Jennifer Lopez for W Magazine

Posted on July 09, 2013

Chloe Moretz? Stand back and let a DIVA show you how it’s done.


Jennifer Lopez covers the August 2013 issue of W magazine in a Gucci dress photographed by Mario Sorrenti.

Gucci Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Kasia Struss

We stand by what we said when Chloe attempted this dress: sometimes, you need a few years’ experience under your belt in order to wear the more outrageous stuff. We don’t actually like this dress all that much, but damn, if J Lo doesn’t know exactly what to do with it when she puts it on and faces a camera lens.

Having said that, she really needs to send one of her minions over to the offices of W and beat someone up for that cover tagline. What is this, Maxim magazine? We would’ve thought W would be the last magazine to resort to cheesy double entendre on their front cover.



[Photo Credit: Mario Sorrenti for W Magazine,]

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  • Mrs. Julien

    I’m new at this, but may I suggest she is delivering Joan Crawford realness?

    • annabelle archer

      She *always* gives me Joan Crawford, as taught to me by Mommie Dearest, vibes.

      • Mrs. Julien

        That is inherent to the realness, absolutely.

    • SugarSnap108

      Oh, yes. She will definitely reject your wire hangers.

      • Julie

        Oh this comment kills me dead.

    • BerlinerNYC

      In this shot, yes. LIPS! and EYEBROWS!

    • maggiemaybe

      I flashed on Rita Hayworth I think you’re more spot-on with Joan. It’s classic Hollywood diva all the way.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      I was thinking Jennifer Jones myself. Or maybe a brunette version of Lana Turner in Imitation of Life or Dorothy Malone in Written on the Wind. But she looks very Douglas Sirk, if you know what I mean.

    • drdarke

      I’d say more “Ava Gardner” than “Joan Crawford”, @MrsJulien:disqus – but otherwise, that’s just the Old Hollywood vibe I’m getting of this JLo cover….

  • Dawn Sinclair

    She’s wearing the dress not the other way around but the mua made her look much older with that shading.

  • annabelle archer

    The tag line is the least of her worries. That cover shot is so very not Hola Lovers! Whose hair is she wearing? Is she remaking a 60s bio pic? What the hell JLo?

    • Deb_Lynn

      I always thought she should go darker, but I’m clearly wrong. She really needs that light honey brown, doesn’t she? This dark hair makes everything to stale and harsh.

      • annabelle archer

        I don’t mind darker. The lack of any kind of highlights reminds me of when the uncles bring True Blood’s Stephen Moyer to task for looking like an at home dye job. It’s not fabulous enough for her.

        • marlie

          It looks like either a bad dye job, or a bad wig. Either way, she can do SO much better.

          • StellaZafella

            This looks like a Delta Burke rayon wig: $39.95 and you can never wash it. Most of the queens I know rat the hell out of them and wear them backwards when they don’t intend to bring them home again.

          • demidaemon

            It has to be a wig, no question. Beyond the color, it just doesn’t look real.

      • heartbot

        I think it’s the style and the quality of the wig, not the color.

    • StellaZafella

      If Joan Crawford did a Latin telenovella villainess?

      • majorbedhead

        See, I was thinking a fiercer Natalie Wood. Or maybe Liz Taylor.

        • StellaZafella

          Natalie works for me too!

        • Shawn EH

          Being able to channel any of those three divas is actually pretty cool!

        • TAGinMO

          Yup, my thoughts immediately went to West Side Story. ‘Course, I’m a bad gay who hasn’t seen a single Joan Crawford movie, so…

          • StellaZafella

            Start with “Rain” her break out film in the late 1920’s-1930’s…it’s pre-Hays Office censorship and 18-year-old Joan plays a hooker who tries to corrupt a priest in the jungle….and she could still act because she hadn’t yet become a “face”. There’s a long silent shot of her just smoking a cigarette that will show you why she became a star.

          • poggi

            While not as Crawford heavy The Women is another fun one and you get Paulette Goddard, Rosalind Russell, and the awesome Technicolor fashion show.

          • StellaZafella

            GOOD ON YOU! The bitch stares between Myrna Loy and Joan are worth the cost of admission alone. Plus you get Marjorie Main!

          • poggi

            Marjorie Main is great in it, so funny, but I can’t place Myrna Loy (although Loy has the market cornered on bitch stares in 13 Women). I love Rain. I know Crawford got nailed for it at the time, but it is probably some of her best work (personally much better to me than Mildred Pierce).

          • StellaZafella

            I may be having a “Senior Moment” but I placed Loy in the lead role of the jilted wife. The scene in the changing room at the spa…you can taste the “acid in the candy”.

          • poggi

            It’s Norma Shearer, but I can see the resemblance. That is a great scene.

          • formerlyAnon

            See The Women (1939) and you will have seen one of the top 50 movies of the 20th century, IMO. (In my personal top 20.)

          • marlie

            Turn in your gay card!!

  • Little_Olive

    Why, it’s Rachel Menken!

    (and she is pulling it off damn well)

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Diva, yes. But she looks…old? It’s the hair I guess. I don’t love it.

    • Mrs. Julien

      Does she look old or her age?

      • HomeOfficeGirl

        Lets just say its not the kind of diva look she works the best…

    • Sobaika

      I don’t think she looks old. A bit more severe than her usual style, but that seems fine to me at her age and at this level of her career.

    • alyce1213

      I don’t think she looks old. To me she looks womanly, a step up from her usual “ageless pop star” persona.

  • Sobaika

    Her ability to give face is undeniable.

  • AlisonS

    I am going to pat myself on the back. I totally said yesterday Chloe needed to ship this dress to JLo.

    • RedRaven617

      :::pat, pat, pat::: Yes, you did Allison; I remember reading it.

    • Monzerrat Ontiveros

      i wonder if is it the same size

    • Little_Olive

      Me too!! Patting away here. TLo has taught us well I see 😉

  • decormaven

    Makes me think of the article on Ava Gardner in the current Vanity Fair. JLo knows how to turn it on, just like Ava did. Right you are about Chloe’s misstep- it takes a full-on diva to harness this look. Don’t worry, dear- you’ll get there.

  • Introspective

    FYI for those who are not liking the hair, this is as close as one can get to the hair color she was born with.

    this is pure dragtastic fierce. it does ring “woman of a certain age” (agree with those who suggest its the makeup too) but its still dramatic and eye catching as all hell. so Im here for it.

    • j_anson

      I like the COLOR. I just think the shape and helmet-y-ness of it isn’t doing her any favors.

  • BerlinerNYC

    I love the juxtaposition of the modern OTT dress and how otherwise Old Hollywood her styling, hair, makeup, expression, etc. are. Also, I’m a little obsessed with that green ring, which is somehow the key to everything.

    • foodycatAlicia

      Very old Hollywood – I am getting Ruth Roman

  • formerlyAnon

    I REALLY like the face she has on this cover. It’s never clear to me exactly how much someone’s face has been manipulated with makeup, lighting and photoshop, but they’ve removed any lines that actually exist without giving her juvenile features. She’s old enough that the lovely bones of her face *should* be visible.

    Not liking whatever they did with her hairline, though. Very artificial looking to me.

  • desi_girl

    That hair with that dress (and that face) is just not working for me!

  • MarissaLG

    She looks so…mature! (and I am saying that as the HIGHEST compliment)

  • SugarSnap108

    In Chloe’s defense, I think it’s a bit easier to sell this dress while sitting down and romancing a bed post. But yes, your point is taken. I love that green ring.

    • mellbell

      Also, Chloe is 16, so on her the … I want to call it a dress … was paired with a rather unfortunate, heavy-looking, iridescent undergarment which ruined the entire effect. It would have looked far better without it, but then there would have been a great hue and cry about how fashion magazines present overly sexualized images of teen girls. Basically, the stylist should have chosen something different for Chloe rather than try to make this (which totally works for J.Lo) age-appropriate.

      • SugarSnap108

        She’s only 16?? (Sorry, I know nothing about these celebs. I’m just here to judge their clothes.) What an odd choice of dress for a 16-year-old. Or an any-year-old, though it works a lot better on JLo.

        • demidaemon

          For its name, InStyle makes some pretty poor styling choices for their cover models.

    • TheAmericaness

      Also in Chloe’s defense: she’s not… I don’t know the best term for this.. “thick” enough? That sounds horrible, but she’s too young without the bod yet and without the “been there, done that” look about her. Basically, life experience, i.e. divorces, drama, 3 step-kids and a poodle, the best episode of South Park evah made about you.. that sort of thing. She’s not a diva. You know what? I hope it stays that way. Jlo may be able to work those dresses and look that Diva good and get all the snaps in the world and I’ll stand there and snap along, but I wouldn’t trade my life for hers in a million years. Dear god no.

  • frannyprof

    Is it me, or were JLo and Naya Rivera separated at birth? Or, is Naya JLo’s secret love child? And how many peacocks had to die to make that dress?

  • gabbilevy

    Whoever said yesterday that Chloe ought to leave this dress to JLo gets triple points.

  • nannypoo

    I don’t like the hair here. It’s more dressed and formal than her usual style and I don’t think it suits her. I’m really tired of her effort to make her face look fierce. She sucks in her cheeks, squints her eyes a little and looks bored. She’s much prettier than this.

  • LondonMarriott

    I agree with the JLo/Chloe assessment re: experience, but poor Chloe had some seriously crap styling and photography working against her.

  • Emily Giovanni

    I am only picking up a single entendre from that tagline.

  • Monzerrat Ontiveros

    If you’re wondering what the heck with that hair, please google this: “La criada bien criada”

    • Shawn EH

      Devious maids are chic after all!

  • Not applicable

    this is how her cruel-dictator-bank-roller likes her–

  • YoungSally

    How long until Kanye drops Kim and just moves on to JLo ?

    • formerlyAnon

      I’d give it 3 weeks, tops. He’s not her usual physical type, she’s tended to keep long term the guys who want to fit into a “family” scenario, and most importantly, I think there is no chemistry in the world that would withstand the clashing of their control needs.

      • YoungSally

        You mean Kanye and Kim are not true love and family forever ; p

        • demidaemon

          Kanye is too old for JLo.

          • formerlyAnon


    • Sobaika

      No. Kanye very much wants to be the star in his relationships, besides I think Jenny would eat him alive.

      • Little_Olive

        Totally. She is above Kanye, really (really!) as a woman, a mother and an entertainer.

    • Helen C

      Well, she did once date P. Diddy…

      • Jaeda Laurez

        And revealed how much she hated it by the end lol.

        • sekushinonyanko

          It would only take one arrest after a shooting in a nightclub for me to decide I am not about that life either.

      • YoungSally

        wasn’t that when she wore “the dress” — but then again that was when he had that whole gun in the SUV incident?

        • marlie

          Yep. Can you believe that was in 2000?! Hilariously enough, the dress has its own Wikipedia entry.

          • YoungSally

            The one thing I remember (besides the dress) was that I was at an unnamed doctor’s office during the whole SUV trial and someone in this (very small) office had inadvertently scheduled Diddy and the DA Robert Morgenthau in consecutive appointments.

  • EdithP

    That dress is hiddy.

  • Beardslee

    I think she looks lovely. More real than she usually does.

  • LipstickForPigs

    I feel like the hair color is fine…the Dynasty styling is not my thing. She is fierceness incarnate.

  • MilaXX

    Once against JLo makes it work. Poor Chlor just looked like a motlted baby bird in this.

  • Poeta Paz

    Fabulosa!!! Proud of my homegirl.

  • j_anson

    Hah, I love that everyone commented that that was a JLo dress, and here she is in it. That having been said, I hate that hair. Makes her look like a matron in a telenovela, which I suspect is not something JLo wants.

  • marlie

    Yes, this dress needed some JLo diva-ness to really work. I’m not a huge fan of the color of her lipstick, and I don’t know WTF people were thinking with her hair. The color (wig? Photoshop?) is really not working for her.

  • Lesley

    Am i the only one not loving the cover? i think the really dark hair + style ages her big time.

  • kirkyo

    Props because that is one seriously ugly dress.

  • AnniNoone

    Is this kind of a call-back to That Grammys Dress (and yes, I AM too lazy to GIS That Grammys Dress)?

    • marlie

      I just Googled it… it was back in 2000. And the dress has its own Wikipedia entry.

  • Cz

    Hola, Chita Rivera.

  • PrunellaV

    Re the cover line: From cheeky to cheesy is sometimes a fine line. Re the cover shot: JLo is giving it all she’s got, but the makeup and hair make her look old.

  • demidaemon

    Its a bit draglicious, no? Not that we expect anything less of her.

  • Nonnah

    Vintage Lopez – pre-Jenny from the Block

  • kimiakay

    Ahhhh Jennifer, you rarely disappoint. Brava.

  • H2olovngrl

    Hey, I was right! Better styling and showing less if the dress made it better!

  • ailujailuj

    absolutely beautiful makeup and hair. Perfect.
    But I credit the photog for making the squarely plume dress work.