Jennifer Lawrence has pretty much crushed awards season thus far, picking up a Golden Globe and a Critic’s Choice Award – among many others – for her leading role in The Silver Linings Playbook. This Sunday is her chance for the hat trick: The Academy Awards. Most people assume that she’s got this one on lock (don’t rule Jessica Chastain out just yet, people) but what’s a little less certain is how well she’ll do on the red carpet. It’s been a mixed bag for our dear JLaw when it comes to her award show ensembles. Though there have been no major disasters – barring one sort-of wardrobe malfunction – her fashion choices haven’t really lived up to her awards success. Let’s take a look at what she’s worn so far this season and evaluate what she could do to take home both Best Actress and Best Dressed. Dresses have been graded on a scale of 1 to 5 Bradley Coopers (or BCoops) – 5 being best – because, well, duh.
Critic’s Choice Awards: For the first of her major red carpet appearances this 2013 awards season, Jennifer chose a dramatic black gown with a floor-skimming train from man-of-the-moment, Prabal Gurung. The sweetheart neckline and leather detailing gave it a part-Old Hollywood glamour, part-modern edgy feel – a fun take on what could have been a simple black dress. Though we prefer Jen in color, she should definitely keep that spirit of edginess when choosing her Oscars gown.
Grade: 3/5 Bradley Coopers
Golden Globes: There were many things we loved about this red Dior Haute Couture dress – which was a favorite of SHEfinds’ founder Michelle – but there was just one thing that kept it from being a perfect 5 for 5 for us: the pronounced pronounced bodice. While red was a great choice and the full skirt was super glam, the strange fabric in the bosom area threw it off. This was also the first of a few Dior gowns she’s sported recently, which comes as no surprise seeing as she’s the new face of the label’s Miss Dior handbags.
Grade: 4/5 BCoops
SAG Awards: Ah yes, the infamous “rip” dress. While the navy Christian Dior Couture gown didn’t actually rip (it was tiered and the top layer shifted) it had many people buzzing about a major dress malfunction. Aside from the distraction of the “mishap,” this dress didn’t really blow us away either, though she looked beautiful for someone with the flu. For reasons of boring color and tabloid buzz, we had to dock her a few points.
Grade: 2/5 BCoops
BAFTAs: This most recent awards appearance was her only loss in this list of events. Not only did she not win the BAFTA (the British equivalent of an Oscar) but she was also forced to trudge through the rain in her haute couture strapless blush Christian Dior (again) gown. The embellished gown was beautiful against her skin tone, but bordered on a little too princess-y – a danger you encounter when you go pink. We prefer Jennifer in a bolder color and silhouette.
Grade: 2/5 BCoops
Bottom line: This weekend, we hope Jennifer Lawrence takes some risks with accents, color and silhouette. At only 22, she’s too young to be bogged down by muted tones or dark hues. We’re hoping that she brings the glamour with a full skirt, goes for a pop of color in green or red and stays away from too many beaded embellishments that distract from her awesome bod. Tune into the Oscars this Sunday to see what she chooses, and sound off in the comments on what you think she should wear.
For more red carpet coverage, check out the rest of our Best and Worst Dressed list from the Golden Globes, shop the exact Simone Rocha dress Chloe Moretz wore to the People’s Choice Awards and give your closet a red carpet revamp with a Nordstrom shopping spree.
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