Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Resort 2014
Considering she’s the brand’s ambassador, we weren’t surprised to see Jennifer Lawrence at Dior’s Couture show yesterday in Paris. What did cause surprise however – if one is to pay attention to the opinionated fashion corners of the web - were the trousers she was wearing.
In comparison to J-Law’s many previous Dior ensembles – which have all sat pretty on the ultra-feminine side of Raf Simons’ unique and greatly praised vision – this half-skirt-half-culotte-half-printed-half-pleated-half-tailored-trouser creation (complete with a whimsical crop top) proved tricksy.
The debate has raged through the Grazia office this morning. Fashion Assistant Josh Newis Smith says, “J-Law is certainly showing off the benefits of her X-men training with that crop top! But, those trousers, where to begin… Its part Tudor bloomer, part sports-luxe, part business. But is it so mad its brilliant? I am not sure, Jennifer is a bit too wholesome to pull this look off.”
Jennifer on the Dior Couture front row
Contributing Writer Naomi Attwood concurs: “A few words sum up this picture – when bad trousers happen to good people,” she explains, “Raf Simons’ outfit for Dior is lovely in many ways, and the trouser-skort no doubt looks great when you’re sashaying along a runway. As delightful as Jennifer Lawrence is, however carefully you squint at the photo, you can’t erase that mutant left leg fabric pile-up…”
And therein perhaps lies the problem with these radical hybrid pants – they’re alternative and they need an equally alternative character to pull them off. Think of street style stars like Taylor Tomasi Hill or someone more along the lines of Solange Knowles and you’re potentially onto a winning ensemble.
Jennifer versus the runway
Does our problem lie in what our own expectations are of the sexy girl-next-door? Maybe we’re so used to seeing her in gorgeous frocks that this about-turn in both outfit and poker-straight hairdo is an initial shock to the system that will soon diffuse?
The catwalk styling of this look from the 2014 Resort collection (above) shows the possible solution: an extra flash of ankle and a lesser expanse of tummy (no matter how toned, it’s too ‘90s) could’ve solved the proportions and probably the fashion dilemma.
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