That J-Law Dress Meme & A Dress Has A Birthday Party

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.

Google

Google

Anyone who watched the Golden Globes last night or spent any time on social media today will recognize the dress inspiring the meme.

It involves the couture gown by Dior that Jennifer Lawrence wore to last night’s awards gala. More from Fashionista:

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.

Bryan Boy 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.

Lana Del Ray Twitter

Lana Del Ray Twitter

She then shared this collage, also on Twitter.

Lana Del Ray 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.

Colton Hayes Instagram

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.

Christie Marchese Twitter

Christie Marchese Twitter

This feline style comes via Gui Moraes.

Gui Moraes Twitter

Gui Moraes Twitter

Doll replicas didn’t take long to show up; the Bistecca ao Ponto Tumblr blog posted one on Tumblr.

Bistecca ao Ponto Tumblr

Bistecca ao Ponto Tumblr

MTV compared it to the DIY dress worn by Ariel in “The Little Mermaid.”

MTV Twitter

MTV Twitter

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?

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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”.

Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg

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.

Women's Wear Daily

Women’s Wear Daily

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…

Newsweek

Newsweek

Below, a wrap dress on Adams in American Hustle.

Francois Duhamel/Courtesy of Everett Collections via WWD.com

Francois Duhamel/Courtesy of Everett Collections via WWD.com

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.

Women's Wear Daily

Women’s Wear Daily

Info on the exhibit.

Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg

On the DVF website wrap dress wearers are asked to share their ‘wrap dress stories’.

Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg

The style remains very popular with customers; below, three versions from the DVF Resort collection.

DVF

DVF

It has been a remarkably versatile dress for so many of us, I hope it’s around another forty years.

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4 Comments on That J-Law Dress Meme & A Dress Has A Birthday Party

  1. Amy @ Run Mom Run
    January 13, 2014 at 4:20 pm (7 months ago)

    I thought Jennifer’s dress was nice, not stunning, but I liked it. The meme’s do make me laugh, but I still like the dress. It’s probably hard to be on a red carpet as much as she is, and like you pointed out she’s running out of options. I wonder if she would get slammed if she pulled a Kate and reused some. She’s beloved enough I think she could pull it off! Though, maybe not for such giant red carpet events.

  2. pbisgr8
    January 14, 2014 at 7:34 pm (6 months ago)

    This commentary on the J-Law Meme dress complete with accompaning photos is hilarious! I cracked up! Your Highness has the best sense of humor! I love how this blog manages to always equal parts of “we are not amused ” columns with downright silly ones like this.
    God bless DVF! I was enchanted by the wrap dress when it debuted. Although I’ve never owned an original, I applaud the ex-Princess for making the best of what she had and coming up with this simple answer to effortless dressing and travel clothes. You can wear a wrap by *somebody* that works for your body. I lived in these in the 70s while working in retail; they made getting dressed well painless. I always felt right. I didn’t have to think too hard. They were the answer to a crazy, out-all-night, perpetually-in-a-rush, apt-to-leave-her-clothes-on-the-floor girl’s dream for getting ready for a retail dept. store job in twenty minutes flat. Your tribute is fitting: DVF is certainly deserving of much praise for her now-iconic dresses. Necessity has always been the Mother of Invention!

  3. Kierstyn Salinas
    January 14, 2014 at 6:43 pm (6 months ago)

    Love your thorough recap of the JLaw meme!

  4. Jelly-Side Up
    January 15, 2014 at 3:29 am (6 months ago)

    It was great learning about the history of the wrap dress–I had no idea! Thanks for sharing!

    I also liked your coverage of Jennifer Lawrence’s dress. I agree with Amy’s above comment–a nice dress, especially for such limited options. I agree, too, that I’d like to see her rewear something.

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