Hello-Hello, and happy Monday to you.
Today we have a mixed bag of items to share. Our first topic involves a meme that exploded on the interwebs last night and continued to grow today. For those not as familiar with the term, a definition.
Anyone who watched the Golden Globes last night or spent any time on social media today will recognize the dress inspiring the meme.
Before Jennifer Lawrence even set foot on the red carpet at the 2014 Golden Globe awards, we knew she would most likely be in Dior. The actress is, after all, the current face of the brand. And while we here at Fashionista love Dior, we didn’t quite fall for this dress — and it turns out we weren’t alone.
Users on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram noticed that the Dior dress looked a lot like a combo of readily available household items — namely, a white comforter and some duct tape.
Fashion blogger Bryan Boy made his own version of the dress and posted it on Instagram.
From our friends across the pond at the Telegraph:
…but it’s her Dior dress that’s scooping the headlines this morning. Why? Well, it looked a little bit like a duvet.
Firstly, we’d like to applaud Jennifer Lawrence for going with the frock – the actress has worn almost every dress from Dior’s autumn/winter 2013 couture collection , and this number was one of the very few choices left. What with being under contract with the French fashion house, she was sartorially between a rock and a hard place somewhat.
Lana del Ray posted her imitation dress on Twitter.
She then shared this collage, also on Twitter.
Not everyone liked the dress. This is from the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog.
And while Jennifer Lawrence may have walked away with a statue for her part in “American Hustle,” her Christian Dior dress from the Fall 2013 couture collection didn’t win any fans.
Actor Colton Hayes posted this on his Instagram account.
This comes via the Washington Post style blog:
Buzzfeed has christened the meme “Lawrencing,” and its premise is pretty simple: Swath your self/Barbie/unwitting pet in gauzy white fabric, roll some electrical tape around it, and slap it online.
The shenanigans weren’t limited to humans. The Post’s blog post included this image shared on Twitter by Christie Marchese.
This feline style comes via Gui Moraes.
Doll replicas didn’t take long to show up; the Bistecca ao Ponto Tumblr blog posted one on Tumblr.
MTV compared it to the DIY dress worn by Ariel in “The Little Mermaid.”
Here’s the thing: I actually liked the dress. As soon as I saw photos of Ms. Lawrence in the frock I thought, “She looks great.” That’s something of an odd reaction from these quarters, your faithful scribe has been known to bemoan gowns that stray too much from standard silhouettes. But this one worked in my mind.
Your thoughts? Thumbs up or thumbs down?
Our other item today also involves a dress, the iconic wrap dress as created by Diane von Furstenberg. The designer is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the frock’s creation, as well as an exhibit honoring the dress. Below, Ms. von Fustenberg at the party before the exhibit opened, the words on the wall read “love is life, 40 and still kicking”.
Ms. von Furstenberg bubbled over when speaking about the dress, this is from the Huffington Post.
“This is the first time that I ever honored the wrap dress, and she did so much for me,” said an ebullient Von Furstenberg, wearing a black wrap dress with floor-skimming yellow kimono sleeves. “She made me famous. She paid for all my bills. And tonight we celebrate the wrap dress.”
Saturday the exhibit officially opened in Los Angeles.
In her interview with Women’s Wear Daily the designer speaks about the origins of the style.
“I have had a very interesting relationship with the wrap dress because the truth is, it happened by accident,” she said. “First it was a little wrap top inspired by what ballerinas wear, with a matching skirt, and then I made it into a dress.”
At the time a newlywed, new mother and New York transplant, she was just 22 when she launched her first line, and 26 when she created the first wrap. She was in her 50s when she relaunched the wrap dress in 1997 after a decade-long absence from retail. It was again an instant hit…
Below, a wrap dress on Adams in American Hustle.
The exhibit officially opened Friday, more on the broader elements of the exhibit from LA Weekly:
The 198 designs range from miniskirts to flared pants and are organized into sections with names like Nature, Pop Art and Geometric that showcase von Furstenberg’s evolving color palette.
A bright pink hallway leading to the exhibit showcases a timeline of the dress.
Info on the exhibit.
On the DVF website wrap dress wearers are asked to share their ‘wrap dress stories’.
The style remains very popular with customers; below, three versions from the DVF Resort collection.
It has been a remarkably versatile dress for so many of us, I hope it’s around another forty years.