Natasha Richardson's Dress Deja Vu

01/25/2007 at 10:45 AM ET

At this week’s NYC premiere of hubby Liam Neeson’s new film Seraphim Falls, Natasha Richardson looked beautiful and elegant — and more than a little bit familiar. Not only had she worn her J. Mendel fur-trimmed frock to the premiere of her mother’s film Venus back in December, but she even accesorized it the same way with strappy heels and a soft updo. At the Venus premiere, Richardson told PEOPLE of her dress, “[Designer Gilles Mendel] came up with this fabulous dress for The White Countess premiere, and he sent me a great dress for the Dreamgirls premiere, so I went and bought this.” We think Natasha looked great both times, and why not wear a dress to events twice — especially if you paid for it? So, tell us: What do you think? Should more stars wear their dresses again to events?

See our weekly I Really Love My… gallery for pieces that the stars love to wear again, and again.

Photo: Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic; Marion Curtis/Startraks

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Jessica on

I have to say that the dress is very nice looking and i see nothing wrong with wearing a dress on more than one occasion. I have to agree with some of the people commenting about the over-reaction to fur. I don’t wear fur, only because i don’t like how it looks, however, i have several pairs of leather shoes, bags, and coats. Unless all those who are so against fur uses don’t wear or own leather, then good for you. You don’t wear fur. You saved an animal. However, if you criticize those who wear fur, in your black leather shoes or eat any type of animal product, then shame on you for being so hypocritical. I don’t wear fur, but i have nothing against it. But thats the beauty of living in America. I can wear fur/leather if i want, and you can choose not to if you want!

Kristen on

For all you people hatin’ on the fur, let’s hope your all are vegans!! Please practice what you preach and don’t say things just because it sounds good. Second, I’m not rich so
yes, I’d wear a dress more than once, to a social event. Even if I was rich, I’d still wear it more than once.

Kristin on

Calm down everyone- you don’t even know of the fur is real or not. You should not just assume it is real to begin with. All of you against fur, do you wear wool? Same concept, just the animals are not killed. And someone pointed out the very vaild and argueable point- you better not be preaching about fur and enjoyed a hamburger or ANY meat byproduct- its all or nothing. Personally- I will not wear real fur, but I see nothing wrong in faux fur…

Charla- the difference between the HUMAN world and the ANIMAL world is we have evolved into a civialized society. Do we need a history lesson on human evolution and we were originated from? Nor can you justify animal cruelty and still eat animals. If you are against aniaml cruelty, it is in all forms.

As far as the dress goes- its nice and fitting for Natasha. And yes, I would wear a dress more than once- there is no shame in that.

abc123 on

You don’t have to be “floored” by what you call my “ignorance” j. Don’t speak of my education because you actually do not know what I know or don’t know. It is solely my opinion, and I am entitled to such.

So are you saying that ANYONE who had or has a pet should be vegetarians or not wear fur??? I don’t understand your reason for even asking that question.

BUT, FYI…I actually went on the PETA website awhile ago and I saw what they do to those animals. BUT it is NO DIFFERENT to from how you get your meals most of the time, ESPECIALLY if you are not a vegetarian. That to me is the equivalent to saying one way of “murder” is the better than another. And THAT makes sense? Not to me because murder would be murder, no matter how you look at it. And if you don’t think so, THAT’S IGNORANT. I’LL LET YOU PROCESS THAT.

Let’s take a step further. I hope you DO NOT own anything leather in your closet because guess what? THAT CAME FROM AN ANIMAL TOO!!! So please, do not try to act holier than thou if you are not.

The fact still remains that there is little to no one from the PETA organization (or anyone else) boycotting restaurants who serve beef, pork, chicken, or fish on a daily basis the way you attack people or celebrities for wearing fur rather than eating meat, etc. PERIOD.

I’m real tired of some of you who actually believe it is okay to attack someone for wearing fur but you turn around and have a complete non-vegetarian meal.

Daniela on

j and Charla,

Do you have a pair of leather shoes? Do you have a leather belt? What about a leather purse?

Do you eat chicken or pork? If so, you are contributing to the cruelty. Haven’t you ever seen a truck carrying hundreds of crammed in chickens down the road? And did you know that chicken farmers kill baby chickens with their foot if they think its not going to be big enough? They take pigs in in groups and kill them one at a time, with the other pigs watching.

If you eat mean or wear leather, then you are the hypocrite. Don’t pick and choose just the fur. If you’re going to carry the cause go for all of it.

Charla Dickenson on

Of course we are evolved. At what point did I ever say we are not. Are we civivlized … to a certain degree, when I see the violence and problems in the world I wouldn’t say we are as civilized as we could be.
We must have respect for this world and for all things in it, including animals. The ALL or NOTHING concept is not logical. Do you live by an all or nothing regime? If you really think about what that means you would realize that it is not possible or healthy. Life is about balance and clearly understanding all elements of it. Many people believe in using our ressources intelligently and responsibly. Wether we are vegetarians or wether we eat meat for nutrition there is a tremendous difference between eating meat for nourishment and wearing fur for vanity. Again, animals eat other animals doesn’t that tell you anything about the nature of life on earth. Being carniverous is not the same thing as being vain and selfish and insisting on wearing fur when we all know about the sensless cruelty involved. Nutrition and fashion are very different things.
I don’t mean any harm, but I am intitled to my beliefs.

Charla Dickenson on

Do you think it is cruel and vicious when animals eat other animals, why don’t you go and yell at all the carniverous animals out there. How can you not see the distinction and the reality of nature? I do not own anything made of leather or fur and I by all of products from companies that do not test on animals. How about you guys was your makeup tested on aniumals? You see the argument can go on forever. I seperate sensless cruelty from the nature and circle of life.
Whether I am a vegetarian or not I have always fundamentally disagreed with the “eating animals is the same thing as wearing animals ” concept. There is such a big difference. Vegans criticize vegetarians and it goes on and on. There is a difference between sensless violence and abuse towards animals and the nature of life. Being a carnivor is not the same thing as being viciously and senslessly cruel to animals.
Yes there is a lot of cruelty in the world but if we boycott everything that was created unethically we would not wear clothes or eat or buy anything. Human beings are treated viciously by companies too, like the kids who most likely made some of your clothes. The point is to avoid things that are senslessly cruel. And then instead of trying to avoid everything that may have been produced through cruelty(which is physically impossible) you spend your time standing up to cruelty and working for causes that support what you care about. Boycotting in the end is not a constructive enough use of our time. You can spend every ounce of your time and energy searching for companies that are COMPLETELY ethical or you can use your time to stand up for what you believe in.

By looking at nature we can learn a lot about our world.

abc123 on

To Charla Dickenson:

My whole point is “slaughter is slaughter,” no matter what the cause is, what it’s used for, why you do it, etc. One does not make it more justifiable than the other. Either way you look at it, an animal is being slaughtered for some purpose — whether it’s for nourishment or any other reason. period.

I am fully aware that we need food to keep our bodies going, okay, okay. I get it. But my point still remains: IF you eat meat, please try not to attack others for going the extra mile as to wearing it. And if they can live with themselves before (or even after) knowing the facts, then let them live their fur-wearing meat-eating lives. ULTIMATELY it’s up to the invididual anyway.

Charla Dickenson on

I really appreciate what you are saying. It is a very complex subject. It does not sit well with me that animals are slaughtered for any reason. There are no easy answers, because we live in a very corrupt and cruel world. I do feel that fur is a lot less justifiable then food and that people are really pushing the enveloppe when they wear fur. It is all very complicated. There is still so much debate about wether you can truely get proper nourishment from a vegetarian lifestyle. I hope I am not opening up a debate on that with anyone, because even doctors disagree.

I just like to steer clear of things that are outlandishly and selfishly cruel. I am not part of PETA and I would never throw paint on anyone or anything like that. I really do not believe in any kind of enforcement, I wish for people to make their own choice. I do like to debate things and speak out about what I believe. Sharing views is a great part of life.
I feel that looking good is just not enough of a defense, while being well nourished is definitely more acceptable. It seems that the defense of fur is just to bring up how corrupt other industires are, which is a pretty lame defense. It’s hard to not run into some sort of a double standard in this very imperfect world. I spent a long time thinking about the very issues you brought up when I was trying to figure out my own choices in life. Unfortunately I don’t think we will ever live in a cruel free world or a vegetarian world for that matter. But wouldn’t the world be a nicer place without the fur industry. I feel it could logically over time be removed and companies could switch to making faux fur in order to not cause too much disruption to employment and the economy. It wouldn’t be easy, but realistically I think it is possible. I think the world could survive without it. I feel the only way to improve the world is one little victory at a time.

I know I write a lot it’s just my style, it’s really not meant to be rude. I never mean to come accross as arrogant. I always appreciate different points of view because I learn a lot from them.

abc123 on

Charla Dickenson,

We both have different views and they both make sense (well to me it does). I always appreciate it when someone can show me a rational, different point of view. As always, people make their own choices and they have to live with the decisions they make.

I try to respect everyone’s opinions, but even though I addressed my previous post to you, my point was for a lot of people to take a look at their own lives before they pass judgment onto someone else (something people really don’t do often enough).

I’m glad you’re not one who participates in erratic behavior (as far as thowing paint/blood) towards those who choose to wear fur.

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