Jennifer Lopez busted out her iconic green Versace dress for an appearance on Saturday Night Live over the weekend.
The superstar hit headlines around the world when she stepped out at the 2000 Grammy Awards sporting the tropical print gown, and attracted huge media attention again in September when she walked the runway during the Italian fashion house’s spring/summer 2020 show in a reimagined version.
Jennifer reflected on wearing the outfit for the second time during her monologue while hosting the TV show on Saturday night, and told the audience: “I walked the runway at Milan for the first time wearing a dress I wore 20 years ago. Now, some people said I look better now than I did then, and I’m not bragging – that’s just, you know, gossip.”
She then launched into a performance of Santa Claus is Coming to Town with the Radio City Rockettes and at the conclusion of the song, hid behind the dancers, whipped off her tuxedo, and proceeded to walk back to the front of the stage wearing the famous Donatella Versace-designed ensemble along with matching sandals, leading to a massive cheer from the audience.
To mark the 20th anniversary of Versace’s jungle print earlier this year, Jennifer recalled in a video for Vogue.com how she had to convince her stylist at the time, Andrea Lieberman, to let her wear the dress back in 2000.
“(On the day of the Grammys) there was two or three dresses… and then when I tried on the green one and I came out, everyone was there… glam and everybody… and they were like, ‘That’s the dress! That is the dress, that is what you are wearing. Let’s go,'” she remembered. “And then Andrea, my stylist was like, ‘You can’t wear that one,’ and I was like, ‘Why did you bring it then?'”
Yet, as soon as the I’m Real hitmaker made her entrance on the red carpet, she knew she had made the right decision.
“There was a little buzz in the air, people started yelling and screaming…the 50-year-old mused.