WERQ: Dita Von Teese in Alexis Mabille Couture

Posted on January 27, 2012

We love you, Miss Dita.


Dita Von Teese attends the Sidaction Gala Dinner 2012 at Pavillon d’Armenonville in Paris, France in Alexis Mabille Couture.

Alexis Mabille Spring 2012 Couture Collection/Model: Katlin Aas (MARILYN)

We really, really do.


[Photo Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images, style.com]

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  • I think she looks looks pretty ridiculous.

    • Rebecca Johnson

      Ridiculous-ly fun and appropriate! 

      • No. Just ridiculous.

        • For a regular person this would be silly, but she’s different. I applaud the decision to reduce the hat size though.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      Have you seen Nicki Minaj? Or Katy Perry, or Lady Gaga?

      Ridiculous isn’t what it used to be.

      • They are trying to be costumey. Is she? Because the person below me thinks this outfit is “serious business.” If so, it’s ridiculous. If it’s costume, then it’s awesome. I’m sorry, I just cannot take this outfit seriously at all.

        • Bree The Vole

          I was actually referring to the fact that Dita obviously isn’t into serious business dressing, which I love about her. She may not do complete costumes like Nicki, Katy or Gaga, but she has fun with her clothes, which is something more people should try doing. Sorry about the confusion!

          • I’m sorry for misinterpreting you. She does have fun and she is quite a unique character.

        • Really? Because with the number of comments you’ve made about it, it certainly looks like you’re taking it quite seriously. A bit TOO seriously, in fact.

          • I’m kind of fascinated with Dita, I admit it. But aren’t we all? I guess I think she’s pretty much always in costume, but I’m not sure if I’m right. Am I? I probably just don’t “get” her, but I’m trying to understand. If my posting is bothering you I apologize.

          • It doesn’t bother us, but it does strike us as a little … adamant.

            Think of it as a costume. Note that she’s dressed all in red at an AIDS benefit.

          • I am not particularly adamant, and I accept your explanation that it’s a costume for a specific event. It does seem like the usual criticisms of this outfit (the lace, the matchy-matchy, the shoes that don’t fit, etc) are being ignored, and I’m not sure why, which I think is the source of my bemusement.

          • We’ve said many times that our view of fashion isn’t rigid and rules-based. It all depends on who’s wearing the outfit, what her intent was, and where she’s wearing it. The “usual criticisms” don’t apply because Dita’s clearly following her own set of rules and because, as we said, she treats clothing like costumes.

          • Thanks for explaining it to me. I guess it just looks sort of ridiculous to me, as certain elements do not work towards that overall flawless effect that Dita usually achieves, but as Tim Gunn would say, “Chacun à son goût!”

          • B

            I know it’s terribly wrong to ask, but being, ahem, a bit mature myself, I wonder about Miss Dita’s age. She wows me.

    • Bree The Vole

      Serious business isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

  • Anonymous

    Good Lord, she is DIVINE!!! Love it!

  • i love that she’s breaking the lace, too big of shoes & too matchy-matchy and WORKING THE SHIT OUT OF THAT OUTFIT.  represent.

  • Anonymous

    I think the dress would look better a bit shorter, as in the runway model.

  • Candice Richardson

    WERQ! Why is the runway model’s face painted?

    • I don’t know, but it creeps me out.

  • Anonymous

    Fabulous. She embraced a “red ribbon” theme as befits an AIDS benefit and managed to look both saucy and vintage. She does have impeccable personal style that really says “her” which I admire.

  • Anonymous

    I’d cut the tassel off the bag but that’s it. 🙂 Love it. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Where are her nipples? And I think she’s a little on the matchy matchy side, don’t you think?

    • Anonymous

      I was wondering the same thing!!!  Unless those side panels are actually lined up top?

    • I think that’s a bra cup I see peeking through the side panel of lace.  While I find that disturbing, it’s not as disturbing as the lack of one would be.

      • Anonymous

        I’m actually glad that I can see a bra cup peeking through the lace. I’m tired of seeing boobage all over the runways.  

      • Call me Bee

        In fact–it looks like a lining or body suit of some kind from bra to bum.  Thank goodness…

    • Anonymous

      There’s matchy matchy and then there’s an intentional use of the same color throughout and not in a bridesmaids dress kind of way. I think she looks stunning.

      • What is the difference? Don’t bridesmaids intentionally use the same color throughout? It sure isn’t an accident.

        • Anonymous

          The difference (to me) is tacky v. tasteful. You guess which is which.

  • fan – f*#king- tabulous!!

  • I want to be her when I grow up.

    • Anonymous

      yeah, but why wish for something that requires you to grow up?

      Actually, her confidence would be spectacular to have at any age.

  • Anonymous

    She looks like a Valentines Day box of candy…somehow manages to pull it off in the process too.  She’s the only one that can. 

  • Anonymous

    Love her.

    I am a little disturbed by the fact that her shoes seem too big, yet her toes are scrunched up.  I could put my thumb in the back of her left shoe.

    • Anonymous

      i want to know how she can walk in them, wouldn’t she literally be stepping out of her shoe with every step, there must be some magical celebrity foot glue i am not aware of since so many of them seem to be wearing shoes a size too big….

      • Call me Bee

        No–not too big–just too high and maybe too wide.  Your foot slides forward when you’re wearing high heels–so the toes crunch and the heel pops out of the back of your shoes.  I have narrow feet, and this happens to me all the time–even with lower heels. 

        • Or, on the flipside, it could be that she has wider feet and wears shoes that are too long for the extra space.

          • Anonymous

            Perfect description of my shoe situation.

          • As a wide footed gal who can be quite mean to her feet I always wonder why none of the stylish companies make widths.  You once and a while come across a shoe company that some girl you know will swear up down are super cute plus widths, but the ones that are made that way are always sort of dowdy.
            I work at a children’s shoe store where we do fittings and everything and it seems like, while narrow feet are not super common, about a third of our customers are wide.  Assuming that this applies to the non children sector of the population as well, there should be quite a market for wide shoes.
            Is it that the footwear companies are averse to making something for ‘fat’ feet?  Customers averse to admitting they have ‘fat’ feet?  Or is there just an assumption that if you disregard your comfort and foot health enough to wear such shoes, than there’s no point in going though the trouble of making widths for you?

          • Anonymous

            My sister in foot width. I have found some lines on Zappos that carry widths. Probably not in shoes like the ones Ms. D is wearing here, but some fairly attractive shoes. But they’re few and far between.

          • Anonymous

            Have you tried Eneslow at Park & 32nd, or Tip Top on 72nd Street (between Columbus & Amsterdam)?  Took my mother to both when she was visiting, and she had some luck.  Always nice to try them on instead of chancing it on the Internet.

          • Anonymous

            Thanks! I know Tip Top well, but not Eneslow.

          • Anonymous

            We went to Marmi’s first, at 54th and Madison, which on a bus-stop advert pitched itself as selling ALL sizes.  But when we got there, they didn’t have my mom’s 8W, and they’re in fact who told us about Tip Top and Eneslow.  Now, Eneslow specializes in orthotics and othopedic-style shoes, but they also sell wide and double-wide, and a great Italian line of shoes that are not at all orthopedic looking.  Mom wouldn’t have touched them if they were.  She came away with a kicky pair of pumps.  (She’s 85, and such a fashion plate, I tell  you, Helen Mirren HOPES to look like her when she grows up!)  I’ve sent a friend there with very narrow feet as well, and she had pretty good luck.

          • Anonymous

            I, too, always wonder at the shoe industry’s absolute refusal to acknowledge that feet come in all sorts of shapes. With my Morton’s toe and fallen arches and bunions and slim ankles, I understand that my feet may be a shoe designer’s living hell, but don’t they also realize that I would be willing to pay a premium for shoes that actually fit properly?

          • Anonymous

            I have very narrow feet, and wear a half-size, as well. I can almost always find severals wide styles in shoes I like, but forget about narrows. There are so few shoes made for narrow feet that it’s almost a certainty that I will spend over $120 every time I buy even the simplest pair of shoes. And even then, they rarely make 9.5, which is what I need, but skip straight to 10, which are often still too wide. It’s SO aggravating. I can go to a regular shoe store and probably find 20 pairs of shoes in wide to zero or one pair at the most in narrow—and still not one in my size. 

      • Anonymous

         I know!  I lost a little weight and have to stuff cushions in the back and at the ball of my foot or I step out of my shoes with every step

      • Melanie Dunn-Fiedler

         Love your screen name. If you look again, you’ll see that her stilettos aren’t touching the ground. She’s standing on tippy-toe. Which makes sense, as she is rather shor.

  • Too matchy-matchy, too big shoes and toe cleavage? Not WERQing for me.  But almost there.

  • Geno Boggiatto

    If you described this outfit to me without showing it, I think I would recoil in horror. But on her, it’s absolutely fabulous!

  • *sigh*

  • Anonymous

    the only other person I could think of that could WERQ this outfit would be Queen Helen.  

  • She is so fabulous. Love her. She looks amazing! One of the few people that can pull this off.

  • Anonymous

    No one else could wear this. She looks fabulous.

  • Terri Smith

    What, was she not feeling the red face and world’s-largest-rubber-band-ball-sized flower?  C’mon!

  • LOVE. HUH. 

  • Melvis Velour

    A friend of mine saw her in person this outfit and said it was almost incendiary – the photos don’t do it justice.  All I could say when I saw the photos was “oh.my.gawd!”

  • Sara__B

    I enjoy the way she takes current designer clothes and transforms them with her retro style. She’s a burlesque dancer — she’s “gotta have a gimmick” and she performs hers flawlessly.

  • Exquisite!

  • Anonymous

    Matching accessories?  Toe-cleavage?  Shoe that doesn’t fit?  You guys are slipping.

  • Anonymous

    She looks like a Chinese New Year decoration. But I can kind of dig it.

    • Anonymous

      I was reminded of a line from Bend it Like Beckham: “She looks like a jar of bloody Ragu, innit?”

      And yet, I can kind of dig it, too.

  • Anonymous

    I. Want.

    Not those shoes, necessarily, but that dress? For sure.
    And I love the smaller scale of the hat. Fabulousness, through and through.

  • Judy_J

    I can’t understand how someone could put so much thought and effort into their ensemble and then wear shoes that DON’T FIT.

    • Anonymous

      My thoughts exactly.

  • Anonymous

    She looks GREAT, but I am getting a costume-y vibe off her. Maybe she needs to change it up just a bit.

  • Anonymous

    She has the knack of being both very respectably and perfectly covered up and deliciously sexual, both at once.  Starlets, take note. 

  • Anonymous

    Only Dita could get me to love that getup, which is why it is a WERQ.

  • Anonymous


    I love it. And, strange as it may seem, she looks like a lady. A daring lady, a naughty lady – but a lady.

  • I want to either marry her when I grow up, or be her when I grow up.

  • Call me Bee

    That is a fab dress and she looks great–but too much red for me. 

  • Anonymous

    LUV.  HUH.

  • Anonymous

    I was going to demand that TLo explain themselves on this one.  However, after reading the other comments, I am clearly missing the backstory that would make the near unanimous praise for a fairly-standard-red-dress-with-lace, red minnie mouse shoes, red potscrubber headdress and red bag, understandable.   I’m guessing the outfit would have elicited orgasms had she worn red stockings?   

    • Anonymous

      I think if she’d worn red stockings, she’d look like a blood clot, so I think they would have put it into “what the fuck is she wearing” category.  

    • My sentiments EXACTLY.

  • Anonymous

    What a fabulous creature she is! To me, this isn’t matchy-matchy. Matchy-matchy is two or three elements of an outfit being the same color. When you go head-to-toe in one color, it’s considered a monochromatic color scheme, or a column of color effect. And when you pull it off with the aplomb the incomparable Miss Von Teese does, it’s spectacular!

  • Anonymous

    TOO much red for me.

    I think you guys are being so easy on her because she’s fabulous even if her outfit is slightly off the mark and is practially identical to how it was presented on the runway.

    She’s fierce but she’s been fiercer.

    • Anonymous

      I agree – the shiny matchy-matchy shoes/bag would normally get a little mention, no?  
      While she looks great AND the dress is great, this is one of the few cases where the model  looks jut a bit better than her (not counting the read face).

      Also the shoes remind me of a pair on PRA – where there is too much toe cleavage – when the shoe box is too small

  • Joyce VG

    just WOW!

  • Anonymous

    She’s a drugstore Valentine’s day candy Box.  Russell Stover or Whitman’s (for which I have a particular affection, as my darling Pops bought one for me and one for my Mom every Valentine’s Day.)  So DVT don’t you ever change.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t even mind the toe cleavage here.  It’s Dita.  She can wear whatever the hell she wants.

  • Scott Isaacs

    Good Lord. Did she get the logo ahead of time so she could color-coordinate her outfit?

    I bow down. I really, really hope there are women/young ladies studying her assiduously. Even if nothing else, her attitude should be on page 1 of “How to Be Fabulous.”

  • craazay! But I love her. Even with the flower pot as purse. And those Loubs being too tight in the toebox and too big on the back.

  • I want a doll of Miss Dita. Well, I would sell a kidney for a full collection of Miss Dita dolls, with all kind of vintage and couture outfits *sigh*

  • Anonymous

    le WERQ, naturellement!

  • Anonymous

    Dita’s rules are different than everybody else’s rules. Fab.

  • MilaXX

    She is making Barbie clothes work.

    • Lisa

      I never thought of it that way – that’s very true!

  • she’s fab. and the makeup didn’t manage to super age her this time. 

    • Yeah, I can’t tell what is different, but I was just thinking her makeup is less harsh than usual in these pictures.

  • It’s costume-y and silly, but on her, it’s absolutely works. And she is sellin’ it.

  • Anonymous

    The power of Dita: she is rocking so much in this look that TLo normally just can’t with:

    *Head-to-toe matchy matchy accessories, including her LIPTSTICK & NAILS;
    *Too-big shoes, PLUS significant toe cleavage;
    *Cut-outs (full body!);

    Excuse me while I stretch out my back in preparation for BOWING THE FUCK DOWN.

    • Or we could just note that TLo can’t be objective about Dita. It happens, we all have our irrational loves and hatreds.

  • Anonymous

    I like the dress on the model but I hate it on her. The shoes don’t fit. Everything else is okay.

  • Katharine Hudson

    The shoes look like they either don’t fit, or are flat-out poorly designed. If the heels gaps so much, when the toes are obviously way too small, the design is off. It might look nice but feet don’t work like that.

  • Zi Jie Tan

    It’s Chinese New Year here in Singapore, where red is considered an auspicious colour for outfits, decorations, etc. She fits the theme then! 

  • Anonymous

    She looks great, but why is she wearing her Mommy’s shoes?? With all their fame and money, why can’t these women get shoes that fit??? And no stockings with that outfit?? I can’t tell, but she should be wearing them if she isn’t.

    • Anonymous

      That’s surprised me about Dita lately. She always, always wore stockings but she seems to be going bare more often which is a pity.

      Quite surprised at the shoes too, considering this is a woman that get custom made Louboutins gifted to her! I still love her though.

  • Anonymous

    If anyone can show up at an AIDS gala wearing red head-to-toe and look amazing doing so, it’s Dita.  But seriously, get some shoes that fit.

  • Anonymous

    It’s interesting — even though the shoes don’t look like they fit right, and even though you ALWAYS see her in sky-high heels, she has remarkably pretty feet.  Most women who stand on the red carpet in heels that high have feet that look as tortured as they must feel, but hers aren’t all lumpy and bumpy and nasty.  How does she do it?  She is just so fabulous head to toe!

  • Anonymous

    Red is definitely her color, I like the shoes on the model better tho. I can’t get behind dyed to match shoes altho does fit her retro vibe nicely.

  • That is a whole lot of red.

  • Bow down, minions.  Ditta is a goddess.

  • Anonymous

    Love this dame. So much. 

  • Luvit

  • Anonymous

    I love Dita. This isn’t my favourite outfit I’ve seen her in, I don’t covet it like I usually do with her clothes. But she still looks fabulous.

  • Lisa

    I LOVE Dita – also love the shoes, the bag, the hat, the hair, and the makeup.  I’m surprisingly not crazy about the dress – it fits her like a dream, and it’s a great color, but something about the lace makes it look tacky.

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to have to say no to this.  It’s just too much red.  The panels on the dress hit her on the wrong spot and make her look boxy instead of curvy.  Love the purse, but not with this dress.  And I wish she had worn the bigger flower!  I love that flower headpiece on the model.

  • Breathtaking.

  • Anonymous

    Since it’s Dita, I’m dying to know how she got that scar on her leg!

  • Anonymous

    a black purse and black shoes which keep her from looking like Dita Does Barbie.

  • Anonymous

    For anybody other than her or Lady GaGa it would be too much red. 

    She looks great but she really needs to get shoes that fit.

  • Anonymous

    Hard to believe that she actually toned down the hat!

    Girl, get some shoes that fit.

  • Anonymous

    I <3 her.  She looks amazing.

  • margaret meyers

    Thank you for the exquisite shot of her slender ankles, swelling arches and tender instep.  My inner foot perv has a lot to think about.

  • Greg Yoder

    I think this looks fabulous, but I have certain engineering questions.  It’s really trying hard to look like she’s not wearing anything but the dress, but the girls are so well supported.  I guess she has a really great bra that’s good at disappearing.

  • Anonymous

    She looks great in this, but the deeper red on the runway makes this outfit look much more chic. I don’t know if it’s just a difference in the lighting, but the red on Dita’s dress cheapens the look a bit.

  • Anonymous

    she is a study in WERQing it one’s own way… i really don’t think i’d go bananas for red lace and satin pumps (individually ~ and even less likely, together) on anyone, but as usual dita makes it work fabulously. girl knows her shit, what looks good, and how to serve it with just the right air of attitude. if there’s a coffeetable book of her fashions, i’m in serious need of it.

  • Anonymous

    I hope like 30 years  in the future, some girl posts on futurefacebook about how much she loves Dita’s style and then some other bitch futurecomments and is like, “You know she only copied the styles from the 1940’s and 50’s” and then they’ll get in a huge comment war and it will be great. 

  • Anonymous

    She is exquisite. I love the precisely applied make-up, and think the “matchy-matchy” works as a statement. Divine.

  • Love. First person to wear 2012 Couture collection? I’d say so.

  • Strange, the model and Dita seem to have exactly the same titscrepancy. I love Dita, but I am not loving this.

  • Wow.  She really commits to a look.  I think she’s about the only person besides Gaga that could pull it off.

  • The hat – (runway or Dita’s version) may be ridiculous, but it’s still better than the pot scrubber that Kenley designed for the Miss Piggy challenge.

  • Anonymous

    Something tells me she could rock any head to toe color!  I’d like to see a Green or a Blue Dita.
    She’s one of kind these days.

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad she didn’t go with the  make-up of the model. 
    That may have pushed things a tad too far.

  • spooki C

    She looks fab but her shoes don’t fit. GURL WHY?!

  • Elias Pineda

    do not like

  • Anonymous

    I’m liking this-she has fun with fashion, and doesn’t take it too seriously!

  • Love this dress. Love Dita. Every time I see her, I can’t helping marveling that she’s much thinner than she is in my mind. I think of her as super curvy and super voluptuous, but she is a tiny little thing, isn’t she?

  • Anonymous

    LOVE that dress, it looks divine. I’m cringing at the accessories, though. I feel like she should have either gone with the super crazy runway hat or just given up the idea.

  • Anonymous

    Happy Valentine’s Day!  She is pretty divine!

  • Anonymous

    love her!

  • Anonymous


  • Susan Crawford

    She can break all the rules: matchy-matchy; insane hats; make-up to the max. And somehow, it always works because . . . she is The Dita. I don’t think this Mabille number is her best look, but she rocks it. The hat on anyone else besides a Brit at a royal wedding would be odd, but she rocks it. Those big red shoes on anyone else’s feet would look Minnie Mouse, but, she rocks ’em. And folks, clear a path because I am going for that tasselled little red pouch and nothing’s gonna stop me, not even The Dita. Must. Have. It.

  • It takes a really strong personality and sense of self to wear that dress instead of having it wear you – but she pulls it off. She looks silly, but she pulls it off. But what I like about this is how her boobs apparently defy gravity with no visible means of support.


  • Anonymous

    This woman knows how to dress.

  • Classy lady. I love her!

  • B

    I *am* that pale. I wonder what foundation she uses… where she finds it. It’s impossible to find foundation that pale. It all looks like jaundice or bruises on my skin. Never pale enough.

  • Cathy S

    I don’t know if anyone else could pull it off, but she looks fabulous.

  • I’m just amazed that we can’t see any nipple region. That is a damn effective pastie. Or she has tiny areolas. Yes, I look at boobies. Boobies are fun.

  • Anonymous

    no painted face….?!

  • marilyn

    She is well dressed considering how outrageous the dress and hat are.  Her thing is to be not-quite a charicature of herself, and she does it again.  At least her hat was smaller than the runway models, and her face wasn’t covered with camo-paint.  She actually has a hint of good taste.  

  • Anonymous

    This is absolutely striking, and quite genius. I don’t think anyone but Miss Dita could pull this off and know exactly what she’s doing. It is incredibly dramatic, which it should be, given the event. The head-to-toe red evokes the head-to-toe black that a widow might wear, which creates a melancholic resonance amidst all the fun. She kept it sexy but demure, also befitting the occasion. Finally, there is the absolute perfection of her carriage, which grants her incredible gravitas. The men I knew who died of AIDS in the 80’s and 90’s would have recognized this look as a glamorous Lady Death (note its similiarity to the Mexican Katarina figures, from the poof hat to the drawstring bag), and adored Dita for it. She knows what she’s doing. I am bowled over.