WERQ: Oprah Says Good-bye in L’Wren Scott

Posted on May 26, 2011

Oprah’s been saying goodbye for months, but she ramped up the goodbyes for her final week and since the lady has a terrible fashion history, bless her, we thought we’d give her a hand for wearing something we like.

Oprah, honey. We just don’t get you. It seems to us that a woman who has had as many gown disasters as you – not to mention as many opportunities to wear gowns – would have figured out a long time ago what silhouettes, styles and proportions work the best for you. But no. We’ve watched her show up at various awards shows and red carpet events over the years strapped into something that never fits correctly and in which she never looks comfortable. It always frustrated the hell out of us. So we have to ask now, Oprah, why have you not worn this exact silhouette and style for the last 15 years (not counting the times you starved yourself down to a smaller size)?

Normally, when she’s wearing a gown, Oprah opts for these gigantic confections; big poofy skirts that look like they weigh 40 pounds and a corseted bodice that cuts off her air supply and forces her boobs so far up and out that they look like they’re trying to escape. This, on the other hand, looks fantastic on her. And it proves once again that the best way to dress a body of size is to wear something that fits it well. We don’t think Oprah has lost an ounce of weight in ages (and we don’t think she should), but this dress takes a couple dozen pounds off her instantly. She still has uni-boob, but we suspect that’s a bra issue rather than a dress issue. The only element we’re not sure about are the turquoise flowers, but that’s only because we’re not keen on that eggplant paired with turquoise. Otherwise, she looks great. Love the shoes, girl. Now go have this dress taken apart and replicated in every color of the rainbow. Let us never see you in giant quinceanera skirts again.


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  • Anonymous

    I guess the basic silhouette is fine – but the fabric seems heavy and for me makes this not so flattering.  Especially in that top picture.

    And her arms (again especially in the top picture) – if you are going to cover your upper arm to “hide” the lower arm fat, and that is a problem for a lot of women, I think this does the opposite and highlights it. 

    The color combination surprises me a little but I kind of like it.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting, this was not one of my favorite looks on her.  Granted, it fit really well and she did look comfortable so I guess that accounts for a lot.  And I love the eggplant/turqouise combo.  There have been looks I like better and definetly worse looks.  Remember that HORRIBLE thing she wore for the finale of her Australian tour with the orange skirt?  YIKES!!  I thought the finale extravaganze was very nicely done highlighting a balance of celebrity love-fest and her personal accomplishments.  But what the fuck was up with that dres Gayle King wore?!?  And I loved Madonnas dress.  Katie Holmes, as usual, dull, dull, dull.  And her outfit was dull too.

    • MilaXX

      Gayle needs her own intervention. She seems to favor satin-y numbers that are never figure flattering.

  • scottyf

    I hardly ever weigh in, fashion-wise, on posts about women’s wear. It’s much more educational for me to read and learn from a style savvy commentariat. However, I have to give my props to the Daytime Diva. She herself has commented on the impracticality of many of her RC choices. She looks comfortable and chic, imho.

    However, the person who is actually like chalk on a queer’s blackboard for THIS gay, is Gayle: a beautiful, talented woman whom I admire. But every time I see her–EVERY.FRIGGIN’.TIME–I just want to snatch the bitch myself and re-do her from head to toe.

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

      I kinda assumed it’s because Gayle is the perennial bridesmaid in the relationship with Oprah.  However bad the wedding dress is, the bridesmaid’s dress has to be worse.  So, maybe, if a rising tide raises all boats, Oprah’s fashion improving will mean that Gayle will take it up a notch, as well :)

    • Anonymous

      So true about Gayle! Girlfriend always chooses ugly, shiny, tragic dresses that make her look lumpy and uncomfortable. And she’s so pretty! I honestly don’t know if I want to smack her or give her a hug.  

  • kathleen morgan

    She looks amazing – and yes, why they hell didn’t she figure this out ages ago. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Love this dress, and the shoes!  Gayle, as usual, looks a mess.  

  • Anonymous

    Total WERQ. She looks fabulous.

  • Anonymous

    Yes gayle is a mess. good lord. But then again she’s probably using Oprah’s stylists. Oprah looks good. I think Oprah looks best when she looks comfortable. Then we get her full personality which has alway be her most attractive quality

  • Anonymous

    Definitely a good look for her, and I think the color combo is interesting.  I don’t know that it needs to be this exact silhouette every time, but she should definitely make an effort in the interesting neckline department all the time.

  • MilaXX

    I think she looks gorge & agree she leans toward big, stiff dresses that add 20 lbs. Occasionally she gets it right like here. She also wore a really pretty pink dress for her last show that I liked.

    • Anonymous

      I also LOVE that pink dress!  She looked fantastic!

    • Erin Liss

      LOVED that pink dress she wore yesterday!! I want!
      As for this, I do like the shape/color, but whoever said the fabric looked heavy was spot on. Otherwise, well played, O.

  • Onika K Morris-Alleyne

    wow. a lot of people showed up to kiss the ring

  • Anonymous

    The uniboob issue is the result of a minimizer bra which women with large breasts are pretty much defaulted into.  Big boobs are never going to look perky.  I think she looks lovely here.

    • Anonymous

      Oh Lord, yes. I gave up on minimizers years ago. They’re supposed to make you look like you have smaller breasts, not fewer.

      She looks terrific from ear to toe. I don’t like the poof in her hair. But I did a gay gasp when I saw the shoes.

  • Anonymous

    She always looks good in jersey gowns, because  she knows the right kind of foundation to wear with them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

    Wow, she does look great. And I also (like other posters) like the eggplant/turquoise combo. It’s surprising, but regal. And I think the heavy beading is OK since she’s not wearing a lot of other jewelry – kind of reminds me of Navajo silverwork.

    I didn’t see the episode, but was Tom Cruise really on? Ew…..

  • Anonymous

    She looks so great here! And that pony tail is sassy and full of fun. I like how the turqouise pops. 
    The final week of O was not my favorite bug I hope she had fun. 

  • Anonymous

    I love the whole look: dress, hair, shoes. I like the blue detailing on the dress. It is unusual but not garish. The picture of her and Tom Hanks is priceless. And Madonna manages to not look terrifying.

  • Anonymous

    I love this look on her. I also loved the pink dress she wore for the show later. I missed the telecast, but caught bits and pieces online.
    Good for her, going out with a classy, heartfelt and elegant bang. 

    • MilaXX

      I taped the last 3 days. I intend to settle in this weekend with a box of tissues and have a mini marathon.

  • Anonymous

    Madonna looks lovely.  Her face has erm….uh….settled.  Who is she wearing? Love it.

  • Anonymous

    Yawn. To the whole thing. I watched Oprah once, for 15 minutes, and that told me everything I needed to know about Ms. O. Buh bye.

    • scottyf

      Then you probably learned that she believes whatever energy you put out–positive or negative–comes back to you ten-fold. And that all of us on this planet simply want to be respected for what we offer. Healthy messages. I’m sure you’d agree?

      • Anonymous

        well somebody has to buy wht she sells. 

        One of the most recent example of her arrogance is “Oprah’s Master Class”  – kind of close to a magazine with your own initial and (at least for some time) where you have to be on the cover of every issue (generally? alone)

        • scottyf

          Respectfully, I’m not trying to start a debate on whether she should be adored or reviled. There are enough arguments out there for both sentiments. This isn’t even about Oprah, really. I was struck by what felt to me (let me repeat that: what felt to ME– since I have no idea what GorgeousThings’ intentions were) like a level of dismissive condescension that I would respond to regardless of the intended recipient.

          It doesn’t hurt that her presence–sans products, or hype–has had a profound effect on my life. Like those young Morehouse men that GothamTomato mentions further down, I’m pretty sure I can speak for most–if not all–of them when I say her contribution to us shouldn’t be minimized by debate on whether or not she should feature herself on her own magazine cover.

          • Anonymous

            I don’t watch her (have seen maybe portions of a dozen shows over the years) but have read more than one interview and I’ve liked her ever since she was quoted as saying something along the lines of  (as best as I can remember) “I don’t feel guilty about having money to spend, I worked darn hard for it.” 

            Everyone has failings and so far as I can tell most people who’ve achieved fame and/or fortune are driven. Saints who are without ego do not become self-made wealthy celebrities.  I think she’s smart, driven, and sincerely tries to be a positive force in the world.  We can (and mostly do) have public figures who are worse role models.

          • scottyf

            When I was very young, I did a performance at Arena Stage in Washington DC. It turned out that a preacher friend of Oprah’s invited her to see the show. Afterwards she came backstage to meet the cast. During the conversation, someone came up to her and asked for her autograph. She declined. She respectfully said to the person: “These artists are the ones who you should be asking. They just gave their hearts and souls to us.”

            No matter what I hear about her, I will always be grateful and in awe of the honor and respect she showed to us that day. I know she is many things to many people–not all positive. But that is who she is to me.

          • Anonymous

            Thanks for sharing that story. I am a sucker for first hand accounts of people
            (famous or otherwise) being generous and decent. There’s a lot of that around but somehow stories about our worse moments attract more interest.

          • Lisa

            Me too, I love hearing stories about meeting people who’ve had a positive effect on us.  They don’t even need to be famous; any person who makes a good and lasting impression is worthy of talking about.

        • MilaXX

          She actually got that from Spanish talk show host Cristina Saralegui who had or has(I no longer watch) a long running television show and self named magazine that she always appears on the cover of.I don’t buy or agree with everything Oprah says, but I appreciate the longevity of the career and her dedication to it.

      • Anonymous

        Healthy messages, yes, Scotty, and I am glad she had a good effect for you. I never bought into the Oprah love. I found it rather cynical, albeit wrapped in pretty paper and filmed with gauze over the camera lens. Alex Beam wrote a column in Tuesday’s Boston Globe that pretty much summed up how I feel.

        • scottyf

          I really appreciate your response. I read the Alex Beam article, and while I disagree with his take on her empire, I fully respect his right–and yours–to that sentiment.

          • Anonymous

            while occasionally i lmfao when you bring out some snark, i notice that your comments are very respectful of other’s opinions & you are ususally fabulously polite. bravo scottyf, i wish more of the newer commentariat would take lessons. 

      • Lisa

        Know what I like about you, Scotty? In addition to being funny and smart and snarky, you strike me as an incredibly kind person, and that’s what makes you so cool!

  • Anonymous

    She looks great, but . . . does her eyeshadow match her shoes?  That can’t possibly be a trend now, can it?

  • Ella B. Mudge

    Madge looks nice!

    In that last photo, I wish Michael Jordan would have taken a scissors to Cruise’s hair. There’s something about his hair that triples his annoyingness factor.

  • Anonymous

    Of course, it is the color purple. Perfect.

    Yes, this silhouette is great on her. As for some other gowns she’s worn in the past (and looking uncomfortable), I think some of it is just about her being self-conscious about her size (and wearing sausage casing shapewear – that stuff is NEVER comfortable). I think a lot of women (including myself) can relate to that. That someone with so many other gifts; so much success, brain, money, access, wisdom, etc cannot solve that issue for herself shows just how hard it can be.

    And in this case, I really don’t care what she’s wearing: When I saw all those Morehouse men walk out to Kristin Chenoweth singing ‘For Good’, I about lost it.


    • Anonymous

      i totally agree.  i cried when they came out and cried when i discussed it the next day.

  • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

    That really is a great silhouette on her. I wish I could buy a just below the knee-length version of this off the rack and give it to my mom, who has a similar figure. It could be a stellar day look in a different color and paired with a fun jacket, too. A lot of women could wear this dress beautifully! Oprah looks fabulous and polished, and I love the pomp-ponytail on her. It’s fun and it also works with her face shape.
    Not loving he shoes. But then again I’m not a big fan of the dark gown + bright shoes combo ever, so that might just be me.

  • Judy_J

    She looks great in this dress, and I like the turquoise paired with the eggplant.  Those shoes are fabulous, and I love her hair, too.

  • http://twitter.com/monsterhoodie laurel fiske

    Madonna looks fantastic!

  • Anonymous

    May I just say (and I know I’ll probably have my car bombed) that I liked Oprah Winfrey before she became Oprah!!!! At one time she was honest, transparent and charming–even her first weight loss (when she put on those size 10 jeans) was a nice, warm comfortable moment. But in recent years, as Oprah! I don’t even relate to her over the top charities (I know, she really is kind hearted and does good, but . . .), tearful intimacies and swooning smarmy star worship.
    All that said, I really like this dress both the fit and the color combination. And I do wish her well, just wish she would reprise her Color Purple
    and Oprah Winfrey persona. AND I would still read almost any book she recommended.

  • Anonymous

    Um, what the hell is Madonna wearing?

  • Diana Martinez

    Really?  I don’t think it’s flattering at all.  Blargh. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241487378 Lauren Lynch Fox

    I think she looks best in normal clothes, not gowns and her normal hair. I thought it looked like a big nightgown. I did not like the pink thing she had on the very last show either. Maybe women get all caught up in looking special  sometimes that we forget how we look best(?). Most of the time on her show she looks great. Why mess with it?

  • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

    Love what Madonna is wearing. Has she been dressing better lately?

    • Anonymous

      I loved her dress too!

      • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

        Madonna looks a lot younger and fresher when not dressed like a Bratz doll.

    • MilaXX

      Madge has been dressing closer to what a woman her age should wear and really bringing it lately.

  • Anonymous

    I think she looks wonderful. Fabulous colors, lovely jewelry, hair & makeup, kickass shoes, and a GORGEOUS NECKLINE. I love the belt and I love that it accentuates her curves. Brava!

  • Stephanie Labbe

    I thought she looked fabulous too. As for the uniboob, as a large breasted woman, I can assure you that in a dress the girls almost never look quite right, correct bra or not.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3CGY36NG25QFIZQOLMH7SQTKLU andrew

    Love the neckline.  ADORE the shoes. 

    Madonna looks good.  Gail, not so much.

  • http://twitter.com/kmc1138 Kathleen Coyle

    Can I just take this opportunity to thank you guys for critiquing the fit and never the body?  As a chubby girl who likes to try and be fashionable, I really appreciate that.

  • Lisa

    As a fellow “Woman of Meatiness”, I LOVE this look on her!  So sophisticated and sleek – it really suits her!  I love the eggplant purple and the turquoise together.  And the sleek ponytail looks just perfect.  A+++ for going out in super style!

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t like the flowers either until I saw her shoes in one of the pics! She looks great! Though that picture with Tom Hanks is comedy gold.

  • RyzandShyn

    Uni-boob. I also suspect the bra. If there’s one slightly fashiony thing I’m eternally grateful for it’s Tim Gunn’s Guide To Style’s weekly harping on the undergarments. I listened, I learned, I shopped, and I instantly looked a million times better. It’s been a bunch of years, but it still amazes me what a difference it makes.

  • Anonymous

    It’s good to see Oprah in something other than a huge, flouncy ball gown. This is very flattering and I personally do like the eggplant and turquoise combination. She looks fabulous. 

    I’m with scottyf on Gayle. How can she be best friends with one of the most influential, wealthy people on the planet and go out of the house looking like that? No doubt the woman would look lovely with a serious style intervention. 

  • http://joansbooks.blogspot.com/ lilithcat

    That’s one ugly dress!

    Let us never see you in giant quinceanera skirts again.

    Make that “Let us never see you again”, period.

  • vmcdanie

    The Oprah mystique is as mysterious to me as the Higgs-Boson particle, string theory and other imponderables of the universe. I like the dress well enough and it is flattering on her. However, I LOVE the shoes.

  • Anonymous

    Yes to everything you said, TLo. This dress looks great on her. I don’t mind the turquoise with eggplant here, because I think Oprah always looks best when she wears rich colors. The eggplant is a great color for her and the turquoise gives it some punch. Did you guys see the dress she wore on her last show? Drab pale pink. It wasn’t necessarily a bad color for her, but it just did nothing to bring out her features the way this kind of color does.

    Oprah often shows up with wonky boobs. I don’t understand it. If I were her size and had her kind of money, I would have all of my bras custom made.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FEVY7PXSJNRQEFOJYSG7D2EBXE T

    Seriously???  The gown really needs something below the belt to break it up.  A slit, some detail, something … I think it accentuates her lower half very unflatteringly.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FNFWER3VPXZGG4B6QCJVIPYEDM AntonijaM

    I didn’t see this episode, but yes–she looks realxed and pretty.  Love the color combo and the awsome shoes.  I’m not surprized that Tom Cruise was included–Oprah is a huge TC (and John Travolta) fan! 

  • Anonymous

    oh, go away already…..and take SJP with you.