Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence at Comic-Con 2013

Posted on July 22, 2013

Hmmm. This one’s a little hard to parse out. No, really.


Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence attend the “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” press line photos and video during the 2013 San Diego Comic Convention.

Jennifer Lawrence is wearing a top and skirt by Proenza Schouler paired with Nicholas Kirkwood heels and EF Collection jewelry.

On the one hand, it’s Comic-Con, which means Josh is actually appropriately dressed, even though he looks like he’s here to service Jennifer’s car. On the other hand, Jen is wearing something bold and attention-seeking, in a “Here I am, nerds,” kind of way, and that’s always a good idea for a starlet at the Con. On the other, other hand, we don’t much like her outfit. That skirt’s just not flattering worn with a half-top. The shape of it’s all wrong. White skinny pants would have knocked this look out of the park, we’re thinking.

By the way, we went to the Con once, in 2001, and we’re shocked more and more, with each passing year, as to what it’s become in such a short period of time. Twelve years ago, most of the celebs you saw at the Con were along the lines of those who were willing to sell their autographs for ten dollars. How things change. How the resident nerds hate it so. We don’t quite blame them, but we also think it’s good for nerdy pursuits in the long run that they get this kind of attention.


[Photo Credit: Eric Charbonneau/Lionsgate]

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  • Josh, sweet lad that he is, looks like he’s attending the confab for realsies. And I could not agree more about Jennifer’s outfit. I love the top. But that skirt is the wrong shape and size. Looks like she should be at a roller rink somewhere in 1977.

  • rage_on_the_page

    Well, once Hollywood gets sick of beating every superhero franchise to death, I’m sure the Con will fall back into obscurity.

    • NBG

      If it were only superhero movies that get promoted at SDCC, it would not be near the size that it is today.

      • rage_on_the_page

        What I mean is that mainstream, million-dollar, blockbuster adaptations of comic books and other nerd fare is probably to blame for the uptick in the popularity and glitzy-ness of SDCC.

        • NBG

          Perhaps, but given that the definition of “nerd fare” keeps getting more broad, SDCC has become less about catering to geeks and more about simply being on a large stage with a built-in, internet-connected audience.

          • Cat

            Agreed. If Twilight can be considered “nerd fare” I don’t think SDCC is going to dwindle anytime soon.

          • Bridget Smith

            Well, Twilight IS nerd fare, at least as much as Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. It falls under the general umbrella of SFF, and it thrives on its fervent fandom. Comics fans may not like it, and I get why (especially given that it was one of the titles that drove the change in SDCC’s focus, and how its fans commandeered the con), but it’s still relevant. More so than, say, How I Met Your Mother, which had a panel this year. I love HIMYM, but it’s a popular, traditional CBS sitcom: a clear sign that the thrust of the con is now pop culture in general.

          • Cat

            I suppose that it is true. I still don’t think Twilight is inherently nerdy, given its lack of thought about the supernatural/fantasy aspects of the story, but the obsession that has gripped many of its fans certainly pushes them over into the nerd category.

            As for HIMYM….at least it has several actors beloved by the nerd community in it? NPH and Alyson Hannigan give it some nerd cred.

          • Kimbolina

            It also seems like SDCC has sort of morphed into a general pop-culture convention now, as opposed to strictly “nerd fare” so it’ll probably just keep getting bigger and bigger.

          • RebeccaKW

            I agree. I have friends who enjoy Superman, Hunger Games b/c they are popular movies they like. Not because they’ve read the comics or the books or collect, etc. They want to go to SDCC b/c they think it’d be cool. They aren’t interested in dressing up, buying anything, attending forums. They just want to go and wander around (and celeb-watch, of course).

          • Luneowl

            If they really don’t want to buy anything then they’ll be in for a shock. It’s basically a huge, overpriced nerd flea market and your only role there is as a consumer.

          • RebeccaKW

            Exactly. But I don’t really think these particular friends know what SDCC actually is. They just know famous celebrities are there and that’s good enough for them.

          • Rhonda Shore

            It’s the computer game/video game tie-ins that have made this so huge…that’s where most entertainment dollars are spent these days.

    • FunButNutz

      Check out the top moneymakers of all time. Comic Book movies ain’t going anywhere.

    • MilaXX

      Not really, it’s become know as a good venue for promotion. Got an action movie to promote? Come to the con. Then you have tv shows, again, action shows, sci fi shows like Fringe and X-files, even nerd culture shows like Big Bang Theory & Community that may not draw big ratings use this as a way to keep interest going.

  • Courtenay P

    but she’s so cute. I kinda dig it.

  • NBG

    I agree with your comments about SDCC. I went three times in the early 00’s and in that short time the amount of space the convention took up literally doubled. (San Diego expanded its convention center with keeping SDCC as the impetus.
    These were the days BEFORE Hall H existed, everybody.)

    As a geek girl, I am torn. I love that geek culture is more mainstream and that there’s less of a stigma on nerdy things. BUT…I do miss the days of walking the convention floor with my favorite comic artists like George Perez or my favorite 70s and 80s sci fi actors. Running into Lou Ferrigno buying sandwiches at the Ralph’s was a fun experience that is not likely to be repeated today due to sheer size of the convention

  • carnush

    They both look adorable. That skirt is awful, but she is so cute I can’t hate.

    • Rhonda Shore

      it’s true, she is as cute as a button with that smile…but white skinny jeans would have been amazing.

  • Kappyapp

    Staring at the pics, I’m wondering if Jennifer is still considered a “fat” star by Hollywood. If so, it’s tragic – her stomach is to die for and she’s got an great shape.

    • Meredith

      It looks to me like her shape’s changed a bit since her Katniss and Silver Linings roles, which is when those comments were made.

  • Elena

    When I saw this picture yesterday, my eyes almost bulged out of my head because I couldn’t believe how horrible she looks.

  • They look as if she is his big sister, which is one of the main reasons he will never be a suitable Peeta, in my opinion. He may be dressed appropriately, but it still looks like he popped in on his way to Home Depot. And she, has more trouble wearing clothes than any starlet I can think of, without more coffee in me.

    • random_poster

      That’s it…she looks like the big sister. You put your finger on it!

    • RebeccaKW

      I agree. I know she probably has heels on, but the height difference is so jarring. He’s so little, he doesn’t fit the Peeta mold for me.

    • demidaemon

      It’s true. She’s no PhD level wearer, but she also makes no aspirations for it, either, in my opinion (Dior hired her, I think, on the basis of her popularity, not because she could showcase her wares well). And that’s what makes me love her more, as she tries and fails. Plus, she’s young; she has plenty of time to find her style niche (quirky awkward designs it is not).

      • This is my favorite usage of the “she’s young argument”. I like it so much more in this instance, than say when we (myself included) give passes to the recent Miley showings and drug laced shenanigans, for example. But above all, I am just glad I am not famous and that I “was young” long before smart phones and chronic chronicling of one’s experiments in fast lane living and questionable fashion.

  • RuthGo

    What’s telling here is that you can identify the designer of Jennifer’s outfit but how on earth would you credit Josh’s anonymous gray t-shirt? I understand exactly the point that there are very different rules for the genders but it just seems so unfair that he can stop at the Gap at get a serviceable outfit but she’s got to get a stylist.

    I actually would rather that top was a normal t-shirt that could tuck into the skirt.

    • SylviaFowler

      She doesn’t HAVE to get a stylist. No one is holding a gun to her head.

      • j_anson

        Sure. She also doesn’t HAVE to go to auditions. She could just sit around and wait for people to bring her jobs.

        • SylviaFowler

          One doesn’t have anything to do with the other. Did she not get any jobs before she had a stylist?

  • MoHub

    Like her top, but the skirt looks like a hastily wrapped bath towel.

  • acevedob

    They both look great to me. As a fellow 20-something year old, this is exactly what you would wear to this kind of thing. They’re so cute. 🙂

  • I’m having trouble with the credit for “EF Collection Jewelry” when all I see is a pair of nondescript gold studs and an equally nondescript skinny ring. I know you guys probably reprint the credits that go with the photo but I don’t get why one was even needed for these microscopic pieces. Just saying. And I do think the caption for Josh’s photo should read, “Josh Hutcherson wears a ratty pair of jeans, no-name t-shirt, and thrift store plaid shirt from God only knows where.”

  • decormaven

    She’s wearing jewelry? (Gets out magnifying glass- identifies small metallic bits.) She’s got such a comfortable smile, my minor quibbles about midriff and skirt are assuaged. He definitely is dressed to blend in at the convention.

  • majorbedhead

    He’s a wee little thing, isn’t he.

    • rkdgal

      I agree — he’s a cute little nugget! Surprised they would cast such a height disparity, especially when Hemsworth is so tall.

  • TigerLaverada

    Don’t like the skirt, but she looks great otherwise. He looks slackeresque, but I guess that’s appropriate for the venue. Wouldn’t she be considered more than a starlet at this point, though? I’d think winning an Oscar would elevate an actress beyond starlet class.

  • Just Me

    Hmmm, not feeling her outfit. Sorry, girl. Not feeling his outfit either…damn, both of them need to review Hailee’s triple play with the quickness. That little girl locked it down!

  • Frank_821

    Oh I hear you about Comicon.

    I went back in 2004 and there was already 100,000 attendees. But you didn’t have to wait in line for 3 hours for a panel. Now everything is such a big and calculated marketing production. I can recall when Christopher Nolan and the 1 of the writers came without any of the actors to hawk Batman Begins. They didn’t have any footage and they shared the hour with Keanu Reeves who was hawking his movie Constantine.

    I kind of shrug my shoulders with their outfits. The very idea that there’s a step and repeat at comicon is insane

    • MilaXX

      I met Ricardo Montalbán and the actor who played his son back in the day. No extra fee & I think the line for autographs/photos was maybe 30 minutes long. I remember one woman asked Ricardo if that was really his chest & he said yes and let her come up and feel it.

    • laddie103

      Reminds me of SXSW – small, then BIG, then a slow fade out.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I like zero about her outfit.

  • siriuslover

    I’m going to let my inner cougar out and say that Josh Hutcherson is sooo cute (I’ve probably said that a few times on this site…thanks for not judging me 😉 ). And I adore him as Peeta.

  • Liza Stufflococucs

    I was thinking a pencil skirt

  • ashtangajunkie

    He’s adorable. He’s not Peeta for me whatsoever, but he’s very cute and I enjoy his face. Jennifer Lawrence is thin and pretty and has bad hair A LOT. Bad skirt for sure, but it’s her hair that concerns me most. I like her top and would like to see it worn with skinny pants, as TLo suggested.

  • Beth513

    I’ve been debating bangs, JLaw here has convinced me it is not prudent at this juncture.

    • Little_Olive

      Oh yes: I’m surprised TLo didn’t comment on her sad, indecisive bangs. Plus they’re giving her an “after brow-lift” forehead.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t hate her outfit, just don’t love it& I agree, skinny jeans would have knocked it out of the park.
    I never made it to SDCC, but we used to do the cons in Philly & NYC when I ws in Hugh school & college back in the 80’s . I went to the Philoy one and I can only imagine how insane SD must be. It’s more glam than I recall.

  • DuBey2

    Would LOVE to see white skinnies on her with this top. I love her ‘girl next door’ makeup and hair w/the Katniss braids.
    As to Josh, well, seeing this look on him has shown me why some people never see him as the right actor for the Peeta role. But I’m glad they’re not changing any of the main characters for the whole series. At least, I hope they’re not.

  • random_poster

    The actors probably don’t think twice about their height differences, but it makes me sad that Katniss is taller than Peeta. The characters are an awkward pair to begin with. Maybe that’s the point.

  • The shoes she’s wearing hurt me. Not only would a cute flat sandal have worked better for the venue, it would have made poor Peeta look less…Fun-sized.

    • Bridget Smith

      I agree that these shoes are hideous, but I love that they don’t make her wear flats.

  • mmebam

    Dragon*Con is always my first pick. It’s my first one, and it has a third of the people at the San Diego one. I’d like to try PAX and Gen Con (boardgames).

    Also, my feet are weeping for her in those shoes.

    • I’m going to Otakon next month, but I’d love to go to one more western-nerd-centric (I go to the anime ones for my boyf, but neither of us are that into anime, it’s just that all his friends go to those). Gen Con sounds like a blast.
      Also, I love and recommend MagFest – video games and techno music.

      • mmebam

        I have friends who went to Magfest. They always seem to have a great time. Gamefest is another ATL-based one that sounds great.

        • The only problem with Magfest is it’s SO COLD that time of year and all the decently priced food is outside the hotel. The hotel itself is a lovely convention space though.

    • Frank_821

      I adore Dragoncon. both events have their virtues but SDCC is a trade show. Dragoncon (DC) is mardi gras. Also for the costumers, both events represent Fashion Week for the respective West and East coast. The best costumes of the year are usually premiered during the 2 events. Dragoncon however has the greater number of cool costumes.

      it’s in Atlanta during labor day weekend for those who don’t know. All the celebs who come know it’s party central. It starts thursday and keeps going around the clock until Monday afternoon.

      • NBG

        A friend in Atlanta refers to Dragon*Con as “nerdi gras” and she is a costumer. and she reports that some long time DC attendees gripe that it is also becoming too big and too populated by “non-geeks.”

    • silaria

      If you’re on the East Coast, you should check out Capclave. It’s small but super-cheap, and the Guest of Honor this year is George R. R. Martin. Capclave is the sort of venue where you have a very, very good chance of hanging out with the GoH at the hotel bar. (TLo, it’s in Maryland! You should totally come so I can meet my favorite fashion bloggers AND one of my favorite authors.)

  • They look like Urban Outfitters models in the lamest way.

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  • alyce1213

    I love her top, but the skirt’s kind of stiff, big and towely. It’s just off.
    He’s cute.

  • mommyca

    Is it me or Josh looks just like James Caan’s grandson? Once I’ve got that in my head that’s all I see now… little James Caan….

    • MilaXX

      I see it now.

  • dorothea_brooke

    Well I went to the Con (San Diego represent!) in about 1984 with this ultra nerd I was dating and I am bemused every year that it is actually cool. I mean, back then it was guys that spent their time editing the commercials out of Star Trek episodes sitting around banquet tables. Now, movie stars! I like the top, I hate the skirt and I hate her hair.

    • MilaXX

      Those are my memories from going to cons in the 80’s. The biggest cosplayers were this group of Trek fans who called themselves Unearthy Children. The were weird like the lady who used to go to court in a Trek uniform. We watched them from afar. They were a bit intense.

  • Calinda_L

    They’re both so baby-faced and casually-dressed, they look like they’re going out for malteds before the big high school football game. Go team, go!

  • Anathema_Device

    They need to average out their looks. He needs little more edge or polish. He’s a star *not* an attendee. She looks likes a fashion victim. I think I hate everything she is wearing.

    • Lady Orwellian

      Nerds prefer if the the star is just like them and will go on and on about how cool they were if they are. They will be happy to have them there, but if they are just like them, oh how so much better! He’s perfectly fine just the way he is.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    JLaw is showing a *lot* of skin, yet it’s not at all racy or vulgar. She is walking a very thin line very, very well — giving every demographic exactly what they want without upsetting any demographic (young girls, their moms, nerds, girlcrushes, gayboys, straight boys). That’s a master stroke. All the Emmas just got served.

  • bertkeeter

    It takes a lot of skill to make JL look bad….congratulations to her stylist! In twenty years or more when fans look back at some of her’s and other current star’s wardrobe choices I dont think they will have a great reaction. Personalities like Audrey Hepurn, Liz Taylor, Dietrich, Bacall, Jackie O, etc….styles that continue to inspire us today…not make us wonder WTF?

  • sweetlilvoice

    I actually like her outfit, his I cannot stand. He should have been made to go home and change. Seriously, you are promoting your movie! Dress like it. Service her car indeed….I hope he does the garage next.

  • Pepper Collins

    I totally forgot that Justin was shorter than Jennifer. He looks comfortable and that’s probably best when hanging out with a bunch of geeks (I’m a geek too). I definitely agree about her skirt. White skinnies would have been PERFECT.

  • Anniebet

    When I saw this outfit on her elsewhere I thought “Uh oh, the BKs are gonna have a field day”. Personally I don’t mind it, but the shoes belong on someone dressed in a Gay Nineties costume. He’s never floated my boat, now he’s demoted all the way down to cabin boy.

  • guest2visits

    He looks fine for the event; and I wouldn’t mind her 2-piece either but TLo’s right – the skirt doesn’t flatter, it’s a weird half tennis, half uniform kind of shape. Slacks would be better. (do people say ‘slacks’ anymore, and is it a term for both sexes pants?).
    Still, it’s a world better than that wretched 2-piece she wore with the table cloth tucked in the pants awhile ago. Worst outfit of the year so far.

  • Nicole

    love both of their looks!
    except I wish Jennifer would go with just a normal white skirt with nothing on it