Jennifer Lopez and the Power of Diva

Posted on December 16, 2011

Gotta give it up for Jenny here.

Jennifer Lopez at “American Idol” Season 11 Auditions in Pasadena, California. Coat by The Row. Trousers by Milly. Shoes by Charlotte Olympia.

The Row Hamilton Wool-Crepe Coat

Charlotte Olympia Dolly Velvet Platform Pumps

Because a pairing of a mustard yellow coat with a gigantic pair of creased, high-waisted disco pants works on precisely no other human being alive. Such is the Power of Diva, though. Girl actually looks pretty damn hot here. In a totally Diva way, of course. It helps that she’s got some killer accessories in the clutch, shoes, and shades. This is how it’s done, divas-in-training. One must juggle the fuck-you attitude that all divas require (and which allows them the strength to wear things no mere mortal woman would ever consider) while at the same time, making sure one pairs their fuck-you items in a chic and satisfying way.

[Photo Credit: Fame Pictures, net-a-porter.com]

    • Anonymous

      Damn, Jenny. Amazing. 

      But I have to say, I am really over the platforms. Ready for that trend to swing back to something less terrifying.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, but to those of us who are shorties, the platform is a dear and valued friend.

        • Anonymous

          A dear and valued friend to fall off of and blow your knee out so you have problems with it for the rest of your life.

          • Anonymous

            Not necessarily, but thanks for the well wishes.

             

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

          If I could wear shoes like that, I totally would. But I would end up with 5 slipped discs, which are precarious on a good day, and probably a blown out knee. Those shoes are fabulous, though.

          • Anonymous

            To be honest, I don’t wear them nearly as often as I used to anymore. There was a time that I didn’t even own a pair of sneakers. Even my flip-flops had a wedge heel.

            • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

              You sound like me. But at this point, I have to have a pair of flats in my bag when I wear my beloved heels, platforms or not. The Stones said it best, “what a drag it is getting old.”

            • Anonymous

              A drag indeed, lmao. I used to wear my heels on the subway every day, commuting to work. Now I wear ugly but comfortable sneakers to commute, and change into my heels when I get to work. C’est la vie.   

            • Lisa

              I hear ya.  I’m in the same boat.

            • Anonymous

              Things just aren’t the same today…

            • Anonymous

              You and me both, sister. I’m now beginning to wonder if all the 4″stilettos I used to wear were all just a big delusion. Thank goodness for wedges! When they find my old, shrunken, dead body they’ll know it’s me because of the wedge heels attached to my feet.

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

              I know just what you mean.  I tried on the most FABULOUS pair of platform pumps a couple months back.  And then I stood up and tried to take a step.  It has clearly been far too long since I had my oldest and stopped wearing 4 inch or higher heels all the time.

            • Anonymous

              My sister can’t wear flats at all.  She’s 52 years old and has worn a stilleto or platform heel for over 35 years.  Now, when she wears a flat she says they hurt her feet to no end.

          • Anonymous

            Yep, fabulous shoes….ah, for the days before arthritis gave me one artificial knee, and put me in low-heeled, sensible shoes…

            • Anonymous

              Rebel!  My mom switched over to wearing men’s wingtips.  I call her Annie Hall, but it’s really chic, and more interesting than that whole Talbot-y thing.

        • Anonymous

          My platform-wearing years left me with a problem ankle. But I loved ‘em and would wear them again if I physically could without walking like a crippled old man after the first 45 minutes. (subsequent years, subsequent joint issues). Say what you will, I could actually walk in them & the best I could ever do with similar height ordinary heels was a kind of controlled teeter. (coordination. not my strong point).

          Us short gals need those inches to even kid ourselves that we can wear those long-legged pants. Which, as a member of my generation, I love. Especially with nice wide sweeping legs that bell out from below the knee. *sigh* I miss the inches those platforms gave me.

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

            You may want to try the Reebok EasyTones — they didn’t do anything for my muscles, but they worked wonders on my damaged and weak tendons and ligaments.  (Years of not paying attention and twisting my ankles/knees, along with other more serious injuries)

            • Lisa

              Thanks for the tip!  I’ll check those out – I have that same problem too.

        • Anonymous

          Also a dear and valued friend to the future income of podiatrists everywhere ;)

      • Jasmine Moten

        I despise them! I think they look too cartoonish and clunky and make ALL feet look huge.

        • Anonymous

          Ah, but if you actually have large feet and buy the right pairs they magically make your feet look *tiny* (comparatively at least). Its a weird and wonderful thing for those of us with man-sized feet!

    • foodycat

      Are women with vanishing feet an actual thing now, not just a sign of poor tailoring?

      • Anonymous

        What’s the point of having killer shoes when you can’t even see them?  The pic from the side has me thinking about old Beatles album covers.

      • MilaXX

        it’s a thing now. Yet another fallacy about it elongating the leg like the nude shoe.

        • foodycat

          It does elongate the leg, but you look like a twit – see that stupid stilt-walker challenge. Shoes are nice, why hide them? Plus you end up with terrible ratty hems on your pants.

          • Anonymous

            So true. What’s the point of wearing fabulous shoes when you’re just going to cover them up?

          • MilaXX

            which to me is why it doesn’t really make the leg look longer, it just makes the pants look in need of a hem.

          • Anonymous

            Yup, stilt-walker, that’s my reaction.

        • Anonymous

          Sorry. As long as it’s not so long it catches on the shoe & trips you, I totally buy into the leg-elongation theory. 

          [fallacy & self delusion is o.k. if it makes me feel fab & nobody actually laughs]

          signed,short, long-waisted person who wanted to look like the gal in the Charlie commercial, once upon a time

          • MilaXX

            No worries, we don’t have to all agree. I just think after a certain point it just looks like your pants are too long. When the pant is covering the entire shoe and still scraping the ground, it doesn’t make me think anyone is taller anymore than wearing a shoe close to your skin tone makes me think someone is taller.

            signed, fellow short person :-)

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

              I don’t mind if they’re long — but I don’t want them scraping pavement. 

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

      That is a fabulous look, and one I would completely imitate in a slightly different color palette — I’m not meant to wear mustard. Ever.

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

        You and me both. I have to relegate any yellow to accessories only, as much as I would love to rock a mustard coat.

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

          Fair skinned white people with pink undertones shouldn’t wear mustard.  There are a few shades of yellow I can wear, but generally I avoid it — it’s just too hard to deal with in my wardrobe because there’s so little of it that I have to keep pieces just to pair with it, and I make it a policy never to buy things that are that difficult for me.

          • foodycat

            When I was little and my hair was very blonde, I could rock a lemon yellow. Now my hair is darker, I just avoid yellow. I totally endorse your policy of not buying things that are difficult!

          • Lisa

            “Fair skinned white people with pink undertones shouldn’t wear mustard.”
            (*Raises hand*)  No mustard in my wardrobe, ma’am!

      • Anonymous

        Every word applies to me.  So, obviously, I compliment your astute assessment.

      • Anonymous

        That’s how I feel about black.  It totally drains me.  I would love to wear it but since I prefer to look as though I belong among the living, I wear brown instead which is much more my color.

        • Anonymous

          Try charcoal gray, I find the darker grays give an effect much like wearing black but I don’t look like a goth vampire. 

      • Lisa

        I hear you.  I don’t even own anything yellow, it looks so awful on me.

    • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

      Perfect. Love it. 

    • Sobaika Mirza

      Ugh, she is perfect. Remember a few years ago when she wasn’t relevant? Sad times. We always need a diva.

      • Anonymous

        Definitely. And I never thought she’d give me a reason to forgive her for dancing around in a couple of picnic napkins in that car commercial.

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

          That stupid short set outfit was as crappy as a Fiat. One of the few times I’ve ever been disappointed in a J-Lo offering.

    • Anonymous

      Those shoes are really silly, but she looks fabulous.  

    • Anonymous

      Flawless.

    • Anonymous

      How right you are.  Except I dislike the shoes.  The platform looks pasted on, like an afterthought.

    • Anonymous

      I need to look like THIS tonight for my office holiday party…in less than 7 hours! oh, well…at least I know I can bring the fuck-you-attitude!

      • http://www.facebook.com/charlotte.horseman Charlotte Horseman

        Haha!  Go girl!

      • Anonymous

        A ‘fuck you’ attitude is exactly what I brought to my office. That’s why I was fired :-)

    • Anonymous

      That is a megafabulous coat.

    • Linde Hoff

      Very chic — nice!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=113800166 Hayley Doyle

      I need to try shoes like that on. I really don’t understand how they work!

      • Anonymous

        They work with practice, strong ankles and a prayer.  I got roped into a charity “Variety” (read:drag) Show this summer and recreated the Olivia Newton John look from the final number of “Grease”.  Take a 235lb, 5’10” man with facial hair, pour into black spandex pants and strap on 6″ platform red patent sandals.  It took a village…… and weeks of practice to dance for 10 minutes on stage in those things.  I don’t recommend them.

        • Anonymous

          I hope there’s a video, and I hope there’s a link in our collective future!

          • Anonymous

            Here, here!

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

          You are a brave soul. And, man, would I love to see pictures.

        • MilaXX

          I commend you for daring  such a fete.

        • Anonymous

          You sir, are to be commended for your athleticism. That’s what it takes to dance & look good in platforms or any other heel.

          Platforms gave me a chronically problematic ankle (you think cankles are a drag? try having ONE ankle that swells far more noticeably than the other) and I’d still wear them today, if I physically could pull it off gracefully.

      • Anonymous

        Just make sure you practice a lot at home before you take it to the streets. No matter how hot the shoes are, you won’t look fabulous unless you can walk in them confidently.

        • foodycat

          That really is one of my pet peeves – if a girl (or boy) can’t walk properly in their shoes, they should wear other shoes. I include women wearing Uggs and rolling their feet onto the instep in this, not just heels.

          • Anonymous

            Yes. I see so many women clunking down the street in great shoes that they just can’t handle. You’re going to look and feel better if you wear a heel height that you can manage. They also have to fit properly. I can’t tell you how many times I have been heartbroken over a pair of shoes that didn’t come in my tiny shoe size (size 5). You just have to let it go. Wearing shoes that are too big and stuffing the toe with TP will pretty much ensure a miserable experience. Oh, and I swear by the Dr. Scholl’s inserts and heel grips for comfort and no heel slippage. They’re worth the extra few bucks.

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

              Band-Aid Blister bandages.  They are the BEST THING EVER.  Put them on before your shoes where it’s likely to blister and you’ll be super comfy all night.

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

            You know I just had that very conversation with a friend a few weeks back.  I explained that shoes require practice and you should not wear them until you can look good in them.  It’s not just not falling — there’s also a matter of looking like you belong in those shoes. 

            I also had to teach her various ways to walk to give the right impression.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=113800166 Hayley Doyle

          I agree. Not even sure I’d buy them until I walked in the store for a bit. 

    • Anonymous

      She looks so chic here. How come she can’t manage to bring the chic when she needs to wear a gown?

    • http://skshim.tumblr.com SKS

      The thing with Jennifer Lopez is that she will commit 100% to what she’s doing, even if it’s walking through a street.  The wind will blow through her hair even if it’s calm, the pants will be flaring, and she will be strutting like she owns the place.  And she does this on the red carpet too, posing as if she’s a hardcore Top Model contestant or something.

      Regardless of what I think of her abilities, I give her props for committing 100% to her work…and walking to work.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t care for JLo, but the coat is DIVINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Annabelle Archer

      DaYum

    • Anonymous

      Chica looks chic.

    • CQAussie

      Hot Damn.  Those are some killer accessories even though I hate the shoes.  That clutch is HOT.  I love the shades.  Pull it altogether with that sexy hair and WOW.  Mustard yellow coat and white pants with a black tee is fairly basic.  No wild prints or wild design elements.  Yet the woman looks chic as all hell.  Bravo, JLo, well done.

    • Anonymous

      You just know she bedazzles her vajayjay.  Or should I say, pays someone to bedazzle her vajayjay.

      • Anonymous

        Please. The technical term is vajazzle.

        • Anonymous

          The evolution of language is a fascinating thing.

    • Anonymous

      Not a big fan of JLo but she looks killa.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

      I don’t like the pants, but I love the coat, and I would never have known that from looking at the model.  That’s a real compliment to JLo, who I generally do not care for.

    • Anonymous

      Oh. OH. SO GOOD. I loff it.

    • bloodshothalfblind

      that is some fierce shit right there.

    • Anonymous

      I die for that coat! And head of hair too.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      I love it.  She finally stopped sex-ing herself up and look how amazing she looks.  

    • Anonymous

      She looks great here and younger too.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emily-Smith/12431153 Emily Smith

      I really hate platform shoes.  I feel like platforms ruin perfectly good heels.

    • Cathy S

      I wish I were long enough and lean enough to wear that coat.

    • Anonymous

      It almost works. Pants are too long, too loose and too tight at the same time. I also am over the platforms. They make feet look HUGE, and who needs that?

    • http://twitter.com/NC_Meg Megan

      That coat is to die for but those shoes look like someone glued a gold box to the bottom of a pair of sensible black heels. Still, girl looks fab.

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      She looks amazing. Love the way the gold on the platforms peep out under the pants.

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

      She looks fucking amazing. And no matter how ridiculous she can be, I love her. She shows all those 3rd rate wannabe divas how it’s done.

    • Judy_J

      Nice work, Ms Lopez.

    • MilaXX

      She looks great, full stop. Only a Diva knows how to appropriately deploy the animal print.

    • Anonymous

      Jesus, how can she even stand, let alone walk, in those shoes.  I already have it out for platform heels, but these are ridiculous.  They would make me over six feet tall.

      I covet that coat.

    • Anonymous

      Holy COW!  That is a fantastic look, head to toe.  Brava to her!

      And I want that coat.  I REALLY want that coat!

    • Anonymous

      Ooh, she looks fabulous.  

    • Rand Ortega

      MAY. JAH!
      La Lopez looks faboo!!!
      Best I’ve seen her in a long time.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      Crazy fierce.

    • Anonymous

      I was at Barneys recently and tried on (just for shits and giggles) a couple of items from The Row. I have to tell you – I haven’t any use for the Olsen twins, but their coats are to. die. for. I wish I had the money to spend on them. The tailoring is just beautiful. Not quite McQueen, but pretty damned close.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Claudia-Gilbert/875055316 Claudia Gilbert

      I can’t stand the woman, but I have to admit she looks great here!

    • Anonymous

      So nice to see a diva dressed as an adult. I can’t say that I really like any of these individual elements (mustard–ick, high-waisted, white pants–ick, platforms–ick), but they all look great on her. 

    • Anonymous

      SO chic! Would love to see her doing this kind of thing more often …because then I might, MIGHT actually be able to take style cues from Jennifer Lopez! Wonders never cease!

    • Anonymous

      I have never cared for J Lo but here she is age appropriate, situation appropriate, and she really looks GREAT!

    • Anonymous

      I especially covet the coat (maybe not that color–how about a gorgeous rich red?!)

    • Anonymous

      I want those pants.  I miss high waisted pants because the go with my BWGPs and also I think they make your butt look good.

      • Anonymous

        And they hold in the muffin top!

    • Anonymous

      She works the Seventies so well, sometimes I think she was born too late.

    • Anonymous

      Oh I was wearing a mustard coat with white pants back in the 1980s. I had the sense to pair it with a lime green jersey and blue sneakers.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

      Those shoes look like a Bree Van de Camp craft project.  Without the taste level.

    • Anonymous

      She looks PHENOMENAL. Can’t think of any time in recent memory where I thought she looked as good.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, she more than pulled this off! Tacky shoes and all. She just oozes diva, this time in a good way.

    • http://stitchingincircles.etsy.com Tina

      I love it!!  I would love to wear those colors and shapes together — I’d definitely need those platforms to lengthen out my lower half!

    • Anonymous

      Honestly, that’s the best I’ve ever seen her look.

    • Anonymous

      I bet she pays (or gets paid) dearly for those clothes, but she still looks cheap, for some reason. Like a TV star who jet-setted from 1978 to our computer screens.

    • Anonymous

      Fabulous.  Those Olsens are da bomb, eh?

    • Anonymous

      Now THAT is a f**king WERQ. Don’t be stingy, just cause it’s caught on the street.

      I say that as someone who finds her more and more irrationally annoying.

      And though the color would make me look several-days-dead, that coat is awesome. Too bad the identical coat in my size & a better color wouldn’t make me look long & leggy. Sigh. (See discussion about platform heels & short gals, way above.)

    • Anonymous

      Not her biggest fan, but she looks AMAZING.

    • Anonymous

      used to have a coat that looked like that, it’s probably in the garage somewhere. i got it from a dead person i had never met–my father’s second wife was trying to teach me how to gently steal from old people who die. i have very rarely met a worse person than my father’s second wife, perhaps never. the coat was harari, i wore it a lot. & i never forgot what i was supposed to learn but never learned it either.

      jennifer lopez does look fantastic here. i remember those pants from the 70s. when i was a kid they were called dittos. more rather than less.

    • Anonymous

      My initial thought was:  “I would be so uncomfortable and self conscious wearing that.”

      TLo you’re spot on.  No one else could rock this outfit but JLo.  I absolutely hate it.  I think it’s a ridiculous look but she owns it.

    • Anonymous

      My initial thought was:  “I would be so uncomfortable and self conscious wearing that.”

      TLo you’re spot on.  No one else could rock this outfit but JLo.  I absolutely hate it.  I think it’s a ridiculous look but she owns it.

    • http://twitter.com/revjospa Joanne Robertson

      This is fierce as shit as TLo likes to say but can I confess I am equally interested in her security guard…cute!!

    • Anonymous

      Hate the shoes and the bag, but otherwise she looks great.

    • Mary McClelland

      Yeah she looks amazing. Maybe I just really love 70’s clothes, but everything is perfectly turned out and coordinating without being matching. The belt is sublime. I love the clutch and I think the shoes are killer. And I love the unexpected color of the coat. It’s a great shade for her. I bow down to divadom. 

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      Fantastic! Gimme that coat Jenny!

    • Anonymous

      As per request, here are some photos of my in my red platforms faithfully recreating Sandy from “GREASE”.  You’re the one that I want indeed!!
      https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2193347839945.132322.1434646090&type=1#!/photo.php?fbid=2193350760018&set=a.2193347839945.132322.1434646090&type=3&theater

      • Anonymous

        We can see in your stance that you danced in those shoes with [at least the appearance of] complete confidence.  Practice triumphs over physics & gravity, yet again!

        Well done. 

    • Anonymous

      I disagree – I think the color and style pairing here could work on a lot of people if they have the right skin and hair color.  She DOES look great (although a scosh off the pants would help), but I think a lot of women would look very good in this pairing on their way to work in NYC.  Of course real women wouldn’t wear the diva-tastic shoes, and would likely have a more practical bag.  A birkin-esque bag for the real career lady and a sensible pair of brown pumps would work for me.  Even a black pussy-bow blouse would work with this ensemble, much as I hate to say it.

    • Anonymous

      fab coat. 70s pants and shoes. shrug. 

    • Anonymous

      Love this look on her. The color combo is chic.  A different pair of shoes would have elevated it even more.

    • Anonymous

      Diva HELL NO. Mediocre talent lucky enough to be this pretty…yes.

      • Anonymous

        She’s a good singer and a nice girl, but puts on a hell of a show. I’d say for her dancing talent and ability to wow a crowd she qualifies, pipes notwithstanding.

    • Anonymous

      LOVE it.

    • http://twitter.com/applecocola Stacy

      I hate platformed heels usually, but this is a nice chic way of doing it. Because it’s so obviously a platform so that the shoe part stays looking like shoes as opposed to a woman with hooves for feet. Does that even make sense? 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

        Yes it makes sense. Hate that hoofy look!