Divas Celebrates Soul Red Carpet

Posted on December 19, 2011

Darlings, if you know anything at all about us, then you know we are all about promoting the Way of the Diva. As such, could there possibly be anyone more appropriate to discuss the red carpet stylings at the taping of “VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul?” No. There is not.

Hit it, ladies.

 

Dolly Parton

 Oh Miss D. Don’t ever change. We all knew you weren’t going to go gentle into that good night, so you keep right on aging without dignity, girl. We got your back.

 

Estelle in Diane von Furstenberg

 It’s not earth-shattering, but it’s appropriately divatastic in a low-key kind of way.

Because metallic gold gowns are considered demure among Divakind.

 

Florence Welch in Antonio Berardi

 Don’t love the hair, shoes, or cape-like back, but we have to admit she cuts an impressive figure.

 

Jennifer Hudson in head-to-toe Francesco Scognamiglio

 No.

Classic “I lost a ton of weight” getup. The proportions are all wrong on her.

 

Jessie J in Falguni & Shane Peacock

 Thank goodness she’s got a landing strip. Otherwise no one’d ever find her cooch.

 

Jill Scott

 Serving up fierce Jessye Norman realness.

 

LaLa Anthony in LaQuan Smith

 Mullet skirts. Truly the worst thing to happen to western culture since the Plague.

 

Mary J. Blige in Michael Kors

Oh Mary J. Blige we love you get up. No one needs to tell you how to dress like a diva. In fact, the only thing this outfit is missing is a bejeweled tiara and sceptre with a body sash that spells out “DIVA” in sequins.

[Photo Credit: Getty]

    • http://heartprintandstyle.blogspot.com Vivi N

      Jennifer Hudson looks like a Star Trek groupie. Beam her up, Scottie!

      LaLa’s outfit would’ve been so cute if someone could’ve cut out the mullet back. Something’s off with Florence’s face. The makeup is all wrong. Dolly got on a costume getup…which works since she’ll be performing on stage. So yeah, great costume/concert/stage outfit! Not a fan of Jill’s dress but she is definitely WERQ-ing what she has been given. 

      • Sobaika Mirza

        Flo looks exhausted.

      • MilaXX

        Flo looks like she was made up by someone who does mortuary makeup, but probably it was someone who didn’t know how to makeup her pale skin.

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          As someone with pale skin, I sympathize.  I literally cannot count the number of people I have had to give a tutorial on how to deal with my fair, cool skin tone, a surprisingly large number of them professionals.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Deborah-Jozayt/100002949685297 Deborah Jozayt

      I like Jennifer Hudson’s look, though! The color looks fantastic, and it doesn’t hug her body so much that her organs are crying for some breathing room. Maybe if the boots were a little shorter, but you know what? No! Because then she’d look like a gyno queen and she likes to be covered in divatastic clothes. Just get rid of the choker and the gold hoops since they clash and call it a lovely day!

      • Anonymous

        I really like the dress on her, but I would lose those matching-color carapace-like hooker boots in favor of brown or black ones or just some kick ass shoes.

      • Anonymous

        I agree, that choker was a huge mistake and I think if she had done BIG DIVA hair this would have been fantastic.

    • Anonymous

      Can I start out every morning with you guys mentioning Jessye Norman realness? 

      Jessie J looks like a blowup doll for C-3PO.

    • Anonymous

      Oh Dolly, you’re nothing if not consistent. 

      If J. Hudson’s dress was tighter and showed  cleavage she’d really look like a JLo wannabe. Ugh.

      Mary J. Blige I bow down to your fabulousness. Love, always.

      • Anonymous

        You are so right about Jennifer Hudson’s JLo look, the only positive is she isn’t strangling her bosom.

    • Anonymous

      I love Estelle in her liquid gold dress. I think she looks lovely.

      Jennifer looks like she is wearing stretched out Slinkys on her legs. But the craptastic prize has to go to that Jessie J person who looks like she collided with both Napoleon and Cleopatra and came out the worse for it.

    • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny Cindi Williams

      I went to high school in Gatlinburg, TN, so there’s no messing with Dolly. She defies categories.

      I saw your pre-pic of Mary J. on Twitter last night, guys. Thanks for the fierceness.

      • Anonymous

        My husband taught there for a few years. I will allow that Dolly is the only other woman he can worship. She can do no wrong.

    • http://twitter.com/lettergirl Dawn

      Dolly and Florence need to trade dresses.

    • Anonymous

      I feel like quoting Edna Mode:  No Capes!

    • Anonymous

      Everything here is boring or wrong, some of it is both.

      • MilaXX

        google Queen Latifah or watch the DIvas live tonight. She looked great.

    • Anonymous

      I gotta say I love the Jennifer Hudson look too. I think she looks FIERCE.  Not so shrink-wrapped as when she first lost all that weight.  You go, girl!

      And…Dolly…O.M.G.  She’s SIXTY-FIVE YEARS OLD and looks like that!!!!  Would that we all look so freakin’ impressive at that age!

      Dolly and Cher…two 65-year-old Diva-Fantasticas who are Taking NO Prisoners from senior-citizen-hood.  

    • Anonymous

      Florence Welch looks like Ziggy Stardust.  And that is NOT a compliment…… I don’t get the love for her except for the music.  Most of the time I think she looks borderline zombie drag queen.
      Poor Jennifer hudson, I feel her pain.  I just got into my 34/30 faded Wrangler jeans from 10 years ago after losing 45lbs.  I know they look ridiculous but I just can’t help myself…… I just know not to wear them in public or around photographers
      Thank God Jil Scott wore that FABULOUS fur coat or that fress would be ageing gospel star in Branson..

    • Anonymous

      Hahahahahaha! Snort!!

      One minor correction – it’s Jessye Norman (extra e at the end)
      And yes, total JN fabulosity.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      For my money its Estelle and Jill Scott who really brought Diva to the RC.  Mary J Blige I think I would like a lot more without the fur jacket.  Its too much of that champagne color at once, when paired with that dress.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed.  Not liking the fur jacket, but the dress is beautiful.

    • Anonymous

      Jill Scott’s bra is showing, but otherwise she looks perfect for this type of event.  I like Jennifer Hudson’s dress but those boots are awful.  Dolly Parton looks just right as always.  She really knows how to play her character.  Florence Welch’s hair is laughably bad but she sure isn’t laughing.  Assuming these pictures were taken by a professional photographer, would it be asking too much to do a retake?

    • Anonymous

      Florence looks like Ziggy Stardust…. NOT a compliment.  I don’t get the love for her (music aside), most of the time I think she looks borderline zombie drag queen.
      J’adore Dolly for being Dolly.
      I feel J’Hud’s pain.  I just got into my 10 year old faded Wrangler jeans after losing 45lbs.  I know they look ridiculous but I just can’t help myself!  At least I will only wear them at home and not infront of photographers.
      Jill Scott made a great choice with that coat.  Otherwise that dress screams ageing Gospel star in Branson.

    • Anonymous

      This doesn’t have to do with Florence’s outfit, but more like her makeup….I don’t understand how someone two years older than me (shes’s 25, I’m 23) can look like shes 40+ consistently. I just don’t get it! When I first saw her I was convinced she was in her 40s, and despite now knowing her birth date, I still can’t comprehend that she’s just 25!

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        She’s 25? I seriously never would have guessed. I assumed she was somewhere in her 30s, and she definitely looks like a tired 40 something here. She usually looks fabulous, but she’s a total mess in that photo.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t care what anyone says, Love J Hud’s boots!!

    • Anonymous

      Is that a blue mink? Woah!!

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      To quote Dolly herself: It takes a lot of money to look that cheap.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1043171034 Tadiana Walton Jones

        What saves Dolly is that she’s got such a sense of humor about her body and image.  It’s not the way I plan to age but I don’t begrudge her one sequin or false eyelash.

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          She’s fabulous — I may well age the same way, for much the same reason: it amuses me.

    • Anonymous

      Dolly is the new Cher? I had no idea. I hope the mullet hem trend flames out quickly.  Jessie J has some sci-fi sexy sergeant costume thing going on.

      These looks really run the gamut from nearly boring tasteful to insane.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, Dolly.  I ♥ you. Please find a time machine and go back several procedures.

      • Anonymous

        I know, right? I think she’s at least 10 years too young to be pleased with that face (if that makes sense), but I have to hope that she’s content. Because I want her to be happy.

    • Anonymous

      JHud, those boots are tra-gic!

      • Jenny Craig

        I think they look like giant armadillos wrapped around her legs.

    • Anonymous

      Serving up fierce Jessye Norman realness.

      Great commentary, as only TLo can do it. 

      I saw Her Highness Jessye Norman once, getting into a town car on Central Park West. She was absolutely stunning, regal. . . the sight of her stopped me in my tracks.

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        She was damn stunning in photos. I can only imagine her presence in real life.

        She was an true diva, in the original meaning of the word.

      • MilaXX

        See here’s my issue with her look. Jessyne Norman is my mother’s age, 67/68. Jill Scott is barely 40, she was born in 1972. That is not cute. In terms of known plus size fashionistas I think Amber Riley and Queen Latifah consistently get it right. I don’t know if it’s the stylist or what, but most of the other gals end up looking like Jill does here.

        • Anonymous

          I agree with you. I don’t love this look. I love that TLo referenced Jessye Norman because I love J.N. But J.L. looks like she’s playing dress up.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=811053804 Stacy Parker Cole

      Take note Christina Hendricks.  You CAN get clothes fitted for your boobies! Dolly proves it!

      • MilaXX

        Christina reminds me of the large busted gals on What Not to Wear. The ones that Stacy & Clinton tell them to buy their tops bigger and get them tailored to fit. I think she also needs to stop allowing people to play up the bombshell look because they all seem to think that means showing half her boobs and pushing them up to her eyeballs.

    • Anonymous

      I usually don’t like furs at all. But man, do they complete the Diva look. Especially the dyed ones. 

    • Anonymous

      Jessye Norman for the win. Mary J. Blige also lays claim to her place as a Diva.

      Several of the others confuse diva-dom with “I have no qualms about wearing any sort of silly sh*t that takes my fancy.” Not the same, honeys.

      If I had a home altar at which I honored the Guiding Principles of the Universe (and, someday I will), Ms. Parton would be there representing for intelligent Intentional Artifice.  She is beyond fabulous in my opinion.

    • Anonymous

      I saw Jill Scott perform in concert a few months ago and she looked much smaller than she photographs here. Hourglass shaped. Just wanted throw that out there…she is a MAGNIFICENT woman!

      • Anonymous

        Agreed.

      • MilaXX

        Jill has lost quite a bit of weight. Yet another reason I dislike that outfit. It makes her look heavier than she is.

    • Anonymous

      Can’t we all agree that Dolly Parton is a country Cher and all rules of taste & style simply do not apply?

    • Anonymous

      This is the first time that I absolutely hate everything about what Florence Welsh is wearing. Really its a cap-mullet dress … just think about the horror of that combination.

    • MilaXX

      Dolly keeps it klassy!
      Loving Estelle’s look
      I’d give Florence a pass on the hair & shoes if the dress didn’t have a mullet.
      I actually like JHud and her diva boots. It’s not a cute look, but those boots scream I am a Diva.
      Jessie J always dresses a little on the clown side so I give her and her landing strip a pass as well.
      I do not like Jill Scot’s outfit. It’s aging and better suited for some one twice her age. Put this on Aretha Franklin and I’d love it.
      Lala is another one who would look cute if the skirt didn’t have a mullet.
      MJB reminding us why she is a diva.

    • Anonymous

      And that is the first time I truly hated one of Florence’s flimsy romantic-consumptive dresses. She looks half polar bear, half Vegas.

      Jennifer Hudson looks like she was halfway into trying her “sexy mummy” costume while she was rushing out.

      Mary J. Blige, you fierce diva you.

    • Anonymous

      Jessie J (whoever she is) is copping out.  If you’re going to go with a sheer outfit that has strategically placed doodads to hide your own doodads, don’t wimp out with an ordinary black bra and panties underneath.

    • Anonymous

      Jennifer’s boots look like glitter mummy boots.  They also make her look like she has no knees, or if she does, that they are not bendable.  Yuck.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t even understand Jessie J’s outfit enough to criticize it appropriately — is it pants? bifurcated skirt? jumpsuit? trompe l’oeil legs? Whatever, it’s a horror. Like, Bai Ling -scale attention whoring.

    • Anonymous

      I think that Flo needs her bangs in order to bring out her Flo-ness. Not that that would necessarily help this outfit.

      Secondly, love the Jessye Norman shout-out. I’m so happy to be part of (or really just read) a blog with others who have such rich vocabs and cultural references. You (TLo and others) are all so smart; I’m proud just to be permitted to comment! 

      • Anonymous

        Seconding the love for the Jessye Norman shout out. I named my last cat Diva after seeing La Norman in the French film “Diva”(and learned to be careful what one names their pet). She is one of the few, true divas in the world. You only get to have her attitude IF you have her rare and immense talent and that is all there is to it. Only two of the ladies pictured above have proven themselves to be true divas, IMO and I curtsy deeply to them. But love the entertainment and opportunities for judging the other ladies provide!

    • Anonymous

      Florence looks like she got a beat bag or something My goodness.

    • Anonymous

      O M G! Dolly Parton is morphing into one of the Gabor sisters.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      “Darlings, if you know anything at all about us, then you know we are all about promoting the Way of the Diva.”

      Oh so true.  That’s why we love you.

      Side note: I was so disappointed in my niece while jewelry shopping the other day, because she kept going for the small, reserved pieces.  She wants to “blend in”.  Where did I go so very, very wrong?

      • Anonymous

        It’s entirely possible your niece will grow out of it. I once was baffled by my mother’s fondness for COLOR, especially in unexpected places, and in color schemes which grew up around a paint mix mistake or an item in an unusual color.  I have come to realize that she was brilliant.

      • Anonymous

        It’s entirely possible your niece will grow out of it. I once was baffled by my mother’s fondness for COLOR, especially in unexpected places, and in color schemes which grew up around a paint mix mistake or an item in an unusual color.  I have come to realize that she was brilliant.

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          God, I hope so.  She’s taken to wearing jeans all the time and little jewelry.  She’s only 8!  It’s so sad and tragic.

      • MilaXX

        she’s young, there’s still hope

    • http://blue-again.myopenid.com/ blue

      I disagree re: Jennifer Hudson. She looks divine!

    • Ebony Dawkins

      I want Jennifer Hudson to sit down and take those horrendous boots OFF. Where is Andre Leon Talley when you need him (who ever thought I would say THAT given how horrendously he dressed her in the past)?

      • MilaXX

        Not feeling Andre, since he put her in that horrible Patti LaBelle silver shrug a few years back.

    • Anonymous

      Dolly Parton and Mary J. for the win.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Hutchlover Amye Sabin

      I think JHud looks great.  Why are the proportions so wrong?

      • http://twitter.com/DarthJaeda Jaeda Laurez

        Bedazzled thigh boots that stop at the widest part of her thighs, and a dress that is not nearly fierce enough to be in the picture. *that is all*

    • Anonymous

      Fierce Jessye Norman realness for the win! Jill looks like really doesn’t have time to grace us with her fiyah but because her minions insisted, she pulled this ol’ blue frock (I say stunning, she says Tuesday) out of her magical closet and ripped the RC within an inch of its life. God knows I love her.

      As for JHud and Jessie J and all the mullet skirts, I’m from the South and as we say down here, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say a damn thing.

    • allisankelly

      Mary J as a guest judge next season of PR? Jennifer Hudson-my thoughts exactly. She’s been edging along that line for a bit now, in my opinion. Florence is only 25? Get out!

    • Anonymous

      I agree that LaLa’s skirt is atrocious, but is that a sparkly houndstooth top? I LOVE it!

    • Anonymous

      but i love jennifer hudson’s boots.

      also love, if in a quizzical way, that dolly parton is getting tinier & tinier except. except i know it doesnt work that way. oh to have that kind of cash. otoh, she may not be aging gracefully but she is aging, i guess, overwhelmingly. which is something in itself.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PVIY3NBCZJAJNFWDBCWG2DMKL4 Jen R

      Jill Scott, I have 2 words: Fashion Tape. Tell your stylist to keep it on his/her person at all times. It should be there anyway, so you don’t have to worry about mishaps with your bra showing, the way it is in this pic.

    • Anonymous

      Utterly disappointing!  Someone dust off DIana Ross’ gays and put them to work immediately.   Aside from Mary J, the rest of these divas look like back-up singers.