Girl, That’s Not Your Dress: Kate Beckinsale in Tadashi Shoji

Posted on November 30, 2011

You guys, Kate Beckinsale is really tired. Tired of wearing clothes and tired of not being noticed.


Kate Beckinsale in Tadashi ShojiKate Beckinsale attends the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Press Conference in West Hollywood in a Tadashi Shoji dress paired with Brian Atwood pumps and a ring by Piaget.

Kate Beckinsale in Tadashi Shoji

Kate Beckinsale in Tadashi ShojiTadashi Shoji Spring 2012 Collection

Kate Beckinsale in Tadashi Shoji

It’s times like these when posting the runway version is a public service. Or at least, a favor to the designer.  Let this serve as another lesson in styling, kittens. Note how the sort of low-key chic dress of the runway was turned into lingerie by merely hiking the skirt up a good 8 inches, slapping on a pair of pumps, and zhuzhing out the hair.

It’s not just that it instantly changes the feel of the dress from romantic to sex-on-a-stick; that part doesn’t bother us so much (although we did instantly assume she was feeling the need to grab some attention, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing); what bothers us is that it pretty much ruins both the line and the intent of the dress. The proportions are all screwed up now. And the skirt doesn’t look shortened; it actually looks yanked up, which is never the way to do things, darlings. Smacks of desperation. This simply wasn’t meant to be worn the way it’s being worn. If she wanted to show off the legs, she should have picked a dress designed to do so.

This could be your dress, girl, but not in the way you’re wearing it.


[Photo Credit: John Shearer/Getty Images For Piaget, Andrew Evans/PR Photos,]

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  • Anonymous

    Oh no, it looks like the dress got stuck in her panties when she got up off the toilet!

  • Judy_J

    Looks like she accidentally tucked her skirt into her underwear when she went to the ladies room. Next time check a mirror, Kate.

  • Anonymous

    The way the uneven hem falls, it looks like shorts, which, yuck.

    • Terence Ng

      As actual shorts, they might be cute with the right top. This, though, is just a what the fug.

  • kittenmasks

    There’s a giant Alaia belt hiding under the folds.

  • Isabeau Mochrie

    Yep, hiking the skirt up really threw the proportions off . . . at least she has great legs.

  • Anonymous

    Can she not afford a full-length mirror?

  • Mary McClelland

    Well she has the best legs I’ve ever seen and I am ridiculous jealous, but that looks like a DWTS costume. Too silly for someone with some serious fashion chops. I usually admire what she puts on and this is jut a NO. It might look cute on a Fanning, but not a grown up prone to rocking cutting edge Balenciaga. 

  • Kiltdntiltd

    And a chick with legs that long does NOT need platform pumps.

  • RzYoung

    She looks so cheap such an achievement when the combination of dress, shoes, jewellery and wig is probably worth a mortgage deposit! 

  • Paul John Kostrzewa

    Is that a wig? That can’t be real human hair growing out of a real human. It looks like Barbie doll hair. 

    • Kiltdntiltd

      Can you say, “extensions” ?

  • Anonymous

    I will take my Pretty In Pink prom dress re-duex and cinch it with a hip level  belt and make the top part blouse over it. Yep that just about does it. 

  • CQAussie

    What a shame.  If she had left it alone, she would have looked lovely.  

  • Sarah Lynnae

    I love this dress! But the way she shortened it makes me want to cry. Bad Beckinsale! Bad!

  • Sara Parker

    Such a shame, I feel like it would have been great (or at least passable, I hate those shoes) if she just hadn’t hiked up the skirt.

  • Anonymous

    Ewwwww. What the heck? the runway version is fine. hers on the other hand…

  • foodycat

    This reminds me of highschool, walking out the gates, tying a jumper (sweater) around the hips and using it as a belt to hike up the skirt, unfastening the regulation green ribbon from the hair and putting on too much eyeliner. I’m fairly sure it didn’t look as sexy as I thought in 1989 and I am abundantly sure it isn’t good now.

    • Anonymous

      My UK sister we did the same damn thing in the USA. However what completed the look was a cigarette.

      • foodycat

        You can’t say we weren’t classy!

  • Anonymous

    she looks like she is wearing what used to be referred to as “tap pants” (or perhaps they still are?)….she just needs a peignoir and a pair of marabou mules to complete the look….

    • Vera

      Your screen name rocks.

      • Anonymous

        why thank you!

  • La:Dolce:Vita Fashion Fix

    Wow she totally changed Tadashi into Forever21. Good job Kate. 

  • Anonymous

    two in a row who’ve ruined their dresses. this one reminds me of lace curtains rather than lingerie. 

  • Sara__B

    That dress looks like a tablecloth in the runway version and like she put on a slip and a top but forgot her skirt in the yanked-up version. With the cocker spaniel hair and platform pumps and it’s just plain tacky from top to bottom.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, but the way she’s wearing the dress looks just like the vintage 80’s dress in my closet. So you’ll understand when I say I kinda like it.

  • Anonymous

    This looks horrible. Like the skirt is too tight around her hips and she didn’t pull it down all the way. 

  • Anonymous

    LOL! I see a lot of women here incredible jealous of one of the most beautiful women ever.

    • Anonymous

      Is there a rabid Beckinsale fanbase of which I was unaware? Or are you the only one?

      She’s wearing a lingerie romper and a wig, son. She’s still beautiful, but she’s dressed terribly.

    • Anonymous

      i think we would all agree she is truly beautiful, but what she did to that dress, not so much…..

    • enuma

      Of course I’m jealous of her beauty.  That’s why bothers me so much to see her detract from her good looks with such terrible clothes and hair.  It’s like putting a velour tracksuit on Michelangelo’s David.

  • Anonymous

    Woah, that is bad bad bad.

  • MilaXX

    She really does look desperate for attention. She’s changed that dress into a shirt. If she had on a pair of black leggings or skinny jeans this would look great, but that’s not how the designer styled it for the runway.

  • Anonymous

    Too bad Joe Zee wasn’t around to ask her to sit down and cross her legs before she left the house.


  • Anonymous

    Ewwwww.  I love Kate Beckingsdale.  But she looks awful and cheap in that.

  • Anonymous

    No, That Is Not Anyone’s Dress, To Be Perfectly Honest.

    (seriously, that dress is kinda heinous)

    • Anonymous

      “That Is Not Anyone’s Dress” would be a full category of posts!

  • Judy S

    Nice analysis, thanks.

  • Megan Patterson

    It looks like a onesie styled like that.

  • Anonymous

    love the dress on the Runway Model.

  • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Girl.  That is not anyone’s dress!  

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand this dress – either her version or the runway version.  A larger size and a more “age-experienced” gal, and this is a Golden Girls dress, right?

  • Kate Pearce

    Wow- I usually love Tadashi but this looks like a slip. for once I prefer the runway version which is much more elegant.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think that’s anyone’s dress!

    You know fellas… I just love that expression, btw… I use it all the time when I’m in the dressing room, looking at my reflection in the mirror… “it’s just not your dress, sweetie”… helps the situation immeasurably!

  • Anonymous

    This manages to make her look like a pregnant streetwalker, and that is no small feat.

  • Emily

    Looks like underwear.

  • Marissa

    TLo, you’re absolutely right. Posting the runway pic here is huge (I love when you guys do it all the time, but here especially) because it shows how lovely the dress COULD be. She makes it look like it’s from DEB. 

  • Anonymous

    Tadashi Shoji should sue her for completely ruining the look of that dress and then going out in public in it and in BandAid Batter shoes.  Somebody call Gloria Allred. A crime has been committed.

  • Anonymous

    It looks like a swimsuit coverup that you could get out of an old Frederick’s of Hollywood catalog.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, she wrecked the dress, not that original would work on all too many women.

    I do remember a time not so long ago when people lamented the number of stars using stylists. The conventional wisdom was that when stars were left to their own devices we got delicious servings of Demi in bike shorts at the Oscars, but when stars employed stylists the red carpets would become safe and boring. But fear not, bitter kittens, stylists are pretty good at making incredibly beautiful women look bad.

    And the fact that there are now red-carpet events EVERY SINGLE DAY gives us plenty of opportunity to enjoy their hits and their misses.

  • aimee_parrott

    Yeah, my first thought was that she somehow managed to tuck her entire dress into her underwear.  Then I scrolled down and saw the runway version.  It makes me want to give a charitable donation to prevent acts of cruelty against runway dresses. 

    Girl, go home and change.

  • Cathy S

    I was going to say that it was no one’s dress, and then I saw it on the model and it was really cute. What the hell did she do to it?

  • Anonymous

    She certainly cheapened it. And can we PLEASE kill the platform pumps? 

  • Anonymous

    She used to be so beautiful. Now she looks like she’s trying to be whatsername’s twin. The twit who had the dress with safety pins up the side and was with Hugh Grant when he had the Divine Brown meltdown and then had a baby with somebody who dumped her and then she sued him. Elizabeth… Elizabeth Hurley. Now WHY would someone better looking than Elizabeth Hurley turn herself into an Elizabeth Hurley clone? So sad for Kate Beckinsale.

  • Amanda

    She has such a great body…why did she have to put it in this tragedy styled that way?

  • Stella Zawistowski

    As worn? It’s not only not HER dress, it’s not A dress. It’s a blouse.

  • Gaby Ripoll

    Must… tug… skirt… into… proper… place…
    Ugh cocker spaniel hair covering up the beautiful neckline. I would have gone messy updo. 

  • Gaby Ripoll

    Must… tug… skirt… into… proper… place…
    Ugh cocker spaniel hair covering up the beautiful neckline. I would have gone messy updo. 

  • Anonymous

    That’s just sad.

  • Anonymous

    Oops!  I forgot my pants!!

  • Jenny Moss

    I don’t even know why anyone would take a photo of her, she’s talentless and always has been. Also, chop the hair off love.

  • Anonymous

    Bad, bad bad.  You didn’t ask, but Out.

  • Anonymous

    Why did she do that?! I love the dress on the runway, but she skanked it up. Makes me sad.

  • Anonymous

    And adding silly putty pumps to that mess…humph!

  • Praggya R. Barretto

    “Oh dear, I seem have to have forgotten my pants.”

  • Anonymous

    In fairness, i don’t think it’s anyone’s dress.  It looks like a doily.  

  • MandyJane

    Someone should tell her to ditch that hairstyle.

  • Anonymous


  • Deen

    The runway version DOES have the ability to be yanked up – there’s a little bubble of fabric at the hip. What Kate’s done is amplify that feature. The bubble is bigger and the remaining skirt is MUCH tighter. 

    So, although I can see where the idea came from, I no likey!!

  • Celia

    Oh my god, she makes this look like an outfit for a mall-hopping teenybopper. Blargh!

  • Anonymous

    i dont think it’s really anybody’s dress. the pie+eggs-in-the-dishwater color is kind of nice, the thick horizontal striping would be okay across any woman as thin as either of the above, but the shape & the spirit of the dress itself is all wrong. it’s like taking a dress from the 20s & combocycling it, if you will, w/ something rather wretched from the 80s–all into one big old holey unholy union. yeah, the drop waist business was common to both eras but it should never have uprisen in either one.

  • Vera

    Looks like she stole this from Blake Lively’s closet.

  • Ana Cedillo

    omg what a disgrace, wouldnt let her borrow anything ever again.

  • charlotte

    Granny’s undies!

  • Zuzanna

    Kate Beckinsaleis the most beautiful woman on Earth. Her looks are always very natural. Wearing wig? You’ve made my day, lol!
    The dress is lovely and it looks so much better than on the (anorexic-looking) model.

  • Anonymous

    Why  are you making such a fuss?! I love the way Kate is wearing this dress! Plus, she looks breathtakingly beautiful, to say the least.