Style Showdown: Cate vs. Reese in Louis Vuitton

Posted on January 31, 2012

Sometimes we watch E!’s Fashion Police with some amusement – and not because Joan said something funny. No, it’s because they’re often covering looks we covered days before, so sitting down to watch the show has become a sort of television retrospective of our week. There’s a lot about red carpet commentary that doesn’t actually work that well in the medium of television, especially in a panel setting. It’s a form of celebrity commentary that practically requires bitchy one-liners and too often anything interesting about the conversation gets drowned out by a lot of shrieking and one-upsmanship. We guess what we’re saying is, Fashion Police is mildly entertaining, but it’s not how we would have done it.

On the other hand, we will never stop being jealous that they came up with a great feature and gave it a great name: “Bitch Stole My Look,” which compares two celebrities in the same outfit. Oh, how we wish we’d thought of that one.

Granted, most stars wear the same outfit sometimes months and even years apart, which makes comparing them a somewhat less than current conversation topic. Not everyone gets excited that the dress Starlet A wore this week was also worn by Starlet B three years ago at the Emmys or something. But every once in a while, the stars will align, and not only do 2 ladystars wear the same outfit in the same week, but they’re also two wildly different ladies in terms of their style and thus the garment winds up looking completely different on each of them.



Cate Blanchett attends the ‘Maison Louis Vuitton Roma Etoile’ Opening Party in Rome in Louis Vuitton.

Interesting, right? And so very Cate. It looks like a pullover over a set of petticoats. We’re not entirely sure we like this on her (and we HATE the shoes), but let’s, as Valerie Cherish might say, put a pin in that for a second.




Reese Witherspoon attends the premiere of “This Means War” in London in Louis Vuitton.

TOTALLY DIFFERENT DRESS, AMIRITE? Except … totally not? It’s astonishing what a belt, a different color, and an entirely different person inside can do to a garment.

Louis Vuitton Pre-Fal 2012 Collection/Model: Frida Aasen

We have to say, of the two of them, Cate got this one more right than wrong. We don’t think this is a dress that lends itself to zhuzhing; you either wear it as is or you don’t wear it at all. Slapping a belt on it makes it look a little awkward and besides, we really don’t like that emerald green color at all. We think the dress is odd and definitely not our favorite, but of the two of them, Cate wins this one, hands down. You, as always, get the final say.


Who wore it best? Cate or Reese?


[Photo Credit: Vittorio Zunino Celotto, Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images,]

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  • Anonymous

    I don’t particularly love either of them, but I feel like Cate’s look is more “fashion-y.” Reese took an interesting dress and made it generic.

    Still hate those shoes on Cate, though. FUG.

    • Renee Bender

      Couldn’t have said it better – I feel exactly the same way.  Cate for the win, but yikes, those shoes! 

      • Mathilde

        I agree too. The shape of the dress is strange, but Cate makes it classy and interesting while Reese… it’s just boring. Besides, that green looks a bit cheap disco.

    • Anonymous

      spot on. 

  • Eileen Duffy

    Hard to say.  I don’t like the dress, period.  And Cate’s shoes are AWFUL.  I like the color on Reese, but the belt doesn’t work with the ruffles on the bottom.  I guess what I’m saying is that I don’t like it on either of them. :)

    • Nancy Abrams

      Total agreement here. This get-up should never have been made to begin with. If forced to decide, I’d have to give it to Reese. Either way, it’s the definition of hiddy.

  • Gus Casals

    Cate. No contest.
    Also helping her case: classier lady, better styling, better dress color.
    The dress is kind of ugly, isn’t it?

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      LOL, “kind of”?  That dress is butt ugly!

      • Anonymous

        I can’t help but think that if a PR contestant made that dress, it would have been an auf for sure.  

  • Anonymous

    I find it astonishing that 1 person even chose this, let alone 2! Of the 2? Cate.

  • Anonymous

    I have to disagree. I think Reese’s look is better. Better length, better color, better shoes.

    • Melanie Cozad

      Agreed. I really like that color on Reese and the length is much better.

    • Anonymous

      I have to agree, too.  I do think Cate is more fashion-y, but I think Reese looks better.  (though also agree with others Cate looks fab!)

    • mrspeel2

      I’m with you guys, famousamy, Melanie Cozad, & AwwwTrouble!Rather than the dress just hanging there, Reese’s color, length and the belt give a more well-balanced – and dare I say cute? – appearance. Reese is IN!!

    • Mercy

      Agreed – Reese ftw.  Like the length, the color, the belt & styling overall.

      Miss Cate, those shoes are NOT helping, hon.  DTM, you know what I’m sayin?

      • Cathy S

        I’m with you guys. Better on Reese.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Right there with ya.  Something about the contrast in the Cate version just doesn’t work for me AT ALL.  That, combined with the general shapelessness, makes me seriously wonder what the point of the dress is.  I wonder about that with the Reese version as well, but she seems to be covering up for its less attractive aspects.  (Why she didn’t just wear a different dress is beyond me.  This one is awful.)

  • Anonymous

    Is Cate getting YOUNGER?!?!! WTF is she doing to her skin and hair?  She looks so fresh!  Hate the dress on both of them, though.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe I should breakdown and try the SK-II skincare line! She really is looking amazing!

      • Anonymous

        Is that what she uses?

      • Ali

        She’s the best walking endorsement for SK-II. Seriously, her skin is mindblowing.

    • Anonymous

      Two words: Elf. Magic.

  • Anonymous

    Hmm. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m going with Reese. Hate the shoes on Cate and hate the length on the dress, actually hate the dress period. Reese may have made it more “generic,” but she also managed to make it look cute, which, given what she had to work with, seems quite the feat.

    • foodycatAlicia

      Me too. Never thought I would say that! The dark green is more striking and less like Cate’s grey marl sweatshirt, the length is prettier and I think the belt gives it a more flattering shape.

      • Anonymous

        Oh yes!! The sweatshirt part ins unacceptable. I think if this (quite fug IMO) dress was not on Cate, it would have been an OUT, no question. And please, the petticoats are cute but have nothing to do with the rest. It’s almost like Elizabeth Banks’ “two-dress” Prada disaster. 

        Reese has not learned that the “I have to pee” pose is no longer a thing, but she looks good and I applaud a dress that is not the classic premiere strapless thing. 

  • Indigo

    Ugh Reese, what the hell is with your hair color?

    • Anonymous

      I know, right? So bleached and fried and harsh looking, and pin straight to boot. With roots. Couldn’t have looked any cheaper if we’d actually caught her walking out of SuperCuts.

  • Anonymous

    I really dislike this dress. But, out of  the two of them, Cate wins.   It’s mostly due to the colors, but on  Cate the dress does come across as edgier, a bit eccentric, and more “fashion forward”.

  • korilian

    I actually hink it’s a but ugly dress regardless. I’m voting for Reese, because she managed to hide that fact a little.

  • Ellen Behm

    HATE the dress… in either color, though I think it is less offensive in the black. Saying that, I think I like it without the belt and the longer length… so Cate gets the win.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    well, Cate wore an ugly dress better than Reese wore an even uglier dress, color-wise.  The addition of the belt, the color change, and shortening it to such a degree, ruined what might be an interesting ugly into just plain fugly.  Plus, Reese, get some shoes that fit!

  • Michelle Argento

    Neither. Yuck. Both dresses are just sparkly pillowcases. 

  • Anonymous

    It’s a dumb dress… no winners in my opinion!

  • Heather

    Reese looks like a beetle of some kind.

  • abitabite

    The length is better on Reese… but at the same time the alteration makes the skirt look saggy and sad. It is cutting off Reese’s legs in a much more attractive place though… I think if it didn’t have the horrible inverted U hemline, the alteration wouldn’t make it look so droopy.

  • Anonymous

    I usually agree with you, TLo, but in this case not so. Reese may look more generic, but she also looks less cray cray. Cate’s look – without the white fur collar on the model – looks half-baked. Really feeling Reese’s hair these days, too. But Cate’s make up is far superior.

  • Ass Kicking Adviser

    OMG! Peep toes with bows ARE back in. Oh the horror!
    The dress is very fashiony. Cate wins. She looks cute (aside from the shoes) and as you said, it’s very Cate.
    Reese looks like she’s wearing something that’s been in her closet for a few years (and she bought at Nordstrom) and she decided to ‘give it another try’ and ‘jazz it up with a belt’ (and cut off the bottom). I don’t know. I just don’t get it. Without the length and the color contrast and the shape, it’s just, meh, a short dress with ruffles…and boring black pumps.

    • Anonymous

      *Platform* peeptoes with bows.  I die.  And not in a good way.

  •árez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    Funny how I watch Fashion Police for the same reasons: every week I’m like “Yeah, I saw it on Tom and Lorenzo first”.

    As for the “Bitch stole my look”, Cate wins it.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Still and all though, that is just one sad, droopy little dress, covered with a glittery bib.  I don’t believe adding the fur collar the way it was done on the runway helped either.  I don’t think there is any helping that dress.  But I do love the shoes on the runway model.

  • Anonymous

    Blanchett FTW

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    Is Frida Aasen (the model) an option?

    • Cindi Williams

      I’m a sucker for a Mystery Option C. Frida Aasen it is!

  • Anonymous

    It’s an interesting dress on the model, but it really doesn’t work ‘out in the field.’

    • Anonymous

      I really like the look on the model, but I feel it’s mostly a fail for both women.

  • Kate

    It’s always a little awkward to disagree with your favorite gay fashion blogger icons, because surely they know more about this stuff than yourself, the plain mommy-type. But to me this one goes to Reece, without even a hint of a question. 

    • ecallaw

      EXACTLY what you said, from the favorite gay fashion blogger icons to the plain mommy-type.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like either one, but when I look at Cate I think “wtf is she wearing?” and when I look at Reese I think “that is not cute.” So to me Reese um, wins? And I think Cate’s shoes really did the whole thing in.

    • Nellie Wilson

      I’m with you, on every point. 

  • Jessica Rowe

    OMG I love them both. I can’t decide. I want them both.

  • Anonymous

    The Cate one seems totally inspired by Laura Bennett’s ball gown in her Runway collection during her season (I may have seen a repeat of that finale last night).

  • Anonymous

    It’s an epic fail for both of them:  bedazzled gym pinnie fastened over a slip.  This is one really ugly dress.

    • Urban Gypsy aka Tess

      You don’t think Cate pulls it off? I mean it’s an oddity of a dress for sure but somehow I don’t mind Cate in it. She committed, you gotta give her that, to all those weird ruffles and didn’t mess with the line like Reese did with that belt. The bridesmaids shoes are unfortunate. But I give credit to Cate for making it (sort of) work. :-)

      • Anonymous

        I love you, Urban Gypsy, but honestly…no.  Cate committed, yes, but I just hate this dress.  

        • Urban Gypsy aka Tess

          Hehe. Maybe I can get you to like it after a few Nutella Martinis. It’s the only hope! :-)

  • Anonymous

    Wretched dresses…just wretched. But both are rocking the hair and makeup–subtle and perfect.

  • Anonymous

    I’m going with Cate.  It’s not my favorite dress, but Cate can pull it off.  I don’t hate the green, but I think the dress works better with the contrast in Cate’s version.  And I hate the belt.  I really don’t like Cate’s shoes, but she’s working the dress.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t realize how much I love Cate Blanchette’s skin until I saw the shot of her bare legs. Someone send a photo of them to Julianne Moore, stat.

    I actually like-ish the dress on the model. It’s sort of weird and interesting

  • Ali

    Ew, no. Reese all the way. Cate’s version is really fug – and those shoes are not helping a bit.

  • Danielle

    I will almost always choose Cate over Reese, but not here.  The dress isn’t great, but with the color, length and belt, it almost looks cute on Reese. On Cate it just looks nuts.

  • Anonymous

    Cate always wins.  (BTW, Joan Rivers named her worst dressed at the 2011 Oscars in her fabulous Givenchy look.  She has no credibility!) 

  • Anonymous

    Queen Cate of course! I love it and she looks beautiful!

  • Anonymous

    Well, shame on the house of Vuitton because that is one ugly frock. Having said that, I give the win to Reese. It is not particularly great on her, but she doesn’t look quite as insane as Cate.

  • emily mcginnis

    personally, i think it looks terrible on both of them. 

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Reese.  The green is much more flattering.  It’s not a great dress to begin with, but at least her version doesn’t look like a bib over a petticoat.

  • Sara Leigh Merrey

    Without the belt, it looks like a sparkly sack. I don’t like the dress, but I like the shorter, belted one better. I also like the monotone of the green. I really don’t like the dress though.

  • Anonymous

    Who cares?  It’s an ugly dress in any color, belted or not.

  • Anonymous

    Definitely Cate. Love her hair and makeup as well. The shoes are too shiny and too twee though.

  • Anonymous

    Cate.  R’s belt undermines the garment’s interest, plus the ombre effect is far more interesting in Cate’s version.  I can’t really see it in R’s.

  • Lisa Weaver

    It’s pretty hiddy on both of them, but less so on Reese. Sad to say, Cate looks tragically telescoped. I don’t think it’s perspective, either. It’s the crazy flounces doing her wrong.

  • Daniele Paulding

    Cate ftw!

  • Anonymous

    Brought to you by the makers of Godzilla Vs. Mothra: The Attack of the Frankendresses! Rival Frankendresses take over the bodies of helpless, beautiful women and meet in the ultimate battle to the death! Who will win? 
    (Answer: No one will win. It’s a damn Frankendress.)

  • Jessica Smith

    Sooo… Cate Blanchett is drinking the blood of virgins, right? Because I couldn’t help but think those are pictures of her from ten years ago. How is anyone that amazingly gorgeous. Major Cate fan over here. That said, I don’t like the dress, and Reese managed to make it look less like itself therefore – Reese wins. Ugh. I feel so ashamed.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t like either, so they’re both “out”.  Whew!

  • Martha Anderson

    I think Reeses shorter colorful belted look makes this Fugly dress tolerable

  • RzYoung

    Scheiße that’s the same dress!?! You could have fooled me. Cate, obviously, hands down!

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s hideous on both of them, but I give Kate the win on general principle.

  • G

    Reese wins.  And it’s amazing how posing with your hand on your hip can improve a look.  It’s a pretty awful dress.

  • Anonymous

    Cate, by a landslide.  Reese looks frumpy in it; I don’t know if it’s the belt, the fit, or both, but I hate that look.  

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  • Anonymous

    With all the available dresses a thin rich woman could choose from it’s amazing that not one but two would opt for this thing. I prefer Reese’s version because she succeeds at making it look like a different dress. Not an attractive dress, but a different one.

  • Democracy Diva

    Cate for the win, hands down.

  • linda

    ms. Reese

  • Natasha Fairweather

    Cate wins, for sure. Reese’s version looks awful. The belt ruined it. I do like Cate’s shoes.

  • Anonymous

    Cate’s looks like it could be from a Project Runway Green Carpet Challenge with Colin Firth’s wife as the guest judge where they have to repurpose former contestants’ designs. 

    Of the two looks, I’m giving a slight edge to Cate, just because she can make the most of any look, good or bad and this one is bad.  

  • Anonymous

    I don’t particularly like the dress in either incarnation.  However, it looks like a deliberate, interesting, but not completely successful fashion choice on Kate.  It looks like an apron (albeit a fancy one) on Reese.  In my estimation, Kate wins.

  • Briana Blanchard

    Cate the Great, of course! Like that’s even a question…

  • Anonymous

    Reese.  She took a fugly dress and made at least bearable.  And Cate’s shoes?  No. Really, throw them back into the fire of bridesmaid hell where they belong.

  • Anonymous

    I am going with Cate.  

  • allisankelly

    Well, I think they both kept it about the dress. That’s about all I can say. I don’t like either.

    Why are shoe makers still putting bows on women’s shoes? Gawdawful.

  • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Reese.  Cate’s shoes and the ruffles are just too much, and I don’t care much for her hairstyle.  

  • Chrissie

    Reese. It may just because the color scheme of the green one makes more sense to me, while Cate’s has a bedazzled-sweatshirt quality. 

  • Anonymous

    They both slightly resemble higher end Bon Jovi couture, but Cate will always win over Tracy Flick.

  • Belle Burnett

    It’s an ugly dress, for sure. I think I like Reese’s color better, but agree that the dress does not need a belt.

  • Anonymous

    CATE! Hate the green and hate the belt on Reeses Pieces

  • Jamie


  • Anonymous

    Man Rees looks looks cracked out lately. Never thought Id say that

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, Reese. The emerald green is a bit overwhelming but the gold struck me as an apron over a ruffled housedress and I really couldn’t figure that out as fashion statement at all.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, I think Reese looks much better. Cate, who I usually love, looks a little dowdy and her proportions are weird whereas Reese has a defined shape and some drama. So Reese is the winner for me.

  • Katie cravens

    im sorry… is this really a contest? team Cate.

  • Susana Reyes

    Reese wins for me. She looks great.
    Cate looks sloppy to me- hate the length.

  • Judy_J

    Cate by a landslide!

  • Elena

    I honestly think both look great. I can’t choose one over the other. The fact that it looks like two different dresses makes it harder for me to compare.

  • Anonymous

    Okay: Cate looks gorgeous, but the dress’ worst qualities are more visible in her version; it looks slight less Frankendressy on Reese, so Reese prevails.

  • Anonymous

    Cate. No doubt. Shortening it up for Reese was not a good idea. Kind of a hard dress to pull off in any event. I’d like to take all the ruffles off and wear the pullover sequiny bit with jeans and boots.

  • Anonymous

    Reese by 3000 miles!

    Cate looks RIDICULOUS

  • Anonymous

    It’s a hideous dress.  I’ll have to give the nod to Cate though, she has a personal style more capable of pulling off this/a more unconventional look.   And yes, the belt Reese added and shortening it, makes this even worse.

  • Anonymous

    I disagree with virtually everything you said (except hating Cate’s shoes), and y’know, that hardly ever happens.

    Cate wears weird fashion very well, and very boldly. I love that she does that, but there’s also an “I’m a mannequin” quality to this. She’s giving great face and she looks beautiful, but there’s something very artificial about the whole thing, the dreaded “it’s wearing her.” Plus, ugh the shoes.

    Reese, OTOH, took a dress and made it hers. She and the dress met each other halfway. There’s something cool about how that worked out, and I like the emerald.


  • MilaXX

    Cate wore it best, but those shoes are totally wrong.

  • Mariah J

    I think they both look pretty good, not great. Cate almost ruined it with those shoes, but I like that color better, and the belt on Reese was probably a mistake.
    So Cate wins it by a nose.

  • Anonymous

    Cate, no question.

  • CQAussie

    I don’t like this dress very much but Cate is definitely wearing it better.  Reese’s look lacks personality… does she most of the time….ZING.

  • Anonymous

    It is an ugly, ugly dress, undeserving of Queen Blanchett.

    I couldn’t care less what Reese Witherspoon wears, ever.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Hate them both.

  • VicksieDo

    LOVE the Cate version, Reese’s looks bunchy.

  • Diana Ye

    Cate is wearing an interesting ugly dress and Reese is wearing a generic ugly dress, so clearly Cate wins. Reese took away the best part of the original dress (the color scheme and the ombre effect in the sequins) and turned it into a shiny reptilian bib over a standard ruffled black minidress. The proportions on Cate aren’t that flattering, but at least she has the height to pull it off more than most, and the colors are great on her. I’ll pretend I didn’t see the shoes…

  • Anonymous

    I’m voting for a tie. This is a good example of how to make a dress work for you. I think the emerald color and shorter length is great on Reece. (Not sure about belting something that bulky, but I can see why she did it.) Cate wore it more true to the original look, which suits her avant-garde style.

    It isn’t a very attractive dress, though. In the end, my wish is that they had both picked something else.

  • VicksieDo

    I watch Fashion Police regularly, since I like the one-liners, Bitch Stole My Look, and Starlet or StreetWalker too!  Interesting that all the fashionistas I read disagreed over the Sag outfits.  No clear winners or losers.  Fashion is subjective~!

  • Anonymous

    potato sack with sequins……nobody could wear this…

  • Anonymous

    Reese by a mile.  I like Cate’s until you get to the petticoat, which looks so much more like a petticoat because of the color, it doesn’t go with the top part of the dress, and it makes her look like she’s wearing a sequined apron over a petticoat. A juxtaposition of drag queen/1800s farm wife. Weird.  Reese’s looks like one dress, the colors work together, the ruffles aren’t as pronounced, and the belt keeps it from looking like one of those slip over aprons that my grandmother used to wear.

  • Brad and Anne White

    Horrible dress. Love Cate, but Reese wins. Sorry boys.

  • Anonymous

    The dress if pretty awful any way you look at it.  It looks terrible in both.  However, I do like the green on Reese Witherspoon.  Other than that, make it go away!  That thing was not meant to be worn by actual human beings.

  • Vera E Sticker

    I actually think it looks much better on Reese, even if I hate her hair and makeup. Not as much as I hate Cate’s shoes, though.

  • Anonymous

    Can I pick the model to win?

    • Anonymous

      Good call. The model at least didn’t choose to wear this dress.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, Uncles, I gotta go with Reese.

  • Jonika Tannous

    Cate… Lesser of the two evils

  • Anonymous

    Sorry guys, Reese looks great.  Cate looks… odd.  I don’t mind the ruffly bottom, but in cream it looks like someone’s great-great-grandmother’s petticoats.  Fine if that’s the look you want, but it doesn’t go with space-age sparkly.  Altogether too outer planet Firefly for me. 

  • Nancer

    I hate this dress. Really. I know that is strong language, but I can’t help it. Hate. It.

  • Julie Chase

    Cate. She just always has the more edgy feel, and you can’t top that face of hers.

  • Brittany

    I actually like the belt – it’s how I would style a dress like this – but at the same time, I concede that the dress is meant to be worn ‘as is’. Reese is forcing it to fit her ‘day dress’ aesthetic, whereas Cate is rocking the fashionista essence of it. Therefore, CATE.

  • Anonymous

    Cate looks better, different shoes are definitely in order. The green and black combo doesn’t work as well and neither does the shorter length. It’s a weird dress, let it be weird.

  • ecallaw

    Wow, I totally bow to you guys when it comes to fashion because I really know nothing, but from my completely unsophisticated perspective, I would have said completely the opposite!  I think this makes Cate look so bottom-heavy (her hips and calves are NOT normally that big!!!), and I really despise her shoes. This isn’t my favorite look on Reese, but I like it much better than Cate’s.

  • Lisa Salmon

    I don’t like either one.  What a weird dress

  • Anonymous

    You guys, I loath RW (irrational I know) and love CB, but I think RW’s look is best simply because you see the dress less and I don’t like this dress. You see the silly petty coat ruffles less with RW, which is highly preferable. 

  • Anonymous

    Another vote for Reese.  Reluctantly because I don’t like the dress at all, but Reese by a hair.  Prefer the green/black color and the shorter length is much more flattering.

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t ever think I’d be saying this, but I like it on Reese better. I love the gold on Cate’s but hate the white petticoat under it; the green and black work much better together and the belt helps make it look less like “I’m wearing a sweatshirt over my dress.”

    I do not particularly like Reese’s hair, and Cate’s face looks GORGEOUS, but Reese’s look still wins.

  • Anonymous

    always CATE

  • andy

    Sorry fellas, Reese takes the prize. If Cate had picked the black, she’d have won, but those… horrible white pillowcase/dust ruffles sagging out from under her glittery T-shirt. Ugh. She looks like a hooker who grabbed some bed linens to cover herself for her run from the law.

  • marilyn

    Reese.  This is a horrible mess being passed off as someone’s vision.  I am amazed that rational peoplel will see something with their eyes, and buy into a ridiculous story/rationalization by someone else.  That is an ugly mess, irregardless of the designer’s ‘story’.  This had to be a joke (Gee, let’s see what crazy, unrelated stuff I can throw together, then present it with a straight face and act as if those who question it are not worthy.).  The rectangular panel reminds me of what the Queen of Heart’s guards (the cards) wore in Alice of Wonderland, except shiny.  Then it is finished off  with an off-white ruffled petticoat.  Come on.  Making this one more generic is doing it a favor.  By changing the colors, making the petticoat black, and the card panel dark green with black in it, they appeared to be somewhat related.  The features blended with one another, and appeared to be an odd little dress, but not a wretched eyesore.  I view this kind of designing as ‘jerking us all around” and I don’t buy into it.  If that designer had NOTHING better to contribute, he should have done the public a favor and closed his doors.   These are the Emperor’s Clothes. 

    • Beth M.

      A tabard! That is EXACTLY what this dress looks like: a sequined sweatshirt tabard worn over a tiered petticoat…um, what? Yeah, this franken-dress is just too weird to be allowed.

      That said, Reese made it smidge less ridiculous, so I have to call her the “winner.” (Damned with faint praise).

  • choco

    definitely Reese. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to disagree.
    First, I have to say that I HATE this dress. I don’t care who wears it or what color they choose, it’s just ugly and unflattering and I don’t care if it’s LV or not because it looks like a bunch of schmattas layered one on top of the other.

    Now that that’s off my chest, I think Reese looks better in it. Cate is a woman who definitely knows how to wear clothes, but something about that dress is throwing her proportions way off. She looks like she has a long slim torso and thick, stumpy legs. I’m also not loving the white, gold and greay color combo. Reese’s version may not be as “fashion-y” as Cate’s, but it’s a lot more flattering. I like the shorter length better and the fact that the ruffles at the bottom aren’t white.

    It’s a horrendously unflattering dress either way, though.  

  • Anonymous

    its a reverse apron look….both are fugly…and i like the bowed shoes…

    as for who wins…do we pick the sparkly gold on top of a grey tshirt, or the christmas table cloth apron on the ugly black dress

  • Anonymous

    Really? Because I think Reese looks so much cuter. The green is nice on her, and it looks like a cute party dress at first, but when you look closer it looks more fashion-y. I would like the dress a lot more on Kate if she were wearing different shoes, and really a lot more if she were wearing the collar from the runway.

  • Anonymous

    Cate. She has the crappier color combination, but it flatters her figure and she’s wearing it confidently. It looks fashion-forward and interesting on her. Reese looks like a busboy at Medieval Times.

  • Joey Melliza

    cate damnit!

  • Anonymous

    Cate’s is more high fashion, but I think I have to give it to Reese b/c it flatters her figure more. 

  • R. L.


  • Buffy

    Neither, it’s ugly on both of them AND the model.

  • Anonymous

    ooo, this one’s a toughie! thanks for keeping things interesting, boys :) I vote Cate, but it was close for me…those shoes really bring the look down, and I actually like the belt on Reese

  • Elizabeth Rust

    I vote for Reese; while I don’t love the dress in either form, the green one makes the tunic-and-ruffles appear to be (more or less) the same dress, while the white one looks like someone slapped a cheap apron over a frilly dress at a barbecue.


  • kim bunchalastnames

    actually, the model wins.  that collar brings the outfit together for me.

  • Anonymous

    Damn, that is just pretty much a mega hiddy dress on both.  And Cate’s shoes bring with them truckloads of “just can’t-ness”… but I’d have to give it to Cate.  (Plus it makes Reese look a little thickish.)

  • Anonymous

    I hate this dress, but if I have to choose, it’s Reese; it’s hard to wear emerald green successfully, especially glittery emerald green, but her dress is much more flattering than Cate’s, which is an absurd combo.

  • Wrenaria

    They both lose. Terrible dress.

  • hesilly

    both are great costumes for Fancy restaurant waitresses. the metallic aprons look like  waterproof.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, they both suck.

  • Anonymous

    Do I have to pick??? I guess Reese – she looks kind of cute I think. Kate looks frumpy. 

  • Anonymous

    I hate that dress on both of them. On anybody.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry…I like Reese better.  I think the jewel color is terrific, I like it better in the shorter length, and I don’t mind the belt so much.

    REESE yes.  Cate no.  Especially with those shoes.

  • Anonymous

    Cate FTW!!!! 

  • Anonymous

    Not crazy about the dress, but I have to give it to Cate – she still makes it look like fashion. On Reese, all I can see is Peter Pan. The dress looks juvenile on her.

  • Anonymous

    Looks as if Cate pulled on a too-tight dress, and the side seams split. She didn’t have time to change, so she quickly pulled a petticoat on underneath and strutted out the door.

  • Laura King


  • aimee_parrott

    I don’t really like it on either of them, or on the model for that matter.  I guess I dislike Cate’s version less.  So, win?

  • Anonymous

    Cate for sticking with the idea of the “dress” (and I use that term loosely).  Ugly, ugly, ugly.  And sorry, I like the shoes but not with this outfit…

  • Jody Lee

    Sorry, but when two actresses chose to wear something that looks like what a teenager might make from an old sweatshirt, sequins and a bed ruffle, they are both out and equally brainless in not being able to process the act of looking in a mirror.

  • erin l.

    I so like it on Reese better; the green looks pretty, as does the shorter length. Though hair/makeup wise, Cate wins.

  • Anonymous

    I give Reese the win.

  • Delysia LaFosse

    I don’t care for the dress, but Cate is wearing it better.

  • Felicitas Strautman

    peptoe shoes with bows on them is a crime. reese definitely wins. 

  • Anonymous

    Agree..the dress is hideous. Cate is wearing it better. Reese looks like she the kindergarten Mom for the Christmas project and everything went awry.

  • VicD

    My god, that is an ugly UGLY dress.  Both women look beautiful – in spite of that hideous dress.  The color and her legs save it for Reese.   Icy beauty saves it for Cate.  But there are no winners here.

  • Anonymous

    The only way I can vote is to chop off Cate at the mid-calf.  If I can do that, she wins.  If not, neither one wins.

  • Gaby Ripoll

    Cate. I’d wear her version in an instant. I LIKE the idea of a pullover over petticoats. 
    Er, with different shoes. 
    The green totally loses the ombre effect, and the belt ruins it. 

    • Gaby Ripoll

      Also, the neckline on Reese’s is less cute and sporty. 

  • Judy S

    Reese looks cute. Cate looks elegant. I would give it to Reese because I think both she and the dress look better than in the Olympian version as worn by the authentic goddess.  But as others seem to be noting, it’s a horrible dress.

  • Ana Rocadas

    Cate has the height to pull it off. Reese looks like a mess. Crazy hair!

  • Anonymous

    Cate for the win, no question at all about it.

  • Anonymous

    Cate wins!

  • Ana Cedillo

    this is a toughie, not the best looking dress, i dont like those ruffles.
    but cates shoes are just soooo awful i cant look at anything else but those shoes, but true reese made it generic
    i vote MODEL

  • Anonymous

    All I know is that Cate looks like she’s about to cut a bitch. So she wins.

  • Susan Crawford

    Cate. Only Cate. Always Cate. The design of that dress is NOT meant to be interrupted abruptly with a belt, shortened to mid-thigh length, re-done in green and black, and worn with blah Minnie Mouse heels. Cate just got the right combination of gravitas and glamour that this design screamed for. Reese, wear your little dress to the ice cream parlor and treat yourself to a banana split – you’ll feel better!

  • oohsparkley!

    I don’t love the dress.  But I like it better on Reese. I like the green.

  • Anonymous

    There is no winner here.  Ugly no matter what you do to it.

  • Christy Gill

    I am not a huge fan of the dress and I don’t like the length of Cate’s much, but I still think she wins.  The belt on Reese’s makes it look like she’s wearing some sort of awful apron or bib and the color makes it way to heavy.  Cate also just looks more comfortable in her look, doesn’t she?

  • Anonymous

    Is it just me, or does Cate just keep getting more beautiful?

  • Anonymous

    Cate wins. I am not at all sold on the droopy drapes dangling from the hem, but Cate looks fab from the crown of her head at least to mid-thigh. Reese, on the other hand? Hair looks a bit fried, adding a belt and shortening the length (even if that is just the belt’s doing) somehow made a potentially (intentionally?) awkward dress even frumpier. The color is not doing anything for her either, while the gold and gray sings on Cate.

  • Anonymous

    I pick up the likes of Us Magazine, Life & Style, etc. while in line at the drugstore strictly to check out the “who wore it best” features at the front, comparing “celebrities” wearing the same look. 

  • Anonymous

    I HATE HATE HATE the mullet hem.   I give it to le magnifique Cate, though.    Reese’s dress looks left over from her elephant training gig.

  • Call me Bee

    Yes you are right.  Cate wore this much better.  Although the funny length and light color at the hem almost make her legs look…(dare I say?) pudgy!  Not flattering at all.  It would be better either longer or shorter, I think. 
    I hope this becomes a regular part of your blog–I love this sh*t! Bitch Stole My Look is easily the best part of Fashion Police, though I usually watch just to see how they compare/contrast with your commentary. Always interesting.
    Re:  zhuzhing:  always wanted to know how to spell that…  Thanks!

  • Robert Sanchez

    I hate both of them.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll give it to Cate–the belt is a bridge too far. But the sweater is a good example of something that would have been much prettier if it hadn’t been all sliced up the side and layered over a messy skirt so as to make it more distinctive and brandable and High Fashion (or even Middle Fashion). How pretty would just  a grey raglan-sleeved t-shirt style grey jumper with gold sequins be on Cate, maybe over some slim pants or something? But as is it’s just sort of odd.

    Anyhoo, I still give it to Cate, despite the tragic shoes. But Reese certainly doesn’t look bad.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll give it to Cate–the belt is a bridge too far. But the sweater is a good example of something that would have been much prettier if it hadn’t been all sliced up the side and layered over a messy skirt so as to make it more distinctive and brandable and High Fashion (or even Middle Fashion). How pretty would just  a grey raglan-sleeved t-shirt style grey jumper with gold sequins be on Cate, maybe over some slim pants or something? But as is it’s just sort of odd.

    Anyhoo, I still give it to Cate, despite the tragic shoes. But Reese certainly doesn’t look bad.

  • Katie

    The addition of the belt plus the black color makes it look like some kind of fancy sparkly maid outfit. Agree that the dress itself is a bit too odd either way, but odd suits Cate, at least.

  • butter nut

    both dresses are weird & relatively unflattering.  but cate wins for keeping it simple & sleek.  reese unfortunately looks wide & messy.

  • Jane Morris


  • Hetha Innis

    Wow, I NEVER disagree with you guys, and I’ve been reading since you were only get a few comments per post. I think it looks like an apron on cate and hate the hem length and can’t ignore those hideous shoes. No way. It’s much cuter on Reese. 

  •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    For my money, it’s the model that owns it.  But I suppose that’s cheating.

  • Emily

    Reese.  Cant get over cate’s shoes and the white skirt.

  • Anonymous

    I would like to have seen the black version without the belt, not so sure that Cate won.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    It’s an ugly dress, yet, to me, less ugly in the green/gray color scheme. I prefer Reese to Cate.

    Dear Lord, I never thought I would type that sentence.

  • Anonymous

    Cate wins simply because it’s more of a look. I don’t like either of them to be honest, but can I just say Cate looks exquisite from the neck up. Those shoes must die.

  • Aly Light

    I’m with Cate. Her take is far more innovative. That’s a great color on Reese, though.

  • Dwight Lake

    It looks really drab and boxy on cate to me. I hate that shade of green but i like the shape better on reese. Either way it’s just another awful version of a frakendress in my eyes

  • Anonymous

    Both ugly. No winner.

  • nicole seligman

    reese obviously wins this one. cate looks like she got shoved out of the limo without her belt or the shoes that go with this dress. reese, on the other hand, looks killa.

  • Geno Boggiatto

    Cate for sure. But all things considered, it is a pretty odd dress.

  • Anonymous

    What the hell is Cate Blanchett doing in those cutesy shoes?

  • Anonymous

    The bed ruffle petticoat is hideous no matter what color.  Neither deserve a win.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I can’t imagine anyone looking at this dress and thinking, ‘that’s darling! I should wear that!’
    BUT Cate gets my vote here.

  • irielle

    I’d give it to Cate and unlike a lot of people on here, I actually like Reese. However, while I like the green color is pretty, slipping a belt on it makes the overtunic (?) look like an apron, and the apron plus the shorter ruffled skirt makes her seem like a cocktail waitress.

  • Anonymous

    I kind of hate the dress on Cate.  The shape and proportions are weird and the gold sequins on heather grey looks cheap to me, like something a crazy granny would wear to bingo.

    Although Reese made the dress look much more conventional, she also made it much more flattering, emphasizing her waist instead of hiding it.  Also, I kind of love the emerald green.  It works so much better with her coloring than the gold would have.

    REESE wins, hands down.

  • Anonymous

    Cate, no question.

  • sweetlilvoice


  • Anonymous

    What happened to Reese’s hair? Was she attacked by a hay baler? Did all the conditioner in her house disappear?

  • Anonymous

    Well I pretty much hate the dress which looks like a sack and dare I say it, to coin Tim Gunn, “student work”-y. Like you know too much going on and none of it well figured out. Perhaps my high-fashion brain (brashon?)  isn’t screwed on or something but I pretty much find this thing to look a mess. Furthermore the length is unappealing. Although if I have to choose, which clearly I do, I’m going with Cate for the win. Don’t like the green either.

    Actually the more I look at this garment in the green it reminds me of  a flapper costume on Dance Moms.

  • Anonymous

    frankly, both dresses are fugly as hell

  • Ally Monge

    Don’t like either of them. The model looks fantastic though! Love LV’s styling! I thought it was a weird dress on Cate, flashy but generic on Reese, and something I would wear if I wanted to be chic and daring on the model (minus the hat… I’d go with a skinny headband)The shoes and fur collar are awesome touches.

  • Anonymous

    Those are two of the ugliest dresses I’ve ever seen.

  • Anonymous

    Cate for sure, but it’s a very very weird dress, not in a good way. And putting it in the darker colorway made it worse.

  • Anonymous

     “[Y]ou either wear it as is or you don’t wear it at all.” Exactly. Cate, FTW!

  • Anonymous

    Cate but I wish that she had the wee furry collar on it.  That seems to more appropriately balance out the look I think.  Reese’s looks more formal and less weird at first, but the belt troubles me but I don’t know why.  

  • Tiger Gray

    Cate. She makes it look effortless. 

  • TigerLaverada

    Cate for sure. A difficult dress for anybody to rock, IMO — a combination of fabrics that don’t work together plus ruffles. It looks like the designer was trying too hard. To me the belt just kills it in Reese’s iteration. But yes, I hate those shoes Cate’s got on. 

  • Tom Markiewicz

    they’re not the same dress though? reeses is by far shorter, along with all the colour differences. they look like dresses from the same collection, but it’s not fair to compare them. i like reeses dress; i think cate looks like she didn’t pull down her actual dress far enough over her volume inducing bloomers.

    • Tom and Lorenzo

      Same dress; different colors.

  • Anonymous

    Reese. Cate’s looks weirdly layered to me.

  • Anonymous

    They both look bad

  • Anonymous

    i was trying to figure out why a dress that looks so fabulous on the model looks so very awful on everyone else.
    worse, of course, in the green–though i like the green itself, the dress just does not work. at all. looks like a hitched up sequined apron over gym bloomers. just no.
    i think the overall issue, however, is that in the first instance she ditched not just the accessorizing but the collar. w/ the collar it loses the apron look that it even has there. whole thing needed something to pull it together & take it out of the fancified kitchen. i think the loss of appropriate appointments renders it kinda iffy in both instances. more, though, in the second.

    edited for grammar.

  • Anonymous

    I adore Cate and love it from the waist up, but that white ruffled skirt is awful.  It is better  black on black and shorter on Reece. Don’t  like the belt at all, Cate is correct in wearing it without a belt.  I agree that Cate is more true to the design – The black with black looks rigged up for Reece.

  • Anonymous

    Cate wins it for me, despite the shoes.  I’ll admit I love visible petticoats, so I’m biased, but I think Cate’s color story, as they say, is better.  Plus, she’s awesome.

  • Anonymous

    No, just no. I don’t get the Cate adoration, but that just does NOT look good. It’s just a fugly look.

  • Anonymous

    Yuck and Yuck. Cate gets my vote just because I like her more than Reese.

  • Lenny Moses Breda

    For once, I disagree with T-Lo. Reese wins.

  • Anonymous

    I prefer Reese. On Cate, it looks like a sad sack.

  • TheVeryLivingEND


  • Grace Ritt

    I disagree, I think Reese wins this one. The belt helps define it, and I love the color.

  • Greg Polansky

    Reese looks better. Far better actually. Better color. The belt definitely helps. 

  • Anonymous

    They all look like futuristic milkmaids. Including the model, who’s doing Newsies and Heidi in Space.

    Reese looks the least bad–the similar tunic/petticoat color theme and belt make it at least look like 1) one garment and 2) she has a waist.

  • Anonymous

    Reese, cut the damn bangs!!!  I’m glad you’re happy and all, but you really don’t have to work so hard.  We get it, you’re finally getting some – and married, to boot! Now, calm down…

  • Anonymous

    I vote Reese but probably because the black on bottom hides what looks like one dress cannibalizing another in the white version. Like the green.

  • Anonymous

    It’s all Cate.   On Cate is looks sophisticated, even if you don’t like the dress.  It helps that Cate looks beautiful to boot.  It does not look right on Reese at all.   

  • Sophia Vaccaro

    REESE, absolutely. The white version looks awkward, proportion wise, without the accessories on the model; in addition, I like the emerald/black combo much better. Also, Reese’s length is more flattering, even if it is a bit short.

    but hair on both: out.

  • elzatelzabelz

    Have to disagree, I much prefer Reese’s version. I really like the black and green and shorter, less poufy version.

  • Anonymous

    team reese here.  on cate it just looks sad and saggy and strange.  the top doesn’t relate to the bottom.  i love the emerald and what looks like indigo to me, but could be black.  the shorter length is more flattering, but i’d ditch the belt.  

  • Anonymous


    Nobody wins in a sequin apron shirt dress .

  • Anonymous

    both look fugly. Cate by default. 

  • Anonymous

    The more I look at it, the more I sort of love how this looks on Cate.  She doesn’t even need a belt to have definition at the waist.  Reese’s version is a bit tawdry.

  • Anonymous

    I think the one thing Reese did right was chopping off a couple ruffles; the proportions are better this way. If Cate had left everything else (but the shoes, of course) alone and done that, I could 100% get behind this, I think. I certainly love the colors on Cate’s version.

  • Anonymous

    What an odd dress.

  • Rachel Lee

    Mrr. Reese it is for me. The colour is better and the length is so much more flattering.

  • Anonymous

    Cate wins, despite those hiddy Minnie Mouse shoes.  Reese’s version is so different – the green sequins come farther up the front to relegate the knit (or is it satin in this version?) to a trim around the neckline, which puts it on the fast train to Genericville.  Just an inferior version of an interesting dress.

  • Anonymous

    cate, for sure, although i concur on the shoes ~ ICK.

  • amanda lynn


  • Anonymous

    Cate. She looks radiant and comfortable.

  • Anonymous

    Cate if we must choose one.  It’s not a perticularly flattering dress either way.

  • Shawn EH

    A. It’s a hideous dress no matter what. Is that jersey … with sequins …. and ruffles?
    B. But Reese made it sexy, and Cate did not. What is up with those bow-peep shoes?

  • Anonymous

    Reese! Cate looks okay, but she looks like she’s wearing two dresses more than Shailene does (a couple of posts in the future with the red dress over the black one). I think the shorter length and the black underneath make for a much better look. 

  • Anonymous

    Cate all the way. The ombre effect is what really makes this dress pop, so to essentially eliminate that and then break up the flow of the tunic with a belt is just a bad choice. This looks cheap on Reese. If you’re scared of the dress, avoid wearing it rather than ruining it.

  • Anonymous

    Are they not only given the dresses for free but also paid to wear them?  Because I think that’s what’s happening with this little fugly number…a little fashion payola going on here?

  • Anonymous

    i bet most of you are only picking cate under claims of her holding on to the fashion-y-ness of the dress cause youre to scared to admit the not high fashion-y girl actually looks decent. If it wasn’t cate wearing that dress I doubt any of you would pick her, not cause she changges the look but because you mentally want to like hte cool edgy differnt girl instead of miss usa

  • Anonymous

    Cate wins here but it’s a pretty hollow victory since a) she doesn’t look THAT good and b) her “competition” is hardly worth the nom de guerre.  I’d like to see Cate’s dress with the grey area extended to the hem, and all that white bedskirt ruffle crap taken off.  THAT might be interesting.

  • Anonymous

    Cate.  I like the color Reese chose but she looks older in it while Cate looks younger(! for whatever reason).  Cate can do chic whether it looks good or silly but Reese not so much.  Reese does look happy but not chic and put together.  I agree with all that the dress is not sensational in any version.

  • vmcdanie

    I don’t really care for this dress across the board but if I had to pick, I’d say Reese.

    The original version as worn by Cate is little house on the disco prairie. And yes, I think I turned into Michael Kors for a second.

  • Anonymous

    Cate spilled paint on her smock

  • Anonymous

    I missed that entry !
    Cate wins that one with flying color : she looks chic and edgy while Reeses, as always, looks ruffled, unpolished and a little thick at the waist. The belt was a wrong decision : it cuts the proportion of the dress and make her look smaller than she is.
    And the black and green combo looks some much less interesting than the gold-white-grey one.
    I don’t mind Cate’s shoes. They look silly and fun.

  • Rania Neddoff

    Length.  the belt ruins the line & i think the hem is supposed to be a bit longer, no?


    Reese! Cate always gets points no matter what she does.


    I realize I’m two years late on this one, lol