Independent Spirit Awards Red Carpet

Posted on February 26, 2012

Darlings, it was the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Sort of an Oscars pre-party where everyone dresses shitty because they know they can.


Adepero Oduye

Honey, no. We’re sorry, but no. Back in the limo you have to go.

Those sound like the opening lines of a Dr. Seuss book about red carpets.


Anna Kendrick in McQ by Alexander McQueen

Cute enough. TRAGIC shoes. They look like medical devices.


Anne Heche in Zac Posen

Enh. Nothing offensive here.


Busy Philipps in Vintage

Another coffee over here, Miss. And can you tell us if your cherry pie is fresh?


Elizabeth Banks in Timo Weiland

Love the dress, but WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE SHOES LATELY? Those things are HIDDY.


Elizabeth Olsen in Antonio Berardi

Kitten, we’re pretty sure they don’t let well-dressed people in.


Garcelle Beauvais

This woman needs help. Forget “pulling a Jolie;” we’re gonna start calling it “pulling a Garcelle” every time a beautiful woman goes out in an outfit that seriously frumps her down.


Illeana Douglas

If you’ll just wait here, someone from HR will show you to your cubicle and give you some forms to fill out.


Jessica Chastain in Giorgio Armani

Cute suit, even if it is a little big on her. HORRIFYING SHOES.


Kate Beckinsale in Diane von Furstenberg

To us, she often comes off way too “actress-y” in that “find my light and flip my hair” grandiose sort of way, but she looks like one chic bitch here, can’t deny.


Kirsten Dunst in Dolce & Gabbana

The shoes aren’t necessarily tragic; they’re just wrong for this look and they cheapen it. Granted, that skirt airing out her crotch tends to cheapen the look too. Nice jacket, hair and clutch, though.


Laura Dern

Oh, honey. We can’t stay mad at you because we love Enlightened so much, but this? This is making us very sad. Pretty dress ruined by seriously honky-tonk styling.


Lucy Liu in Roberto Cavalli

It’s like the dress is changing its mind every ten seconds or so.


Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

Credit for going the unexpected route, at least. Because not only would we not have expected her to wear something menswear-inspired; we NEVER would have expected that she’d forget to wear pants.


Rashida Jones in Oscar de la Renta

A pretty and eye-catching dress, but it needed an inch of the hem and much more delicate shoes. Hollywood stylists are all getting a cut from Payless, it seems.


Shailene Woodley

We’re all for ladypants on the RC, but this feels just a little too casual too us. Dressy ladypants, please. The top’s cute,  if a little big on her.


Zoe Saldana in Balmain

How sad is the state of RC shoe affairs that we actually said “Oh thank God,” AT THE SIGHT OF A PAIR OF SILLY PUTTY ANKLE STRAPS? Oh, WHAT has become of us, kittens? Will those silly Hollywood queens ever stop putting ladystars in big, cheap-looking shoes? Will the Oscars tonight be a parade of snapped heels and broken straps? Stay tuned!

Cute dress, but it does kind of look like the upholstery in a nursing home.


And darlings, don’t forget that we will be tweeting the shit out of the red carpet arrivals for the Oscars starting this evening and all the way through the program. If you’re extra good (and we’re not extra-tired) we might even have the first of our Oscars posts up tonight. Also, clear your calendars for tomorrow night, because we’ll be on Sirius XM Radio’s “Derek & Romaine” show at 8 (on Sirius XM OutQ 108) eastern tomorrow to discuss the Oscars fashions. It should be entertaining, since we doubt we’re going to get much sleep before then. We’ll be good and loopy, so be sure to call in (866-305-6887), bitches!


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  • sarahofalessergod

    Michelle Williams looks flat-out horrible.  The best thing about this is Kate Beckinsale’s expression which looks like ‘I just smelled a fart and I’m horrified it could be mine.’

    • Nonnah

      Michelle Williams = Little Lord Fauntleroy or Buster Brown.  How can she make menswear look twee!

    • bellafigura1

      Wow, I think she looks sensational, absolutely sensational.

  • Maria McGarry

    You know how I know you are in my psyche?  When I read “The Hunger Games” I heard you commenting on the clothes as the tributes were introduced.  I think you need to be written in, promptly.

    • MilaXX

       How awesome would *that* be? Now when I see the movie,all I’m going to think about id TLo snarking on the tributes fashions and giving Cinna props for his excellent styling.

  • Diane_G

    I can practically see Michelle William’s and Kirsten Dunst’s goose pimples on their legs. It’s. February.

    • Diane_G

      Also, I think some sheer-colored tights would’ve been fab on Michelle. Sadly it looks like that fad has passed. Oh well.

    • carolie_king

       CA has been very unseasonably warm this week, though.  Kate was probably too warm.

      • True dat. I’m up in Northern California and we’ve been in the 80’s, I can only imagine how LA is feeling

    • granddelusion

      February in LA is pretty warm. Sometimes even hot.

    • StillGary

      Forgive the Bridget JOnes Diary quote but …. “Has skirt called in sick?”

  • Clearly all the stylists of Hollywood had their minds on other things.

    •  Nail on the head.

      • Alisa Rivera

        So basically no celebrity is capable of dressing herself?

        • granddelusion

          No. The men aren’t, either.

        • I think they are just out of practice because they are so reliant on other people.

        •  You also have to remember that just because they are actresses doesn’t necessarily mean that they have good fashion sense or know what looks good on them.

  • serenitynow02

    I can’t believe these women are all going to the same event. Too bad several of them will be suffering from vaginal pneumonia.

    • pippitypup

       I can hear it now from the poor vags:

      “ahhh–QUEEF! ahhhh-Queef!’

      • miwome


      • Pennymac

        OMG I just scared the dog with my guffaw!

      • Jasmine Moten

        Oh dear God, I am dying from laughter!

      • MilaXX

        it’s comments like this that make me love my fellow minions

      • Nora Mulllin

        I almost just peed my pants. And I can’t stop giggling/snorting. My husband is looking at me like I’m insane but I’m laughing too hard to even read this to him. 

  • NurseEllen

    I have to go with Beckinsale for the win here.  And Miss Shailene is looking very much like a contender.  I don’t think her top reads as too big; rather, that the designer was going for that boxy look.  (Which is generally not flattering unless it’s mid-summer, it’s over a bikini top, and a little midriff is showing.)

  • moppet

    Rashida Jones’ dress is very pretty, but the pattern makes it looks like she’s gestating the new savior in there. Such a glow! 

  • Sophie Collier

    Did you guys not get your morning coffee?  MeOW!  The shoes with Ms Banks dress work because they echo the heavy black detail at the top, Michelle’s shorts-suit is cute and sassy, and Kirsten’s mini dress isn’t THAT hoochie-tastic, is it?  

    • MilaXX

       Kirsten looks like the teenagers at the mall, mini the jacket.

      • I actually kinda liked Kirsten’s outfit. But I think she should have gone with a killer pair of insane colored shoes. Like the Prada flame ones.

    • Vodeeodoe

       Kirsten’s dress is doable as long as she stands up. But I guarantee it’s a whole ‘nother level of doable once she sits down.

  • NNgela

    Rashida Jones looks great!!

    • Andrea Weymouth

       I agree,really cute dress, although it could be a little shorter, but the colors look great on her!

  • DinaSews

    Nothing better than a little cattiness on a Sunday morning!  Shailene, you should learn to go before you leave the house hun.  Michelle is dressed like a Catholic English schoolboy.  I’m giving the win to Elizabeth Olsen.  I love that jacket feel of the top over the fitted white dress.  With different shoes, I think Zoe’s dress would have been a breath of fresh spring air.  Those shoes kind of bring it down.

  • sleepycat

    Michelle looks great I think hose would make it look weird. idk

  • schadenfreudelicious

    i think the phrase ” that’s an airing out her crotch skirt” is about to go into frequent rotation for me…:)

    • TieDye64

      Yeah, I guess “gyno skirt” is now passé. Hehee!

  • Spicytomato1

    Now we know where Jennifer Aniston’s cast-offs went…to K Dunst! 

    Maybe there was a theme for the evening…to dress as a character from a nominated film? Because Michelle Williams’s ensemble reads as an homage to Hugo and Busy Phllips would fit right into The Help.

  • neadsie

    I love Michelle’s outfit. I’ve loved her in men’s wear since she did her first Boy, Band of Outsiders campaign.

  • alexandra116

    PLEASE write a Dr. Seuss-style book about dressing for the red carpet, I’d buy one for everyone I know!

    • Terry Weyna

      Absolutely!  I came to the comments just to say exactly that.

    • Working title:  “Red Dress, Black Dress, Hot Mess, Yawnfest”

  • Gayer_Than_Thou

    Someone needs to tell these people it’s not the Razzies.

  • It seems that the Olsen Pout Gene is a recessive one, as it did not strike Elizabeth Olsen.


    • Pennymac

      No doubt about who she is related to by that pic, but the smile freaked me out a little because at first glance I thought she was one of those dour twins.

    • Little_Olive

      Maybe it skips a generation -she looks like the twins’ mother

  • leah besson

    why can’t shaliene do anything else with her hair??  i completely expect to see her with a ponytail tonight.  ridic.  

  • Lilak

    Rashida has so improved recently, I do not care about the shoes (always wish her hair looked better … ah, some other day).

    And I can’t believe I have a suggestion/plea for the divine Miss Saldana, but in the spirit of accentuate the positive & disguise the negative:  Those skinny pins, worrisomely, are all I can see.  Oh my dear.  

  • DeborahLipp

    Rashida Jones look like someone threw blue paint on her mid-section. Ileana Douglas I think looks lovely. She doesn’t often pull of a clean look. 

  • CCDilg

    TLo is right on about the shoes…clunky and wrong

  • rawrgrowlrawr

    I actually love Michelle Williams’ look, but I may be the only one here who has a fashion-boner for formal shorts. 

    • they are rarely done right, but here they are, in my opinion

  • Michelle Williams looks AWESOME for once. Actually, she’s been decidedly un-twee the past week or so with some very cute sleek looks. 

    I like Rashida’s dress and I don’t mind those shoes (certainly compared to the rest of the trainwrecks) but the hair is a bit sad. 

    LOVE Zoe Saldana. I think she looks fab. 

  • Oh and Kirsten Dunst looks FIERCE. Damn, those legs…

  • quiltrx

    I had no idea that the Independent Spirit Awards were actually the Shitty Shoe Awards.

    I actually really like Illeana’s dress (and LUV HUH)…styled differently, this could have been fiercely cute, I think.

  • CarolinLA

    Lucy Lui could barely walk in those shoes.  She had to hold on to her co-presenter’s arm to walk out on stage.  In fact, another male presenter remarked that the shoes this year looked particularly torturous.  Ladies, if you can’t walk in the shoe, it ain’t for you.

    • Are they those heel-less monstrosities Posh was wearing a while back? I was really hoping the heel was just clear plastic or something, but it really looks like those things have no heels.

    • DinaSews

      Just read a quip that Shailene took her shoes off because they were killing her and walked the carpet barefoot.  She said the shoes were 2 sizes too big.

    • MissAnnieRN

      Yeah, those things terrified me at first.  I thought her heels had disappeared like in Back to the Future when the members of the the McFly family start disappearing.  Thanks for clearing this up for me, ladies.

  • girliecue

    It’s like Michelle Williams is begging us not to take her seriously as an artist,  mother, and grown woman.

  • Stubenville

    Is Busy Philipps wearing Kenley Colins?

  • Judih1

    Zoe was a disappointment, when usually she is a stand out. Her dress is “airing out her crotch” just like Kristens’ Dunst and she looks skeletal.

  • Judih1

    About 1/2 of the women are carrying a purse/clutch and about 1/2 of them are not. Any ideas what that is about? Do the women without purses have their assistant’s carry it for them until after their photograph’s are taken on the RC?

    • ChristySchiff

       I think that’s how it works.  Or their assistant has to carry all of their crap in her own purse…

  • What the hell is going on with Lucy Liu’s shoes?!

  • lrhoff

    Oh, I rather like Michelle Williams’ look….something totally different, and she’s got the build for it.  Kate B. does looks chic, and I really want that outfit of hers….nice color, also.

  • Susan Crawford

    Despite the too-short skirt and the somewhat wonky shoes, I thought Kirsten Dunst looked great! (Still reeling that “Melancholia” was shut out of the Oscars – a stunning film that should have been nominated in several tech categories as well as getting Kirsten a nod for Best Actress . . . sigh.)

    As for Michelle Williams: Here is a portrait of the Woodland Elf Child heading off to the Elvish boarding school located in the magical oak tree deep in the forest. Isn’t her little uniform adorable?

  • miwome

    Okay, re: Michelle Williams, HATERS TO THE LEFT. I think she looks bloody AWESOME here. I love the blazer, I LOVE the menswear look for her, and I am fine with the pantslessness. Formal shorts-suits were a lost cause a long time ago, I’m over it, and this is far, far chic-er than the average. And she has awesome legs! I don’t think minis/microminis ever were or ever will be her thing, so shorts seem like a decent compromise.

  • Whenever anyone wears a suit-jacket with shorts, I’m always waiting for them to start tap dancing. 

    • BerlinerNYC

      “Da da da da da da… I am your singing telegram—”*BANG*

  • PeaceBang

    I see too many starved looking women in teeny tiny clothes that leave them looking exposed, frozen and starving. Depressing as hell. Add those dreadful shoes into the mix and it all approaches truly disturbing. 

  • The formal short suit and the one shoulder jumpsuit are the look of the night.  For possibly the first time ever, or at least since 1974.

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    Kate Beckinsale for the win, here? Really? What happened to this red carpet? Well, I guess Elisabeth Olson comes close, as well.

    I thought at first glance I liked the shape on Lucy Liu, but the more I look at it, the more that mix of prints seems totally wrong.

    “Not necessarily tragic shoes” on Dunst? In what universe?

    I expect the worst from the BET red carpets, but this one may have been worse than any BET event.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Oh my god, my blog title applies to Michelle Williams! WHY, MICHELLE? You are so young and successful! Don’t give up on pants!

  • granddelusion

    Is “frumpy” the latest fashion trend? And the shoes all give the illusion of cankles. Who would want that? Anne Hech: the only offensive thing here is her pose. Michelle Williams: I love that her pseudo-academic look is accompanied by a book! (Fake, of course!)

  • Pennymac

    A one shouldered jumpsuit for the win???? How does this happen?

  • Nonnah

    Are you sure Kirsten Dunst isn’t wearing a romper under that jacket?  It’s so short you would think it would have to be shorts!

  • kittle

    I think Elizabeth Banks looks amazing (shoes aside), and so does Elizabeth Olsen.

    Jessica Chastain – are her toes spilling over the front of her shoes?
    Michelle Williams – while I am usually a fan of navy and black together, this particular shade of navy is giving me eye-twitches, in a ‘is it black or is it navy’ /Steve Martin in Father of the Bride kind of way

  • hughman

    I half expect Michelle Williams to break into Judy singing “Come on Get Happy”.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      there you go.

      edited to add:
      needs hat. & more panache ‘n’ gravitas, but elsewise.

  • I think both Kiki and Michelle look cute. Lizzie looks nice. Busy looks ridiculous. Everyone’s shoes do really suck.

  • Lilithcat

    Will those silly Hollywood queens ever stop putting ladystars in big, cheap-looking shoes?

    My question is, will those silly Hollywood stars & starlets ever put their feet down and throw those big, cheap-looking shoes at those silly Hollywood queens?  Just say “NO!”, girls.  Come on, you can do it.

  • Anathema_Device

    So many of these women tried the natural makeup look but just ended up washed out. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: skin-colored lips freak me out!

  • BrooklynBomber

    Oh, Laura Dern
    Oh, Lucy Liu
    Oh, what the hell
    What the hell
    Happened to you?

  • BrooklynBomber

    Oh, where, oh, where has Kate Beckinsale gone?
    Oh, where, oh, where can she be?
    With her face all changed and her hair so long
    Oh, where, oh, where can she be?

    • Anathema_Device

       Took me a minute to recognize her.

      Both Beckinsale and Heche are attempting sexy face, but they looked stunned.

      • BrooklynBomber

        I don’t even believe that is Kate Beckinsale anymore. I think they’ve replaced her with a bot.

        • Anathema_Device

          The phrase I use for women who all gravitate toward the same beauty ideals/conventions is “banality of beauty.” Yes, they are categorically pretty but they’ve paved over everything that made them special.

          • BrooklynBomber


  • BrooklynBomber

    I generally think Kirsten Dunst wears clothes well, but when you pair big old platforms with miniskirts, you veer into streetwalker territory. Throw Mila’s white jacket on her and it’s a done deal.

  • we could really use a pic of Askars to cheer this up – he was there, in a suit even.

  • Kimmu

    I love the whole kodona/dandy male equivalent to EGL and I love twee, so Michelle Williams, you are killing it and you are killing me.

  • bitterk

    is this what happens when stylists get the night off?   

  • turtleemily

    Michelle, a British schoolboy wants his uniform back.

  • Pinup Ghoul

    Zoe Saldana’s legs go on FOREVER. She looks amazing.

  • Alisa Rivera


  • sunny617

    Michelle Williams = Twiggy at the Office. I still love it. She rocks.

  • Jessica Goldstein

    I swear that right before I got to Zoe Saldana I said to myself “it almost makes you long for silly putty shoes.” Horrifying shoes indeed. I liked Rashida Jones’s dress the best, of only the shoes hadn’t killed it.

  • crash1212

    Disagree about the shoes on Anna Kendrick – I think they’re perfect as they mimic the other leather elements on the dress. I would like to know how Lucy Liu is maintaining an upright position without any heels on her shoes though.

  • bluefish

    Zoe Saldana is shockingly thin.  How sad.  Love her dress but she looks ill.

  • lucasuk82

    Anna Kendrick is Kate Beckinsale from 1992, I swear.  Michelle Williams looks like a Morman kiss-o-gram. LOVE Rashida Jones’ dress – I’m a sucker for a retro shape and the print is really interesting.

  • Lucy Liu’s shoes are freaking me out. 

    • ChristySchiff

       I’ve been staring at the picture for five minutes… Are they translucent?  Heel-less?  Airbrushed?  I can’t figure them out!

    • ChristySchiff

       I’ve been staring at the picture for five minutes… Are they translucent?  Heel-less?  Airbrushed?  I can’t figure them out!

    • kimmeister

      I bet she had mad callouses on the balls of her feet afterward.

  • What a sad RC. Rashida looks cute, though.

  • Cathy S

    I love that DVF jumpsuit. Very chic. I think Zoe wins it again. Of course.

  • I am getting worried about Zoe – she looks so thin, like her arms and legs are twigs that might snap off. Please, eat something!

  • Geno Boggiatto

    I think I’m catching the TLo… I blurted out an “Oh, honey” at the sight of Laura Dern’s picture before even seeing the caption! 🙂

  • Shannon Maxham

    Wow. Crap-tastic almost uniformly from start to finish. Its like the Bad Print/Shortest Possible Skirt Award Parade of Doomed Doom.

  • Zoe Saladana also appears to have forgotten her pants. 

    LOVED the dress on Rashida Jones, but agree that the shoes are problematic.