I was okay with Jennifer Lawrence’s Dior gown at the Oscars. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it either. Considering some of the Dior disasters that have come down major red carpets before, I thought J-Law’s Dior was a safe choice for an Oscar nominee who didn’t want to be the center of attention this year. J-Law even arrived at the Oscars at the last minute, barely having time to pose for photos before booking it into the auditorium.
At this point, praising J-Law’s Dior gowns feels like a waste of time and energy – she doesn’t even have a choice, because her lucrative Dior contract basically means that she has to wear whatever they give her. But all of the people on E!’s Fashion Police were still acting like J-Law-In-Dior was the second coming of Old Hollywood… until Tim Gunn shut everyone down.
In case you can’t watch the video, Tim Gunn absolutely loathes this gown. Gunn said:
“I loathed this look. I thought it was the amateur hour. From my many years of teaching, this to me looked like a student project. The evidence in the boning, the lace over it; it was all the sort of cheap shots that students pull! And I will add: For Jennifer Lawrence and her station in Hollywood and this industry, when she appeared, I honestly thought, ‘Who is that?!’ I just felt that … she’s not rising to the occasion that I would expect her to. I’m a truth teller!”
I get what Gunn is saying, and he’s not wrong. There is something amateurish about the design, and I think Gunn is complaining more about the state of the House of Dior these days than about Jennifer Lawrence as a person. I would point out that the lingerie-look and the ruffled skirt have been done to death for the better part of a decade, and that this Dior is obviously beneath Jennifer and her place in Hollywood. That being said, I think that the dress reflected her goal for the evening: to be boring, to not make news, to not be the ass-over-tea-kettle hot mess that she usually is at major events.
Also, if we’re looking to insult her fashion choices, that Alexander Wang two-piece ensemble she wore to the Vanity Fair party was absolutely appalling.
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