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Memo to Jennifer Lawrence: No more poufs, please!

Jennifer LawrenceRaf SimonsMila KunisThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire (movie)American HustleAcademy AwardsScreen Actors Guild Awards

Jennifer Lawrence is like the foul-mouthed, self-deprecating class clown who has unwittingly found herself voted prom queen.

No, the "American Hustle" Oscar nominee hasn't exactly had the easiest time in the fashion spotlight. When she gets it right, she gets it really right. But when she gets it wrong, well, hold on to the glassware.

At last year's Screen Actors Guild Awards, an apparent wardrobe malfunction exposed her upper thighs as she climbed onstage. Then, there was the Oscar stairs stumble seen round the world. And in January, the black-banded, coffee filter-like confection she wore to the Golden Globes spawned so much mockery, it became an Internet meme.

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The gowns she wore on all three occasions were Dior, and they were lovely. But not on Lawrence. They were just too froufrou.

By now, it's no surprise that when she walks a red carpet, she's going to be walking it in Dior. She has been under contract with the French luxury house since 2011, when it was announced that she would replace Mila Kunis as the face of the Miss Dior handbag line, and she just re-upped for three more years and $3 million.

But not every Dior is a Dior she should be wearing. A tomboy who admits having a kinship with her on-screen, arrow-slinging alter-ego Katniss Everdeen, Lawrence needs to leave the princess poufs to some other American sweetheart.

Luckily, Dior creative director Raf Simons' range is great. And there are Dior dresses Lawrence has worn that have been sleeker, fiercer and more believable on her. Another hint that she's been getting in touch with the edgier side of her style persona? The pixie haircut she debuted before the "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" press tour last year. She's also chosen some interesting accessories of late, namely ear cuffs and a diamond stem hand bracelet by Brazilian avant-garde fine jewelry designer Ana Khouri.

Here's hoping for an end once and for all to Lawrence's schizophrenic red carpet style and the beginning of something more authentic. Or to put it simply: Just say no to poufs.

booth.moore@latimes.com

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