To some fashionistas, high-end designers and even those watching at home, the most jaw-dropping moment of the 2016 Golden Globes red carpet was not another clumsy-yet-endearing fall by Jennifer Lawrence. But rather, the dress which was worn by the daughter of famed actor, producer and director Ron Howard — and film star in her own right — Bryce Dallas Howard. With roles in high-profile films like the Twilight Saga and Jurassic World, the raven-haired beauty is becoming a red carpet staple.
And one may assume that all such stars get their pick of any dress they wish to wear to an awards show. Well…not always. In response to the famous red carpet question, “Who are you wearing?” coined by the late Joan Rivers, Howard revealed during an interview with E! host Giuliana Rancic that she, in fact, bought the bejeweled royal blue gown she was wearing. At a department store, no less.
In the haute couture industry, that is nearly unheard of.
Howard noted that she is a size 6. By real-world standards, a size 6 is petite. However, Hollywood is not the real world and those donning a size 6 body are often (sadly) told to lose weight for roles. Simply stated — rather proudly — Howard said she likes having “lots of options for a size 6 as opposed to maybe one option. So I always go to department stores.”
Yes. Just yes.
The dress, no less stunning than any other that graced the carpet, was designed by Jenny Packham and purchased at Neiman Marcus and cost a sizeable penny in the real world at $4,800. But, more importantly, it sent a message to women everywhere that Hollywood beauty standards are not reality. And that buying off the rack is perfectly okay, too.
Both of which are perfectly okay with us.