Style File: Laura Dern in Rodarte and Valentino

Posted on May 23, 2018

So, Miss Laura’s having herself a pretty good week all around. Her intense new film for HBO is premiering this week, to major buzz and critical acclaim, she’s supporting global women’s rights, and she got to wear a couple of big-name designers on the red carpet.

Unfortunately – and not to take away from her other accomplishments – it’s that latter aspect of her week that has us a little disappointed. We can always count on her to make interesting, discussable style choices, but she only hits the mark about 75 percent of the time, we’d estimate. Not a terrible percentage, really. It’s just that some weeks are all about that 25 percent.



Laura Dern at HBO’s FYC Event for “The Tale” in Rodarte

Yeah, no.

We don’t actually hate the dress, although we think wearing it with a black cami underneath is just about the worst idea in the world. Even so, the issue here, aside from the questionable styling choices (and you can include those mumsy-looking pumps under that description) is the fact that this style of frilly, retro frock is simply not suited to her at all. She’s not a frills-and-polka-dots sort of woman.

The next one’s not so bad:


Laura Dern at 2018 Global Women’s Rights Awards in Valentino

But we can’t say we love it any more than the Rodarte. It’s got some possibilities. The embellishments are pretty enough, but the shape and style, combined with the overwhelming blackness of it, doesn’t seem very seasonally appropriate, let alone flattering or photogenic. It’s not horrible, but at best it’s just okay.







That looks excellent.


Style Credits:
First Look: Rodarte Polka Dot Ensemble with Ruffle Detailing from the Fall 2018 Collection | Paul Andrew Shoes
Second Look: Valentino Embroidered Dress from the Pre-Fall 2018 Collection | Stuart Weitzman Shoes

Styled by Cristina Ehrlich

[Photo Credit: INSTARImages, Courtesy of Rodarte, Courtesy of Valentino]

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