In or Out: Lucy Liu in Atelier Versace

Posted on June 19, 2012

Like so many others – Blanchett, Swinton, Saldana (okay, maybe not that many others ) – Lucy Liu is in that rarefied group of people we find it very difficult to criticize. In fact, when one of our PhD-level dress-wearers puts something on that isn’t working for us, we tend to immediately think “Is it us? Are we just not getting the brilliance behind this look?”

Believe us when we say, that’s not a sentiment that pops into our heads often.

Lucy Liu attends the 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards in an Atelier Versace gown.

Atelier Versace Spring 2012 Collection

But really: Is it us?

The shape is great on her; very dramatic. But we really don’t think that old-bra color works against her skin tone at all and we tend to think the bottom half of this dress looks like a cheap and highly flammable bedspread and curtain set.

But then you take a step back, blur your eyes a bit, and she looks lovely. It’s like that optical illusion that goes back and forth from an old lady’s face to a young girl’s face. Depending on the angle, this is either pretty or ugly. Kittens make the call.



Vote Now!


IN! Pretty!


OUT! Ugly!



Voting on Keira Knightley’s somewhat similarly frilly and frippy dress is still wide open.


[Photo Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images,]

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  • OUT.

    It looks like my mother-in-law’s old bedspread. The color doesn’t work and that bizarre panel that runs from belly to knees is not flattering.

    Makeup is understated and pretty, tho. And I love her hair.

    • AudreysMom

      ¬†Looks like my grandmother’s underwear drawer. OUT.

      • It’s like a painting, see? From far away, it’s OK, but up close, it’s a big old

  • EditKitten

    Tai: Do you think she’s pretty?
    Cher: No, she’s a full-on Monet.
    Tai: What’s a Monet?
    Cher: It’s like a painting, see? From far away, it’s OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess.

    Though I think Lucy is lovely, this is the first thing I thought of ūüėČ

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      bless you.

    • SRQkitten

      Edit kitten,
      When I looked at this I too thought “Monet” for exactly the same reason! Thanks for pulling up the exact quote that explains it so well!

    • ballerinawithagun

      One of the best movie fashion moments! Thanks!

  • I want to tear off the ruffles on the bottom half of her bedskirt. ¬†They make this an out for me, and I LOVE her hair, makeup & even the bodice of this dress. ¬†

    • She needs to pull a Jamie Lee Curtis in “True Lies” and rip off all the ruffles from the knees on down.

      • Celandine1

        LMAO for that reference! Unfortunately it still is an ugly dress, less ugly, but still ugly. That color is awful. Why do textile manufacturers even make that color??? Lucy usually looks really interesting but this is OUT.

  • OUT. Hate it.

    • SojournerYouth

       Yeah.  That dress has gills, and its the color of raw pork.  O-U-T!

  • thecitysleeps

    I can’t believe I like it.¬† She’s so sexy, she’s workin the sexy lingerie ruffles.

    • Sobaika

      Glad I’m not the only one! In. In, in, in!

    • Agreed! Definitely IN. Very romantic!¬†

    • pookiesmom

      I’m with you. In!

  • Ugggggggggly!!

  • Out.¬† She is sublime, but that dress¬†looks like Donatella decided to sew a bunch of old napkins together.¬† ¬†

  • in

  • kikisayshi

    OUT! It looks exactly like my MIL’s cream-colored ruffled curtains from Southern Living Magazine circa 1972. They are still hanging in her house.¬†

  • Out. It looks like a nightie.¬†

  • Bozhi

    Is Lucy now a country singer?  If not, than OUT.

    • l3icest3r

      Jesus take the wheel, that’s an ugly dress!

    • Even if she IS a country singer, then it’s still an out!

    • TheOriginalLulu

      This totally looks like something Carrie Underwood would wear.

      • Celandine1

         Not enough sequins and sparkle for Carrie.

    • lamamu

      ¬†Stick some sleeves and a high collar on it and we’ve got Loretta Lynn circa 1978.

  • hughman

    Mostly I just find it hard to believe this is actually a Versace dress. 

    • makeityourself

      Hugh, I agree with you. This looks a lot more like the Valentino pseudo-granny-little-house-on-the-prairie stuff that the Valentino team has been churning out lately. Maybe the photo service messed up their “V’s” and switched the two names. I can’t see Donatella having the patience for all of those ruffles.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    send that one back to the bordello window from whence it came…OUT!

  • OUT. this is a full on ruffletastrophe.

  • Isadora Paiva

    Nope, I think it’s ugly on pretty much every angle. If the old bra color and the bottom that resembles a curtain set weren’t enough to make this an out, those sheer panels definitely make this an easy call. OUT.

    ETA: I do think she looks lovely from the neck up though.

  • TieDye64

    OUT. You guys called it right on the bottom half looking like “a¬†cheap and highly flammable bedspread and curtain set”. A dingy one.

    • I know, right? Now I just can’t un-see it. Damn! And to think I initially liked it quite a bit (though that is definitely not her color).

  • Hetha Innis

    This might be amazing in person, but obviously doesn’t photograph well. She is so gorgeous though, that she’s making it sing.

  • She’s doing her damnedest by it, but really, this dress is too much. Taken as a whole, there are ruffles and cut-outs running at 0, 45, 90, and 135 degrees, in conflicting textures, too (sleek/flippy/lacey). Hair and make-up look good, and kudos to the contrasting clutch, but this dress will always be OUT.

  • LongTall_Sally

    OUT!  There is just too much going on in the bottom half.

  • librarygrrl64

    OUT. Looks like someone turned an antique Victorian piano scarf into a gown.

  • kelsita421

    it’s frilly and the color is blah, but she’s in.

  • Qitkat

    No sweetie.
    While there are some very pretty elements, especially on the model pose, this does Miss Lucy no favors.
    It’s probably more flattering in person. Sometimes photographs really wash out these *old bra* colors.

  • lilibetp

    Beautiful down to mid-thigh.

  • another_laura

    It is not you! ¬†It’s the color and even though hemmed properly in front, that train looks to be swamping her tiny self.

    OUT.  A rare misfire!

  • Call me Bee

    Nah–I gotta say OUT.¬† It’s an interesting dress–but way too much going on with¬†the lace cut-outs and ruffles and weird front panel and horrendous color.¬† (Would this color look good on anyone?¬† Anyone at all?)¬† It does fit her perfectly, and the hem is exactly the right length.¬† Hair and face are lovely–she’s¬†the cutest thing!¬† But still.¬† OUT

    • DesLivres

      It looks like an old lady slip that got fed after midnight.

  • out

  • joolyz

    I wish it was a little more pink, but i think she looks gorgeous. IN.

    • jtabz

       Ditto this!

  • jw_ny


    It does look better when I blur my eyes, even better when they’re shut.¬† ūüėȬ†

  • joe_tey83

    It’s a Project Runway challenge whereby they make a dress out of old bras.¬†

    • Chickadeep

      ¬†…and the designer who made it was sent home.

  • lovelyivy

    OUT. She looks like a kid wearing one of Mom’s old (couture, noxiously expensive) bridesmaid dresses. This is just way too much dress for her. Maybe if they lopped off the hem?

  • Carla_Charlton

    Maybe in real life this looks pretty, but in the photo, it reminds me of fabric you might see on a “Victorian” pillow at a craft show.

  • melanie0866


  • IN.¬† She looks transcendental.¬† And that’s something that takes some time to achieve.

  • SpcilK

    OUT – Horrible!

  • MilaXX

    OUT! She’s almost making it work, but it’s an awful fussy dress. I could forgive the fussiness if it was a better color, but as it is NO.

  • leftcoastpickle

    Bedspread. Out.

  • Sue_Asponte

    Oooh, it reminds me of my Gunne Sax dress from high school, and I mean that in a good way. I don’t like the old-bra color either, so I wouldn’t call this a WERQ, but it’s lovely and so is she. IN.

  • Oh, that’s pretty ugly…OUT

  • OUT – Pretty UGLY

  • AlexisPayne

    The dress falls apart somewhere around the middle, definite scroll down fug. Out.

  • Joyce VG

    OUT.  sorry luce

  • Scarlet39

    It’s an old pair of curtains.


  • Her boobs have gills.

  • carolynmo

    No. No. It’s a terrible dress.

  • MsKitty

    I’m having a flashback to that scene in “Pretty in Pink” when Molly Ringwald made her prom dress. OUT.

  • Chickadeep

    Outey-out-out-out, with a side of get-the-f*ck-OUT.

  • OUT. not good. not good at all.

  • BrightsideSusan

    She is lovely, the dress is not.

  • butterflysunita

    That bedspread dress is a rare OUT for Lucy Liu and a waste of her beauty.  

  • Pennymac

    NO! Its a sea anemone dress!


  • ohayayay

    Jolie-Laide! Which, in my mind, is an in.

  • minnye

    Don’t like the dress but it fits Lucy beautifully and she looks graceful and comfortable. Love the old fashioned hair & simple makeup that shows off her charming freckles. IN.

  • SheWhoMustBeObeyed

    Darlings T and Lo, it’s not you. That dress is not even a Monet. It’s just ugly. Out.

  • mila_8

    Out. Just about any other color in the wheel would be an improvement, and cut off everything after the first ruffle at the knee.

  • yetanotherLaura

    OUT.  A hideous frippery of flappy ruffles!

  • OUT. It’s not you. She looks lovely because she is Lucy Liu and Lucy Liu always looks lovely. But this dress is ick. Luckily, Lucy can manage it and hopefully we will never hear from it again.

  • NurseEllen

    OUT.  Not only ugly, but REALLY ugly.

  • julnyes

    Out – Ugly!
    She is lovely to behold, but that dress is hateful.

  • jmorino08

    From the waist up, perfection. The bottom half of that dress is a whole lot of tacky for a whole lot of reasons. Out.

  • j_anson

    OUT. I don’t actually think it’s that bad, but I’m SICK of that color. Every designer out there should be forced to hang an old bra in their office with a big “NO” sign over it.

  • color is all wrong on her. pass that dress on to beyonce.

  • Sorry, Lucy Liu – you are normally fabulous, but this time, you look like a romantic flamenco danser who made her dress out of 100 night slips. Out. Go kick ass next time, like an angel.

  • Elizabeth Davis

    All I can see is that hideous panel in the front. It makes the dress just look vulgar — especially on the model. Like she’s wearing a necktie on her crotch.

  • Laurie Bergman

    OUT. This is droopy, tired 1903 overspill. I just think she had to get all the ruffly folderol out of her system for one night.

  • In–she looks lovely.

  • kimmeister

    As much as it pains me, I have to give her an out this time.¬† The color’s all wrong, you can see the owie on her boob, and the lace inserts are just vulgar.¬† Belongs on Cher like 25 years ago.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    i J’HATE that dress. ¬†however, it does look almost spectacular on o-ren. ¬†if it were in a different color, this would have been a straight up WERQ. ¬†on a side note, i’m in the middle of moving, and i’m exhausted, and i have a huge drive in front of me tomorrow. ¬†i need some fassbender or manganiello to get me through the next 24 hours. ¬†surely TLO have something like the bat-signal, where they can just shine a light in the sky and gorgeous hollywood hunks know it is time to disrobe and get papped.

  • Rand Ortega

    God, LuLiu is so gorgeous! Her freckles are indescribably delicious! The makeup, the hair– flawless. But that dress is a jr high home ec (eck!) badly dyed disaster. It keeps trying & trying until it gives up & dies away from her feet in a hideous puddle on the floor.

  • Hermione_Granger

    Out. But what if it were black?

  • FUG.¬† OUT.

  • PaulaBerman

    Your love for Lucy is blinding you to the fact that this dress is just not very attractive. All those flounces look dated, and the old bra color makes it look like some sort of sea anemone. OUT.

  • phrenk

    IN!  Pretty!

  • I’m afraid that all of the wonky plastic surgery has messed with Donatella’s vision. *sniff*

  • CMS

    It’s not TOO bad, if I close my eyes and don’t actually look.

  • OUT. This doesn’t even take any second guessing for me.

  • kolokOlchik

    nope, it’s fugly

  • RoxieRider

    From the boobs up, she looks spectacular and magnificent. I can’t with the dress. I’m trying and trying and I just cannot. I genuinely detest that dress.I want to give her an in for the Power of the Liu, but I think the dress does her in. A reluctant Out.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    No amount of pulling back or eye-squinting can change the fact that this dress looks like an old lady’s “good” bedspread that she’s had since the day she got married, back in 1949.

    I don’t see¬†this chick¬†as being in the same league as Blanchett, Swinton and Saldana AT ALL.

  • I’ve been going round and round trying to figure out how she doesn’t look ridiculous in that hot mess of a frock and can only conclude that means she’s IN.

    I don’t understand it either.

  • nannypoo

    Nope. Just ugly.

  • Taking my glasses off is not working for me.

    Nope, the “tired bra” color and too many fussy things going on (peplums on top of peplums on top of peplums beneath all that inexpensive looking insertion lace).¬† make it an out for me too.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    OUT. This is not your dress color, Ms. Watson.

  • Kate4queen

    sorry, Out. wrong colour for her entirely.

  • I think if the skirt were lined I’d love it.¬† As it is, the shadows are disturbing.

  • sweet_potato

    OUT. That dress is going off in too many different directions and it is “old bra” color.

  • Megan Patterson

    Horrrrrriiiibbble. Everything above the neck looks fab though. Well and of course the bod under the ugly dress.

  • allj

    I’m going to have to vote out. I like it in theory, but it’s just way too much. Sorry, Lu. But your freckles are adorable.

  • Beth G

    Looks like one of those hokey “wedding night” negligee.¬†

  • kingderella

    nooooo no no no. this dress is ugly as fuck, and the colour is all wrong. OUT.

  • Out. ¬†Looks like lingerie from Little House on the Prairie times. ¬†Not really sure if it is is you or if it is is not you, definitely is is not working, for me at least. ¬†;D

  • Out.

    Looks good on the model, but not on Lucy. The color is doing her no favors.

  • All I care about is DOES THIS BISH EVER AGE??? WTF???? WHY HAVE YOU LOOKED THE SAME FOR, LIKE, THE PAST, I DON’T KNOW, 15 YEARS???? I can’t do this right now. I just can’t.¬†

  • Out.

  • greyhoundgirl

    Too fluffy.  Wrong color for her.  OUT

  • alyce1213

    It’s a color and see-through thing.¬†
    So out.

  • Nicole Merrill


  • EEKstl

    I can’t say out because 1. It’s Lucy Liu and 2. It’s a beautiful dress and 3. While the color is a bit washed out and the bottom is a bit Wild West Saloon, it’s still somehow working. ¬†So I’m saying IN, even while I’m not exactly sure WHY I’m saying it. If that’s damning with faint praise then so be it.

  • Nope. ¬†But this dress might look great on someone with darker skin tones…

  • Le_Sigh

    Out. I want to throw that dress in a bucket of bleach.

  • MoHub

    Wrong color. She looks like one of the Simpsons.

  • LambeeBaby

    Out. I thought the color was ruining the dress, but any other color would look hideous.

  • Jai Mystery

    Out. That dress looks like a jilted bride has been sniveling into all day.

  • unbornfawn

    OUT. Color is terrible and the dress is too fussy.

  • Nonnah


  • TSkot

    It’s an old nightgown. ¬†OUT

  • RedRaven617


  • marilyn

    Out.  Bad color for her.  Botoom makes her look hippy and fat.  Bad, bad, bad.

  • OUT!¬† Ugly dress, too much embellishment, color is odd on her.

  • cindybeeintex

    NO. Ugh.

  • Jangle57

    Her hair is lovely¬† – the dress is just a big ‘ol mess though she does make a valiant effort.¬† OUT

  • Susan Carley Oliver

    Out. The colour is not flattering at all, and the lace insets are too sheer to do well without a liner.  

  • Tracy_Flick

    OUT. Miss Haversham’s curtains.¬†

  • Grandma curtains.

  • I’m going to give it an IN, but only barely because the color is too blah. I do love a girl who embraces her freckles!

  • Belvane

    She looks very pretty, but she’s way too short for this dress. It needs about ten miles of legs to make all that frou-frou work.

  • enchanted216

    OUT!¬† Mostly because the color completely washes her out. Also, something with the neckline.¬† It’s either the wrong shape for her or she needs a necklace.

  • OUT. Lucy is almost making it work, but this is an Etsy / upcycled lace and old underwear dress. It just doesn’t work.¬†

  • Lisa Dugan

    Top half РIN  Bottom half Рout.  Barely barely an in for me.  Gorgeous hair and face pushed it over.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    what makes the dress on the model is how perfectly pointed & appointed is each ruffle, someone spent plenty of time & energy & possibly even glue or its equivalent getting every single one of them to stand outward just so. & it worked, that dress looks astonishing in that context.
    but on LL, here, it looks like a long, too-long rumpled slip. the color doesnt help–it’s apparently a sweeter blush-rose on the model–& while i think it would be better had they kept it that way, i’m uncertain if a more subtly stunning color would have been enough to rescue something that just isnt making its mark. w/o it, though, no, nope, it really doesnt work.

  • outttttttt

  • It looks like its designed to make her hips look HUGE. She’s tiny, she should not look like that on camera. Absolutely out

  • Carlodog

    To me, Versace stands for “tacky mess.”¬† When was the last time I thought a Versace outfit looked classy?¬† This is more of the same as far as I’m concerned.

  • ChelseaNH

    OUT.¬† It’s the dress — it doesn’t look good on the model, either.¬† Waaaaaaay too busy.

  • rh33

    Out. Her hips have gills.

  • AWS


  • butter nut

    OUT Рin any other color this would be a stunner.  but this dirty old nightie has to go.

  • StellaZafella

    I love Ms Liu (couldn’t say I love Lucy, that would date me).

    This makes me think of a 1920’s Truceau nighty…

    “Put that thing back ovee the victrola, maudy, and get back in bed!”

  • michelle shields

    like the dress but not on her. OUT!
    and what’s wrong with her eye? looks someone socked her a good one.

  • l3icest3r

    “As your leader, I encourage you from time to time, and always in a respectful manner, to question my dress.”

  • leave_Blake_alone

    IN, although I’m surprised I feel that way. I don’t like the color and I don’t normally like gowns like that either, but something about this just works for me. Maybe she really is a PhD-level dress wearer!

  • Looks like a Jessica McClintock reject. Liu is better than this! ūüôĀ

  • OUT – sorry

  • Funkykatt

    I wore that thing to the prom in ’76 except mine was a horrible sky blue. Five other girls were wearing the same Gunne Sax dress and I wanted a group photo but they all ran.¬†

  • aristida_girl

    OUT, you have to be 6 feet tall and size 00 to wear this look…

  • belfebe

    OUT. It’s the color. The dress is great. Make it burgundy and we would fave a different conversation.

  • Lilak

    I can smell the mothballs from here ~

  • I’m sorry, I don’t think anyone ever looks good in tit ruffles. OUT.¬†

  • amber_julene

    Little House on the Prairie hooker. Sorry.

  • AuntieAnonny

    Oh god, that’s a contender for 2012 Worst Dressed.


  • It’s not just Lucy.¬†¬† It looks like two sets of curtains having a knife fight on the model, too.

  • Sara__B

    OUT. Even Lucy Liu’s mad red carpet skills can’t make up for the fact that she’s too short for this gown.

  • Ksagun13

    OUT!! She’s beautiful, but I hate the color and there are too many ruffles. Why do they keep making beautiful dresses in that hideous color? ¬†And why does ANYONE think it looks good???

  • littlemac8

    I think the whole baggy saggy ruffley thing looks like it’s about to slide right off of her and IMHO that would be a blessing!

  • granddelusion


  • boweryboy

    IN only because this is a case when the fierceness and fabulosity of the wearer outweighs the fugliness of the frock.

  • Violina23


  • Judy_S

    Doesn’t work. OUT.
    and I gave Keira an IN!!!!!! Even though I thought her dress was stupid. It just looked like it belonged on her. This dress does not belong on Lucy.

  • C Silberman

    Out. It looks like the undergarments of someone on “Deadwood.”

  • sunandmoon24

    Out…but it’s not her fault. Really ugly dress, but she’s almost making it work.
    But not quite

  • Out – makes her look fat

  • Girl, that is not your dress….

  • Lilithcat

    It’s not just you.

    The color is horrid with her skin tone, and the dress! ¬†Oy! ¬†I don’t think there is anyone on whom that dress would look good.

  • poggi

    I love her freckles, but not her dress. Out. The color is not that flattering and it’s a busy dress that looks even busier when scaled down from model proportions.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Out! When did Donatella go all ruffly on us???

  • snarkykitten

    ugly old lamp shade

  • altalinda

    It has all of the drawbacks you say, and still she makes it work.  Not great, but just good enough for an in.  Adore her freckles!

  • Susan Crawford

    Lucy Liu, in this case, it isn’t just T and Lo. This really is NOT your dress, although you have maintained your usual cool attitude. The color is Playtex nude a la 1955, and the skirt seems dragged down, over-embellished and ill fitting. St. Tim of Gunn, in one of his Epistles to the Bitter Kittens, stated that it is all about proportion and fit, but this dress fails on both counts. OUT, alas. But knowing you, Miss Lucy, you’ll be back knocking us dead again in no time!

  • momogus

    She looks beautiful (love the hair), but that dress is an OUT.

  • lrhoff

    Oh good god, please someone splash some color on her.¬† She looks like……I just don’t know.¬† She looks bad.

  • inout outin … can’t decide.¬† Girl, that’s nobody’s dress, but she damn near carries it off.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    She’s making it work. I’m loving her hair and lack of jewelry with this inarguably fussy dress. IN.

  • lesmaha

    I love her, and she almost makes this really UGLY dress work.  So, sorry to say, OUT.

  • golspie

    This dress makes her look drab and bedraggled. And is that a finger smear across her right breast? Wish it was mine.

  • guest2visits

    I’d really like it to work; but it’s just a¬†fussy old nightgown that’s been in the attic trunk long enough that some of the
    panels have rotted away.¬† It’s the beauty of Lucy Liu that gives it any life at all.

  • I don’t want to be blinded by her beauty and fabulousness, but…I am. Damn it. IN.

  • Peeve

    I adore Lucy Liu, almost as much as I dislike this dress. Way too many ruffles, awful color, and too fussy for Lucy. The same shape in a saturated color and a sleeker style would have been great.

  • Like Solange, she’s wearing an ugly dress very well. Still OUT, though.

  • It’s not you. That dress looks like a nightgown from the goodwill bin. It’s ratty and old-fashioned to boot.

  • BrooklynBomber

    It’s not just you. . . it’s a terrible, terrible dress. OUT.

  • MissMariRose

    OUT. That is not her dress.

  • GTrain

    Ugly. OUT

  • quiltrx

    IN, though I wish it weren’t so close to her skin tone.

  • Out.¬†

    Which is a shame because if it wasn’t all weirdly layered and lacy, she would look great.

  • Out. ¬†Dorf on the red carpet.

  • Out. The color is awful.

  • judybrowni

    between the venetian blinds on the hips and the vajayjay breeze panel the dress gets an OUT, but lucy herself is an IN.

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    Out!  Hiddy color.

  • Louise Bryan

    OUT. ¬†It’s not her dress.

  • It might be OK if it weren’t in that AWFUL color. OUT.

  • Out. It’s horrible.

  • kagrrakid

    In, she looks romantic and pretty.

  • Candigirl1968

    Out. ¬†As Cher of Clueless would say, it’s a Monet. ¬†

  • Joey Melliza

    maybe she should tan a bit to pull this off

  • Joey Melliza

    …or be a smurf

  • sleepycat

    Hideous, OUT

  • Would have been brilliant in another color, or maybe two-toned. Also her tits look like they are crying, needs more bodice structure in order to eliminate the bedspread feeling.

  • lifetime_student

    Maybe it is just me, but I just don’t like this trend for dresses that look like the height of fashion in a posh, late 19th century Storyville brothel.

  • rainwood1

    OUT. ¬†It’s not you, it’s her.

  • kimmyjean

    looks like one of Cher’s old nightgowns-OUT! (except if you are Cher..)

  • OUT. Her head looks lovely, though.

  • Judih1

    She has the attitude and posture for this dress, but that still is not enough to save it. OUT – primarily for the color and the train wreck below the knees

  • NCDFan

    Out. Sorry that dress is a mess.

  • hyekyoclara

    of course out
    it is like nightgown that women in past wore before going to bed

  • I think SHE looks beautiful but I don’t like the dress.

  • Donatella say what?

    I like the color even less seeing what strobe flash does to it on the red carpet.

  • Out. I keep wanting to talk myself into liking this dress, which I do like, very much in theory. I like it on the model. Maybe it’s just the lighting in Liu’s pictures that make it seem off? I don’t know. But it doesn’t really sing. I almost like it though. Anyway, when I have to work this hard, it’s an OUT.

  • demidaemon

    OUT. The makeup and hair are awesome, but the old bra dress is just awful.

  • DCSheehan

    In. It works. Somehow. I suspect mirrors.

  • RzYoung

    Oh ūüôĀ I LOVE her so unconditionally…I’m willing to give it an IN…it’s not that nice though but her lovely face, grace and hair make up for it…just keep looking at her above the neck and we’ll be fine.¬†

    Also I love that she’s rocking a little scar on her boob and doesn’t feel the need to cover it! And her freckles too! Man, you never see freckles any more. Her complexion is to die for.¬†

  • Thathoodwink

    The dress looks great in the editorial shoot where the lighting picks up all of the pretty details. On Lucy it does look like she ran through a curtain and is now wearing that curtain.

  • JMansm

    IN. I think in this case it’s you guys. I adore the make up, hair and the earrings. As for the dress I think the neckline is super chic with a vague athletic wear/casual wear reference. As for the panels of fabrics in different patinas and colours and textures I think it’s brilliant and gorgeous. The one issue I have is with the bust treatment – it should be more streamlined and just simple in terms of construction; I think having different fabrics works for that area but with the ruffles and the way loose-fitting illusion it goes too far and distracts from the rest of this already complex dress.

  • Aurumgirl

    She looks lovely because she is lovely–gorgeous skin, perfectly styled hair, subtle make up, a pretty smile…but that gown is a hindrance to all of that, not an enhancement.¬† There are many women who would look good in a potato sack, but that doesn’t mean it should be the outfit of choice. ¬†

  • OUT. Looks way too much like bedding and does nothing for her.

  • fatima_bird

    Its as if she saw the picture in the lookbook and thought it would be pink…and it showed up like nude granny panties. but by that point she was contractually obliged to wear the dress or else risk a high profile fashion scandal. poor lucy. life is hard.

  • IN! She’s preeeeeetttyyy.

  • bellafigura1

    All’s I can say is Zoe Saldana should print and frame your compliment to her.¬† Adding her to the pantheon of Blanchett and Swinton?¬† Hardly (especially recently).

  • filmcricket

    OUT. For all the reasons you listed.

    • filmcricket

      Also, is it me, or does she frequently try these soft, romantic looks that aren’t really her? Maybe in real life she is just a big ol’ softie, but I get the impression she’s trying to counter her frequent onscreen badassness (in much the same way that Hilary Swank keeps trying desperately to remind us she’s a woman). To which I say: Lucy, we’ve got lots of frilly girls. We need more tough chicks. Embrace your inner kickboxer and go with something sleek and fierce.

  • HM3

    OUT. Like multiple old brassieres sown together.
    –and I *love* Lucy Liu.

  • BayTampaBay

    IN becuase there are so many red carpet looks that look so much worse and because she is working the hell out of a dress that conatins no hell to begin with!

  • Absolutely OUT

  • Larkin21

    I agree that the bottom half isn’t great but it’s the color that’s making me say OUT. Close, though.

  • Melissa Brogan

    I think the general shape and fit on her is nice, but I like neither the color nor the dress itself. Lucy Liu herself is, as usual, gorgeous. But ultimately, out.

  • There’s just something about her. . . IN

  • mjude


  • I would love it in a different color. i think she’s pulling it off, but just barely. She’s giving gorgeous face though. The styling around the dress is great, it’s just the wrong color.¬†

  • ccm800

    out Рlove it on the model  she lacks the height for this dress

  • hmariec19

    OUT. I think it’s too much dress for her and it’s kinda fugly anyway.

  • I’m afraid that’s an OUT, entirely because of the color. Which is too bad. But no.

  • meowing

    So very out:  Asian Little House on the Praire Working Girl.

  • This mess isn’t entirely Lucy’s fault.¬† That would be¬†an ugly dress on just about anyone.

  • Out. The bottom half of that dress needs to be edited.¬†

  • M Carlson

    She’s almost working it despite the color. The color just is icky. The form of the dress and all is great on her though.

  • AmandaCathleen

    Love this on the model, in that exact lighting and pose… but in real life, even Lucy Liu can’t save this garment. OUT.

  • BazoDee

    OUT! Bur her face looks flawless -adding to perception that it is an in, but really it is an OUT

  • Aly Light


  • Kristy Evans

    OUT. Ugly. Slutty curtain dress.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Ugly. I love her, but she is SO OUT here.

  • In! Now imagine it on Fan Bing Bing. Still in!

  • It’s not just the old bra color. It’s that everything about this looks like pieced together bits of ancient, worn-out lingerie. Yuck.

  • KSpence

    She’s too short for the dress, and the color is wrong. Out.¬†

  • BeeBeauNYC

    OUT. I love Lucy Liu — love love love her, but this dress looks like it was made from old saloon curtains.¬†

  • in. ¬†i agree that the color is not so good with her skin tone, but it is a stunning dress with an antique romantic look. ¬†a gorgeous crystal necklace from an estate sale would be perfect here. ¬†something the widow in deadwood might wear in her boudoir while awaiting the sheriff, that steaming hunk of manhood timothy oliphant. ¬†but i digress.

  • Out.

  • Judy_J

    Hate it.  OUT.

  • Mary_Shelley

    Awful.  Awful awful awful.  

  • bailey debruynkops

    the blush color looks good on her, its in nightgown territory but oh well, IN

  • Sunshine16

    Out because someone put the flawless LL in such a sad color!  She almost transends it

  • yulaffin

    I like it except for the color.  

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    OUT Рugly.  Too long, too negligee-y, crappy color.  Her hair is beautiful, and I love the earrings.  But sadly, no, this is an OUT.

  • MarissaLG

    She looks lovely in the gown, and I don’t really have a problem with the color it’s just…I don’t LIKE it. Sorry Lucy, OUT.¬†

  • giiiirrrr

    I have to give it an IN because her face and hair look amazing and the neckline (and boobage) sits perfectly on her torso.  I never really got any lower than that.

  • CatherineRhodes


  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    OUT!  UGLY!

  • SophieCollier

    That dress, particularly the skirt, need a lot of height to carry it off. ¬†That’s why it looks kind of “hmmmm” on Ms. Liu. ¬†Also, super frilly femme looks aren’t really her shtick. ¬†She’s elegant and sophisticated. ¬†This dress is just a bit to girly girl.

  • Caaro3

    IN. ¬†She’s pulling it off. ¬†Lovely.

  • Cat_In_A_Hat

    Let’s see…

    *Takes a step back and squints eyes*

    Nope. Still ugly. OUT!

  • formerlyAnon

    Out. The color is supremely unimpressive and there’s so much going on below the hips that the relatively plain top looks out of proportion. To me. And imagining an attempt to balance by adding a necklace just illustrates how much is wrong with the dress (or, possibly, my imagination) because it was surprisingly difficult to imagine a necklace that wouldn’t just make the whole thing worse.

  • Lucy Liu in Atelier Versace? That’s an in on name alone.

  • DeGuz

    Nightgown. OUT.

  • IN!
    i think the light beige color makes her skin tone look fairer.

  • Sarah Michaels

    Out. But it’s the Versace, not her. Hate Versace.

  • against everything, i think this is gorgeous.

  • I love Atelier Versace, but that dress is a big NO. OUT.¬†

  • Does Lucy Liu go shooting? Seriously, it looks like she has a shell-casing burn on her left tit.