Carmen Electra in Nicola Finetti

Posted on June 29, 2012



Carmen Electra attends the premiere of “The Amazing Spider-Man” in Los Angeles in a Nicola Finetti dress paired with a pink clutch and Neil lane jewelry.

Nicola Finneti Fall 2012 Collection

A reader once came up with a great term for a look that’s so bad it’s the direct opposite of WERQ, making it a WREQ. We thought that was clever and funny but never implemented it because we’d be spending way too much time answering the question, “What does WREQ stand for?”

But y’know? We think we’re free to use the term from now on because we have the perfect illustration for it. Girl, you are a WREQ. Go home, take that thing off, pop open a pint of Chubby Hubby and try to forget about this night.


[Photo Credit: David Gabber, Izumi Hasegawa/PR Photos,]

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  • Frank_821

    That really is a horrible dress. it looks bad enough on the model. Poor Carmen….never thought I’d be typing that

    • This dress looks like an 80’s video arcade

  • unbornfawn

    WREQ indeed. From the hair, the raccoon eyes, cray cray dress. Perhaps it is a good thing we can’t see the shoes.

  • Too much dress for this lady. And too much geometry in the dress and accessories. 

  • TonyGo

    This dress looks like an 80’s video arcade game.

  • I almost like it on the model, but she’s (dangerously) thin and tall.  And then the more I look at the ruffly (!) trim around the hips and the haphazard pattern at the bottom of the skirt, the more it tips into fail.  Carmen never had a chance with this.

    • call_me_schmeg


  • Sara__B

    Definitely a WREQ, from hair to hem. The shoes are probably awful, too. 

  • RebeccaKW

    I think the dress is pretty awful on the model, so I don’t understand why Carmen would attempt it.  Who could look at something on a MODEL, see that it looks bad, and think “I’m gonna give it a shot?”  Also, matching the lipstick, nails, clutch, and earrings to the pink of the dress was a mistake.  

    ETA: I might like the dress better if it ended at the peplum or whatever that is, and it was just a longer hem there. But no guarantees.

    • AnaRoW

       One of the things I’ve learned from this site is that sort of thing happens all the time.  How else would you explain why Stella McCartney’s still in business?

      • Alisa Rivera

        It probably has something to do with her father…

  • Kayceed

    I look at something like this, and I feel crankier towards the designer than the wearer. I mean, it is their JOB to design clothes that work, whatever the definition of work one chooses. This is indeed a wreck, Mr. Finetti.

  • NurseEllen

    Not only does she look wicked bad, but why is it that stylists do not seem to consider the backdrop against which their clients will be photographed?  I can’t believe it was a surprise that every celeb & person associated with the movie would appear in front of a giant Spider Man logo—a setting which makes this getup doubly disastrous.  Really, people!

    • There’s really no way for a stylist to know ahead of time exactly what the backdrop on the step-and-repeat is going to look like or where their client will be standing for pictures.

      • As a former event planner, it seems to me that a top notch stylist with good contacts would be able to get that information with a simple phone call. That background and the event floor plan do not magically appear the day of the movie premiere, awards show, etc. They are created well in advance and should be available to anyone who takes the time to ascertain the information. If I were a celebrity who’ll be posing for pix, I would demand that my “people” take the time to do this.

        • We’ve been at events where there are step-and-repeats. The pictures are taken all up and down that backdrop, so no, the stylist is never going to be able to control where the client is standing when her pictures are taken. And besides, this seems like an incredibly nit-picky thing. Any stylist who made that phone call would rightly be seen as a pain in the ass. There are dozens of people appearing at these events. If every stylist called up and demanded to know what the backdrop looked like, the event planners would have a fit.

          • I realize that the very large events have long step and repeats to accommodate several celebrities at once. However, the stylist can at least find out the color scheme to avoid their client clashing with it 

          • Sorry, but all of this sounds more and more nitpicky the more we hear it. Stylists only care about the dress and how it looks on the client, as do the vast majority of people who look at the pictures, and the clients themselves. Most people aren’t even going to notice or comment on the backdrop and that dress could be photographed all night, in a variety of scenarios, if there’s a party afterwards.

            Then again, we never understand it when we post an entire collection and there’s 40 comments about the model’s facial expression.

          • Face it, guys, you have taught us to be nitpicky and we are just your obedient pupils. Before I found your blog, I never cared about the little details of a celebrity picture. In fact, I still marvel when one of the minions points out the tiniest of flaws in a pleat or how someone’s nail polish matches the color of a shoe they wore two days before. So if we notice that a dress clashes with a backdrop, be proud, not annoyed. You have taught us well. Now kvell.

          • Unh-unh. Don’t lay that one at our feet. We want people to talk about the look and how it works. We’ve never taught anyone to get hung up on outside details that don’t have anything to do with it. That’s why we tend to challenge people when they do get hung up on outside details; because we think they’re kind of missing the point of discussing the look itself.

          • Totally agree. If a stylist’s job is to ensure the celebrity rocks a standout look, then why should there be limits to the lengths they’d go to to ensure they do just that? Especially when you consider that these photos on the step and repeat are the money shots and are seen by millions and sometimes for years to come. 

            If I were a stylist this would absolutely be added to the list of things to do. Rachel Zoe et al, are you listening? 

            T. Lo, I love you guys dearly and you bring so much levity to my days, but I have to agree with Ms. Abrams here. Such observations are how innovation happens. Bravo.

        • Seconding that. All it would take would be a phone call. (Coming from the very unglamorous world of event planning.)

        • the backdrop actually matches up the dress perfectly, lol  other background could be worse… the model stood in front of a clean wall, it didnt help to make this dress look better.

      • NurseEllen

         I have no experience as an event planner and have never been to a movie premiere.  (They just don’t hold any in Durham, NC…..bummer.)  I have spent the last 20 minutes looking at many previous posts on TLo of movie premiere shots and while the specifics seem to change from site to site, it seems to be a given that there will be a backdrop which includes all or some of: a corporate logo, a movie logo, stills from the movie, and graphic designs from the movie.  I understand that the idea of these “pole dancing” tours, as you call them, is of course to publicize the movie & sell tickets, but I’ve NEVER understood why somehow many if not most of the outfits at these premieres & photocalls do not take into consideration that they will appear in front of some sort of distracting and very busy wallpaper.  Not that everyone should wear a solid color, mind you.  But a little consideration?  Isn’t that why “red carpets” are so ubiquitous?  Because it’s a place where someone stands out, the color draws attention yet flatters most clothing?

        In other news, I’m so glad that you commented, T and Lo!  Made my day (which needed some oomph, it’s currently 106 degrees outside, and the world is wilting).

      • Isadora Paiva

        I would agree that would be a surprise in most cases, but as the first commenter said, this is a Spider-Man premiere. The fact that the background would be, well, a picture of spider-man is kind of a given. However, I think we can all agree that is hardly what brings this look down, no one gets the first WREQ ever because of their backdrop.

    • LaFortunaStudio

      May I suggest that the dress was free and that is why she is wearing it ? 

  • Forget the fact she wore it, why the fuck was the dress designed and made in the first place!

    • Introspective

      Exactly. My thought is that the dress was created in a drug induced stupor.

      by the way, if no other bitter emmas have thought of what “WREQ” could stand for, here’s my vote: when really everything’s QUESTIONABLE.

  • BazoDee

    Oh I don’t which is worse- the dress or her make-up. GAH! 

  • DaveUWSNYC

    Dress designed by Good & Plenty.

  • My face is frozen in a “QUELLE HORREUR” sort of a way.

  • Oh….my….. (and that’s all I can say…)

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I get why she picked it–the graphics remind me of a comic book page–but that is… hideous.

  • tereliz

    I think this would really work without the dust ruffle (and the styling. yikes!), but only if the bodice and skirt were directly attached. Nix that extra abdomen panel. 

    Hmmm. Actually, the more I look at the skirt, I’m not sure that taking out the ruffle would save it. It’s so… satiny. Okay, so keep the abdomen panel to accentuate the dropped waist, then tack the bottom third of the skirt onto that for more of a midi-length. 

  • Wow I had totally forgotten about her!

    • kimmeister

      What is she even doing there?  She’s not in the movie . . .

  • Saucysusan

    Put your finger over the ruffle & the dress looks better. Then put a finger over her hair, makeup & accessories. Oh, never mind.

    • MilaXX

       You’re right, there’s a germ of a good look in there. It just needs some editing.

  • Snailstsichr

    Well, the thumbnail wasn’t so bad – the earrings are interesting. They deserve a better dress. So does Carmen.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Well, to be fair, Carmen has never exactly been celebrated for her impeccable taste and class.

  • megtwice

    I think the top could be interesting, if the bottom, makeup and accessories weren’t so bad.

  • Karen Ulric

    Carmen Electra and I are the exact same age (day, month and year) but this is the first time I haven’t felt  she looks so much younger/better than me!

    • meowing

      Oh my goodness–just Wiki’d her, said she was born in 1972?  Only 40 years old, yet her skin looks much older.  Still, if you de-spackle the makeup, she’s a pretty woman, but just trying too hard.  All I can remember of her “work” is the “take it all off” shaving commerical.

  • Lina_bee

    Wow, that’s a disaster. WREQ indeed.

  • FlamingJune1967

    Honestly did not even notice the dress.  I was too busy gawking at her Tammy Faye make-up.

  • melanie0866

    What does WERQ stand for?  I just thought it was a fun way to spell “work.”

    • MilaXX

       LOL it was made up a while back. Try putting it in the search feature on this site. I forget the exact meaning I think it was something like working everything right quotient. One of the wittier BK’s came up with it.

    • It is. We asked readers to come up with an acronym for it, but it’s long been a form of gay slang.

    • NurseEllen

       I thought it was decided by the BKs that it stood for “when everything’s right quotient”.

  • VicksieDo

    Aww, and she looks happy with herself…that’s tragic!

  • MilaXX

    I may be in the minority but if she had somehow changed the skirt to know length I may have like this. Also the eye makeup is a bit too harsh for the hair style. 

  • unpious

    WREQ – Wardrobe Regret Emerges Quickly

    • Introspective

      I like this suggestion as much as my own. cause regrets definitely will surface for carm when she gets a load of these pics.

  • PeggyOC

    To be fair, that’s not ANYONE’s dress.  That’s a dress the designer should have been taken out back and beaten for.  The hair and makeup aren’t great, but the dress is really the problem here.

  • Bad amateur sewing project! Looks like a Charlotte Russe mini-skirt pulled over an otherwise potentially nice/interesting dress.

  • i wouldn’t wear it or anything, but i think it’s appropriate for the wearer and the venue.  it just looks like something spiderman would have picked out for her, so i can’t hate on it.

  • WREQ just makes me thing of the blog cake wrecks: when professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong.  so this is just the fashion version to me.  which makes it funnier for me to associate these celebrities with ugly cakes.

  • Jangle57

    When I look at dresses like this, I always find myself wondering: who’s the bigger idiot?  the designer for designing such a mess and trying to pass it off as fashion or the wearer for wearing it?  unfortunately, it always comes back to the wearer for choosing such a disaster….

  • betty language

    poor carmen’s a joke at our house ever since her judging gig on “so you think you can dance” last year.  she was so bad they just stopped asking for her opinions, panning the camera over to her, didn’t thank her at the end of the episode, and the next night when she wasn’t back (most of the guest judges return the next night), not a word was uttered about carmen electra.  she just seems like a train wreck…and this whole look isn’t helping (including the “coy” pose)!

  • formerlyAnon

    Killed dead by a ruffle.

    While *I* would not have liked it, I might have believed that someone, a stylist, a struggling fashionista, SOMEone could like this & see something in it.  Had there been no ruffle.

  • mjude


  • Corazon Nunez

    Wait, what does a WERQ stand for again? I totally forgot.

  • Caaro3

    Never have seen a pic of this chick without the raccoon eyes.  What gives?

  • Rand Ortega

     I can’t.

  • boomchicabowwow

    To the bitter kittens who’ve never experienced the visual disruption that is a sometimes precurrser to migrain headaches:  Carmen is wearing it.  S’cuse me, I need to go throw up now.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    joshua mckinley.

  • with a world of choices available for her, she chose the worst. 🙁 

  • judybrowni

    perhaps she’s such a d-lister, the designer would only hand over the mistake from the back of the closet

  • bobbi32

    The dress is a big bucket of no, but the bodice would be salvageable with the perfect pair of skinny  jeans and sky high black booties.

  • everest19

    That last picture is HILARIOUS. WREQ.

  • I think this dress would get a PR contestant eliminated in episode 3 (unless they are an asshole, of course).


  • Trisha26

    If it had been a slim, long black column dress with those graphics I’d call it a WERQ. But full skirt & micro ruffle – egads!

    • Ksagun13

      My thoughts exactly — the geometric color blocks don’t go with the ruffles at all.  Should have been much more severely cut to work.  

  • PrunellaV

    Perfect example of how fashion so often doesn’t translate from models to mere mortals, however gorgeous.

  • CarolinLA

    What does WERQ stand for?  

  • nancylee61

    You guys are hilarious!!!

  • Warrior89

    That little peplum just gives it something extra, doesn’t it?

  • Wearing Regrettable Enigmatic Quandary


  • guest2visits

    I don’t know what to say about this…. dress? 
    Here’s someone with a great figure and a great smile and she hardly ever wears anything even remotely pretty.

  • Arellys Victor Garro

    am I blind? cause i dont see this as such a horrible dress…
    the make up is awful though, it makes her eyes look weird 

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    You know if they took off that ruffle at the hip it might not be so bad.

  • Wait…Carmen Electra still gets invited to stuff?

  • quiltrx

    I’m actually good with the bodice, maybe-okay with the hem…but it all goes HORRIBLY wrong in the middle.

    And the too-tight hair, the too-much eyeliner…and I just can’t with her smooshed-up face.

  • It’s the dust ruffle that kills this dress for me. The color blocking is sort of neat in a Tron sort of way. But no one needs a dust ruffle for their ass.

    Well, maybe someone does. Fashionista cleaners. You butt out – we’ll buff with our butts!
    I don’t know. 

  • Lisa

    Oh… oh my.  That’s so not good.

  • Ehsan Davodi

    I want FinnetI WITH or WITHOUT that fucking dress.

  • BayTampaBay

    OK Guys…You Win………………“What does WREQ stand for?”

  • That dress looks down right flammable.

  • Patricia Gillett

    Bad dress, bad hair, bad jewelry, bad make-up! She even screwed up the fingernails. This is a Moonstruck “Snap out of it” moment! 

  • WREQ!  Brilliant.

  • Aurumgirl

    It is terrible on the model too.  Something about that litty-bitty ruffly flounce that makes me want to detonate buildings.

  • snarkykitten

    If she altered it so the bodice was the same and it just ended in a black dress, it would be soooo much better!!

  • TieDye64

    Trying to decide what’s worse. The dress or the raccoon eyes? 

  • BradWatson

    If I’d thought about Carmen Electra even once in the past ten years, I might be appalled. Given that I haven’t, I can only figure that the world’s fashionmakers haven’t either. This is MTV House Party live from Filene’s Basement!

  • PeaceBang

    God, not another Hideous Peplum.

  • newtonGOTbeaned

    I like it. I don’t know that she’s pulling it off, but I still think it’s a cool dress and she looks great in that pink. I would lose the ruffle thing, though. 

  • RzYoung

    WREQ = genius!

  • Liz

    She is pulling a full on Fergie.

  • rh33

    Did she attend the Tammy Faye School of Beauty?

  • aristida_girl

    Yea! I thought WREQ was brilliant, and I am glad you used it! Also, poor Carmen would have looked much better if that skirt was short and tight, gotta say..

  • I just don’t know why it looks so terrible on her! The dress is certainly not something I would wear, but the model is totally pulling it off. I wonder why it doesn’t look as great on Carmen who still looks great herself. What a bummer all around.