Standing far outside her fan base or demographic (and thus perhaps offering a perspective that should be taken with a grain of salt, admittedly), we always felt that Lorde hasn’t yet figured out who she is or wants to be – from a style/promotional perspective. As an artist, she’s got it all wrapped up. As a celeb, she’s never quite figured it out.
Again, we don’t claim to know her well enough to figure out or suggest what should work for her. All we know is that this absolutely doesn’t. You put this on a Fanning or a Zendaya or even a Blanchett, and things might start happening. On Lorde, it just sits there, doing nothing. The color doesn’t set her off and the style clearly doesn’t lift her up or imbue her with self confidence. Having watched her red carpetry from afar over the years, it seems to us that she truly wants to play around with traditional princess looks and standard glam, but doesn’t know how. There’s a way you can style and wear a dress like this for the VMAs to give it some edge or irony, but she’s not doing any of it. The face and hair are so underplayed as to look unfinished and the dress just hangs there.
And while we realize Miss Girl’s not a grinner, we think her affect is pretty telling here. She sure doesn’t come off like she’s in love with her look.
Monique Lhuillier Lilac Strapless Gown with Draped Bodice and Embroidered Feather Ball Skirt from the Spring 2018 Collection
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