Brie Larson: Worst MET Bow (but Best Bow?)

May 3, 2016 09:50:27 Posted at May 3, 2016 09:50:27
Joanna Posted by Joanna
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Brie Larson won an Oscar just over two months ago, and whether she likes the title or not, she returns to the MET Gala this year as one of the event's most high-profile “It” Girls.  After a busy few months at work on Kong: Skull Island, with all eyes on her at the MET, she (or her stylist Christina Ehrlich) opted to wear a custom Proenza Schouler dress.

Unpopular opinion alert: there's a lot I love about this gown - the disco fish scales, nearly-racer back neckline, the hemline, her robotic expression (great adherence to the theme! or is she just star-struck?) and her slicked-back, wet, low ponytail.

Popular (?) opinion alert: there's a lot I don't love about this look on Brie - the waist cut-outs (again!), those dumb ankle straps on her shoes, and that limp-looking black bow.

Sadly, the popular outweighs the unpopular. I blame the bow. To me, a waist bow rarely adds to a look. Just ask Marion Cotillard:

Brie's bow does not drag down her look as much as Marion's sash does, but it is equally as distracting. Lynn was quick to send in her thoughts on Brie's dress, and says that Canadian TV host Maripier Morin wore it better at the Gala Artis Awards last week.

Personally? I prefer Brie's Deena Jones look. The MET is all about "One Night Only," isn't it?

It is certainly refreshing, though, to see Brie choose a riskier dress for the MET after she played it safe at the Oscars in violet Gucci - she was Duana's worst-dressed of the night. She will host SNL for the first time this weekend. She’s flexed her comedic chops before in 21 Jump Street, United States of Tara, and, of course, Trainwreck, but something tells me she'll do well on the Studio 8H stage... possibly because of her tight bond with Cecily Strong.

Can we expect an Amy Poehler cameo on Saturday, too? Will we see more of the fun-loving side she deliberately kept under wraps at the MET in order to play along with the Manus x Machina motif? Why so serious, Brie? This is your moment!

Last year, Brie was a MET virgin. She wore Dolce and Gabbana, and it marked her first collaboration with her high-profile stylist, the aforementioned Christina Ehrlich. This business connection formed, in part, to boost Brie's fashion status and Hollywood visibility. Clearly, something clicked.

Now, a year later, she's swept awards season, finished work on her first blockbuster tentpole and is about to start production on The Glass Castle, the coveted adaptation of Jeannette Walls' memoir. Jennifer Lawrence had been set to play the title role for years until she officially left the project last October - click here and here for a refresher. But is she a household name yet? 

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