The trend for see-through dresses is nothing new – Dolce & Gabbana have been doing it for years with peek-a-boo lace numbers layered over high-waisted briefs and bra tops – but somehow it still shocks. It is therefore perfect red carpet fodder and guarantees camera clicks aplenty.
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It’s also tricky. For every success – see Kim Kardashian in Dolce a few weeks ago – there’s a failure waiting just round the corner. Cue last night’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiere in LA.
While we have to admire the gusto with which Jennifer Lawrence embraces the seemingly endless promotional trail, we can’t help but wonder if she rolls her eyes when yet another Dior dress is wheeled out by her stylist. She’s scored an impressive 100 per cent record when it comes to fulfilling her Dior contract, wearing the designer for ever single The Hunger Games premiere, but last night’s couture choice was a see-through no-no.
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Lawrence added a bodice under the totally sheer gown – which was styled with just high-waist pants on the catwalk – but something jarred. Why didn’t it work? We’re inclined to say it’s the formality of the dress’s silhouette that makes the sheerness seem so wrong. It’s a classic, romantic ballgown shape – in fact Dior reproduced the exact same shape in opaque red for the same couture collection, and it was breathtaking – but for sheer to work you need a figure-hugging, sexy silhouette (again, see Dolce), otherwise it’s a little schizophrenic.
Secondly, the fabric was all wrong – one Telegraph Fashion hack labelled the fabric “sieve-like”, in fact. And the colour? Drab, maybe if it had been black it would have worked better. Finally, Lawrence is a self-confessed tomboy, she’s dorky in an endearing way, and “look-at-me” sheer is just not her bag.
Nevertheless, she did manage to steal the thunder of co-star Jena Malone, who took a scantily-clad leaf out of Jaimie Alexander ‘s book and chose to flash the flesh in a strategically glitter-panelled number. Poor Malone, we bet she thought she’d be the star attraction.
The back of Lawrence’s sheer Dior dress, and Jena Malone’s revealing number. Photos: Reuters/Getty