Tim Gunn and Jennifer Lopez Want the Oscars to Be Extravagant

February 21, 2009 By:
Tim Gunn and Jennifer Lopez Want the Oscars to Be Extravagant

Even in this bleak economy, the stars will be dressing to the nines in their designer duds to walk the red carpet at the Oscars this Sunday. We’ve heard a lot of chit chat about this year’s ceremony being toned down in light of the economy, with stars opting to go a little less glitzy. Which we thought was nice of them!

But there are a couple Hollywood celebs who think there’s no reason to tone things down, and the Oscars should be just as lavish and extravagant as ever. Those two people are Jennifer Lopez and Project Runway’s Tim Gunn.

Tim Gunn told reporters at the Project Runway finale yesterday, "No, don't tone it down! People need an escape. They need something that's over the top and exuberant, and if it can't be the Oscars it can't be anything. I feel the same way about Fashion Week, and it has been a real pick-me-up this week. I saw the Milan shows and thought, "Ugh, give me a cyanide capsule." It was so dark and dreary and down."

And as for J-Lo, she says she doesn’t see the point in dressing down this Sunday. She says, "I don't think there's anything wrong with playing dress up right now. Who wouldn't want to wear borrowed dresses and borrowed jewelry? I think you can get criticized if you're wearing borrowed dresses now because it's borrowed, and I think you can get criticized for if it's not because you bought it during the current economy.”

“So I say do what makes you happy and wear what you want because the only thing that really matters is if your mother calls you up the next day and says, 'What were you wearing?'"

We do see their point. People tune into the Oscars partly just to see what the stars are wearing, and who is best and worst dressed. There is that sense of escapism when you see movie stars and imagine how fabulous their lives are.

We want to know what you think? Should stars go all out glam this weekend? Or is it irresponsible to show off your wealth at a time when so many of the people in this country are suffering?