Lily Collins in Collette Dinnigan

Posted on March 28, 2012

Poor little Lily. Stuck in Snow White mode with her style choices. We suppose it’s something of an inevitability, but we can practically guarantee Kristen Stewart’s not gonna put up with getting shoved into royal blue princess gowns for a couple of months when her Snow White movie opens.


Lily Collins promotes ‘Mirror Mirror’ during the Meet the Actor series at the Apple Store Soho in NYC in a Collette Dinningan dress.

Collette Dinningan Resort 2012 Collection

But at least this was an attempt by someone to do an updated version of the Snow White look. And let’s face it, the only reason we make the connection to Snow White is because … well, a) because she’s playing her, but also because it’s not hard to get that sense when faced with a pretty young girl with pale skin and black hair in a bright blue dress. Short-haired blondes in white halter dresses will always get the Marilyn comparison. It’s sort of like that, only less obvious.

Anyway, it’s a cute look and the jacket does a lot of the heavy lifting here. That dress could look awfully matronly if it’s not deployed correctly. Personally, we think this would have looked a lot better with a much shorter skirt, but we’re almost ready to retire that complaint just because we’re tired of making it so often. The ladies of the RC want that mid-calf hem length right now and no matter how much we try to tell them it’s bad from the angles the average red carpet pictures are taken, none of them want to listen to us.

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  • piecesofconfetti

    Love the look. Too bad the movie looks horrendous :/

    • it looks SO BAD. So much talent was involved though! What a missed opportunity.

    • chelwi

       The movie looks awful. And I’m surprised it’s being released in March. It has a holiday vibe to me.

  • The jacket totally saved the look.

  • I don’t hate the mid-calf hem the way you do, but I wish it wasn’t all ratty.

    • I have no problems with that hem length in person, but since red carpet photos are so often taken from above, it usually winds up making gorgeous women look stumpy in photos. She’s carrying it off here, in part because of her proportions – she’s only 5’5″! I thought she was much taller – and in part because this appears to be a normal-person camera angle.

    • ballerinawithagun

      It isn’t ratty, that is the lace edge used correctly.

  • I think she looks adorable. Love the look, especially with the jacket. And I agree with piecesofconfetti, the movie looks a right train wreck.

  • serenitynow02

    Maybe it’s my woeful ignorance of pop culture, but I would never think Snow White when looking at this.

    I don’t like that the jacket covers up the pretty detailing on top of the dress. And I hate the shoes.

  • FashionShowAtLunch

    I’m trying to reintroduce “fair” skin back into common parlance.  Sounds so much more attractive than “pale”.

  • 1. Why are there two Snow White movies?

    2. It might be hard to shorten this given the pattern on the lace – not sure.

    •  Years back there was another of these instances.  Both the movie Dangerous Liasons, and the movie Valmont, came out at the same time, and both were precisely the same subject and story.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        Volcano & Dante’s Peak
        Deep Impact & Armageddon
        Robin Hood & Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
        Tombstone & Wyatt Earp

        It happens A LOT.  I think perhaps there is a collective consciousness at play in the film world.  Maybe it’s a bit like the way the fashion world seems to move on colours and trends with a hive mind?!

        • H3ff

          and Capote & Infamous

          And there was supposed to be a rival Alexander the Great film, which was to star Leonardo DiCaprio, as opposed to Colin Farrell. Good times.

        • Anathema_Device

           Don’t forget Antz and A Bug’s Life!!! LOL

          • Eclectic Mayhem

            Ooooh yes – good one!

        •  Plus in the incestuous boiler room known otherwise as the Film Industry, there is no such thing as a secret, really. 

        • Lanie Petit-Frere

          Also Despicable Me and Mega Mind. 

          But this case in particular was because Relativity wanted to screw with Universal. I think there was a falling out at some point.

    • MilaXX

      Because Hollywood has a hive mind and fairytales are all the range. This is why we got both Grimm and Once upon a Time this season.

    • kimmeister

      Commenting on your #2, that was my thought as well – that perhaps she didn’t want to lose the scalloped hem.

    • out for a walk

      It takes a bit more work to hem a lace dress, but it’s usually totally doable. The scallop is generally appliqued on anyway, so you just take that off, cut it shorter, and applique it back on. Though this is a sheathy enough dress it might be all one piece, not sure…

  • adoreadora

    aww I think she looks precious

  • Jecca2244

    i love this dress! and also appreciate that it fits her

  • RebeccaKW

    I like the pattern and love the color.  I agree on the length.  I also love the jacket with it.  I might’ve steered clear from the ruby red lipstick, but then again, her job is to sell herself and this movie.  Which looks terrible, if the trailer is anything to go by.

    • ampg

      Apparently the director’s been making the rounds to say that the trailer does the movie a terrible disservice.  I’ll be interested to read reviews.

      •  The reviews I’ve read have actually been quite positive and the only critics whose opinions I actually care about (Margaret and David of At the Movies) liked it and thought it was rather charming. I intend to see it anyway purely because Eiko Ishioka did the costume design and it looks wonderful.

        • kittle

          Oh Margaret and David… I’ve followed them ever since The Movie Show

  • Malice Grant

    I’ve got as much chance as a dwarf in the NBA of seeing this movie, but I quite like this look. The jacket makes me swoon and I wish I could get my hair to do that.

  • bookish

    She looks really cute! I like black and blue together like that. Also, I love that lipstick shade on her.

  • She’s lovely the way she is.

  • Lovely. 
    But why are there two Snow White movies?? I can’t stand Julia Roberts, but Armie Hammer looks adorable, so I might not mind watching this one.

    • Yup, Armie is the only reason I’ll be seeing this once it comes out on DVD.

      But then again, the other movie has Chris Hemsworth as the love interest….so much beefcake, so little time…

  • SewingSiren

    She looks good in dresses that reference Snow White.  I like every thing about it. In.

  • VanessaDK

    I think I imprinted on this length hem when I was a duckling because I always like it.  

    I sometimes find it hard to get beyond that set of tastes I developed at an impressionable age–even though it sometimes makes me dated.

    • amf0001

      I do that with blush.  I remember laughing at women with their old fashioned blush and now I don’t like the apple cheeks look at all,  I keep wanting (subtle!) cheek bone creation…  imprinted and all else looks wrong.

  • I am so in love with her eyebrows it’s ridiculous.

  • Oooh, Snow White or not, I love this look, with or without the jacket.

  • NurseEllen

    I like how she looks with the exception of the hair…….I hate how it just drags all over the jacket.  Plus since her hair is dark it doesn’t show up well anyway.  This would have been more striking with her hair up, at least in the front, and a little more of that creamy neck to contrast with the leather.

  • I love that look on her – I saw a feature on her in Elle where Joe Zee dressed her in “modern day” interpretations of her movie costumes, and that looks like it would fit right in.

    For some reason I always confuse her with Emma Roberts, though – it’s probably the famous dad and/or hard-working publicist intent on shoving her down my throat connection.

  • Diane_G

    Lily looks adorable. I don’t care if blue makes her look like Snow’s a good color on her. The movie just looks awful though.

    The other Snow White movie, however..looks evil and sinister and awesome.

  • She looks stunning!

  • poggi

    I feel like this length is one of the those fashion things that you do because you can (and other people can’t).  I can’t.  I need knee-length in a skirt or dress and heels to get some height (or more precisely to lose some width).  She looks good though, but I can also see how that shoot down camera angle might squatify even the least squat starlet. 

  • poggi

    I feel like this length is one of the those fashion things that you do because you can (and other people can’t).  I can’t.  I need knee-length in a skirt or dress and heels to get some height (or more precisely to lose some width).  She looks good though, but I can also see how that shoot down camera angle might squatify even the least squat starlet. 

  • sarahofalessergod

    I like the jacket and the dress, but I really don’t like them together.

  • janetjb

    She wears Snow White well, so why not go with it?  Love the dress and the addition of the jacket makes for a very youthful look.

  • jw_ny

    I completely agree the length being too long for her here.  The more mature/matronly length is in conflict with the edgier jacket…and her youth.  I probably wouldn’t mind the length as much if she weren’t wearing the jacket though…still, above the knee would be better and I like the jacket on her.

    She does look very pretty and the blue looks great on her.  If I didn’t know about the ‘Snow White” association, I wouldn’t look at her and think it. 

  • She looks fantastic! Love the dress. Love the jacket. Love her hair. This works overall.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    I’m not convinced the jacket works with this dress, because it cuts exactly at the widest point, where the dress enhances the curves. A smidge higher, and this would’ve been the kind of look I’d expected of Emma Stone.

    And yes, in this case, the dress should’ve been shorter.

  • RzYoung

    Ooo I actually love everything about this look, the jacket was an inspired choice and I LOVE that colour on her lips.

  • fashionzombie

    She looks long, lean, and gorgeous — a worthy contender for “fairest of the all.”

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Love this look. The jacket and loose tresses definitely make this dress look much cooler than it would on its own. I would have liked a cool necklace here too. Beautiful color, but I SO agree with you guys on this skirt length. It hits right at the widest part of the calf, therefore making any leg look stumpy and why on God’s Green Earth would anyone want to do that?

  • siriuslover

    She looks really pretty here. I like the dress with the jacket. My daughter (7) wants to see the movie, so I’m making her dad take her while I take our son to the Hunger Games.

  • GorgeousThings

    Snow White, Lily vs Kristen, princess dressess, blah blah blah.

    I can’t wait for Charlize Theron as the Wicked Witch!

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    Blimey – she’s a really beautiful girl.

  • dress_up_doll

    She looks adorbs! Like the modern reinterpretation of Snow White.

  • Very nice, very young look! Thanks, as you say, to the jacket. The skirt length works better on her than on most.

  • Very pretty. I like it very much. As to the length – I am just enjoying some welcome relief from the gyno-dresses that so many young starlets wear! And also – we can’t see her underwear through it. Another plus! :]

  • Anathema_Device

    Agree on the skirt length, but she looks smashing overall. Her hair, makeup, and skin are freaking amazing!!! And that blue is fabulous on her.

    Kristen’s Snow White is going to be so different, kind of Lords of the Rings-ish, that I imagine no one would be trying to force her into the cartoony version of the Snow White style anyway.

  • Judy_J

    Very cute.

  • msdamselfly

    She looks great

  • BrooklynBomber

    Pretty dress. the length works on the model because she’s about 10 feet tall, but it’s a bit long on LC. Not sure about the leather jacket, though. I’d rather see the top of the dress.

  • MilaXX

    Agreed. The jacket helps keep the dress out of fuddy duddy land, but for her height knee length would have been better.

  • Sara Leigh Merrey

    The mid-calf length is horrible on short women. I don’t know whether she’s short or not, but it makes her look short.

  • gabbilevy

    She looks beautiful, and I would wear those pieces in a heartbeat. But REALLY commenting to say: DRAMATIC CENTER PART. CHOKERS (Emmy and Chloe Moretz both wore them to the recent Met event). We are clearly heading back to the late 90s. Ugh.

  • Love the longer skirt–so much more modern.

  • DinahR

    Very pretty!  I like the length of the skirt.  I get that it’s maybe not photo friendly, but from a day to day viewpoint it’s easy to wear and looks chic and modern.  

  • Sunshine16

    she’s rockin it!


  • She looks good here.  And I think it’s her make-up that’s calling to mind Snow White, more than her dress.  “Skin as white as snow, lips as red as cherries…”

  • Lilithcat

    I’m generally not a fan (to put it mildly) of mid-calf length, but I think the laciness and the scalloping of the hem mitigate the length.

    She looks great; I love the pairing of the dress with that leather jacket.

  • ballerinawithagun

    I love everything!

  • elfbrick

    Does anyone else think she looks like a very young Audrey Hepburn in that movie poster?

  • She’s gorgeous-love the color with her lipstick.

  • I think she looks adorable and quite chic. Love the jacket and love the dress. Even love the hair. 

  • The jacket makes it younger, but covering the straps and the shaping at the hips takes away most of its interest.  It’s still cute and she looks great, but now it’s kinda standard.

  • judybrowni

    The dress hem is shorter on the model, so I’m assuming the actress is shorter than the model.

    When ya borrow the clothes ya gotta take what they five ya.

  • rawrgrowlrawr

    I’m still mad that I wasn’t cast as Snow White. I’m not famous, nor am I an actress, but it is the only thing people come up with when trying to think of what celebrity I look like.

    But she looks great. Love her lipstick! 

  • I think the blue looks really great on her and the jacket was a great choice, but I’m biased against those peep-toe shoes. Still she looks lovely and I have serious eyebrow envy.

  • CatherineRhodes

    I think she looks great.

    FYI: I would never in a million years assume that a pale brunette wearing blue would automatically get a Snow White comparison. That’s a pretty oblique reference…

  • Sophie Collier

    She looks so pretty.  In the stills I’ve seen of the movie, she looks sort of like a younger Susan Boyle with those freaky eyebrows.  But in real life, they aren’t so bad.  I agree about the mid-calf length.  I hate it, but fashion is fashion.

  • MilaXX

    Catching up on the DVR. She wore this dress sans jacket on The Jimmy Fallon show. The longer length works here because she doesn’t have to worry about flashing the audience. 

  • ccm800

    I always thought Snow white should have…you know…snow white hair.

  • girliecue

    Beautiful hair and makeup!

  • Lisa

    I think she looks great.  The dress is no great shakes, but she makes it work, and the little leather jacket makes it look much less “mumsy”.  

  • Susan Walker

    Love the pattern of the lace and it would have been really difficult to shorten it because of the cut lace edge,

  • Rrroza

    I *love* this look. Good for her!

  • I do think she LOOKS the part of Snow White so much more than Kristen Stewart does.

  • I actually love the dress without the jacket.  

  • guest2visits

    I’m thinking your wrong about the length guys. I think she looks good, and that black and blue probably wouldn’t look as nice
    on just anyone.