WERQ: Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe

Posted on May 08, 2012


Karolina Kurkova attends the Met Gala 2012 in a Rachel Zoe Collection gown paired with Sergio Rossi shoes and Fred Leighton jewelry.






*T Lo drops the mike and walks away*


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • alyce1213

    Speechless.  In the best way.

  • Merridith Kristoffersen

    I love you, TLo!!!!  And I totally agree with you.  

  • LindsayGoon

    Wow. That is all.

  • TDSE

    Greatest description. EVER.

  • MikeW_PHX

    Okay, I don’t know who this person is.. but she is totally freaking amazing here!!!  And I LOVE the smile that she has in the second photo. Girl knows that she is “the shit!”

    • ohayayay

      She is a Victoria’s Secret supermodel, so that might have a lot to do with her fierce-as-shit-ness!

    • out for a walk

      I don’t know if I would have called her a supermodel rather than just a model before seeing this picture, but I think any doubt is removed. She is WERQING this.

      • I think I would have called her a supermodel before she worked for VS- she has so many campaigns and ads- she seems so real in everything- this is what makes her super… and she has no belly-button.

    • introspective

      shes so amazing I keep clicking back on this this post to get another peek at her sequined fabulosity blinding my eyes. I cant stop gawking at how much homegirl shut it down.

  • Susan Crawford

    Jesus, Mary and Joseph . . . this is INCREDIBLE! I hope ambulances were standing by to rush those who burst into flames before this vision to the nearest burn unit. This is beyond ZOWIE. Rachel Zoe, I bow down before you, and Ms. Kurkova, I grovel in abasement. Phew. I need to lie down for a while with a cold compress on my fevered brow.

    • Glammie

      Damn, that nuttly little stylist/realityshowoddity/babymama-turned-designer is actually cutting it as a designer.  Go Rachel, go.  And Karolina is fabulosity.

      • Agreed. Although, Rachel Zoe herself looked a wee bit nutty last night…

        • Glammie

          That’s cuz she *is* nutty, but talented despite being a bit BSC.

      • marywv

         aaahhh…actually no. Normal Norell created the disco mermaid gown and THIS is a direct replica of it. Although, props to Rachel for bringing it back. Ms Ross rocked the original versions. 🙂

        • Glammie

          Do you have a link for the dress?  I did an image search and didn’t come up with anything that seemed to fit this.

  • I’m surprised that everyone else attending didn’t just turn around and walk home. 

    • Seriously, it even looks like she is 10 feet taller than everyone else. That over the shoulder shot… I FAINT.

  • Elias Pineda

    hate it

  • introspective

    Karolina’s SERVING it. all other bitches in sequins or otherwise shiny shit can go home. 

  • Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn.

  • JasmineAM

    speechless. This is near Iman-level queenbitchdiva realness. She is oozing it!!!!! GURL WERQ, INDEED.

  • The rest of us can just stop trying now. Wow.

  • Patricia Hoffman

    In figuring out who this was, I found out that she DOES NOT HAVE A BELLYBUTTON.  She is an alien. That is the only explanation.

    • Lol, it’s not that uncommon.  My Dad didn’t have one either.  He wouldn’t stop bleeding from his cord as a newborn (1923) so the Doctor cauterized it.  He had a small flat scar where you would expect to see a belly button.  We also told him it was proof he was an alien :-p

      • Patricia Hoffman

        I like that her reps have had to come out and say “She’s not an alien.” 🙂

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Ok – I really love the dress.  And her body and face and smile – all amazing.  Best of the night, no doubt.  But the head thing – the turban?  I can’t get with that.  I hate it for the very reason that it IS studio 54 realness – it dates the whole look and I cringe and can’t go there.  Am I alone in this?

    • Shreya Aren

      No you aren’t. 

    • Oh man, the turban makes the look for me. LUV. IT.

      • HomeOfficeGirl

        Maybe if this look ended it once and for all – like “she did the turban thing so right, so amazing, so hot that all stylists everywhere promised to retire the look and never use it again on any one else who will just look like a total idiot” then I would be OK with it.  She looks amazing… so so gorgeous, and yet still I cringe… it makes me hold my breath.

        • VictoriaDiNardo

          The problem is that the turban isn’t really a turban – it’s obviously not draped and constructed as a hat but more like a headband, and since there’s no real structure it doesn’t live up to the finished quality of the dress – it’s more of an afterthought.  I think it’s too flat on her head – it looks like a sequined bandage. A draped turban can still be open on the top.
           She’s so gorgeous she could carry a classic turban; it should have come to a peak in front and given a bit of height.  But she is fabulous nevertheless. 

        • Shreya Aren

          I wish I could get an aerial view of her. Maybe I’d like the ‘turban’ then. Her hair is showing on the top so clearly it’s not really a turban. 

      • Cathy S

         I agree. It’s fantastic.

      • I’m just disappointed that it ISN’T a turban, it’s just a headband.

    • cleep1000

      The half-turban is distracting and not needed. Yeah, great for her for committing, but it just makes me think of swimming in a public pool.

      • calimon

        I sorta of agree. Except I thought I would’ve rather seen her hair down with it rather than up. Because right here she is just looking like an Oscar award trophy.

    • In_Stitches

      I wish I could see it with a turban that didn’t match. 

      • makeityourself

        Yes.  That threw the whole thing into “too-much” territory, but I always applaud the wearing of hats in any form.  I don’t know what color or textile would have worked, but right now she looks like she’s on a movie set.  One notch back would have been better.

    • paginatrix

       Everyone is going to start wearing turbans now. Just you wait and see.

      • HomeOfficeGirl

        NOOOOOO!!!!  lol!

        • HomeOfficeGirl

          Katherine Heigl is pre-ordering several right this very minute!! 

          • sweetestsith

             To wear with fur coats in 90 degree weather?

  • I am laughing out loud at how awesome this is. Honestly, this is how one must dress to this event!

  • New Hero. Whoever the hell she is.

  • howdoilook

    LOVE. Wish it had been a full turban, but I’ll take it 🙂 

    • Sobaika Mirza

      Same. My one, teeny little gripe!

  • mmgk


  • Kristy Evans

    You know RuPaul snatched that outfit off her in the back alley for next season.

    •  I was thinking that and also that she kind of looks like Carmen Carerra in some of the shots.

    • MikeW_PHX

       Actually, I think RuPaul took this one AND the Prada that Carey Mulligan was wearing. 

  • susu11

    Now that is a SUPERMODEL! She killed it.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    A lesser woman would look completely ridiculous in this getup, but she…looks amazing. WERQ

  • ccm800

    ROFL!  great post. 

  • Damn. 

  • AwesomeMargie

    Holy fuck.


    That is all.

  • perfection 🙂

  • This is now my favorite TLo post ever

  • Michelle_Be

    In the words of Rachel: I DIE
    Buttttt does this remind no one of Kate Moss at the Gala a couple of years ago? http://cdn05.cdn.justjared.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/moss-met/kate-moss-met-gala-03.jpg

  • Lina_bee

    …Okay Rachel Zoe, you win. You DO have a sense of fun!

  • BazoDee

    WOW. Lady that is your dress. I do not think there is another person on the planet that could pull this off. WERQ! 

  • Sara__B

    THAT’S how to wear a jaw-dropping gown. 

  • SapphoPoet

    Wow–drama personified. Love the headpiece.

  • amen.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    BTW – TLO, you guys are working your asses off today!  Thank you for your service!  Loving every minute of it!

    • TieDye64


  • PeaceBang

    This is so beyond awesome that I’m actually laughing that stunned laugh of discomfort that I’m even the same species as this goddess. Okay, I can’t be the only one envisioning Barbra Steisand totally werqing this back in the day. Can you just SEE it? 

  • belfebe

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We are not worthy…………………

  • MilaXX

    *T Lo drops the mike and walks away*
    First of all, I completely lol’d at this entire post. Secondly everything you wrote is the truth. I don’t even think these pictures do this justice. This was drop dead gorgeous. My favorite look of the night.

  • Jennifer Coleman

    *bursts into tears*

  • mom2ab

    Seriously?  This looked like a joke to me- more caricature than couture. 

    • sockandaphone

      but shes working it like crazy!

  • sockandaphone

    lol Tlo, love it when you lose your shit.

    Also this is just FIERCE BEYOND EARTHLINGS COMPREHENSION. must be suffocating as hell though.

  • SusiePamudji

    WERQ, FIERCE, SHUTTING IT DOWN, ETC. Everyone else can go home.

  • I think she is proof of what owning your look is. Few women have the confidence to wear it, much less pull it off .  

    **part of roaring standing ovation after TLo drops mike and walks away**

  • TieDye64

    Oh dear God, how freaking fabulous is this? Serving up diva drag queen realness in the best possible way. I bow down.

    100% agree with HomeOfficeGirl. Thanks for all the hard work T & Lo. MUAH!

  • beephotos

    I just…wow. 

  • TSkot

    Borg Queen?  Evil-seductress-in-a-James-Bond-spoof?  Whoever she is, head-to-toe metallic with matching turban is utterly ridiculous.   

  • twocee

    A-MAZING.  She makes everyone else look like they’re wearing jeans and t-shirts.

    • alyce1213

      or various assorted schmattas.

  • BeeBeauNYC

    She brought the fuckinfantastica.

    • MikeW_PHX

       Where else would she live? She has to be in line for the throne of Helen Mirren.. (behind Iman, of course) 

  • And to all them bitches who whine about matchy matchy, sometimes, honey chile, it WERQS!

  • SO AMAZING I CANNOT STAND IT!!! Her fabulousness is radiating to every corner of the earth! LUV. HER. 

  • mjude

    i am obsessed with reading TLO, another reason why.  LMFAO!

  • KaileeM

    THAT’S from Rachel Zoe?! Color me surprised! Total knock out, from head to toe. 

  • SpcilK

    Bitch is causing global warming in this frock! That cheap looking dress is being worked out for sure, Go On Ms. Kurkova.

  • PastryGoddess

    Dayum!  That is all

  • Candigirl1968

    Definitely a “drop the mike” outfit.  THAT is how you dress for the Met Gala!

  • Judy_J

    I’m speechless. I have no words to describe the gorgeousness.

  • Lilithcat

    I loved it .  .  .  until she turned around.  Showing your ass crack is tacky, even for supermodels.

    • That and the big, honking belt somehow just spoil it for me. But from the front she is having a blast and it shows. 

    • alyce1213

      There’s no ass crack that I can see.  She is lucky enough to have adorable ass dimples, which (if I had them) even modest I would show from time to time.  But never crack, that would be tacky. 

  • Chaiaiai

    I think I just got a natural high looking at this DIVINE CREATURE.  Drop the mike, indeed.

  • Wow.  Love.

  • Cathy S

    Incredible. And that shot of her face. She’s gorgeous. And the gown. And the head wrap. Just fantastic.

  • Tigrrl

    Oh MY GOD I love it! What puzzles me is that all of those people behind her are not standing there mesmerized by the absolute WERQ of it all.

  • Terence Ng


  • I am living for this.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    Bitch knows her has won.

  • Call me Bee

    Right there with you, except I want to see the shoes!! 

  • Although I don’t understand the headband thingy, she shut. it. down.

  • VeryClaire

    What? Do-rags are allowed to be matchy-matchy? Who knew?  Personally, I think head schmattes are always out. But the dress is great.

  • According to the caption, she’s wearing Sergio Rossi shoes. Ummmm…where are they? Or are they hiding because they know they can’t live up to the rest of her outfit?

  • Awe… (wait for it)… struck!

  • m0r0

    retro hideous

  • WOW! Spectacular.

  • Making Carey Mulligan look downright pathetic.

  • greatscoutm

    I can’t even speak….

  • Kayceed

    I die! What a pleasure to see someone who really knows how to wear clothes elevate the game…

  • sagecreek


  • Local Boston news people dissed this in a big way. She looked fantastic.

  • Scarlet39


    This is stunning

  • MsKitty

    Hell yeah!

  • Isy


  • And in addition to WERQ-ing the hell out of that dress, she is also giving some SERIOUS face.

  • Vaksine

    I adore the dress, but that matching headband/hat thing + that hairstyle ruin it for me. I think she needed a longer hairstyle to soften the mass amounts of sequence.

  • EEKstl

    She’s having an Ursula Andress Moment, and it’s WERQing!

  • “Oh Honey!  You’re a model!!!”


  • Aurumgirl

    Now we’ll be seeing matching turbans everywhere. ( Yay! )

  • Yes, yes and yes! I think someone across the street fainted and see how all the other girls are keeping their distance? They know what’s up.


  • Puckndc

    OMFG….STUNNING!!…..this qualifies for the WERQ hall of fame!

  • I am not a fan of el turban either, but hot damn.  That is… remarkable.  Haven’t read the next post yet, but so far, Zoe/KK win the night.

  • elleg929

    I don’t care for the bracelets over the sleeves (a trend last night).  If you are wearing sleeves that long, you forfeit your rights to bracelets.

  • Holy shit. Is that a turban? Does that count as a turban? Please let it count as a turban. TLo, I need an official ruling here.

  • Pennymac



    (I heard the clunk of the microphone and the screech of the feedback after reading this post! LUV you guys!)

  • That’s a stellar smile.  To go with that stellar dress.

  • Qitkat

    Beautiful, but very one note to me.
    Not really one of my favorites.

  • oohsparkley!

    I said to myself, “I want that ass!”.  Wow!  just Wow! 

    • kimmeister

      That’s the part that’s impressing me the most too!

      • jabes

         No kidding.  I’ve been scrolling through the comments to see if anyone else had remarked on it!

  • Stubenville

    The turban is hiddy.

    Did you catch the picture in the NYT with Zoe standing next to Karolina wearing a shapeless white schmatta six inches too long? Tragic. 

  • giiiirrrr

    Somewhere in designer heaven, Elsa Schiparelli is grinning her motherfrackin’ ass off at this, though scowling at Anna Wintour’s tacky, decoupage lobster dress.  How is it that no one else thought to wear a turban (at least no one I saw)?  Oh right, you have to be stunning to pull it off.  Well-played, Ms. Kurkova.

  • Kate4queen


  • marilyn

    The matchy-match pixie hat puts it in costume-ville

  • Mary Gallagher


  • Whatever that is on her head is a bridge too far & tips it into overkill.  It IS a gorge dress though.

  • The back of that dress!!!! I. DIE.

  • magnificent!

  • Zippypie

    Oh no.  WERQ? With that matchy thing around her head?  Completely takes it to drag queen territory.  Less is more.  Sequinned overdose.

  • I agree, WERQ! because she really was working the shit out of that. I loved that she was going around posing like a real super model should!!!

  • I agree, WERQ! because she really was working the shit out of that. I loved that she was going around posing like a real super model should!!!

  • PaulaBerman

    I like it as high camp. What the world needs now is more spangled turbans! 

  • nancymae

    Dang… Carmen Carrera could be her twin (see pic 3)!! 

  • formerlyAnon

    I don’t like the look – but she’s got the bones, the height and the smile to WERQ it indeed. My personal preferences against glamorous Tin Men in drag notwithstanding.

  • librarygrrl64

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Love you so hard.

  • ampg

    Awesome – I saw this on a Worst Dressed list this morning and thought, WTF? She is clearly killing it in this dress, and I bet TLo love it!  Thank you for not letting me down. 🙂

  • LittleKarnak

    I loved this look and she looks like she’s having a total blast!

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Very late to the party, but these photos are so fabulous that I have to post.

    STUN NING.  This is really breathtaking, and the head shot could be used in an ad, as is.  Talk about your daily requirement of Fabulous.

  • BrooklynBomber


  • Alexandra

    It’s only May, but this has to be at the top of anyone’s Best of 2012 list at the end of the year

  • Joyce VG


  • Meh.

  • JustJenn142


  • bluefish


  • Rand Ortega

    Dayum! I was thinking Cyd Cherisse circa “Singin’ In The Rain”, but Miss Ross in “Mahogany” is PERFECT!
    The Zoe deserves mad props for stylin’ this bad boy to Mars!
    2 Snaps, some claps & a swirl UP!

  • Nonnah

    THAT’S how you dress for the MET!

  • OneTwoThreeFashion

    lol.. love you tlo!

  • OneTwoThreeFashion

    snap snap !

  • Offbalance

    She looks like a Bond villain. 

  • ballerinawithagun

    Now that is Glamour!!!

  • Anathema_Device

    Wow. Yeah, that is total commitment to a look. WERQ.

  • *T Lo drops the mike and walks away*

    This made me laugh SO Hard – its my boyfriend’s signature move when he’s making a point. 

    But god DAMN does she look good. 

  • Nanaia

    Very, Very Nice. 

  • Stone cold WERQ!

  • Amy Ellinger

    oh yesyesyesyes to rose gold!!!  and everything else about this look.

    Fierce Sheika Mozah (seriously, look her up) style here. Nice nod to Schiaperelli as well. Ms. Zoe did her homework.

  • guest2visits

    A big no for the turban; yes for the rest of the glamour.  I would much rather have seen a dramatic sweep or tumble of hair;
    it feels like she’s suffocating under all the same material, – from her chin, to her wrists, to her feet.
    Feels a little heavy; even with an exposed back.

  • elzatelzabelz

    HOLY M-fing fashion. That is how you shut it down. Kind of makes Gwynnie’s cape at the Oscars look like a ridiculous ploy for attention in comparison.

  • Has a dress ever managed to make everyone ELSE at an event look ridiculous? Prior to this, I mean.

  • Ha. I knew you guys would love this, as would any good union gay.  And it is awesome.  

  • She looks like she made an award to herself, out of herself!

  • She looks like she made an award to herself, out of herself!

  • i died. This look is bananas.  Seriously.  Holy fucking hell is this amazeballs Dynasty realness.

  • i died. This look is bananas.  Seriously.  Holy fucking hell is this amazeballs Dynasty realness.

  • BradWatson

    “No turbans for Miss Talbert!”

  • BradWatson

    “No turbans for Miss Talbert!”

  • It Hurt’s To Be In Love

    I immediately thought, RAQUEL WELCH! 

  • re: TLo’s comments…


    meanwhile, i die at the sight of her fabulosity.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    it almost breaks my heart that this is so perfect cos [while i rarely like her much or her clothes] i love carey mulligan’s dress to absolute death & i wanted to like it best of all. just because. but i cant. not any more.

  • DCSheehan

    This is a joke post, right? She looks like lizard! A shiny lizard, but a lizard nonetheless.


  • Jecca2244

    there was a point in time when people gave karolina crap for being “overweight”…she brought it and that back is exquisite! gorgeous.

  • Suzerstl

    Love the gown, but iffy on the black-tie scrunchy.

  • Yaaaaaaaaaaassssssss!! Ever since I saw the pictures of Karolina, I cannot get OVER it!! She is looking like O-P-U-L-E-N-C-E! OPULENCE! She owns E V E R Y T H I N G!! Everything is HERS!!! *faints from the STUDIO 54 COCAINE-FUELED REALNESS*

  • Ya she looks amazing.

  • Damn, she looks like a white Iman serving up some MAJAH supermodel realness. My life is slaaaaayed!!!!!

  • texashistorian

    She looks like an Oscar statue. Just an observation, not a condemnation.

  • PrunellaV

    Wow, it’s like the last 35 years never happened!

  • J MN

    Yes, to everything she’s wearing and everything you said.  Wow.

  • Truthiness2U

    Now that is how you make an over-the-top metallic dress, and a mutha-fecking metallic turban-type device –WERQ. 

    Well played, and brava. 

  • ChristySchiff

    She may now say hello to Iman in the halls.

  • RzYoung

    WOW!! Wow wow wow wow

  • MissAnnieRN

    You had me a TURBAN.  I mean really – this should be in the dictionary, right next to Helen Mirren for the definition of “FUCKINGFANTASTICA”

  • KittenKisses


  • and that is a supermodel!

  • Fan-Honkin’-tastic! Joan Crawford done RIGHT!   Yes, she owns it, and her face is just beautiful.

  • She blew that out of the water – creature who is fiercer than we are!

  • This lady LOVES to lez out. She was even anointed as a participant in the Jolie-Pitt triple menage. I once saw her at the Roosevelt with Brandon Boyd from Incubus –they both looked unbelievable — and they BOTH were eye-screwing the lord out of all sexy females. No belly-button? No doubt — she is an alien overlord who feeds on glamorous sex. 

  • butter nut


  • Deitrich is timeless.

  • LambeeBaby

    Carmen Carrera

  • I want to have her ass in my next life.

  • marywv

    Oh, please. Could Rachel Zoe copy ANYMORE from Norell. This is a direct replica in every way, right down to the turban. Completely lame. She is not a fashion designer. She is a stylist who rips off fashion designers. Very lame.  Sorry for being a negative nelly, but as soon as I saw this I thought it was a typo and Kurkova was actually wearing vintage Norell couture.

    And yes. She deserves the WERQ because she looks FUCKING AMAZING! AH-MA-ZING! That’s why they pay you the big bucks, girl!

  • Guuuuuuuuuuuuurrrrllll. I just involuntarily fell to my knees before this utter fierceness. This is the DEFINITION of WERQ. I am in awe.

  • mmc

    Exhibit A:  Woman wears the hell out of dress, rather than the other way around.  She’s owning it!

    I can do without the turban-y headband.

    I wish my butt looked that good in anything I wore!  The fit on this dress is amazing!

  • JD Spaulding

    It’s actually 100% Iman.