Shailene Woodley in Diane von Furstenberg at the “Divergent” Chicago Screening

Posted on March 06, 2014

This is perfectly acceptable:


Shailene-Woodley-Divergent-Chicago-Premiere-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Shailene Woodley attends the screening of “Divergent” at the Kerasotes Showplace Icon Theater in Chicago in a Diane von Furstenberg dress paired with Kurt Geiger London pumps and Dannijones earrings.

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Shailene-Woodley-Divergent-Chicago-Premiere-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2014 Collection

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More than a little on the dull side, but since she’s sported some cringe-worthy disasters on red carpets in the past, and since she’s one of those “I don’t have a stylist” types, we have to take our little victories where we can. Jewelry and some professionally applied makeup might have been nice, though. We’re just saying. And we’d have loved this dress a lot more with the sleeves, which take it from standard to fun and head-turning. We don’t know … we’re struggling here and the best we can come up with is “Not a disaster.”

We never thought we’d become so dogmatic about the idea, but after years of documenting the red carpet, we’re prepared to say that pretty much every celeb making a major public appearance should be using the services of a stylist. Here’s a very pretty young star at a screening of her new franchise-oriented film and she looks like she changed out of her work clothes at the office. Perfectly acceptable, but not exactly dying to be photographed. Not that stylists don’t make mistakes all the time. We wouldn’t have this site if they didn’t. But even bad stylists know about the value of dressing for impact and image.



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  • littlestars

    This is kind of awful. She looks so young and fresh from the neck up, but this dress is way too mature for her. It doesn’t suit her at all.

    • leahpapa

      I think it’s too big on her, which isn’t helping. A size down and maybe a cute belt would have brought out the movement in the skirt.

  • Oh, I wish she had kept the star sleeves. Especially since she’s a hippy-dippy crunch-granola type (no hate, I’m hippy dippy minus crunchy granola.)

    • Mismarker

      Love the sleeves. I want them on this dress and I’d also like to put them on Dianna Agron’s coat.

    • KinoEye

      I LOVE the sheer sleeves. That would’ve helped this look to be much less dull. That, and some statement jewelry.

    • Spicytomato1

      Agreed, they are the cutest part of the dress. Not to mention the fact that Chicago is still in the midst of the longest. winter. ever. Sheer sleeves wouldn’t have offered warmth, of course, but somehow they seem more appropriate for the season.

  • Danielle

    It needs something to break the pattern up. Like one of those optical illusions you stare at cross-eyed for 5 minutes, waiting to see the sailboat pop out at you.

    • demidaemon

      Exactly, although I do generally like the pattern. If she had really nailed it with the head styling, then I think we would be having a different conversation.

      • Danielle

        I like the print a lot, I just wish there was a solid gold belt or some sort of statement necklace to distract the eye.

  • DTLAFamilies

    She needs to get it together fast because her career is about to blow up big time. She’s not only Divergent but she’s starring in The Fault in Our Stars which has a rabid following.

  • jw_ny

    She looks so good compared to other looks featured here, that I can’t throw anything but compliments her way. 🙂

  • People are talking about “Divergent” like it’s the second coming of “The Hunger Games”. If I was Ms. Woodley, I’d be wearing a dress made of firecrackers (selected by a stylist, of course).

    • julnyes

      Really? The previews for it left me cold, but I haven’t read the books so I’m unaware of the fandom attached to it.

      • The only buzz I’ve heard about “Divergent” is from people trying to create buzz about it. I suspect that people are throwing around the phrase “the next Hunger Games!” is because they got nothing else.

        • Liz

          I heard “better than the Hunger Games” from people who read the series, so that is encouraging.

          • Sarah

            That would not be hard. HG is…not the best writing. The last one in particular is pretty rough.

          • Spicytomato1

            Ooh, I would disagree, and so would my son. I wasn’t a fan of THG for various reasons but it did have a coherent message. Divergent felt like it was trying to capitalize on all the drama of the THG, with none of the (marginal) substance. I also think people are trying very hard to make this happen, vs THG which took on a life of its own more organically.

          • demidaemon

            True. Which is pretty much expected of trends both in publishing and film. It’s what happened with the chick-lit craze a few years back, so now post-apocalyptic stories starring teenagers is the next big thing. Generally, though, authors who jump on the trend generally have less successful careers than those who started said trends.

          • ampg

            I’ve heard the opposite – that it was very obviously derivative and rather slapdash. Haven’t read the series, though.

          • ChiliP

            Read both THG and Divergent, and I strongly disagree. In fact, as someone who recently moved to Chicago, I think the only people who are really hyping the series are people who live here or have some connection to the city. It’s nice for someone who’s familiar with Chicago to see references to Wabash or Merchandise Mart, but if I didn’t live here I’d think “again with the random street and building names? Let’s get back to the action.”

            Also, the overall story doesn’t seem as realized as THG. The first book was pretty strong (I think the movie will be too), then it’s almost as if Veronica Roth decided to completely change directions in the second and third books. The only reason why I finished the third book is because I hate leaving things unfinished- trust me, it was a hate read.

          • FrigidDiva

            Thanks for the analysis, I’ve been kind of on the fence about reading this series. I watched Catching Fire this weekened and the preview for Divergent was on before the movie. I like the cast, but the trailer just didn’t do anything for me.

      • MilaXX

        People are trying hard to get money from that YA cash cow. They tried to make fetch happen with Enders Game as well. I’m hoping that Divergent is a more successful attempt.

        • I’ve seen a couple of pleasepleasepleasemakemethenextTwilight movies recently. Awful. I don’t know who is putting money behind them but they need to take a step back and a couple of deep breaths.

        • kimmeister

          I loved Ender’s Game back when I read it in the mid-90’s. I had always hoped it would be made into a film. Too much time has passed for me to remember the particulars of the book, but the movie was pretty decent.

    • decormaven

      Yes, the cover of EW is hawking this movie, so I’m surprised she’s wearing such a pedestrian outfit. If the studio is trying to drum up all those Twihard/Hunger Games $$, they need to oomph up the RC wardrobe.

      • Loramir

        EW is in fact claiming that the entire future of movies based on YA books hangs on this movie and the article has all the people involved going on about what tremendous pressure they’re under to succeed. Not sure I believe all that, but if that’s the case, they definitely need to jazz up both the red carpet appearances and the publicity campaign (the EW cover was the first I’d heard of it).

        • demidaemon

          Well, EW is a little bit behind the times, because movies based on novels (including YA novels) has been going on for a while, usually with some degree of success.

          • Loramir

            Yeah, I think their claim is that with an assortment of YA adaptation movies not doing so great lately (Mortal Instruments, Beautiful Creatures, Vampire Acadamy, Ender’s Game, The Host), they need some more big hits to keep the genre viable for Hollywood. I’d argue that there have been enough mega-hits to make up for the flops. And in some cases, the flops were based on pretty crappy books and seemed to be made mostly for sake of jumping on the YA bandwagon.

            A constant string of hits doesn’t seem realistic or achievable anyway. Every genre has ups and downs. And I’d just as soon Hollywood lost the notion that every single book – particularly YA series – that becomes remotely popular must immediately be moviefied.

          • I heard a small boy telling his mum the plot of one of the Harry Potter stories this afternoon. He was so excited, and it was obviously a new discovery. You can’t do a paint by numbers job to get that.

          • demidaemon

            That’s so awesome. That is the moment every author should live for.

          • demidaemon

            True, but this is a bit on the logical side for Hollywood. Much like fashion, trends persist, perhaps to their detriment, and everyone jumps on the trend, whether it is ill-advised or not. probably the only ones benefiting from this mess are the original authors, who make a butt-load of easy money when they sell their film rights. Of course, then you have to see how Hollywood warped your original vision, and that may not be worth every dollar in the Land of Actors and Executives.

  • Sarah

    She REALLY needed some jewelries.

    • mlle

      Yep. I wear more jewelry to the office.

      • decormaven

        I wear more jewelry hanging at the house.

  • Little_Olive

    That is not an outfit, it’s just throwing on a dress. And not an interesting or particularly flattering one. Next!

  • Miss Ruth

    “I don’t want to sound cocky, but I think I completely nailed that marketing PowerPoint at the regional sales meeting today…waiter, pinot grigio, please?”

  • Anna

    Off-duty administrative assistant. Print is OK, but it’s shapeless.

  • This is definitely the work of a professional makeup artist, but she’s one of those clients who likes to look “very very natural”. I have a whole portfolio of brides who look like they have no makeup on for this exact reason.

  • Latin Buddy

    I just wonder how these stars think they will get amazing pieces and free clothes without employing a stylist. It’s not vain, it’s part of your job. With the help of a stylist, they can help you create a particular image. It’s logical…even if that image is that “I’m so over it” It can work.

  • @Biting Panda

    I like the dress. What I really like though, is her attitude regarding her extreme Eco-friendly lifestyle vs her job and its weird requirements. Taking a quote from her Hollywood Reporter interview: “I realized this garment is going to be used over and over and over again. If I was to show up wearing my five-toe shoes, my Melodia organic leggings and some hippie top, no one is going to take me seriously, and I probably would not be doing this interview right now for The Hollywood Reporter. When I go on a red carpet, I’m Shailene, but I’m also Shailene representing a movie. I’m there for my boss, for my employer, so part of that comes with wearing the uniform.”

    That is refreshing. That is honest and bullshit free. What a concept.

    • marlie

      I certainly appreciate that she knows that it’s all part of the job.

    • alyce1213

      Just read this after posting. She’s smart.

  • hughman

    “All my Buzzfeed quizzes say I’m “most like Natalie Portman”. I was so honored.”

    • @Biting Panda

      goddamnit. i love you.

  • I would wear that dress to a board of directors meeting. And an ankle bracelet is what she chose for her sole accessory??

  • Cathy S

    Oh, I’m sorry she dropped the sleeves. The dress pattern is cool, but the sleeves really made it sing.

  • marlie

    The dress is cute, but she needs earrings and/or a cuff and some more interesting shoes.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    With this chick, “perfectly acceptable” might be a personal best.

  • alyce1213

    I wish she’d kept the sleeves. I can see why she chose this, she wants to be taken seriously, not fluffily and you can’t go wrong with Diane von Furstenberg. I like her.

  • butterflysunita

    Yes, it’s sad that a celebrity wearing thousands of dollars of designer clothes and jewelry can’t do better than a: “This is perfectly acceptable.”
    I think the dress is very cute, even without the sleeves. But she needed some dangling earrings or better makeup.

  • shirab

    I have a question about how stylists work, never having had one in my employ. Are they paid by the styled person (per event, on retainer, other?), or do they get a commission from the designers whose clothes/accessories they manage to get out in front of the public, or are they compensated in some cases by a movie’s promotion budget, or is there a combination?

    • MilaXX

      That Vanity Fair article called Slaves of the Red Carpet that T & Lo reference a while back answered that question. It’s worth the read. It’s a bit complex because there are additional things to take into consideration like designers paying actresses to wear their clothing & accessories so it wouldn’t be fair to charge the studio a line item figure for stylist, makeup and hair people.

    • demidaemon

      I assume that, in general, the person pays the stylist as that person is usually in charge of their client’s entire wardrobe, not just what they wear to events and such.

  • Imasewsure

    I really like the dress even without the sleeves but as stated, there’s no impact at all with it. STYLIST!!

  • KT

    No. Boring and underwhelming all around. This looks like a dress I’d wear to work, not to say that it isn’t cute, but it’s totally wrong for a movie premiere — especially when she’s the star of the movie, and ESPECIALLY when that thing’s about to make a shitload of cash.

    This was the moment for her to stroll in, wearing the most fabulous, dramatic, kick-ass little number, quietly telling Jennifer Lawrence to go fuck herself. There’s a new leading lady to bolster an entire YA franchise for Lionsgate, bitch!

  • lobsterlen

    I dont get the no stylist thing either. Really what is a stylist but a modern day ladies maid and who wouldn’t want a ladies maid? I would love someone to buy me clothes and give suggestions on what to wear. The other burning question for me is when they get involved in accidents and they are driving. You are going out, you have the money, HIRE a driver. Celebrity mysteries.

    • marlie

      *Especially* when they’ve been drinking.

      • demidaemon

        Some stars learned this lesson the hard way and adapt. Others, apparently, have the brainspace of a cockroach and thus cannot learn even the basics of “not making a fucking ass of themselves whenever possible.”

    • I know! I see fame & fortune as a way of getting out of doing the stuff I don’t like doing. In their position I would never clean the house, do the laundry or brush my own hair again.

  • BayTampaBay

    I like the dress as is (without the sleeves) for work because this is a work dress. However, this is the totally wrong dress for a movie screening even with the sleeves.

  • Liz

    Hmmm, I really like it without the sleeves. I think with better hair and a bracelet she could have taken it from “after work cocktails” to a better place.

  • MilaXX

    It’s not a wow, but I really like this even the clean face. I prefer the dress without the sleeve and I’m ecstatic she didn’t wear the pants. A ring or some bracelets would have been nice, but this is a good effort. I do hope she changes her mind on the no stylist issue when it comes time to do the pole dance for this movie. No way will she be able to maintain several week’s of good looks.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    I have no idea why she is the YA-book-to-movie It Girl. To me she is blandness in human form.

    • @Biting Panda

      Maybe that’s your answer. She’s “Every Girl.” Well, every thin, white girl.

    • Sarah

      I seriously felt the same way about both KStew and Emma Watson (just my personal feeling – fans please don’t hate!) and look what happened to them!

  • lunchcoma

    It’s fine. She’s never going to be a fashion girl, given her feelings about the environment and about red carpet wear. I think we’ll see her always doing her job and looking appropriate, but I don’t think she’s ever going to be in the stunner category because it’s not important to her.

  • Tracy_Flick

    That ankle bracelet is crying out for a foot tattoo, preferably one with an over-wrought quote and a misspelling.

  • Jenna621

    I just have to ask…are ankle bracelets making a comeback?

  • Stacey Summerville

    I love her so I can’t hate too hard, but this is pretty blah.

    Anyone else SO PUMPED to see Divergent?! The books are amaze.

  • Trickytrisha

    Girl better get her glitz on if she’s gonna compete in the teen heart throb division, female section.

  • ojosazules

    The connection between being concerned about the environment and wearing the most boring fashion in the known universe eludes me.

  • Jeannie Shmina Greenwald

    Agreed. The dress could have been a skosh more fitted on the top half. And who would go to a premiere sans jewelry if you are the star of the show? She’s so cute and I am glad she’s dressing modestly but doesn’t everyone know that a glam event calls for a great bracelet or two, and some wonderful earrings?

  • Gatto Nero

    This would have been more dramatic worn as a tunic (as on the model), with some killer shoes and a dramatic ring.

  • Kent Roby

    If this movie is supposed to draw the Hunger Games fans (including moi), Shailene needs to JLaw it up.

  • kimmeister

    I’m biased against star print, so I don’t wish she had the sleeves. No, it’s not a wow look, but I’m ok with that for a screening vs the actual premiere.

  • Jecca2244

    this would literally be a “bad” day outfit for me if i could afford DVF at retail. Literally a work shift dress.

  • kt

    She looks like a young suburban mom. Did you guys see her recent spread in Instyle? They had her hair pushed in her face and she was in these GORGEOUS slim aarons/riviera getups and she looked stunning.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    Girl, this is why you weren’t in The Hunger Games. Step it up, there’s plenty of room at the top.

  • anotherkate

    That has to be the least showy pair of Dannijo earrings in the whole entire world.
    I like her, but I agree with TLo that she could be a little splashier. Even if it seems stupid, putting the effort in on the style front will get her more exposure, and if she gets mad exposure she’ll have more opportunities to be an ambassador for the kind of granola-oriented causes she cares about. One could argue that it’s tiresome and even sexist that the easiest way to gain fame and clout is through lookin’ pretty, but it’s the model we have. (Note, I don’t personally think fashion is sexist on its face; I love fashion!)

  • Dan_In_NYC

    She looks exactly like the before of a Day to Evening makeover. She put on the dress, and now her sassy friend is going to complete the look. A little more vamp to the make-up, some fab accessories and a little boost to the hair, and this could have gone somewhere.

    (During which time that angle bracelet would have gone away.)

  • Qitkat

    But even bad stylists know about the value of dressing for impact and image.

    Even ordinary Bitter Kittens, not that any of us are so plebeian, know about the value of dressing UP for an Occasion.
    This might be a case of it would have been better to break the rule, and to copy the runway look.

  • quiltrx

    The print (which is cool, no surprise with DVF) is the only thing that keeps this from being perhaps the most boring dress in the world.
    And I can’t even SEE the alleged earrings.

  • kategs

    The way those scallops/half moons are glowing does something really nice for her skin tone. I agree with other posters, a belt would have helped and the sleeves would have been a kick.

  • guest2visits

    Loved it without the sleeves, and I think she looks lovely; but extra arty, kicky footwear might have pushed it up a notch.

  • Suzannah Gordon

    fish scales