Jennifer Lopez Almost Didn’t Wear that Famous Versace Dress

Over the weekend Jennifer Lopez broke the internet – which was the plan all along according to Versace – when she donned a reinvented version of the jaw-dropping Versace jungle dress that she originally wore to the Grammy Awards 19 years ago. 

Lopez took to the runway for Versace’s Spring/Summer 2020 show in Milan and according to the show notes, the original dress saw millions of people turn to Google in an effort to search for the dress back in 2000. While Google was launched in 1998, Google Images wasn’t released into 2001. Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt revealed there were so many searches for photos of the J-Lo dress after the Grammys that it inspired the tech giant to launch Google Images.

“Today we live in a technological world, but back then, one event promoted the creation of a new tool that now has become part of our lives,” read the show notes.

Although the reincarnation of the dress that broke the internet still has the same daring neckline, Versace has updated it by removing the sleeves, adding a billowing train, an open back and cut-outs through the midriff. 



On the left, the original dress worn to the 2000 Grammy Awards. On the right, Lopez in the updated version accompanied by Donatella Versace.

Since Lopez’s runway moment, she has revealed that she came very close to wearing another dress on the night of the Grammys 19 years ago. 

In a new video for Vogue Lopez has revealed that her stylist, Andrea Lieberman brought her lots of looks to try on but nothing stood out. It was later that Lieberman came back with just three dresses for Lopez to try – the now-famous Versace dress was one of them. 

“She came with like three dresses, which I’m very spoiled now and people come with 1,000 dresses when they come to do a fitting for me. But that day there was like two or three dresses,” Lopez recalls. 

Lopez says that while everyone in her film trailer praised the gown, Lieberman wasn’t convinced. 

“Andrea, my stylist, was like, ‘No! You can’t wear that one.’ And I was like, ‘Why did you bring it then?’” Lopez says. “She was like, ‘No, you can’t wear that one, somebody else has worn it, actually, Donatella herself has worn it. One of the Spice Girls has worn it. Sandra Bullock has worn it in another colour. I said, ‘This is what we’re going to wear. This is it.’ I really didn’t think about it. I didn’t think it was all that risqué to be honest. I was more excited that it was the GRAMMYs. I wasn’t really thinking about the dress that much. I was just glad I had something to wear.”

Watch our exclusive interview with Jennifer Lopez right here as she discusses her new role in the film Hustlers.

Meet the Mon Guerlain Fragrance Collection & Its Enchanting New Member: Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Intense

With warmer weather just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about what your signature scent for the sun-drenched months will be. The latest mesmerising addition to the coveted Mon Guerlain family of fragrances, Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Intense, has arrived just in time to brighten up spring days.

The Ultimate Expression of Modern Femininity 

While each of Mon Guerlain scents has been created to express a unique facet of modern femininity, Mon Guerlain Eau De Parfum Intense is a fragrant ode to the free, wild and open spirit of women. It’s an intoxicating fragrance inspired and created for women who are prepared to push the boundaries and take risks – they’re comfortable in their own skin, they forge their own path in the world and above everything, they embrace all the aspects of their femininity. 

Therefore, it seems only fitting that once again Guerlain has turned to cherished actress and human rights activist, Angelina Jolie to bring the new Eau de Parfum Intense to life. Jolie’s personal relationship with the iconic French beauty house spans decades first blossoming with her fond childhood memories of her mothers Guerlain powder.

Throughout her adulthood Jolie has been captivated by France and French culture. Today her passion for Guerlain and its home country comes to life through her Mon Guerlain collaboration that celebrates modern femininity and womanhood. 

The New Guerlain Eau De Parfum Intense Scent

To capture the free, wild and open spirit of womanhood, Guerlain turned to the olfactory talents of master perfumer Thierry Wasser and perfumer Delphine Jelk.  “A play on intensity was an obvious decision,” explains Jelk. “It’s the most Guerlain-like element of Mon Guerlain with its singular, limited approach to ingredients.”

An ancient technique that has been treasured by the house of Guerlain has allowed a mesmerising vanilla tincture to forge the heart of the fragrance. Each and every vanilla pods is sourced directly from Guerlain’s perfume factory in Orphin, located on the outskirts of the Rambouillet forest. From there each pod is prepared, treated and cut into small pieces and soaked in alcohol before being filtered to create a tiny tincture and unparalleled and unforgettable fragrance.

“All the major facets of the original fragrance are accentuated by lavender, patchouli and vanilla Planifolia tincture with its hints of leather, Tahitian vanilla and almond accents which are highlighted by heliotrope. It is this heavy dose of lush vanilla that creates an addictive quality while offering up plenty of elegance and mystery,” explains Jelk.

The Mon Guerlain Family

While the new Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Intense is a tribute to the wild and free spirit of feminity, each scent within the Mon Guerlain family is its own unique ode to the various facets of womanhood. Each scent shines a fragrant new light on the femininity and each scent bares its very own personality.  

Strength and confidence are at the heart of the fresh oriental Mon Guerlain L’Eau de Parfum with notes of with lavender, Sambac jasmine, Indian sandalwood and Tahitian vanilla.

L’Eau de Parfum Florale is the ultimate uplifting scent with its bright and sunny blooming beautiful bouquet of Sambac jasmine, peony, Carla lavender

Delicate notes of rose and neroli capture the no-holds-barred essence of femininity in Mon Guerlain L’Eau de Toilette Bloom of Rose.  While surprising notes of luminous mandarin in L’Eau de Toilette create an unexpected scent. 


Watch the new Mon Guerlain Intense campaign, that was shot in Angelina Jolie’s Cambodian home below.

Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Intense is available now from Smith & Caughey’s, David Jones and Ballantynes. The rest of the Mon Guerlain family is available at leading department stores and Farmers nationwide.