In or Out: Zoe Saldana in Giambattista Valli

Posted on September 22, 2011

When we’re looking through the various red carpet pics of the day to decide which ones are worth posting about, there’s really only one criterion: Do we have anything to say about this? “Cute/Shitty dress, but I don’t know what else to say about it.” “Me neither.” That’s the entire editorial process here at T Lo Bitchery, Inc. Good or bad doesn’t matter; it’s indifference that must be avoided.

But we have a problem, you see.

Zoe Saldana in Giambattista Valli Zoe Saldana at the “Machine Gun Preacher” Los Angeles premiere in a Giambattista Valli dress paired with Brian Atwood shoes.

Zoe Saldana in Giambattista Valli

Zoe Saldana in Giambattista Valli

Zoe Saldana in Giambattista Valli

Zoe Saldana in Giambattista Valli

We’re indifferent.

We keep looking at this and saying “Wait. Why did we pick this again?” But we’re still typing, so we must, on some level, have a need to talk about this look even if we’re unsure what we want to say.

We’ll start with this, because we know it will shock some of the Bitter Kittens to the core: we think the matchy shoes were the right choice for this dress. Seriously. First off, it helps that they’re supercute shoes. Secondly, we think there’s something slightly drab about that print (hence our battle with indifference).  The black elements are there to serve as contrast, but it’s not working for us. The shoes are a good way of pulling the one bright color out of the look and highlighting it. In fact, the more we look at it, the more we’re focusing on that black sheer panel on the front. It’s distracting. If it didn’t have that and the print was used for the entire bodice, with a crew neckline, we think this might have looked a lot cuter.

Now don’t go holding that matchy shoe thing over our heads for all eternity, bitches. We still think they’re a bad idea 99% of the time.

 

Vote Now!
IN! Sweet and chic!

OUT! Drab and overdesigned!

Voting on Rose Byrne’s Frankendress is still open, darlings.

[Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images]

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OYWH5NAGE3TS2MWXRAVBSWBSZA Brittany

      IN – dress is a tad on the drab side, but it’s not like she’s not pulling a Paz de la Huerta or anything. A dialed down IN. An IN on low volume. A tentative-toe-in-the-water IN.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=734700369 Mackenzie Urquhart

        a tentative-toe-IN-the-water one might say? hehe

      • Anonymous

        It’s not particularly exciting, but it’s not ugly or really unstylish either. I think that’s an IN.

    • Anonymous

      It’s cute and inoffensive. Default IN, I suppose.

      • Sobaika Mirza

        Pretty much. She looks good (she always does) but it’s a bit too casual and “fine” all around.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah. What you said.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.parker Sara Parker

      I think she looks adorable. Totes an IN.

    • Anonymous

      She’s a beautiful girl, but she’s so thin. I can’t help but want to give her a ham sandwich and a hug.

      • Anonymous

        I really disagree with you on that.  She looks very fit and toned.

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

          Agreed. She’s little, but very healthy looking.

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

          Agreed. She’s little, but very healthy looking.

    • Anonymous

      Again, tentative IN.  Grading on the Saldana curve, this should be an out.  There’s nothing seriously wrong with it, but it just leaves a funny taste in the mouth.  I think I’d prefer a non-matchy shoe, because the shoe hits right in the middle of the only thing right with the dress (the pattern), and kind of draws attention to it.  The bag being white and the dress being off-white is kind of jarring too.  Still, cute, clean and respectable.  This is kind of a laundry day look for her.  Like she opened her closet and this was all that was there.  Not bad, but she’s got better looks.

    • http://fafafab.tumblr.com/ fafafab

      horrible table-cloth-like dress, out

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jude-Brown/1350939326 Jude Brown

        On project runway, I think they’d also label it “department store dress.”

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        I was thinking upholstery fabric, but you’re closer with “tablecloth-like”.

        • Anonymous

          I’m thinking curtain fabric, but equally drab nonetheless.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      I liked the sheer panel in the close-up shot but it does look all wrong in the full-length image.  I don’t think I can ever, wholeheartedly, get behind hot pink, in shoes or anywhere else but I do see how it works really well with that anaemic pattern.

      Ms Saldana looks very, very happy with the ensemble and that kind of balls-to-the-wall confidence deserves an IN.

    • http://birdonyourshirt.blogspot.com Kristin

      IN, but has TLo given in on ankle straps in addition to matchy-match?  I don’t think I can handle my world crumbling on both fronts …

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FLWC67NZ5SMGEFVS2INWPKI2M4 darrel

      killer shoes, fugly dress

    • Anonymous

      You are Zoe Saldana and your look bores me. That is an offense against the Gods.

      OUT.

      • Anonymous

        Amen!

    • Anonymous

      Hmmm… I don’t know.  I think my grandma had curtains that looked like that.  I’m going to have to say OUT

    • Anonymous

      OUT – the black panel is, as you said, distracting.  The black belt (if it’s a belt – it looks like it might fasten in the back) looks like it was taken from the Piperlime accessory wall.  And in the last pic, the shoes seem to be a pink that almost-but-not quite swears at the pink in the dress.  Her makeup looks good, though.

    • Anonymous

      IN.

    • Anonymous

      Cute dress and fabulous shoes. She does indeed look “sweet & chic”! IN

    • Anonymous

      cute — she’s IN in my book!

    • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

      I don’t love the sheer black panel, but it’s an OK dress. The shoes are hot. It gets a marginal **IN**, but only because Zoe usually knocks it out of the ballpark.

      Then again, a so-so day for Zoe is another starlet’s best red carpet showing ever.

    • Anonymous

      Sigh. I’m gonna go Out because Ms Saldana usually brings it. I agree with TLo here, the shoes actually helped, but all I could see was that black panel across the front.

    • Sara__B

      In. I’m sure she still turned heads, even if no jaws dropped.

    • Nicole Merrill

      OUT, because I hate the matchy shoes so very, very much. Normally I don’t mind them, but here it’s just screaming Barbie at me.

    • Anonymous

      Out. Looks like a department store dress that thinks too highly of itself.

    • Anonymous

      My problem isn’t so much that the shoes are matchy, but that they look cheap. I’m sure they were not, but they look like something that can be picked up at Strawberry for $19.99. So I don’t know.
      The dress is just ok.
      Honestly, the best thing about this look is HER. I mean, she’s just fabulous. Look at that picture of her walking. Fierce. So it’s like the clothes are just okay, but she elevates the look.

    • Aly Light

      I think the sheer panel looks nice. I could see the skirt being a tiny bit longer. That’s about it. IN.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=564839755 Jillian Liszewski

      It looks like something from Saved By The Bell…  and not that I have anything against the show, I have to vote out. 

    • Anonymous

      I’m not feeling “indifference”…I think she looks great, fun & bold.  The shoe is the focal point…everything, including Zoe with her subdued hair, makeup and accessories, is secondary to them.  She’s saying “look at my fabulous shoes!” 

      Now, I don’t even find them particularly attractive on their own, but she obviously loves them and the whole outfit works.

      IN

    • Anonymous

      Dare I say it, but that dress looks cheap.  Not just department store cheap.  The shoes are cute.  But with this gal she should be bringing the whole package, OUT. 

    • Anonymous

      Cute, I like the print and the shoes (I tend to think you guys are a little overly critical on matchy accessories).

    • iCouture

      So, according to some here, Zoe has set a standard that is just not possible to match every.single.time she goes to an event.
      She is definitely IN here, even if not as fabulous as usual, but we should not be judging her on anything we have seen before, but what is right before us now.

    • Anonymous

      OUT. Just.  It looks like she is wearing a t-shirt under her dress. I don’t like the thick belt. I like the print of the dress and the shoes are OK. She looks confident, good for her.

    • Anonymous

      I so agree. That print is a little too “shabby chic throw pillow” to be paired with the rather sever black color blocking. the elements and shape all seem as if they would work better independent of each other. The shoes are divine, though. I also love her earrings. I wouldn’t give the look an “out”. I’m writing it up as “passable, but in need of serious tweaking”.

    • Anonymous

      OUT. This dress looks like a Project Runway look that wouldn’t be on either the top of the bottom. That black panel makes it slightly more interesting yet at the same time, slightly less attractive, so it’s neither an improvement nor the opposite. But anyway, Zoe Saldana can do better.

      • Anonymous

        Ha! That was exactly my thought “Hm, this would be a ‘you can leave the runway’ dress for sure.” I agree. OUT

    • Anonymous

      meh – underwhelmed.    And your matchy-matchy is how I feel about high (platform) heels with very short skirts.  

    • Anonymous

      Out -The whole ensemble looks cheap. She looks like she raided the junior section of forever 21, down to the shoes.

    • Anonymous

      Zoe looks cute.  I like her makeup.  The dress is a little boring, but overall she looks very cute in it.  LUV those pink shoes!

    • Anonymous

      Adorable and Fresh- IN!

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

      To be honest, if she wore the dress backwards it would have made it a different outfit.  I am not a fan of that black panel with the black belt.  I do love those shoes.  I vote In, but just barely.  Not my favorite look of hers.

    • Joanna Schuth

      Looks like something you’d see at Ann Taylor. Out, but only because she’s usually so much fiercer than this.

    • Rachelle Neame

      Out. I’m sorry, but she can bring it and this is like. An out for her scale of fab.

    • Anonymous

      On the fence, but leaning towards OUT.  The black panel makes it feel a little tacky.  The dress may look fantastic up close, but from here, it looks like a dress I could get at the mall.  I think the shoes are too much – they just add to the slightly cheap feel here.  She doesn’t look bad and she doesn’t look crazy; this just isn’t that great an outfit. 

    • Anonymous

      IN!  I especially love the way it looks from the back.

    • Anonymous

      Definitely a softly tossed IN. This would be an infield hit (perhaps a blooper) that reaches base in baseball parlance… why am I using a baseball metaphor? Who knows?!

    • Anonymous

      OUT- print is in fact a bit fug and color scheme is a lot fug

    • Anonymous

      It’s Out.  First of all, it involves mauve.  I agree with T Lo that the matching shoes were the good choice, but still, they’re mauve.  I don’t like the black bits so I guess I go with the ‘overdesigned’ critique.  It sort of looks like the black inset and belt were added to avoid this being just another sheath, but I think that ‘just another sheath’ would have been a better outcome.

    • Terence Ng

      IN. It’s boring for her, which is the key here: for her. Girl looks so good so often that when she meets the average, it looks bad.

    • Anonymous

      Kinda cute. Only kinda. But since we grade on a curve here, OUT. Ms. Saldana can do so much better.

    • Anonymous

      OUT. The more I look at it the less I like it. The shoes look like they’re made of floral foam and they’re a totally different variety of dingy pink from the print in the dress. As for the print itself, I’m seeing end-of-season clearance on cushions for your teak lawn chairs. And the black panel? I don’t even know what that’s about.

    • Jessica Rowe

      I like it. IN.  I think the print is sort of…Victorian. But the sheer black and the pop of pink make it modern. I always like things that have that perfect mix of old/new.

    • http://deeplyproblematic.blogspot.com/ RMJ12345

      I think of matchy shoes as when the shoe matches the dominant color of the dress – like dyed to match. This is picking up a non-prominent color in the pattern – color-coordinating, not matchy.

      It’s not the best dress I’ve ever seen, but I think she looks cute and not boring. In.

    • Anonymous

      IN for the shoes, but the dress doesn’t really seem like her style.

    • emily mcginnis

      IN. i’m not loving the black netting though. it almost looks like she’s trying to be modest under the dress (like i’ll do with a camisole if my other top is too low-cut). i know that it’s just the dress, but that was my first thought. 

    • Anonymous

      That reminds me of my great-aunt Ethel, so I gotta say OUT on the drab, matronly dress.  Just cuz it’s short and has pink accents doesn’t make it work.

    • Anonymous

      OUT. Drab is right, and that’s just wrong for our girl Zoe

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      A barely on the side of Goodness and Light IN.
      She looks fine.  The dress is pretty meh, but those SHOES are totally wonderful,and take the look into IN-ness-land.

    • http://www.facebook.com/emmajliberman Emma Liberman

      It’s an IN but Zoe, you are one of the fierest dressers on the red carpet, why do you just look….cute?

    • Anonymous

      Hate the particular print, design is meh.  In fact, it looks like it could be one of this PR season’s winning designs!  Hate the white clutch with it.  Very cute shoes, but personally would not wear b/c of the ankle straps.

    • Anonymous

      Hate the shoes.  I agree with you about the color working with the print, but they are ugly, and heavy, and just wrong.

      As to the dress, I hate that dicky thing.

    • Anonymous

      Hate the shoes, dress WAS okay but then I realized that it reminds me of something Ed Hardy would design.

      So.. OUT

    • Anonymous

      To quote Nina “You know, it’s not terrible but it’s just OK.” If I were flicking through a magazine, I would probably keep on flicking as this doesn’t grab my attention. Just maybe I’d give the shoes a second look because of the weird shade of pink but I don’t think they flatter her feet one bit.  Then again, I’m not a fan of platform peep-toes. If someone said that Bert made this, I wouldn’t blink an eye.  

    • Anonymous

      To quote Nina “You know, it’s not terrible but it’s just OK.” If I were flicking through a magazine, I would probably keep on flicking as this doesn’t grab my attention. Just maybe I’d give the shoes a second look because of the weird shade of pink but I don’t think they flatter her feet one bit.  Then again, I’m not a fan of platform peep-toes. If someone said that Bert made this, I wouldn’t blink an eye.  

    • Anonymous

      IN. I like the black mesh in front, it keeps things interesting and prevents it from becoming just another standard cute dress. Perfect shoe choice!

    • Anonymous

      IN. I like the black mesh in front, it keeps things interesting and prevents it from becoming just another standard cute dress. Perfect shoe choice!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ebba-Svantesson/1750647220 Ebba Svantesson

      in

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ebba-Svantesson/1750647220 Ebba Svantesson

      in

    • Addicted2Glamour

      Super cute shoes.  But the dress…what a dreadful pattern. It looks like it was cut from a bolt found in the bargain bin at Michael’s. I’m sure she IS wearing makeup but it looks like she’s not; she actually photographs a bit on the shiny side. And her hair is a little severe for what seems like a more casual, almost day-time dress. OUT.

    • Anonymous

      IN. Cute.

    • Anonymous

      IN. Not life-changing but more than cute enough for the in.

    • Anonymous

      IN. Not life-changing but more than cute enough for the in.

    • Anonymous

      The dress doesn’t look expensive. It’s kind of ordinary. I’m feeling the indifference too.

    • Anonymous

      The dress doesn’t look expensive. It’s kind of ordinary. I’m feeling the indifference too.

    • http://profiles.google.com/katherinempg Katherine Pisarro-Grant

      I agree about the shoes — they’re super cute. However, they’re the only saving grace of this outfit. That dress is wholly uninspiring. It looks like something you could buy at any Forever 21. OUT.

    • http://profiles.google.com/katherinempg Katherine Pisarro-Grant

      I agree about the shoes — they’re super cute. However, they’re the only saving grace of this outfit. That dress is wholly uninspiring. It looks like something you could buy at any Forever 21. OUT.

    • http://rachbomb.livejournal.com Rachael J.

      I’m on the edge here…I love the cut of the dress and the solid color accents.  However that print is way too girly for that style of dress.  I’d love to see it in a solid color!  I’ll give her an In though :)

    • http://rachbomb.livejournal.com Rachael J.

      I’m on the edge here…I love the cut of the dress and the solid color accents.  However that print is way too girly for that style of dress.  I’d love to see it in a solid color!  I’ll give her an In though :)

    • http://twitter.com/OracleKath Kathrine Marlow

      Without the matchy shoes, this is an out.  It totally makes the dress pop and look far more interesting than it would be without them.  I agree about the alteration, it’d be a kick-a$$ dress without that panel. 

    • http://twitter.com/OracleKath Kathrine Marlow

      Without the matchy shoes, this is an out.  It totally makes the dress pop and look far more interesting than it would be without them.  I agree about the alteration, it’d be a kick-a$$ dress without that panel. 

    • http://ficklekitsch.blogspot.com Jennifer Zowie

      IN! I think it’s cute…I actually like the more sparing print.

    • http://profiles.google.com/gillianholroyd gillian holroyd

      out. after seeing Mary Katranzou and all the other the *gorgeous* prints from Fashion Week, this is tepid.

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        I know, right? It looks old fashioned. I’m not even sure how it could be made to look more modern.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Austen-Jane/100002245814326 Austen Jane

      I know we aren’t supposed to comment on physical characteristics, but man she is easy on the eyes. Love the shoes.

    • http://twitter.com/rachelruthlee Rachel Lee

      In! Not up to her usual wow standard, but she looks put together and cute. The details are all down, the make up and hair are nice, though the clutch is a tad matchy. Every girl has got to have her ‘okay’ days!

    • Anonymous

      Yes, you nailed it. It’s the black panel that’s messing it up. I’m not too sure about the black at the waist either, but if the panel wasn’t there, that wouldn’t bother me. I can’t give it an in, because that part really takes away from the rest of the look, which I like. Sorry Zoe!

    • http://www.facebook.com/ChereeWinston Cheree Winston

      OUT. That black panel is distracting and not flattering. But I do like the shoes.

    • Anonymous

      IN.  Not that it’s amazing, but she’s put together and clearly likes the look.

    • Anonymous

      I like the back best.  You’re right about the black panel, it ruins the dress. Out

      • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

        Me too, I love the dress from the back. I also thought the matching shoes were just right with this dress. The black panel in the front makes the dress look boring.

    • Anonymous

      That black panel is weird but this woman just looks adorable no matter what.  That pic of the back shows how it werqs .  IN

    • Anonymous

      In. Little boring but still pretty good.

    • nancy

      Kinda boring, really. I really don’t care for the shoes at all, which surprises me, since I’m a total shoe ‘ho. I’ll say Out. Boring and indifference should never go on the red carpet. She is gorgeous and could do so much better than a “department store” dress.

    • Judy_J

      I think the matchy shoes work because they pull out the hot pink in the print of the dress.  I give her an IN.

    • http://wipgirl.wordpress.com Kristel

      This is a drab look. I don’t think all that grey in the print is doing it any favours. And it’s a really boring dress.

    • Anonymous

      Front side out. Backside IN!

    • Anonymous

      I think a lot of the problems come from the styling.  The makeup needs to be more dramatic to offset the drabness of the print ((a red lip would do wonders) and the hoop earrings are totally wrong (I like hoop earrings, but these look cheap).  I can live with the shoes.  Also, the fit on the bodice is off–it’s gaping.

      But, she’s Zoe Zaldana, muthafuckas.  So if I can’t quite give this an “in”, I decline to vote.

    • Anonymous

      In. she looks chic and effortless.

    • MilaXX

      IN, nothing special, but also not an OUT. In fact, I think the shoes are the best part of this outfit.

    • Anonymous

      TLo said: “the more we’re focusing on that black sheer panel on the front.”

      I agree.  What I would do is get rid of the black sheer panel  and replace it with a contrasting print in the same colors as the dress print. 

      Lose the matchy-matchy shoes and go with a shoe in black or gray.

    • Anonymous

      out.

      but as wordy as i normally am about these things (read: everything) i can’t put my finger on exactly why i don’t like it. it’s zoe, so i WANT to like it, but i just can’t. sorry, boo!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

      IN! But it’s the shot from behind that makes it in for me – the front I’m less enthused about. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IQLI7NTDM22M7DLPNE7HWMH25A Al

      I don’t mind this dress, but thats my main issue considering this post. The point of an In or Out post should not be about something that neither near or there, it has to be good, bad but good enough to be interesting to talk about or in Paz De La Huerta’s stratosphere. IN

    • Anonymous

      I love the print (in fact I’m pretty much blown away with all the prints I’ve been seeing today) and don’t see it as drab. And, I agree the shoes are right with this outfit. In fact it seems she is exuding confidence and sass. As for the black panel–I even don’t mind that–I think a crew neck line would have dressed the whole look down.

    • Anonymous

      The shoes are great, the black sheer is unfortunate, but she still looks good and that is what counts. In.

    • Anonymous

      I’m straddling the In/Out here…like that pool in Stateline, Nevada, that has the California/Nevada line running across it.

      The dress is adequate. I like the print and the fit. I think the shoes are very fun and kick the whole look up a notch. I don’t like the black netting in the front. Very heavy and clunky, and not in a cool, counterpoint-to-the-floral way. Don’t care for her hair, makeup, or clutch.

      Hmmmm…. yes, I can see why this was a tough call for you.

    • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

      The dress is, if inoffensive, something I think I could find at Forever 21, H&M or TJ Maxx, and that screws with Zoe’s image. The girl is always bringing the fierce. Here, the shoes are so amazing and her face and make up look so pretty and fresh, that she’s IN on that basis alone. The dress, meh.

    • Anonymous

      in

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506473106 Mori Clark

      uh…….meh. i’m gonna say OUT just because it’s entirely forgettable and looks like she could be wearing it to an office get-together. its cute and unoffensive and almost a bit afraid of stepping on someone else’s toes.

    • Anonymous

      I would love the print on a pair of slim above-ankle pants.  

      Plus that would cover up the hairy thighs.  Shave/wax it all the way up, dear.

    • Anonymous

      I think she’s IN for accessories-hair-makeup, but the dress is a big old OUT! It’s that black V-panel dealio…really awful.

      Love the shoes – I guess Brian Atwood is the new shoe guru?

    • Anonymous

      IN (ish).  I agree with you on the shoes and that it would be better with a crew neck.  Since it has the big black V, she needs a cute pendant with crystals or something, just to break it up.  Or maybe a necklace with big geometrically shaped hoops & rings.  Still, the overall effect is very cute, so she’s doing something right.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5LU5C262WB3Z5F4WZ6QGKXLNLE JaneM

      Out.  It looks like a “day into night” dress that the school teacher is wearing for the third grade class by day and then hikes up her skirt and throws on some spikes to walk the streets at night.

      With the way things are going in Wisconsin and whatnot, it may come to that.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5LU5C262WB3Z5F4WZ6QGKXLNLE JaneM

        with just a touch of “who shot the couch?” to boot.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NOKXDCD5D666MCRGNZBNH7QWRA katie

      I agree that the black chest netting is off-putting, but other than that, the dress is cute, her makeup looks good ,and those shoes are pretty fantastic. IN.

    • Anonymous

      After seeing the first pic, my gut reaction was out. I liked the look in second and third pics, though….so I guess Out+In= meh

    • http://twitter.com/herong Heron

      IN!!  Cute as two buttons on a teddy bear’s face.

    • Anonymous

      In the third shot she looks great. You get print dress, black band at waist, GREAT SHOES, and LEGS. In the first shot, from the knees up, it is pretty dull and I don’t think the black inset does much for her or the dress. Given the likelihood of being photographed from the front and in a cropped shot, I say Out.

    • Anonymous

      I think she looks fab. IN!

    • Anonymous

      Low key but she looks beautiful.  The shoes make it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=615187474 Trish Barker

      IN. She’s not in the movie, so I think it’s OK that she’s underplaying the glam. As others have said, it’s better from the back when that sheer-ish black panel is out of view, but even with that distracting element I can’t say it’s terrible or that she looks bad.

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

      I think the dress is way too boxy for her, but of course love the shoes. So outish? Is that a thing?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYQCICXEN2CCDBFV5HED4Z2RUA Dee B

      Boring doesn’t make it out. IN.

    • Anonymous

      IN.  She looks cute and she is selling it.  it is not the most fashion forward look out there but it works.

    • http://twitter.com/Merneith Merneith

      This looks like some wallpaper the Novogratz’s slapped up in a house for models on their show. Only they used an obnoxious shade of peacock. It’s stiff too like wallpaper. I’m left cold by both the wallpaper and the dress.

      OUT, I guess for being boring. Would it Bore Nina? I suspect, probably.

    • Joyce VG

      I agree. Default IN.

    • http://shootingshoes.wordpress.com Amanda Gun

      Out; she knows better. I also think that a shoe in one of the more toned-down pinks would have worked better (but still not enough to save it).

    • Anonymous

      HA!  I was getting ready to defend the matchy shoes because they look adorable here, and you guys pull a fast one and agree!  And I also felt the black panel was distracting.  I feel so in tune as a Bitter Kitten today!

      I’ll give her an IN, because I actually like the print.  And she’s Zoe, fashion plate.

    • Anonymous

      Simultaneously weird and boring. The dress looks home-sewn. OUT.

    • sweetlilvoice

      Cute!! Love the shoes and her smirk.

    • margaret meyers

      Those are really good shoes.  I’m sure ZS has got great legs, but those shoes give her r e a l l y great legs.

      Think how heavy and short Victoria Beckham’s legs looked with those booties yesterday — proportion, shape, color, presence. A shoe can go bad all of a sudden.

    • LocMama

      Out.  I’m surprisingly underwhelmed despite the killa heels.

    • http://www.facebook.com/chloe.stabler Chloe Stabler

      I kinda hate the shoes.  I think the dress is kinda cute but ruined by styling.  OUT.

    • Anonymous

      IN, very cute.

    • Anonymous

      IN-she must be just stunning in person.

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

      IN. I like the whole outfit, especially the pink shoes.

      TLo, must call you out because you’re forgetting one of your rules. You always say, pull a non-dominant color and match accessories to that. Seems like that’s what Zoe did and she gets indifference? Matchy would have been drab beige platform pumps or boring black platform pumps.

    • Anonymous

      Here’s the difference between an IN and a WERQ, I guess. This is an IN because she didn’t do anything wrong and it all looks nice. But it’s not going to get even the feeblest of snaps from these fingers.

    • Anonymous

      In, not an emphatic IN, but an “it’s okay” in.

    • Anonymous

      In, not an emphatic IN, but an “it’s okay” in.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      The sheer panel and shoes say evening, but the print, skirt length and hair say office.  Zoe can do much better – OUT.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      The sheer panel and shoes say evening, but the print, skirt length and hair say office.  Zoe can do much better – OUT.

    • Anonymous

      That print looks like a cross between a sofa and a graphic tee that you could buy in any tween store in any mall in the country. But I do like the shoes. 

      Out, in my opinion.

    • Anonymous

      That print looks like a cross between a sofa and a graphic tee that you could buy in any tween store in any mall in the country. But I do like the shoes. 

      Out, in my opinion.

    • Laura Helton

      I really like it.  Definitely in, and bonus points for hot pink shoes.

    • Laura Helton

      I really like it.  Definitely in, and bonus points for hot pink shoes.

    • Anonymous

      In. Dress is cute, she is cute, shoes are waay cute. Nothing to write home about, but in.

    • Anonymous

      In. Dress is cute, she is cute, shoes are waay cute. Nothing to write home about, but in.

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      Well, I’m on record as not being impressed with Saldana, and that general opinion is overshadowing anything good I might have to say. The dress looks like a shorter version of a jumper that a sister-wife would wear with a turtleneck underneath. I like the matching shoes (I totally agree it’s called for in this case); and while they’re kind of fab, they’re way too heavy for her. She’s so tiny. They completely overpower her feet.

      From where I sit, with my old lady eyes, the dress seems to be made of tablecloth or upholstery fabric. Also,…. oh, screw it. I hate this look. OUT

      One good thing – I love her cat-eye make-up.

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      Well, I’m on record as not being impressed with Saldana, and that general opinion is overshadowing anything good I might have to say. The dress looks like a shorter version of a jumper that a sister-wife would wear with a turtleneck underneath. I like the matching shoes (I totally agree it’s called for in this case); and while they’re kind of fab, they’re way too heavy for her. She’s so tiny. They completely overpower her feet.

      From where I sit, with my old lady eyes, the dress seems to be made of tablecloth or upholstery fabric. Also,…. oh, screw it. I hate this look. OUT

      One good thing – I love her cat-eye make-up.

    • http://twitter.com/SanjuShampur Sanju Shampur

      IN

    • Anonymous

      You guys are totally right, the black sheer panel on the front is totally wrong. Without that… very cute dress on her. So I’ll say IN with some minor tweaking.

    • Christina Brennan

      Usually I let my first impression guide my vote.  I winced when I scrolled down.  So, an OUT for me.

    • oohsparkley!

      The black bothers me too.  OUT

    • Betsy Wasser

      Those shoes deserve better. Out.

    • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

      IN – It’s young, vibrant, and eye-catching. She’s working that dress hard and it makes her look good, what more can you ask for on the RC?

    • Anonymous

      This dress does nothing for her. I’m not a fan of the make up either. If this were any other starlet, I wouldn’t have cared, but Zoe Saldana is on a different fashionista league. OUT.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dalca4 Denise Alcantara

      This looks like it was made by a Project Runway contestant who was told to fashion a dress out of his Grandma’s curtains. Drab indeed!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C65IT4K6RYN4TWRMFJOI3VUDAI Olechka Milashka

      Is it curtains or tablecloth?  I can’t tell.  Either way, it’s OUT

    • Anonymous

      NO.  That dress is weird.  The black parts look like she’s wearing a black tank top underneath.  I like those shoes, even if they are pink.

    • http://profiles.google.com/alison.sigman Alison Sigman

      In! It’s fresh and even if it is (slightly) boring she’s rocking the SHIT out of it!

    • Anonymous

      In!  But wait…T-Lo not only liked matchy shoes, they said ankle strap shoes are “supercute”!  I totally agree, but am kind of rocked by the alternate universe comment.  :)

    • Anonymous

      OUT. The dress is too bland, and the shoes aren’t enough to save it.

    • Anonymous

      A tepid IN for a tepid dress.  Not what we’ve come to expect from Ms. Saldana, but definitely not the worst thing around.  She could do much, much better, but she’s so stunning she turns what would be outs on anybody else into ins just because she’s so fabulous. 

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

      i just like the shoes. only the shoes. well, and Zoe.

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      The dress is meh.  Cute shoes though.  She IN, but not her best effort.

    • Anonymous

      yawn

    • Anonymous

      yawn

    • Anonymous

      perfectly fine. In.

    • Anonymous

      Out.  Simplicity pattern sewn with bad sheets.

    • Anonymous

      I like it.  I could wear that dress. 

    • Anonymous

      Threshold, neither In nor out

    • bookish

      I like it, but I would have liked it better with the black panel replaced with the print, like you said. Still an IN for me, though.

    • Anonymous

      It’s certainly a wearable dress, even though the black insert/neckline is distracting in a bad way. The shoes are fun. It’s not that exciting a dress so why not pair it with matchy shoes to pull it together. Matchy has its moments. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/dwight.lake Dwight Lake

      I like the print and i think it’s a cute dress except for that hiddy black panel. (Maybe she had it added in?) anyway IN

    • Anonymous

      The top doesn’t fit well, and the black panel is odd. But she looks fantastic, whether or not the dress is perfect. Beautiful, confident.

      IN.

    • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

      I’m going to go with out. I think a color other than black would have worked better as an accent on the dress, and I don’t like the shoes.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed: the black panel is the biggest problem. The shoes are TDF and I must own. Check out the photo taken from behind. The effect is chic and fresh. Lose the black panel and this would be a great little dress to highlight those fab shoes.

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

      In.  She and the shoes pull it off.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000266550416 Holloway Cushman

      i think the main problem is the paler pink. without that it would have been cute. but still IN.

    • Samantha Irene

      I think you’re right about the sheer part. The whole look is super cute from the back where there is a distinct lack of sheer stuff. Overall though, I think I still have to give her an “in”

    • Anonymous

      IN

    • Anonymous

      Unfortunately OUT. The black elements of the dress are too heavy and just suck the colour out of the delicate print. Love the matchy shoes but that matchy purse is awful. I don’t particularly like her hair and makeup with this either.

    • Anonymous

      Unfortunately OUT. The black elements of the dress are too heavy and just suck the colour out of the delicate print. Love the matchy shoes but that matchy purse is awful. I don’t particularly like her hair and makeup with this either.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sleepneeded Greg Polansky

      IN. 

    • http://twitter.com/applecocola Stacy

      OUT. The shoes are the fiercest things she’s wearing, and because as you said, they’re pulling out the colors in her dress. Without the shoes, the whole outfit would be WASPish. WASPs don’t belong on the red carpet! Although teal might have brought more contrast to the outfit and still make the colors on the dress pop.

      Also, the sheer panel is weird because it’s cut so high. Maybe a lower panel, or just lose the panel, but have the low-V cut closer together. Or maybe cut the panel is another V shape, for some sharper color-blocking. Anyways, not up to her usual par, and she’s usually pretty fierce looking (admitted reluctantly, i’m not a big fan of hers).

    • Anonymous

      IN! She’s adorable, and she MAKES the dress something special.

    • akprincess72

      Meh.

    • Anonymous

      That dress is FUG.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micaela-Cannon/1465504041 Micaela Cannon

      In because it doesn’t offend me, and look at her posing! WHY CAN’T ALL ACTRESSES DO THAT. Zoe is wearing a sweet little dress and rocking it like she’s in a bustier and carrying a cat-o-nine-tails

    • Elena

      In! Although I do feel like the shoes are problematic.

    • Anonymous

      meh. but the bodice pulls weirdly… and the pattern is boring, and i don’t like the shoes, so out….

    • http://twitter.com/laura_carolyn LC

      IN! I think it’s a super cute, chic, and put together look for the event.

    • Anonymous

      IN.  Even wearing this semi-unfortunate dress, this lovely girl still has enormous confidence, her smile, makeup and jewelry are flawless, and nothing is stopping her.  So many others can only wish…

    • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

      I’m going to go with IN, although I agree with the black panel issue. It does distract. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/richixcore Richi Robilotto

      I think the whole look is super cute. IN.

    • http://pissiechrissie.tumblr.com/ Chrissie

      I like it, but not necessarily for the red carpet. It’s more of a lunch date dress.
      IN, though.

    • http://toodles.yelp.com AWStevens

      I wore something similar to a sweet 16 birthday party… when I was SIXTEEN.  It looked like wallpaper then and it looks like wallpaper now.  OUT!

    • http://twitter.com/jennsaysmeow Fifi LaRoux

      I think she looks cute. In.

    • Margot Brose

      I think the black sheer thing was one touch too many, but on the whole, I like the bright, modern pumps with a dress whose print errs on the side of granny. If the sheerness wasn’t there, I would like the look for subtlety. In, though.

    • Anonymous

      Very very IN. I love her style, her confidence, her taste. I think it’s cute.

    • Anonymous

      Face, hair and shoes look fierce. The dress is “blah” and the black insert is kind of driving me nuts. So based on the dress alone I’m going with my gut.

      OUT.

    • Anonymous

      OUT – that black spotch on the right shoulder seems like an error and AWStevens is right, looks like bad wallpaper from the 70’s that graced many a powder room…

    • Anonymous

      Out. Just doesn’t work.

    • http://profiles.google.com/mercbubble42 Jessica O’Connell

      IN – I think the dress is cute and her hair and make-up look soft and gorgeous.

    • Nora Mulllin

      Meh- the shoes are cute but the rest of the look is forgettable at best.

    • http://www.facebook.com/shawn.eric.hill Shawn Hill

      IN! It’s a sweet, softer look for her.

    • http://www.facebook.com/shawn.eric.hill Shawn Hill

      IN! It’s a sweet, softer look for her.

    • Wrenaria

      Blah. Out.

    • Anonymous

      OUT but I agree with everything you guys said, even down to the matchy shoes.

    • Anonymous

      Out. The dress is too BLAH and the shoes are too BLEH.

    • http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/ Karenlibrarian

      I give her an IN — for wearing such a bold print, and the silhouette is great on her.  And I normally hate peep-toes, but those are pretty darn cute.  Though I agree, I’m not crazy about the black panel in the front. But still, very striking, so she’s IN.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=527150091 Pat Biswanger

      IN.  It’s a little bit you-could-buy-it-at-the-mall, but that’s not always a bad thing.  And the shoes are perfect, as you say.

    • Anonymous

      IN because of how it looks from the back. 
      and I agree with your analysis of the shoes/color issue.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_66KPZ36LMHMRQOX3HIJGHRNNUA MandyM

      Eh, she looks like she is wearing a tunic she bought at Target as a dress. Mild out. The shoes almost save it.

    • Anonymous

      IN –  its because its Zoe Saldano that this dress is even being discussed of course – not IN by a mile – very  basic home ec dress

    • http://dearauntnettie.com/museum dancinfool

      IN.  I’d wear that in a heartbeat.  But then, I’m 67…

    • Heather Kaplin

      I think she looks cute.. It does feel like you can buy that at Macy’s, but I’m okay with that… I shop at Macy’s ;)