Many people are paying attention to the Sanderson v. Paltrow trial, which is also known as the “Gwyneth Paltrow Ski Crash Trial.” This is because the trial involves the celebrity Gwyneth Paltrow. The trial is taking place in Park City, Utah, and is being broadcast live on the Law & Crime network. Many people are referring to it as a new kind of courtcore, which is the genre that it falls under. The collision that occurred between Ms. Paltrow and Mr. Sanderson, an elderly retired ophthalmologist who is now 76 years old, when they were both skiing at the Deer Valley Resort in 2016 is at the heart of this legal dispute. Mr. Sanderson has said that he skied into Ms. Paltrow, causing her to break his ribs and suffer a severe brain injury. Ms. Paltrow, on the other hand, has stated that Mr. Sanderson skied into her. In 2019, Mr. Sanderson filed a lawsuit against Ms. Paltrow for $3.1 million in damages; however, a court found that he was not entitled to punitive damages, thus the amount was lowered to $300,000. In her counterclaim, Ms. Paltrow is asking for one dollar in addition to her legal expenses.
The trial has become a spectacle owing to the celebrity component that is involved. Ms. Paltrow is being portrayed by Mr. Sanderson’s attorneys as an entitled famous person who walked away from the scene of an accident. The attorneys for Ms. Paltrow have indicated that Mr. Sanderson is taking advantage of her high profile in the hopes that she would settle the lawsuit in order to save herself the public embarrassment of having to appear in court.
Even when she is not on the stand, Ms. Paltrow’s attire has become an instrument in her performance of persuasion. To avoid being seen as too out-of-touch or woo-woo, or to avoid playing into the various prejudices that already exist in the public consciousness about who she is and what her value system may be, the clothing she wears have to be carefully picked. Celebrities have always had trouble figuring out how to appropriately dress for court, and as a result, they often get caught in the pitfalls of over-privilege signalling or over-costuming. Ms. Paltrow has successfully navigated the tricky terrain of seeming clearly wealthy and accomplished while maintaining a polite attitude towards both the venue and the locale.
She has a penchant for wearing a symphony of earth tones that are reminiscent of the setting in which she finds herself, such as beige, olive green, peach, grey, and black. She has worn loose trousers and long skirts, Peter Pan collared and pussybow shirts, and soft knits frequently with the sleeves puffed just enough to tap into our subconscious link with childhood. She has also worn Peter Pan collared and pussybow shirts. All of them accessorised with brown or black lace-up boots, a soft brown purse, chunky gold jewellery, and reading glasses with either aviator or horn-rimmed frames (also a reusable water bottle). Since none of them were visibly labelled, the viewers were left to speculate about the manufacturer and the price.
Several observers have hypothesised that Gwyneth Paltrow is taking advantage of the situation to promote her own business, Goop, by labelling a variety of goods as belonging to the company’s clothing line or as being available for purchase on the website. Some people have made light of the fact that the aviators brought to mind Jeffrey Dahmer’s trademark accessory by joking about it. Ms. Paltrow’s image, on the other hand, is not about making jokes or selling products; rather, it is about presenting an image that does not cater to mountain town, courtroom, or CEO preconceptions. It seems that her efforts to influence how other people perceive her via the clothes that she wears are successful.