During her “Hunger Games” promotional media blitz over the past few weeks, Jennifer Lawrence has hit multiple red carpets and the TV talk show circuit in a variety of high-end fashions. Prabal Gurung, Marchesa, Tom Ford — designs from all of these famous names have been worn by the actress now known to millions as Katniss Everdeen.
While Everdeen has been compared on many occasions to the heroine in a certain other YA-inspired movie franchise — specifically, Bella Swan of “Twilight” — the style choices of Ms. Lawrence have yet to be examined in tandem with those of Bella’s thespian alter ego, Kristen Stewart.
That is, until now. A quick scan of photos from Lawrence’s “Hunger Games” hype tour and Stewart’s appearances before the release of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” reveals that their style choices are just as different as the characters they play.
Lawrence has repeatedly emitted an air of confidence while wearing long formal evening gowns. (This, despite the fact that she recently told David Letterman that she has repeatedly tripped during various red carpet events.) At the Hollywood premiere of “The Hunger Games,” she wore a golden Prabal Gurung gown with side-panel cut-outs that wrapped around her back.
On television, she mixed things up a bit, choosing a daring Elizabeth and James jumpsuit for “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” another Prabal Gurung dress for Letterman’s “Late Show,” and a Joie blouse and Holmes & Yang pleated skirt for “Good Morning America.”
Stewart, on the other hand, has seemed much less comfortable in formal gowns. While she and Lawrence are the same age — they both turn 22 this year — she seems less at ease in the role of sophisticate.
The black and blue J. Mendel dress she wore to the L.A. premiere of “Breaking Dawn Part 1” was one of her best red-carpet looks to date, but her hesitant posture and facial expression — “Edward, help me get out of this,” she seems to be saying in the photo below — detracted from its sexiness.
And while she looked more confident in a black Roberto Cavalli at the London “Breaking Dawn” premiere, the predictably dark hue was not particularly inspiring.
Stewart seems far more at ease when she can go grungier, sporting distressed jeans and black T-shirts. She has no qualms about wearing skirts with sneakers, including the checkered Vans she paired with a polka-dot Marios Schwab dress while placing her hand and footprints in cement during a ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
Stewart has also made some edgy choices in the past, including this red leather Balmain mini-dress for the 2011 MTV Movie Awards. High-fashion? Yes. But also daring enough to appeal to the Hot Topic crowd that loves “Twilight.”
Lawrence and Stewart are still developing their sense of fashion identity. But at this stage in the red carpet game, whose style do you like more, assuming you can make that call without Katniss or Bella bias dictating your answer? Tell us in the comments below, after taking one more look at Jennifer Lawrence in a more casual outfit worn to a “Hunger Games” fan event in Madrid.