Cobie Smulders in Donna Karan

Posted on April 12, 2012

Nothing like that shit-eating “I look amazing” smirk on someone, is there?

Cobie Smulders at the premiere of “The Avengers” in LA in a Donna Karan gown.

Donna Karan Spring 2012 Collection/Model: Frida Gustavsson

That lady knows she looks fantastic and she’s 100% comfortable in her own skin. Or at least, in this dress. It’s sexy when someone has that level of serene confidence.

It’s a really great dress, although the uneven neckline sets off our OCD. We would have liked maybe a little something in the way of jewelry, but then again, this is a pretty busy dress as it is. We think the look could have handled it, though. Hair and makeup look great; played down, but still appropriate for the dress. Well done, oddly named starlet.


[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos,]

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  • Luv huh.

  • Can’t abide the feathered hair. And there is something odd about the lack of pattern on the outside of her breasts – reminds me of Gwenyth Paltrows chicken cutlet dress of yore. Glad she’s feelin’ sexy, tho.

    • MissAnnieRN

      Hmmm..  To me that’s not feathered.  Camilla Parker Bowles has feathered hair.  To me this is just curled.

    • mshesterp

      Ha! As someone who has a haircut similar to Colbie’s in style and length, I was thinking how awesome her hair looked.  If this is feathering, I’m thinking it’s a modern version of it–or at least I hope it is!

    • TheOriginalLulu

      I’m loving the feathered hair. It’s so Kelly Garrett it makes me smile.

  • I do not like the dress at all – but she looks so gorgeous it makes it work. Great makeup, pretty hair, bold earrings. Lovely!

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Who is this?

  • Vaniljekjeks


  • Even though I have NO IDEA who the hell she is, or why I should be staring at her, she looks smokin’ hot, and perfect in this dress.  Its not an easy look to pull off.  Some would be showing too much boobage, some would overdo the accessories, some would have gone for the dominatrix hair and makeup.  She and her stylist, get major props for not going there at all.

    • She’s a series regular on How I Met Your Mother. Pretty great comedic actress, actually.

      •  Thanks for that.  I watch virtually zero TV, so I am woefully out of step on this sort of thing.

    • Joss Whedon was going to cast her as Wonder Woman back when he was set to direct the movie.

      • Oh that makes me sad. She would have been perfect, especially in a Joss Whedon project.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      Want to know something sad? I’ve a giant HIMYM fan – and I still fail to recognize this girl. Anytime she’s one the red carpet, I wonder who that pretty brunette is and what new show she’s touting.

      • random_poster

        Same here.  I even looked her up just now to verify that she plays Robin.  I would have never placed her.

    • RebeccaKW

       I think she’s in the Avengers movie, too.

    • Jecca2244

      Ilaria Urbinati tweeted earlier this week she is styling Cobie and Chris Evans for their entire press run with Avengers…love Chris Evans!

  • Damn, gurl!  You werq that shit!!  

  • Annie Leung

    I was watching the live stream of the red carpet last night and had no idea that the pattern went all the way down the skirt! My OCD had my eye twitching a bit too about the neckline but she looks fabulous! Any comments about RDJ’s purple suit from last night? 😀

  • RzYoung

    Yeh the neckline gets me twitching too – I think it’s the tittape that’s made it go wonk. I’d love to be able to wear a dress like that. 

    • mountainFashionista

       Yep, tape.

  • Anathema_Device

    Wow. She looks amazing. The alterations from the runway version (the sheer panels on top and the neckline) don’t hurt the dress at all.

  • pattyw

    Yes, she looks great but truly, that dress is hideous.

    • Alisa Rivera

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thinks this dress is fugly. 

      • kimmeister

        I’m with you gals.  The hair and makeup are great though.

  • Lochery

    Dress is SO ugly to me, but her confidence more than makes up for it.

  • MissAnnieRN

    haha – “Well done, oddly named starlet.”
    Glamsy Flingbags…

  • Kimmu

    I watched the entire livestream of the red carpet last night and didn’t get a really good look at the dress. I like it, and she’s definitely got the right attitude for Hill. Still wish they had actually given her short hair though. /comics fangirl bitching

    But really, I watched it for the men.  Oh the men. Hiddleston was Perfection.

  • How is this not a WERQ? Damn TLO, she’s smizeing so hard Tyra would be proud.

    Also, I just found out that she has a kid with Taran Killam from SNL. Can you imagine the bedtime stories?

  • MilaXX

    I’m not a fan of the dress, but she does look good in it and as mentioned, hair & makeup look great. I think she could have added a cuff or a cocktail ring without conflicting with the business of the dress.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Can’t stop looking at the off-kilter neckline!
    Otherwise, fabulous! She looks so beautiful when she has soft hair.

    The copper color back view is amazing.

  • NurseEllen

    She looks far better than the model: attitude is, indeed, everything.  I love the model’s shoes, though, and wish we could see Ms. Smulders’s.  (God, that’s an awkward name to type, and say.  In the old studio days, her name would have been changed INSTANTLY.  I could see some studio publicity flunky immediately filling out her paperwork as “Carol Sanders”.)

    • AthenaJ

      How about adding an ‘o’ to make her last name Smoulders? As in smouldering hot?

    •  I wonder if she has Dutch ancestors/family, because Smulders is actually a not so uncommon Dutch surname..and Cobie(more often written as Coby)used to be a popular girls name, so you see it a lot on old ladies. A really odd name for a starlet though. I agree that in the old days it would’ve probably been changed.

      Hate the dress, but love how she’s working it. Well done Ms.Smulders indeed!

      • shirab

        I think she is Canadian w/Dutch parents, and her first name is Jacoba, which is fairly common in the Netherlands, and Cobie is her nickname. And why I know all this I couldn’t say.

  • Sara__B

    I prefer the runway version, although I don’t like either of them very much. The fabric looks different on Cobie’s version, and the faux-bare skin panels are just plain ugly. The uneven way the dress is glued to her cleavage and her vintage 70s hair just make it worse. Pretty lady; not-so-pretty gown and styling.

  • RebeccaKW

    Love.  Love her, love the dress, love the hair, love the fierce attitude.  

  • jw_ny

    She looks great…head to toe.  Looking at the dress itself, it’s kind of ugly, but when looking at the overall effect…stunning.  

  • kmc1138

    Love her.  I think she is stunningly beautiful and absolutely hilarious.  Love that combo.  And this look is FIERCE.

  • BazoDee

    In in the she looks great but the dress is horrid camp. 

  • howdoilook

    Scherbatsky servin’ it up AGAIN. Atta girl.

  • She is one of those women who will trick you into thinking campy dresses look good. She looks awesome, but not many of us can carry off the dress w/o looking cheap. WERQ!

    Cobie really Smoulders.

  • F’n FIERCE. I want to make out with her hair, her dress, her…

  • BrooklynBomber

    Damn, she’s gorgeous. I love this hair cut on her, too.

  • TAGinMO

    WOW. As Tim Gunn would say, “It’s a lot of look.” But she’s totally pulling it off.

    Love Cobie and the whole HIMYM gang. It’s nice to see her nailing it on the RC lately, in stark contrast to the WTF outfits the showrunners have been dressing her in of late.

    If TLo were going to hand out a WERQ this morning, I’d nominate this over ScarJo’s LBD. But really, I think the honor should be saved for the truly exceptional looks that come around once a week or so.

  • MoHub

    I am so tired of see-through dresses. Please make them stop!

  • TheOriginalLulu

    The bitch probably didn’t eat for a week before the event, so let her be smug. We all know she probably inhaled three Quarter-Pounders afterwards.

  • i like how the url for this says in-or-out, but its not an in-or-out post. i’d be giving her an out though. she looks just…..weird. 

  • efishfan

    She looks amazing, however that dress is hideous.

  • JanieS

    I love the dress but I HAAATE her hair. It’s aging her 10 years.

    • NurseEllen

       Yes, something in a light-catching bronze would have been better.  Good pickup, JanieS!

  • EEKstl

    That dress is odd but she is stunning and stunning in it.  I would have gone with earrings that didn’t match her hair so well so they were more visible.  

  • Caaro3

    Not feeling the Witchy-Poo dress.

  • Nicole Chubb

    Go Robin – you will always be the hottest chick in McClaren’s to me!

  • She is a goddess.

  • Emily Scott

    I love love love Cobie Smulders. I don’t think anyone knows who she is if they don’t watch How I Met Your Mother, which is a shame. I’m really excited that she’s in The Avengers because she deserves to be more of a household name.

    There’s just a teeny bit of bunching in the sheer fabric on her right side that is making my eye twitch, though.

  • oatmealpie
  • snarkykitten

    eehhhh I think she should hand this one off to HBC so she can layer on 50lbs of witchy poo crap over top

    I do love her confident smile & pose, though!

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    She’s smuldering.

  • cleep1000

    Oh, thank God, her hair’s finally growing out.

  • Love how everybody thinks she has an odd name. She is of Dutch decent and in Holland her first and last names are so generic!
    BTW like the dress although its neckline is setting off my OCD as well.

  • I am loving this DK line!!!

  • joe_tey83

    This dress is simply hideous. Like it’s been gnawed and spit out and gnawed and spit out by bugs.

  • Violina23

    They had been dressing her character in HIMYM so drab the past few seasons, it’s nice to see her just look GORGEOUS. She has an old-fashioned/classic beauty to her.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Her hair looks SO much better than it has for a long time on HIMYM…she needs to talk to the makeup people on the show, STAT!

  • Monabel

    That transparent side section is distracting, does not work for me.

  • librarygrrl64

    That gown is a little too complicated for its own good, but she looks FABULOUS.

  • aristida_girl

    I love Donna Karan, she always knows how to make a woman look fantastic…

  • Really?  This is a TERRIBLE dress.  It looks oddly porportioned, half-assed done.

  • bellafigura1

    I can’t understand the dress at all, but I do think this Cobie person looks happy, relaxed and sexy in it!

  • bellafigura1

    I can’t understand the dress at all, but I do think this Cobie person looks happy, relaxed and sexy in it!

  • Really not a fan of this look, but she’s selling it big time.

  • TieDye64

    Man, she looks gorgeous. The dress is just okay but she’s really killing it.

  • Annabelle Archer


    Does she ever get it wrong?  It seems like she is always killin it.  She either has amazing personal style and taste or she pays her stylist quadrupal to stay as their only client. 

  • tsid2012

    LOVE the dress and she wears it well, kudos to her.  Agreed a necklace would have been nice.  My grandmother had an enormous topaz pendant set in a chunky gold setting on a black silk cord that would have been fab.  But grandmother left that to a cousin so I can’t loan it out……. 🙁

  • leilah

    Corny, but, Cobie is smuldering here….

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  • frankystein123

    Bitch I look fabulous.

  • frankystein123

    Her eyes are positively smoldering.