In or Out: Leelee Sobieski in Azzedine Alaïa

Posted on December 15, 2011

We don’t get to use the phrase, “in Azzedine Alaïa” in our red carpet posts enough, come to think of it. It’s nice to see it when it happens because you can always count on something interesting.

It’s also nice to see starlets dressed like international spies on the red carpet. That’s always fun.

Leelee Sobieski in Azzedine AlaiaLeelee Sobieski attends the premiere of “The Iron Lady” in NYC in an Azzedine Alaïa dress.

Leelee Sobieski in Azzedine Alaia

Leelee Sobieski in Azzedine Alaia

We think that dress is amazingly cute, given how deceptively plain it comes across at first glance. Sure, it comes off a little like a cocktail waitress in The Matrix, but we love the scalloped edges and the puffiness of the skirt. We think it might have been a little more interesting with the neck unzipped a couple of inches, but she’s the kind of gal who can rock a Matrix-y high collar. She likes to take things to a severe level in the styling. That’s not how we would have gone here. An open neckline, some jewelry, more dramatic hair and a kicky pair of shoes would have been our way. Those boots are fierce, but they’re totally wrong for this dress.

Vote Now!


IN! Simple, but slightly edgy chic!

OUT! Oh please. Emma Peel could kick her ass with one eyebrow flick.


Yesterday’s votes were as follows: Hillary Swank’s off-season dress was voted IN (by a hair) and Meryl Streep’s enormo-sleeved blouse was voted OUT.

[Photo Credit: WireImage]

    • L.

      IN!  She’s Natasha Fatale.

    • Anonymous

      You know she’s supposedly a down-low dominatrix for hire, don’t you?

      • Sobaika Mirza

        You have to be shitting me.

      • Anna Maria Diamanti

        I’ve heard that as well (that is, I’ve read it as a frequent blind item guess on various celebrity trash sites).

        As for the outfit, love it head to toe.

    • Anonymous

      In! I don’t really have anything to add, though. I especially love the minimalist styling.

    • Sara__B

      It takes more than just zipping on a designer dress to look special. Some people take an ordinary dress and elevate it to extraordinary. She’s taken a designer dress and brought it down to ordinary. She looks fine. Nothing special. Kind of boring. Not Emma Peel worthy, for sure.

    • foodycat

      OUT the zip down the front makes it look like a wetsuit, combined with a skating skirt and the boots don’t work at all.

    • Anonymous

      Ok. So. I hate pointy boots. 

      • Sobaika Mirza

        Me too! About a year or two ago they were ubiquitous and I’m not ready to see them again.

    • Linde Hoff

      In, in, in!!  I love this, and she’s one of my favorites.  How refreshing to not see boobs squishing out and a vagina-length skirt!!

    • Anonymous

      IN by a mile.

    • Anonymous

      Barely in for me. The dress is interesting and fits her well, but I think it looks a little blah for a red carpet appearance.

    • Anonymous

      IN but that zipper lies oddly

    • Anonymous

      If RC gals are going to insist on wearing these little-girl dresses, they need to find more interesting footwear. I think booties would work better than high boots. Everyone needs to take a page from Helena Bonham Carter, who’s been doing strange little dresses forever.  And she does booties better than anyone. 

    • Jane Morris

      I, too, thought of Emma Peel. But in a good way. IN

    • BerlinerNYC

      In. Love it. It’s what Kalinda Sharma would wear to a formal event. It is weird and memorable. Brava.

    • Fifi LaRoux

      I’m gonna go with out on this one. It’s just not working for me. I love the boots, just not with this dress, seeing as they belong on my feet.

    • Anonymous

      There certainly are things I would have done differently were I the stylist, but she looks good and she looks like herself. IN.

      • Meira Niibori

        Exactly what I was going to say.  IN from me too.

    • Anonymous

      Love it all.  Love the color, love the scallops, love the fit, love the length, love the boots.  Don’t love the hair, so ok, don’t love it all.  But love enough that she is IN.

    • Anplica Fiore

      In – although it’s a shame she can’t afford to get her hair done.  

    • Lauren Maier

      Oh please, TLo.  She looks awesome, full stop.  IN.

      • Anonymous


    • Christina Brennan

      IN!  I even like the boots.  

    • Joyce VG

      Is she wearing it backwards?  IN because I like the style of the dress.

      • Anonymous

        From the back view, it looks like it was cut to wear this way. The neck would be all wrong if she turned it around.

        A subdued in from me, because she could have put a little more effort in the look. I’m totally jealous of the boots though.

    • Anonymous

      IN. Even with the gym hair. It actually looks good from the front…but when she turns and you see the sloppy wisps and pieces, the look almost falls apart. I think her polished makeup saves it.

    • Laura Schultz

      I’m going to vote IN, but I do agree that cooler shoes or cooler boots were in order. 

      • Anonymous

        Totally agree.

    • MilaXX

      IN, even though I could see your vision working, she looks great

    • Terence Ng

      I like it more when her arms are down. The effect is so much better.

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      Girl, that is SO your dress, but that is SO not the right styling and accessorizing for said dress. I can’t find a single good choice in the execution, so while I love her in the dress and want to give it an in, I’ve got to go OUT. 

    • Anonymous

      IN.  Love the dress, love the boots, though I agree they don’t quite go together.  Still, she looks good.  

    • Mags

      Compared to how she normally looks, she is fierce as shit in this. I’m giving her an IN for effort.

    • Samantha Irene

      Out. Hate the boots with it.

    • Anonymous

      IN! Loving the scalloped edges.

    • Anonymous

      Hmm I just don’t know.  I guess it’s ok.  She doesn’t look horrible.  OK, “in” but a little “in” not a big one.

    • Anonymous

      In! I love the high collar and wouldn’t advise unzipping it. Not loving the “just went jogging” hair though. 

    • Jessica Goldstein

      Totally get your point on the boots. But I love that dress so much I just see right past them. IN.

    • marlie

      IN! The styling could use some work, but the dress is great.

    • Amelia Logan

      an awhata??

    • Lauren St Martin

      In! Everything in the title is fun to say, and doesn’t make me cringe at all, and she looks fun, fresh and different. Love Love Love it.

    • Anonymous

      The dress is nice but she gets and OUT. The boots are awful. I mean, I have heard that she does dominatrix work on the side, but this is the red carpet, missy! She looks like she’s rocking a hefty bag.

    • Anonymous

      IN. That dress is superfantastic. I don’t hate the boots but I would have preferred a proper shoe. But really, this is the best I’ve ever seen her look.

    • Anonymous

      IN! And I think the collar should stay zipped up.

    • Vickie Lord

      …makes me miss Helen Hunt…

      • Claudia Gilbert

        FOR REAL!  Every time I see this girl I think of Helen Hunt!  

    • Anonymous

      OUT.  This just looks bad.  The hair is half-assed (I swear, mine looks better after I get home from the gym) and the boots are all wrong.  If you are going for “severe” on the styling, then looking like your hair is falling down and pulled up at the last minute in the car is not the way to go.  This dress needs help from a little more jewelry, not less.

    • natalia h

      I like it!

    • Anonymous

      IN!  Love the whole look, including the boots. And the dress is terrific on her–simple and chic.

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      In.  I think she looks great.  Love the armholes.

    • Anonymous

      Cute dress. IN.

    • Anonymous

      I love the dress, not so much the boots, but she looks fab. I actully love the hair like that; she has striking features that really stand out with her hair pulled back. I also like the zipped up neckline, but I think she needs some dramatic earrings with that hair and that neckline. Maybe a big cocktail ring or a chunky bracelet?

      Ugh, somebody needs to bring back the Liz Taylor-style dramatic jewels. Speaking of which, they’re selling like hotcakes! Wish I could afford a piece.   

    • Anonymous

      OUT. A great dress, but needed better accessories and hair.

    • Brian @ PWYJudges

      I’m kinda loving the look here. She is about to kick someone’s ass. IN!

    • MandyJane

      In, but should have worn different shoes.

    • Kathleen B

      IN! I think she looks hot

    • Elena


    • Judy_J

      In.  I even like the boots with this dress.

    • kim bunchalastnames

      that dress is so great that iono — i don’t think there’s a way it could NOT be fierce.

    • Sammi M

      IN – I like it! I agree with your styling suggestions, but I also think she looks great. The dress is so chic that it’s not ruined by the boots.

    • Anonymous

      IN, but this look really needed some edgy, sexy hair. what’s with all the half-assed hair on the RC lately?

    • Anonymous

      I’m giving an In.  But would earrings have been so awful?

    • Dave

      Emma Peel could definitely kick her ass with the well-timed eyebrow raise, but still, I have to vote IN.  Leelee can pull of the edgy.

    • Anonymous

      She looks like she’s just trying the dress on with whatever shoes (boots), hair and make-up she had on when she stopped by the mall.  She’ll look great once she gets it all put together.   Out for now.

    • Aplomb Pomilio

      IN. Love the dress and she somehow looks edgy and adorable all at once.

    • Anonymous

      Girl is letting the dress do all the work; that styling is weak. She needed big femme fatale hair (pulled back severely is not flattering on her face, sorry), and some color in the face and the feet. Out.

    • Anonymous

      OUT. That scalloping looks like my Nana made it.

    • Anonymous

      In. Uncluttered styling makes this fresh and fierce!

    • Anonymous

      IN, and excellent to boot!

    • Liana Brooks

      OUT – It’s dull. I hate the neckline. I hate the hemline. There’s nothing good here except for the texture. You praise a COUCH for texture, not a dress.

    • Anonymous


    • Shawn EH

      IN! All grown up.

    • Anonymous

      IN! She looks great.

    • Anonymous

      The boots ruin it, OUT

    • rynerman

      In.  I didn’t really expect to like this, but was surprised to find I did like it.

    • Anonymous

      She used to look like a young Helen Hunt.  She doesn’t at all here.  The dress and the boots are cute, just not together.

    • Anonymous

      In. I love it.

    • Anonymous

      Out. The dress is great & great on her. The boots are cool.

      The boots don’t go with the dress. If it had sleeves, well, maybe. But it doesn’t.

    • Erin Leahy

      Honestly? out.  she took a cute cool dress and made is boring as hell. and those boots are awful.  For shame!

    • Anonymous

      That dress is awesome, but everything else is awful. IN only for the dress.

    • Anonymous

      I’m diggin it. IN

    • Anonymous

      I like her minimalist style.  IN.

    • Aly Light


    • Anna Tree

      Love the dress. Hate the boots. Nonetheless, IN

    • Anonymous

      IN. I have no problem at all with a fierce Matrix spybitchsassin.

    • CQAussie

      I love that dress but she ruined the look with the boots.  Nonetheless….IN….but only just.

    • P M

      Out. I’m not getting Emma Peel, I’m feeling school marm. 

      Am I the only one who recalls the quote from ‘Clueless’ every time I hear ‘Azzedine Alaïa’? 
      “Who is that?” …. “He’s a very important designer!!”

      • Genevieve LeFluer

        Yup. I literally quote it every time I see an Alaïa post/collection . It’s an Alaia.” “An A-what-a?” “He’s like a totally important designer.” “And I will totally shoot you in the head!” (Yes I know I am a total dork.) Also IN. :-)

    • Anonymous

      Out.  The scalloped edges conflict with the severeness. 

    • Mary Stone

      Ha-uge IN. I love everything about it.  I think that with the neck opening unzipped, the scalloping on the top edge might have been less impactful/apparent. I’ll even give a pass to the uninteresting ponystub hair.

    • Anonymous

      IN.  Agree about the boots, but love the fierceness of the rest.

    • Anonymous

      This is working for me.  IN.

    • Anonymous

      Just barely IN. The boots bite and the hair is bad but the dress has just enough going for it to keep her in.

    • Anonymous

      I like the dress, but not with these boots.  Her hair is really crappy, but somehow the overall look is sort of attractive.

    • Anonymous

      Super-fine, all of it. IN

    • Anonymous

      In, love the edging.

    • Sara Munoz

      I’m going with IN. Don’t think I’ve ever seen her look so good!

    • Anonymous

      love me some emma peel! also her name – stands for ‘M Appeal’ – male appeal. glorious!

    • Anonymous

      In! But I will need her to wear different shoes if this dress ever reemerges

    • Merneith

      Out. Like the dress, but it needs accessories other than those boots.

    • Anonymous

      In. I think this is the best I’ve ever seen her. Even with the hair.

    • mcglory13

      In, though the boots are wrong with the dress. 

    • MandyM

      Love it except for the hair! IN

    • Ally Monge

      Love it. IN

    • Anonymous

      Well, Emma Peel COULD kick her ass quite easily but I still like this look so IN!!!!

    • Ass Kicking Adviser

      No, I luuuuv the boots. She looks amazing. Like you said, a seemingly plain dress that is actually stunning and original. Love it!

    • Judy S

      IN, among other things because it clearly fits really well. Looking at some of your other posts today, that counts for a lot.

    • Anonymous

      In!  I would like to have seen opaque tights, but the boots are pretty cute with the dress and bling would have looked weird.

    • Anonymous

      IN.  LOVE the dress…she looks tough!  I would rather have seen some not-so-tall boots, though, and maybe boots in a color just for some fun.

    • Anonymous

      Yawn, out.

    • Anonymous

      Dominatrix hotness! In!

    • bloodshothalfblind

      IN but i hate it w/ those cheap boots.

    •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      A great dress undone by disappointing styling and yoga hair. Out.

    • Jill Tracy

      IN! she looks great!

    • Rachel

      OUT. Blah. 

    • Anonymous

      Love the dress, and I actually think the minimalist styling goes well with it. The boots look super cheap to me, though (uh, not in the hookery way, in the Payless way). Gonna give her an IN — with notes to wear proper footwear next class.

    • Anonymous

      great dress, feel the same way you do about the boots. but the dress is so great that i think it carries the day.

      ps. even w/ all the wonderful pairs of boots available in this world today. that may say something about how much i’ve always really loved alaïa.

    • Anonymous

      I’m so on-the-fence that I’m not going to vote. I love the dress.  A lot.  Almost enough.  But the boots are wrong, the hair is ugly, and the rest is missing.

    • Anonymous

      Emma Peel *could* totally kick her ass, no question there. But I still like it enough to give her an in.

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    • Praggya R. Barretto

      Out. The boots totally ruin this look.

    • Anonymous

      Totally IN, she looks fierce!

    • Anonymous

      IN. Love her. I want this dress, and da boots.

    • Rachel Lee

      Nice dress, poor detailing. I don’t like the zip down the front very much. Out. 

    • Anonymous

      IN. I love it, honestly.

    • Advaita Waikar

      I wish she has something more, accessory wise. But she looks nice. IN.

    • Anonymous

      super out. hate the boots here.

    • Anonymous

      Those boots are totally wrong for the dress. For me, it’s really hard to get past the styling, which I think ruined what could be a super-cute outfit. OUT.

    • Anonymous

      In. But just because the dress is really cute, the styling is a disaster: hair, boots, all wrong. What a shame, I think she could look amazing.

    • RzYoung

      IN, i like this a lot, i like her a lot. The hair’s shit though :)

    • Kelley Comfort

      Out. No effort put in for hair and make up or accessories. I do not reward the lazy with an in.

    • Anonymous


      Wrong to pair the boots with the outfit, but the dress really is cute and suits her style.

    • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      OUT.  I can’t with the boots/hose and a sleeveless dress.  I always think it looks ridiculous. 

    • Badriya Al-Badi’a

      In, I would completely wear this exactly as is, with the addition of bracelets and earrings.  No necklace, though.

    • R. L.

      Very IN.  I love it and she’s rocking it.

    • Mary McClelland

      Yeah I love it sans boots and hair. IN. 

    • Anonymous

      Well, Emma Peel could totally kick her ass, but I’m giving her an IN anyway. I love a deceptively plain/severe dress with a fierce pair of boots!

    • Emily

      In.  She looks awesome.

    • Anonymous

      IN! She looks fab and I LOVE the dress, and even like the severe styling.  But a missed opportunity not to opt for a colorful or well-patterned boot – with the stark simplicity that choice would have turned this look into a home run for me.

    • Anonymous

      IN Smart, dorky girl dressing.  Fits her to a T.

    • Charles Purdy

      IN! She’s looking dramatic and kind of chic. Agree that the boots are blech, though.

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      Perfection.  Precise.  Love.  IN

    • Ana Cedillo

      so OUT! what minimalist styling? the zipper is so bad, the zig zag sleeves are bad, why couldnt she do anything to her hair? and the boots are awful

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      IN, it’s refreshing

    • Anonymous

      NO ONE could best Emma Peel, but credit to her for trying something different! In.

    • Anonymous

      In – I actually really like the severity of the collar – she made good choices with the hair and lack of earrings.  I wish she’s worn a bracelet and the boots are not a good pairing, but it’s interesting and suits her overall.

    • Anonymous

      I *love* the dress, but I can’t get past how bad the boots look with it.  Ruins the whole effect.  Out.  

    • Daniel Wheeler