Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior at the “Hunger Games” World Premiere

Posted on November 12, 2013

Wow. This is, we have to say, a stunning disappointment.



Jennifer Lawrence attends the world premiere of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” in London in a Christian Dior couture dress paired with Kurt Geiger London pumps and jewelry by EF Collection and Sydney Evan.

Christian Dior Fall 2013 Couture Collection

Lady stars, this is what happens when you sign the big endorsement contracts with major fashion houses. You’re forced into dresses that don’t suit you AT ALL for your major movie premiere.

This is a really tough dress to pull off, and while she’s impressed us quite a bit in the past year by improving wildly on the whole style and poise front, this one’s still outside her wheelhouse. Outside of a Tilda or Cate, we’re really not sure this is in anyone’s wheelhouse. We’re thinking for it to work at all the wearer needs to possess some super-human poise and grace.  But this is perhaps putting too much of the blame on Jennifer. She’s not a model. It’s not her fault she can’t work a F.M.O. dress.

Still, you’d think she had enough pull to be able to say no to this choice. There’s plenty in the Dior closet that suits her better than this.

Also: boy-howdy, is that hair and makeup a letdown or what? We would have thought this night would be the night to pull out all the stops, no? It’s a guaranteed mega-hit of a movie and the most anticipated project of her career so far. Clean face, mom hair, no jewelry to speak of, and an awkward dress? THIS is what the style team came up with?



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  • Clearly, Cinna was not in charge of this fucktastrophe.

    • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      Cinna is weeping. What a wasted opportunity.

    • alaskahyoung

      Octavia, Flavius and Venia would be crying.

    • SugarSnap108

      Fucktastrophe is an amazing fictional word — and unfortunately very apt in this case.

      • It’s very Malcolm Tuckeresque, which makes it perfect.

    • Danielle

      Can I just say how much I love Lenny Kravitz as Cinna? Perfect casting.

  • Stella Zawistowski

    Ooh, Jennifer, no. Such an awkward length, and the whole thing just reads “sequined apron” to me.

    • demidaemon

      That’s my major problem, too. The length, and the fact that Dior is schilling this as couture.

  • Jessica Freeman

    It’s all so proportionally weird. The detail on the skirt is lost in the wide column shape of the bottom half. It all needed to flow, the lines are so off….

    • Awful dress. We’ve known about the hair for a minute, but she needed a real Charlize Theron moment here and this is sooooo far from that.

  • gabbilevy

    Nope that is no one’s dress. Also, count me in on the camp that thinks Jen should have gone all the way pixie. This cut is not working for her.

    • jtabz

      So agreed on the hair–
      She’s lovely no matter what, but styling these short/long cuts is really hit-or-miss. She’d look fabulous with a pixie.

      • demidaemon

        I’ve seen her hair styled much better–when she first showed off the new cut and in an interview last night on E! News. This version–not so much.

    • kimmeister

      It’s just not a particularly attractive dress period.

      • I would like to point out that it doesn’t look particularly good on the model, either. FAIL.

    • SarahDH

      It’s like she went straight to “awkward growing out phase” hair.

  • All I can think of is that someone dipped that dress in candy sprinkles. It just looks so damn awkward.

    • Julie Ree

      Maybe it is also an endorsement for CandyCrush.

    • cocohall

      I know – it is very “festive” but in a crafty sort of way. I’ve been to Michael’s and there was a sale! I’ll go back tomorrow and see if they’ve restocked the candy sprinkles so I can finish covering the rest of my dress!

    • Constant Reader

      I was thinking it looks like the sugar cookies my nieces and nephews decorate at Christmastime if I fail to supervise adequately.

  • R. L.

    That dress is a craft project.

  • Fisher&SonsFuneralHome

    That glitter panel is throwing the whole look off. If the dress were all white, this would be a knockout look.

  • mjude

    I don’t even like it on the model

  • BazoDee

    Rule number 1 of short hair – EARRINGS!!!!
    A strong lip and stronger eye would have done so much here.
    That cut could have been styled much better – either more sleek or more shape: as it is, it is in no mans land.
    She is endowed enough that the girls need support even when wearing a backless dress.
    And a statement necklace could have salvaged this. As it is – so very off.

  • elleg929

    I don’t know if it’s a FMO dress as I think it looks pretty ugly on the model as well.

    • siriuslover

      I don’t know what FMO stands for! 🙁

      • elleg929

        For Models Only…it’s a TLo term 🙂

        • siriuslover

          Thanks! I know most TLo terms but sometimes one flies by me. They need a handy glossary page!

  • d4divine

    i don’t blame her, I blame her team. ANY trained eye on the level of Dior should be able to see that this is not Jennifer’s dress….I mean come on!!

    • marlie

      These red carpet disasters are almost always the professional stylists’ fault. Which is worse. They’re supposed to be the professional, and all of us untrained amateurs (well, most of us) can tell it doesn’t work.

  • NMMagpie

    This is what happens when you fall into a large pile of Skittles. Like the shoes, though.

  • d4divine

    I love the cut…but with that cut ya gotta up your game in the edgy glam arena…Period 24/7

  • Sara

    She has an incredible figure and this dress does absolutely nothing to complement it. Huge disappointment. I’d say with the exception of her post-Oscars gown (and maybe her actual Oscars gown), her Dior phase has been a giant letdown. It just doesn’t suit her.

  • Nancer

    Wow. Christian Dior is so much better than this abomination of a dress. Just hideous.

    • demidaemon

      I wonder about that, especially what we’ve been seeing lately.

      • Nancer

        I know, right? You have to wonder what’s happening at the design house that they can produce this and then send it out into the world!

  • filmcricket

    Maybe, maaaaybe Cate could have pulled this off. But the dress itself is just not good, it’s not even working on the model.

  • GorgeousThings

    I have to admit, I have been pretty thoroughly unimpressed with Dior’s offerings since Raf Simons took over.

    • DuBey2


    • demidaemon

      Agreed 1000%.

  • sugarkane105

    I cannot wait until her contract with Dior ends. She looks so much better in cleaner, simpler silhouettes.

    • filmcricket

      Why Ralph Lauren or Calvin Klein didn’t snatch her up is beyond me.

      • sugarkane105

        Exactly! She’s worn at least two amazing Calvin Kleins – the red one at her first Oscar appearance and the gold one after she won the Oscar this year.

        • That red CK dress per her on the map, imo.

          • sugarkane105

            Yup, I didn’t know who she was then, but I suddenly had a new girl crush.

    • lrober03

      I think she looks really good in the coat advertisements though. Granted, coats are probably easier to model than dresses, and she’s standing straight and still

  • Ginny Ellsworth

    The team is mad at her because she cut her hair!

  • shirab

    She doesn’t look all that happy in it, either, poor girl. That looks like the polite but forced smile my tween boy puts on when elderly relatives want him to pose for pictures.

  • kittenwithaquip

    Mom hair? Well, shiiiiit. She and I chopped our hair off at the same time, and it gave me comfort to see that a 20-something had my same haircut (though I style mine differently, more like I noticed hers to be styled at recent interviews). I may be a 43-year-old SAHM, but I DON’T want Mom hair. Hmmmph.

    Otherwise, I agree that this is a miss. I know the BK reference PR a lot, but this does look like one of those designs whereupon the designer glued a bunch of beads to the front panel, and seems pretty random at that. Being couture I’m sure the beads were carefully sewn on little French ladies (ha!), but they still look like one my Kindergartener’s art projects. Plus, a satin pump? Snore. Leave this kind of thing for Marion Cotillard, JLaw. She seems to elicit Irrational Hate from people already, and she has that Gallic disposition not to give a shit what people think of her.

    • marlie

      I really like her cut. Everything else about this look, though… nope.

  • kmk05

    …And it’s wrinkled 🙁 Sad times.

    The thing I hate the most has the be the mom hair: you can zhuz up everything else (including changing the dress), but that hair was just horribly styled.

  • abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxqyz

    no offence Dior under the helm of Raf Simons is a disappointment, and its celeb endorsements are often embarrassments.

  • Latin Buddy

    This is horrible. You know who she needs? Vicky Beckham. Clean yet fun designs are her thing.

    • demidaemon

      It’s the pregnancy hormones. Or Roger (is that her husband’s name?).

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    She’s so pretty and so talented, but this dress does nothing to help her on the RC. Unfortunate.

  • Janet B

    She deserved better: a more flattering dress and better styling.

  • teensmom99

    Another Dior that would look great on a 1950s Barbie doll – a look I generally adore in theory but can be hard to pull off. If she’d pulled off the 1950s model look, then the hair would work . . .

    • DuBey2

      Don’t ya think the 50’s Barbie doll had too much bustline for this dress style to work?

      • teensmom99

        There are advantages to being made of plastic

  • LuisaNL

    ugly dress alert! don’t care it’s Dior.

  • SugarSnap108

    That dress is aggressively awkward. And it’s like the hair and makeup were deliberately done to achieve a streamlined kind of awkward. Poor thing.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love the hair and makeup, she looks fresh, yet sophisticated. The dress is not her dress and I don’t now what is it (is it the ankle lenght?) about the skirt of the dress that makes it look so stiff.

  • BendinIntheWind

    If the dress wasn’t a drop-waist, I think she would have been a knockout. I adore the shoes and I think her hair and makeup look fresh and not overdone, just place that waist a little higher and we’re in business.

  • nannypoo

    No amount of hair zhushing, eye makeup, earrings or lipstick could help that stupid dress. It’s just ugly.

  • SewingSiren

    Looks like it was made from the scraps on the cutting room floor.

    • MoHub

      Precisely. And when they found there wasn’t enough of the white, they grabbed the nearest leftover fabric with enough yardage to finish the dress, and—lo and behold!—it was that awful print.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    Her hairline looks…interesting. And by “interesting,” I mean “like a fancy lacefront.” I hate all of this. I hate the shoes, the dress, the Hilary Clinton hair- it’s all bad. And she’s gorgeous, so this really shouldn’t happen.

  • Marie Sea

    So the dress that they had planned got lost and this is the only thing Dior made that fits a non size 0? Or maybe they just hate her.

  • BP180

    Aw, I kind of like it. Apparently I am alone in this.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Ouch, Jen… premiere of the big blockbuster, and your ran out in your peignoir! And fell into a bucket of sprinkles on the way? (Maybe it’s weird meta reference of some sort to a bakery?)

    I guess after all the dyeing and bleaching back and forth, it was probably time to cut her hair and let it recover from the trauma (either that, or it was cut for the events of Mockingjay), but this style doesn’t do much for her, whatever the reason.

    • MilaXX

      I think they are filming Mockingjay so you may be right.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        Though I don’t think it’s actually supposed to be cut short, since she talks about matted curtains of hair when she hasn’t been taking care of it. The one advantage of short hair is that you don’t have to worry about that so much.

    • marlie

      I think she said in an interview somewhere that her hair was in bad shape, so she just cut it off to start over.

  • MilaXX

    I like the dress on her but the hair is too mature, she needs a bit more makeup and definitely needs better earrings.

  • Garcia Loca

    Over at Lainey Gossip, she supposed this is the result of Dior splitting outfits among its three darlings: Charlize, Marillon, and Jennifer and that this dress came from a Charlize reject pile. If true, it’s kind of hilarious. Because if Charlize doesn’t think she can make a dress work, what would possess a mere mortal to attempt? (Not that JLaw is not fabulous, but she’s no Charlize.)

    • marlie

      Or maybe Charlize had the balls to say “no way I’m wearing that; that dress is fugly.”

  • MmmmmmmmK

    I dunno, I think that views from the right side and back are kind of pretty.

  • In_Stitches

    I’m a firm believer that everyone can wear white to stunning effect, it just has to be the right white. This is NOT her white.

    I do objectively love the dress, it just not for her at all. New fave Lupita Nyong’o might be able to pull it off.

  • Cathy S

    I don’t even like it on the model.

  • Danielle

    The hem length is killin’ me.

  • decormaven

    Aww, this is a miss, except for maybe the shoes. Please let her wear something fabulous (and non-Dior) for American Hustle.

    • marlie

      I’d cut someone for those shoes.

  • imspinningaround

    I love Jennifer Lawrence, but she’s so wrong for Dior. Dior is for
    mean, brittle women whose idea of a balanced breakfast is an espresso in
    one hand and a Marlboro Light in the other. She has that all-American
    insouciance that would work better with Michael Kors or even Carolina Herrera.

  • Kelly

    Where’s Cinna when you need him? I don’t think this is the model’s dress, either — just way too hectic and mixed-up all around. But I do think the hair could have been great, except that it looks like my (in other words, NOT an RC person’s) hair when I try something new: in theory, it’s a chic style, but it lasts for about two minutes before it all flops down or separates or just generally starts reasserting its inner ordinariness. I’m not chic from the inside, know what I mean? So my hair refuses to let me try to pretend. “Get real,” it says. Jennifer’s hair seems to be telling her the same thing here.

  • Terri Terri

    Wow, she deserves better. That is a hideous dress.

  • crash1212

    This is really a shame. You’d think the Dior people would know better. Wouldn’t they want to showcase their “star” in something she’d knock out of the park? None of this makes sense. Also, that dress is awful.

    • Jumpingjacks

      I doubt it’s Dior that actually chooses the dress she wears, she has a stylist who does that..

  • ashtangajunkie

    I don’t mind the dress on her. I think the styling is the big let down here – big earrings and movie premiere makeup would have made this miles better. Not perfect, but better.

  • vickilu

    Please god let her contract with Dior end soon.

  • Carolyne

    I don’t even think it looks good on the model!

  • Diego!

    This is ugly as sh*t!!!! Awful. Does she not have a mirror?

  • marlie

    The bodice of the dress is weird and wrinkly. And I really hate where the hemline hits. I could get behind the hair and makeup if she had been wearing a really bold lip color (I think it calls for it here), but as it is, it looks like her makeup is unfinished.

  • HobbitGirl

    In fairness, it did look a little better in person. It was more sparkly. But the shape is gawdawful.

  • LipstickForPigs

    I have to say that I really REALLY hate the “Pixie Cut” trend that is going around like some kind of virulent flu. All I see is Kate Gosslin…and no one needs to see that shit.

    Earrings, shorter length, and better make-up would have done a lot for this.

  • Not applicable

    she looks like a vanilla soft-serve with 3/4 of her Jimmies licked off.

    • OrigamiRose

      +1 for using the correct terminology “Jimmies” 🙂

      • sugarkane105

        Jimmies! My god, I haven’t heard that since I worked at Rita’s in Chadds Ford, PA.

        • OrigamiRose

          When I was younger, I would unabashedly open up a container of Jimmies, stick a spoon in them and go to town.

          I’m so glad I’m not young anymore 🙂

  • Anathema_Device

    Yeah, this is bad, right down to the awkward length. I can see that they were going for minimalist in the makeup and hair dept, but as with the dress, she just can’t pull off that stark look.

    • Garcia Loca

      Actually, she can look amazing in minimalist, as her red Calvin Klein stunner at her first Oscars proved. It’s just that this dress is not so much minimalist as it’s sloppy and amateurish.

      • Anathema_Device

        I was thinking more of the hair and makeup, but esp. the hair. That Tilda or Cate styling doesn’t really fly on her.

  • KinoEye

    Hate to say it, but heads should roll over this one. She’s the hottest A-list actress working today. Everyone wants her. This is, as our Guncles noted, a massive premiere for a massive, massive film. She should have looked nothing short of flawless, and it’s not all that hard to do when you’re styling Jennifer Lawrence. The sad little people who did this to her need to go, stat, because this is borderline sabotage.

  • Snailstsichr

    She won the Oscar, yet seems to always get the 3rd string Dior dresses. It doesn’t make sense to me.

    • She tripped. They’re still pissed.

      • OrigamiRose

        I’m a member of the “that was staged!” conspiracy theorists 😉

        • You mean to suggest, there was an inauthentic moment that perfectly cemented the persona she was rapidly being known and adored for? In Hollywood? But, actors only act on set and stage, right? ; )

          • OrigamiRose

            DING DING DING DING DING! :))

  • ChelseaNH

    They’re just lowering expectations, so they can come out for the 3rd installment with guns a-blazing and grab some award nominations through sheer va-va-voom power.

  • OrigamiRose

    Project Runway avant garde fail.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Nothing’s working here for me. A big “Yikes!” all around.

  • Isy

    This looks like the Gum Wall in Seattle. Ew…

  • DuBey2

    I didn’t know Dior had a Bedazzler.

  • kaycem

    that dress is just plain ugly… tilda or cate may have been able to pull it off, but that wouldn’t detract from how god awful it is at its roots.

  • Jumpingjacks

    I think the dress is gorgeous on the model (except for the length) and the draped back is great!..
    But because Jennifer doesn’t have modelsized boobs, the more pleated and draped front disappears, making the bust-part look awkward..

  • Sunraya

    I just don’t get why the colorful part of the dress comes up to such an awkward place to meet the white, and why it is only 1/2 of the bottom. It is just weird. Not “cool weird,” more like “trying to be cool weird.”

    I might have liked it if the whole skirt was colored, like the dress Nicole Richie was wearing that TLo featured. That might have looked better.

  • DuBey2

    Am I the only one here who wishes she had NOT cut her hair?
    Also, I’m getting a faint Helen Hunt vibe, especially in the 3rd pic down. Don’t think thats a real good thing for JLaw.

  • melanie0866

    I like the shoes!

  • Lilak

    Begone, Dior! (Would that) you have no power here!
    Miss Lawrence deserves sooo much better — this partnership is breaking my heart ….

  • Kent Roby

    That dress is not worthy of “Dior Couture”; I would expect it to be part of T J Max’s holiday collection.

  • guest2visits

    This dress looks like a bed sheet with quick glue gun fix, PR style.
    It’s proportions and overall design flatter no one including the model.
    The only decent pic of Jennifer is the walking shot where the dress floats and the many flaws in the design are obscured.

  • jspark

    It doesn’t even look good on the model. If it makes the model look like she has thunder thighs stay away.

  • Imasewsure

    Keep the shoes and start over… ugly ugly dull and ugly

  • mrspotts66

    i like the dress from the back.
    it’s got a graceful line to it.
    from the front, it looks like a pre-school beading & glue stick party.

  • Ashleigh

    this dress is a joke…Dior or not.

  • pookiesmom

    This is an ugly dress even on the model. Burn it.

  • unbornfawn

    She always looks so much better in her films than she does when she is doing the poledance, I don’t know who she has advising her for these things, but they need to be fired, or watch her movies.

  • 1964edithgrove

    Dior seems to have gone down the drain…

  • LeelaST

    Project Runway “I glued a bunch of sequins on a bed sheet” ish.

  • Laurie Landry

    Someone went a little nutso with the Bedazzler.

  • Caaro3

    What is a ‘clean face’?

  • amf0001

    I kind of love how her shoes are twisting under her… that’s what would happen to me if I were wearing those shoes (or if I had worn them at her age)

  • poor child…

  • Kappyapp

    very disappointing. she’s such a fabulous young woman, and this look simply isn’t fabulous

  • Trickytrisha

    I hope Dior shoved this little bit of hell in a garment bag and flew it to her stylist with a note saying “This is the dress for the London premiere. Don’t bitch, this is the only choice”. I’d hate to think Jennifer would let someone put this on her unless she was forced to wear it. She picked a very unfortunate time to get a lousy haircut too.

  • frannyprof

    I didn’t realize bedazzling has become a legit couture technique. Good to know.

  • 🙁

  • CarrieBaby

    Girl that is not your dress. It’s not standing out at all. The dress is wearing her instead of her wearing the dress

  • bellafigura1

    Not to nitpick, but is that a dress? Not a hostess pants thing? I’m usually half blind and hung over, so I could be wrong.

    Also, I like the hair but I think to really rock the pixie, she needed to blonde it up. That’s what’s making it read “Mom” hair.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    it doesn’t even work on the model…it fits neither well…ugh.

  • Miranda

    This looks like what I screwed up in high school home ec class

  • Deborah McLaughlin

    God what an ugly dress.

  • Adibug

    Fairybread dress!

  • zingit

    She clearly needs Cinna to help her out! (Apologies if someone farther down the comments thread already made this joke.) But seriously, I was really hoping for a gorgeous red Catching Fire-y dress for this.

  • I like the hair.

  • bertkeeter

    I dream of the day I read that both Simon and Wang are gone. Two of the most iconic names in french fashion and it’s just one train wreck after another….HOLY MERDE!

  • Jecca2244

    she wins in my book because, publicity stunt or not, she had the security guards on the carpet move the rope barriers so she could get to a fan in a wheelchair.

  • quiltrx

    I think this dress would only work on someone really angular and otherworldly. David Bowie or Tilda I guess (wink).

  • Lily-Rygh

    Quite simply one of the ugliest dresses I have seen in AGES.

  • TigerLaverada

    Wow that’s an ugly dress. It looks like somebody stickied up one side and then laid her in a bed of nonpareils. I doubt even Tilda could pull this off.

  • Ten Ten

    It’s the plague the Bible never spoke about: the attack of candy corn. -_-

  • Shawn EH

    She is the one who wore that skirt that was also pants last season. She’s always game to try, it seems.

  • Jacob Bowen

    It’s like someone forgot to shut the lid on her vajay and let the sprinkles flood out!

  • andreawey

    I’ll take sprinkles on my vanilla ice cream 😉

  • Akemi

    I really want ice cream with rainbow sprinkles on it right now.

  • H2olovngrl

    I think she looks lovely.