In the past few years, red carpet reporters have started to move from “Who are you wearing?” to asking more serious questions like “So, you wanna talk about your creep of a brother-in-law?” But if Taryn Manning had been asked who she was wearing at the SAG Awards last Sunday, there’s a very good chance a Bloomingdale’s employee watching from home would have come up with the answer before she could. Because unbeknownst to Taryn, she was wearing $199 dress from the mall. And she’s pretty pissed about that.
The day after the SAG Awards, People said that Taryn was wearing an Adrianna Papell dress that can be found for $199 at Macy’s or Bloomingdale’s. Many actresses have worn “affordable fashion” on the red carpet before, like Helen Hunt in H&M, or Sharon Stone in GAP. But Taryn isn’t proud to have worn a mall dress to the SAGs. TMZ ran into Taryn at LAX on Wednesday, and she said she’s livid about her dress, because she is a famous celebrity who requires – nay, deserves better.
Taryn tells TMZ that it’s “whack” her stylist didn’t tell her she was wearing “a $200 dress” on the red carpet, and that it sucks for her because she wanted to be in a “superstar gown.” She also thinks Adrianna Papell owes her some money for the free press.
Taryn must have realized that it sounded only a little entitled for the star of All-American Christmas Carol to loudly complain about how much her award show dress cost, because she defended herself on Instagram. Taryn says she’s friends with the stylist and loved her discount couture, but felt “used.”
Hey guys:) I first want to say I’m sorry for the comments I made while being bombarded by paparazzi about my stylist and my dress. Let’s be clear, I loved my @adriannapapell dress and I’m friends with my stylist @chaunielle_brown I felt so beautiful and I was proud to be there to support my amazing cast of strong women and celebrate our nomination. But styling should be a collaboration between the artist, stylist and the designer. I was completely caught off guard when all of the press about my dress was about the cost, which I knew nothing about, and I felt used for someone else’s gain. There was nothing out there about why I was there in the first place. I would have loved to embrace that my dress was affordable at SAG, especially since so much about fashion is unattainable, but I wasn’t given that chance. Every artist dreams of wearing couture on a red carpet if given the opportunity. But I am happy to be the proof that there is more to feeling confident, beautiful and happy on the inside than just a price tag #love ⚡️🤑🌟
If Taryn’s stylist had filled her in about where her dress was from, she probably would have responded, “Wonderful, I can’t wait to shine a light on inexpensive fashion” and not “Oh hell NO, get out and only return when you’ve got a garment bag from Gucci!” But on the bright side, Taryn’s message of inexpensive fashion won’t be lost entirely. There’s a mom out there in an Ohio Macy’s who just countered her 15-year-old daughter’s eye-roll by saying, “I’ll have you know the hillbilly from Orange is a Type of Black wore this dress to the Saggys!”
Here’s more of Taryn in her mall special at the SAGs last Sunday.