Claire Danes for ASOS Magazine

Posted on April 03, 2012

We are very, very confused.

You see, Claire Danes is stylish and wears clothes well. ASOS sells pretty clothes. So why is Claire Danes on the cover of ASOS magazine dressed like a 50-year-old lesbian bartender in Key West?

Claire Danes featured in the May 2012 issue of ASOS magazine photographed by Danielle Levitt.

And hey, we love 50-year-old lesbian bartenders, but they don’t normally wind up modeling clothes on magazine covers. They do, however, make very good cocktails.

If it was like sexy-butch androgyny we’d be all over that, but she literally looks like she should be either riding a bike in a PRIDE parade or washing her car. Very strange styling choices for a retailer to make.

 

[Photo Credit: Danielle Levitt for asos.com]

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  • http://twitter.com/vicesbyproxy Shannon

    I have to say though, the first thing I noticed was her face, which looks AMAZING. I don’t know what it is, but she always ends up looking harsh on the red carpet and to me her make-up never looks right. In these pictures, despite the basement t-shirt, she looks great.

    • RebeccaKW

       Yes, her makeup/skin, etc is beautiful.  Especially her eyes.

    • RebeccaKW

       Yes, her makeup/skin, etc is beautiful.  Especially her eyes.

    • mmgk

      Agreed.  Her face looks amazing.  I’d never realized what pretty eyes she has.

    • mmgk

      Agreed.  Her face looks amazing.  I’d never realized what pretty eyes she has.

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

      Because she’s not airbrushed on the red carpet.  

      • http://twitter.com/vicesbyproxy Shannon

        As someone else mentioned, it was really her eyes that jumped out at me. Obviously, no one’s going to look as good in person as they do in an airbrushed photo, but that wasn’t really my point. She’s a beautiful woman and I always find no matter how great she looks on the red-carpet, she always wears heavy make-up especially around the eyes that I think ends up looking a little harsh and over-done. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=668425491 Daniela ‘Dani’ Weiss-Bronstein

        I ran into her in person once. She’s really really pretty. I never thought she was special in pictures until I saw her in the flesh.

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

          Oh I have no doubt she’s gorgeous in person.  I was making the comment in regards to why she looks different on the red carpet vs. magazines.

    • VicksieDo

      I covet those Latisse eyelashes

      • JosephLamour

        Hahaha. Now the commercial is playing in my head.

    • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

      She looks beautiful, but strangely she looks like an Olsen sister and not much like herself.

  • PeaceBang

    What just happened? And… and… acid wash jeans? Maybe an April Fool’s joke that didn’t make it to the press on time?

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

       “What just happened?”

      I’m thinking pretty much the same thing. The clothes are uninteresting, or horrifying (acid washed jeans). And I disagree with TLo. I don’t think she wears clothes all that well. 

      Also, what little I’ve seen of her acting hasn’t impressed me. I don’t despise her. She’s not on my list of Celebrities I Irrationally Hate. She just bores the hell out of me.

      I am not feeling the love.

      • tsid2012

        NETFLIX or rent the movie “Evening”, she is wonderful and a stand out in an outstanding cast including Meryl Streep, Natasha Richardson, et al.

  • PeaceBang

    What just happened? And… and… acid wash jeans? Maybe an April Fool’s joke that didn’t make it to the press on time?

  • http://twitter.com/jelizap Jane Patterson

    That’s so not her usual style that I’m not sure I would have recognized her without your text. So…. generic.

  • http://twitter.com/jelizap Jane Patterson

    That’s so not her usual style that I’m not sure I would have recognized her without your text. So…. generic.

  • http://twitter.com/AShinyOConnor A Shiny O’Connor

    TLo gold.

  • formerlyAnon

    I am not a fan of these clothes. They all look out dated to me, as if they were bought, separately, at 8 different Goodwill stores by someone assembling a collection from purchases at low-end thrift stores. (Hey! it’s a reality t.v. challenge!), and this spread didn’t make me change my mind.  She, however, is very pretty.

    • mountainFashionista

       Spot on!

  • ballerinawithagun

    Ha ha ha!

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Evidently, ASOS isn’t making pretty clothes this year.

  • http://twitter.com/Nancer Nancer

    Um – are they selling, like, NEW clothes, or did they raid a salvation army thrift store? This totally looks Boca!

  • marilyn

    It is obvious they are not trying to sell clothes.  You nailed it.

  • sleah_in_norcal

    i love me some claire, but she looks like a catalogue model here.  ok a catalogue for lesbian bartenders, but not for sexy ladies.
    what a bore.

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

       Catalog model is exactly it. A couple of those poses are right out of the Tyra Banks/Benny Ninja “Posing 101″ class, or would be if such a class actually existed.

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

    Looking like Kesha in the cover shot.  This is just not “her”.  

  • Vaniljekjeks

    Maybe I like 50-year-old bartenders, but I think she looks adorable here.  

  • MilaXX

    Odd, I like the makeup but this editorial does nothing to inspire me to shop ASOS

  • StillGary

    Interesting, I’m wondering why the just didn’t ask Anna Paquine, I think that’s who they really wanted here.

    • Andrea Rossillon

       YES oh man, as soon as you said it, I knew you were absolutely right.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TBPHHGI4WUWQ5WOSSUVI257T7A Rabbit Rabbit

    Am I insane or does she look exactly like Katee Sackhoff in that second picture?

    • Athenrein

      Yes she does. I have such a crush on her (Katee Sackhoff, not Claire Danes).

  • leah besson

    i think she looks great – clothes and all.  its funny and SUMMERY which gets everyone excited right about now

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karen-Stephens-Bassett/1503492602 Karen Stephens Bassett

    She needs some tattoos.

  • Snailstsichr

    Her hair looks terrible! Who did that to her? I’ve admired her pretty hair for years and this is a travesty.

  • UrsNY

    I think she looks awesome! … But I’m the target demographic apparently, so I guess clearer heads are better judges.

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

    “Later, after Claire finishes her shift working bar at the Looking Glass, she intends to wash cars for a GLBT charity event.”

  • Sartorial_She

    That’s the second time we’ve seen denim shorts in as many days. Somebody hold me! I’m frightened…

  • Judy_J

    These clothes look so….genreric.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1084733830 Kate Andrews

    I kinda dig the dress. *ducks head in shame*

  • http://sharpandkeen.wordpress.com/ Katie

    ugh… those are horrendous. I love how it looks like the photographer caught her coming out of the dressing room shaking her head and laughing at the styling and that’s the photo they ended up using.

  • kimmeister

    The print of her shirt in the 2nd pic reminds me of Viktor’s custom print from his finale collection!

  • nannypoo

    I think these are great pictures of her. She always looks a little crazy, and somehow here she looks pretty and relaxed.

    • kirkyo

      I think you nailed it with the pretty and relaxed.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    OMG, hilarious!

  • unbornfawn

    Were these her personal vacation photos?

  • KaileeM

    So, uh, this advertisement is supposed to make me WANT to buy ASOS clothing, right?

     

  • http://twitter.com/asciident Melissa Brogan

    Fire the clothes stylist, but Claire you better hire whoever did your hair and makeup to follow you full-time. She looks gorgeous from the neck up.

    Well, some of the shots of hair anyway. Others don’t look as good.

  • Joyce VG

    This is so very strange.

  • Lilithcat

    we love 50-year-old lesbian bartenders, but they don’t normally wind up modeling clothes on magazine covers. They do, however, make very good cocktails.

    But making good cocktails is a greater contribution to the common good.

  • guest2visits

    Why did the photogragher practically lose her in the jungle, (pic 4) wearing what was probably the only decent thing
    in the whole shoot?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=555593309 Alexis Peñafuerte Wenceslao

    She looks fugly.

  • Verascity

    I don’t know, boys, I’m not going to lie, she looks pretty hot to me in the ones where she looks like she has short hair. That butch vibe is doing it for me.

  • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

    This is…strange. She looks like Anna Paquin on True Blood to me…anyone else see the resemblance??

  • understateddiva

    Now oddly hoping for a lesbian reboot of Cocktail.  Make this happen, Hollywood!

  • ccm800

    why not? What old lesbians dont wear stuff? 

  • MeredithCallahan

    I may not be coveting the clothes, but those pictures made me really happy. They felt sunny and warm. And as a gal who likes gals, friendly-lesbian-bartender in the sunshine took me to a cozy place.  She almost makes that pseudo-aloha rose print shirt look like a good idea. 

  • quiltrx

    It’s weird…it’s like they were trying to make her look younger (she looks very airbrushed), but they actually made her look older.  She’s beautiful without all the manipulation…and the styling is just odd!

  • http://twitter.com/amndad amanda lynn

    i miss her red hair.

  • http://twitter.com/WaxPoesis WasPoesis

    She looks amazing.