Girl, That’s Not Your Dress: Jennifer Lawrence in Valentino Couture

Posted on January 10, 2013



Jennifer Lawrence attends People’s Choice Awards 2013 in a Valentino couture dress paired with Nicholas Kirkwood diamond-encrusted black satin pumps, and Cartier jewelry.

Valentino Fall 2012 Couture Collection/Model: Fei Fei Sun (ELITE)

Cartier Caresse D’Orchidées Ring

Cartier Onyx and Diamond Drop Earrings

Nicholas Kirkwood Satin Pumps with Bejewelled Platform

Our minds, they are boggled.

Of all the various mistakes made by various types of celebrities on the red carpet, “young woman who dresses 40 years older” will probably always be the most puzzling to us. There’s a common belief about drag queens that they tend to dress like the women in their mothers’ generation but since that’s no longer as true as it once was, it seems to have migrated over to the starlet contingent. Seriously, this looks like something Shirley MacLaine would’ve worn for a TV special in the ’70s.

Jennifer, you’re 22 years old and hot as shit. Time to start dressing like the babe you are. Leave the “Hollywood Legend” drag to the actual legends, mkay?


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  • kipper

    OMG, my very first thought was ” is this an homage to Shirley MacLaine ” – We need to find out if she did wear something very close.. and it is just horrible, all around.. and today of all days….

    • You know, I tried to look for something similar, but nearly every picture I found of Shirley had more sex appeal than this shiny sack.

  • Kathy_Marlow

    I don’t mind the top, but the bottom makes her look wide.  If that had been a straight skirt and shorter, we’d have been in business…maybe…

  • Vanja

    That should be nobody’s dress. 

    • TheDivineMissAnn

       Ugh!  How right you are!  The dress give her Michael Phelps size shoulders. 

      The earrings are. to. die.

  • butterflysunita

    When even the model looks awful in it, it’s not anyone’s dress.  

  • Patricia Gillett

    For my fellow bitter kittens of a certain age: Marilyn McCoo on Solld Gold circa 1982.

    Now try to un-see it.

    • Introspective


      (but i do not love this dress.)that is all. 

    • Yep. That’s some McCoo Jenny’s got going on. 

    • Courtney St. Julian

      More like Marilyn McCoo-Coo. However, the accessories are amazing.

    • editrixie

      How did you DO that?

      • Patricia Gillett

        It’s a gift! 🙂

  • Crikey. It is an Evening with Eartha Kitt.

  • Sobaika

    Honey, you’re an Oscar nominee – again! You can do better.

    • AthenaJ

      Apparently she has no gays – or she does and for some reason they do NOT like her.

  • Violina23

    I’m not sure that’s *anyone’s* dress…. yick!

    • cooperalden

      Why does Hollywwod keep on taking a pleasant looking, girls next door types and insist on making them Glamour Girls?  Liz Taylor and Audrey Hepburn were born that way.  Why must they make every regular girl fromt the  Homingcoming Court be turned into A PR  agents wet dream with a Gucci tie-in?  She would be fine in a regular old dress from Macy’s.

  • sweet_potato

    Why is she wearing a dress from the original “Dynasty” series???  

    • GorgeousThings

      Zactly! I was thinking this is pure Alexis Carrington, circa 1986

      • BrooklynBomber

        Ha! Should’a read this before I posted mine.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      perfect for throwing Crystall in the pool!

  • genie hooker bath towel thing called a dress, that thing.

  • This is so an 80s dress! Oh. My. Word. It should be transported back into that era. Did she just randomly enter a vintage store and pick this bad boy up? I refuse to believe that this dress was made in 2012. I refuse.

  • allaboutthewalterbenjamins

    I welcome every excuse to see Fei Fei.

    • Kimbolina

      But man does she look pissed to be wearing that.

  • SewingSiren

    Uh, no. The dress came from the classy section in the Salvation Army, where the original store sticker is still on the dress along with the orange sticker with the Sally price. The shoes are from Solo Serve.

  • Oscar Nomenee: Jennifer Lawrence

  • LOVE the jewelry, but yeah, that dress was worn to a disco in the 70s.  I don’t necessarily like those bandage dresses, but if anyone was built to wear them, she is. 

  • She would look amazing in the Pucci dress that Emily Blunt was wearing. I don’t get this fuckery. 

  • Candigirl1968

    She is a great actress, because I would NOT be smiling if someone had me wear an outfit like that.  Very unfortunate.

  • decormaven

    “Look! I found my Grandma’s dress at Goodwill on the way back from the community pool!” The only thing salvagable from this monstrosity is the ring. The tacky, cheap bling pasted on the bottom of the pumps is beyond hiddy.

    • Judy_S

       You know, I would cut her some slack if it WAS from Goodwill or Grandma. It’s that it’s from Valentino’s recent collection that horrifies me. The designer should be drowned first.
      Maybe the pump bling is supposed to ironize the whole thing.

  • Nicholas

    What in the everlasting fuck?

  • Scarlet39

    It’s not just that it’s too mature a look for her, it’s also that it makes her look huge

  • This dress could be rescued… do just a simple aline, get rid of the waist band and that horrendous slit/curtain effect, keep it nice and short – and voila! It would work. Love the shoes and earrings, but put it all together and this is very Dallas (old school) without the shoulder pads…

  • I actually gasped out loud at the sight of this tragedy.  it hits her in every single wrong place, emphasizes every wrong proportion.  I has a sad for her. 

    • MilaXX

       and why can’t someone style her hair? I can barely recall any RC appearances where her hair looked good.

      •  Maybe she STILL doesn’t have any gays. 

  • miagain

    oh dear…
    I just love your expression…. “girl, that’s not your dress, that’s another girl’s dress”!  I have employed it countless times in dressing rooms, and instead of getting depressed, it makes me laugh.  You probably didn’t originate the expression, but as far as I know (or care)… you OWN it, and I USE it!!

  • 1.  I loved her Vanity Fair cover/article so much, that I will give her a pass on this look, with the caveat that it must never happen again.  2.  Those are some serious drag queen shoes (though any self-respecting drag queen would START with this shoe, then pave the satin with rhinestones, and paint the inside of the heel red).

  • AceOn6

    Not a fan of the “hurried to tie my bathrobe and got the fabric caught” look. From far away, those shoes look like platform espadrilles. No, no, and no.

  • She looks so uncomfortable in red carpet dresses. And *this* dress. *shudder* Good lord. Burn it. Burn it with fire. Along with the shoes. 

    • Qitkat

      Catching Fire?

  • Jadine Wilson

    I would love to see what Kelly Rowland or Solange would do with this dress. I think it could be fabulous with huge fabulous curls.

  • vandeventer

    Wow…whoever is dressing her *really* hates her

  • I really don’t think it’s that bad. It’s not great, but maybe she got tired of flashing her cleavage? That waist style and sleeve cut is really popular in mainstream fashion now, so I’m not surprised she translated it to something shiny. To paraphrase Stacy London, a 24 year old won’t look like an old lady wearing more mature clothes because.. she’s.. 24. 

    • MilaXX

       But she will look like she raided mommy’s closet.  The dolman sleeves are back in style, but the body type like Jen still need to stay away because it gives them linebacker shoulders. The illusion netting just further dates the look & the pickup on the one side is just silly & only works on the runaway.

    • Jill Roberts

      Totally.  I think it’s fun and she doesn’t look mature because she’s young and gorgeous.

  • Annabelle Archer

    It’s so tragic!
    If she wanted a throwback feel, this was not the way to do it. 
    I is sad.

  • Just say no to dolman sleeves!

  • MarTeaNi

    True story: last night I couldn’t sleep and watched a bunch of Golden Girls reruns.  That style sleeve/top was literally EVERYTHING Bea Arthur wore for 4 episodes.

  • MoHub

    I ran out of fingers to count how many things were wrong with this look.

  • lalahartma

    Is it anyone’s dress?

  • I have quibbles with it all, but I love her for giggling last night and claiming to have sweat all over RDJ.

  • MilaXX

    That’s exactly what I thought, the dress is too old for her. It looks like Shirley or Liza in the 70’s trying to prove they an still kick their legs up and dance.

  • It always boggles my mind that she’s only 22 years old. She never ever looks it.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Only Liza should ever wear this dress.  Only her.

    • formerlyAnon

       Not that her body would be flattered by it, either. But she’d know how to accessorize and fix her hair and make up so that it would show off her legs, and the wearer would out-shine and out-glitz the dress.

  • E. D.

    The earrings are cute.  The rest of it (including the MA) needs to be shot into the center of the sun, never to be seen again.

    • l_c_ann

      I’ll give a good home to the salvaged diamonds.

  • savicevic

    Hair and makeup look great, though.

  • Le_Sigh

    Oh noooonononono – she looks like a cocktail waitress in a high-end Vegas cocktail bar.  

  • Pants_are_a_must

    This is the outfit from matchy-matchy HELL.

  • formerlyAnon

    Nice jewelry.

    Can’t say that the neckline/sleeves of that dress are going to do anyone any favors – it’s going to look like a cross between a tank and a gaudy sofa no matter what. The older contingent might wear this because it’s a little bit different way of providing full coverage – but it’s not like it’s going to flatter them, either. 

  • Judy_J

    I was thinking this dress looked more like something Catherine O’Hara would have worn as “Lola Heatherton” in a SCTV skit.  And again with the poorly fitted shoes!  I just don’t see how those women can walk in shoes that are a size too big.

  • Maluca

    Is she styled by Rachel Zoe still? She made a lot of home runs during that partnership. If she still is, that team is smoking crack. If not, she needs to fire her current team. 

  • Wow…I was tivo’ing thru the mess that show was (the awards were announced oddly, and the poor actors from Big Bang were on the front row, etc) when this show stopped dead with this dress. I immediately thought “God I hope the fashion gods known as T’lo are watching this- if not, how do I email their highnessess on high?)

    if 20 Liza impersonators got put into a blender, distilled and then…I don’t know. maybe to a funeral/cocktail party?

  • Yes! I’m convinced that most of these starlets don’t know the period-specific pieces they are referencing. Certain choices of attire should require a training video–containing hours and hours of 70s and 80s TV shows. 

  • MissMariRose

    I keep meaning to write something about the dress but I can’t get past how gorgeous those earrings are and how much I need to own them right now. 

  • Sharon Needles could make this dress work.  Of course, she’d put a giant disco ball on her head and carry a mirrored platter of white powder to serve up some Studio 54 Realness.

  • Carrieanno

    She’s young; she’s getting it out of her system before the really big nights.

  • Kayceed

    You guys, I love the ’80s dolman-sleeve, Dynasty-sequined-ness of this, I really do. If the skirt fell slim and straight to the floor, with a side slit all the way up one leg, I would be in heaven.

  • mhleta

    Give her some home-kit highlights, self tanner and a set of bedazzled nail extensions and she’s Queen Mother of the Gypsy Brides. This is just so unspeakably awful.

  • like the shoes though…maybe w/black skinny jeans.

  • That isn’t anyone’s dress. 

  • Lilak

    One glaring error of youth:  Matching every single item in the look.  Silvery? Check. Sparkly? Check. Shiny black? Check.
    Especially wrong when each piece is pretty complicated on its own.
    (If a stylist is responsible for this … gah!)

  • crash1212

    Honey, that ain’t nobody’s dress. One of the most unflattering combo of cut and textile out there in the world. Love the jewelry but not with this. Hate those shoes. Actually, I’m totally hating all shoes with a metallic or jeweled platform – blech.

  • BrooklynBomber

    It would be tragic if she didn’t look so goofy. Big ol’ smile, turned in foot (and diamonds on the soles of her shoes!), Mommys eye liner, bare legs. She looks like a cute kid dressed as Joan Collins for Halloween.

  • DaringMiss

    “And here is Jennifer Lawrence as our special guest Solid Gold Dancer!”

  • StellaZafella

     Actually, it could be like something she wore at the Plush Room in Atlanta in ’84 (I was doing the 8PM Noel Coward revue). The differences: It went to the floor, was slit to the hip and the silver neckline plunged past the sternum, no netting…she held it in place with sheer willpower and Eartha Style… at 60+ the woman never met a gown she couldn’t make men faint at the sight of.

    • My parents saw her during her last tour of Australia, which was in the late 90s I seem to remember. Even then my stepfather drooled and my mother (more articulately) said she was the sexiest woman in the world.

  • altalinda

    Yes, I remember being that age and wanting to look older.  What a fool I was.  Whoever coined the phrase, “Youth is wasted on the young” was so right.

  • Qitkat

    Honey, someday you may have batwings of your very own, please don’t wear them early on purpose.

  • bluefish

    I can’t believe this is a Valentino because it’s just awful.  The shoes are awful.  Her hair and pose are awful.  The earrings are very nice.  What on earth happened?  Epic fail.

  • marilyn

    This isn’t anybody’s dress.

  • Janet B

    Gorgeous jewelry.

    The dress belongs to another woman in another century.

  • girliecue

    That cheesy draped slit is like a portal to the late 70s.

  • kimmeister

    The jewelry is beautiful, but that’s it.  The shoes, from far away, look like she’s standing on steel wool.  The dress looks like it must weight a thousand pounds.

  • DominoEstella

    I like it.  This is a very on trend look whether you like it or not.  

  • In England it was pronounced DIN-asty (rather than DIE-nsty)

  • It was even unflattering on the model. 

  • Not anyone’s dress, but those sure are MY earrings!  Cartier, sigh.

  • jw_ny

    Puzzling how Valentino could think this design should be produced.  Nothing attractive or redeeming at all about it.  Obviously Jennifer has no taste either.  

    • So true. It’s just a weird and hideous dress. And the gorgeous earrings and ring get lost in the overblown sparkle and excess of the dress and shoes. Not to mention that “longest of my hair messily semi-up so it doesn’t dip in the toilet while I clean the bathroom” nonhairstyle.

      • jw_ny

         hahaha!  toilet cleaning hair!

  • Jenna621

    I do love her shoes though.  LOVE.

  • Super_Red

    What is up with Valentino looking like total ass on young starlets today? Seriously. And it’s not just the dress- her makeup has been super aging as well. Ridiculous. 

  • Stubenville

    I can’t get beyond the wonky caught-in-her-panties hem. Why would anyone who was not disfigured want to call attention away from their face?

  • Awful!!!  Worst of the year and we are only 10 days in!

  • RoxieRider

    Oh my gosh,I totally love it! I’m surprised everyone dislikes it so. I could do without the little curtain-rising-over-my-thigh bit (reminds me of the trick performed by the Lady of the Evening in The Unsinkable Molly Brown [see it at around 3:40 here, if you’re not familiar with this Debbie Reynolds gem:, but I think it’s fun and silly and adorable.  

  • Give me the jewelry and the shoes and let’s never speak of this again.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Jewelry and shoes are to die for.

  • Dress is eh – but her makeup is great. 

  • Louise Bryan

    I have to say, it looked better on my mobile phone.  Size really does matter.

  • RocknRollmom

    What the heck is with Valentino?  This is a crime against women.  Here you have two examples of lovely young women who are both made to look horrible because of this god-awful dress.  Shame on Valentino and on who ever chose this for Jennifer.  On the upside, her makeup/face looks pretty, the jewelry is gorgeous (and I don’t even like big flowery cocktail rings) and if one could slice off those stupid rhinestone balls from the bottom, that would be a great evening pump.  Time for Jennifer to find a new stylist for her second Oscars! 

  • Eydie Gormet is back. 

  • dorothea_brooke


    Dear Jennifer:  you have an amazing, amazing body. I saw “Silver Linings Playbook” – your waist is to die, your ass, incredible.  I would hurt people for your breasts.  When you are old you will look back at this picture and weep.  Weep, I tell you.  Now, go fire your stylist.  Love, me.  

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Diamond on the soles of her shoes! The jewels are to die, that ring! Those earrings! This is not a busty girl’s dress, this is for…like, Julianne Moore. In ten years. Jen, you can be both comfy and hot with that hourglass. Call me, I will share my secrets. No Dolman sleeves allowed.

  • This dress was definitely NOT the People’s Choice.

  • Jennifer Coleman

    Is there such a thing as a ‘Gay Grunt’? Cos I think I just made one.

  • zelavie

    When I saw this, I thought “Cybil Shepard, circa Moonlighting.”

    • OrigamiRose

      Yes, that dress she wore on the cover of TV Guide (that Samantha later wore in Sex and the City).  That’s it!

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    This is glorious.  It’s like drag queens discovered how to make crack rocks from rhinestones.

  • nerdykitten

    I don’t think this is anyone’s dress. LOVE the shoes though.

  • Talk about “diamonds on the soles-er, toes of her shoes”….

  • nerdykitten

    I don’t think this is anyone’s dress honestly…the construction is just too… baggy, sloughy, and the fabric is so heavy that where it should drape nicely it just looks bulky. LOVE the shoes though.

  • libraangel

    I will bow to you, great amazon princess from planet Lawrence!

  • Alexis Carrington called.  She wants her curtains back.

  • silaria

    I actuallu quite like the dress (anything black with sparkles tends to get my approval, I like the night sky theme) but man, I’m still laughing about the shoes. XD

  • I would cut someone for those earrings, they are just gorgeous.  She, however, is channeling Cher (before she went all Mackie-crazy), who NEVER, EVER let the thought “that’s too much sparkle for one outfit” cross her mind.

  • Dani

    at least the makeup looks good

  • i would have bought it from the waist up, albeit she’d still look way old, but that skirt would flatter no one.  i shudder to think of an aging star wearing it.  LUSTLUSTLUST for the earrings, and the shoes ain’t bad either.   “she’s got diamonds on the soles of her shoes….”

  • guest2visits

    Like everyone; I think it looks like a salvaged garment from a consignment shop.  Something ancient that’s been hacked short.
    Bad hair, dated earrings, and shoes that belong with something else.

  • OMG those are horrifyingly tacky shoes.

  • She knows she looks bad. That’s not the smile from someone who thinks they look good. I can’t believe this is the same person who wore the red Calvin Klein dress.

  • barbarienne


    You can tell she’s not feeling it, either. Poor thing.

  • capybara_cafe

    That dress looks like it came from the wardrobe of the Golden Girls. I don’t think it’s ANYONE’s dress, unless it’s 1987 and they’re over 60.

  • bd73

    solid gold.

  • neofashionista

    Give Liza Manelli her Dress back Jennifer

  • AthenaJ

    I don’t know why, but the upper half of this dress makes me think of Delta Burke.

  • Rroxy

    That’s exactly what I thought when I saw the People’s Choice Awards: old lady dress. It might look good on Jane Fonda… then again, I’m not so sure. Hideous dress, hideous hem. I wish they would invent something to replace that sorry netting. It’s been around forever, and it remains awful.

  • lilazander

    She looks very weird with this fake smile… What the hell happened to her?