Lena Dunham at the Miu Miu Spring 2014 Show in Paris

Posted on October 03, 2013

Question: Should we yell at Lena or should we coddle her and say soothing, positive things to her? Because the issue here isn’t that she looks bad…


“Girls” star Lena Dunham attends the Miu Miu Spring 2014 show at Palais d’Iéna in Paris in a Miu Miu outfit paired with Prada accessories.

… the issue here is that this is easily the best she’s ever looked in public — and she’s clearly miserable about it.

Let’s break this down and do a little style psychoanalysis. We once again want to vehemently deny any idea that Lena “doesn’t care” about fashion. It’s getting to be an increasingly ludicrous defense when we’re talking about her in a custom Prada gown or attending the Paris fashion shows. These are not the actions or choices of some fashion-rebel-outsider. This is someone ready and eager to sit at the fashion table. When we look at our own limited coverage of her here, it’s nothing but names, names, names, darling: Prada, Miu Miu, Valentino, Thakoon, Reed Krakoff, Saint Laurent. That’s a gal who loves to wear fashion, make no mistake. In fact, a woman with that track record is almost always called a fashionista, but for some reason, no one wants to apply the word to Lena.

Examining the kinds of looks she favors, it’s clear she likes very bright colors, and dislikes sleeves and anything that skims the body too closely. She seems to tend toward items that are comfortable for her and easy to move in. But she likes to show off her body, or at least show off that she’s not ashamed of it. Of all her fashion idiosyncrasies, that last one is the one we support and applaud the most. We just strongly disagree with how she interprets that idea. In short, she needs to grow up.

We said it the other day when talking about that disastrous Rebecca Minkoff outfit; that her style choices are akin to a toddler playing with her food. Looking at her here, in something that was almost certainly lent to her by the design house in order to attend the show (i,e., likely to not reflect many of her own choices); something (relatively) minimal, but classically chic and understated, her facial expression gives her away. She looks like a 3-year-old forced to wear her nice clothes when she wants to go out and play in the dirt. Put her in an ill-fitting clown dress and she’s grinning from ear to ear, though.

We think Lena took the admirable style ideas of loving her own body and looking for clothes that don’t restrict her, and interpreted that mostly as strapless or sleeveless outfits with little to no shape to them. It’s not that she “doesn’t care” about fashion; it’s that she doesn’t know how to do it well. We strongly suspect she thinks this looks like dowdy old-lady clothes on her. She doesn’t understand that a well-shaped garment that fits your body correctly will yield far better results and show off your body to full effect at the same time. She literally doesn’t understand how good she looks here. All you have to do is compare the body language here to the body language when she’s wearing some candy-colored sack. Sure, she’s doing her best to make it look frumpy by slumping down like a moody teenager, but this dress fits her better and looks better on her than practically any other thing we’ve seen her wear for a public appearance. Someone needs to show her that you can take a shape like this and do a million things to it, from raising the hem to changing the neckline to taking off the sleeves to rendering it in red leather – and it’ll work for her almost every time.

What we’re trying to say is, Lena, honey, it’s okay to look like a grownup. Sometimes, it even benefits you.

And speaking of red leather, that coat is TDF, darlings.



[Photo Credit: INFphoto.com, Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images]

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