Karlie Kloss Reminds Us That It's Okay to Like Mermaid Dresses

For today, at least.
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Karlie Kloss at Cannes. Photo: Mike Marsland/Getty Images

Karlie Kloss at Cannes. Photo: Mike Marsland/Getty Images

Is there any red carpet trend as persistent — and persistently maligned — as mermaid dresses? Though they're typically pretty and flattering, they're ubiquitous to the point of being dead boring. But on Tuesday night, Karlie Kloss actually sort of resurrected our faith, thanks to one very good Oscar de la Renta gown.

As with so many dresses of its kind, there's not much to be said for the styling here. Diamonds are nice. The turquoise looks killer against Kloss's honey-colored hair and tan, so there's styling tip number one: Be tawny. Also, have toned shoulders. 

It is a good dress, though, with wonderfully playful little flowers tumbling down it — made all the more special by Kloss's relationship with the late designer. The gown is from Peter Copping's first collection for the house, and it's nice to see the model, who opened and closed so many of de la Renta's shows during his lifetime, showing her support. For that especially, we'll give this mermaid a pass.