Oscars 2013 IN or OUT: Jennifer Lawrence

Posted on February 25, 2013

We’re kicking off an “IN or OUT” discussion about a dress that caused its wearer to trip and almost face-plant during the most important, most watched moment of her career. We don’t even know why we’re bothering. Oh, wait. Yes we do. It’s because she looked gorgeous in it.


Jennifer Lawrence attends the 2013 Academy Awards in a Christian Dior couture gown paired with Chopard jewelry and a Roger Vivier clutch.

Christian Dior Spring 2013 Couture Collection/Model: Manon Leloup (MARILYN)

It’s a funny thing to single out first, but that bustline is lovely on her. Her hair and makeup are also quite lovely; flawless, really. And while we love her jewelry and think it’s well-chosen, having that necklace hang down your back all night had to have been major-league irritating. Yes, the dress feels more than a little bridal, but the shape is incredibly dramatic and the styling does its best to make it seem like she’s not supposed to be carrying a bouquet and walking down an aisle. We think she looks pretty amazing, but there is that whole “too much dress for her to walk in” thing, which is a considerable mark against the look. If a lady can’t handle the difficulties of wearing a certain kind of dress, that lady should probably pick out a different one.

Vote Now!


IN! Too stunning to complain about, even if she did trip in it!


OUT! Huge, bridal, and hard to walk in. Why is this a question?



The kittens were not in love with Anne Hathaway’s “aging socialite chic” and voted it OUT.




[Photo Credit: Getty, style.com]

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  • pookiesmom

    IN. Actually, her tripping over the dress ended up adding to her charm. Obviously it was embarassing, but it worked very well for her “new girl in Hollywood/charming outsider” persona.

    • This should be a lesson to all those actresses that take the serious actress route: you don’t have to be a perfect plastic figure to be considered a great actress, you’re still allowed to trip over, get nervous and shaky without losing your acting creds.

      • Even so, I bet she wishes she hadn’t tripped.

        • Laylalola

          Didn’t she have trouble in the Dior too? I’m pretty sure she’s the one who started the whole “did it rip? Or was it made that way?” meme.

        • Of course she does, but I don’t think she’s mortifying herself for that. Had it happen to someone else, probably would have made more of a big deal. Just like when her other Dior dress “ripped”, she just continued ahead and didn’t let that thing ruin her big night.

        • I’m sure she does, but if she hadn’t tripped, WE wouldn’t have had the squee-worthy moment of Hugh Jackman rushing to her aid. Seriously, that man is a treasure.

          • WhiteOprah

            I couldn’t figure out who that was, but I was loving the man rushing to her aid.  Another reason to love him.  🙂

          • BazoDee

            I’ve read it was both Hugh Jackman and Bradley Cooper – from opposite sides of the isle.

          • fursa_saida

            I saw a gif of it–it was definitely both.

          • I SO agree….just added to his lovability factor!

          • ampg

            That moment led to my favorite Tweet of the night: “JLaw, when Hugh Jackman rushes to help you up, you STAY DOWN until he gets there!”

      • pookiesmom

        True. Although I can’t help but think that this persona only works for her because she’s super young and hot.

        • It has nothing to do with age, it has to do with attitude. Think of Meryl Streep or Viola Davis. In fact, the older they become, they seem to realize that there’s nothing wrong with being likeable and human.I wish Kate Winslet realizes this too.

          • Mary229

            Or maybe all these women havedifferent personalities and comfort levels.

          • Even shy actresses can pull out some confidence, they need it to make their job.

          • Warmheartedgirl_Seattle

            Can you imagine if Kristen Stewart had fallen?  She was her usual surly, snarly, brush-phobic self last night.  Meanwhile, Jennifer was charming and likeable.  Who cares if she fell?  And what happened to the ushers who used to help the women up the stairs in those gowns?

          • Sobaika

            She actually has done something like this – at some tween award show she accidentally dropped the award and blushed like mad and made a similarly self-deprecating remark as Jennifer Lawrence.

            I’m no KStew fan but I don’t get why everyone thinks she only grunts all the time.

          • She actually grunted when she arrived ONSTAGE  last night…Daniel Radcliffe looked confused.  

          • Rachel S.

            I know this is two months later, but I wanted to clarify that Kristen arrived at the Oscars in crutches because she had previously stepped in glass. She walked onto the stage sans the crutches, which is why she looked so miserable.

          • Well, she does look (most of the time) like she’d rather be anywhere else but the place she is at that very moment. And (again, most of the time) her face is saying loud and clear: “fuck, I hate these people, whoever they are”.

          • butterflysunita

            I love this description–“surly, snarly, brush-phobic”.  

          • AViewer44

            Yes, where WERE those ushers?  It’s ridiculous to expect them to make it up those shiny stairs, overcome with nerves and with no bannister (that I could see) to help.  

          • TRSTL

            Did you see Ms. Streep last night, walking out on to the stage to present, looking every bit like she was picking her panties out of her butt?  Then she just flat out said, “Hmmm… I’m literally walking on my dress.” 

          • pookiesmom

            True. I think I am just wary of viewing J. Law’s persona as any more or less contrived than Kate Winslet’s. Jennifer is (thus far) more successful at projecting a down-to-Earth, lovable personality, but I think that is only compatible with her being the new universally-adored “It” girl because she looks fucking amazing while doing so  (and, of course, because she’s super talented and picks great projects). She puts the effort in, even if (and maybe because) she refuses to pay lip service to the song-and-dance that she is participating in. She strikes me as someone who it’s cool for the Academy to love because it shows they have a sense of humor but it doesn’t threaten the ‘brand,’ it only makes it more hip. I agree that people don’t really want to see the “serious” actress persona anymore (look at how the tide has turned on Anne Hathaway), but I feel for ALL of these girls because the public is a capricious motherfucker. The tide could just as easily turn against J. Law if her sense of humor veers too far into self-importance or if her “new girl in town” schtick wears thin. Not saying she’s not being genuine, but that I’m too cynical to tout one actress as more “human” than another just because she has cultivated a persona of being down-to-Earth.

          • BuffaloBarbara

            I don’t know if it’s even cultivated personalities per se — some people are more withdrawn and serious than others.  Doesn’t make them less people, in real life or in Hollywood.

            I feel for them, too.  I’ve really come to conclusion that fame isn’t a reward, but a punishment, for being successful.

          • You’re probably right, but it’s better to cultivate a persona than a goddess, like most actresses do.

      • Case in point:  Meryl Streep stepped on her dress while walking to the microphone to present, and may or may not have also picked her wedgie at the same time.

        • Introspective

          I thought it was just me! i was at home shouting at my screen: “Mary Louise!!!! are you trying to get your underwear outta your butt crack thinking that 10 million cameras arent on you????”

          and then i thought, hey, if anybody’s earned the right to a televised wedgie adjust its her. rock on bitch.

        • My husband goes “Meryl just picked her butt!” And I wondered if it wasn’t her way of taking the heat off of poor JLaw and to some extent KStew. She totally seems like the kind of person to do something like that.

        • Jena Marie DiPinto

           It’s Meryl Streep. She could have used the envelope to dislodge something from between her teeth and everyone would still have been okay with it.

      • mike__tv

        Pah-leez, call me a cynical conspiracy theorist but being nervous and shaky and tripping over is all part of her “I’m just like you I trip too” shtick. Tripping at the academies hasn’t been embarrassing for a long time, it’s always endearing  and it always wins people over because you’re normal just like them. If I were JLaw’s PR person or whoever I would suggest that she say “orders someone for a big mac and then if she can strategically trip on stage, and while she’s at it if she could burp and watch  reality TV that wouldn’t hurt either”. I still like her, but think she generally sells the normal-girl-just-like-you thing so hard it can seem disingenuous.

        • Cynical conspiracy theorist.

        • So, you’re saying that a young, relatively new actress would sign up to trip in purpose in front of hundred of other actors and in front of millions of viewers only to make herself more likeable.

          As you say: PAH-LEEZ

          • mike__tv

            LOL, honestly I’m not saying she did it on purpose, but the idea that tripping on stage at the oscars is anything but endearing to others is silly. I like her and hadn’t watched the event itself when I posted this, and she seemed genuinely surprised and also embarassed. But somewhere down the line there will be an actress who trips on purpose because it gets you nothing but love. Really she’s great, but I wouldn’t be surprised. I see however that everyone disagrees and will shut right up.

          • formerlyAnon

            No comments on JLaw, but IME, there is no such thing as a 100% completely unselfconscious serious actor over the age of, oh, 12 or 14.  It may not be so 24-7, but they are all by training and nature aware of themselves and how they make the impression they’re making, at least when appearing in public.

        • BazoDee

          You should look at her post Oscar interviews. They pretty much asked her if it was on purpose.

      • And get majorly excited but still so charmingly herself when meeting Jack Nicholson. 


        I haven’t been the biggest fan of the movies she’s been in that I’ve watched (although I think she’s been great in them) but she just has this soft spot in my heart. 

    •  Did you watch her post win interview?  It’s hilarious.  Some idiot reporter asks “what went through your mind when you tripped” and her response was “Uh…a bad word.  That I can’t say.  It starts with an F.”

      • 3boysful

         I loved that.  Also, in response to someone who asked if she weren’t afraid of having peaked too early in her career, she guffawed and replied, “Well, NOW I am!”.

      • Elaine Lang

         Here’s a link for those who missed it…she was hilarious, and I love the way she kind of looks at a few of the reporters like they are total idiots.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ACQpZW-eTg&feature=share

    • teachmusik

      Major “true gentlemen” points to Hugh Jackman and Bradley Cooper, who both leaped out of their seats and ran up to her. You could see Hugh on the telecast but she got up just as he reached her.

      ETA: GIF of Hugh and Bradley: http://24.media.tumblr.com/d282209faef0f0f96e3904a8033a715b/tumblr_mirf84m8Ob1qah4geo4_250.gif

    • kikisayshi

       Yes, I’m sure the trip was mostly due to her jitters as she probably didn’t expect them to call her name. She handled it very gracefully.

    • IN IN IN! And I totally agree, the tripping is just part of her and her charm. But aren’t there supposed to be people there to help you get up the stage whenever you win?? Thank goodness for Hugh Jackman and Bradley Cooper for trying to help though!

    • totally agree.  

    • ankali

       Completely agree. The dress & styling (and genes, of course) made her look gorgeous, the trip made her relatable.

  • In.  In, in, in.

    • TVKimmy

      Ditto. Ditto, ditto, ditto.

    • JosephLamour

       Totes in.

    • Vickiefantastico

      You beat me to it! That is exactly what I was going to post!

  • If I were a lady, I’d be worried that *any* dress would be hard to walk in after I had just won an Oscar. The shock would probably prevent me from walking correctly even with pants. IN (because: AWESOME)

  • Verascity

    STUNNINGLY beautiful. As far as I’m concerned, she tripped over her own fabulousness. IN.

    • Verascity

       Replying to myself but also, this is the best her makeup has ever looked, ever. She needs to keep this artist on retainer.

      • sweetestsith

        I completely agree. She has a great face, but her makeup is often weird and distracting. This is BEAUTIFUL, perfect shades (well, I wouldn’t cry about a slightly stronger lip), well blended & balanced, love love love.


        • Neripson

          She hasn’t have a great face. Her round face and smile squirrel is horrible. She need make-up to give some shape to her face.

      • T-LO have the smartest followers, lol!!!  Reading the comments is fun too.  

    • I think she was genuinely shocked she won. That’s why she’s so lovable (ahem, Anne). I think the shock was a big reason she tripped! 

      • Kimbolina

        OMG, speaking of Anne, her little “Oh my god, it really happened!” or whatever she said when she first got up to the mic.  PUH-LEASE.

        • That wasn’t half as bad as her “nobody should be as poor as Fantine” bit…her earnestness or whatever it is couldn’t be more irritating at this point.  She is over-exposed, needs to go on a cruise or something low profile for a while!

      • She won best actress at other award shows and she was heavily favored. Winning couldn’t have been that much of a shock, but that said, she’s quick-witted and seems cool, like she’d be fun to hang out with. Whether it’s who she is or some front, who cares?  It’s like she herself said in one of her interviews, she’s an actress, not a brain surgeon (or some such…) 

    • mshesterp

      I’ll keep that in mind as I’m fairly clumsy myself.  “Don’t mind me!  It’s just my fabulousness getting in the way! Go around!”

  • The dress is pretty, but it’s her hair and makeup that make it a wIN for me.

    • Agree! The makeup was really pretty and not the obvious kind. She looks beautiful but the fabric on the dress screams ‘bedspread’ to me! 

      • 3boysful

         Oh, to each her own, I guess, because the fabric is my favorite part of the dress!

    • grouchywif

       I wish more women last night had gone with this type of hair. So many flyaways and unruly updos or plain-jane “I couldn’t be bothered and this is how I look when I go to the grocery store” hair-dos. I’m looking at you Amy Adams and Jennifer Aniston.

  • I didn’t watch the Oscars, so I missed the near fail. I think she looks gorgeous, though, which she often doesn’t, so she’s getting an IN from me.

  • IN. just because she tripped on the steps of the stage. 😀

  • Therese Bohn


  • In! What an interesting texture to it as well… 

  • Chickadeep

    IN, but apparently requiring a lesson in how to walk up stairs while wearing it. The backwards necklace was a thing, I guess? Anne H had hers in reverse too, and I think there were a few others. 

  • Ceur

    In. Absolutely gorgeous. She probably would have tripped in a number of dresses, that’s what makes her likeable. 

  • DominoEstella

    IN, she looks gorgeous but it doesn’t really look like her style of dress.   If the hair and makeup weren’t so perfect this might have been an out.  

  • DeGuz

    This is the most beautiful I have ever seen her look. Major IN!

  • OUT for me. Don’t get me wrong as I think she looks stunning but as THE choice for an oscar… too bridal and bland, if it was a more dramatic color then maybe I would prefer it! 

    • laddie103

       On the model the pouf looks more controlled and one wonders why not more controlled on Jennifer.

  • I’m gonna go with IN, even though my first thought, voiced outloud, was, “You DO know you’re going to be sitting in a tiny theater seat for like, a bazillion hours, right?”

    • MilaXX

       The shots of her and Amy Adams sitting were rather amusing.

      • And I though AA looked like one of those cozies you put over a roll of tp.

        • Introspective

          this conversation between you two totally describes my thought process while watching the front row the whole night. 

          all their couture frippery spilling out of those little ass box seats was just hilarious and unfortunate at the same time.

          so yes, JLaw is in, despite there being a bit too much dress to go around.

  • IN. IN. IN. She looked flawless. That necklace down the back is to die for and she tripped going up the stairs, made a joke about it and won the hearts of America in less than one minute. She’s perfect!

  • Necklace: Jules Jacoby (Demi Moore), St. Elmo’s Fire 1985: cocaine binge scene

  • This dress was my very favorite of the evening.  No one else came close!  And I wouldn’t blame the dress for her fall. It was probably a shoe malfunction.   High heels+slippery stairs=disaster waiting to happen.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    IN x 100.  Beautiful and she looks perfect perfect!!  She tripped – and that almost seemed like what we may come to know as “classic Jlaw” – just seems like something that would happen to her in that moment, regardless of dress.  Though I’m sure the dress caused it to happen.  But really – she looks soooo amazing.  She was the star of the night as soon as she walked in.

  • teensmom99

    OUT.  Usually, I think and IN doesn’t have to be WERQ level to be IN–but it’s the Oscar’s, ladies and gents.  I think it’s too pale on her and she could have used a darker lip.  It s nice to see a strapless dress where the chest fits properly but I just don’t love this on her and on Oscar night–with all the dresses in the world to choose from–that’s an OUT.  But JLaw, totally deserved Oscar!

  • cindy_lightballoon

    How is it even a question?!? IN IN IN!

  • miagain

    IN IN IN….
    It was a lovely dress… and she is tall enough to handle it.  I wonder how much shoes may have been a factor in her fall?
    Is the dress white or a very pale pink?

    •  I think it might have been two-toned.  White on the top layer, very pale pink on the bottom layer.

    • Sobaika

      It’s white, that’s the red carpet reflecting back.

      • I think it’s very pale pink.  It looks pink on the model, too, and she’s on a white runway.

        •  USA Today has a series of pictures that show it is distinctly two-toned.  It’s the shot of her when she tripped.  I’d link to it but I don’t think you can when there are multiple pictures involved.

      • alyce1213

        Pale pink.

        • SassieCassy

          it is two toned. white and pink.

          • alyce1213

            Oh yeah, I see the panel in the back is white.  Not visible at all from the front.

      •  It’s pale pink with a second layer of white in the back.

  • Kathy_Marlow

    She’s amazing all the way around, it would have been against her nature to NOT fall or have something happen on the way up to the podium. She’s SO IN that she’s IN twice. 

  • IN. I love this girl. Her hair and makeup were FLAWLESS. I thought she was adorable about the trip. Poor baby, she must have been mortified!

  • Claudia Fernandes

    She looks stunnig, but the dress is so huge…can I shout a NOUT? In for the face, out for the dress…

  • lolaleen

    Absolutely gorgeous. Nothing but an IN for me.

  • Hairmione

    It’s a desaster.
    She definitely should try something else, this kind of dress isn’t really complementing her body at all.

  • ecksor

    IN. Dramatic simplicity works incredibly well for her. Gorgeous without trying too hard.

  • MilaXX

    IN – I thought she looked lovely. They got her hair and makeup right when it counted. Besides I get the feeling that at that moment JLaw would have tripped over air. She’s that kinda of girl. I especially love that over the shoulder picture. 

  • Jecca2244

    lol you guys ARE cranky this morning : ) Look, I can’t walk half the time in a pair of flats. she did a pretty good job moving down the red carpet in it and a really great job of deflecting the fact that she had fallen. and the unique texture to it made the dress not so bridally. So, IN. 

    • granite5

      I also trip in flats and jeans, so I don’t buy TLo’s “If a lady can’t handle the difficulties…” comment. She is wonderful, and looks great here. IN. 

  • rumcg66

    IN. Anyone could trip in ANY gown, when you add in the high heels and the nerves and yada. She looked gorgeous.

  • Judy_S

    I’m afraid I did not stay up for the whole thing so I just watched a replay. I was struck by the fact that when she headed for the stage, before falling, she hiked up the bodice. I would say OUT just because she herself is not ready to wear this dress, and maybe never will be. She should have worn a dress in which she could stand, sit, and walk without worrying about wardrobe malfunctions. This dress strikes me as for professionals only.

  • Annabelle Archer

    IN. Stunning and simple and perfect to nearly every detail.  Let’s just try to forget about that ungraceful little fall.  

    • As far as falls go, I thought it was pretty graceful.  Mine would have been way less ladylike. 

  • Sylvia McCarthy

    In. Gorgeous on her. She dealt with the trip charmingly, and if she had stayed down an extra second, she would have been rescued by Hugh Jackman. All good.

    • jenno1013

      This!  Who was the ONE man who leapt out of his front row seat to come to her rescue?  Hugh!  Luv. Him.

      Agree that her face and hair were perfection, the silhouette was dramatic and flattering, and she would have fallen in anything just then.  Luv. Huh.

    • par3182

      Hugh, with Bradley Cooper and Jean Dujardin as back-up; not a bad trifecta.

      But the best thing – she didn’t need any of ’em.

    • Kayceed

      What the hell with the ushers? Isn’t there usually a handsome guy in a tux stationed at the bottom of the stairs to help the ladies up? I must be thinking of another awards show…

      • Sobaika

        That guy is around at the Golden Globes, and they need one for every award show. Getting up on stage in heels and 30-pound dresses is no joke.

  • s k

    In! Bridal, yes, but the delicate, back-draped necklace adds the perfect amount of edge.

  • afabulous50

    IN.  Who cares if she tripped?

    • All of those people who would post comments saying “I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU DIDN’T MENTION SHE TRIPPED IN IT!!!!!!” if we didn’t mention it.

      • If Anne had tripped, everyone would have laughed. JLaw trips and everyone loves her more… says a lot about what an endearing personality she has!!! 

  • NO NO NO. OUT.

    If it were in a different color, maybe. But the paleness of this on her, and the fact that it caused her to trip makes this a 100% out for me.

  • alaskahyoung

    So In. I like it better every time I look at it.

  • estella_nyc

    IN.  She looked perfect and I love the way she wore the necklace.

  • Noshmek

    Out.  She looks like the feather duster from Beauty and the Beast.

  • stagmania

    IN. I would normally prefer a stronger color, but she looked gorgeous.

  • ScarlettHarlot

    In, she looked beautiful! Loved the hair and make-up. She sometimes goes overboard on the eye make-up, so I was pleased at how fresh it all looked.

    I won’t blame the dress on her fall, either. This is Jennifer Lawrence, after all. Part of her charm, and reason that I adore her, is that she’s a flaky goofball, and she has a (self-acknowledged) habit of blowing what should be memorable moments with either physical gaffes or inappropriate comments. (Read her interview about meeting Francis Ford Coppola, for instance.) She probably would have had an incident no matter what she wore. 

  • AmeliaEve

    IN. Every Oscar broadcast has That Dress. This one is really lovely. Since I did not see her trip, I am just going to pretend it didn’t happen. She looks radiant.

  • tylka5

    In – She was stunning and the trip was probably more nerves and excitement combined with the dress.

  • TAGinMO

    Stunning. I’d give it a WERQ. And frankly, I’m surprised a lot more gals don’t fall on their way up the steps.

  • Sobaika

    I did not LOVE this the way the rest of the world did (it sort of reminds me of a giant maxi pad) but she looks fine. Not Oscars good, not even average red carpet good, just fine.

    • Kayceed

      Me either. It looked a bit mushroomy to me. It’s ok.

  • Beardslee

    Out. She looked absolutely lovely standing still but it was too much dress to move in.

  • Warmheartedgirl_Seattle

    IN.  Fabulous, adorable, charming.  The girl AND the dress.

  • IN, IN, IN!! Young, natural, lovely!

  • RzYoung

    I think I actually like it better with the head dress- i totally think she could have pulled it off too. Love the backwards necklace and earrings. It’s great IN from me, the tripping makes her endearing 

  • Jessica O’Connell

    She didn’t faceplant and I trip in flats and jeans so, I can’t blame that fabulous dress too much. She looks too amazing to be anything but IN.

  • SewingSiren

    Lovely dress. Lovely woman. I wonder if Anne switched her necklace around at the last minute when she saw it on Jennifer that way. It works better on Jennifer, by a mile.
    Am I the only one who thinks the “trip” was acting? So she would seem more “real” . It sure took a little focus off that damn Anne Hathaway.

  • Call me Bee

    So Miss Jennifer wears pale pink and everyone loves it,a nd Miss Anne H wears the same color and every hates it.  They have exactly the same skin tone and both looked gorgeous in this color. 
    Well anyway–I did not like this.  She looked beautiful–hair and makeup were perfect.  But this was way too big.  While seated in the first row of the theatre, she almost looked like she was sitting in a bubble bath.  OUT!

    •  It’s not the color people found fault with. It’s the style of the dresses.  And the dart placement.

    • I think they do not have “exactly the same skin tone.”  Anne Hathaway is way paler than Jennifer Lawrence.  (For the record, I didn’t hate the color on Anne Hathaway.)

  • altalinda

    In.  She looked lovely, not bridal at all.

  • IN. LoveloveLOVE the textile, love the shape, love her flawless makeup.

  • In. Although left to myself I would have introduced a bit of colour in the jewellery.

  • kat89

    IN. She looked gorgeous.

  • kmk05

    IN, because she is awesome. Also, the makeup and hair are particularly well done, when with her its 50/50.

  • f_yeah_marie

    Congrats to J Law, first of all…she is one of the reasons I watched SLP twice and I love her humble, self-deprecating manner.  However, I must say this dress is an OUT, though I do agree she looks great.  I just don’t like how the skirt balloons at the bottom and it looks stiff.  I liked her after party dress much better.

  • Wow, I seem to be the only person who thought this was a resounding OUT.  Hair and makeup: gorgeous.  Dress: HATE.  Too pale, too bridal, bizarre cut, looks wrinkled.

  • Reneesance

    Total IN, even if I wished it had been in a color, the whole look was flawless on her.  And tripping is just sort of amusing and adorable

  • Beautiful. In. She looks stunning.

  • fringebenefit

    IN. You can fall in an ugly dress as easily as you can fall in a gorgeous one.

  • I loved the dress, and loved it on Jennifer. Even if–yes–it was very bridal. Her soft makeup and updone hair were perfect (why do so many young actresses wreck a gorgeous gown look by doing absolutely nothing with their hair? I think hair should generally be UP for ultra-formal dress, as it shows off the dress, the jewelry, and most importantly, one’s eyes and smile).

    As for the near-faceplant, someone should have taught her how to wear heels and walk up stairs in a long, full, mermaid-y gown. You score the soles of your shoes with sharp scissors (or else sandpaper the hell out of them). And when going UP the stairs, you subtly lift up your skirts so as not to trip on them. Your back will be to the audience, anyway. When going back down, your feet naturally extend out and down, and the dress trails up and behind you, so no need to lift the skirts, which is nice when you’re facing the audience. Comportment, girls!

  • Liked this, didn’t like Anne’s nip dress, but is ‘wearing necklaces backwards’ a thing now?

  • Daktari100

    IN.  She may not have what it takes to walk in a dress like that, but you have to admire the way she handled an embarrassing situation after tripping and nearly face planting in it.  She acknowledged what happened, acknowledged it was embarrassing, and moved on.  I like that she seemed like an everyday girl, who happened to get glammed up for an important occasion.

  • Susan Crawford

    I am giving our winner a great big IN for this look. The dress is an incredible design that fits her like the proverbial glove. Hair and makeup? FLAWLESS! This is the very best I have EVER seen her look. Soigne, polished and simply glowing – give that hair/make-up crew some major props, Jennifer. Maybe treat them to a weekend in Cabo as a special thank you. I hate the whole wearing the necklace backward thing. The earrings were spectacular, though, and in case they need a good home, I will be happy to adopt them.

    As for the stumble – the gal is entitled. It was a mighty big dress on a mighty big night, and she recovered with good humor. Love huh!

  • HobbitGirl

    IN. The fabric pattern was lovely on camera, and if you can’t dress up like a Pretty Pretty Princess on one of the most important nights of your career, when can you?

    As far as tripping, I totally tripped on my wedding dress. Doesn’t mean I didn’t feel like a million bucks in my big ol’ poufy get-up.

  • Emily Roach

    In, because she’s wonderful and looked it.

  • IN. That dress should have won an award on its own merit.

  • IN. Did she trip because of the dress? Maybe. Or maybe it was whatever shoes she’s wearing. Or maybe her feet fell asleep after sitting through that bore of a ceremony. Or maybe it was nerves. I have fallen up stairs so many times and not once has it been the fault of a gorgeous Dior gown.

    • I myself fell up the stairs just yesterday morning in my slippers!

  • prettybigkitty

    IN.  She looked gorgeous.  No doubt about it.  I only hope she had a more wearable dress in her trick bag for the after parties.

  • mjude

    IN.  she looked so pretty

  • 100% in. I would have thought the Oscar was hers to win if I were judging by dresses.

  • IN. Tripping over a dress would be my biggest fear, and it happened, and she handled it in the most charming, adorable way. Love her.

  • This is so IN. She looks breathtaking. The trip up the stairs only makes her more endearing.

  • In. I wasn’t in love with it, but she looked so incredibly pretty.

  • werika

    Hair and makeup looked lovely. The skirt was eyesoringly voluminous. Props to her for going all out though.

  • TheDivineMissAnn

    Yep, bridal is the first thing that came to mind when I saw this dress.  And while the pearls (?) draped down her back is intriguing,  a necklace with more of a statement would have looked better.

  • Aly Light

    As soon as I saw it, I figured she wasn’t expecting to win. Why would you wear something like that if you’re planning on jumping out of your seat and trotting up to a podium? For that alone, OUT.

  • MintaHallWriter

    OH, IN-IN-IN=IN-IN!!!  I thought she looked fabulous last night. Hair & makeup flawless. The dress was spectacular on her and extremely beautiful.  She is not a formal-dress kinda girl most of the time and walking up stairs in a long gown–no matter WHAT the style!–is very tricky!   Your feet tend to catch the bottom of the gown and that trips you forward. 

    Definitely positively absolutely IN. One of the most gorgeous looks of the night.

  • In, but I can’t help but think she would have had an easier awards season without the required Dior. She looks great in it, but she seemed to sort of fight each Dior dress in a different way. Who would have thought that the red boob shelf was going to be the most successful iteration?

    • The red boob shelf dress made me wanna cop a feel!!!

  • Laylalola

    In. This is the first and last time we’ll ever seen her in something like this, and what a moment to choose to wear it.

  • VioletFem

    OUT. Her hair and makeup are stunning, but the dress looks rather bland. This would look better in a richer color that photographs well.

  • AwwwTrouble


  • IN!

  • I just wish it didn’t take someone so long to go help her. It’s like a game of what Louis C.K. called “decency chicken”.
    I couldn’t tell who it was though, Hugh Jackman or Bradley Cooper?

    ETA- still have to say IN.

    • On the telecast, you saw Jackman, and Dujardin was ready to come down from the stage.  Apparently, from a different angle, Coop leapt up to help as well.  But she was too quick for all of them.

      • Thanks. She seemed like she was face down FOREVER. In reality it was probably .4 seconds.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    IN! Perfect for winning an Oscar in, even with the dramatic trip on the steps.
    She looked lovely and that’s all there is to say about it.

  • IN! She worked it flawlessly.
    OPERATING it was not as successful, but certainly a memorable Oscar moment. She held her composure well. Kudos to Hugh Jackman the only man in the theater to go to her aid, though he didn’t quite make it to her before she was up and going again. 

  • SerpentsDance

    So very, very in. The dress suits her perfectly and her hair and makeup are amazing. I also really love those earrings. I’m so-so on the necklace being worn like that, but it’s still very pretty on her.

  • Theresa Jones

    Perfection… IN!
    Didn’t she have a stumbling issue a while back, too?  Maybe she’s a little overwhelmed in the moment and just forgets to hold-up the fron of her dress… I thought the whole episode endearing… conveyed true surprise and humility… and class and grace in how she handled it.

    • SewingSiren

      Yes. She stepped on her dress at the SAG and revealed the lining (which was widely reported as a rip). I think the is her thing. It was a pratfall.

  • piecesofconfetti

    IN. It’s a total Oscar look. Her face looked FLAWLESS (as you mentioned). I wasn’t sure about the dress at first because I’m not normally a fan of such volume, but it was totally appropriate and gave her a wow moment.

  • aquamarine17

    IN! Love it and thought she was charming. the back view of that dress is awesome. very well-made and she did it justice. 

  • PaulaBerman

    IN because I love her and I knew she was going to do something dorky. Nice to see a person genuinely surprised at winning and not faking it (I’m looking at you, Anne Hathaway).

  • Bridal gown on the red carpet… 
    Nope, I do not like this.

  • MissFern

    If it was in any other color, IN.  But I can’t with that bridal white.

    • alyce1213

      But it was light pink.

  • IN.  Agree with other comments that it somehow increased her likeability even more.  And she looked AMAZING!!!

  • carolie_king

    Unless she had another one, the trip going up the steps is the fault of no man going to escort her up the stairs.  Don’t they have a guy there to do that?  Like the stupid Miss Oscar or whatever her title is?  Anyway, I’m blaming Management.  She’s gorgeous.  IN.

  • IN. Loved it.

  • IN! Who the hell thinks they’ll be walking up stairs when they go to the Oscars? (Anne & Daniel Day aside). 

  • jennifromcali

    Definitely IN! I tripped this morning coming down the stairs and I was wearing JCP pajamas.

  • IN! I loved it, she looked stunning and to be honest, I get the feeling that JLaw could be wearing a short skirt and flats and still manage to face plant when walking up stairs. I am not sure the dress was to blame….Plus I am girl crushing on her so hard right now, I found the trip to be adorable.

  • In , falling aside, she looked lovely

  • IN. 100% Yes, the trip was unfortunate, but she may be the only starlet out there who could make it work for her instead of end up cringe-worthy. Anyway, it was a spectacular gown, she looked beyond lovely, and I am thrilled she won. 

  • n a

    IN- I blame the event organizers who didn’t have an escort waiting for her. epic fail!

  • Jangle57

    She looked gorgeous.  IN

  • Stunning!!!  In

  • IN IN IN. She looks like royalty. 

  • LaSylphide

    A big IN. Gorgeous and much better on her than the model. It’s the kind of dress that needs a curvey figure to look good.

  • Stunningly IN. 

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    IN, although it was a rookie mistake in too much dress for too little of a girl. She’s not experienced enough for such a bohemouth! 

  • bxbourgie

    Love her, love the dress, loved that she tripped IN the dress… I mean come ON, she tripped up the stairs to accept an ACADEMY AWARD.  Totally acceptable for there to be some stumbling and tripping and almost falling in that moment.  Bet next year they’ll have those random guys milling around in the aisles for the ladies who win next year.  Whatever happened to those dudes anyway?  To un-PC? “I’m a woman, I don’t need your hand to help me up the stairs!”  

    •  Ha ha! Imagine if that had been Lena Dunham! 😉

      • But Dunham needed those dudes most of all in those atrocious shoes she wore to the Globes!  She could hardly walk.

  • decormaven

    In, and snaps for a well-fitted dress. Well-played, JLaw.

  • lizajane1776


  • Beverly Kozma

    IN.  That’s how you do strapless (unless you’re tacky).

  • In

  • Out. I thought it was too much dress even before I saw her trip in it. 

  • zelavie

    Unreservedly IN!

  • In! She looked very pretty in it – although I think she still has a lot to learn about her red carpet style, it’s sort of been all over the map and I don’t know that this is the first or second or even third thing I would’ve picked for her. 

  • pulpytomato

    Out. When is her contract with Dior up?

  • In.  And it looked like on TV that there was some pink to the dress, no?  I thought she looked wonderful.

  • IN. I love that that bitch fell.  She looked great and the fall was totally worth it. 

  • DinaSews

    IN. A perfect look for her.

  • Mary229

    She’s 22 years old. This looked age appropriate and pretty and lovely. I think it’s an in.

  • GorgeousThings

    The dress clearly had it IN for her, so I have to give it an OUT.

  • LongTall_Sally

    My favorite gown of the night, though I didn’t see her trip.  IN for sure!

  • Judy_J

    IN. I agree she looks gorgeous and dramatic, and I suppose that is what she was going for.  Her trip up the steps to recieve her Oscar should serve as a lesson to all those ladies who may be next…..when choosing your gown for the big moment, make sure that you can walk normally in it.  

    • Right?  It’s like a walking (er, tripping) advertisement for the mullet dress.

  • Despite taking up half the row and causing her to trip up the stairs (which is the only way I fall on stairs as well [up, not because of a big ass dress]), her ensemble is a complete IN. I thought she was the best dressed of the evening.

  • RebeccaKW

    In.  I’m going with the opinion that she tripped b/c she was excited and wasn’t paying attention to the stairs.  I do that, in jeans and sneakers, b/c I’m clumsy.

    Girl looked amazing.

  • clevRcat

    IN – A splendid confection of a gown.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    The very first thing I thought when I saw that dress was “that thing is going to be a bitch to walk up the steps in when she wins”.  She looks amazing, but I don’t like the dress much and think it was wrong for the occasion … so OUT.

  • gabbilevy

    IN. If you can’t wear a dress like this at the Oscars of all places, where can you wear a dress like this??

  • In. Anyone can trip…people trip in jeans ferfuxake. Her hair, makeup, and jewelry are all HUGE improvements and she looks lovely.

  • She puts the IN in stunnINg!

  • In…she just looked so beautiful.

  • Dot

    I saw her last night from the waist up and just wanted to hike the dress up. It looks like it was sliding down.

  • margaret meyers

    Out.  There were an awful lot of BIG dresses on the carpet last night. 

    I wonder if Anne Hathaway didn’t switch to the austere, columnar silhouette when she realized how many very expansive dresses and aggressive colors/fabrics were going to be worn. 

  • MoreShoes


  • oyeyemi808

    OUT> where are her brides maids? A lot of dresses were very run of the mill to me. 

  • Her felt was good, very dramatic, she looks gorgeous on the stairs! 

  • ojosazules

    Sorry to hear she tripped in it, but IN!

  • Did anyone else wonder: A. Maybe she didn’t lift her skirt enough because she was trying to avoid what happened with the (?also Dior) *ripped looking dress* at the Golden Globes when she lifted it?
       and B.  Maybe, once down on the ground, she had a moment of fear about destroying the Thousands of dollars worth of necklace or fabric which was surely loaned to her?

  • She looked visibly shaken, I think she was bound to trip in any dress she wore. Ironically soon before her name was called I thought, “man, why do men get the comfortable outfits”

  • StillGary

    She might have tripped wearing a regular formal too — I think her brain just forgot how to climb steps, Girl just won an Oscar!

  • Lilithcat

    Love the dress.  Simple and glamorous.  IN.

  • IN. I guess. It’s pretty. Oh I am just going to say it, I hate princess dresses. Even if they’re pretty. Snore. Hair and make-up is pretty though and she is charming.

  • Donna Schmidt

    I’m torn – I love her makeup and hair but the dress makes me think of a toilet paper doll.

  • mozzer0906

    IN, she looked fabulous and the tripping only made her more endearing to everyone.  Hair and make up were perfection as well.

  • savicevic

    IN. Absolutely breathtaking.

  • It’s a pale girl, with pale hair, in a pale dress, and on paper, it’s boring, but she really pulled it off, I think. The texture of the gown keeps it from going bridal, and unlike most of the women who chose updos for the night, she looked like she ran a comb through it before she put it up, so it didn’t look like “running to the store/yoga hair.”

  • IN, she looked gorgeous!

  • Meringue. Out.

  • She looks great in still photos but was so awkward–even apart from the face plant. When she was presenting and accepting her award it was like she couldn’t even talk–her face was telegraphing “I need to hoik this up”.

  • (OUT)

  • I wasn’t sure at first, but I have to say IN. I saw the interview this morning where they asked what went through her head when she tripped. She replied, “I can’t say it here, but it began with an F.” I effing love her. 

  • alyce1213

    IN!!  If there’s ever a time to wear a big ol’ honkin’ Dior Couture gown, it’s when you’re winning a Best Actress Oscar.  She was gorgeous. 
    Even the fall was adorable.  

  • lobsterlen

    In! I loved the dress. Her make-up is flawless!

  • StrandedFashionista

    In. In. A thousand times in.

  • sweetlilvoice

    Love it! Love her. So glad for her win. 

  • OUT. She looks lovely and everything, but it’s TOO MUCH DRESS. That’s always an OUT in my book. 

  • OrigamiRose

    So very OUT.  Wrong venue.  I kept waiting for someone to ask, “If anyone has objections to the union of this award and this woman…”

  • In. Divine.

  • Lizzyisi

    In–“too stunning to complain about”. Plus, I have a deep weakness for texture in a ball gown fabric.

  • SapphoPoet

    IN. She looks gorgeous. I like the necklace, although it would be hard to wear it that way.

  • leave_Blake_alone

    IN. And I agree with those below who think the trip actually added to her charm.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    She looks amazing. I haven’t seen even one movie she’s in because I find her persona kind of annoying, but I have to say, she seemed real and sweet last night. Don’t make me rethink my unreasonable dislike for you, Jennifer Lawrence.

    • l_c_ann


      Borrow a copy of Winter Bone after you catch a viewing of X-Men First Class.  Same actress, almost hard to comprehend that they are the same person.

  • save_the_hobbit

    In, gorgeous! And Jennifer Lawrence probably would’ve tripped no matter what she was wearing lol.

  • Stubenville

    Bridal. The color and the pale lip make her look washed out.

  • crash1212

    IN. She looks gorgeous – and – girl is a clutz as she says! Chances are she would’ve tripped no matter what. Also, I’ve always wondered about all those stairs at the Oscars – and all those women in looooong dresses and hiiiigh heels. They should build a damn ramp.

  • mmc2315

    IN, without a doubt.  Fantastic fit, very flattering.  I *wish* my make-up & hair could ever look that good and effortless!

  • In.  love her.

  • Eva_baby

    OUT.  Just needs a bouquet and a veil.  I got the impression people just wanted to annoint her belle of the ball because she was bringing home the big prize, but honestly I thought Jessica Chastain, Stacey Keibler, and Halle Berry looked better.

  • Alyssa

    In. She looks amazing, and I think if she hadn’t tripped, this would be a WERQ. Her charm still makes it one for me though!

  • formerlyAnon

    IN.  I thought she looked lovely on t.v. and she still looks lovely in these stills. I liked that the shape and fabric were allowed to be dramatic without layers of ruffles or lace or sheer doodads.

    There is no dress one couldn’t trip in once (including a mini) walking up stairs in heels when excited.

  • I thought it was out until I saw it on tv; then it was an IN.  The other big reason she’s an IN for me, is the way she handled the post-awards show interview battalion.  She was quick-witted, open, honest, and funny.  IN IN IN IN IN.

  • IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anita Woolley

    When I first saw it on E! I thought, ulgh, that same cut. Then I saw again up close and the full silhouette and IN IN IN.

  • Damien W

    OUT. If it ain’t a walking dress, it’s wrong for the occasion. She should have worn that in an editorial shoot, and picked something else to ride out the night in. How did she stuff all that into her seat?

  • Janet B

    IN! This dress is so flattering on Jennifer. Beautiful from head to toe.
    I think this necklace would have been easier to wear backward than Anne’s.
    She looks so much thinner than I thought her to be. Maybe those Dior photos weren’t manipulated as much as I thought.

  • In. She might have fallen, but she fell into a perfect princess swoon.

  • In! Didn’t she trip at the last awards show too? I think that is more about her persona than the dress. Love her!

  • I didn’t love the neckline, but other than that she looks GORGEOUS. J-Law can really do no wrong. IN.

  • I feel like THIS is what you wear to the Oscars. Something dramatically gorgeous and worth talking about. Let me just note, I would gladly fall flat on my face in front of Hollywood for the right to wear a Dior and be bathed in diamonds. 

    ETA: IN

  • Mary_Shelley

    Out.  Although you all gave it your best, she looks like she’s off to her wedding.

  • Terrible_Person

    Too gorgeous not to give it an IN.

  • LambeeBaby

    What’s with the Baby Hughie bonnet on the model?

  • guest2visits

    Beautiful dress, beautiful on her. IN.  I only wished for different earrings – not that the balls weren’t classics; I just think they’ve
    been done and there were better choices.
    I was thinking that maybe the trip happened because she didn’t lift the skirt enough –  or at all, because the last time she hoisted
    the skirt to climb the stage there were stupid shots of her looking like she split the gown open, when that was actually a feature
    of the dress’s construction.    She was funny and gracious and thank heaven she wasn’t hurt.

  • In for all time.

  • In.  She looks lovely

  • Hell Yes, I Would!

    In. This shouldn’t even be debated!

  • greymain

    FABULOUS !!!! soooooooo in.

  • quiltrx

    IN.  She looked gorgeous, and it was just right as a ‘big moment’ dress.  And she could WALK in it fine–it was those stupid STEPS that got her…and several others had issues, but didn’t go all the way down.

    And Meryl Streep was picking her butt coming out…and said she was walking on her dress!  It happens to everyone.  But bless her heart, I know Jennifer was mortified.  But it’s just one more reason her win will be remembered!

  • Quite possibly my favorite line of the entire night:
    Interviewer: “What pieces are you wearing?”
    JLaw: “What do you mean? Like, this is the top and this is the bottom.”

    The most graceful fall ever just cemented her place in my heart as best human being. THEN HUGH JACKMAN CAME TO HER RESCUE. ACTUAL DISNEY PRINCE HUGH JACKMAN, FOLKS.

  • yulaffin

    In, tripping not withstanding.  She looks gorgeous.

  • Spicytomato1

    Oh wow, I didn’t watch the show so I didn’t see that. How utterly sweet and endearing.

  • Loved it. Especially with the necklace hanging low in the back. It makes what could have easily been a pink-plastic-Barbie look just a touch edgier, which worked wonderfully.

  • IN, if only because her persona meshes well with the idea of her tripping. If anyone can make it work, she can. 

    • Jean Marie Downing

       Exactly.  That trip just made everyone in the auditorium love her more, and will help protect her from a backlash that she’s done so much so young.  If she had planned the trip it could not have been better for her.

  • mznormann

    IN, IN, IN! She looks gorgeous! Love the necklace!!

  • In.  And it may have had nothing to do with the dress that she tripped — I wear jeans every day and I have tripped on hems

  • meowing

    Unfortunately, out.  From the hips up, she’s perfection–very soft hair and makeup, very pretty, and a beatiful dress.  Then The Bulbous Bottom comes in and ruins the look.  Full mermaid–fine, but remove a good 1/2 of this bulk, and it would have been walkable and beautiful. She’s just 22, right–so she has years to find her true style. At 22, I was more of a mess than I am now, so I have high hopes for her future!

  • Indigo54

    She looks fabulous.  Total IN!

  • Lisa Dugan

    In!  The color was a bit too pale for me but she looked beyond gorgeous.  I think the tripping potential was quadrupled with the fact that she just won an Oscar and was freaking out.  

  • tereliz

    IN! I think her recent dress shenanigans have only made me like her more. She always pulls through looking like nothing happened, and it was only a few seconds where she arguably did not look fabulous. She’ll pick it up eventually. Why are we even discussing this? 

  • Nancy Dunn

    Out. Falling up the stairs makes the dress an OUT. Her face is astounding beautiful, and I don’t see her as a beautiful woman, just cute usually.

  • RedRaven617

    IN. She even looked gorgeous tripping in it. 

  • capybara_cafe

     That’s really awesome of them both. I had given up and gone to wash the dishes by that point, so I missed this whole thing.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Gorgeous, head to toe. A big IN from me. I really just adore her.

  • pop_top

    In. I just wish it had slightly more color. 

  • procrastinatrice

    IN!!!!!!!!! I think she was absolutely breathtaking–this is dramatic as hell, and totally worth tripping in front of the whole world.

  • capybara_cafe

    I have mixed feelings about this one. I think it looks great on her, but I don’t think I actually like it. It reminds me of a wedding cake topper. Also, the backwards necklace was driving me nuts all night. I kept thinking it had spun around on her. 

  • zenobar

    IN.  The silhouette was stunning and worked so well with her curves; the fabric was interesting; the hair and makeup were absolute perfection.  The fact that she tripped only adds to her charm, in my opinion.  I thought she knocked this out of the park.

  • moja31

    IN: but just because I like her. She just doesn’t have the oomph necessary to carry off these Dior Couture creations, that partnership is still a big NO for me.

  • suzq

    Was it the dress or the shoes that caused her to trip?  And why all the steps, anyway?  We make these actresses wear fancy shoes, then give them lots of steps to climb. 

    The dress was nice.  Not my favorite, but nice on her.  The backwards necklace trend is annoying.  I would like to see more pale pink for bridal, so I hope this starts a trend.

  • nosniveling

    thought it was the most remarkable look of the night- IN

  • IN. If anyone deserved a fairy tale dress last night, it was her!

  • lilibetp


  • Roosevelt 85

    She’s the anti-Anne Hathaway. Enough rough edges and not-ready-for-primetime quality that is incredibly endearing

  • wayout46

    IN. The outfit is evrything that’s right about Dior and JLaw’s figure. She won the award for a mostly comedic performance, so consider hers a humorous prattfall and move on. She did stay on the floor long enough for the whole shebang – pun intended – to be classified a “bit”. Comediennes can afford to look glamourous and do outrageous things within their glamour (taking a cue from sexy broads from the past, like Lucy, Fran and Bette).

  • Vaniljekjeks

    In.  The whole thing is flaw-free.  She looks amazing.

  • In. It looked like she was struggling to move in it but she looks so gorgeous in it.

  • In

  • Kristy Evans

    I loved it. I thought she looked beautiful. IN IN IN

  • out. bad hair + bridal.

  • Monday1900

    OUT!  Backwards necklace and Barbie’s Solo in the Spotlight dress in a color that looks like a bridal dress was washed with a load of colored clothing.  I felt so bad for her when she fell but as soon as I saw her on the red carpet I thought “ruh roh!”

  • barbarienne

    She looks terrific, probably the best I’ve ever seen her look.

    I wish the dress were a different color, but at least she’s tan enough that there’s some contrast between the dress and her skin. I adore the texture on the fabric.

    IN, of course.

  • IN. It’s gorgeous–and hardly the first dress she’s tripped in. 

  • Eclectic Mayhem


  • kikisayshi

    Why is this even a question? She looks stunning. I love the backwards necklace (I’m sure there’s a fancy name for that but I don’t know it). IN! IN! IN! Come on, TLo, put some snaps up there!

  • stubbornthoughts

    In. In times millions + infinity. Might be best dressed even. That is a statement gown if I’ve ever seen one! The fact that she tripped in it just makes me love her in that dress SO MUCH MORE.

  • kim flodin

    In, even with the trip.

  • PeaceBang

    IN. However, she’s still no Dior lady — did you see the photo of her flipping off the media in the press room? She’s too much of a free spirited, funny kid to really WERQ this. The dress in movement was stunning, and her make-up was indeed flawless. She’s a great beauty whose charisma, uniqueness, talent and nerve (thank you, RuPaul!) make her someone who will be a challenge and a pleasure to dress. Some designer needs to emerge whose muse she can be. 

  • Looks like I’m in the minority but I’m calling this an OUT. Yes, it’s a beautiful dress (even if it’s clearly got bridal roots), and I rather like the back-draped necklace, but if you can’t walk in it on what is potentially the biggest night of your career, it’s not appropriate no matter how stunning it makes you look. Hair and makeup were flawless, a personal best for her this awards season. And it is totally endearing that while she is poised, professional, and talented, she is still a teeny bit un-mature (notice I didn’t say “immature”). Seems like she’s still a sweet and unspoiled girl who was truly shocked she won. I’ll take her over Annie any day.

  • I have to give this an IN. Goodness knows I’ve tripped in jeans when going up stairs. And she handled the moment with incredible aplomb.

  • Out for the color and heaviness of the fabric. It’s pretty, and the Oscars are go big or go home, but it was a lotta look for her.

  • Mexxoo

    IN!  And as for the tripping, where was the attendant who should have been at the bottom of the steps to offer a hand to people going up onto the stage???

  • Cathy S

    Love it. Who the hell cares if she can’t walk.

  • L.

    IN!  Absolutely IN! She’s so lovely in it, should wear it again when she gets married.

  • elleg929

    IN – So stunning.

  • bertkeeter

    One can trip in anything…she was probably so excited. I found the pink shade w ivory distracting. Also the back train sort of collapsed and did not hold up to the intended silhouette. Less train would not have impacted the overal design. I did love the curved neckline. 

  • Photos do  more for it than the television cameras. I didn’t see the fabric detail, which is gorgeous. She looked lovely, but it’s too much for her. OUT.

    Her interview after the show was incredible. She could give K-Stew lessons on how to handle media attention. Funny, real and completely comfortable with herself. I just love her.

  • In.  Also, she the celeb I’d most want to go out for drinks with.  I think she’s a hoot.

  • beebee10

    perhaps next year we’ll see a hoop skirt. 

  • random_poster

    IN! gorgeous!!

  • Zippypie

    IN.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the color of the dress, but the detail of the fabric was gorgeous and she just looked so happy and effortless, despite her tripping (which she handled really well and with humor) and I loved the backwards necklace.  If I were to change anything, I would have deepened the color of the dress, made it less pale and pastel and bridal.  And maybe shaved off some of the pouf.  But she carried it well on the carpet and was just so refreshing and NORMAL in interviews.  Good for her!  And Congrats on her win.  She really is an upcoming long term star.

  • Scoobydrew

    I say IN, but mainly because she recovered from the fall so well. 

  • greyhoundgirl

    In.  Fairy-tale beautiful.

  • rissa42210

    IN, don’t even care she tripped.

  • IN. Not my favorite look of the night by far, and I tend to dislike the washed-out colors and mermaid gowns, but she looks her best with simple dresses like this that let her kind of California Girl good-looks take center stage. As for tripping, it just made her more endearing.

  • jw_ny

    IN.  This is truly an Oscar Best Actress dress and overall look.  Pretty much perfect imo…even the color (or lack thereof) works well here.  Even if I didn’t like this look, I’d have given her an IN solely based upon the gif’s I’ve already seen of her doing repeated face plants on the steps.   Priceless.  XD

  • Wellworn

    IN – An accident could happen to anyone.  Too bad the trainwreck of that show wasn’t an accident.  Seth and the writers – OUT.

  •  I can’t help thinking that this dress was chosen for the red carpet and not for walking up a long flight of shallow stairs – as opposed to Jessica Chastain. Although, it looked beautiful going up those stairs (where was the required male escort? if someone had her elbow, she might not have tumbled).

  • xmixiex

    she is just adorable and likable and charming and beautiful and real and I have a giant massive girl crush.

  • maggiemaybe

    IN! Really, she looked flawless. If you’re going to trip on the stairs you may as well look like a goddess doing it.

  • MarissaLG

    OUT. I really like JL and thought her fall, and how she handled it was really endearing. This dress did not work for her though. It was way too much, didn’t show off her amazing figure, and the back necklace was really weird. 

  • Carly Warnock

    Who cares if she tripped? We are all human and she was absolutely lovely and good humoured about it, making fun of herself afterwards. The dress is amazing, she had the best look of the night and that thin necklace draped down her back was the beginning of a new trend methinks. 

  • Snailstsichr

    In. she was stunningly beautiful.

  • warnerave

    IN!! gorgeous!!

  • RoxieRider

    In. No question. She looked elegant and appropriate and, faceplant notwithstanding, otherwise very poised. I think it’s entirely possible she’d have tripped over a tea-length garden dress at that moment.

  • OUT. I didn’t even see the trip-and-almost-fall bit; for me it’s the washed-out color and the Barbie-doll-cake shape that puts me off of this one.


  • Angel Ratliff

    In, all the way, all day.  She looked effortlessly, glowingly gorgeous. 

  • lalahartma


  • JuliaInBlack

    IN.  Simple, lovely, flattering; makes you believe she is a capital-s Star. Yeah, it’s bridal – but in the “all eyes on me, this is my moment” sense I am fine with that. 

  • IN!! I’ve never really understood the JLaw obsession, but she really knocked it out of the park with this one. Despite the unfortunate tripping incident, I think she looked fabulous, and when she famously walked up onto the stage to accept her award, you could actually tell that her dress had a second color to it, which doesn’t seem to show up well in photos. It fits her PERFECTLY, which is great, since she seems to wear strapless dresses a skosh too tight. I would have worn a different necklace, but that’s really a minor quibble. She looks fabulous.

  • RuthGo

    I think I’m in the minority but I really dislike the shape of this dress, I just don’t like the oddness of the skirt. Also, dramatic strong colors seem to suit her better (remember that simple red dress she wore the last time she went to the Oscars?) than this pale powder pink.  I agree that her hair and makeup are beautiful and the fall really solidified her every girl persona.

  • Drew Macaulay

    My first thoughts when I saw this was that it looked very Barbie dollish, then how any doll (even one with flat feet, not hideously deformed Barbie feet) in the same dress would need a support stand to stay upright, and then that J. Law would inevitably find herself not upright at some point.  Yeah, she looked great, but not great enough to defy gravity.  I went to bed before she won, I am sure that her fall is all over the internet waiting for me to peruse with great self-satisfaction.  Still, IN, because even with the Barbie-ish effect, she was lovely. 

  • E. D.

    Love it, don’t care that she tripped.

  • trisker


  • IN!! She looks stunning. While it’s definitely a somewhat quirky choice, she should be applauded for doing something bold and different.

  • It’s an “IN” for me because of the styling and coloring BUT a bit too bridal for my taste.  

  • dharmabum8

    In. There are few occasions in a girl’s life to wear a gown with this much drama, getting married and winning an Oscar being two of them. So why not go a tad bridal?

  • Sally Brownson

    IN. Pretty pretty princess!

  • Yosa Addiss

    In.  Out on the shoes- strappy platform sandals under that much tulle is begging for trouble when stairs are involved. 

    The gown in the photos looks white, but it is actually ivory and pink- and the necklace worn backwards was stunning.

    Out the shoes and get it hemmed!

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I think it’s gorgeous, definite IN.

    In a moment like that, when you’re nervous (and she looked more or less completely out of breath), it’s easy to mess up on stairs with high heels and a dress where you can’t see your feet, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that she looked amazing.

  • IN. Don’t they usually have discreet men in suits whose sole job is to help actresses in ridiculous but gorgeous dresses get up those stairs in one piece? I would consider the trip a failure on their part, but it really just added to her charm. In her backstage interview she was gracious and self-deprecating about it without once sounding phony.

  • BuffaloBarbara

     I saw the guys rush up — I didn’t realize who they were!

  • Celandine1

    For future reference, if you find yourself anywhere near those two men,  you might want to”accidentally” trip on purpose. I give her an IN but it’s not my favorite dress she has worn.

    • Lucas Sheridan

      You barely make out Jessica Chastain, but she gasped and covered he mouth with her hands when Jennifer tripped.

  • Lola67

    IN. She looked beautiful. Maybe she has a dress tripping phobia now. Charlize Theron was having troubles, and tripped over her dress several times.

  • IN! Girl is flawless!

  • Citagaze

    I thought it had a gorgeous silhouette, and even with less filling material on the bottom would have been flawless. But there was something about how it moved (or the difficulty thereof) that made the bottom remind me of someone walking with a bed comforter wrapped around their waist. 

  • JP

    IN, even though I wish it were a more colorful color. Looks a little bridal.

  • mhleta

    IN. At my house we lost power halfway into the “We Saw Your Boobs” song, so I missed the whole show, but I did watch the red carpet on ABC in spite of the SUPREMELY annoying Kristen Chenoweth carrying on about how TINY she is to everyone who would listen. (She looked like a flea next to Adele and Latifah, but she still had to tell the world how TINY she is, for literally the tenth time of the broadcast. Barf.) Anyhoo, I thought this dress was one of the absolute best. I did, however, make a prediction that either she or someone trying to pass by her would go ass over tea kettle because of that dress, so apparently I was correct. Pity, because she looks beyond beautiful in it.

  • Qitkat

    Definitely IN. Gorgeous fabric. Dress doesn’t feel bridal to me. She is fresh and lovely.

  • Sara__B

    IN. She looks lovely. (Wouldn’t you think they’d have posted a gorgeously tuxed gentleman by the stairs to give a gracious hand to women in difficult dresses and shoes?)

  • IN! I loved it. I don’t mind her falling since it’s her and that’s to be expected with her. Surprised she didn’t have someone help her on steps.

  • marigi


  • oohsparkley!

    In. That is how a strapless should fit. I would want it in a color, but she looked beautiful nonetheless.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    IN.  She’s lovely.  It fits her like it was painted on, but not in a sleazy way.  IN IN IN IN IN.

  • Elizabeth Silverstein

    IN. She looks amazing. Her hair, make-up, and accessories are perfect and she was pretty adorable about the face planting. It was a lot of dress though.

  • IN! She looked gorgeous and she didn’t trip because of the dress, she tripped due to the excitement. Any long dress/heels could have been equally hazardous in the situation. 

  • Jack Smart

    IN IN IN ! Her trip up those stairs was the best moment of the night, and we should thank the big-ass dress for giving it to us. Also that shot of her from the waist up…..gorge.

  • EditKitten

    Totally IN for me.

  • ConnieBV

    In. She was nervous, she was rushing because she wanted to be able to say her thank-yous and she forgot to hold up her hem enough to see her feet when she went up the steps. She still recovered beautifully and walked perfectly in it the rest of the night, so IN.

  • DeTrop

    In. Overall beautiful.  I’m very pleased (who asked for my opinion?) with the gowns this year.  There were a variety of styles and colors and not too much exposure.  One thing struck me though, there was lots and lots of metallic on the major ladies, i.e. Meryl, Halle, Naomi and Barbara to name a few. It’s a difficult fabric to wear and I think Halle and Naomi nailed it.

    BTW, is Georgina Chapman pregnant?

  • IN.  And the backwards necklace, with the delicacy of it framing her neck, gave me a shiver.  Reminds me of a word I haven’t thought of since taking a Japanese lit class in college.  Yugen.  

  • marilyn

    In.  She is gorgeous.

  • Michelle Nguyen

    Speaking as someone who effing fell over a marble pillar in the Supreme Court and faceplanted in the hallowed halls of American justice, I say IN.

  • OUT.  Bridal and virginal.

  • tripletmom96

    loved the dress — it’s gorgeous.  and i loved her understated makeup & hair.  classy & classic.  as for tripping over it — she probably hasn’t been taught how to walk in something with so much volume.  walking on flat surfaces is one thing, but stairs are tricky, and considering how many starlets are seen posing in seriously inelegant poses (that pidgeon-toed stance…) i think that most of them could use a good, old fashioned course in what used to be called “deportment”… it sounds stodgy (it sort of is) but was one of the things that the starlets of the old studio system were instructed in which added to their glamorous image.  it’s nice to see starlets being “real women” for most of the time, but for an event like this, so many could use a few pointers.  this may be another task for the stylist.  they shouldn’t put a client in a dress they can’t maneuver in.

  • conniemd

    In, but the trip illustrates that the dress would have also been fabulous without the train in the back and would also have reducedd the bridal look.

  • In. I love the shape of it.  She looks amazing. 

  • TSkot

    That skirt  – which goes into cartoon proportions – deserves an OUT; but she nevertheless looks lovely, so: IN

  • IN.

  • In, she is gorgeous! Yes, practicing steps in it would have been advisable, but she looks so lovely that it doesn’t matter.

  • ccm800

    IN as all hell. LOOK at her!  

  • jkatkins

    OUT.  Too bridal for me.

  • MzzPants


  • ampg

    I wish the bodice had come up half an inch higher, but I think she’s still 100% IN.

  • EEKstl

    IN for sure, didn’t strike me as bridal, just couture.  She looked stunning.  I DIED for her when she tripped, why didn’t they have male minions escort ladies up the stairs as they do at the Golden Globes?  

  • oldbobbydraper

    OUT. there is no “there” there.

  • CostumeChic

    IN. Beautiful and not fussy, like the wearer. 

  • Fordzo

    My only issue is this: when you fall down, and Hugh Jackman rushes to your aid, you stay DOWN until he can lift you in those burly arms and carry you to the microphone.  YOU FAKE A SPRAINED ANKLE!  It’s Hugh Jackman!  I’d have faked unconsciousness in hopes that he’d give me mouth to mouth.  If I ever meet him in real life, I’ll pretend to choke so he has to embrace me from behind and squeeze me.  Broken ribs be damned!

    Oh, yeah, pretty dress.

  • Samantha Irene

    The trip wasn’t that tragic  – IN

  • rtuko

    Eh, I don’t care that she tripped. Everybody does at some point….it makes her human, in my opinion. She always was rather refreshingly not pretentious (unlike Anne Hathaway), including in that moment where she swore on primetime live. HA! I would’ve forgotten myself and done the same, including tripping.

  • Kate4queen

    In, the fit is lovely. 🙂

  • In – adorable. Also, the follow-up bird flipping. She should have practiced walking in the dress but it really suits. Also, it must be pointed out that the model is wearing panties on her head, so apparently this dress exerts some kind of funk-it-up force field.

  • Amenaneri

    Definitely IN.  There was a magical way the dress floated as she walked, and even tripped–the dress looked GORGEOUS splayed all over the stairs!  She was probably faint from not eating–did you hear her on the red carpet complaining about how starving she was?  Beautiful color of pink, and she just was stunning–beautiful hair and makeup.  This girl has a great styling team.  And somehow her awkward honest charm is one of the most appealing things about her–no affectations, and she says it exactly how she sees it.  You go, JLaw!

  • In, because her press conference after her award was hilarious. Also, the dress. Yes.

  • demidaemon

    IN. Best she’s ever looked, in my opinion.

  • Pterodactyl111

    IN IN IN IN I LOVE IT!!! I especially love the necklace.

  • That was a stunning gown, and she wore it well, even when falling (gracefully). Two of us at our party instantly noted the resemblance to the work of Charles James, most notably his Clover gowns.

  • Meredith_P

    She looks wonderful.  Didn’t watch, but I guess she handled the trip well.  Just glad it wasn’t one of the “mature” set (of which I am one).  You could break a hip!

    But seriously, wouldn’t it be a better idea to shorted the dress and/or teach someone not used to wearing gowns how to handle them?  Actually, no one around nowadays would have any experience in wearing (and walking in) gowns properly.  Nor would I expect them to.  The “golden age” ended in the 50’s, didn’t it?

  • I’ll give her an IN. She can werk anything, with the exception of Stella McCartney clown pants.

  • snarkykitten

    I luv huh so in! She’s so human, it’s amazing. She doesn’t know quite yet how to handle fame, but she doesn’t show up looking like a greasy mall rat (like KStew or Lena D)

  • appliquer

    Major in – she looked lovely. Warning for women – always practice walking and going up steps in your dress before the big moment!

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    IN. J Law looked gorgeous and the dress didn’t matter. 

  • This is a hands down IN. Apart from the momentary trip (which is completely understandable) she floated in it all night. She’s glowing.

  • sockandaphone

    at first i didnt it like but it looked amazing when she went up the stage for her oscar win. plus the shape is unusual. IN for making a potential bride look work!

  • IN.  Thought it was gorgeous.

  • rainwood1

    IN.  That dress was stunning and she looked fabulous in it.

  • jetpackdino

    All in. Dreamy Botticelli perfection. She is a incandescent porcelain doll. 

  • BazoDee

    In – if the stairs were carpet or they had escorts to give them a hand up the stairs (which is really just common sense) she would have been fine. She looked stunning.

  • moreteawesley

    This may be the best she’s ever looked, hair-and-makeup-wise. Gorgeous. Total IN.

  • CheriCPat

    Out.  I disliked the fabric, I disagree with you about the boring bustline, and it was the wrong choice for an event where everyone knew she would be climbing those stairs.  Her hair and makeup were flawless, however, but the dress was enough to go out for me.

  • Louise Bryan

    IN.  Everyone else has already said it better than I could.

  • I love the colour of her hair (not too dark, not too light), and the perfectly chosen make up. Actually hate the dress because the material seems a bit bedspread-y. But she wears it as well as she could!

  • siriuslover

    IN! I love her realness, and a woman tripping in a gown puts her in league with the rest of us mere mortals. And I think that’s a good thing.

  • poggi

    In. Walking and standing upright are overrated.  If I had to fall to look like that, I’d fall.  

  • chitowndg

    In.  What did she have on her feet?  Did she trip because of the dress or because of the shoes?  The dress looks rather easy to walk in…she looked like she was floating, and it was not too long for her.

  • butterflysunita

    IN.  She looks beautiful. 

  • bailey debruynkops

    IN, even though it is too bridal and she shouldn’t have won. 

  • Mazenderan

    Loved this.  She looked stunning.  The texture of the dress avoided that horrid creased satin thing that seems to happen with so many red carpet-type dresses.

  • reddhouston

    IN….there’s some problems but she looks great

  • NCDFan


  • CatherineRhodes

    OUT. The dress should not be devouring its wearer. 

  • peachy

    IN — way IN, although i can’t stand her. 

  • In.  Then again, I want to add her to my group of Sister Wives (we decided we’d all get married to each other and our husbands could just deal with it) so badly because she’s so adorable and hilarious. so I might be biased.

  • unbornfawn

    This probably looked spectacular in person. In pictures and TV it looked washed out. And, yes, bridal. I didn’t like the necklace dangling down her back. I think she needed a more dramatic piece of jewelry around her neck to balance with all that fabric at the bottom. It always bugs me when a woman wears a dress this spectacular, then at the most important moment and they go in for the close up and it looks like she’s got a tiny piece of fabric covering her boobs or worse she looks topless. One of those minor irrational things. Major points off for tripping over the dress, So sorry. OUT.

  • littlemac8

    IN!  I can’t help myself.  Do we have to stumble over practicalities like being able to move around gracefully?  I say NO…go for the gorgeous!  She looked exquisite!

  • Noelle Haland

    I say IN for sure, EVEN with the difficulty getting upstairs. Where were helping ushers like in the old days!?

    By the way, thanks to whomever posted the video of her after-the-award press conference. She is absolutely great and hilarious!

  • Peeve

    She looked gorgeous, and I don’t care a whit if she tripped. I’m amazed it doesn’t happen more often. Love huh! In!!!

  • Iroqhard

    IN. I loved it. I think she looked gorgeous, and thoroughly, un-briday. Plus, when else do you get to wear Dior Couture?  


  • AViewer44

    In!!  She looked stunning and très chic.  I totally agree with everyone who said that tripping (whether it was over the dress or the stairs or her shoes) just added to the charm.  It made the moment memorable and real, and the way she responded was even better.   As someone else said, what happened to the ushers who used to guide ladies up the steps?  That’s a long climb with nerves propelling you and no banister to help.   

    It didn’t look too bridal to me.  She looked like what she is: a young actress who hasn’t had the personality sucked out of her yet, who also happens to dress up fabulously well.   And I find it telling that she didn’t seem to trip anyplace else–just at the most nerve-packed moment of the night.   It’s not as though her dress was a major encumbrance all night, like some other stars’ dresses seemed to be.  

  • Anniebet

    IN, big fat IN.  Everything about that look is amazing, her hair and makeup flawless, the dress is beyond beautiful. Love the texture and the volume on the bottom – I wish I’d seen more of the back. She even looked like a she was in a photo shoot in the pics of her fallen on the stairs. 

  • glennethph

    Despite the fall, she’s IN.

  • subwaycars

    IN. I really didn’t like the dress all that much but she looks so beautiful I can’t actually fault the look at all.

  • MissAmynae

    IN. perfection.

  • neofashionista

    Love Her!

  • AudreysMom

    Totally IN. She was and remains the highlight of my evening. 

  • geeeque

    I thought she looked amazing when she tripped! Seriously I think it’s going to be the new “Jolie’s leg” trend and wannabe best actresses will be fainting and falling all over the place….

  • Meh, I’m bothered with how fitted the hip is compared to the lower part of the dress. Everything else is fine.

  • wish it was a different color, but still in.  and i <3 her.

  • ratgirlagogo


  • lrober03

    IN.  Love the material, love the necklace, love the hair and makeup.  She looked gorgeous, and she looked like she was confident (sometimes she looks uncomfortable at events)

  • kathrineb

    She gets it pretty right. FINALLY. 

  • Tbh I thought it was kinda boring till I saw the train and actually she pulls it off because she’s really tall. So for me it’s an IN.

  • bd73

    she looked stunning, even facedown on the stairs. they’ll play that gif forever, and she’ll look like a princess from every angle.

  • CarolinLA

    She’s 22 or 23 and she doesn’t take herself so seriously.  She looked like she was having fun in that dress.  IN.

  • Craig_Ranapia

    OUT. I’m loving what Ralf Simon is doing at Dior — but “couture” means “stepping it up a level from your ready to wear” and this dress just didn’t do it.  Also: I will quote my fashion icon Miss Jean Muir.  Clothes don’t make a statement. Women do, and the clothes should help.  Face-planting in a metric fuckton of toilet paper oragami? Not helpful.

  • Dhammadina

    In. For me the best dress of the night. Along with her thrilled acceptance speech. 

  • OUT! – when I saw her on the read carpet, the first 2 thoughts that popped into my head were ‘bridal gown’ and ‘fancy duvet cover’.  Hated the dress!  And the poor girl falling on the stairs to get her Oscar – where were the ushers to help her up as soon as she got up from her seat??  I do agree that her hair and makeup looked stunning.

  • I would kill to trip that prettily.  And hey, I think it happens to every woman, no matter the dress, especially if you’re in heels . . . AND SUPER EXCITED.

  • Patricia Biswanger


  • Stunning. I don’t know what you guys are talking about. IN.

  • libraangel

    Oh Jennifer, you and the dress and everything are so beautiful I will give you an IN of course. But why White? (although I don’t know what color I would pick – cream, pale, pale pink?) You DO look like a bride!

  • Asya Petrova

    IN! An absolutely stunning dress, in my opinion.

  • IN!!! That’s all.

  • I don’t understand the necklace.  It looks silly.

  • Zyxomma

    She’s lovely in this dress. As Andre Leon-Talley said, someone should have trained her to walk and climb steps in it. Still, she fell gracefully, and is totally charming.

  • Nicole

    I thought she looked flawless and a total princess
    who cares if she tripped?
    it was adorable, funny and original (as far as I can tell)