Lawrence stars in new Dior video

Jennifer Lawrence is set to take centerstage in a brand new video for Dior.

According to WWD, the project, which is a follow-up to her pre-fall ad campaign where she donned a “We Should All Be Feminists” T-shirt, is shot by French photographer Brigette Lacombe and is directed by Fabien Baron.

Called “La Fille Américaine,” WWD reports that the black-and-white video “features Lawrence (‘La Fille’) with her Dior bag (‘Le Sac’), a flower (‘La Fleur’), playing with a canary in a birdcage, sitting in a chair texting ‘Le Texto,’ staring into the camera, applying lipstick, looking sad and looking happy.”

The plot doesn’t pick up much from there, says WWD, but a behind-the-scenes video shows Lawrence discussing how it feels to work with female professionals.

“It’s exciting to work with a woman photographer because, frankly, there aren’t very many,” she said. “Whenever I think of a feminist, I think of a confident woman.”

Lawrence and Dior team up for new campaign

Jennifer Lawrence may have signed on to star in Dior’s fall 2017 bag campaign, but the ads for the luxury fashion brand have us focusing on anything but a handbag.

According to Glamour, the actress takes centerstage in a series of casual, black-and-white photos that not only show off Dior bags, but also a statement T-shirt that reads, “We Should All Be Feminists.” The T-shirt, reports Glamour, is part of Dior’s spring 2017 collection and is inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s famous essay and adjoining TED talk.

While Glamour says the $710 T-shirt is already sold out after becoming an instant celebrity favorite, the shirt is more than just a fashion item — a portion of every T-shirt purchase is donated to the Clara Lionel Foundation, the charity created by Rihanna that funds education and health initiatives around the world.

A shirt that’s fashionable and charitable — we can get behind that.

JLaw lays down the law on body image

It’s no secret that Hollywood is dominated by the ultra-thin and the hyper-glamorous. But according to Jennifer Lawrence, this image is far from reality.

ELLE reports that the Joy actress sat down with Harper’s Bazaar for an interview accompanying her May 2016 cover, and said that we have grown accustomed to seeing “the underweight” and deeming it normal.

She used her own body as an example. “Everybody says [to me], ‘We love that there is somebody with a normal body!’ … I’m like, ‘I don’t feel like I have a normal body.’ I do Pilates every day. I eat, but I work out a lot more than a normal person. I think we’ve gotten so used to underweight that when you are a normal weight it’s like, ‘Oh, my God, she’s curvy.’ Which is crazy.”

Because of this, Lawrence argued that Hollywood’s standard of “normal” needs to be redefined. “The bare minimum, just for me, would be to up the ante,” she said, according to ELLE. “At least so I don’t feel like the fattest one.”

With such skewed standards of normalcy, Lawrence’s point proves that much work needs to be done to create an accurate, yet unrestricted definition of beauty that celebrates all shapes, sizes and ethnicities.

She Leads, You Follow: Oscars After Party Edition

After a night of stunning red carpet looks for the 88th annual Academy Awards, the after parties brought on a host of other high fashion ensembles that may have topped those from the awards.

Trading in her Dior Haute Couture ceremony gown for an Alexander Wang number, Jennifer Lawrence attended the after parties in a custom two-piece gown featuring a bustier top with barbell piercing and a black skirt with the same details stitching together a thigh-high slit, says InStyle. The Joy actress topped off her look with Anita Ko jewelry, an Alexander Wang bucket bag and metallic sandals.

Rachel McAdams headed out for a celebratory night in a light pink Naeem Khan number with head-to-toe beading, according to InStyle. The sexy look came courtesy of a deep V-neckline and a thigh-high slit, in addition to her platform silver heels.

Lady Gaga gave an alternative look, wearing an ultra-chic jumpsuit that was a custom creation by Brandon Maxwell, says ELLE. Featuring a peplum and a demi-skirted bottom, the “Til It Happens to You” singer completed her look with diamond earrings and an old Hollywood glam hairstyle.

Following suit in another custom ensemble was Mindy Kaling, who worked the after-party circuit in a tailor-made Salvador Perez number says ELLE. The quasi-tuxedo style gown featured an asymmetrical satin lapel with beading on the other side of the bodice. The Mindy Project star showed some skin in a deep V-neckline and side slit that grazed the top of her thigh.

Elizabeth Banks attended the after parties in a Ralph & Russo gown with a semi-sheer lace  beaded bodice, from which a dramatic cape flowed from her shoulders to the hemline of the gown, according to ELLE. Banks completed her regal look with a small frame clutch and an upswept hairdo.

Although these ladies are dressed to party the night away after the film industry’s most important celebration, there is one very important thing we can learn from their looks to apply to the way we dress every day:

While fit, V-necklines and embellishments can all combine to create fashionable looks, confidence is the most important thing you can ‘wear’ with any outfit. If you are confident in who you are, you will feel confident in what you’re wearing; this will shine through, allowing beautiful you to be the star of your look while your fashionable outfit will play a supporting role. Looking great on the outside is great, but knowing you’re great on the inside is worth so much more.

 

Take Her Look [For Less]

When one stunning look isn’t enough, having a second, equally gorgeous look is only natural. That’s exactly what Jennifer Lawrence did post-Golden Globes, trading in her red Dior gown for a navy number to attend the Globes after-party on Jan. 10.

InStyle says that the Joy actress made her way into the after-party wearing a navy Versace slip dress. The beaded frock was accented by a beaded clutch, a diamond bracelet and Jimmy Choo platform sandals.

If you love Lawrence’s frock, you may have to put the credit card away for a while before it becomes available; according to The Daily Mail, her beaded slip dress is from the Versace Pre-Fall 2016 Collection, which makes it currently unavailable to the general public. But if you have your eye on her platforms — the Dora sandals from Jimmy Choo — they are currently available for $950. $950 for these fabulous sandals may not be in the budget, but if you can spare $200 on some new pieces for your wardrobe, we found a look-alike outfit so you can take Lawrence’s look for less. Read on for the results!

Although finding a dress comparable to Lawrence’s Versace number was quite the task, we finally landed on the Angie Beaded Strappy Shift Dress from Nordstrom. Although the pattern of the beading on this dress has a more linear look, it is cut in a silhouette similar to Lawrence’s frock, while also featuring double straps and a v-neckline. This dress makes an affordable alternative to Lawrence’s Versace number, available at a sale price of $40.80.

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The Angie Beaded Strappy Shift Dress, found on Nordstrom.com.

Nothing compares to a good pair of Jimmy Choo heels, but the Jessica Simpson Banda Embellished Sandals come pretty close. These platforms feature stone embellishment on the heels reminiscent of the green marbled heel of Lawrence’s sandals. While the Jimmy Choos cost $950, these heels will complete your look for only $129 from Macy’s.

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The Jessica Simpson Banda Embellished Platform Dress Sandals, found on Macys.com.

While Lawrence’s Globes after-party ensemble may have cost upwards of $950, our look-alike outfit will have you Beverly Hills-ready for only $169.80. Add a sparkly bracelet and style your hair in loose, tousled waves, and you’ll have JLaw’s look for less.

Happy Shopping!

She Leads, You Follow: Golden Globes Edition

Awards season has officially begun, and at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, the red carpet was rolled out for the finest actors and actresses to be honored at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards. The Jan. 10 awards brought out Hollywood’s best, and they certainly dressed their best for awards season’s kickoff event.

First to impress us with her white-hot ensemble was none other than Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson. Channeling Cookie Lyon’s fierce persona, Henson rocked the red carpet in this stunning white gown with a Watteau train, which she accented with Kimberly McDonald jewelry.

Glimmering down the red carpet was How to Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis, who wore a tulle Marchesa gown covered in beading, according to The Huffington Post. She added a little more sparkle to her look with a Jacob & Co. ring and drop earrings.

Bringing some color into our lives was Jennifer Lawrence, who opted for a bright red Dior number, says E! Online. The Joy actress’ gown was replete with cutouts, featuring two at the sides and one at the back . She topped off her look with a neat updo and a jaw-dropping statement necklace.

Although these ladies are dressed for the kickoff event to the 2016 awards season, there are some things we can take away from their looks to apply to the way we dress every day:

White is far from boring – Henson’s stunning gown shows us just how exciting white can be; its sleek silhouette and dramatic train combine to create a sexy, yet elegant look that makes us pay less attention to the (lack of) color and more attention to the style of the gown — not to mention how gorgeous she is. Henson wasn’t the only leading lady to take to the red carpet in a white gown. Others like Orange is The New Black‘s Laverne Cox and Brooklyn‘s Saoirse Ronan wore white in completely different ways; Cox’s gown gave us a more regal vibe with its high neckline and dramatic train, while Ronan’s gown delivered an ethereal, yet elegant look with its deep v-neckline, its soft skirt and its goddess-like shoulder train. All three women show us that it’s not the color but the cut that makes the gown.

Use cutouts to your advantage – Take a cue from JLaw and use well-placed cutouts to your advantage. Her side cutouts not only accentuate her waist, they also create a curve on her hips in an otherwise column-like gown. The quasi-croptop style of the top of her gown also exaggerates the effect of her cutouts, adding width to her bust while making her waist appear even smaller. If you want to try cutouts in a dress, start with smaller cutouts at the sides of your waist; this will have a similar effect to Lawrence’s cutouts without showing so much skin on your first attempt with the style.

Try a gem tone – Although Davis’ gown is covered in sparkly beading, it is also a gem tone. Her navy-sapphire dress delivers a rich, deep color that warms up all skin tones. Gem tones seemed to be a big trend on the red carpet this year, with everyone from Jennifer Lopez to Lola Kirke to America Ferrera wearing the same yellow garnet shade to attend the Globes. Colors such as these are universally flattering to all skin tones and generally pair well with other colors and neutrals, so when you are shopping for a dress, a blouse or even accessories, try to look for pieces in colors like sapphire blue, yellow garnet, amethyst purple and ruby red — these are sure to be versatile, yet flattering pieces that will only benefit your wardrobe.

Happy Awards Season, everyone!

Lawrence Discusses Pay Gap

If females in the public eye are seen as role models for young women, Jennifer Lawrence is trying her best to use her fame to do just that.

According to The Huffington Post, the 25-year-old actress discussed her recent essay on the pay gap with Charlie Rose of CBS News, citing the Sony hack as the impetus for becoming more vocal on the issue. The hack, which “revealed that Lawrence was being paid much less than her male colleagues,” made her realize “there was no one to blame but myself,” she said.

Lawrence explained that it wasn’t Sony’s fault for her lower pay, but instead her own fault for not speaking up. “I feel awkward negotiating, I feel uncomfortable asking for more money. I don’t want to seem like a brat,” she said.

As she gets older, Lawrence has found that she is still learning how to not only advocate herself, but also advocate on behalf of other women. “As I get older and I learn more and I have opinions I go: ‘I have just as much of a right to speak and with something like that, with something that’s so clearly unfair, if I don’t use my voice for women who don’t have a voice then what’s the point?'”

In another portion of the interview, The Daily Beast says that Lawrence expressed her hopes of becoming more comfortable dealing with uncomfortable topics. “I want to be that person who will say that thing that’s really hard to say, that’s really awkward and really difficult,” she said. “One day I want to be able to just say it, and not make a joke, and not try to make it cute, but to just say it.”

Take Her Look [For Less]

The streets of New York City have been a little more fashionable now that Jennifer Lawrence has been spending more time in the city. The Daily Mail reports that the actress, who has been house hunting in The Big Apple for the past month, was spotted yesterday in Tribeca wearing an all-black crop top ensemble. According to VogueLawrence’s bustier-style crop top and pencil skirt are from the Michael Kors Collection, which she styled with an Ana Khouri necklace, Roger Vivier clutch and Jimmy Choo gladiators.

It’s hard not to envy Lawrence’s entire outfit from head to toe, but what THL covets the most are those gorgeous Jimmy Choo heels. While these gladiators effortlessly tie in her gold clutch and necklace with their gold heels, their price tag is not effortlessly affordable — they originally retail for $950 at NET-A-PORTER, but they are on sale for lofty $570. However, if you lover Lawrence’s trendy gladiator style, there are a few other options out there that can mimic her style at a fraction of the cost.

If you love the combination of black and gold on Lawrence’s Jimmy Choo heels, Luichiny combines the two in a comparable gladiator heel. The Take A Bow heel does have more straps and more gold accents running across the top of the foot, but it is just as stylish and easy to wear as Lawrence’s similar style. These heels, however, are available at Heels.com for only $99.

Nordstrom Rack offers another alternative to Lawrence’s Jimmy Choos, and what makes this pair so great is that they are under $100. The Beatrice High Heel Sandal by Modern Rush has a similar strap pattern to Lawrence’s heels, while still offering a hint of gold in the side zipper. These heels were originally priced at $79.99, but Nordstrom Rack has them for only $34.97!

So if you love Jennifer Lawrence’s gladiators but can’t bear the thought of spending over $500 for a shoe that is supposedly “on sale,” give one of these similarly stylish options a try! And don’t forget to pair them with some gold accessories to bring your whole look together!