WERQ: Courtney Love in Roberto Cavalli

Posted on May 31, 2011

In which Tom & Lorenzo once again grade celebrity fashion on a curve, thereby pissing off those who think the red carpet is a zero sum game. But come on, it’s Courtney; a bath and a hairbrush are considered a good sign of her mental health.

Courtney Love attends the 2011 El Museo del Barrio Gala honoring Mario Testino in a Roberto Cavalli gown.

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She looks pretty good here in any case, but she looks amazing considering she’s Courtney Love. That’s a really great dress and perfectly suits her rock and roll princess persona. It’s glamorous with an edge, and that’s what she’s built for when she pulls herself together. The hair’s about as polished as we would expect from her but we’re a little disappointed by the relatively low-key makeup. Not that we wanted tear-streaked mascara or fist-applied lipstick, but she could have gone slightly more hardcore with the face paint. The purse is surprisingly normal and matchy too, but we’re not complaining. Every once in a while, she cleans up her act for a bit and right now is one of those times. Best to applaud her now while she can still hear it. Brava, darling. WERQ it.

[Photo Credit: getty]

    • http://twitter.com/tara_atrandom Tara Crawford

      Even if the makeup is too low-key for the dress, that lipstick shade is sublime on her. 

    • MilaXX

      *clap, clap*
      Apparently she’s having a lucid moment. She looks good. Love the dress.

    • Anonymous

      You boys have been industrious today! And with this post you have proven that a three day vaca leaves the mind rested and the judgement sharp. I am in agreement. I Love my Courtney but we know how bad it can get sometimes. Great dress for her. I’m not sure pulled together is the right term to use. But she looks – dare I say it – sane?

      • Lisa

        I’m totally with you.  You know the weirdest thing about her is that there’s no middle ground with her.  Either she looks like a nutty crack-whore, or she scrubs up so beautifully, she can look amazing.  It can get bad, but she looks great here.

    • Christine Marie

      I think you need a new category. You know how in t-ball or whatever, they give out a trophy at the end of the year for “most improved”? Okay, well maybe you don’t know but they do. I’m voting you create some sort of variation on that. Because even if Courtney Love improves heavily, I’m not sure she deserves a “WERQ”. You’re becoming WERQ whores, darlings.
      On a different note, she looks like Madonna’s great aunt in that picture. Well, or rather, if Madonna has a great aunt, I’m pretty sure Courtney Love looks exactly like her in this picture.

    • scottyf

      *shakes head*

      I’m so, so, very very gay. Is there a Kinsey 7?

      I think she looks quite lovely here.

      But the OCD queer in me just wants to reach through the computer and…UNTANGLE THE DAMN NECKLACE FROM THE DRESS.

      • Anonymous

        Agree about the necklace, it’s distracting! And I have to say, I miss her old face. She just doesn’t look like Courtney Love anymore.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OLPW7F6LC3JPVYX652OZKT2DTU Kathryn Dudley

          Amen. The first thing I saw. I feel she always has that something gone wrong; lipstick smear, cowlick, greasy bangs, it’s always something. I feel kind of badly for her on that score. The face, while someone else’s, is looking a little better.

    • Anonymous

      Whatever surgery she had on her face, I never recognize her.  So, thanks for letting me know.  As for how she looks in the dress and makeup…..horrid.  She is a skeleton and desperately needs an intervention.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed. She looks like every on the edge of OD’ing junkie that ever crawled into my ER.

        • Anonymous

          Now, through THAT lens, I can’t get a certain formerly overly-self-medicated friend out of my mind’s eye – during the holding-it-together-through judicious use of uppers phase after a stretch of sedatives and/or narcotics. Those were the weeks during which she inevitably found the next boyfriend with whom to descend into months or years of drama. Man, you put my head back into days about which I very rarely think.

    • Anonymous

      She looks like she has had some work done on her face. But she looks nice. 

      • Greg Wellman

        Has she always had that thing where her right eye is considerably more open than the left?

    • http://www.facebook.com/crazygfish Crazygfish Burble

      It’s actually kinda…nice….in a scaly princessy rock-n-rolla chick way… LoLz~!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

      She looks ridiculous, like a clown. Plastic surgery is not your friend, Courtney.

    • Anonymous

      “She looks pretty good here in any case.” No, she does not. She looks sad. From the awful plastic surgery/Botox to the skeletal thinness. Sad. Even grading on a curve….sad. I can’t even focus on the dress. I can’t work up anything but pity.

    • Anonymous

      It’s a great dress, she looks like shit.

    • Anonymous

      My God, she’s the anti- of everything she once stood for back in the riot Grrrl era.

    • Anonymous

      Her face is looking so much better. She looks good. I hope this all means she’s OK and not overmedicated or something.

    • http://profiles.google.com/xelad007 C Deal

      I think this is the best she has ever looked.

    • Judy_J

      Maybe my standards are too high, but I think she looks pretty sad here.  Better than usual, yes, but still sad.

    • Anonymous

      “She looks pretty good here in any case, but she looks amazing considering she’s Courtney Love.”


    • http://profiles.google.com/angelarosesarno angela rose sarno

      all I see are bones and lips.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RQEX4XP7FAST4YSO4EQHSQQ5D4 Beth Sharnel

        And scales, fishy scales.

    • Anonymous

      Not a fan. 

    • Anonymous

      I’ve flushed better WERQs.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

      Gorgeous dress!

    • Anonymous

      not a fan of the V shaped waist… or the scales

    • jabes

      Those faint tattoos on her upper arm always look to me like bruises at first glance.

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        YES!! That may have been the point, I’m thinking??

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513945580 Megan Patterson

      She has cleaned up her act BETTER though. Where is ultra glam Larry Flynt C.Love? That’s the one I am most fond of.

      • Anonymous

        Wasn’t that when she had studio nannies following her around to keep her clean?

    • Anonymous

      “Fist applied lipstick!” LOVE! Yea, for Courtney it’s pretty good. But she looks sick and crazy and one more bout of rhinoplasty and she’ll be the great noseless wonder. The matchy little bag and safe make-up make me sad.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=13936651 Kate Lynne Elizabeth

      Did you guys just not notice or are choosing to ignore how smudged her lipstick is?  Or how her dress embellishments are twisted up in her necklace?  

    • Anonymous

      Sigh. When Courtney looks good , she looks really, really good, but this is not it. The color of the dress and protruding hipbones–it all reads so depressing. I agree with Tara, the lipstick is good, but that’s it.

    • Anonymous

      Reptilian dress is so so ugly and Ms. Love looks like she need a bath.   I need a shower.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sauchih Sau-Chih Feng

      That dress is amazing!

    • Jo Miller

      Courtney looks as if she is holding on for dear life; as if one sneeze would knock her over.  This is sad. I prefer that she stay home, rest and recuperate. Best wishes to her recovering her health.

    • http://www.manoneileen.com Manon Eileen

      And she even looks relatively healthy, too! :D

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      Courtney cleans up well and would be stunning with the right hair and makeup, but she’d fight that tooth and nail.

    • http://profiles.google.com/kristen.wares Kristen Wares

      Nope.  I get grading on a curve, but I still don’t think this warrants a WERQ

    • Anonymous

      LOVE the dress but that stringy hair is really sad.

    • http://profiles.google.com/dchockeyguy Trevor Burroughs

      I think she needs some kind of bracelet or something to punch things up a little.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      I just wish she would do something with her hair.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, for Courtney Love, she looks fabulous. Every time I see a picture of her, I’m just relieved that she’s still among us.

      On another note, it’s amazing how a nose job can seemingly change your entire face.  

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UCLO5V2YD36T7QMPKOC7YXPOFU Erica

      Looking at her makes me sad–for her, for poor Frances Bean who had to go to court to get away from her and her destructive lifestyle.  If I thought too long about how she’s by all appearances (including here, which is better than other times) just hanging on to this life by a thread, I’d start to cry.  So, no, I’m not feeling the WERQ here.

    • Anonymous

      She was almost able to draw within the lines, but the lipstick is still a bit messy…

    • http://profiles.google.com/ryalwoods Ryal Woods

      Did she hurt her wrist slugging some unfortunate who tried to help her with her necklace?

    • http://profiles.google.com/ryalwoods Ryal Woods

      Did she hurt her wrist slugging some unfortunate who tried to help her with her necklace?

    • Ella B. Mudge

      I couldn’t figure out who she was starting to look like, with the work on the face and all, but in that last close-up I realized that she reminded me of Sting’s wife, Trudie Styler.

    • http://twitter.com/Wintour91 manionista wintour

      Dunno… It’s just not WERQ-ing for me..

    • http://www.facebook.com/suzie.vazquez Suzie Vazquez

       you were away for too long. but a werq courtney love.. isn’t what i was wishing for while you were gone. oh no! never.

    • Toni Mitt

      Well–she does look sane and put together here…but she still has those crazy-eyes…like something satanic is gonna pop out any moment. 

    • Tamara Hogan

      Fabulous dress, and what a great lipstick color!

    • http://twitter.com/JaniceMSmith joy peace

      I can’t name one of her songs, but I like her.  She needs to act more.  Perfect in that Flynt movie.

    • http://twitter.com/Unclassical Alexandria N

      i disagree. the givenchy from the amfar event suited her much better than this. this snake skin looks TOO literally like she stepped inside a snake. she looks too skinny in this and her boobs look too big and she has no waist and her shoulders look too big and her hip bones are jutting out. how can one explain so many contradictory “too”s? UNFLATTERING dress. Except the hair is much better here than amfar.

    • spooki C

      She’s been looking pretty stylish for a while now

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elizabeth-Davis-Simpson/825287941 Elizabeth Davis-Simpson

      Does she crash these events or what?  What is she doing on the RC anyway?

    • Anonymous

      Ugh I think she looks cadaverous.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T24URKJGBLJQPBWCRPU37IIHLU Krab Louse

      She ALWAYS looks like she needs a good wash, even after she’s just had one.