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June 01, 2006
Avril's New Look
Thank you for participating in this week's Naked Lunch. We discussed Avril Lavigne's new look and what we might expect from Avril in the future. Please read the discussion and comments and use the comment link below to contribute further. We look forward to next week's Naked Lunch!
Avril hasn't given the runway looks her own twist yet. And there is probably a stylist helping her. Perhaps once she gets rid of the stylist and starts wearing high fashion her own way, we will see more of Avril - the individual - come through in her dress. Derick
AP PHOTOAvril Lavigne poses in an Armani gown at the 59th International film festival in Cannes.
The point about how Avril's exposure to the fashion and Hollywood establishments will affect her music is a really interesting one. We have very few clues as to what she REALLY thinks about high fashion and Hollywood. She appears to be embracing it. But we still might see her rebellious side emerge. I think that her true opinions will surface in her next album.
And what about record sales? You could argue that this new look will be much more appealing on a record album cover than before?
Yes, and she will likely appeal to a much broader market. When she first came on the scene Avril was anti-establishment and stood out from all the other manufactured pop stars. She wore vintage, beat up sneakers and didn't seem to care about grooming. And she looked like a real teen, which is probably why her young fans identified with her, beyond the lyrics in her songs. Is she running the risk of alienating her original fans? Perhaps they are ready to grow up too? But very few will be able to afford the expensive designer clothes Avril is wearing. So if they dressed like her before, what will they wear now? Bernadette & Derick
Someone in today's story on Avril makes a comparison to Madonna, saying that her evolution was much slower than Avril's sudden overnight change. Is this the second coming - of a singer who understands the power of transformation?
In today's pop star arena, talent is just one part of the equation. To keep the fans, to gain new fans, to constantly stay in the spotlight you have to reinvent, provide change, keep them guessing. No one understood this better than Madonna. However, each of her image overhauls have been carefully and slowly orchestrated - not one look today and another 2 weeks from now. Her transformations always coincided with a new album, new project, etc and was heavily splashed around the world. It appears that Avril is embracing her new-found love for high fashion but it remains to be seen how she will play it out. By attending the Chanel couture show earlier this year in Paris, she is slowly building a style conscious profile. And it will be interesting to see how this will reflect in her new album. Derick
One of the comments suggests that Avril should go after the cover of Vogue or InStyle. What do you think?
AP PHOTOThe Canadian actress-musician, promoting the film Over the Hedge in which she voices an animated character, also wore a ruffled blouse.
She was already featured this year in a fashion spread in Harper's Bazaar with her new blond look. And I'm sure if she lands an advertising contract with a major fashion house she will be gracing a few fashion magazine covers. She is certainly prepping for it wearing those major fashion labels. Derick
Do you think that Avril's new look is authentic? Or has she been pushed into playing the role of a Hollywood starlet?
Time will tell. Maybe she will stick with this new look and grow into it. Or maybe she will go back to her old, rebellious self. One clue might be the rocker pose she struck on the steps of the screening hall at Cannes. (See the photo gallery with today's online Fashion section.) As the caption with the photo says, you can take the girl out of the rocker clothes, but you can't take the rocker out of the girl. Bernadette
Here are more comments from readers that arrived over the last week:
Avril looks greatly startling and this new face of style looks wonderful on her. As a trademark of Canada, her slacker style now gone exposes her maturity. Go Avril, get on the cover of In Style! or Vogue...We're behind you! -- Michelle
She's growing up and realizes that youth is fleeting. More importantly, fame is fleeting. You sometimes have to change your appearance in order to stay in front of the cameras. -- Kerry Burrage.
I think it is refreshing and encouraging that this young woman who is a role model for so many young girls has demonstrated such maturity. She has shown us her talent and now she shows her fans that you don't have to be a "bad girl" with "attitude" to succeed and there really is a place for those young stars who really "grow up." -- P.Fisher
Who cares about her new look. She chose her skater-boy look when she was just in her teens and she's a young adult now. Imagine how stupid we would all look if we never made a change to our personal style.
I think that Avril has tremendous style right now, although I do feel that she is trying very hard to fit the mold that she is being asked to conform to… I’m hoping that Avril has matured instead of conformed to satisfy the public and simply realized that what she was wearing before may have been fine for a girl/teenager but was inappropriate for a young woman trying to fit into mainstream society. Post-transformation, Avril looks polished and classy. -- Jaymee MacKenzie
As long as see she looks greats, who cares, she can't be 17 forever.
Her new look is horrible. She used to look like a breath of fresh air, with her own quirky sense of style; then, in poorly chosen Chanel, she looked as though she was wearing her mother's clothes. Now she looks tart-ish and insecure -- always with an uncomfortable smile, as though she knows she's trying to be something/someone that she isn't, and shouldn't be.
Avril looks great. She's growing up. Do we want her to look like a punk at age 40?- Jim H
She sold out, just like Nelly Furtado. -- Simone