Freida Pinto at Cannes (X2)

Posted on May 17, 2012

Darlings, let’s pit Freida Pinto against her nemesis, who for the purposes of this experiment, we will call Schmeida Schminto.

First, Freida:

Freida Pinto attends the Opening Ceremony and screening of “Moonrise Kingdom” at Cannes in a Michael Angel gown paired with Chopard earrings and a white gold ring from the Precious Temptations collection. Bag and shoes by Louis Vuitton.

To us, this is an initial-impact dress, which loses some of it the longer you look at it. The bodice is very pretty, but the bust sits on her kinda funny. Ditto the skirt, which is pretty, but we don’t like all that foofaraw around her hips. Simplify that skirt and fit that bust a little better, and this would be a killer.

And now, the dark and dangerous Schmeida:

Freida Pinto attends the Opening Night Dinner after the screening of “Moonrise Kingdom” at Cannes in a Versace gown.

Definitely very dramatic, but if we were to feature this dress on its own, we think it’d be a Girl, That’s Not Your Dress post and we’d tell her to ship it off to Helen Mirren. It just doesn’t feel very young, y’know?. It also looks a little big on her. It’s a gorgeous dress, but we’re not loving how it looks on her.

So, poodles, which lady won this round, Freida or Schmeida?


[Photo Credit: DLM Press/, Getty]

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  • Sobaika

    A draw. Neither outfit looks good after the initial impact wears off.

    • So right. Both of these are near misses. The first because of its fussiness, and the second, because that’s really Cher’s dress.

      •  I think the second also loses because you can see her “chicken cutlets” through all that sheer netting.

        • hannala

           Oh my – you’re right! I did like the Schmeida before, but…. yeah.

        • Chicken cutlets! (snorting with laughter)

      • Judih1

        You are so right

  • Kristalbailey


    Not a fan of either dress, but if I must choose that sleek black number edges out that odd skirt. 

    • TheOriginalLulu


      • carolynmo

        Yep. Me three.

  • wisenhar

    I’m on board with team Schmeida, but I agree that Helen Mirren would leave Schmeida in the dust!

  • AWS

    Shmeida won.  No contest.  

  • PaulaBerman

    Schmeida. That first dress is kinda hiddy.

    • 3boysful

       Absolutely.  I’d go so far as to say tacky.

  • boomchicabowwow

    Schmeida.  No contest.  But what gives with all this wrinkled illusion netting?  And how many times do we have to see it on the RC before we must officially brand it as a “TREND”?  ‘Cause Shiny Silly Putty Pumps are one thing, but I can’t with that granny netting.

  • Geno Boggiatto

    Like how the colors in Freida’s dress play off her skin, but not sure about the look as a whole. And I think if Shmeida lost the sleeves it would take the look up a level. It’s a little heavy as it stands.

  • demidaemon

    I say Schmeida, just because that dress doesn’t make you want to run over to her and try to fix everything wrong about it.

  • Frieda wins this round.  It’s pretty and youthful, seems to fit her overall personality and look a lot.  I just can’t get down with all that black netting..its making me itchy just looking at it. 

  • Lina_bee

    Neither? She’s too pretty for clothes that don’t fit.

  • MilaXX

    Frieda wins by default. Neither dress is really her dress, but at least the first one looks youthful. The second is both generic and geriatric.

  • belfebe

    Team Shmeida.  The fit is weird, but much better than the pink weird skirt.

  • Laurie Bergman

    Schmieda has more dramatic impact and so is the WIN! for me. Even so, between her and Jane Fonda it seems that illusion netting is a no Cannes do. (Sorry…couldn’t resist the pun.)

  • Schmeida – but well done both of them for sharing the earrings.

  • In the battle between the evils of Schmeida’s black netting and the disarray of Freida’s skirt, the skirt wins by a hair. 

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    i hate netting of just about any sort other than power; otoh, yr pal schmeida there still has boobs, frieda apparently lost hers in the fight that caused her skirt to get enlatched w/in several bands of the elastic belonging to her underpants. also: it’s a sequinned tube top, yes? a glorified sequinned tube top that thinks it’s better than all of the other tube tops just cos it’s not just a couture but a canadian couture sequinned tube top? feh, biba did it better thirty odd years ago.

    edited cos sequined needs two Ns. whether spellcheck thinks it does or doesnt is, you know, not my affair.

  • dramamajor

    Ya not crazy about either but I think Freida’s dress is actually kind of ugly, so Schmeida wins!

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    i would say dev won.

  • kimmeister

    Schmeida, because Frieda’s dress gives her belly tumors and makes her boobs disappear.

    I love all the emerald jewelry we’ve been seeing lately though.

    •  Ditto on the emerald/green jewelry lately!! I was just saying how much I liked it on Charlize Theron and Fan BingBing.

  • Freida Pinto may be the only woman in the world who doesn’t look good in black. It is SO not her color.

    Both dresses have initial positive impact that fizzles quickly. I agree with Sobaika, a draw.

    • makeityourself

      I’m with you on the black.  This woman was born to wear all of the colors nobody else can wear.  Yes, it’s a draw.  

  • Jane Fonda should give Schmeida a call… 

  • Tom Shea

    I win, because I got to look at two pictures of Freida Pinto.

  • altalinda

    Neither wins, but Freida edges Schmeida out for being less of a loss.

  • Freida’s dress is Exhibit A in why I’ve never liked pink on me as a woman with brown skin. It’s very hard to find a pink that really works. And that light pink, along with the weird cut and styling, is not working for her. Light pink is synonymous with cheap fabric in my head– oh how the 80s have scarred me.

    And as for Schmeida– Deborah Lipp’s comment that she actually doesn’t look good in black here rings true for me. (Although we’ve been seeing a lot of those terrible asphalt-black dresses on the RC lately that I also think don’t look good on anyone.)

  • nannypoo

    I never thought I’d say this about the fabulous Freida Pinto, but I don’t like either one. The hip thingy on the first one is bizarre, and the second one has too much wrinkly netting.

  • TheLaurenJean


  • Schmeida – that’s fierce and suits her well, age or not. Black looks stunning on her.

  • Schmeida, by a nose. The other dress is just too much.

  • Zippypie

    Schmeida wipes the floor with Freida.

    Freida’s bodice looks like a bathing suit from the Boston Proper catalog.  The skirt is just a mess.  And don’t get me started on the belt that neither fits or sits properly on her waist…  Schmeida looks hot, regardless of the minor fit issues.

  • RebeccaKW

    I vote Schmeida, b/c I don’t like Frieda’s dress.  Schmeida’s may not be right for her, but neither is the first one.

  • Alyson Epstein

    At least there’s no visible granny panties in the second outfit.  Both miss the mark.

  • sagecreek

    Schmeida is a clear winner. For one thing, she doesn’t have bar towels tucked into her waistband.

  • I’m totally digging the second one. Works for me. 

  • giiiirrrr

    God, she is so stunning that I barely noticed the dresses.  Whoever did her makeup for the Schmeida look should win their own Palme d’Or.

  • RL McGruder

    I like her in the second dress much better.  I think the angle makes her look big, but I definitely did a “WHOA!” when I saw her in the second dress.  Both sets of shoes, however, are way too heavy and focus pulling.

  • Schmeida!!! I love the cut-outs on that black dress, and that she’s wearing the same earrings. Love a girl who recycles.

  • Freida looks a bit better than Schmeida. but not by much. And I hate the shoes both personalities are wearing.

  • jilly_d

    I actually like her in the black, however – that first gown is TREMENDOUS on her and love that big red cocktail ring!

  • Lilithcat

    Schmeida for the win.  “Dark and dangerous” beats “foofaraw” pretty much any day.

  • slightlybitterkitten

    I want to see Jane Fonda in Schmeida’s dress.

  • Jangle57

    Oh dear, I would so pick Frieda’s dress if only it didn’t have those stupid saddle bags around her hips.  On the other other hand, I just don’t like the black on her even though it’s the better dress.  So reluctantly, I’m going with Freida…

  • GTrain

    Not a fan of either look.

  • Sophie Collier

    Bleah to both of them.  At least she got the hair and makeup right on the top gown.  Nothing is working in the black dress photos.  

  • ri_dic

    Neither outfit is great for her, but I am struck by how the black brings out her beautiful dark features.

  • Nonnah

    Schmeida.  Except for the hooves.

  • Louise Bryan

    I think it’s a draw.  Initially I like the first one better, but it shrinks on you after awhile.

  • alyce1213

    It’s a draw.  I don’t like either one, or the shoes.

  • la_lala

    Don’t care. She’s on the opposite spectrum of my irrational hate list. I will forgive her anything because I legitimately think she’s one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen, and I’m PRIT-tee shallow. She also seems like an actual nice person.

  • I’m giving this to Schmeida–at least her gown looks like one, complete dress, as well as expensive.

  • Her torso and short legs are not made for these dresses. Her face is stunning though and as for her acting, the verdict is not out yet. Trishna is definitely going to give her a chance to prove her talent, so let’s wait for the reviews.

  • Freida for sure. I feel like I should hate this dress. Every element would annoy me on another dress, and perhaps another wearer, but Freida werks it IMO.

  • Le_Sigh

    I can’t stop my inner giggle re: “Schmieda Shminto.” 

    That being said, I think that Schmeida needs to give her dress to Miss Dita Von Teese – its not sitting quite right on her, but the black netting is making it look more obvious.

  • howdoilook

    Beautiful on all counts. 

  • bluefish

    Don’t care for either –both fussy and over-powering — Would love to see her sporting some gorgeous South Asian looks — not that she’s obligated to go that route but I know I would if I could. Why waste all that beauty on such generic evening wear?

  • guest2visits

    I think the first one ages her more than the long cool black one. So much needs to be fixed with dress one; – it’s boxy
    and matronely. Liked the shoes though.   I thought the black one was sexy and suited her.

  • allisankelly

    Neither is a knock out look. The first one is a washout and the second doesn’t fit her.

  • prettybigkitty

    Frieda and Schmeida need Fan Bingbing’s stylist.  Everyone does for that matter.

  • Susan Crawford

    Can’t say I love either dress. She always looks killer in a long, lean column of brilliant color, and both these dresses are just too “cluttery” to give Frieda/Schmieda the oomph she deserves. However, that pear-shaped ruby ring she is sporting is exactly the little trinket I’ve been craving for summer pool parties, so please send it on ASAP.

  • MzzPants

    Both Gawdawful.  The first one’s top looks like a summer camp sand art.  The second one is all weirdly skewed and poorly fitted.  She needs to go home and start over.

    Edit: AND hate the makeup, hate the hair. Girls trying on prom dresses look better than this. C’mon.

  • snarkykitten

    that’s a lot of hiddy

  • another_laura

    I’m going with Schmeida because for me it’s just the black color that’s off.

  • Peeve

    Not a big fan of the first dress, but I think if the second dress had been sleeveless it would’ve been killah…

  • AudreysMom

    I’m going with Schmeida. She looks divine in black and I like her BAD. 

  • PeaceBang

    She’s adorable and neither of these looks suit her. But if I HAVE to choose, I’ll pick the first look, but pretending those hideous flounces around her hips aren’t there.

  • TSkot

    Schmeida FTW

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL


  • ccm800

    Maybe its her lack of any neck to speak of   –  but she really falls flat for me. in pieces she ought to be so exotic and alluring but she comes off dull as dish water. I know I am certainly in the minority on this one.

  • bellafigura1

    It’s unbelievable that she and her team were ok with how poorly the sheer net fits her.  I mean, that’s illusion netting, it’s supposed to be snug against her like a second skin, not wrinkly! 

  • suzq

    Neither.  She has needed a better stylist for quite some time now.

  • Neither one works.

  • Schmeida.  I love that dress!  Why is it Helen Mirren?  Because is has sleeves?  I think it’s lovely.

  • Schmeida. The first one is awful.

  • chitowndg


  • Pennymac

    I HATE those uneven hip flouncy things! They look like she went to the ladies room and got some material stuck up in her underdrawers!

  • marilyn

    Thie first dress is poorly designed.  The top is busy and so is the skirt, but in different, incompatible ways.  This is a classical -situation of ‘what am I supposed to be looking at?’=the satiny drapey skirt or the flashy shiny top?   Beautiful woman, bad dress.

    The black one makes her look too old.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    They BOTH lost!

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I don’t like either one, so I think I’m going to opt for Oreida and hope she does better with that personality.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Neither.  Not crazy about either dress, actually.  Although she is so damned beautiful it just isn’t fair! 

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Neither.  Not crazy about either dress, actually.  Although she is so damned beautiful it just isn’t fair! 

  • NurseEllen

    AGAIN with the peplum, it just ruins that pink dress.  Schmeida looks fab, despite the overabundance of illusion netting.

    Been away for a few days, I really missed posting, although I was able to look at the site.  Guess I’ll have to get into a 12 step program for the TLo website.  I’ve got the “first, admit you have a problem” part down!

  • NurseEllen

    AGAIN with the peplum, it just ruins that pink dress.  Schmeida looks fab, despite the overabundance of illusion netting.

    Been away for a few days, I really missed posting, although I was able to look at the site.  Guess I’ll have to get into a 12 step program for the TLo website.  I’ve got the “first, admit you have a problem” part down!

  • i vote for frieda!  since there’s just the two of us on her team, apparently, we’re going to run and hide in her room and play dress-up, with pink frothy sparkly things.  leave the black thing for old widows.

  • LambeeBaby

     Schmeida wins. The first dress makes her look like a fat-ass.

  • Lisa

    Both bad. The first one is very “Well, look who just rolled out of bed, and took the sheets with her!”  The second one is, “This dress? Oh, I’m just on my way to audition for ‘Judy Garland: The Carnegie Hall Years’!”

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Neither.  Helen Mirren wins.

  • RzYoung

    I like Freida better, Smeida’s dress is aging but also not entirely flattering on the bust