Aretha Franklin In Oscar de La Renta – DTE Energy Center Concert

Aretha Franklin performed to a packed crowd at the DTE Energy Center in Clarkston, Michigan yesterday.

A legendary diva needed a bold gown to match her commanding performance, and they don’t come much bigger or bolder than Oscar de la Renta.

Despite this being the second time we are seeing this gown worn by a celebrity, it’s the first time the strapless green gown with pink carnation appliqués has been worn with the pink ruched cape.

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20 Responses to Aretha Franklin In Oscar de La Renta – DTE Energy Center Concert

  1. Naomi August 26, 2011 at 14:08 #

    Looks way better on her than it did on JK.
    This really is a dress meant to be worn by divas only.

  2. AW August 26, 2011 at 14:24 #

    Ms. Franklin is a legend as you’ve said. She comes from a time when talent trumped a half naked, gyrating, crass individual. She could sing half of today’s “singers” under the table.

    I like this dress on her, its not the the best i’ve seen but i’d rather my legends be fiercely talented than fiercely dressed any day.

  3. manionista August 26, 2011 at 14:31 #

    The dress still look like a crumpled bedsheet to me.

    • Courteney August 26, 2011 at 18:35 #

      You read my mind exactly!

  4. noo August 26, 2011 at 14:35 #

    this is awesome :D something that only aretha can pull off! she looks like as fierce as karlie kloss in the dress but in her own unique way :D

  5. june August 26, 2011 at 15:00 #

    i’m sorry, but this dress is hideous. i hate it on jk, on aretha and on karlie

    • dee August 26, 2011 at 15:59 #


  6. Lancel August 26, 2011 at 15:01 #

    It might be Oscar de La Renta but it still looks like a curtain.

  7. jx August 26, 2011 at 15:08 #

    only she can wear this gown convincingly.

  8. Jones19 August 26, 2011 at 16:02 #

    I hate the colors in this. The green is particularly bad. I liked Rihanna’s version much better.

  9. eimear August 26, 2011 at 16:15 #

    I have never gotten this dress. Is it meant to look so stiff, and to me it looks so shoddily made, but obviously not, if its Oscar de la Renta… I just dont gettit!

  10. Elaine2 August 26, 2011 at 17:45 #

    I don’t like this ensemble, there is just too much fabric for my taste. No drape at all!

  11. Giuseppi Giraffe August 26, 2011 at 17:54 #

    It’s better on her, but it still kinda looks like a hill.

  12. robbie August 26, 2011 at 18:00 #

    it really does look like a bad prom dress made of some little old ladies curtains.

    • Rebecca Z August 26, 2011 at 21:52 #

      Great comment! +1

  13. Kaki August 26, 2011 at 18:04 #

    Ms Aretha looks great, the best I’ve seen her look in awhile

  14. Dylan August 26, 2011 at 18:55 #

    This is politically incorrect, but she is clearly unhealthy and that alone kills this dress for me. Obesity is not attractive. Sorry.

    • Vidhya August 27, 2011 at 06:11 #

      I dont think she was trying to look attractive.. she was trying to perform on a stage wearing a beautiful dress.. whether the dress is beautiful or not is the question here.. since its a fashion blog.. not whether Aretha is attractive. what kind of comment is this??

  15. D August 28, 2011 at 02:30 #

    LOVE HER with or without any dresses:p

  16. Tropical Breeze August 29, 2011 at 06:34 #

    looks like mr. de la renta took her out of detroit. love it!!! good job.

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