In or Out: Florence Welch in Alexander McQueen

Posted on May 08, 2012

We laughed and pointed when we saw this last night, but Lorenzo had a change of heart this morning, as Lorenzo has been known to do.


Florence Welch attends the Met Gala 2012 in NYC in head-to-toe Alexander McQueen.

Alexander McQueen Fall 2012 Collection

And his argument essentially boils down to, “It’s the Met Ball, for Jesus’ sake! You’re supposed to wear over-the-top fantasy gowns!”

Does he have a point?



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IN! YES, DAMMIT! He has a point!


OUT! Bullshit. She looks like a stack of lampshades.


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  • HomeOfficeGirl

    IN.  It’s totally hers and only she could wear it.

    • NinaBoo

      IN but her Heidi-hair almost lost it for her.

    • megalomania79

       I completely agree.  On anyone else, I would have said OUT, but this is a look for her.

    • Agreed. Completely an In.

  • oof.  out.

  • benjamin478

    IN IN IN! Lorenzo totally has a point. Where else could something like this be worn? Of course the silhouette is different, but from the front with her hand on her hip like that, she looks great. Hair and makeup looks good and much better than it has been looking. I totally wish I could see this in person. I bet the dress looks exquisite.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I agree for the most part with everything you just said, I just wish she hadn’t chosen something so… Florence. It’s the big sister of practically every other gown she’s ever worn. Neutral-feather-tulle-McQueen-dreamy-thing.

  • chill85

    Yayy, thank you! I don’t dislike it because it’s over-the-top—–in fact, I think the dress is super-fabulous. But that length is not working for her at all. The whole midsection needs to be shorter so the hem is hiked up to where it is on the model and so her torso doesn’t look twice as long as her legs.

    • makeityourself

      That was my first thought.  She either needs 6″ more of legs, or they should have shortened the whole thing.  But to do that, you would have to start altering from the shoulder, and there was no way they were going to remake the entire dress.  It would be easier to have leg-lengthening surgery.

      Hence the awkward length.  But kudos for attempting it.  It’s a hell of a lot better than another requisite strapless, swirly twisted fabric gown with a mermaid tail.

  • Zippypie

    Out – it’s a fantasy of the toilet paper covers my grandmother used to crochet.  I also am tired of seeing her in this non-color.  It does nothing for her skin or facial features.

    • I was thinking Christmas tree angel, but yeah, definitely crocheted loo roll holder!

  • leftcoastpickle

    I think the collar that the model is wearing would actually have helped draw my eyes away from Flo’s squished up boobs. But without the collar, it’s just silly! OUT!

    • ballerinawithagun

      I gave it an IN, but you are right, it needs the collar, especially with Flo’s simple hair.

  • It’s the sleeve part I question, but you know what? That looks like the most fun she’s had with her clothing in ages. And looking at the dress, I have to wonder, if not Flo at the Met Ball, then who and where?

    No, it’s a pretty ideal combination of girl, dress, and occasion. IN.

    • 3boysful

       I agree.  While the.color isn’t the most flattering, she looks clean, made-up, and pretty put together.  IN.

  • Jasmaree

    IN. I was with Tom until I saw the picture where she twirled. It’s perfect for her, even if it’s a little ridiculous.

    •  See, I think the dress makes her look like she’s twirling while standing still. Which is awesome. IN.

  • AWS

    I wanna like it.  I do.  And Lorenzo has an excellent and valid point.  Isn’t Florence like Gaga now where we EXPECT her to wear Bjork’s rejected dresses? 


  • Dhammadina

    Super swirly! In!!

    • deliadee

      I agree!  Super swirly and sparkly!  Too long, but still an in.

  • Isadora Paiva

    Nope. This look ridiculous, not dream-like. OUT

  • Yes, he totally has a point. And she may be the only person who could pull this off. 

  • paultoes

    Love it. Good for her.

  • MK03

    OUT. There’s a difference between “fantasy gown” and “jellyfish in drag.”

    • BeeBeauNYC

       Perfectly said! Thank you!

    • BeeBeauNYC

       Perfectly said! Thank you!

    • introspective

      WORD. such an OUT.

      i dont buy all the fawning over this getup. Its like the empress has on no clothes. actually Id rather her in no clothes than in this mess.

      • MK03

        “The empress has no clothes on” is the perfect summation of how I’ve always felt about her.

      • This. I don’t know who this Florence Welch is, so I don’t have the backup story. And so, this joke of a dress looks just like that to me. You can say a stack of lampshades or a walking Christmas tree in nude color. It’s just awful. Good choice in shoes, though.

  • Kirsten Henry

    she looks like the tassels on the corners of my bedspread

  • ChiliP

    Yes, it’s bat shit crazy, but I love it anyways. In.

  • ChiliP

    Yes, it’s bat shit crazy, but I love it anyways. In.

  • I am allll for the over the top gowns at the met gala, and I am a bit disappointed not as many stars wore over the top gowns, but this does not look good on her at all. OUT. It looks better from the back though, i dont like the length of this on her, if it had one more layer at the bottom itd be better.

  • I am allll for the over the top gowns at the met gala, and I am a bit disappointed not as many stars wore over the top gowns, but this does not look good on her at all. OUT. It looks better from the back though, i dont like the length of this on her, if it had one more layer at the bottom itd be better.

  • SpcilK

    Peter, Paul, and Mary that is a cupcake wrapper on steroids. She looks like something from the “Fifth Element.

    • NurseEllen

      (to the tune of “Uptown Girl”)—-Cupcake Girl!  And I still vote IN.

  • SpcilK

    Peter, Paul, and Mary that is a cupcake wrapper on steroids. She looks like something from the “Fifth Element.

  • At least she had enough sense to take the collar off. But still… this is ugo. OUT.

  • At least she had enough sense to take the collar off. But still… this is ugo. OUT.

  • Anna Tree

    loathe her. OUT

  • Anna Tree

    loathe her. OUT

  • BeeBeauNYC

    OUT – it’s too much, even for the Met Gala, and that color is just not working for me. At least she didn’t go with the clown collar, which would have been completely cray cray. 

  • BeeBeauNYC

    OUT – it’s too much, even for the Met Gala, and that color is just not working for me. At least she didn’t go with the clown collar, which would have been completely cray cray. 

  • Rachel Levine

    IN.  Lorenzo is completely right, this is the MET gala.  I wish more people had stuff like this year.  It seemed kind of lackluster.

    • JDreesen

      ^THIS!  who knew i’d be the sentimental type, but WHERE. HAVE. ALL. THE. CRAZY. GOWNS. GONE.  true, there were a few sprinkled in here and there, but this dress makes me nostalgic for prior years’ Met Gala posts.  *sigh*


  • Rachel Levine

    IN.  Lorenzo is completely right, this is the MET gala.  I wish more people had stuff like this year.  It seemed kind of lackluster.

  • Matt Bailer

    This like one of those dresses that would usually wear the wearer, but Flo is wearing – and working – the shit out of that dress.  IN IN IN!

  • karena10

    Out.  Its over the top, and perhaps a fantasy, but not in a good way.   It does look like a stack of old frayed lampshades.

  • karena10

    Out.  Its over the top, and perhaps a fantasy, but not in a good way.   It does look like a stack of old frayed lampshades.

  • Bless.  It’s totally crazy and totally Florence at the same time.  It’s a little scary but she’s pulling me to that place where I’m willing to accept an outfit on her just because it’s Florence.  In, with giggles.

  • Bless.  It’s totally crazy and totally Florence at the same time.  It’s a little scary but she’s pulling me to that place where I’m willing to accept an outfit on her just because it’s Florence.  In, with giggles.

  • hughman

    Thank god she didn’t wear those McQueen glasses. Those would have made it look too realistic. 

  • formerlyAnon

    He has a point.  In.

    If only the front view matched the back & side views, I wouldn’t be saying this reluctantly. Back & side view are a lovely stack of lampshades, front view is an awkward stack of lampshades.

    • formerlyAnon

       And P.s.: the sleeves are simply fabulous, hands down. They’d be great if the body of the dress were a simple (?) column.

  • marilyn

    Out.  No one should wear that.  By the way, the shoes are horrible, but I don’t know what could be worn instead.  McQueen’s clothes are generally odd.  This is an extreme.  I would expect someone in a stage show to wear this.  How could she be talked into wearing it?  It looks like a sheepdog costume that has been trimmed into tiers.  

    • MilaXX

      i think she really likes this. She was twirling around like a 3 year old hopped up on sugar.

      • formerlyAnon

         It does look like it’d be fun to wear.

  • pookiesmom

    I kind of love this, against my better judgment. IN.

  • I ADORE the sleeves, and the top half in general. I almost think it would have looked better without the second tier… but that being said, I would kill for this dress. IN!

  • Out for the Heidi hair.  

  • Laurie Bergman

    She OWNS this wedding cake dress.  No one else could, and this is the place to show it.  IN.

  • formerlyAnon

    And, btw, this spate of posts is leaving me feeling a tad fatigued – you two must be exhausted! Thank-you! Treat yourselves tonight.

  • Carleenml

    IN!! My exact thought…cause if you can’t wear this here where the hell can you? (we are not speaking to you, oh women who wear sheer dresses and granny panties).  And all the women who wore prom dresses should bow down to what it’s really all about.

  • Brenna McClellan



  • I can’t believe I’m saying this, but she is WERQing it. IN.  Even if I do want layer cake now.

  • NurseEllen

    I’m with Daddy Lorenzo on this: she is totally IN, and this may be the first time I have ever voted her as IN on anything involving fashion.

  • slightlybitterkitten

    OUT.  Also, I think the FUG girls basically summed up all my thoughts on this topic.

  • almondemy

    Gents, please remember that it is still the color of a smoke-stained bra from 1940 hanging out a tenement window. OUT. Also, the shoes look like a fashion freshman art project.  


    A thousand yesses. She is a puffy, tinsle-y wedding cake and it’s amazing. I love this. and her. 

  • Christina Hidek

    Out.  Its not a fantasy ballgown- its a nightmare ballgown.  Hideous.

  • Out.  Lampshades

  • JustJenn142

    Not a fan of the color but think the dress is fine for the Met. So in with qualifications. Isn’t that always the case?

  • Louise Bryan

    Lorenzo has a point, but don’t worry, a hat will cover it.

    She looks like a stack of particularly fluffy lampshades.

  • snarkykitten

    she looks like she got wrapped up in sticky tape and then rolled in confetti. yuck

  • She and only she could wear that…but I sure as hell wish she weren’t made up, as usual, to look twice her age. I’m gonna have to swing OUT on this one.

  • Tracy_Flick

    Out. Ikea meets Madame Alexander. Dreadful.

  • IN IN IN!

  • MilaXX

    OUT! She looks like a silkie chicken rolled in glitter

  • ampg

    I get what Lorenzo’s saying, but this still doesn’t work.  I think it’s the length – either floor-length or mid-calf, but not ankle-length.  OUT.

  • giiiirrrr

    So so SO IN.  The hair could have been better, but the dress is beyond incredible.  Somewhere up in designer heaven Lee McQueen is totally loving this.

  • lizajane1776

    It looks like those hobble dresses from the 1910’s.
    Given that perspective, I guess it’s okay.
    In. Reluctantly.
    But for someone who is always covered up, she is mighty close to a titscrepency here. Did she have a cutting problem that her arms are always covered? If so, I hope she is past it.

  • kimmeister

    At least there’s some joy to it, but it’s still hideous.  OUT.  Kinda dig the hair on her though.

  • Carol Emmet

    OUT. Awful. Cringeworthy. Pointing and laughing was the accurate first reaction. Hate her lipstick, her hair looks blah, and she looks stumpy and redonkulous overall. In a zillion years she will never be able to “own” things the way La Blanchett can, or The Swinton (say, where were THOSE two?).

  • LittleKarnak

    Out. Ridiculous.

  • fnarf

    Dress: gorgeous. Fabulous. Color: bleaurgh.

  • Yeah, she looks like she’s having a ball in that dress, so IN. 

  • Nonnah

    IN!  If you can’t wear it to the Met, where can you wear it!

    • alyce1213

      My theory is if you can’t wear it (and I don’t think she is), don’t.

  • I’m with Lo

  • bobbi32

    When they made this for her, they changed the construction of the top tier of the skirt and put in a horizontal seam, it makesthe skirt look like a lamshade.
    Still, marginal IN for daring.

  • librarygrrl64

    It’s costumey, but it works. Great color on her. IN.

  • In. He’s right. And Flo can totally pull it off!


  • OUT.  McQueen is starting to get on my nerves.  Which are already shot.

  • joe_tey83

    A dirty lampshade tornado dress.

  • jennifervney

    In! It was made for Flo.

  • Rrroza

    Disliked it when I first saw it but now think it’s fabulous. In first shot I figured she was twirling ( but does FW twirl? I don’t know!) Love the 4th pic down.

  • sunandmoon24

    Sorry, Lo…but no. 🙂
    It’s just too long on her and too big. Maybe if they’d scaled it down a bit….but even then.

  • kittenwithaquip

    The more I look at it the more I love it. Normally it’s not quite my thing, but I love that it looks like she’s always in mid-swoosh. IN.

  • claudemtl777

    Certainly A for effort…But it’s not eye-pleasing, is it? Out, because my first instinct was to LOL…(the hair didn’t help at all…)

  • YES HE HAS A POINT!! IN for having the big brass ones to show up in quadruple the fabric of anyone else there! 

  • AlexisPayne

    Oh no. I can’t with this one, the boobs make me sad and I think it takes a models proportions to pull off those tiers. 


  • I don’t love it, but I do love it on her. So, IN!

  • First time I think she’s ever come close to dressing for her age. She only looks 10 years older instead of 20.

  • IN. I think, like SWINTON, that FloWel lives by a different set of rules than the rest of us.

  • Love it.

  • IN! A carry over (figuratively) from when she performed at the McQueen themed exhibit last year, but so great. Best Dress to twirl in at the very least. 

  • hmmm… undecided. Glad she left the collar, lose the top layer of ruffles and make the second layer floor length and she’s in.

  • McQueen + Met Ball = Hilariously IN!

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    it’s a beautiful dress & it only looks silly when she’s spinning around & fiddling w/ the sleeves, which seems to make her happy & she tends to look better when she looks happy. so, you know, i’m definitely one for the yes, indeedy, i like it column.

  • BobStPaul


  • It’s interesting and all, but it isn’t doing anything for her boobs.

  • Molly Cullen

    In!!! In times a thousand in!! 

  • In.  Yes it’s odd, but give me this over a purple tube top dress.  It’s really quite pretty and interesting.  

  • Ms_Flyover

    If she’s auditioning for a ginger rodgers drag tribute, I’d say in.  Otherwise, I think Lorenzo should go with his first instincts.

  • hexiadetrix

    Out, because of the post-Raphaelite hair and shoes. She’s trying to be Bjork, but it’s all a little too twee somehow.

  • Dagney

    IN. duh

  • Without the collar and visor OUT. For this, if you’re going to go out there, don’t hold back. The Heidi-hair is half-assed.

  • Aly Light

    If she were in miniature, I might hang her on my Christmas tree. I would not consider her fashionable, either in miniature or in lifesize. OUT.

  • lucasuk82

    In.  Yes, it looks like it’s molting, but manages to be an unusual shape without being unflattering.  Mainly, though, it’s in because she is working it.  

  • IN. For the reasons already mentioned of Lo totally having the point that this is the Met Ball and that this is pretty much a dress that only Florence can even think of pulling off.

  • Melanie Harrison

    In! He totally has a point. 🙂

  • alyce1213


    Dear Florence:  If you’re going all the way with an over-the-top couture gown at the Met Ball, DO SOMETHING WITH YOUR FUCKING HAIR ALREADY!
    It looks like that’s how she showed up to try it on.   And didn’t have the boob part adjusted for her.

    No, she is not pulling off this look.

  • Kyle Crawford

    HELL YES!   Put the neck ruffle back on.. THIS is the place for all of this… The  sleek little CK and RL dresses looked out of place…

  • Out, just too silly.

  • Courtney Brown

    IN – boring and expected are anti-Met ball 

  • bluefish

    OUT because hiddy is hiddy no matter where when or why.  And trying too hard never really works.

  • Out, too silly. 

  • i love florence welch in whatever she choses to wear
    but this was a very smart choice for the Met Gala
    two thumbs up

  • Sue_Asponte

    In! Hells yes! That may be the only nude gown I’ve ever loved. Go for freaking it. Team Lorenzo. 

  • Judy_S

    In. I adore her and she is werquing that stack of lampshades.

  • VicksieDo

    The runway version’s color is much better than the beige this chick ALWAYS wears.  And the shape is CRAY CRAY

  • IN! It’s striking and fun.

  • erinbinek

    Nope.  Completely ridiculous.  She looks like a poodle.

  • IN. Stunning achievement.

  • filmcricket

    Out. Appreciate the OTP-ness, but she looks like a nipply Christmas tree, one of those all-tinsel ones.

  • letter_M

    I laughed and pointed too.  Hate it on the model, hate it even more on her, and for fu*k’s sake, ENOUGH of the Yodel-hair!!  And even if it wasn’t a tiered fairy-cake dress, the length is just awful.  

  • guestela


  • sk8tfan

    The sleeves ruin it and overwhelm her. The shoes remind me of those Asian pedicures where the live fish nibble on your toes. Out, in case you hadn’t guessed.

  • I don’t even like her, which makes me predisposed to hating everything she wears, but I love this look.

  • choco

    yes!! I agree with Lo. It’s Florence and she’s weird and it’s whimsical and its dramatic and it’s the met ball– the venue for drama. If her only mistake is dressing for the occasion and dressing like her chic weird self, I don’t understand why this wouldn’t be an IN

  • greyhoundgirl

    IN.  Fantastic!  Ring them bells!

  • IN. I am with Lo.

  • Anathema_Device

    He does have a point. But she does look like a 1960s aluminum Christmas tree…but kind of in a good way?

    Oh hell, In. Why not? It is the Met Gala. Go big or go home.

  • IN. Totally, completely. That is a woman who /loves/ what she is wearing and having a good time with it.

  • brokephilosopher

    OUT.  Go with your original instincts on this one.

  • Jangle57

    Logic dictates I should be laughing at this but I’m not, I’m actually quite liking it, at least on her.  IN

  • Qitkat

    Lo is making a very good point; however, she still looks like a lampshade.

    Now I feel dyslexic.

    As Anathema_Device said, hell, go big or go home. IN.

  • I think it’s one tier too long, or a smidgen too short. I hate that length with a passion. I kind of like the overall effect, but she’s got the wrong hair and silly matchy shoes. So reluctantly, I say OUT.

  • JMansm

    IN. BEYOND. No discussion. 

  • ballerinawithagun

    IN! Florence rules. Love the side view.

  • Susan Crawford

    Well, I have to say that I agree with Uncle Lorenzo: if you can’t be over the top at the Met Ball, for gawd’s sake, when CAN you be? So I’m going to say IN on this.

    Does the dress look like something Bjork loaned out for the evening. Yes.
    Does it bear a striking resemblance to the costume of a Romanian folk dancer? Yes.
    Does Florence once again look like a 45-year-old understudy for the revival of Anna Christie? Yes.
    Am I totally over milkmaid braids as hairband/tiaras? Yes.

    But it still gets an IN. Just because.

  • j_anson

    I didn’t like it in the first photo above… but I’ve decided I like it in all the others. IN!

  • beebee10

    Oh, so IN. She looks amazingly fantastical!

  • petalfrog

    In. She at least looked interesting compared to some other boring dresses out there. I think it’s very striking.

  • Haley Buchanan

    IN.  LOVE IT!  I’m a huge McQueen fan, but I think a lot of it is really hard to pull off in any situation that remotely resembles real life.  Flo at the Met Ball is the perfect situation to make McQueen WORK off of a runway.  And I like that she obviously has a sense of the fact that this dress requires movement because, even in these stills, I can tell that she was moving it around.  Weird, fantastical, hippy-dippy cool.

  • SatelliteAlice

    In.  He has a point AND that dress is so her that it works.

  • saanrio

    IN.  So, so, so IN.  This is perfect and amazing.  Besides, where ELSE do you wear something like that?

  • I vacillated too,  but it is the Met Gala and McQueen and she’s Florence.  Besides, I think she looks pretty. IN

  • In, I guess. It’s very Florence, and yes, when else are you going to wear a gown like this?

  • IN. Only because she’s Florence. (Wish she had done something more interesting with her hair, though…she’s becoming a bit predictable)

  • Twinzilla

    In.  She looks great.

  • elzatelzabelz

    It should be an IN because it is a seriously huge step up for her AND the right event for the dress. But, it smells of bad Gaga. Something is off, so I give it an OUT.

  • Nick Einhorn


  • I have to say, I actually love it, especially for her. It has something Pre-Raphaelite about it that goes so well with her look.  And the fabric is heaven.

  • Amy Ellinger

    IN! IN! IN! 

    I was hoping she’d go for this one when I first saw the collection come out.  She was twirling the hell out of it on the carpet, which was so full of awesomeness.  So glad she wore her hair up.

  • Not even Chole Sevigny could make this work, and yet it fits the Flo.  IN. 

  • In. That is her dress!

  • In! Lorenzo TOTALLY has a point. Flo looks like she’s into it too. In my fashion dreams, this is something I’d love to wear. Even if its silly. 

  • CozyCat

    I was leaning towards “out” until I saw the swirl picture. 


    And you can tell she was having fun swirling it all night!  THAT’S  how an over the top party dress SHOULD make you feel!

  • IN. Who else is going to even try?

  • Sara__B

    Lorenzo has a point, and Florence was having such fun twirling those skirts for the cameras. IN.

  • TSkot

    Needs the collar.  OUT

  • She looks batshit crazy, but what else could she wear? Just a regular gown? It’d be like HBC turning up in Calvin Klein, or Bjork wearing Chanel or something. 

  • carolynmo

    Oh, I don’t know. . . Lorenzo has a point. But boy, that’s a lot of dress.

  • AngDM

    It’s a cape!  It’s a dress!  It’s a Christmas tree!  The five year old in me loves it.  IN!

  • Daenyx

    I think it’s the wrong color for her, but I also think she’s pulling it off.  IN.  

  • granddelusion

    Hahaha! OUT! (Give me a break!)

  • She looks nuts, but that’s the best her hair and makeup have ever looked IMO. The dress looks cool from the side… and not so great from the front. But I’ll give it an IN.

  • omg. love. 

  • In. Unusual and wouldn’t work at any other event on any other woman, but that’s exactly the point.

  • guest2visits

    I actually think it looks great on her and totally appropriate for this event.

  • guest2visits

    I actually think it looks great on her and totally appropriate for this event.

  • E_bee

    IN. But even more than I want to see her twirl it, I want to see her bounce it up and down like a Slinky. That dress looks like it could walk down stairs on its own.

  • E_bee

    IN. But even more than I want to see her twirl it, I want to see her bounce it up and down like a Slinky. That dress looks like it could walk down stairs on its own.

  • Char Crop

    Well…it’s IN because it’s McQueen, and we expect over the top from that house.

  • IN. This is the MET ball. She brought the cray cray. 🙂

  • ChelseaNH

    I think I would like it better if it were floor length, which might mitigate the lampshadiness.  IN-ish.

    • funkypeanut

      And cover those shoes. They’re too white for what looks like a champagne dress.

  • funkypeanut

    Ack! She looks like the rotating silver Christmas tree display that traumatized me when I was six. Also, sad boobs.

  • AngelaGreen

    In, she looks fucking awesome.

  • IN as hell! She is gorgeous and amazing.

  • she looks like a 1960s christmas tree….

  • CatherineRhodes

    IN. Oddly, because the dress is just weird, but somehow it works. Love her hair up so much more than her usual sad look.

  • how dare you laugh at my faerie queen!  you’d better watch out, T, she might be a bad faerie and turn you into a donkey.

    IN.  she looks much better in it than the model, who looks like an idiot.

  • rose88

    She’s fabulous!  She’s a Goddess!  IN X 1,000,000,000!!!!!

  • In_Stitches

    In certain shots, particularly ones where the bottom of the dress is cropped out, she looks truly fabulous, but then there are the shots where she looks like a gay christmas tree.  Photography isn’t saving her today: OUT.  

  • PastryGoddess


    Who else and where else would you wear this.  She is owning this dress

  • texashistorian

    HA HA HA! And an “in” because weird works. Don’t like the Heidi (as in the storybook Heidi) hair, but I hate that severe-Hun look on anyone.

  • Good for her! It may be both fabulous and ridiculous, but it’s also MCQUEEN It’s entirely event-appropropriate, so why the hell not? And she is a rock star, after all. Frankly, I’m surprised you even questioned it!

  • It’s not my preference, but I get it. So IN I guess…

  • In. If you can’t wear something like this to the Met Ball, when can you? Snaps to Flo. She’s serving up some Bjork-level goodness. She’s a magical creampuff angel. 🙂

  • AuntieAnonny

    SO IN.

  • Catiline

    IN, because yes, it’s the Met Ball.  I was so underwhelmed by so many dresses this year that I kind of love Miss Florence out of spite.

  • Peeve

    No. Just…no. Lampshade all the way. And please tell me how this woman can only be, what, 25? Man, she looks at least 40!

  • Fordzo

    In!  In, in, in!  I love it so hard.  I would wear this in a heartbeat and spin in circles all night long.  It just looks like FUN to wear.  

  • So very very out. But at least when she’s twirling she almost looks as young as she actually is.

  • Monabel

    In, big sleeves are GOOD. Like the Heidi hair, too.

  • Julia McLean

    She’s having fun, and isn’t that the point of fashion? IN

  • leah besson

    in because of the met ball

  • jcolli69

    IN because Lorenzo is right…could you ask for a more appropriate event to wear that frock? I feel the stagnation of photos is not doing that dress any favors, I’m sure it’s way more stunning in motion.

  • MarissaLG

    Out. If anyone could pull this off it would be Flo, but even she couldn’t make this work. 

  • altalinda

    In for sure.

  • StrandedFashionista

    I absolutely hated this dress on the runway, and I have to say she made it work. IN.

  • nannypoo

    No. Laugh and point.

  • crash1212

    IN. It’s a hoot and I love her hair…for once. So…IN…although she DOES look like a stack of lampshades…but in a good way.

  • Lochery

    She looks so bored in some of those pictures.

    Oh, out. Little too much for my palate, honestly.

  • IN.  It’s so Flo!  I love it.

  • stoprobbers

    IN. she likes to wear full-length gowns with long sleeves. LET THEM ALL BE LIKE THIS. FABULOUS.

  •  OUT

  • In.  I don’t really like it, but she’s making it kind of awesome.

  • Stubenville

    Joke gown falls flat while onlookers scream “attention whore.”


  • minnye

    IN and you know what I really love? She’s wearing this exquisite garment straight, like it’s a beautiful dress, not an excuse to cartoon it up a la Gaga or Nicki Manaj.

  • In!

  • Srw27

    She looks like a flucking 1950s Christmas tree. OUT

  • OUT. Hideous.

  • Sophie Collier

    OUT.  Sorry Lorenzo, but this dress is only appropriate if your date is a clown in the Cirque du Soliel.

  • SapphoPoet

    IN. It’s a spectacular dress and perfect for the Met Ball. It’s fun and dramatic and probably moved really well. I’m glad she decided against wearing that sun visor, though. 

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    IN!  I agree with Lornezo on this.  I feel the same about Beyonce’s Givenchy Couture too.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    IN for the make up and hair.

    OUT because she looks like a manga harlequin in that dress.


  • JenXer

    In – He does have a point

  • Out…it looks like she is spinning…and she’s not!

  • IN. She’s pulling that sh*t off.

  • Lilithcat

    Yes, he has a point.  I don’t particularly like this outfit, it’s definitely not flattering to her (or likely to anyone).  But if you can’t take a fashion risk at this event, when can you?

  • Lilithcat

    Yes, he has a point.  I don’t particularly like this outfit, it’s definitely not flattering to her (or likely to anyone).  But if you can’t take a fashion risk at this event, when can you?

  • Why the fuck not?? IN!!

  • Why the fuck not?? IN!!

  • Synnamin

    IN! I love it, especially on her

  • Kimberly Southern-Weber

    He totally has a point.  Freakish, sure…but where else do you get to do that?

  • Geno Boggiatto

    YES! IN!

  • Geno Boggiatto

    YES! IN!

  • Yes. IN. I started thinking that maybe it would look better with one less tier or with different shoes and then I saw the picture of her twirling and it made sense. Also, it’s the Met ball!

  • Roz


  • mom2ajs5

     Ok, I’ve had a 13 hour work and am on my 2nd glass of wine, so forgive me if I am the only one seeing this, but how is the ball and side of her foot not touching her shoe? It’s like her foot goes straight from the heel to her toes. Am I the only one seeing this?

  • where was all the Rodarte? I thought it’d be the obvious choice for this event, and all we got was one lousy santa suit. 

  • oh… IN for Flo.

  • quiltrx

    IN. It’s SO Flo and she looks gorgeous. She also looks like she’s having a blast. And like he said, it’s the Met Ball!

  • lakipster

    Sure, it’s insane and looks like her boobs are melting and pooling around tinkerbell hooves…

    But come on, were you expecting any less?

  • WTF is that shit?! Not a fan. Not totally fair coming from me though b/c I don’t get her…OUT for me!

  • LongTall_Sally

    Its grown on me.  I would still like to tweak the length and the boob area, but IN for taking a risk and pulling it off.  

  • In. For once, she looks at least mildly happy.

  • Super_Red

    IN IN IN! I wish it was longer, or had one less tier, but she is kind of fabulous, clearly loves it, and is making it work for her. Love it.

  • bailey debruynkops

    IN     IN

  • eclare

    IN.  Lo is totally correct.  But I hate the shoes.

  • In!!  LOVE IT.  It is what I expected from the Met Gala.  A successful risk taker.  Too many were boring and expected.  She made me smile 🙂

  • I was all OUT until I saw the back view of the dress (6th picture from the top). Now, that is some high drama for your nerves! IN for Dramatic Effect!

  • It’s an IN considering the person and the situation!

  • phylora

    Christmas tree! Out. Sorry Florence.

  • In. I agree, it’s the Met Ball, it’s the place to wear something fashionably outrageous and she’s owning it.

  • IN.  do it now before you’re too old to be able to pull it off.

  • In

  • trisker

    YES!  She looks amazing — it’s an amazing costume and just her style.

  • PrunellaV

    I think she’s pulling it off. Not many could. IN.

  • sleepycat

    In i was on the fence when you posted this to your Facebook

  • RonHermione42

    OUT – Lampshades made out of old underwear does not fancy make.

  • J MN

    IN.  She pulls it off and it’s in her wheelhouse as you say.  I would have loved to see the collar worn, it would’ve been spectacular.  It’s a great dress by McQ and it’s the perfect occasion.  Wonderful.  

  • TieDye64

    IN, though not exactly in love with it or anything. It’s the Met Ball. It’s Florence Welch. Good enough for me.

  • LuluBI

    In! The lampshade craziness suits her, and her hair and makeup look better than usual IMHO

  • LuisaNL

    IN! YES, DAMMIT! He has a point!

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Beyond OUT and into Are You Kidding?  She looks like one of those tacky fake Christmas trees they used to sell in the ’70s.

  • Kathleen B

    Team Lorenzo! 100% IN

  • akprincess72

    Fug with a capital UG!

  • IN.  All sorts of IN.

  • samo_samo

    Out…there’s over-the-top and then there’s Christmas tree ornament. Just sayin…

  • Melissa Brogan

    This is the only circumstance in which this is an IN.

  • OUT. If the answer to the question “When should it be worn?” is “To the Space Alien Prom”, then out. Well, unless you’re going to the Space Alien Prom.

  • Celandine1

    Flo you you had your hair done! Your make up is pretty! You are totally channeling baroque Christmas tree angel here but it’s the Met Gala and I will forgive the droopy squished boobs. IN!

  • Verascity

    Nope. Hated it on the runway, hate it now. OUT. 

  • In!  I love it!  Suits her coloring beautifully and her hair looks fanciful but elegant, just as it should with this kind of dress at this kind of event.  She’s my favorite from the Met Gala!

  • CarolinLA

    Out.  It’s too subtle for her.

  • rainwood1

    She’s too short for the dress so the proportions are off.  It looks much better on the model.

  • ccm800

    OUT but he has a point. Her hair is wrong wrong wrong with a piece like that. 

  • a_liking

    In. A little crazy, but she’s working it.

  • Lisa_Cop

    OUT! The dress look like A ball of confetti. And OMG that deep red Heidi hair so does not go with it. A little more polished make-up also would have been nice. Finally, the sandals seem too dainty emphasizing the confettiness of the dress. Sorry Flo but NO

  • ChristySchiff

    In.  This is her dress (ad clearly no one else’s) and this is the place for it.  So glad she took tha neck ruff off.  That would have just been one ruffle too many.

  • momato

    In. Dress is gorgeous and she looks great in it.

  • I want to stick an angel on her head.

  • OUT – too much even for her

  • demidaemon

    It would have been IN had she removed the second skirt, but I think she looks like an exploding pyramid. OUT.

  • OUT. The dress is too long for her, she looks like an old italian bombonniere. 

  • LordZoe

    in in in .   lorenzo is exactly right.   if it were someone else’s dress it would be an out, but that was Made For Her.

  • DCSheehan

    In. It shouldn’t work but it so works. Love it!

  • I’ll admit, I immediately thought “Christmas Angel”, and to be fair, I hate most of that collection, but she’s still working it like it owes her money, and for wearing it in the right attitude, I’ll give her an IN.

  • cmb92191

    In just because she isn’t wearing an awful print pantsuit. 

  • IN!!! He definitely has a point! This is the type of dress I look for at the Met Gala – get those starlets and their fuschia mermaid gowns off the stage please and get me some more of this.  What a fabulous piece of art she is wearing – love it!

  • Aurumgirl

    I know it’s a McQueen but essentially Florence went to the Met dressed as a Christmas tree.  Stumpy and sparkly, and loaded down with thousands of tiny tassel ornaments.   And a garland barely covering her nipples. 

  • bellafigura1

    IN IN IN, and good for her, and please women, stop with the braids.

  • RyzandShyn

    OUT…stack of lampshades it is.

  • Andreea Florescu

    totally IN

  • Noshmek

    IN… compared to what she usually wears

  • In! I think Florence is probably the only woman in the world able to pull this off, and I think the Met Gala is definitely a time to go over the top!

  • Mary Gallagher

    IN. It’s ridiculous but awesome.

  • Scarlet39


    It’s perfectly outrageous for the Met Ball!

  • kikisayshi

     OUT! My eyes hurt.

  • She IS the only one that could wear it, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. 

  • IN IN IN. She is werqing that lampshade thing like nobodys business.

  • I wish the sleeves stopped sooner instead of making a cloak, and we almost see her boobs… but it’s still beautiful, Florency and unique, which is the pointat the Met Ball. In.

  • miagain

    IN… it’s totally her, and she looks like she loves it!

  • Oh, totally IN!  She’s fabulous here!  

  • Melvis Velour

    Is it me does she look like that annoying Wetched Gwetchen who robbed Mondo on PR a few years back?

    • SapphoPoet

      Yeah, I can see that. 

      • Snailstsichr

        Maybe a superficial resemblance, but Florence looks fierce. My daughter caught her at a show last weekend and said she was incredible. Not that I’m jealous or anything… 🙂

  • LOVE IT…on her.

  • Yes, he does. IN. For the Met Ball, it fits perfectly, and it suits her persona. If Christina Ricci tried to wear it….not so much.

  • IN.

    She looked closest to couture/avant garde/over-the-top fantasy of anyone there (whose picture was in the media that I saw).
    I thought it was fabulous; it was SO Florence, so over-the-top, and so very perfect for the event.
    I loved it–definitely the one gown that made go “oh yeah, that’s perfect!”

    Cate Blanchett, Chloe Sevigny, Elizabeth Banks, Karolina Kurkova, Rooney Mara, China Chow, Carey Mulligan, and Victoria Justice–who I know did nothing for TLo–in that order were ones that I thought fit the bill well, too.Most of the rest looked like Oscar gowns.The one Top Shop tweaked my chain.  This is the event to go wild and/or extravagant with your dressing (or so classically and elegantly you)–not the time for pretty and safe. 

  • mjude


  • Out – for the exact reason you give – Lampshades!!

  • lilibetp

    I quite like the dress on her.  The shoes push it over the top, though.

  • MissAnnieRN

    IN – and I think that’s that brass knuckle McQueen clutch I’ve coveted for a while, so IN again for pairing it with something whimsy.  

  • BazoDee

    OUT. I can’t even

  • Larkin21

    Lorenzo does have a point but, painful as it is for me to say this as much as I love Florence (and Lorenzo), she’s still OUT. 

  • Out. It looks like it was made of cling film and shower curtains. 

  • In – it isn’t boring and she isn’t afraid of wearing it.  I love it.

  • Beth G

    In but for my daughter… because she would put that on and spin like heck for hours.

  • I LOVE this on her. Because it IS the Met Ball and this is the sort of elegant-meets-whackadoo that suits Miss Welch so well. And it is McQueen. Seriously though, who else could wear this dress in real life other than her?

  • RebeccaKW

    In.  This would look ridiculous on Jennifer Aniston, but it’s like it was made for Florence.  And I agree with Lo, where else could you wear something like this?  However, I really don’t like the shoes, and I kind of wish it was a tad shorter, like on the model.  But she doesn’t look as tired as she has been. 

  • I want to like it. But I am going to say OUT! IT is just too much…

  • Kacper Nedza

    I think the proportions are off on this – the sleeves have too much volume and the skirt doesn’t have enough. She makes it work and it’s an IN for me, though.

  • In, she’s working the heck out of it, but I wish her makeup weren’t so harsh.

  • Judy_J

    I like it except for the treatment at the bustline.  Makes her boobs look like two flat pancakes.  For that reason, I’m going to have to say OUT.  Sorry, Flo.  Nice try!

  • Daniel Church

    I can’t help it – I think it is glamorous and crazy and hilarious. IN!

  • DinaSews

    I think if your first reaction is laughter, it can’t ever really be an in.  Sad boobs, wrong color, silly hair.  OUT.

  • She looks like a flocked artificial Christmas tree (made of silver tinsel), which isn’t a good look for a Christmas tree, much less a person.  OUT.

  • suzq

    She’s gorgeous in that dress.  I’m so glad she wore something with an actual shape, for once…even if that shape is topiary.  X-tra kudos for leaving the Elizabethan collar at home.

  • belfebe

    OUT.  Lampshade.  I love the concept and the fabric though.  Still, lampshade.

  • There were many other pieces/ shapes in that McQueen collection that would have suited her better

  • IN. she looks more like herself than she has in a while here, plus looking perhaps not as morose. 

    • Lizzyisi

       Seriously! I think this is the only time I’ve seen her on a fashion blog not looking dour, angry or resentful–which goes a long way toward making this dress fanciful rather than just a lot of uncomfortable-looking fluff.

      The color is prettier under the runway lights and the length is *much* better on the runway model, but over all, I give it an IN because it’s swishy, fanciful, over-the-top and seems to have done the impossible of making this young woman feel happy about something.

  • mochajava13

     OUT.  She looks like a gold/silver Christmas tree.

  • Cathy S

    I like it. I hate the shoes and the part around the bust is a little weird but she’s pulling it off beautifully. In.

  • howdoilook

    I say IN. If there were ever a place off-runway to wear this baby, she nailed it.

  • In. It’s batshit and unique and McQueen and YOU GO GIRL.

  • GTrain

    IN. She is one of few who could pull this off.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    I want to like it, I really do.  But I can’t help but thinking it looks like she is about to fly away.  

  • IT IS THE MET BALL AND THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT. fantasy fashion is the point. i don’t even wanna know about bitches wearing calvin klein sheath dresses to this shit. flo looks amazing/perfect. IN. 

  • Out simply because she’s not showing the playfulness in her face. That makes it 1 lampshade too many.

  • aimee_parrott

    Is it weird that I sort of agree with both of you.  It totally does look like a stack of lampshades, and yet… I love it on her.  I guess that makes it an IN for me.

  • Snailstsichr

    IN. Maybe because I’m jealous that I can’t wear it, but she looks like she is having fun. And I even like the braids with this. That’s a lot of dress and she is wearing it, not vice versa.

  • BayTampaBay

    YES!  He has a great point.

  • 3rdsister

    I started to laugh when I saw the thumbnail.  Then I gasped as the page opened halfway.  When I finally saw the whole ensemble, it made me guffaw.  Wow.  OUT.

  • kaycem


    florence is a goddess and can work the look and the length.  the side/back shot is particularly flattering.

  • Amanda Wingfield, 2012. 

  • deathandthestrawberry

    I gasped out loud when I saw this dress on her. However, I really love it on her. She has a tendency to look schoolmarmish with some of her clothing choices. This is cheeky, flirty and fun. Perfect occasion for this. IN.

  • No. I’m sorry. I love you, darling Lorenzo, but that dress is god-awful. Out.

  • sagecreek

    OUT, although I like the shoes.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    I suppose if you look at it that way, sure, she looks awesome, but I can’t help but notice how smushed her boobs look in that thing.
    On the other hand, good to see that she has embraced the concept of flattering makeup. Nicely done.

  • In. Completely ridiculous, but she’s somehow pulling it off. It’s kind of like a Tilda outfit — sometimes the normal rules don’t apply.

  • TAGinMO

    Lorenzo is correct. IN.

  • I don’t like the dress. It looks like a Christmas tree that has seen too many Christmases.

  • Sweetvegan

    IN!  OK, the dress is a weird length on her because she’s shorter than the model. It’s a weird length on the model, too. It either needs to be floor-length or just above the knee. But overall, IN!!!

  • butter nut

    INbut.  she looks like an ass clown.  seriously.  stick a red nose on her face & shove some balloons in her hand to complete the styling.  that being said, someone had to wear that shitty clown dress eventually.  so i guess she’s the girl & this was the day.  i just hope the next time she gravitates towards some sparkled pagliacci-bozo gown, she remembers that she’s a redhead.  

  • Isabelle Murray

    If it were in a different context, my answer could be different. But, in this case, I’ll vote in.

  • up with pod people

    In because of

    A) context
    B) the fact she seems to be swirling around like a little girl in princess dressup. Charming.

  • EEKstl

    IN, I must have just swallowed some Crazy Pills, but IN!  God love her.

  • It’s totally fucking weird, but this is the Right Place and the Right Lady to wear it.

    Get down with your fluffy tea-cozy self, Florence.

  • Carlodog

    OUT.  All those layers of fabric and I’m still worried about a nip slip.  

  • Emily Scott

    IN. Even before I scrolled down, I thought, “It’s the Met for heaven’s sake. Where else could you wear that?” Plus, she totally knows how to pose and move in it.

  • jw_ny

    IN. It’s so over the top fantastical…it must be IN.

    There are almost no other celebs that can wear such a gown…she has the personality and image that can carry/pull it off, and this is the right event for it.  The twirling…doesn’t look so fab (rather silly), but the last shot..she’s killin it!

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    YES. It IS truly crazy but it WORKS! I know it’s totally wrong but for me it really looks great on her and very appropriate for the Occasion.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle


  • Yep. Every point in the world. This is her dress, her designer, and she is working the hell out of it. Look how happy! IN!

  • meridian5

    All that fabric and there is a near nipple slip in the second pic.  You wouldn’t think double stick tape would be needed for such a gown.

  • oohsparkley!

    In!  I’m with Tlo – and I’ll go even further, I like it. It’s fun!

  • Only FloWel.

  • natasha2marie

    I love it. In.

  • TheLaurenJean

    In! It’s fantastic!

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I like her hair. But the dress is more Christmas Angel Grade School Project. O-U-T.

  • If it lights up, it could be a wedding dress on “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding”.

  • In. It’s very “her.”

  • marywv

    Ugh OUT

  • PeaceBang

    Loads of fun, and she looks happy for a change. Still, it’s too Nutcracker costume. OUT.

  • GorgeousThings

    He has a point, but it’s still hideous.

    Seriously – it matches her skin color. Dresses that match skin color get booed right off this blog. If she was walking the red carpet we all would be screaming about it.

  •  I had no idea Alexander McQueen was once a poodle groomer at Petco..  If she had little bow in her hair I might through this one a bone..  As it stands it just another dog…

  • When she’s not moving, or spinning around it actually looks quite nice!!  For example, the last picture in the post is FAB.  

  • Dear God, no.

  • Samantha Irene

    IN. It’s the Met Ball – where else can you wear a stack of lampshades???!

  • Zi Jie Tan

    It just looks so FUN! Makes me want to twirl like a little girl. IN 

  • The lovely Ms. Welsh is one of the few ladies who can pull this off without looking like an upside down feather duster. Or is it right side up? Whatever. She looks lovely. 

  • Judith Mignault

    IN! Only she can make this work, and Lo is right, this IS the Met Ball!  All the ladies wearing boring gowns should be out!

  • Kolo_Ol

    christmas tree dress

    • Kolo_Ol


  • KathKo

    It’s a lot of a dress, but she looks good on it and, more importantly, looks like she owns it.
    Good job.

  • amanda crow

    I hate it from the side, but I love it from the front and in motion. So… IN.

  • ErmengardeGreen

    I agree with the basic point, but it looked better on the model, on whom the skirt hit higher on the shin. I want more ankle. 

  • In! There are some women who McQueen just WORKS for and she is one of them, but on anyone else it would be way sketchy 

  • IN. Love the shape; it reminds me of 1600s men’s fashion. 

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    in in in in in.