Fug or Fab: Diane Kruger in Roland Mouret


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Something about this to me feels very Pink Ladies from Grease, a movie my mother never would have let me watch at such an impressionable age had she herself actually paid attention to the song “Greased Lightening.” That is not really a complaint. Rizzo had it going on:

Although please don’t get me started on how Sandy changes her entire look for Danny. I mean, sure, those Candies heels and leggings are hot — and yes, he does come running up in that absurd letterman’s jacket as a NOD to parity, but he loses it right off, and come on, girl. If he loves you,  he’ll be fine with the fact that you wear your hair in that cute little flip. I mean, I love a makeover as much as the next girl, but I’m not kidding when I tell you that Sandy’s Makeover: We Hate This Message was the second most fired-up discussion I ever had in a collegiate course (I took a class on The Musical Film and I think our [male] TA was a little taken aback by all the FEELINGS the women had about the ending of Grease; the MOST fired-up discussion, of course, was in my American Women Authors class, in which all 65 of us men and women alike RAILED for 90 minutes about goddamn Amy “Bookburner” March ending up with Laurie at the end of Little Women, to the point where my prof had to be like, “OKAY LOOK IT HAPPENED.” We did not care to move on).

I am less enamored of the back:

Tight AND kind of bare in the back sort of leaves me cold. COLD, DIANE.

PS: Love the shoes, say hi to Pacey for us.

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Comments (231):

  1. Kate (formerly Kate)
    +50

    I don’t like the texturing on the top, and I don’t like the way the skirt’s too tight and making those wrinkles across the front.

    Also, AMY MARCH I KNOW! Not to mention Professor Bhaer, who, Gabriel Byrne notwithstanding, undoubtedly smelled funny in the books. (Mind you, there was no way Jo could end up in a nice Boston marriage with another lovely lady author, the way she was clearly meant to, was there?)

  2. sharjem
    +39

    Thank you. I hate Grease so very much, mainly because of this. UGH.

    • Sophy
      +6

      Also john Travolta !

    •  RachelB
      +38

      I didn’t see Grease until I was in my 20s*, largely because a bunch of teammates used to sing “Summer Nights” during lulls in high school gymnastics practice. I was appalled by the “Did she put up a fight?” line, and even more appalled that no one else was appalled.

      * Also, hated it!

      •  Sharon
        +20

        It is such a relief to know others did not appreciate Sandy’s convesrsion at the end of “Grease”.
        But, the truth is, that is how those days were… Thank goodness for women who took a stand against conformation and even though they were called evil and crazy, they paved the way for us all to say, “Wait a minute! Danny, you get over here and cook me some supper!!! And, a foot rub would be nice.”

      • Tiffany
        +28

        “even more appalled that no one else was appalled.”

        This is why I love this site. Sometimes I read things that I identify with so much! (including the Sandy make-over commentary from Jessica)

      • Victoria
        +5

        Well, to be fair, in the movie, they’re all like “dude wtf” when he sings that line.

    • jane
      +14

      Eh–it’s a 1950s fantasy and I think, a delightful musical. I see nothing wrong with it. For one thing, I love makeovers, and for another, this attitude was reflective of the times. You can’t rewrite history and you can’t judge people of that era for not being as enlightened as we are. (I know it was made in the late 70s,but how dishonest it would have been for them to update it to contemporary sensibilities). There’s enough horrible stuff going on (women objectification-wise) for me to waste outrage on this.

    • Algae
      +6

      Actually, when you realize it’s a parody of all the 1950s Beach Bunny movies, it makes a whole lot more sense. It’s actually from the 1970s, so it’s was supposed to mocking and satirical and end with the wrong message. But it’s so jaunty and musical that you forget!

      Also, the movie is cleaned up from the original show (In “Greased Lightning”, the original line was “the girls will cream”, not scream, for example).

      • Victoria
        +8

        I never heard “scream” in the movie. I heard “cream.”

        • Natalie
          +1

          It is “cream” in the movie. Having just watched it, trust me, “scream” is not what they say. I

  3. Sarah
    +7

    Well. There goes my Uterine Secret theory.

    •  Sara M
      +14

      I think its more wishful thinking than anything else. We all want her to push out a mini Pacey.

  4. Niki
    +83

    I’m going out on a limb to say total fab. The skirt is long enough that it off-sets the skin on top. The pretty head and pattern keep it from being too hooch too. Love the shoes. Love her.

    • Nan
      +28

      I totally agree with you. I think it’s great.

      Also, I hated “Grease” for exactly the reasons mentioned.

    • proteanlives
      +29

      I’m totally with you, sister. I think she looks pretty fabbing great, and agree that the length of the skirt offsets the bareness of the top. Plus it is cute in a yellow-polka-dot-bikini/Grease kind of way (as Jessica points out), which mellows its showing of skin. I love it unabashedly!

      •  ErinG
        +28

        I love pretty much everything about it. Being Diane Kruger certainly helps nudge this look along.

        • Gypsy Danger
          +23

          I hope when she publishes her bio, she calls it “Being Diane Kruger”.

      • Joanie
        +8

        I think it’s a winner, too, and would almost say the back of the top could remain as is…OR it could lose the open area at the base of her back and be even more of a winner.

        The shoes are fan-flippin’-tastic!

    •  julyol1972
      +3

      Me too to everything you just said! Fabulous outfit!

    • Tiffany
      +3

      I love this too.

    • jane
      +3

      Yes! She looks great.

    •  Molly
      +3

      YES! Love it all the way!

  5. Allie
    +12

    I’m convinced my mother would have never let us watch Xanadu if she’d paid attention to anything in that movie. My sister and I were all about the roller skates though. We taped the soundtrack and played it while we skated around the garage.

    •  Pigs in Space
      +3

      I have a similar memory of skating around the basement to Barry Manilow’s Greatest Hits.

      Movies my mother would not let me watch: Flashdance, An Officer and a Gentleman.

      • Jenz
        +1

        Flashdance??? Seriously??

        • Jessica
          +13

          My mom wouldn’t let me watch Flashdance either — she IS working at a strip club at the open.

          • Sarah
            +2

            I got in soooo much trouble for watching Flashdance at a friend’s house. I was grounded for a week.

          •  filmcricket
            +26

            My mom wouldn’t let me watch the Brady Bunch (in reruns) because it was sexist.

      • Marnie
        +11

        I wasn’t allowed to watch Dirty Dancing for forrrrrrever. Not so much for the dirty dancing but because Penny had an abortion.

        • ChristieLea
          0

          I remember watching Dirty Dancing at a Grade 7 sleepover, and one girl was TERRIFIED her mother was going to find out-she wasn’t allowed to watch it either for the same reason!

        • Jodi
          0

          Regardless of one’s feeling on abortion, that aspect makes the movie fairly challenging to watch with children. I remember a fairly involved conversation with my mother (I think I was 8 or so) where she had to explain that, unlike today, abortion was in fact illegal in 1963 and therefore the sketchiness was due to that rather than abortions by nature being this dodgy thing that women were going to need to be saved from later.

          • Sarah
            +1

            Agreed. It’s all done with so much vagueness, that I don’t think a kid could really figure out on their own why Penny was “in trouble”. I know I had NO CLUE what they were talking about until much later in life. My mom didn’t want me to watch it either, but I did at a sleepover and was so perplexed as to what she thought was so bad about it. The music and dancing were so fun!

        • KHS
          +1

          I also wasn’t allowed to watch Dirty Dancing, simply because of what the movie title implied. My mom had never seen it and knew nothing about the plot.

      • pinkopaque22
        0

        Our parents took us (me and two brothers) to see Endless Love cos I begged and they wouldn’t let me watch it alone. It was rated R. I was mortified the whole time (Sex scene in front of the fire was not 1st time romantic AT ALL sitting next to my parents) . My Step- Father to this day still refers to it as The Endless Movie.
        Xanadu was about drugs right? I was 8 when it cam out so all I saw was ONJ and roller skates and glitter and sequins and disco balls and lipgloss.

    •  A.J.
      0

      Wait, why wouldn’t your mom let you watch Xanadu? Because she gave up being a muse to be with Sonny? (which does annoy – why does the woman have to give up everything she is for a man) Because at the end it seems like she’s lost her memory or has possibly become a new person and he’s just interested in her because she looks like someone he knew? (What exactly IS going on in the end of that movie?)

      And if it wasn’t obvious by now, God, I love that movie. LOL.

      • meggiemoo
        0

        I wasn’t allowed to watch The Love Boat (everybody hooks up), Fantasy Island (ditto), or M.A.S.H. (too much raunchy humor).

    •  Carla in Kentucky
      +3

      My mom wouldn’t let me watch “Xanadu” because it killed Gene Kelly.

  6. Emily
    +32

    Didn’t Louisa May Alcott say that she put Laurie and Amy together basically as a big middle finger to the shippers, and she regretted it later? (I think I’m mixing this together with what JK Rowling just recently said about Harry-Hermione-Ron, but I swear there’s a grain of truth in there.)

    • Jessica
      +65

      YES SHE DID. Well, I don’t know if she regretted it, but she did do it FOR SPITE which makes me SO MAD. ALCOTT!!!!!!!

      (I also obviously love JK but YOU ARE WRONG JO. WEASLEY IS OUR KING.)

      • bettykeira
        +17

        I feel that dearest JK hasn’t contrasted the image of Harry having Christmas dinner with the muggle dentists as compared to A Verrry Jolly Weasley Christmas. Harry made the right choice…as did wise Hermoine

      • Amelia
        +36

        I thought that several years ago, Slate or Salon or a similar website ran a thoughtful piece on Alcott’s declaration that she would never “marry Jo to Laurie to please anyone,” but the closest thing I can find now is this: http://mentalfloss.com/article/56706/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-little-women. It’s driving me nuts that I cannot find it anywhere (possibly because the author was forced to take it down and go into hiding because too many commenters threatened his/her life, ha). I never read anything about Alcott’s regretting her decision to not have Laurie and Jo end up together, so you may be conflating her with Rowling here — but would be interested if someone out there who’s more of an Alcott scholar had something to that effect.

        Because you can’t love a book like Little Women and not have an opinion on this, mine is that I really never minded that Jo and Laurie didn’t end up together. I do get a bit of an “ick” vibe thinking about Laurie ending up with Amy, but more because she’s Jo’s sister, not so much out of pure hatred for Amy.* I think Alcott probably was trying to do something different and stand out from the pack, and marrying Jo to Laurie *would* have been what everyone expected. Also, from a 19th century women’s lit standpoint, I think it’s terrific to have a female character who went with her instincts that a guy wasn’t the right one for her, and that the book validated her for that (versus spending the rest of the plot in some “will they or won’t they” nonsense, and having her declare at the end how wrong she was to push him away, etc etc.). What actually makes me more sad for Jo than the fact that she didn’t end up with Laurie and Amy did was that Amy got to go to Europe and Jo never did! I think it is sad that she didn’t get to travel more and have adventures in other parts of the world.

        *I must add the necessary disclaimer that Amy in “Little Women” was a brat, and it was horrifying to read about her burning Jo’s book — but, I’m the oldest and definitely remember reading it at the age of 9 and thinking “This is exactly what I would expect of the spoiled adorable younger sibling who gets away with everything!” And yet my younger siblings, even my bratty younger brother who was my childhood self’s occasional sworn enemy AND with blonde curly hair like Amy’s to boot, have become functioning adults and he and I get along really well now, so I can relate to Amy being less bratty and to her and Jo being closer in “Good Wives” — and, as a bonus, they have not married any of my best guy friends/former love interests, so good job all around, family!

        Sorry this is so long — slow day at work I guess and I am always more than happy to talk about Little Women!!

        • Rosa
          +9

          ‘I think it’s terrific to have a female character who went with her instincts that a guy wasn’t the right one for her, and that the book validated her for that (versus spending the rest of the plot in some “will they or won’t they” nonsense, and having her declare at the end how wrong she was to push him away, etc etc.)’

          It’s been a long while since I read the books (I devoured them when I was about 10, but I think I’ve only re-read Little Women and maybe Good Wives once since then) but I definitely agree with you on this – much as I wanted Laurie and Jo to end up together, I think Alcott was right to have Jo reject him and forge her own path instead. I never liked Professor Baehr though, and I thought John Brooke was sooooo booooring.

          • Heather
            +38

            I know, right? I don’t mind Jo and Laurie not ending up together because I LOVE that she was able to say that their friendship was what mattered to her, and forge her own way. But there were SO MANY other ways to end up that did not involve that terrible, condescending professor. I kind of wish she’d become an awesome cosmopolitan lady author and landed a dude who didn’t infantilize her OR idolize her, nor have any ideas that she had to push out babies.

            • Becca
              +3

              Ughhhh Professor Bore! The. Worst. Even as a very tiny reader, I was so annoyed by his opinions on novels. And also his insistence on making Jo feel terrible about her life’s writing because of…love?

              Alcott didn’t quite stick the landing on that one.

            • Rosa
              +6

              Yeah, I was with her until she forged Jo’s path right into the arms of Captain Condescension (I imagined Bhaer looking rather like Charles Dickens, while Laurie obviously looked like Christian Bale so clearly there was no contest). I wasn’t wholly convinced by any of Jo’s post-Bhaer life. It’s been a long time since I read the books, but thinking back I’m not sure I understand why she ran a school for boys – surely Jo would have been a pioneer for women’s education (largely through spirited reenactments and lessons on how to make fires without burning manuscripts)?

          • BethC
            +2

            I will say this … Re-reading Little Women and Little Men at 42 was a vastly different experience than it was at 12 (the last time I read them).

        • j
          +1

          yes! a thousand times this!

          • j
            +1

            yes! a thousand times this! honestly, I never had a huge problem with Jo not ending up with Laurie (but agree with the slight squick over Amy. As I am also the oldest of several siblings I wonder if that is a widespread older sib opinion? Also, it seemed lazy, like Alcott didn’t want to have to think up a new character?). I do remember being SO shocked by it as I believe I read Little Women early enough that it was probably one of the first books I ever read that was not predictable.

        • Sarah
          +11

          I have so many of those same thoughts. I’m fine with Laurie and Jo not being together but I hate that he married Amy, partly because I dislike her but because I feel he just wants to be a part of the March family any way he can and it’s a icky way to do it. I mainly dislike Amy not because of the book burning (although I was so mad at her for that) but because she took Jo’s Europe trip. That was Jo’s and she deserved to go on that adventure. I think she would have gotten more out of it.

          • Kate (formerly Kate)
            +7

            I don’t even feel that it’s fair to Amy. The book-burning is an awful thing, but – siblings DO do terrible things to each other (as humans, in general, sometimes do to other humans), without it meaning that they are contemptible people across the board, and I don’t actually find that it makes me condemn Amy’s character.

            I just find it difficult to believe that Amy, knowing how much Laurie loved Jo, could totally ever be comfortable with that, deep inside. All of the things that Alcott describes about her vanity and behaviour convey someone who is actually very insecure about herself. Despite Alcott narrating her transformation into a confident goddess in her maturity, I don’t find in real life that that sort of self-doubt and insecurity from childhood ever really does truly go away.

            • Kate (formerly Kate)
              0

              In fact, maybe that was Alcott’s punishment for Amy, her authorial moral lesson – she would always be second choice.

            • Isabel
              +2

              But, but, but! Right after Jo has that rejection scene with Laurie, she talks to her mother about it and says that Amy is perfect for him. So I´ve never found it weird at all, Jo was perfectly on board with it years beforehand!

              Also I see her point, Amy & Laurie are both cosmopolitan socialites whereas Jo never learned to hold a fan, not to stain her gloves with lemonade or to drop her hem on entering a house! She’s a bit of a tomboy & her entering a stable relationship with an elderly gentleman & running a home for little boys also makes sense to me (although YES to the lady writer idea!!).

              What bugged me though is that Amy gives up her art as soon as she’s married, saying she just isn’t that good. Screw that!

  7.  Mina
    +1

    I read a memoir titled Perfectly Miserable and it talked a lot about LMA and Little Women. The author uses the book and the rest of transcendental New England as a lens while viewing her own childhood.

    Those yellow shoes are cute. If they were pink shoes and a headband and it would have been even more Pink Ladies.

  8. Brass Neck
    +39

    I teach film in university and let me tell you, those are the class discussions we live for! :D

    • JB
      +15

      I feel like Fug Nation now needs Fug College. We already have 1 professor who can lead discussions!

    •  AKG
      +1

      Art history prof here, and I completely agree!

    • Natalie
      0

      Whatever class you teach sign me up, because I too live for those discussions.

  9. Cat
    +8

    I like this from the front (except the skirt is too tight)– black and white with yellow pumps? Win! Not a huge fan of the back either.

    I’m still pissed Amy ended up with Laurie!!!

  10. marylou bethune
    +12

    I think Diane looks great.
    I love the way your thought patterns go haring about in such smart and funny ways. Grease of all things….

    • Diana2
      +3

      Oh God, + 1 on everything. I love Diane’s whole look, but I have to say that she was almost overshadowed by the awesome Sandy / Greased Lightning / Amy / Jo / Laurie bit. Hilarious – all of it.

  11. Stefanie
    +9

    I love it.

    Oh Grease. I love you, but hate you at the same time.

    I’ve never read Little Women. I probably should get around to it…I did watch (part) of the movie. Does that count? The part where the one girls burns off the other girl’s hair and they slap a giant bow on it makes me laugh every time. I have issues.

    • Jessica
      +30

      Despite my complaints, you should for sure read it. I LOVE IT. It’s probably one of my favorite books ever.

      • Sarah J
        +2

        I love this site! How many pop-culture/celebrity sites are so consistently upbeat and friendly and also have comment sections that ramble on about classic literature? Mostly just this one.

    • Sandra
      +9

      Everybody should read Little Women. Little Men and Jo’s Boys are good too.

    •  HelenBackAgain
      +2

      Oh, definitely read it!

    • Sophy
      +2

      The movie is kind of great with beautiful Miss Taylor.I loved the books growing up- hated Amy n Laurie ending up together – but now they seem less good n kind of preachy.

      • jane
        +1

        Has anyone seen the older version with Katharine Hepburn as Jo? She was perfect.

        • Isabel
          0

          Yes I saw that one! But the Prof was played by someone who was way too young & had slick hair which was a huge disappointment. The book edition I read had pictures from a tv series I think, so I always pictured the characters like them. I have to say they were perfectly cast, Jo with luxuriant hair & gray eyes, Laurie with Italian curls etc. (so now I have to find this series of course. See what you make me do Fug Nation!!).

  12.  Looly
    +31

    Is that a price tag sticker on her shoe? Celebs, they’re just like us!

    •  ChiTownSteph
      +4

      That’s what I was going to say but wanted to check if someone beat me to it. Also I love the skirt and shoes but wish the top were different.

      I never read little women and was allowed to watch Grease and Grease 2 as a child but for whatever reason was denied the right to see Jurassic Park. My sister and I still hold that one against my mom because it was so revolutionary at the time plus we were kids and there were dinosaurs!

    •  Pia
      +14

      actually no, they’re not like us, I ALWAYS check for tags underneath my shoes, it’s one of my pet peeves :)

      •  Looly
        +15

        Same here, Pia. I always remove the sticker but sometimes those suckers don’t want to come off – SO annoying. And sometimes you get the sticker off but there’s still glue on the sole and stuff starts sticking to your shoe. I guess that’s what I get for shopping the DSW clearance section…

        • Kate (formerly Kate)
          +5

          I always take the sticker off and follow it with Goo Gone. I hate both stickers and leftover glue.

          • Christine Christine
            +3

            Me too, AND cut the tags off new bras and undies. I hate stick-out tag syndrome, it ruins the sexiness.

      • Maam
        +1

        Same here – ruins the look of any great shoe to see that white sticker walking away!

    • Monica
      +1

      I was thinking the same thing!!! Did she get them at Marshalls? LOL I actually appreciate the outfit as a whole and LOVE the shoes!

  13.  Erykah
    +8

    Has she left the label on her shoe?! I don’t mind the outfit because she is Kruger and can wear the hell out of anything but that a seriously unforgivable shoe faux pas.

    • Gypsy Danger
      +3

      Maybe her stylist, or whoever, just gave her the shoes to put on right before she got to the event, or maybe she got dressed on site?

      • Kate (formerly Kate)
        +1

        Or maybe her stylist gave her the usual pair of celebrity loaner canoes to wear, and she ran out to a store and got a pair of shoes that fit? They do fit her, see?

    • Sophie
      0

      I came to comment on the shoe sticker too.
      It just makes it look cheap, and the Krug is NOT cheap. Shame on you, DK, and your stylist. No excuses. There must have been a black marker pen somewhere around when you got changed at the very least (and I don’t think it shows any signs of removal at all).

  14. Deb Chasteen
    +4

    Uh, what’s with the sticker tag on the bottom of the shoe? I assume at least two people (Kruger and her stylist) saw that and neither leapt into the breach?

  15. Amy S.
    0

    The back of her top looks as if it’s too small and they had to cobble it together with a bra fastener.

  16. Nat
    +5

    Shoes still have the labels on – very endearing! As is EVERYTHING else about her.

  17. Jenna R.
    +31

    I’ll go with the minority here and just say I love this. Very hot-cha-cha (and I don’t mean Cha Cha Degregorio ;))…I love how the zipper accentuates her curves!

  18. Sweetsinger
    +10

    Jessica, this is straight up FAB. Of course, only on Diane Kruger.

  19. Becky
    +11

    I absolutely agree about how unsuitable Grease was for kids, and I also didn’t realize it until just last year when I watched it as a 40 year-old. I was surprised at the raunchiness. I didn’t remember any of those bits (yes, it’s been 30 years), so I’m thinking I was too naive to pick up on it at the time. Now I’m going off track, but I think movies from the 80′s (OK Grease was late 70′s) are generally more rough – for some reason, I’ve seen the Goonies (lots of swearing, scary), Home Alone (violence, child abandonment), and Weird Science (violence, guns, way sexy) recently, and I think the movies would have been toned down quite a bit to meet today’s PG / PG-13 standards. Or maybe not?

    Anyway, I think the outfit works from the front due to the length of the skirt and yellow shoes but think the back lowers it to a Grease-viewed-as-a-40-year-old level of unwholesomeness.

    •  HelenBackAgain
      +17

      I definitely also did not get a lot of the innuendo in Grease when I first saw it, and I certainly didn’t understand the degrading final message. As a result of which, it was entirely appropriate for eleven-year-old me! Kids now, however… might get it.

    • Jenny
      +4

      The MPAA rating system has changed since the 80s- what were PG rated movies back then would definitely be rated R today! Most John Hughes movies, favorites of teens everywhere, had a lot of 4 letter words and risque situations- and were fully accessible to any teen. Sixteen Candles had several utterances of the “F word”, lots of really sexual situations, racist stereotyped characters, and LOTS of totally un-PC content that wouldn’t be allowed in a modern PG rated film.

      •  Katie
        +1

        Wasn’t the Breakfast Club rated R? My mother wouldn’t let me see it. Of course, I watched it on VHS a year or two later.

      • camille
        +2

        PG movies (before PG-13 existed) used to be allowed, like, one instance of the F word, or something like that – all those 80s kids’ movies that were actually fun and adventurous would have some rudeness and probably someone’s older sister would get glimpsed with her shirt off.

        Kids’ movies now are so tame.

    • Marnie
      +8

      I’ve been watching Annie on repeat with my kid lately and my god so many racial stereotypes, kidnapping and drunkeness. But Carol Burnett is still amazing as always.

    • Ellen
      +5

      Add me to the list of people who watched Grease as a kid and knew all the songs and everything but didn’t realize how raunchy it was until like last year or so. I can’t believe my mom went along with letting me watch it, but I was a pretty naive kid, so I think she (correctly) assumed that all the sex jokes just went over my head.

  20. Lacey
    +27

    I have never gotten over the Laurie/Jo/Amy thing. Plus, I was a very impressionable 12 year old when that movie came out and I was already totally in love with Christian Bale from Newsies (obvs.) and she picked the OLD MAN (#nodisrespecttoGabrielByrne I was 12)?!

    • Jessica
      +32

      We were just talking about this on Twitter. I think that’s seriously Bale’s best part. He is SO SWOONY AND DREAMY in that role that it’s EVEN MORE HORRIFYING when they don’t end up together. That is actually my favorite Little Women version, in part because he’s so good in it. I actually think the entire thing is well-cast though. I also must admit I cry nearly throughout.

      •  Sara M
        +3

        I sheepishly admit I did really like Samantha Mathis as Amy and always have since because of that movie.

        • Lacey
          +3

          I always liked her because of How to Make an American Quilt. I loved that movie in the 90s, but I’m not sure if it holds up. I’ll have to find it and review.

          •  Marie
            +8

            I told my friend’s boyfriend I was reading that book and he said, “how to make an American do what” and now that’s always what I think about when that title comes up in conversation (rarely). Also love Samantha Mathis–even good on the trainwreck that is UNDER THE DOME.

          •  Jody
            +5

            I always loved her cause of Pump Up the Volume. I thought Christian Bale was all that and a bag of chips.

            • hailey
              +1

              I made my best friend watch this for the first time last weekend. I forgot home much simulated jacking off there was…. Not that it’s a deal breaker. Talk hard!

          •  Sara M
            0

            I love that movie too :)

      • Lacey
        +8

        So do I. Beth and the piano? Stop it. I have been known to cry during the opening credits, if in a properly weepy mood.

        • Sophy
          +14

          Joe tribiani!

          • Beth Y.
            +37

            Oh my gosh, Joey and Little Women. Seriously one of my favorite episodes EVER. The horror on his face when Rachel spits, ” Oh, yeah? Beth DIES.” And then putting it the freezer. So. Good.

      • Rosa
        +17

        I went to see the 1994 movie as a 5 year old with my mum, who had read the books, and my dad, who hadn’t. My dad and I were totally blindsided by [SPOILER] Beth dying and we just sat there crying our eyes out while my mum sat there smugly. It wasn’t quite as bad as when my dad took me to see Bambi (I cried for an hour afterwards, and when I finally calmed down my mum in hushed tones asked what the hell had happened, my dad tried to explain and set me off again) but ranks a close second.

      •  A.
        +4

        Jessica, I do not share your angst at Laurie/Amy/Jo (it always made total sense to me) but I do agree that the 1994 version of the movie was brilliantly cast. I convinced my husband to watch it with me just to prove to him that Christian Bale is a great actor in more than just the Dark Knight movies. I do always regret sharing my first name with such a mean-spirited, vain girl though, especially since I am also blonde (though I have neither artistic abilities nor curls).

        • Heather
          +13

          See, I HATE the 1994 movie with a white-hot fire, except for Christian Bale. I actually should admit I don’t remember very much of Mathis, but I did NOT like Wino Forever as Jo and REALLY REALLY did not like Claire Danes as Beth and could have done without Sarandon. For a book I love this much, I don’t feel like there is a movie version that hits it on all cylinders for me. I’d like to combine elements, please, universe, thanks.

      • jenskee
        +2

        Tried to post this yesterday but couldn’t get it to go–

        I know that Jessica and I will never see eye to eye on this, but I CANNOT BEAR the casting of wee, winsome Winona as Jo. I CANNOT!! She is not my Jo. (not even John Anderson, my jo). I sat through that whole movie arms folded, eyes rolling, sighing. (This is why you shouldn’t really sit with me at this kind of movie or else I shouldn’t go. Though I must say I loved TFIOS, so I can like book adaptations under the right circumstances.)

        Also I think that Jo was right and she would not have been happy in Laurie’s rich boy world.

    • One of the Claires
      +10

      Here, I must object. In my 12-year old mind, Professor Bhaer was my idea of a dream guy, which was only reinforced by his awesome performance in Disney’s Shipwrecked as an angry brooding Lieutenant who was also a secret pirate. Laurie is a fratty douche in comparison. Only Bale’s Batman is sexier.

      • Lacey
        +2

        Claire, I haven’t seen Shipwrecked, so I can’t weigh in. But I heart Laurie forever.

        • One of the Claires
          +6

          Definitely worth a watch. It’s a fair debate; as a Backstreet Boys fan, I loved Kevin – the tall, brooding, older guy. Everyone else loved Nick – the all American buddy. Laurie is the Nick Carter to Professor Bhaer’s Kevin Richardson.

    •  Jessicanuck
      +2

      Agree on the whole ‘never got over Jo/Laurie’, thing. In fact, I distinctly remember as a child vowing to never watch the movie, read the book, or have anything to do with Little Women EVER AGAIN after they didn’t end up together (AMY?!?!?). And I kept that promise. I was a determined little thing!

  21. Sandra
    +2

    This is an UnFugItUp for me. Make it all one piece, keeping the low scoop in the back while filling in the cut-outs and it would be perfect. Extra credit for cute shoes and HAB (having a bracelet).

  22.  HelenBackAgain
    +3

    It’s too tight, the makeup is sadly Kardashian-adjacent, and the back…

    You know what? This look is trashy, is what it is. I often don’t like Kruger’s choices, but that’s something I never expected to say about one of them, but it is. It really, really is.

    • Sophy
      +6

      The only reason this is not trashy is she has not an ounce of body fat.

      •  HelenBackAgain
        +2

        No, it’s still trashy.

      •  Tess
        +4

        A VERY interesting perspective. I’m not saying that I agree with it at all, but I know where you’re coming from, catch myself making the same judgements (about others/myself), and would love to hear others’ thoughts on the subject..

      • Cara
        +8

        I don’t think this is trashy, and I’m not going to comment on the body fat discussion, because I think it’s gross to say skinny people can look ‘classy’ in something that others can’t.

        She’s actually not showing that much skin, and I don’t think this is tighter than tons of other outfits, so I don’t understand that criticism either. I also don’t think her makeup is particularly heavy or contour-y. I think this is wayyyyy cuter than that super short pink dress featured a few weeks ago. I guess that’s what is so fun about fashion, what some people LOVE, others hate!

        • Jessica
          +17

          I agree that body fat percentage ought have nothing to do with whether or not someone looks trashy. Paris Hilton certainly proves THAT easily.

        • Sarah
          +2

          I don’t think it’s trashy because I equate trashy with vulgar and tasteless, and she’s not showing enough skin for it to be either. I think it’s a bit cheap looking because of that stupid exposed zipper.

          As for the body fat comment above, I have always felt that certain body types can pull off certain looks that others can’t. I have a friend who is tall and skinny with no boobs and she can make really short dresses and plunging necklines look fashionable, whereas if I, a curvy girl with big boobs, were to wear the same, I would look too sexy and like I was saying “Check out my massive boobs!” for my own comfort. I thought that was a commonly held sentiment, but maybe I’m wrong.

  23. Claire
    +5

    Amy and Laurie – I am still mad. This is the reason fanfic was invented! And seconded re: Grease – it’d all be fine if it ended him meeting her after the race and making-up then.

    • Kate (formerly Kate)
      +2

      The Little Women fanfic I’ve been able to find is, by and large, disappointing, though.

  24.  Anna
    +11

    I just cannot even speak about Amy and Laurie. When I was growing up, my oldest sister gave up reading Little Women when Amy and Laurie got together, my other sister stopped at Beth’s death, and I stopped at Jo’s refusal of Laurie. I’ve never been able to finish that book and Alcott’s admission of intentionally f’ing with her characters JUST BECAUSE really makes me mad. It’s totally dishonest to finish a story one way just because you want to mess with your audience, rather than it making sense from a plot or character-driven perspective. Ugh. My blood pressure is up now.

    • Kate (formerly Kate)
      +32

      It did kind of make sense from a character perspective, I thought – at least, Jo refusing Laurie. Laurie and Amy is just off-putting any way you slice it, and Professor Bhaer is ridiculous. SHE SEDUCES HIM BY DARNING HIS DISGUSTING SOCKS. I do not think so.

      • Kate (formerly Kate)
        +18

        Oh, and the fact that he moralizes and pisses all over her adventure stories really got on my tits as well, even when I read the books as a child.

        •  Anna
          +13

          Seriously. I think that’s what bothers me about Jo’s eventual choice (Bhaer? Baer? Baehr?) He does not respect her at all and treats her as an underling, expecting and accepting her worship as his due. Laurie, yes, is simple, but he’s made better by Jo and she, yes, is made better by him–kinder, takes herself less seriously. It would’ve made more sense for her character to remain single or, as a previous poster said, end up in a Boston marriage. It seemed like her actual marriage is a bit degrading.

    • One of the Claires
      +30

      But Laurie is so small and simple and dull compared to Jo’s imagination and her potential and her future. She knows that, and that’s why she rejects him. It’s also why Amy is perfect for him; she’s always wanted to just be wanted, and that’s all Laurie really wanted too. Bhaer is Jo’s equal; their minds connect – he pushes her to become the most successful version of herself. And he makes it happen in the end. It’s beautiful, gang. It’s Jo’s transition from a child to a woman; it’s a part of her finding her own voice and the support and adventure she needs.

      It’s also the story of my first and current marriages, so, you know, I might be biased.

  25. Amy (but not March)
    +9

    My name is Amy. I was named after Amy in Little Women. I have an older cousin named Jo and an aunt, Margaret, so only Amy and Beth were left. My mother didn’t want to name me after the dead one. Anyway, I always loved Amy. She’s awesome. In, I think, the second version of the movie (the one I was brought up on, pre Susan Sarandon/Winona Ryder version) she has oranges and she says ‘one for you, one for you, one for me’. That connected… I was happy she got Laurie because I liked Laurie and I am Amy.

    Grease was just annoying.

    •  ElizabethT
      +11

      Here’s where I should jump in and confess that I nicknamed myself Beth from third grade through college BECAUSE OF Beth March and honestly and truly believed for years that being all good and self-sacrificing was the way to go. Obviously there were a lot of other cultural and familial influences, but I am 100% sure that the disastrous coincidence of names was part of my teenage false consciousness. (Also I grew up overseas in behind-locked-gates kinds of places so had little to do but reread LW over and over. Fortunately there were also Anne Shirley and Laura Ingalls.) Compared to Beth’s plot, all the others look pretty good.

      On the Jo question, I agree pretty completely with Amelia upthread and others who argue that Laurie was just too conventional for Jo. I’m not a big fan of the moralistic early Bhaer, but I am a big fan of both “Little Men” and “Jo’s Boys,” and he looks better there, not to mention supporting Jo’s lifework of teaching as well as writing.

      And another question: do any of you have thoughts on other Alcott books? I have always had a soft spot for “An Old Fashioned Girl.” And I LOVE “Eight Cousins” and “Rose in Bloom.”

      •  Anna
        +5

        Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom are my favorites! I think Alcott succeeded better in those books in getting in interesting twists in plot and relationships, without working completely against expectation or being sadistic. They’re so terribly sad, but lovely and well written–and marginally less preachy than Little Women.

        •  ElizabethT
          +5

          And both have great fashion scenes! In EC there’s the one where Uncle Alec bursts in when Aunt Clara is corsetting Rose, and he provides a healthy and pretty alternative. And is RinB there’s the silk-buying vs. charity-giving moment in the department store, just to name one.

          Maybe these should go on the Goodreads bookshelf. Kristabelle?

      • Nausikaa
        0

        An Old-Fashioned Girl was my favorite, but I also really liked Eight Cousins. My least favorite was Under the Lilacs.

    •  Amy
      +1

      I’m also an Amy named after Little Women!

  26. Meghan
    +4

    the sticker on the soles of her shoes kill it.

  27. Snebur
    +5

    Jo and the Professor are a good match as are Amy and Laurie..
    Amy says at one point that she has no real talent for painting. Why not take up with a rich boy who is a friend of the family?

    • S
      0

      Yeah, I always saw Amy as vain and wishing she were rich, perfect for Laurie’s life. I mean, she grew up a lot over the course of the book, and I didn’t hate her, but I think she just fit that lifestyle better than Jo would have.

  28.  Sharon
    +6

    I like the look. Her shoes are great, too.
    It is a nice summer-time look for someone young. It is a very nice length, it is not too tight. She looks young and cute.

  29. Jo
    +9

    So agree about Amy and Laurie and Jo and the stinky Professor! When I was 9 I actually rewrote the ending in spidery black ink on my copy of the book such was my disgust at these bad couplings. Agree about the dress- needs to be a one piece.

  30. Sophy
    +15

    Just realized we have more to write n much more passion when discussing book n movies n TV- maybe that’s most of our real interest – not fashion?

  31.  Portia
    +19

    Someday a girl or woman who is tall and awkward and plain will be cast as Jo March. And I will go see *that* movie version, because that will mean the producers understand the book at least well enough to know that readers fall thoroughly in love with a Jo who isn’t pretty, and believe with all their hearts that Laurie loves her too. And that is a decent place to start, when you’re adapting Little Women. (Yes, I do have something of a Thing about this….)

    Portia (who is homely and awkward and odd and old herself)

    • Sandra
      +5

      Do you mean awkward in the social sense, or physically? It’s been more decades than I care to remember since I’ve read it, but I have always lined the scene of Jo and Laurie dancing in the hall at that party because she had scorched the back of her dress. The description of her as being “full of swing and spring” has stuck with me all these years. Maybe ’cause I trip oner my feet. :-)

    • MaryOMary
      +7

      Have you seen the Katherine Hepburn version? She was glowing with vitality and youth and life, but wasn’t conventionally “pretty”, like candy box pretty, and most closely conformed to the lanky tomboy Jo image of my childhood imagination. And to stay on fashion topic, she blazed her own trail of chic with her tailored separates in an era of ruffles and bows.

    • Robyn V
      +1

      I have no idea what you look like Portia, but you sound smart and interesting and your name is one of my absolute favorites (Shakespeare, yes, but I read it first in Elizabeth Enright’s Gone-Away Lake).

      •  ElizabethT
        0

        I just reread the Gone-Away books last week–a summer ritual. They are beyond wonderful.

  32. Gypsy Danger
    +4

    I like this, but only on her. I would like it more if the back of the top didn’t look so bra adjacent.

    She looks like Jessica Simpson in the second photo.

  33. elz
    +3

    YES, to both Grease and Little Women. Both plot developments make my feminist heart cry.

  34. MaryAnne
    +13

    Somehow (about 35 years ago) I read Little Men first, and so was “spoiled” for the end of Little Women and so was never particularly bothered by the Jo/Professor and Amy/Laurie pairings. As the oldest of four, however, I will maintain to my dying day that Amy deserved a SERIOUS smack down for burning Jo’s book, and I actually lost a TON of respect for Dear old Marmee for her handling of that whole situation. Not that I had/have strong feelings on the matter nearly four decades later or anything.

  35. mrs. peacock
    +5

    I would have loved to be in those classes with Jessica, because I was not offered those types of classes in college. I never looked at the end of Grease that way, but now I see how degrading it was for Sandy to have to change when Danny didn’t really changed at all. I mean, all he did was letter in track! She gave up everything, even gravity at the end, for Danny! For what? A home in the clouds? Ridic!

    • camille
      +5

      AND she had to kind of skeeze it up to Get A Man. She didn’t just change her fashion outlook, she went from being Miss Purity Pants to sexy dancing all over the fair. Even when I was young watching this, I wasn’t comfortable with that message – her friends convinced her she had to put out, basically.

  36. Beth Y.
    +4

    Grease was a movie I was not allowed watch – primarily because of the raunchiness and the fact that Sandy turned herself into a bad girl for a boy. My mother the bobby soxer did not approve.

    • azqueenie
      +5

      “My Mother the Bobby Soxer” sounds like the title of a 1950s era comedy, starring Gidget as the daughter.

  37. shebrihart
    +10

    I have to say that I love that this thread has evolved into a discussion on the March sisters! Little Women is my ABSOLUTE favorite book, I’ve read it at least 20 times…my aunt gave me a beautiful hardcover edition when I was about 10 years old and I think I’ve read it at least once a year since then. Anyway…I’ve never been bothered by Laurie ending up with Amy or Jo being with the Professor. It just made sense to me. Jo would’ve been bored with Laurie eventually, she deserved to be with someone like the Professor who would stimulate her intellectually. As for the movie…Christian Bale’s Laurie is the best…and similar to another commenter I obviously fell in love with him in Newsies, but LW just solidified my devotion. Never change Christian. Well, maybe go back to being Batman. Because…HELLO Bruce Wayne!

    • Teri Rutledge
      +2

      Newsies!!!!

      Santa Fe! Wait for me! Say we’re gonna live forever!

      Best movie ever.

  38.  rjh
    +46

    There are worse things I could do
    Than leave price tags on my shoe
    Oh Fug Nation, don’t be prudes
    My dress is trashy, but so good
    At least the crotch is not see-through
    That’s a thing I’d never do.

  39. abi
    +2

    i like this look, she looks wonderful, it doesn’t look too tight. i like the back as well. i have no complaints. it would look horrible on so many women but it doesn’t on her.

  40. Sarah
    +2

    1) couldn’t agree more about Grease, 2) is that a price sticker on the bottom of her shoe?

  41. witjunkie
    +16

    See, and everyone thought I was a nerd because I hated that Sandy changed – I loved the movie but hated the ending. My whole thing was – he liked her as she was! Why should she have to totally change who she is? But everyone just rolled their eyes at me. Because now she was “cool”. I BEG TO DIFFER.

  42. Louisa
    +4

    Danny played baseball and ran hurdles for Sandy, and none of it worked for him. All she did was change her clothes. She was totally in control of the situation. I don’t have a problem with it.

    • Becky
      +3

      I actually never had a problem with the ending, either, because I saw it as Sandy choosing, under her own volition, to be one of the bad girls (these days, I would describe it as embracing her sexuality, yadda, yadda). What bugged me the most was that she got that dumb perm, and even as a kid, I knew that the hair was 1970′s disco glam and not in accord with the late 50′s/60′s theme, like the rest of the movie.

  43. kay
    +10

    I like this outfit, and HATE the message of greece. Although I also really don’t like the virgin/whore dichotomy of sandy and rizzo either. Sandy is the good girl who at 17 has never drunk, never smoked, of course is respected, but rizzo who dares to have sex, gets disrespected by her boyfriend and has a pregnancy scare. Personally I think the whole movie would be better if it focused on rizzo, not the least of which because stockard channing is a much better actress than olivia newton john.

  44. Heather
    +11

    As a one off, to spice things up, I think Diane looks fine. I like her clutch.

    Laurie = Dawson Leery to me, he loved the idea of Jo but in reality wanted a much more conventional wife and I thought he and Amy made sense. I love the idea up thread that Louisa May Alcott even thought about thwarting shippers!

    I spent so much time as an 8 year old, jumping up and down on my bed in my
    pajamas singing “Look at me, I’m Sandra Dee…lousy with virginity…” And my parents thought it was hysterical. I think parenting was way more fun in the 70′s. I also became enamored with the phrase “fongool” for a while, but they did put a stop to that.

    • One of the Claires
      +5

      Laurie IS Dawson Leery. My head just exploded.

      • KHS
        0

        Well Joey’s name is supposed to be inspired by? associated with? Jo from Little Women, so it all makes sense. As far as any of the other comparisons go, I am all out. It’s been over 20 years since I read it.

  45.  Kate (another one)
    +9

    I read an abridged version of Little Women for young’uns as a fairly small kid (maybe 7 or 8?)and it did such a good job of glossing over Beth’s death that I spent the rest of the book thinking she was on vacation or something.

    Imagine my surprise when I ‘re-read’ the real thing some years later…

    Totally agreed that Jo and Laurie were not a great end-game, but that she should have just run off to be an independent lady-writer. As for Amy…ugh. I have dreams of ripping the last few pages out of Tess of the D’Urbervilles in bookstores to save other readers from a similar ‘so then he hooks up with the little sis’ ending.

  46.  visa diva
    +5

    This is,why I love Fug Nation, a post about Diane Kruger has turned into a massive discussion of Little Women. awesome!

    Btw, I think Kruger looks fine but I think only she can pull it off.

  47. DebMc
    +5

    I read three biographies of Alcott a few decades ago and, yes, she was determined that Laurie and Jo wouldn’t end up together (I don’t recall reading that she later recanted it). I suspect she may have patterned this disappointment on her own lost love she met while in Europe as a traveling companion. A match was unsuitable for some reason, can’t remember why. Might have been Mary Sue there.

    As a youngster I was terribly disappointed and puzzled that Jo would refuse Laurie, although it later made sense to me. Laurie was society and his wife would also be. Jo knew this, that she had no interest in this kind of life or the capability of living it and this divide would have ruined their marriage. I’ve always been kind of repelled by the professor, though, and the student/teacher, patriarchal feel to their relationship (and yes, I’ve read the sequels). However, he did have a sense of fun and intellect that, as Anne Shirley would say, fit Jo’s kinks.

  48. PHX
    0

    Jessica — was it Karen Rowe?? I still think of her typed comments on papers….

  49. Teri Rutledge
    +5

    I am the youngest of 4 sisters, and so of course Little Women was my favorite book. I struggle with the Jo/Amy/Laurie situation, especially because Jo and Laurie were simply BEST friends and I just don’t think you can do better than to marry your best friend.

    Amy in the book was lovely, but I didn’t like Samantha Mathis in the movie (I DID love Kirsten Dunst and Christian Bale and everyone else though!!). Her Amy seemed snotty and vain, which isn’t Amy in the book.

    Also, more importantly, I always think of the episode of Friends when Joey reads Little Women and gets completely confused about the fact that Jo is a girl, and says, “oh, they’re THAT kind of little women!” until Rachel explains that Laurie is a boy. And then he has to hide the book in the freezer when Beth gets sick. Good stuff.

    And as far as Grease goes. . .delightful music, horrible messages. I loved it pretty hard back in the day, though :)

  50. Sajorina
    +3

    I’ve never seen “Grease” and I don’t plan to, but my parents totally let me watch “Dirty Dancing” over & over again when I was 10 years old! Anyway, I love this outfit! FAB for Diane! And Pacey!

  51. Petrova Fossil
    +19

    131 comments. Apparently your American Women Authors class were not the only ones with FEELINGS about Laurie/Amy and Jo/Dr. Bhaer.

  52. Petrova Fossil
    +20

    Also, I always quote Marmee’s advice to my younger friends when they have babies:

    “Don’t neglect husband for children, don’t shut him out of the nursery, but teach him how to help in it. His place is there as well as yours, and the children need him. Let him feel that he has a part to do, and he will do it gladly and faithfully, and it will be better for you all. . . This is just the time, Meg, when young married people are apt to grow apart, and the very time when they ought to be most together, for the first tenderness soon wears off, unless care is taken to preserve it. And no time is so beautiful and precious to parents as the first years of the little lives given to them to train. Don’t let John be a stranger to the babies, for they will do more to keep him safe and happy in this world of trial and temptation than anything else, and through them you will learn to know and love one another as you should. Now, dear, good-by. Think over Mother’s preachment, act upon it if it seems good, and God bless you all.”

  53. JenLWB
    +17

    I think some of you ladies would enjoy The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde. Its time travelling heroine specialises in correcting the ending of books, in this case she fixes Jane Eyre to avoid the original ending (in this book) of her going off with the missionary, to the ending we know and love! I have a feeling Little Women comes up too, correcting all the errors we’ve talked about here.

  54. Francine
    +1

    She looks so chic, love her outfit!
    http://fashion-soup.com/

  55.  Tamburlaine
    +2

    Sheesh, would it kill her to wear lipstick?

    And I loved the ‘Little Women’ discussion! When I read it for the first time I hated that Laurie ended up with Amy, but now I understand it a bit more (or at least, why Jo refused his offer of marriage). But by ‘Jo’s Boys’, I think their relationship is a lot richer than Laurie and Amy’s: maybe by not letting them marry, Alcott allowed them to maintain a real love and close friendship that wouldn’t have been seen as appropriate for a married couple at the time?

  56. Colleen
    0

    First, take the freaking pricetag off the bottom of your shoe! For God’s sake! Other than that love the outfit although the top looks like a sports bra from the back.

    Second, thank you for saying that about Grease. Such a stupid message to send to the teenyboppers.

  57. jane
    0

    Check out “Eden’s Outcasts,” a fascinating book about Alcott and her dad–well worth reading.

    http://www.amazon.com/Edens-Outcasts-Louisa-Alcott-Father/dp/0393333590

  58. mwp
    0

    Did she leave the price tag on her right shoe? You’d think someone would give her a head’s up.

  59. gigi
    +3

    total Grease Vibe… I also think Pinky Tuscadero would rock this with a lovely chiffon scarf tied jauntily around her neck to hide the hickies Fonzie gave her night before at Inspiration Point. heehee

  60. pomme de terre
    0

    I’m the best dancer at St. Bernadette’s. WHO THE HELL ARE YOU?!

  61. jenelope
    +6

    I rather like Diane’s outfit (shoe sticker notwithstanding).

    I never got the appeal of Laurie. For one thing- young, feckless and not much ambition. For another- Jo didn’t actually love him. I much preferred Jo falling for a man who challenged her intellectually. Also, for those who object to Jo being with a “stinky, old professor,” do you also have objections to Marianne Dashwood ending up with a boring, old Colonel?

    • Annie S.
      +22

      Nope. Because: Alan Rickman.

      • Sandra
        +3

        Yeah, the movie version of that does make it much more palatable. In the book, I always feel like Colonel Brandon would be a more appropriate match for Mrs. Dashwood, though apparently society thought nothing of 18 year old girls being paired with 36 year old men. The actual age difference isn’t what squicks me so much as the fact that she is soooo young. 30 and 48 would be fine, but 18 and 36 feels like cradle-snatching.

        • Kate (formerly Kate)
          +9

          And yet, Colonel Brandon never patronizes Marianne, or expects her to give things up and become staid and upright to be with him. He loves her as she is. It’s not the age difference. It’s the socks. It’s the lecture about how awful and corrupting blood-and-thunder adventure stories and their writers are. It’s the miring her up as Mother to mend for and care for a school full of boys, instead of taking her around the world.

          Alan Rickman didn’t hurt, of course. Good grief, he was hot in that movie.

          •  Alyssa
            +7

            I agree completely Kate, Colonel Brandon was attracted to her because of her nature, he didn’t try to change her. And now I want to go rewatch the movie because Alan Rickman.

            • One of the Claires
              0

              And now, this entire conversation is complete. Because I’ve been reading along, and commenting here and there, and all along I’ve been seconds away from drawing a Sense and Sensibility parallel, and then I stop myself thinking, “these women are gonna think I’m nuts.” But now this. Thank you. Thank you.

  62. Diane
    +2

    I think my namesake looks fine (apart from the price tag on her show – very sloppy!) but the more important thing is that I LOVE the discussion of Little Women which I first read when I was 7 or 8, back in the Olden Days (although even then cynical moi thought Marmee was insufferably pious but not as bad as Beth). Although in my childhood and early teenage years I was horrified at the pairing of silly, flighty flibbertigibbet Amy with dashing Laurie, in fact it now seems to make perfect sense. I never understood the Jo/Prof Bhaer thing though, until the 1994 film when he turned into the gorgeous Gabriel Byrne, when immediately all became right with the world.

    •  fiatluxury
      +4

      Gabriel Byrne, much like bacon, makes everything better.

      • DebMc
        0

        Too bad Bhaer looked nothing like Byrne.

        I suspect Bhaer might have been modeled after Ralph Waldo Emerson, the Alcotts’ neighbor upon whom LM had a crush.

  63. Victoria
    0

    Still sad that there’s no Pacey wombfruit going on there. Love the dress and shows except the visible zipper. Carry on, Diane. But get knocked up, k?

    • Toni
      0

      Diane has said that kids are not a priority for her. She might have them, she may not and by the time she wants them, it might not happen.

      So, don’t hold your breath.

  64. B
    +5

    I really enjoyed this discussion of Little Women and Grease.

    I liked Little Women the book and the 1994 movie version. I really liked Clare Danes as Beth, she makes me cry every time I watch it.
    I never liked Laurie and Amy mostly b/c I never believed Laurie really loved Amy, he just wanted a way to be a part of the March family. No matter how spoiled or selfish Amy might have been, she still deserved a man who loved her truly.

    As for Grease, I was always disturbed by how Sandy changed at the end. It was so stupid because Danny liked her as she was before – he met her when she had the hair flip and all that so she was actually changing for all those other fools who didn’t really matter. It might have been a message that was applicable at the times but I still don’t like it. I didn’t watch the movie until I was in my teens and I got the lyrics but lots of music was really sexed up in the early 2000′s so it seemed pretty tame in comparison.

    • EricaV
      +3

      “I never liked Laurie and Amy mostly b/c I never believed Laurie really loved Amy, he just wanted a way to be a part of the March family. No matter how spoiled or selfish Amy might have been, she still deserved a man who loved her truly.”

      THIS B! THIS!! I will never forget when he said “I have always known I should be a March.” he loved the family, not her.

  65. Marisa
    +1

    I’ve seen this outfit before I think it was back in the 1980′s Miami Vice, only with white shoes. I hope this doesn’t make a come back.

  66. EricaV
    +2

    I’m just not a fan of this outfit. I could see it on a Disney starlet or something but Diane is a grown woman. This is too on the 80′s trend for a grown woman, leave that to the teens and 20 somethings.

    Re: Grease – I didn’t understand the terminology when I watched it as a kid but listening to it now I’m shocked I was allowed to watch it.

    Re: Little Women – Laurie never loved Amy, he just loved the family. Jo was too smart and individual for Laurie anyway, prof Bhear was her intellectual match. I applauded LMA for going the non-traditional route of having her reject him and them staying apart and finding others. I NEVER understood while Amy was given money for limes. And that 1994 movie is one of my favs include Claire Danes and her epic ugly cry. The look on Bale’s face when he said “Did she happen to misplace a personal item… like a glove?” and then strums his fingers along the book… DROOL.

  67. TonyG
    +3

    I loved Grease. The makeover didn’t bother me as a kid. I was clueless at the time. As an adult, with a point of view about that stuff, I was not shocked that this was the backward lesson we were to take away. As an adult gay guy, I preferred John Travolta’s sweater look to Sandy’s sweater look.

    Still, I didn’t rage against it, and the movie is still a guilty pleasure for me. It’s not something to be proud of, but due to not having to deal with that kind of chauvinism in my gay-male relationships, the issue did not register as visceral for me as it does for others,. Part of it is that I grew up with women, who didn’t fawn over men or change themselves to be around them (grandma, mom, and sisters alike). Also, Some of the silliness of what is expected of the women in Grease is almost humorous to me now when I watch it, including Olivia’s extra-tight body suit (which, legend has it, was so tight that it had to be sewn on to her).

    Too, in regards to Grease, American Broadway musicals, throughout history, are not known for their feminist viewpoints, so I didn’t see it as something that was something strange for this particular Broadway show. In the pantheon of American musicals, Grease, and its guys rule, girls drool pathos, unfortunately, is par for the course though there are some notable exceptions, mostly after 1980 (Rent, Color Purple, Wicked).

    Given the history of Broadway musicals, I guess Grease did not seem to be an outlier for me.

  68. BetsyBoo
    +1

    I’m sure someone already pointed this out, but is there a price tag on the bottom of the right shoe? did she – gasp – pay retail???

    also, this sentence: “in which all 65 of us men and women alike RAILED for 90 minutes about goddamn Amy “Bookburner” March ending up with Laurie at the end of Little Women” made me love you more than i ever thought possible.

  69. Hollis
    +3

    All I can really add to the Little Women discussion is that there is an opera version ( I sat through 3 dress rehearsals and one performance) and the Amy/Laurie/Jo plot is not improved by singing.

    Diane Kruger – looks great and summery.

  70. Linda
    +5

    My favourite thing about this website is that you can discuss fashion, Little Women and Grease simultaneously.

    Amy was a sociopath and SHOULD NOT have ended up with Laurie. Also they blatantly admitted to one another that she wanted to marry a rich man and he wanted to marry a March! WHAT. Amy is Jessica Wakefield.

    I agree on the ending of Grease but throw in a jaunty group number and I forgive a lot.

    •  Sara M
      +1

      Ok, BUT….if you want to use that line of thinking, then maybe both got what they wanted? Amy made a perfect society wife and Laurie wasnt ambitious enough to do anything other than what was expected of him. So uh, happily ever after, 19c century society version?

      • Linda
        0

        I guess they both got what they wanted in that sense but the whole reason I loved the March family is because they are unconventional for their time, they won’t/don’t conform to society’s expectations. So for Amy and Laurie, who we know really loved Jo, to have such a cynical marriage felt like a let down for me. I just didn’t like Amy getting Laurie she didn’t deserve him.

        I am possibly too emotionally invested in this book…

  71. Lori
    +2

    OMG I had the same debate on a BLIND DATE about how much Amy March sucks, and the guy totally didn’t get how shitty it was that she gets to be with Laurie- he was like ‘but she was pretty’…. I never saw him again

  72. pinkopaque22
    0

    Ok, am I crazy? I absolutely love this. However, I think this is not elegant enough for La Kruge…this would have been perfect on Kate Upton.