Jennifer Hudson's Oscar Dress Hits The Runway

04/12/2007 at 12:15 PM ET

The Oscar de la Renta Fall 2007 fashion show at Tuesday’s Saks Fifth Avenue Colleagues’ luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire featured lots of dresses paired with boleros, but honoree Brooke Shields kept it simple in an LBD and heels by the designer. Perhaps she recalled the beating Jennifer Hudson took when she showed up to the Oscars in one of Oscar de la Renta’s shiny cropped creations. In fact, J Hud’s bolero and brown dress actually made an appearance at the luncheon. No, not on Molly Sims and Angie Harmon, who showed up in more demure dresses from the designer, but on the runway, where it garnered a far more favorable reaction – there was actual clapping as people gasped at the idea that this was the much maligned dress. Another fashion déjà vu moment: the fuchsia gown worn by Jessica Biel. Note to Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley, who infamously styled Hudson for the Oscars: just because a look works on the runway doesn’t mean that it’ll work on the red carpet.

Photo: Kevork Djansezian/ap; Donato Sardella/WireImage

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maddy on

i think that the dress looks so much better on the model…but that is who it is designed for. Designers are just trying to sell their clothes, and clothes generally look better on thinner people. The designer’s are just running a business after all.

d on

Notice the awards are all over and we don’t hear about jennifer anymore is her 15 min up?

Cherry on

Wow, I didn’t recognize the dress on the model… Because it actually looks good, not like a 55 gallon trash bag squeezed around a tree trunk.

Elda on

i’m sorry but i just don’t like the dress!

Alice on

I like the dress better on the model but I think Jennifer looked fine in it after she took off the bolero. I agree with Michelle, the way she popped her collar looked ridiculous.

Julie on

Nothing is “squeezed” on Jennifer Hudson — they obviously made the dress to fit her like it was supposed to. And I actually think it looks nicer on her. She fills out the chest. The dress looks a bit weird around the model’s legs.

AnnieM on

I’m with Alice.

Carrie on

Cherry, you just made my day a lot more funny….thanks very much for a comment I couldn’t have said better myself. At least Jennifer doesn’t have her mouth wide open in this picture.

Gabriella on

It honestly doesn’t look that bad on either of them. Don’t be so quick to talk trash about other women, even if their overweight. Clothing size certainly isn’t the measure of a woman.

Maryse on

Once Jennifer Hudson got rid of that frickin’ bolero the dress was nice. Even the bolero on the model looks hideous. When I saw Jennifer with the bolero and how the collar was popped, it looked ridiculous, it looked like something out of the “Jetsons”. You couldn’t notice anything, because your attention was attracted to the bolero, you just couldn’t look past it. Because of the bolero, the hair looked hideous, but when she took the bolero off, everything looked nice on her, and the hair even looked great. I don’t like how the dress fits around the model’s legs either. Honestly, the dress really isn’t all that great. However, I loved the dress Jennifer performed in that night. I also agree with People.com, Jessica Biel’s dress was awful as well, didn’t suit her well, and not something that should be worn to the Oscars. Nobody wants to see boobage from the side, but I did love the fuchsia color.

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