Ladies at the “VEEP” Premiere

Posted on April 13, 2012

Anyone seen the promos for HBO’s VEEP? We tend to run screaming from any fictionalized versions of the American political world because they’re either naive fantasies or far too cynical diatribes. Everyone hated us when West Wing was on the air because we refused to watch it for those very reasons. People paid more attention to what was going on in the fictional West Wing than in the real one.

And now that we’ve dropped that spicy little conversation-starter, let’s rip some dresses!

Anna Chlumsky attends the “VEEP” screening in DC in a Christian Siriano dress.

Cute, slightly mod-retro dress in a fantastic color. Love how simple it is, which is really saying something since “simple” isn’t a word one associates with Christian Siriano’s designs. But the color choices are so odd here: almost-nude lip and dark red shoes. We would have told her to go for a strong lip and some form of neutral shoe (although NOT beige; we’re thinking more of grey or black). We also would’ve suggested a belt. Still; cute look.


Julia Louis-Dreyfus attends the “VEEP” in DC.

When the fuck is she going to start aging? She got her start on Saturday Night Live THIRTY YEARS AGO. How is that even possible?

We are suitably impressed with her skills at WERQing it, but we don’t really love this dress. For one, it’s awfully tight; for another, that neckline’s weird and distracting. But the overall picture’s pretty amazing, despite the dress. She’s a billionaire and she doesn’t age. We should hate her for that, but actually, we kind of love her. She’s hilarious – and unlike the rest of the Seinfeld crew, has managed to carve out a nice career for herself.


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  • Oh Julia, NO!!!!  That cougar dress is not your friend.  Too tight and the hem line  makes your legs look strange.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Agree. The bra area is showing through way too much. Shoes also add to the strange leg look, too heavy for a lace dress.

      •  Hadn’t really noticed the bra thing, till you brought it up.  Yeah, not crazy about that, either.  But, dayum, girl is taking real good care of what she’s got.

        • Candigirl1968

          She looks amazing, but that dress is horrid. 

          • Judih1

            totall agree

      • megohd

        I think her panties are showing, ever so subtly, too.

  • MissAnnieRN

    Anna Chlumsky – seeing her all grown up makes me feel old.  It seems like just yesterday I sat in the back row of a movie theater making out with my 8th grade boyfriend while watching My Girl and sobbing at the end.  

    Agree with the belt comment.  I’m not sold on that sleeve style for ANY gown.  It’s just reminds me of one too many ballet costumes I’ve worn over the years….

    And Yeah, WTH, Elaine – you never age!  There is some wonkiness of the neckline, but overall even though it’s a black lace dress with a nude underlay, it’s a serviceable look.  It’s fine.  It’s enh…

    • kimmeister

      “He can’t see without his glasses.”  *Weeps*

      Never in a million years would I have realized that was Anna Chlumsky.  I thought it was Amanda Peet in the thumbnail.

      • That line almost turned on the waterworks all over again! She looks great… especially if you compare her to the current state of Macaulay Culkin

  • Larkin21

    I’ll bite, even though I know you’ve heard it before. The West Wing is amazing television and well worth watching. Get the first season on DVD and you’ll be hooked.

    •  Nope.

      • VanessaDK

        BTW:  I notice no Smash recap this week.  Did you announce you were discontinuing, or quietly exiting?  I don’t blame you for giving up, if you have, but just missed an announcement of it.  So many shows lately have gone from high hopes to cringeworthy.

        • We think going forward “Smash” reviews will be based on whether we found the episode worth writing about. After all, “Meh,” is not a very entertaining critique and that was about all we could work up after the last episode.

          • BerlinerNYC

            In the new Entertainment Weekly, Mark Harris (love him!) has a brilliant piece on the problems with several new series, enumerating a list of booby traps. It concludes with:
            Smash, we need to talk.

          • MissAnnieRN

            I haven’t even bothered to watch it.  I just read Lainey’s recap and determined it was just more “meh” with a side of “enh.”

          • Violina23

            I thought the last episode was an improvement. Some steps in the right direction (Focus back on the SHOW) but not without the plot cliches that work your eye-rolling muscles in ways they’ve never been worked before. 

            It’s still, inexplicably, one of the shows I look forward to the most each week. Maybe I’m just musical-theater starved and I’m looking for crumbs where I can get it.  

            Oh, and I ripped through Season 1 of Mad Men in about a week.  Damn.  Now there’s a nuanced, well-writte, and well-acted show that makes you think…

      • Larkin21

        Ha, guess I misread that “conversation-starter” comment.

        Based on your writing of Mad Men and other dramas, it seems like a show that you’d enjoy but I guess you’re not
        interested in hearing it. Fair enough.

        • whitrome

          I am with you girl! My favorite show evah.

      • Kristinoten

         Stand firm, TLo! I agree with your reasoning – and the same holds true for me regarding law/cop shows as well.  They get so far fetched – and really, unfortunately the real news is enough drama for me.

        • Judih1

          Amen! Good for TLO for not covering West Wing for the reasons they stateddddddd

      • BigShamu

        Speaking of things “watched/not watched/not watching even if you paid me”, what was the outcome of the Unborn Fawns Titanic advice?

      • Nelliebelle1197

         I will join you in that.

    • MilaXX

      West Wing never grabbed me either.

      • TieDye64

        WW wasn’t my cup of tea either. 

      • gina1953

        It’s worth watching West Wing just to make fun of it:  All those ridiculous walk-and-talk squences; Martin Sheen acting like an utter ass-clown in every scene; the cutesy rapid-fire Sorkinesque quipping; etc.  But it does have a very young Elisabeth Moss in it, and yes, Alison Janney is awesome.   

    • Claudia Wade

       No West Wing for me either. It was too pretentious.

    • librarygrrl64

      Nope x1000.

      • librarygrrl64

        I liked Sports Night, but so far that’s the only Sorkin I can get behind.

        • megohd

          Wish I could like this 757 times.

    • tsid2012

      I own “West Wing” seasons on DVD solely to watch the AMAZING Allison Janney.  She made that show, IMO.

  • Judy_J

    Even Julia’s hands show no signs of aging.  What’s her secret?

    • twocee

       Deal with the devil.

    •  A truly HIDEOUS painting in her attic.

    • filmcricket

      Like they said, she’s a billionaire. An actual heiress; her Seinfeld money is chump change. The very rich get better everything. *pouts*

  • EEKstl

    I am normally a fan of the black lace dress (sorry, TLo), but but this is just not working for me (too tight, weird neckline indeed); tho somehow JLD still manages to look fab. Firstly because she’s, well, FAB, and secondly good hair and makeup – and love the shoes.  Anna has the opposite problem – good dress, bad accessories and make-up choices. Their gays need to start working as a team.

  • Sobaika Mirza

    No, TLo, no! The West Wing is still among my favorite shows 🙁

  • cmb92191

    Well Julia was 17-19 ( still a teenager) when she was on SNL… if that helps.  Think her dress is tad too tight but she doesn’t look bad.  I love the pink color on Anna’s dress.

    • NurseEllen

       Actually, she was 21 (b. 1961, SNL from 1982-85), but still one of the youngest cast members ever.  And she was funny, too!  So that makes her 51 now.

      • Sobaika Mirza


        She’s drinking virgin blood or something.

      • MissAnnieRN

        Also, when that unrecognizable pic of Jennifer “baby” Grey, I googled her, and she’s 52!!!  So she may not look like herself, but f-ck she looks great.

  • NurseEllen

    JL-D herself looks amazing, although I don’t care for the dress.  Too form fitting–I’m thinking black lace sausage casing.  The Siriano looks so retro cute my first thought was that it needed white go-go boots!  

  • MilaXX

    I like Anna *insert She’s All GrownUp Jokes here* Chumsky dress for it’s simplicity. Wasn’t it a recent thing with the red pump and shades of pink/purple? I think it works here and since she’s wearing a hot pink dress and red shoe, the neutral lip works.

    Julia looks good, but really it’s just and average black lace dress.

  • braziliankitten

    Say it aint so, TLo! The West Wing was amazing! One of the things that made me want to study International Relations (I’m Brazilian and loved the show’s take on american politics) it had the right amount of cynicism to appear real, but not so much that it made you lose the will to ever think about politics (though an american president with a Nobel on economics is a bit laughably dreamlike).

    On to mode important matters: love huh, but that dress is not doing Julia any favours. Weird neckline, too tight etc. She still manages to look good though. I also agreee about the other girl, cute dress, could use a belt.

  • VanessaDK

    I stopped watching West Wing in 2000 when reality and TV diverged.

    BUT Veep is written by the auteur of The Thick of IT from the UK and hopefully will follow a more satirical tone.

    • I stopped watching it when it conflicted with Buffy in my TV schedule.

  • sdgreengirl

    JLD looked better in “The New Adventures of Old Christine” than “Seinfeld” even though she was much older.  There was one episode with a flashback to when Christine was more independent with JLD as Christine in the clothes and hairstyle of early Elaine (boxy suit + wall of hair) as a joke and it was obvious that JLD looked much older than her “Seinfeld” days.  But somehow she still looks better now.  Anyway, hate the dress but love the makeup and hair.

  • toriadoria

    Split sleeves? Nooooooooooooooo!

    • finnishmaria

      I agree – I think they always look like something from a Lane Bryant clearance rack. I refuse to wear them.

    • finnishmaria

      I agree – I think they always look like something from a Lane Bryant clearance rack. I refuse to wear them.

    • BrooklynBomber

      SO agree. Picture #1 above is a perfect example of why they should be banned.

    • TieDye64

      I’m with you. Cannot stand them.

  • Judy_J

    With regard to Anna C.’s nude lip: it goes with the retro feel of the dress.  In the mid to late ’60’s, pale lips were all the rage.  Yardley’s Slicker was especially popular with girls my age, and we loved the shiny, almost white shades best.  I was well into my 30’s before I learned to wear darker shades of lipstick.

  • karena10

    The red shoes almost blend into the carpet.  On a different surface, I think it would clash and distract from the cute dress.

  • themandy

    I am at the same time excited and wary of this show. It’s created/written by the same guys that did the incredibly hilarious The Thick of It and In the Loop. You should check out their previous work. In the Loop does contain a small American political element, but its nothing like I’d ever seen before.

  • Despite her dress, Julia does look great for her age.
    As for this show, not interested.

  • Kayceed

    Anna – love the dress, loathe the styling and makeup – she looks so washed out and drab. Julia – love the styling and makeup – she looks positively luminous. Like the silhouette of the dress, but too tight, too sheer ( I don’t want to see your bra) and too fussy – a black lace gown doesn’t need frou frou trimming about the neck and buttons that serve no purpose climbing up the elbow.

  • drdirection

    “Elaine” can do no wrong in my book.

  • No West Wing?  Oh well. Your loss. Still one of the finest bits of television EVER made, with more male lustbunnies per inch than a Ryan Gosling lookalike convention. Granted the costumes are nothing to write home about…

  • schadenfreudelicious

     I have always thought of JLD as the poster girl for how to age gracefully in Hollywood. While she may have had subtle things done, she actually has lines and hollows and gawd forbid appears to be able to move her face!  It’s so refreshing to see a celebrity that actually resembles herself, the fact that she’s gorgeous and has a rocking bod (albeit i dislike her choice of dress) are just icing on the cake.

  • I think Anna’s dress looks kinds bridesmaid-y. The “oh, you can TOTALLY wear that after the wedding” kind. 

  • Not gonna lie. I can’t wait for this show.

  • Anna’s shoes/dress combo gagged me.  She needs to package up that dress and send it to Jessica Pare on Mad Men after she gets the hem shortened.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Geez, I’ve never seen West Wing. I had no idea it was “required” viewing. 

    JLD looks great, though the dress is semi-awful.

    ETA: no, it’s just awful

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Julia Louise is a goddess and I have no idea how she’s defying the aging process, HOWEVER THAT is a cougar dress if I ever saw one. She looks amazing in it, no doubt, but it’s just not right.
    Not loving the sleeves on the Siriano and red shoes plus pink dress makes my eyes hurt.

  • I’m a huge fan of In the Loop and The Thick Of It, the previous outings by the Veep creative team (Armando Iannucci, Simon Blackwell, and more). Brilliant writing and performances and the most baroque, creative, explosive swearing you’ll ever see anywhere. So I’m pretty excited about Veep.

    Also recommended is Iannucci’s TV show from the mid-1990s, The Day Today (you can find segments all over YouTube). It’s a bitingly funny parody of news programs that has only gotten more relevant over time. (Chris Morris, the newscaster on that show, went on to do Brass Eye—which is fantastic—and the film Four Lions).

    • terekirkland

       Like”F^ckity bye!”? LOL, my husband and I use that on the phone sometimes instead of good bye.

      I HATE political shows, but IN THE LOOP is just a hilarious movie. Everyone gives a fabulous performance.

  • guest2visits

    No for both dresses. The color on the first is great for Anna; but that neckline makes her look like a line-backer (too wide).
    Julia’s dress looks like something pulled out of the attic that she barely squeezed herself into. Not good.

  • filmcricket

    “the most baroque, creative, explosive swearing you’ll ever see anywhere”

    Someone hasn’t seen Deadwood. 😉

    I haven’t seen The Thick of It yet, but In the Loop was indeed hysterical. Didn’t The Day Today also launch the Alan Partridge character?

  • understateddiva

    West Wing had some great acting amidst ridiculous plotlines – somewhat like Lost!  I watched it for a year or so, but the way it romanticized the American political system was a little hard to stomach.  K Street was hard to stomach for completely different reasons.

  • KaileeM

    Love those sleeves on the Christian dress! 

  • kat89

    She’s a billionaire and she doesn’t age. That statement says it all. Daddy probably found her the best surgeon money can buy.
    Aside from that, she certainly has the cougar look down…

    • Daddy? What was the per-episode pay on the last few seasons of Seinfeld? Woman can afford her own surgeries–not that there’s any evidence she’s ever had any, besides our mutual envy!

  • crash1212

    Funny. I was able to watch – and love – The (fictional) West Wing while simultaneously keeping a close eye the real one, but I’m a woman and we’re born multi-taskers! Can’t wait for this show and both of these chicas look smashing. I wonder if JLD has a really scary painting hanging in her attic?

  • charlotte

    I heart The West Wing. Just wrote a thesis paper on one episode.

  • elemspbee

    oh that’s that girl from my girl? Oh wow. she grew up. Very different aging process than Julia. wow.

  • Caaro3

    JLD looks amazing but she actually does age;  e.g.,

  • Violina23

    Wow, is that Vada Sultenfuss? All grow-ed up? Wow.  I feel old.  I loved “My Girl” as a kid, it was so refreshing to see an unapologetic & socially awkward pre-teen character.  The dress is cute, I agree on it needing a belt, and her shoes friggin’ blend into the CARPET.  But the color pops on her, it’s nice. 

    First impression of Julia was “she looks great”, but then I looked closer and downgraded to “meh”

  • librarygrrl64

    BLESS YOU for not being fans of The West Wing and its ilk. People look at me like I have three heads when I say I didn’t have any interest in watching.

  • suzinrva

    Two things:
    – Never watched WW but curious as some have said my hubby looks like the Bradley Whitford character but no.
    – Doesn’t Anna Chlumsky look a little like Kristin Bauer’s little sister? A Pam progeny?

  • The West Wing is awesome, and you two are CRAZY!

    • SignLadyB

       I agree, the West Wing IS awesome but I’m with TLo on not watching it in it’s first run. I too avoided it even with all it’s awards and kudos because I couldn’t stomach anything to do with the white house during the Bush reign.
      No however I just wish the 3rd and subsequent seasons would be released–the first two seasons on Netflix DVDs have me salivating for more Josiah Bartlet. And, by the way, Elisabeth Moss was just darling as his daughter–a whole different styling not even considering her relative youth at the time.

  • Liz

    I find it physically impossible to see Anna and not talk about My Girl.  Is it generational? 

  • alyce1213

    The Christian Siriano is hiddy – split sleeves, blinding color, off-proportion.  There’s really nothing redeeming about it.
    JLD’s dress is pretty bad, but not nearly as bad as above.  Besides, Julia walks on water, she has nothing to prove, so who cares.  

  • Spicytomato1

    I think Anna C looks perfect. The shoes are an unexpected but fun choice, the dress is modest but edgy and the hair, makeup and earrings look polished but fresh.

    Julia looks amazing but the dress, to paraphrase Angela on PRAS, does funny things to my eyes…is is see-through or not? Each time I look at it I see something slightly different. Too distracting. 

    • Julia’s dress seems like one of those dresses that doesn’t benefit from a flashbulb (and, therefore, shouldn’t come anywhere near a red carpet).

  • judybrowni

    I’m of the mind that sleeves should — oh, I don’t know — cover arms, at least to some extent.

    If crooking the elbow means the sleeve hangs loose like a bandage, maybe you shouldn’t pose with hand on hip. 

    I suspect some of that weird transparency in Julia’s dress may have to do with the flash from the cameras, so I don’t mind hers as much.

    But I agree with TLo on fictionalized American politics, also couldn’t watch West Wing, for that reason. 

    American Politics are currently a horror movie train wreck,not suitable to a sit com, and I find it difficult to laugh at the carnage.

  • Maybe she sleeps in one of those oxygen tents or hyperbaric chambers.  Has she had work done? Because she really has only goetten better with age.  She was pretty in her SNL era, but nothing spectacular.  She always looked okay on Seinfeld, but she was also always my favorite character.  When she landed that Old/New Christine thing was when I really took notice and was impressed by her style and personal beauty.  It just all seems so effortless.  Even though that dress is pretty crappy, you have to look at her and think ‘wow.”  God, I hope she’s not a vegetarian.  I doubt it was the Healthy Choice meals she was hawking a while back.  I hope this show does well for her, but she probably doesn’t need it.   Eat your heart out, Puddy!

  • ccm800

    100 percent on the TLo train on this post. 

  • sashaychante

    Love Julia, but what is up with the undergarment outline showing?  It makes the dress look cheap, which I’m sure it is not.  

    • SignLadyB

       I didn’t notice that the first time thru’ I was with TLo being amazed at her look at her age. But on second look I’ve gotta ask what mature woman (and I don’t exactly mean chronologically here) would wear white underwear under a black dress? Well, I might but only because I don’t have a walk in closet full of  lingerie choices. But someone who knows she will be photographed and dissected? Very odd.

  • I’m with TLo on WW and any other political-y show.  The only one I’ve ever watched was The Powers That Be with John Forsythe and a very young Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  It was hilarious.

  • terekirkland

    I’m just glad Anna is a thing again. I loved her in IN THE LOOP. I don’t mind the red shoes.

    Julia looks like she just finished her smoothie of virgin’s blood and embalming fluid. By which I mean, she looks fab!

  • Being a WW fan and also knowing what is happening w/ the real WW is possible, y’know.  The tv show served as an escape from reality for many of us who wished for a POTUS like Jed Bartlet.

  • Chaiaiai

    OMG, that was my favorite show of ALL TIME.  When Niles (whatever his name was) on the show tried to kill himself with the curtain pull?  I.DIE.

  • Monabel

    Neither of these dresses even begins to be good enough..

  • bellafigura1

    Dress #1, too big
    Dress #2, too small