We debated this boringly simple gown for far longer than it warranted. Basically, the discussion came down to two arguments (lovingly and calmly executed, however) about whether Charlize is being lazy by relying on such a basic almost-nothing of a dress and whether the dress should be panned for one simple reason. Said reason being…
If a black, sequined, strapless gown looks a little awkward on Charlize Damn Theron, isn’t it automatically a bad design? Charlize + sequined strapless should = simple flawlessness every time. That neckline is horrible.
And sure, she’s beautiful. Of course she is. A simple, classically chic design like a strapless gown isn’t necessarily a bad choice for her to make. It’s dull, though. And repetitive. We’ve seen her in some version of this dress a thousand times before. And the fact that they couldn’t even get the neckline to look good on her should’ve been the ultimate dealbreaker. If the dress had some eye-catching embellishments and design elements, the weird plunge and too-low bust wouldn’t have been so noticeable and might even have worked. But that neckline is the entire point of the dress. It’s visually inescapable. And it makes a great argument as to why you shouldn’t always rely on simple, classic designs. If just one element is wrong, the look collapses.
Saint Laurent Black Sequin Strapless Dress with Belt from the Spring 2017 Collection
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