        Considering what really goes on at the Chateau, that’s still not really disproving the point. The Marmont is infamous as being the most celebrity friendly, paparazzi-free place. The shenanigans that go on there are infamous, and yet without photo proof. A photo of Robert Pattinson exiting doesn’t exactly disprove the point.

      • The Original G says:

        Ah. Well, it’ll be the last time a Bieber fan gets in.

      • Algernon says:

        They get photographed going in and out, *sometimes*. It’s strict policy at the Chateau to boot anyone trying to get a picture/autograph from the restaurant/bar/patio. If it’s a slow day elsewhere, or during award season when everyone’s in town and going to parties 24/7, paps will sit outside the driveway to get people entering/exiting the building, but lately the neighbors (the Chateau is surrounded by private homes off Marmont Lane and Monteel) have gotten to where they call the cops because the paps block the roadway, and anymore fans have started standing around, too, which is just dangerous because these are steep, sharply curved roads with wide blindspots.

        Anyway, people will get photographed going in and out sometimes, but it doesn’t mean there aren’t far, far more celebrities inside on any given evening than you’ll ever hear about.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      Times have changed, celebs get captured everywhere with cell phones, including the CM, especially in the dining room.

  23. Hissyfit says:

    She look so bland and boring in the ads. Pretty but bland and forgettable. If i didn’t know it’s a famous actress, I would’ve skipped that ad easily.

  24. Bridget says:

    Wendi Murdoch, huh? That’ll be interesting.

    Can someone please explain to me who the designer co-chair is? If its J Law I’m assuming it’ll end up being Dior, but is this finally Wintour’s opportunity to help bring Galliano back into the fold? Because Simmons certainly isn’t know for his eastern influences, and there’s no way Lawrence would be able to go to a major fashion event like the Met Ball and be associated with anyone but Dior.

  25. Mrs. Ari Gold says:

    This is so wrong! This is so not who she is! So are those painful Dior ads of her. This is a classic example of a naive new star being led astray by her ‘handlers’. A bunch of other people are making a buck off her and they tell her she ‘has’ to do this kind of thing and how ‘important’ it is for her career even though I’m sure she feels like a farce doing all this crap.

    CK probably DID offer her a contract but Dior offered more and JLaw’s handlers wanted more money for themselves and the bigger name even though JLaw would have been so much more at home and been herself.

    This is why so many young stars ultimately have breakdowns and drop out for a while b/c they realize they trusted people who actually did not have their best interest and they feel they are being portayed in a way that is so far away from who they really are.

    • Bridget says:

      There is simply no comparison between Dior and Calvin Klein. A contract from a design house like Dior is highly prestigious, not mention lucrative. It in fact speaks to her team being picky about who she represents, as Lawrence has probably had a lot of endorsement offers (for a lot of money) and instead choosing one that will further her own personal brand. This isn’t the case of a young starlet being led astray.

      • Ctkat1 says:

        Agree. I don’t think Dior is personally a good fit for her, but I completely understand why she took the deal. Dior is upper echelon. It actually differentiates her from the other young starlets, because Dior is prestige.

        I’d prefer that she not do any endorsement, similar to Zoe Saldana, so that she can wear a number of different designers based on what works on her. When she wears something that works, it’s amazing.

  26. COSquared says:

    Mr Dior himself must be tossing in his grave.

  27. Ana says:

    “Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film and Fashion.”

    OMG YES!!!

  28. FLORC says:

    Love Lawrence. This isn’t here though. It’s her likeness at best.

    And can we stop caling this “Martin Lawrence” and start calling it at the very least “Martin//Lawrence”. I keep thinking we’re talking about Martin Lawrence the actor.

    Chinese Whispers will be a disaster of poorly executed outfits. Will be fun!

  29. Irishae says:

    “Chinese Whispers” sounds like the name of a strip mall massage parlor.

    I really like JLaw, but she’s so full of shit with this high-fashion nonsense. Like others have said, just own up to being a bombshell and stick with CK forever.

    And I love Gong Li, can’t wait to see what she wears.

  30. Val says:

    I guess next year’s Met Gala will be a classy affair full of fart jokes and middle-fingers.

  31. rudy says:

    Full Confession:

    I saw the photos. All of them. Jennifer’s were the only ones I would call art. Somehow she managed to take selfies that were NSFW but lovely and almost tasteful if that makes sense.

    This was a huge violation of private lives. The hacker and his cronies were disgusting misogynist pigs chatting on that awful website the Day The Pictures Came Out. I hope he goes to jail.

    I hope that Jennifer can just move on. She did nothing wrong. There is nothing to be ashamed of. She is the most famous of the lot and the only one who really has anything to lose. At least for me, she gained in stature.

  32. snowflake says:

    i don’t get the hype with her. same with amber heard. meh. not interesting and average blond-ish mall chick is what i think of.

  33. Jessica says:

    Why did they photoshop Jen Lawrence into Kate Moss?

  34. Anne de Vries says:

    I don’t care about the Met Gala, but I’m glad she got the gig – it’s a very public signal that the industry isn’t punishing her for being the victim of having her photos stolen.

  35. Marlene says:

    Guys, Dior is paying her $15m, CK can NOT compete with that. She may look better in CK, but her bank account is better off with CD.

  36. Veronica says:

    Really like her but am very nervous about the theme. Reeks of potential cultural appropriation. Hoping that’s avoided, as I’d prefer to keep J.Law JUDGEMENT EYES on superficial aspects like her dating choices.

  37. MAC says:

    I am concerned to post this but I will. To me she is too young in many ways not just her age. She lacks sophistication as one example. Especially in the fashion world. Yes she has modeling contracts but the Met gala always seemed to have a higher level. Example Sara Jessica Parker as a co-chair. She had been involved with NYC and fashion for quite some time. SJP is just more mature.
    Not a fan of SJP and I did not eve see Sex in the City.

    If I could nominate anyone to be co-chair it would be Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton. What I mean is women like SJP are more mature and the way they dress, carry themselves and their creative souls would create a cool atmosphere.

  38. Pepsi Presents...Coke says:

    -Receiving the wrong blood type in a transfusion

    -Being caught in bed with your mistress

    -‘Chinese Whispers’ theme for 2015 Met Ball Gala:

    Objective? Name three clusterfucks.