Janelle Monáe Takes Things Too Far, In Thom Browne at the Santa Barbara Film Festival

Posted on February 06, 2017

Miss Janelle, this is not something we often get to say to you (in the imaginary conversations we have), but …

 

No, dear. Absolutely not.

 

 

We’re going to repeat what we said the last time she wore Thom Browne, which might seem lazy of us except the last Thom Browne she wore was very similar in style to this one. While we love Thom Browne’s work and we love Janelle’s take on the red carpet, they don’t seem to marry all that well. Granted, Thom Browne, like Rodarte, is a design house that doesn’t design with the red carpet in mind, which means his designs tend to struggle in that venue. But we’re vaguely disappointed with her for returning to this well. The last time didn’t really work for her but she doesn’t seem to agree with us on that point.

Bottom line: there are too many design elements for a red carpet situation. This is exactly the same problem Rodarte has in this venue. The designs are editorial or FMO*. In the rather static and self-consciously faux (“Here is my purse. Here is my jewelry. Here are my shoes. Here are the corporate logos.”) setting of a red carpet, all of those elements can overwhelm the wearer, even if she’s as advanced a dress-wearer as Janelle Monae.

We like that she’s sporting silver and white instead of her usual black-and-white scheme, but the entire menswear portion of the design looks awkward and distracting. We realize a conventional all-silver gown is just not her thing, but this is very Thom Browne attempt to make one more interesting is perhaps just a bit too much so for the red carpet.

 

*For Models Only

 

Style Credits:
Thom Browne Sequin Embellished One-Sleeve Dress with a Trompe L’Oeil Tie and Jacket from the Spring 2017 Collection
Stefere Jewelry
Jimmy Choo Clutch
Sophia Webster Sandals

[Photo Credit: Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images, IMAXTree]

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