Brooklyn Decker in Giambattista Valli

Posted on May 15, 2012

We’re prepared to admit we might be wrong about this one (probably not), but we’re thinking Brooklyn has reached the “desperate cry for help” portion of her red carpet dressing with this getup:


Brooklyn Decker attends the premiere of “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” in a Giambattista Valli dress paired with Blue Nile Jewelry.

Giambattista Valli Spring 2012 Collection/Model: Melissa Tammerijn (NATHALIE)

The runway version of this is quite pretty, if a little bedsheet-y. Then again, nothing’s more bedsheet-y than the skirt she’s sporting in the red carpet version. In fact, we’re pretty confused about this. Dresses get reinterpreted all the time when they go from runway to rack or even runway to red carpet, but this is a totally different dress. Sure, the shape and concept are the same, but the fabrics are entirely different – and not in a “slight variation in scale and color” sort of way, but completely different types of fabrics and prints altogether. It looks less like a reinterpreted version of a runway look than it does a cheap knockoff in a discount clothing store. Worse, the changes have made it look way too casual for a film premiere. A beach wedding, sure. But a red carpet? She looks like she should have a straw bag and hat.

The hair’s not helping, either.

[Photo Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images, Andrew Evans/PR Photos,]

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  • Deac82

    All of her red carpet dresses have had this in common: avoid boobage.  She’s a swimsuit model who is trying to be taken seriously as an actress for this movie, and her clothing choices have hence come across as very frumpy.  She needs to accept the body she has and find a way to dress it that’s not sexpot or grandma. 

    • Jecca2244

      Yes! Shes trying to change her image and not going about it the right way.

    • Sara__B

       You’re definitely on to something. A quick image search brings up nothing but bikinis and boobs. She’s over-compensating!

    • But the flowers appear to have nipples, so she’s got wonky flower-boobs istead.

  • Anathema_Device

    Yeah, either the skirt or the top fabric needs to be more muted for this combo to work. Not that I would like it all that much even if the fabrics did work better together. Not liking the extreme dropwaist. Also, it looks more sloppy than breezy.

    And damn if she doesn’t look just like Cheryl Tiegs in that last pic.

    • poggi

      Hah! I thought the same thing. When I saw the thumbnail I thought how can that be Cheryl Tiegs?

  • J MN

    Reinterpreted to become butt ugly.  Can’t see a redeeming quality about it.  Just in case – Out. 

  • MK03

    Who is she again??

    • PastryGoddess

      Well she was Andy Roddicks wife…but they haven’t been seen together in months.  So now she’s a former swimsuit model who wants to be a serious actress

  • Pretty sure its the same fabric on the runway skirt as in her top. Not to say it looks good. Cause it doesn’t.

    • janetjb

       I agree.  The original is pretty but the fabric changes make it a change for the worse.

  • Spicytomato1

    Yes, exactly, I also thought the connection between the runway version and hers was tenuous at best. Too bad because the runway version is pretty and breezy. Brooklyn’s looks like Deadhead formalwear. She looks really happy in it, though, I must say. And I just now noticed a resemblance between her and Cheryl Tiegs.

    Lately I’ve been ripping on her hair but an ill-advised chop on my own locks recently has me looking at hers with new longing.

    • blogless

      I don’t mind her hair but hair should never look the same color as your dress. Especially if your dress is green.

  • Lina_bee

    It DOES look like a knockoff! Or like something that would get someone AUFed on project runway. I thought GValli was better than this.

  • GTrain

    sad what they did to that dress

  • SpcilK

    Poor thing and the side boob fallout is making things worst.

    • The words “Fisher-Price,” accompanied by a generous serving of side boob, should not appear in the same picture.

      • holdmewhileimnaked

        & she had them cut it just so it would have that falling out effect! amazant! if you will!

  • hughman

    This is so like something you wear the day you finally break down and do laundry after 2 months of never leaving the house.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      [i think there are more than a few of us here who comprehend that statement from the inside. <whistling>]

  • AlinaValero

    i looked back and forth between the runway and the rc versions several times trying to figure out exactly why the runway version seems to work and this one doesn’t. the fabric changes were a mistake as was losing the metallic belt. so sad because it didn’t need to be reworked! the runway version is great!

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Maybe she was going to the beach after the premiere?…

  • Holy early 90s Christie Brinkley hair and make up. Ouch.

    And the dress is a sad. 

  • splix71

    Holy Mycroft, that’s ugly.

  • rainwood1

    The red carpet looks for this movie are as bad as the previews.

  • StellaZafella

    Right off the beach – straight into the hamper.
    A 3 year old dressed herself for day school, “Mommy, I wanna wear this and this and this!”

    • RebeccaKW

       I would be more impressed with the look if she also had on a cowboy hat and a snorkel.

  • EEKstl


    • makeityourself

      Yes. So bad it hurts.

  • RebeccaKW

    It’s like the runway skirt pattern on the top and a what the hell pattern on the bottom.  The runway version is great, I love the pattern of that top.  But this thing is hideous and her, while perfect for an ‘on the street’ casual, is not right, especially given the casual-ness of the dress.

  • Dr. Derf van der Derf

    Looks like an ugly beach cover up.

  • Lilithcat

    Could be worse.  Her folks could have named her “Bronx”.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      i actually think that’s somebody’s baby’s name–jessica simpson’s sister, i believe. maybe somebody else who clearly does not understand the bronx, at least not like i do anyway, from the pre-birth inside.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    how did she get them to destroy their reasonably beautiful dress for her–to make it into, instead, that?

  • Frank_821

    Yes they butchered it when they changed the fabrics. The runway isn’t just pretty, the fabric choices give it a sophistication that gets destroyed by the RC version. The mistakes in the changes are obvious. The top has been replaced by a print that’s way too big compared to the original. That said print of course is used for the runway’s skirt. But in the runway it’ looks a little sheer and it seems darker thus giving a nice weight and contrast against the top. The replaced fabric on the skirt is too bland and light to perform the same function. It’s like they just grabbed whatever was convenient from the same box of fabrics

  • Three words: tie-dyed with PEE. 

  • Judy_J

    The dress she’s wearing really does look like a cheap knock off of the runway version. I’d expect to see a similar dress at T J Maxx. Really far too casual for the red carpet.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    I suppose the top (the skirt in the runway version) is actually very pretty primroses but all I can see is sliced bananas…

    • Sara__B

       Thanks for my first laugh-out-loud of the day!

  • j_anson

    I THINK there’s actually a lot of the same fabrics in it – the top appears to be the runway version’s skirt fabric (with a liner/backing), and the belt element is the fabric from the runway’s top. And then the skirt is just out of left field as far as I can tell. But yeah. Not good.

  • Her hair pains me.

  • MilaXX

    Her version looks like the knockoff version that folks put out of RC looks after the Oscars. It scream beach coverup. 

  • Never.   EVER.  Wear a drop waist to a premiere for a movie named after a pregnancy book.


  • ChristinaRi


  • Verascity

    My thought was literally, “What the hell happened to that pretty dress?”

  • jessicasac

    Horrible dress. Weird boobs.

  • marilyn

    Her hair is perfect for a beach wedding. 

  • Allison Woods

    I liked the original quite a bit.

  • no.

  • Daenyx

    …did she look in a mirror before she walked out?  Because those are quite possibly the least flattering colors she could be wearing.  

  • Lisa

    Uh, wooooah, no!  She looks cray-cray!

  • guest2visits

    The model’s version is sooo much better.

  • v

    Why are dropped waists on dresses coming back? I lived through them the 1st time. I’m not doing it again.

  • It looks like they switched the fabrics of the top and the skirt, but it really makes for a different dress. I didn’t like the runway version, but the one she’s wearing is fugly as hell.

  • cleep1000

    The runway version is so pretty. What happened?

  • jw_ny

    The top bubble pattern (apple slices..idk?) isn’t flattering at all.   I see lopsided boobs and a belly/belly button pattern in it.  I think the dress would work if the top & bottom fabrics were switched. 

    I quite like the RC look.  Unfortunate that the changes were made.

  • Lilak

    Sorry, but I just can’t get past … her.  Kind of a downmarket Cheryl Tiegs.  Yawn.

  • wtf?

  • Whoever suggested she change the runway version should be shot at dawn. 

    But then, they should have been shot for suggesting the runway dress at all.  

    Desperate cry for help. Yeah. I dig it.

  • frankystein123

    Urgh, the boundary belt is way too low, and yes, that dress is hideous in real life.

  • Crazy face she’s making definitely isn’t helping.

  • That’s a truly ugly dress, but she has a real Cheryl Tiegs vibe going in that third picture.

  • TieDye64

    What in the hell am I looking at here? Frankendress fugness.

  • Aurumgirl

    The fabric changes destroy this dress, but it’s also too long, the drop waist sits too low on Brooklyn, and the colour does her no favours.  There’s that, and the overwhelming “my face is being eaten by my hair” styling as well, she kind of looks like a melting banana popsicle.  Who is dressing these people?  She doesn’t need a stylist, she needs a lawyer.  

  • Vlasta Bubinka

    There’s something about this look that screams Cheryl Tiegs Collection– now with wigs!

  • Larkin21

    Nothing flattering about that look.

  • Call me Bee

    In the close-up, one can see that these are gorgeous, sumptuous fabrics, but man that is an ugly dress. 

  • sherrietee

    So they took the skirt from the runway and made it into the bodice, took the bodice from the runway and made it into a belt and then took a completely new fabric for the skirt?  Why? 

    Actually, I don’t really like either of them, but still, why?

  • bluefish

    What a big difference between the red carpet version and the summer in Wildwood frock BD is sporting.

  • SapphoPoet

    I like the runway version far better. Having said that, the right hair and accessories could have brought this look to a red carpet level. (Although, maybe not–the skirt fabric seems pretty casual.)

  • ballerinawithagun

    Now at Forever 21.

  • Rrroza

    Bad idea switching the orig. skirt print to the top. It works as a diaphanous pattern swirling around legs; as an opaque motif the flower centers appear much too like areolae. Icky.

  • awful.

  • Even knowing this is not Kaitlin Olson from Always Sunny, it’s all I can see. Which means Brooklyn looks at least 7 years older than she is right now. 

  • CatherineRhodes

    The look was ruined by reinterpretation.

  • ccm800

    it clashes with itself.

  • Qitkat

    It’s late, and I would rather not be unkind, but

  • All of your posts today have me saying “Yeah.” 

  • this dress could get together with sweetpea’s washcloth dress for a household linens collection at k-mart.