In or Out: Viola Davis in BCBG Max Azria

Posted on December 09, 2011

Miss Viola brought some color-blocking to the proceedings.

Viola Davis in BCBG Max AzriaViola Davis at The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual ‘Power 100: Women In Entertainment Breakfast’ in Beverly Hills, California in a BCBG Max Azria dress.

Viola Davis in BCBG Max AzriaBCBG Max Azria Spring 2012 Collection/Model: Karo Mrozkova

Viola Davis in BCBG Max Azria

Viola Davis in BCBG Max Azria

And we’re not sure if we like it or not. As attention-getting dresses go, it’s not bad. And we do like the colors themselves. We’re just not in love with the blocking or the silhouette. The latter makes this look a little bit like a housecoat. We’re not digging the uneven hem either.  The shoes look like afterthoughts. And since we’re on a roll here, we might as well admit that while we normally love her hair, it looks a little helmet-y. We’re sad now. We don’t think we’ve ever had so many negative things to say about one of her looks.

 

Vote Now!


IN! It’s bold and different!


OUT! I can’t unsee the housecoat.

In other opinionated news, the minions agreed with us that Jessica Biel’s New Year’s Eve-appropriate dress was an IN, but they did NOT agree with us that Zac Efron screwed up the detailing on his suit, and voted him IN as well.

[Photo Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images, Andrew Evans/PR Photos, elle.com]

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  • http://twitter.com/connectinglines Me Again

    Out.  The lines are hitting her at weird spots and angles.

  • Christina Brennan

    I’m not loving this look.  It seems kind of too youthful?  I think it’s mostly because of those shoes, which I hate.  So, OUT.

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

    Not flattering on her skin tone or her body type. OUT

  • Anonymous

    Love her, have always hated her hair. Wish she’d go natural or at least try a less aging style.

    The dress is meh. And the photography seems a bit harsh, too. I don’t think she’s lit properly. Out…

  • Anonymous

    She looks kind of terrible here, but it’s not the dress’s fault.  It’s so weird because I typically think of her as someone whose sheer presence automatically elevates any outfit, but here she just looks kind of sad and dreary.  Like her heart’s not in it.

    • Anonymous

      I’m blaming the backdrop.  It’s bringing out the lavender undertones of her skin, which is pairing with the grey panel, making it grey everywhere.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=49702581 Susan Bullard Mayer

    Boobs apparently don’t go with that dress.

    OUT.

    • Anonymous

      The lines on her fall nicely on her curves–much better I think than on the skinny model.

  • Anonymous

    i also think the colors are generally uncomplimentary and wash her out… speaking of: definitely OUT on this one. nothing here is working for me.

  • Anonymous

    Out. “Housecoat” was my first coherent thought.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

    I don’t think the fit is very flattering, but the main issue here is with the color blocking. If the entire dress was the cadet/midnight blue that’s around the neck, or even the yellow on the sides, I think she would look stunning, despite the fit. I don’t know if it is her skin tone, or something in particular about her facial features, but I can’t think of anyone I’ve ever seen where color makes such a difference–she looks absolutely incredible in solid, rich colors.

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

    It’s not a good dress. I can’t think of anyone who could really pull it off. An OUT for the dress, and a cookie for the brave Viola, who tried.

  • http://twitter.com/YouShoIsUgly Chauncey L.

    Her make up is beat for the cheap seats!!! Werk

  • http://www.facebook.com/charlotte.horseman Charlotte Horseman

    Oh..I don’t like this.  Linear color blocking seems especially odd with a lot of very round clevage.  It’s just an ugly dress.  And ugly shoes.  Out.

    • Anonymous

      I agree; this dress seems to want sylphlike androgyny.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JSGAZPEESHQT47ATH55GNOHHBY Erin

    I don’t love the shape or hem, but I do love the color-blocking and the way the colors look against her skin.  I also like the shoes.  IN.

  • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

    It doesn’t do a whole lot for her shape — she looks pretty blocky here. 

    A reluctant OUT.

  • Anonymous

    That dress just looks so… angry! Out.

  • http://profiles.google.com/anplica Anplica Fiore

    Out – this dress gives her cleavage without any other  shape to her body.

  • Anonymous

    Everyone has an off day. OUT.

  • Joyce VG

    It’s not flattering on her. OUT.  (she’s lovely though)

  • Anonymous

    Out. Love her, but it isn’t a good dress on her.

  • Anonymous

    OUT.  This dress was made for somebody with no curves.  She has curves.  She’s look awesome in something form fitting.  This thing just looks like a bunch of misshap rags hanging from her.

  • Anonymous

    Out. This dress does nothing for her.

  • Grace Ritt

    Out. It takes away her natural shape. But I give her some credit for taking a risk.

  • Anonymous

    Out.  Her skin and her makeup look fantastic, though.

  • Anonymous

    So In — that smile can carry off anything.

  • Sara__B

    OUT, but not awful. The dress is too loose and low on top, and too tight through the hips. Her posture and expressions read “uncomfortable” to me. Perhaps she realized too late it wasn’t the dress for her.

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    OUT. The dress is too baggy. Also, she would look better if she wasn’t hunched over. Posture is important!

  • Anonymous

    Barely IN. It’s not a shape that flatters her figure (not made for a woman with bosoms), but I don’t think it crosses the line into horrendous so I’m not knocking off too many points. I think the hair looks good, though, make-up looks fantastic, bracelet seems cute (could have used earrings) ,shoes are fine, and I love the colors and the risk-taking. 

    • Anonymous

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t dislike the bronzish shoe with the yellow panels and topaz ring.

  • R. L.

    Makeup is great.  Hair is okay.  Dress and shoes are a no but not overwhelmingly no. 

  • Anonymous

    Hair, makeup and the beautiful Viola are great; that dress is just plain ugly, ill-fitting and OUT.

  • http://twitter.com/RobertSanchez36 Robert Sanchez

    Love her, but “out”. It IS looking a little too housecoat-y, and the shoes are all wrong. And her hair could use, I don’t know, a messier look, a little spikier maybe.

  • Anonymous

    Out :( I’m sorry Viola.

  • Anonymous

    OUT
    Bad shoes, bad color blocking, bad hem, bad fit. 
    I really don’t like “Spring” clothes in the winter no matter the weather.

  • http://twitter.com/PsychicMuppet Bitsy Carver

    out

  • Anonymous

    It is bold and different, and I don’t see a housedress. And I kind of like the dress (though not the floaty flappy yellow thing). I think this is more a “Honey, This Isn’t Your Dress.” So. . . out.

  • MilaXX

    Aw da-yum, I love her but I don’t like this dress  & I hate the shoes. If it wasn’t a mullet hem I could have given it a small IN, but bad dress+bad shoes = OUT.

  • Anonymous

    OUT  That dress is really unflattering on both Viola and the model.  The color combination reminds me of a tennis outfit.

  • foodycat

    OUT – it’s not an attractive dress, the fit is odd and I don’t like the mullet hem. She has killer curves and this is not the dress for her. Also, I think her hair is Supremes adjacent.

    • Anonymous

      “Supremes adjacent” –LOL

  • Terence Ng

    What a fugly dress.

  • Anonymous

    IN because it’s a breakfast event and she looks understated, chic and effortless… and I like the shoes with it, camel and navy always look great together

  • Anonymous

    I am not loving it, but I don’t think it qualifies for an out. So I say it’s barely an IN. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1253053236 Belle Burnett

    Out.
    I think the dress was not made for boobs, and overall the fit is not working for her. I think the dress was created for a shapeless toothpick. I do like her makeup, even though it’s a bit heavily applied. And her hair…well, it doesn’t look like a wig. How’s that for a compliment?

    • http://twitter.com/baxterbartley Becky Bartley

      Completely Agree – this dress would only fit right if you took away her boobs & hips, and if you did that she wouldn’t be Viola anymore. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCJEZMOV4VYMXC5WJALLZNYEB4 Mari Rose

    I refuse to vote Miss Davis out, so I will give Max Azria the OUT instead.

  • Anonymous

    A reluctant OUT.

  • Anonymous

    It’s sad even on the model.

  • http://twitter.com/Bloodisea Barbora

    OUT

  • Judy_J

    I hate the hemline, and the way the colors are blocked makes it appear that she’s got an apron pinned on backwards.  Out.

  • Anonymous

    OUT.  When I saw her, I said to myself, “That dress doesn’t look good on her.”  Then I scrolled down and saw the model and modified my statement to, “That dress doesn’t look good on *anybody.*”  Unflattering shape, color, hem, shoes — you name it, it’s just wrong.  The colors look kind of sickly and make her look…weird.  I can’t explain it as well as others, but maybe it’s the pale colors against her gorgeous skin — totally wrong.  Some people are made for color, and she’s one of them. 

    I appreciate her effort to be edgy, but it did NOT work in this case.  Definitely OUT.

  • Anonymous

    love her, but that dress does not love her boobs…OUT

  • Anonymous

    If this were reworked to be a dress w a nipped waist and a little flare in a regular hem skirt, it would work (and the hair would compliment better)

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

    OUT.  I do believe the dress would not look great on anyone, since it looks just as bad on the model.  The shoes are not helping her in anyway.  

  • Anonymous

    You know, that fug-ugly dress looks better on her than on the runway model…but it’s still an OUT for Southern Belle Helmet Head hair, silly putty shoes, and…most of all…a fug-ugly dress.

  • Anonymous

    avant garde dress made by someone who has no real interest in making anything avant garde but understands that current trends declaim he has no choice. i dont know why she’s wearing it.

    edited to add:
    declaim is the wrong word but my head is just not finding the right one.

  • Rand Ortega

    It doesn’t fit her upper body (which is spectacular!) properly. The color blocking should flatter her waist but instead makes her look boxy. A possible fit issue as well. Some yellow diamonds at the ears or wrist would have added some polish. Not loving the shoes. Maybe a bright red Louboutin or a silver strappy? The hair & makeup are pretty.

  • Anonymous

    agreed on loving the colors, but agreed on everything else as well. out! 

  • Anonymous

    Out, but not because of her – because of the dress.  Those shapeless dresses seem to only work on women who have no curves, or at least minimal ones.  Maybe I am not schooled, but just seems so. 

  • Anonymous

    its too bad its NOT a coat, cuz it would be more interesting if it were. i like her shoe choice though! Unfortunately this is an out for me as well… for A for effort

  • Anonymous

    Yes, sad but out. Waistless dress, wrong shoes, Oprah hair. Dark days. 

  • http://twitter.com/stellaphone Stella Zawistowski

    Oh. So CLOSE. I love the colors but the way it lays on her is just not quite working. Out (said in a wistful tone).

  • Anonymous

    Love her but this dress hides her curves. It makes her look like a high school principal who has to give a presentation to the School Board. All she needs are the glasses on the chain.

  • http://profiles.google.com/laurenjeanstm Lauren St Martin

    Yikes, out.

  • http://democracydiva.com/ Democracy Diva

    You said it all for me: I REALLY can’t unsee the housecoat now that you’ve said it! Out.

  • Anonymous

    With regret, OUT.  Viola Davis is so beautiful–what a shame she was talked into wearing this shmatta.  It doesn’t suit her body at all.  And the shoes, of course, are dreadful. 

  • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

    I’m sad too. OUT.

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

    I hate the hem. And the shoes. And the way the dress fits. *sigh*

    OUT.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t even find this flattering on the model – OUT. 

  • Anonymous

    It’s a very close thing. I can imagine the dress moving well and her pulling it off with shoulders back and power of personality. But it’s a still shot, the emotion’s not reaching out of the picture and I am left noticing that maybe it could fit a bit better and the shoes don’t seem quite the right color.

    Lower case out.

  • Anonymous

    It doesn’t fit very well and I hate the hem.  She doesn’t appear to like it much either.

  • Alloy Jane

    Out.  The yellow blocks and stupid hem ruin the look.  The shoes are not helping.  Too bad.

  • Anonymous

    Out, although I do think she’s working it better than the runway model.

  • Anonymous

    This is mostly the designer’s fault. The colors are good, interesting, but the shapes and lines are not flattering. Love her but sadly must say OUT

  • Anonymous

    Out.  It’s not flattering her figure and the hem just looks wierd.

  • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

    Out, out , out. Ugly dress and she can’t save it.

  • http://twitter.com/lenabena_ Elena

    Out. She’s looked better.

  • CQAussie

    Oh boy….I liked the dress on her but those shoes just ruin it.  OUT.

  • Anonymous

    Out.  Would only look good on a waif-like model on a beach.

  • Anonymous

    Super unflattering. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    Super unflattering. OUT.

  • taodon

    OUT – it looks like something Samwise’s wife would wear.

  • Anonymous

    OUT. That is one B-U dress. Truly hideous.

  • Anonymous

    OUT. This is not her dress.

  • Mariah J

    So out…not your dress

  • http://twitter.com/cornekopia Shawn EH

    IN! Classy lady, classy dress!

  • Anonymous

    Boobs really make high fashion hard.

  • Anonymous

    Boobs really make high fashion hard.

  • Allison Woods

    Girl, not your dress.

  • Allison Woods

    Girl, not your dress.

  • Anonymous

    Points for trying, but it’s just not her dress, fitwise. OUT. (And the shoe color — weirdly non-coordinated). 

  • penn collins

    Out, she is a beautiful woman, but not a look for her body type. Not good colors for her (esp that off yellow)
     

    • Anonymous

      Totally agree with everything you and TLo said. Horrid from wig to shoe

  • Anonymous

    OUT

    It does look like a house coat, with a couple of scrub rags and dust cloths hanging from her pockets, and that’s never a look one wants on the RC.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCARAOJSL553GBBPQSLRYD5REE L.

    out. She’s gorgeous, but this dress does weird things to her boobs.

  • http://profiles.google.com/argiebear Gustavo Casals

    A shame, but out. It’s not her fault, though, the dress is a mess on the runway model too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jill-Tracy/100001557759289 Jill Tracy

    ehhh OUT….don’t like that hem

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    The colours are pleasing, but the shape is unfortunate. Cannot be anything but an OUT, especially with the shoes as an added bonus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emily-Smith/12431153 Emily Smith

    oof out that does not fit right at all.

  • Anonymous

    OUT. Really frumpy and unflattering.

  • Aly Light

    OUT.

  • Anonymous

    A sad misstep. Out.

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

    In.  Red shoes would have been better.

  • http://profiles.google.com/thisiscelia Celia

    OUT, it’s doing awful things to her banging bod.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHWCJIMARF4OOW6PQZQS3RFOOA JillK

    I cannot wait for that godawful mismatched hem length crap to be as OUT as it makes this look.

  • Anonymous

    Out. Work the kinks out before Oscar time!!!!

  • Anonymous

    OUT. It looks like she tied a yellow sweater around the waist of her tennis dress/house kimono. Is that a pin holding the top together? It just doesn’t fit and doesn’t flatter.

  • Anonymous

    OUT. It looks like she tied a yellow sweater around the waist of her tennis dress/house kimono. Is that a pin holding the top together? It just doesn’t fit and doesn’t flatter.

  • Anonymous

    Out. Those are not her color blocks.

  • Anonymous

    Lovely dress, horrible fit.  Her puppies look tortured.  

  • Jessica O’Connell

    OUT. It looks odd and her hair really is bad this time.

  • Anonymous

    Mmm.  NO.  The fit is odd and the grey boob stripes are awkward.

  • Anonymous

    Ew. Out.

  • Susan Walker

    The dress is kiond of cool but it is not made for a womanly body and those shoes must go away.

  • Anonymous

    Out. She is gorgeous and the make up is good but that dress and those shoes are just not for her. Great cleavage though!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1214755227 Meira Niibori

    Out.  The dress doesn’t work with her curves – needs a belt/sash/something, because the blocking & silhouette are making her look short-waisted & dumpy & she’s definitely not a dumpy little woman.  And I think her hair usually looks helmet-y.  And the shoes are both an afterthought and look a little odd next to her skin tone.  Her face looks beautiful, as usual, though.

  • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

    So IN. She looks better than the model. Easy, breezy, lovely.

    • Anonymous

      My thought exactly – she looks better n the dress than the model.  HEAR THAT DESIGNERS – NOT EVERYTHING LOOKS BEST ON A COAT HANGER!

  • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.j.donovan Samuel Joesph Donovan

    So IN–why do T Lo hate uneven hems?  So strange.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t mind the hem. It’s the general shapelessness of it that bugs. Hair and makeup are excellent, but I can’t get behind that schmatte.

  • Anonymous

    Out. But love her.

  • Anonymous

    OUT.  This is not a dress designed to be worn by women with more than a B-cup.  Also, the color blocking is just odd.. ick.

  • Anonymous

    She is a lovely woman but I’m with you guys in that it immediately made me think housecoat. Not flattering on any level and the shoes aren’t helping. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    in

  • Anonymous

    Out. It’s a mumu. And the color of her shoes is driving me crazy; it’s too matchy-clashy with her skin

  • Anonymous

    I think it looks better on her than the model. IN!

  • Anonymous

    OUT. That dress is made for someone far less curvy, it simply does not work on her body.  Those shoes are hiddy, btw.

  • Anonymous

    Just no. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    Out.

  • Linde Hoff

    Nope. 

  • http://toodles.yelp.com AWStevens

    I just saw her in THE HELP.  Props to this woman for awesome acting! 

    I love it from the cleavage UP.  The hair and make-up are glam, fun, and perfect for her.  I love it from the neck down too.  It’s like a modern art painting: unique and chic.  IN

  • Anonymous

    OUT. The lines are terrible on her. Oh, GIRL.

  • Anonymous

    A not- your-dress moment.  I like her makeup and shoes though.  I’m going to say out – I’m dying to turn this thing into a cute little wrap dress that would flatter the hell outta her.  

  • http://blue-again.myopenid.com/ blue

    OUT. Something about it looks dumpy.

  • Anonymous

    Considering that I have the exact same haircut going on right now, I’m withholding my vote and taking my helmet head back to bed.

  • Mary McClelland

    She usually looks great, but this an OUT. Looks like a circus tent or a parachute and I’m pretty sure that’s not what she was going for and it doesn’t seem to fit – it’s gaping around the bodice.  Also, I agree the shoes are like oh yeah I have to put something on my feet to avoid pulling a Brittney Spears.

  • Anonymous

    Out. The neckline makes her boobs look droopy. The gray doesn’t work with her skin tone.
    I don’t mind the hemline, it is at least symmetrical.

  • Anonymous

    Out: this was tough because her smile is great, and I bet in person her presence makes this much better.  What finally moved me to an out was the fit around the bustline.

  • Anonymous

    I dunno, just not feeling it. OUT

  • Anonymous

    Nope.  And I so wanted her to be in, because I like her.   

  • P M

    Oh. I feel so bad about this. I *like* Viola Davis. Love, just, you know, skip the waitress colours and the uneven apronny hems next time, Please? Thank you. In the mean time, OUT. 

  • Anonymous

    Well, I can see I’m in the minority here, but I think it looks better on her than the model and I kinda like her hair too in a retro- 70′s kind of way.  IN.  (not digging the shoes though)

  • Anonymous

    The problem is this: the yellow on the model barely shows; it makes the model’s waist look teeny-tiny. On the actress, the yellow panels show all the way down; it has the opposite effect, making her look extra wide right down the sides. If the panels had been dark, I wonder if it would’ve had the same effect? But then, the dress wouldn’t look freshy-freshy, it’d look somber and grounded. So…no. The math just doesn’t add up.

  • Jessica Stone

    Must disagree with what looks like the majority here. I think she looks great, and she rocks that dress much better than the model. In.

  • Anonymous

    I’d like the dress better if it weren’t a mullet. But she looks nice in it, so in (lower case).

  • http://twitter.com/IfIwasasculptor Erin Leahy

    Out.. I’m not huge on the dress, and especially not on her, unfortunately.  I think this is more of a “girl, this is not your dress”

  • bloodshothalfblind

    the dress is fine.  it doesn’t do anything for her, though, and just ends up looking cheap.  she deserves a better dress.  and better lighting.  and a better wig.

  • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

    It does not flatter her like it should, and part of the problem is her cleavage.  It changes the way the dress fits, and not for the better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

    I think the fit is off.  But I freaking LOVE Viola Davis and this is not off enough for me to say she’s OUT.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    I hate to give her an out, but that is just not the right dress for her.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, honey, no! You look like a math teacher at high school graduation. The bra pushing the ladies in and the big yellow blotches on the hips have distorted her shape, and the makeup colors are wrong for her.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1017585103 Kanani Fong

    I think this is a case where the dress is wearing her. She’s so beautiful, and full figured. I’d prefer to see her in something that accentuates her curves, rather than just kind of tossed over them. I think though –that the dress probably moves really well. It’s a great dress, just not the right one for her.

  • http://www.facebook.com/epfriedman Elana Friedman

    IN

  • Samantha Irene

    It’s just so shapeless on her. OUT

  • Anonymous

    Girl, this is not your dress. Out!

  • http://twitter.com/pag_baj Paige Boerman

    Oh, no. The white on her midsection is making her look very blocky and odd. Where’s your waist, sweetie? OUT.

  • http://twitter.com/tommarkiewicz88 tom markiewicz

    i think she looks okay, it’s just it’s not a good shape on her; she has too much curve, it’s kind of designed to just hang off of a willow type.

  • http://twitter.com/verascity Vera Sticker

    It’s a fine dress, but terrible on her. Totally unflattering to her lovely figure. OUT. 

  • Anonymous

    Out, sadly…she’s usually so on…

  • Anonymous

    Out, but Viola, it’s not you. It’s the dress.

  • Anonymous

    I like her hair and makeup, dress looks ugly on model so there wasn’t much hope for her, shoes are just FUGLY. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    The layering of her hair gives it quite a bit of texture. I wouldn’t say helmet-y at all. The blocking complements her figure nicely, but I do want to even out that hem. I love the shoes. To summarize: the hem sucks, but otherwise, IN.

  • http://twitter.com/anacedillo Ana Cedillo

    this really isnt my favorite bcbg maxazria look, and im a big fan/sales associate there. i dont like it on the model and i dont like it on her, i dont like the color blocking or the length of it. but i def def hate those shoes with that dress, they look like cheap jessica simpson shoes that she randomly found. 

  • Anonymous

    I fear this is one of those times where the dress just works on a model’s body and not a real woman’s.  Just not her dress. I hate to say it but…OUT.

  • Anonymous

    That dress is ugly on the model.  It isn’t going to get better on a human being.  Out.