Atelier Versace Fall 2012 Front Row

Posted on July 02, 2012

Celebrities attend the Atelier Versace Fall 2012 show at the Ritz hotel in Paris. Since we’re jealous that we weren’t there, let’s rip their outfits to shreds.

With love, of course.


Christina Hendricks in Atelier Versace Spring 2012

Good Christ.

Look, we’re just going to say it. Christina Hendricks is not fat. She’s voluptuous, and several sizes larger than the average female star, but she’s not fat. She just dresses like she is. The lines and proportion on this getup are so badly thought out that she actually looks like she ballooned up by two or three sizes overnight. This is AWFUL. It makes her chest, her midsection, and her hips all look larger than they actually are.


Milla Jovovich in Versace Fall 2012

Y’know what we kind of love about Milla? When she’s not working (or WERQing), she dresses pretty plain; half stoner, half mom. But when it comes time to stand in front of cameras, she’s all, “I’ll just put this dress and shoes on and hit my mark, okay?” And she does it. Every time. She can go from zero to fierce with practically no effort at all. The lady’s a pro.

And yes, this is damn fierce. Crazy, but fierce. She’s making it work.


Jessica Alba in Versace Fall 2012

Shutting it down.


Elizabeth Banks in Versace Fall 2012

 KILLING IT. Seriously, girl. Even with the matchy shoes.


Fan Bingbing in Versace Fall 2012


Damn. Poor Christina Hendricks. The ladies are all bringing their A game.

Cory Monteith and Lea Michele (both in Versace)

His pants need serious hemming but this is a personal best for him and it’s damn near a personal best for her. Lea, you look so much more fabulous when you don’t default to the T&A.

Speaking of which, while this look is gorgeous, your Ts sure do look squished.


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  • Oh Christina. She pains me.

    •  I want to pull her quietly aside and tell her I am making myself available as her stylist.  Can she wear Versace?  Of course.  Can she wear THAT Versace?  nope.  Would she have Killed The People in that orange sleeveless? (properly altered for her womanly proportioned shape, of course)  You bet your ass she would have.  That black blazer just needs to be burned, now.

      • Magatha

         I have to confess: sometimes I go shopping for Christina, like at Zappos or net a porter. I look for dresses in size 14 or XL, knowing that we’d have to alter it *a lot*. I’ve seen dresses by Preen, Victoria Beckham, and Donna Karan, and even though I have little or no fashion sense, I’m sure she’d look great in any of them.

        In mitigation, Christina’s makeup looks better here. I like the softer lip color.

        •  The real point here is, that a woman of Christina’s visual gifts, doesn’t need to try as hard as she often does.  She is lovely, sexy, and very talented. I realize that she tries to divorce herself visually from the character she plays on Mad Men, but she would do very well to emulate the silhouettes and colors she is given, because she always looks incredible.

        • that can dress her properly, there’s a good chance they’d have a faithful customer in

    • damnfinecupofcoffee

      I feel bad for Christina.  She’s obviously gorgeous, but I would feel self conscious too if everyone around me were much smaller.  I also have a feeling b/c she’s not a size 0 that less free clothes are thrown her way, which is crazy b/c I’m sure if designers started customizing looks for her they’d fly off the shelves.

      • Jecca2244

        I was just saying to my roommate that she basically needs a custom wardrobe. poor girl. although wait, she was at versace, and i was sunning myself in a nasty public garden this weekend…

        • Am I supposed to be able to fit a finger between my heel and the shoe?

      • NC_Meg

        I think they’re crazy not to. She’s such a big star right now, she’s GORGEOUS, and she clearly needs someone to send her clothes that fit and flatter. And I’m sure that if she found a designer that can dress her properly, there’s a good chance they’d have a faithful customer in her.

        • SassieCassy

          I remember Zac Posen made a dress specifically for her (or what it Siriano) and even though she got raked through Joan Rivers coals she looked hella better than this display.

          BUT the point is that she has the clout. She can get designers to design FOR her instead of just wearing whats handed to her. Why does she look so awful all the time?

        • AND they’d have a TON of faithful customers in all “real-shaped” people that are even slightly interested in fashion.  

          • NC_Meg

            Yup, that too.

          • Yes! I think the avoids the period/ retro look because of her character, and she doesn’t want to be type-casted into oblivion. But she needs to realize that works for her very well, and not very women can pull it off. Know what trends work for you and when all else fails, turn to classics for sure fire win! *sigh*. I am just as large at the top but much taller, and no one knows I’m that large. Because i minimize with every look I wear. Would I like to wear some of the trends? sure– do they look good on me? nope! 

      • Laylalola

        TLo’s correct — she’s not physically huge. (The fact that she’s able to wear a designer at all gives a better sense of her size than anything else. News reports put her at about a 12 but she’s probably more like an 8. And it’s more obvious in the careful costuming of her shape for Mad Men.) I’m beginning to think she’s a walking condemnation of how difficult the fashion industry makes it for a woman with any boobs at all to dress fashionably on her own. 

        • lonepear

          Maybe she’s not actually able to wear it, and the blazer is to hide that the dress doesn’t zip all the way up. Which still wouldn’t make her huge, but as a chestularly-blessed person myself I’ve tried on plenty of dresses that look lovely from the ribcage down that I simply can’t zip up in the largest size offered.

          (And which I was mostly trying on for fun anyway, but I can at least pretend that I might have bought them if they fit.)

        • HobbitGirl

          I’m an 8, and she’s definitely not. I’d say she’s a 12/14, but she’s also fit, so she doesn’t look fat, just proportionately larger. (She’s also pretty tall, I think. At least, to me she looks tall.)

        • Glammie

          My guess is that she’s an 8 on the waist, but larger elsewhere.  That’s what makes it so tough–particularly if she wants to wear anything that’s not knit.  She basically needs an excellent tailor on call all the time, but that does make the whole loaner thing just about impossible.  I think the person whose style she needs to check out is Nigella Lawson’s.  Nigella knows how to shop and dress for her body type.  Beautiful clothes, but always very simple in terms of lines and embellishments.  Less is more when you have a beautiful face and over-the-top body.

    • EveEve

      Looking at her bunions pains me.  Everything about her so-called look is wrong, from the ratty hair, to the tux jacket that she’s barely able to squeeze closed to button, to the dress that does not flatter her ample chest, hips or kneecaps . . .  everything. 

      •  I also am plagued with bunions. I never, ever, wear sandals out of doors, unless I’m at the beach.

        • Spicytomato1

          So was I…until I had them surgically fixed 10 years ago. I’m not one to choose elective surgery lightly (or ever, really) but this was truly worth it. I had no idea how much pain I was living with until it was gone.

          •  I am very fortunate not to experience pain with them.  I also realize that one of these days I will have to tend to them. (sigh)

          • Magatha

             Yeah, my giant bunions are not painful either. Of course, I rarely wear lady-shoes, so that helps. Honestly, I’ve toyed with the idea of wearing pretty sandals anyway, and taping thin strips of reflective tape on the bunions. It would be so helpful for evening events. I’d always know where I was.

          •  Or perhaps if we taped small LEDS to our feet, we could start dance classes, and just have everyone follow the lights.  (bwah ha ha)

      • filmcricket

        I was wondering about that. Are the shitty shoes she usually wears the cause of the bunions, or the result of the bunions? Either way, it looks painful.

        And yeah, I wish Siriano would design for her all the time, because the gowns of his she’s worn have been fabulous on her.

    • sockandaphone

      Shes such an amazing actress and she looks like such a nice person but I just wanna pull her aside and tell her “look, dear, whoever is dressing you right now HATES YOU.”

  • Knightley

    Christina makes me hurt.  My eyes hurt and my boobs ache in sympathy.

    • The thing is, Christina’s boobs (as opposed to Annie’s Boobs) are closer in reality to the average woman’s size.

      Many of us make tradeoffs in the clothing we buy because we’re not offered a lot of choice, especially when we’re not privy to Ms. H.’s wardrobe budget.  If Christina could find someone with the talent and taste to accommodate her assets, she and said designer would be the darlings of the C, D, DD, and beyond set.

      It’s unbelievably frustrating to look for tasteful sophisticated tops and dresses when many of the options might as well have “Boobz on Board” emblazoned in sequins and glitter across the front.


  • Hermione_Granger

    All these red carpet pictures make me wonder if I wear my shoes too small. Am I supposed to be able to fit a finger between my heel and the shoe?

    • Most, if not all, are probably loaners. I noticed that Lea’s in particular are about 2 sizes too big.
      I know there’s a standard sample size for clothes; anyone know if there’s a standard sample/loaner size for shoes?

      • amf0001

        it they are loaning to models,  the size is usually a 8.5-9 or 38-40 european. These girls are so much tinier than the models,  and that’s where the mismatch happens.

        • GillianHolroyd

          yeah, I don’t get it. Wearing the wrong size shoe would ruin my day. 

          These women are well-paid and could certainly afford a slammin’ shoe. There comes a point when Yo! Trendy Shoe Here! is usurped by photos of Feets Swimmin’ in Trendy Shoe! or Bloody Stumps Crammed into Trendy Shoe.

          Not to mention, loaning shoes? I feel my gorge rising.

        •  Finally! A sample size I could wear! Size 40 fabulous shoes, here I come!!!

          • kimmeister

            Not if I beat you to them!

        • filmcricket

          This is so depressing. I’m not even a sample size in my feet, apparently. Size 6.5 wide – any takers?

    • Your comment tickled me beyond all reason.  You are awesome, and not just at wizardry, my dear!

    • Elleachaudaucul

      It’s not just because the shoes are loaners (although that’s mainly the reason), it’s also so that one’s feet don’t look red, pinched, or swollen in photos.

  • Something about the pattern on the front of Elizabeth Banks’ dress strikes me oddly, like it’s a paper doll cutout, or an alien.  The alien on the front of Fan Bingbing’s dress looks much more fierce.

    • AudreysMom

       Poor girl. Lizzie doesn’t look happy (perhaps with the change from the runway version, and compared to all of her other RC hits lately) and that second picture – she looks downright deformed.

      • filmcricket

        She looks exhausted. Her hair is not doing whatever her stylist thought it was doing, she needed to blot before she stepped in front of the camera, and – IMO at least – she could have used a stronger lip to counteract all that grey. But mostly she could probably use a vacation at this point.

        • AudreysMom

           You’re right! She has the look of ‘another one of these’ in the first picture and ‘just take the goddamned picture’ in the second. Putting her in gray when she’s been sporting such bright colors lately, didn’t help.

  • Sobaika

    Fan Bingbing wins at life.


    • MilaXX

       The thing is, it’s has gotten easier to dress a larger size body. She just doesn’t seem to have a knack for it.

    • lovelyivy

       Oh MIA…. the only revolutionary I know with a billionaire for a baby daddy. Good times.

      • Rand Ortega

         HAHAHAHAHA! M.I.A. is the world’s biggest hypocrite. Flipping off the cameras, bragging about her dad being a Tamil Tiger, while jumping on the Bronfman family 747 in her couture fashions.

        • SassieCassy

          Idk but i like her? Shes drawn awareness to the issues in Sri Lanka and i dont think a lot of young people would know what a Tamil is if it weren’t for her. And i like her music.

          Does the fact that she married a rich guy take away from that?

          • lovelyivy

             Her showing up front row at the Atelier Versace show does more to take away from that than the fact that she’s with a Bronfman- after all her baby daddy seems to be the least showy of that family, and they’re not that showy (I don’t think you’d ever see a picture of Ben Bronfman front row at a Versace show).

            I do not think all activists need to take a vow of poverty. I think it’s great that she talks about Sri Lanka, and she is probably the most prominent spokesperson to the Western World for that country in decades. But where is the work to back all that talk up? Where are the actions to create change? She has a worldwide platform, and of late seems to be using it to hang out with Madonna and Donatella.

          • Sobaika

            I’ve definitely heard of her funding Liberian schools and the rehabilitation of child soldiers. Quick wiki search says that she’s donated her performance fees and proceeds from concerts to Liberian causes. I can try and find a link for you, but I specifically remember her saying it’s hard for her to get involved with Sri Lankan causes from a political standpoint.

            I kind of like that she doesn’t flaunt her work a la Jolie. There’s something to be said for that, of course, but I appreciate that it isn’t the ‘trendy’ charities and it seems consistent. I dig her.

          • lovelyivy

             I saw that information too, but  that’s not what I mean by change. To me real change looks more like what Matt Damon does with or what Clooney has done to draw attention to and fund efforts in Darfur- systematic efforts to make change by building infrastructure and/or having a voice in policy in regions that need the support. Giving away $100k is great and all, but it’s a drop in the bucket in these countries. say what you will about Angie being a total showboat, but she is doen at the UN doing the work too.

            I work at a non-profit, and am pretty dubious about most celebrities and their ‘philanthropy’, since it’ seems to be a series of photo ops. MIA included. The right people and the right foundations can make a huge difference when done thoughtfully. I don’t really think she has that in her.

          • Well at least Jolie has been doing charity and doing it consistently, and bringing a lot attention to charity work.  That is much more than we can say about 90% of her Hollywood co-workers (who might be wealthier than her too). 

          • Rand Ortega

             For me what takes away from any of her legitimacy is the bratty behavior coupled w/ the privilege. I respect her activism to a certain degree. But when she’s flipping off the audience at the Super Bowl she knows she’s going to get away w/ it because the boyfriend is a Bronfman (who owns several record labels). The young people I know are aware of the struggles in Sri Lanka & the rest of the world because they’re intellectually & politically active, not because of M.I.A., who they never heard of before the SB.

          • SassieCassy

            Never understood all the bruhaha about the finger. Plenty of artistes have done that including Madonna herself haha. on multiple occasions. I thought it was funny. She was at the biggest corporate event ever which her music implies she hates and gave it the finger!

            Did you never hear of her before the SB? Im a fan of her music, but even then I think alot of people would have heard of her with Slumdog Millionaire and the Grammys where she was all pregnant on stage with Jayz and Ti.But you know, different things rub people different ways so I get if she’s not your cuppa. I just think she is clever and authentic unlike other lily white big haired throaty dsl lipped ‘singers’Yeah Im talking about Lana del ray.

          • Rand Ortega

             If you hate a corporate event why be there? Certainly not the paycheck. That’s not authentic. That’s hypocrisy. I hate the Klan & all they stand for. Would I accept an offer to perform at 1 of their events?
            I had heard of her before the SB because she was featured on this site once or twice for her outfits. Never seen Slumdog.
            I get that you dig her. I hope her positive aspects enlighten you & bring more awareness of the world to you. I just see a lot of hypocrisy in what she does.

    • MilaXX

       She’s also standing behind Jessica Alba.

      • SassieCassy

        Hmmm the outfit looks better sitting down.

  • am I the only one who had Rachel Zoe’s voice saying “shut it down” like in the Bravo promos after I read “shutting it down”?

    • Sobaika

      I read it in Liz Lemon’s voice.

  • ChiliP

    I agree that Christina Hendricks doesn’t look great, but I dunno…I’ve seen her look much worse. Maybe I just don’t have an eye for proportions. ETA: Except for the babyheads, which obviously are in dire need of assistance. Oh, and the blazer pulling across her chest. And the too-small shoes. And…ok, it’s bad.

    Ms. Bingbing is so, so beautiful. I can’t stop staring at her face.

    • I physically can’t stare at her face. It’s like staring into the sun.

    • LaylaSV

      The shoes are disfiguring. I imagine this is why we never see Posh in sandals. 

  • Clueless_Jock

    Milla would have looked great in those boots.

    • Spicytomato1

      I was thinking the same thing.

    • SassieCassy

      Bitch looks great in everything.

  • PuttyGalore

    Jessica Alba looks stunning. Perfect eye make up for that look. The other dresses all look Versace tacky to me.

    • AudreysMom

       is it me, or does the model sporting the runway version of her dress look like Sharon Needles?

  • Reneesance

    Can we just remove all black blazers from Christina Hendricks wardrobe?  It’s like she defaults to them and thinks they cover up her girls in a modest manner when really it just makes her look disheveled!

    • lovelyivy

       It makes her look disheveled and bulky. She’s hiding in her terrible ill-fitting blazers, and it’s just a tragedy.

    • christinewithanx

      I’m also convinced all those black blazers have metal boob shelves, so she has a built-in place to rest her chin.

  • G

    Christina – god help her.
    Those dresses with the things that look like huge stitches (EB and FBB) – Ugly
    Check out shiny MIA in the shot with FBB – god help her too.
    Jessica Alba – the only WERQ for me.

  • Ozski

    I would have loved to see Ms. Hendricks without the blazer. Wonder if that would have made any difference?  Being a top-heavy lass, I am rooting for you, girl!

  • SpcilK

    Milla, Jessica, Elizabeth, and Fan Bingbing just Shut the Show Down! Ladies take your bow.

    • littlemac8

      I don’t really like the way the midsection pulls and wrinkles in Fan Bingbing’s dress.  No WERQ for me.

  • susu11

    Not a fan of J Alba but girl looks killer. A dress like that can get costume-y really easily but she is carrying it flawlessly.

    I want to cry sometimes when I see Christina Hendricks at events. She’s so beautiful, but her outfits are always so tragic. Those shoes make her ankles look like they’re retaining water. Good Grief, please hire a better stylist Christina. I say that with love.

    • It’s sad that the person I’d consider the least talented of the above selection – Jessica Alba – is the best dressed.

  • frappefest

    yay fan bingbing!

  • iCouture

    I want to punch Lea in those damn pursed lips.

    That is all.

  • Judy_J

    Ms Michele’s shoes also look about a size too big.  Fan Bingbing…..what can I say?  She wins this one hands down. 

    • shirab

      Also, aren’t she and Elizabeth wearing the same shoes? Which look too big on both of them, though more so on Lea.

      • kimmeister

        I noticed that too, and Milla and Jessica appear to have the same ones but in black.  Makes sense given the all Versace though.

  • lovelyivy

    I just want Octavia Spencer to take her in hand in the WORST way. She has everything she needs to just be a total stunner, and she makes all the big girl mistakes in the book (ETA: I have made MANY of these, and I think I recognize it here). She needs to dress to celebrate her body, not hide it.

  • mjude

    now that is what we were hoping for. 

  • MilaXX

    I don’t know what to say about Christina. Is she not comfortable doing fashion at her size, or does she just have bad taste?  In order to wear that dress she needed the bust line fitted so the neckline is a bit higher. Defaulting to babyheads is not sexy and neither is that hideous black jacket she then covered the entire thing up with. The hair looks limp and the ankle straps are cutting her legs off. Does she not know she’s pretty?

    Everyone else is making these fugly Versace dresses look great, even freakin Lea Michelle.

    • formerlyAnon

       I think she’s not comfortable with her body when in “competition” with the standard actress/model/entertainer body, so she refuses to think about it too much and probably doesn’t really believe, deep down, that anyone CAN make her look as good. I would bet BIG money that she doesn’t like the way she looks in a lot of her Mad Men ensembles that everyone raves about. 

      Some day, hopefully, someone she trusts will match her up with a stylist who not only knows how to dress her, but who is also a shrewd enough psychologist to gently re-educate her. 

    • Imasewsure

      I really think at this point that she just has bad taste…. or maybe she dresses for her husband and he has bad taste… no other excuses at this point ’cause she seems comfortable with her body… she just picks awful clothes, hair, etc.  Maybe they are messing with us????

  • lizajane1776

    I have never noticed how TINY Lea Michelle looks! She is in such tall heels and he still towers over her.
    Christina, you seemed to want to emphasize your waist, but this is not the way to do it. Love yourself! It will work better.
    I watched a Chinese movie on Netflix the other day, Fan Bingbing was the female lead. Still gorgeous as an action heroine. (And I think there were other Bingbings in the credits! Amazing!)

    • lizajane1776

       Looking again, the only explanation is that Christina busted out all over in the limo and grabbed the driver’s jacket to cover the broken zipper.

    • The other Bingbing is Li Bingbing (an older and more serious actress, also very pretty).  But I think the only thing they are both on is some very old soap opera (she stole her husband! she got kidney disease!) in 1998 (when Ms. Fan was kinda chubby and 17-year-old with short hair).

      • lizajane1776

         Right you are! Just rechecked the credits! Li Bingbing. Movie was

        Detective Dee & Mystery of Phantom Flame. Not what I was expecting from the Judge Dee stories that Dutch man translated.But anyway, Miss Li Bingbing is pretty, too, but not ethereal as Fan Bingbing is.

  • Terence Ng

    The girls look great, but you can tell who’s the professional model in this group. Milla! <3

  • Friedl Vanluchene

    I think MIA stole the show. Love her. 

  • AlinaValero

    so impressed by lea michele right now! she’s still posing like she’s doing a shoot for playboy but she looks great!

  • Almost everyone looks amazing- Mila’s look is my favorite!

  • How does someone walk in stilettos that are 1-2 sizes too big without breaking an ankle?  I need my heels to fit snugly so I don’t walk out of them.  Shuffling is so unattractive.

    • MilaXX

       Yes I had a pair o shoes from before I lost weight and they are now too big. Loved the shoe so I tried stuffing the toe and wearing them anyway. nearly broke my neck. I gave those bad boys away.

  • Pannyx

    I think I like M.I.A.’s outfit better sitting down.

  • VioletFem

    Pretty much everyone but Christina brought it at this event. Does she use a stylist? Because she really needs one that can help her dress her curves. I would love to see her on a WERK post. Also Fan Bingbing’s hair looks gorgeous. My favorite dress in this post is J. Alba’s.

  • Lea actually dressed like an adult and not an escort. I’m so happy for her!

    Christina… oh, honey. There, there. Come on over, we’ll lounge in jeans, have some sweet tea, and discuss why you shouldn’t try to dress like a runway model. Fourteen and per-pubesecnt is not your look.

  • In_Stitches

    How many pounds of hair is Fan Bing Bing wearing?  She can’t even hold her head up straight. 

    Christina might have been fine if she’d a) ditched the comically large and matchy purse, b) opened the jacket and c) POSED.  She needs to watch some Top Model, stat. 

    edited to mention her hair…it’s horrendous. She clearly hasn’t combed it in days, much less put in any work towards styling it.

    • mshesterp

      What amazes me is how poised and put together she looks on Mad Men, all cocked hip and lovely bust and sexy face and great hair, and when I see her out and about–she loses all of that.  It’s so frustrating.  She so needs a stylist–won’t someone give her a stylist?  Can’t Janie Bryant gift her one for Christmas??

  • amf0001

    I think Elizabeth and Lea are wearing the same beautiful shoes

  • megohd

    Christina Hendricks’s hair is what does me in every time. What a mess.

  • jilly_d

    Oh when I saw the title of this post and saw my girl Christina in the thumbnail, I said to my self, ah, Fuck, what in God’s name is she doing at a Versace show? This is going to be bad. I was not wrong. I love her so, and want her to dress well, for all of us out there who are breastically blessed. I just want to shake her!

  • Spicytomato1

    Elizabeth Banks FTW. But she’s got some fierce competition.

    This must be your first non-“Of course” post about Lea M in who knows how long! She looks like she’s wearing a sports bra under the dress. Very unfortunate.

    • mshesterp

      To me the pose is still “…of COURSE.”  but the dress/shoes/hair make her look fantastic!

      • megohd


        • Kristi Mitchell

           Am I the only one who noticed that Lea Michelle and Elizabeth Banks appear to be wearing the same shoes?

  • Modern Belle

    As a curvy girl, I feel Christina’s pain. Anything beyond a size 4, and you don’t score the free dresses. Given Christina’s natural hour-glass, EVERYTHING she wears needs to be custom-tailored.

    Remember when Whitney Thompson became the first plus-size girl to win America’s Next Top Model, even though she was only a size 10? (The average woman in America is a size 14.)

    The final challenge was to walk the runway in a Versace gown. They struggled to find a gown for her to wear and had to duct tape her into it.

    I’m betting poor Christina wasn’t given much choice in what to wear. The jacket is bad. Throw on a few pairs of Spanx and leave it off.

    A few changes to the outfit would make it much more flattering:

    -Lengthen the skirt by an inch or two. When you are heavier (overweight or just muscular), having a dress or skirt hit you 1-2 inches above the knee adds pounds. If the skirt hit her right at the knee, it would look better.

    -The shoes cut off her body into thirds and make her look like she has cankles. Women with any amount of curves should avoid shoes that have straps across the body (mary janes, ankle straps), etc. That widens the leg and makes it look shorter. A streamlined pump would be much more flattering.

    • alyce1213

      “Given Christina’s natural hour-glass, EVERYTHING she wears needs to be custom-tailored.”

      I think that every time I see her, but she’s not listening.  Christina’s not among the women who can afford made-to-order couture everything, but she could certainly afford a good dressmaker/tailor.
      I have a bigger problem with Salma Hayak, who consistently wears clothing in which her bosom is squeezed, flattened, distorted, uniboobed, or coming out sideways. Salma, however, CAN afford made-to-order couture everything and good french seamstresses at her beck and call.  

      What do they need — an intervention or something?

  • charlotte

    Hello babyheads! Joanie dearest should note how all the others are werqing it without showing them. It can be done, no matter how large they are.

  • joancarol
  • Lea’s dress is so much better than her usual that I can’t even be annoyed that her shoes are at least a size too large.

  • I agree with most of the assessments, but Elizabeth Banks? She is by no means shutting it down. Interesting dress, but she half-assed the presentation. Lazy hair, lazy make-up–and not even a smidgen of jewelry? Not shutting it down in my book.

  • tereliz

    I don’t want to say anything bad about how Christina dresses herself because I love her, but since when is pairing silver shoes with gold dresses a thing?

    • alyce1213

      That’s the least of her problems.

      • tereliz

        Ain’t that the truth. 

        Everyone else has already ripped her outfit to shreds, so that was the only thing I could offer. And Katy Perry just wore a similar gold dress with silver Loubs, though, which was what I was harping on. I love metallics as much as the next gal, and I’m not saying they can’t be mixed, but this just doesn’t look convincingly intentional, ya know?

        • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

          Well, lets face it – NOTHING Christina is wearing looks intentional!

  • afabulous50

    I guess I’m not a Versace fan – all these looks pain me…

  • Anathema_Device

    I don’t like that gray on Banks. But that’s my only disagreement here. Hendricks looks dreadful, especially compared to the way the other women turned it out.

  • another_laura

    I think the win goes to Ms. Banks.  Ms. Fan in yellow is not floating my boat.

    • mshesterp

      I don’t care for the color of it either–too harsh.

  • nannypoo

    Why can’t Lea Michelle just pose like the rest of them? She must be the most narcissistic person in Hollywood.

  • I do not like Fan’s dress, at all.  And it really pains me to say so.

    And not only does Christina not dress for her figure, her hair always looks awful.  She has access to the most stylish gays in the country.  How it that possible?

    • alyce1213

      I agree about Fan’s dress — I think the color combination is ghastly.  But nobody’s perfect.

  • JMansm

    I think Christina’s stylist and publicist have given her a rule that it’s important not to dress like Joan or something because I feel like the silhouettes and colours that she wears as Joan are specifically the most flattering to her colouring and her shape. Instead, she’s trying to be her own person by wearing things that don’t work for her. I realize it seems like a risk but she basically needs to dress like Joan, with just slight modern twists in the outfits, hair and makeup. 

    • l3icest3r

      I think you’re exactly right. 

    • mshesterp

      She’s like the reverse Betty, but January Jones has the chops to pull off really interesting “Ice blond” styles that are really anti-Betty.  Christina just doesn’t have the chops to pull off her own style, while still incorporating elements that work from her 60s MM wardrobe.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      the tuxedo jacket is to cut down the middle. cos that wretched golden sheath thing would look like a nightmare w/o it.

  • alyce1213

    It’s a tragedy (well..) that the wardrobe of the gorgeous Christina Hendricks (who’s also a decent actress) represents voluptuosity so badly.
    This ‘getup’ is simply embarrassing. 
    And you didn’t even mention the blah/hangy hair, the poorly fitted tuxedo jacket (wtf?), or how tortured her feet look in those unbelievably ugly sandals.

  • kimmeister

    Fan BingBing’s dress is ok, but I hate it with black pumps.

  • unbornfawn

    I wish Lea would realize she looks much sexier and more grown-up in this outfit than she does in the T&A things she’s always wearing.

  • Milla is also the PERFECT person to wear that dress.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Thoughts:  Does anyone remember EVER seeing a picture of Monteith and Michele where she DOESN’T have her paws all over the poor guy?  Next, Christina Hendricks, PLEASE find a stylist who can help you!  PLEASE!!  Mila Jovovich is my personal favorite – she is a model’s model, and yet seems so down to earth.  Lastly, I am SO jealous of Fan Bingbing’s hair!!!  As a short white woman with short brownish/blondish/white hair, I would kill for a head of hair like her’s.

    •  I was just thinking that for someone who shoves how hot she thinks she is in the faces of the public constantly, her clinginess comes off as a major case of insecurity. She looks chic, and you can hardly see her because she’s plastered to the guy. There’s affection and there’s “BITCH GET OFF MY MAN” and geez, Lea, we get it.

  • formerlyAnon

    Best I can remember Ms. Michelle looking in, well, I don’t know when. Like the color, & the choice of shoes.

    Mr. Monteith looks sharp, even with the hem, for once, nothing he’s got on looks too small.

    As far as I’m concerned, Ms. Banks is edging out Ms. Bangbang FTW.

    I kind of love Ms. Jovovich’s dress, and I’m surprised how much I like it on her, given that I think that it does not flatter her chest. (I mean, every one doesn’t need to have giant breasts, but this makes her look as if she has none.)


  • PinkLemon

    fan bingbing needs to just appear, always, as her job, for life. cuz she does it so well!!!

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      she has the most gorgeous hair in, maybe, you know, like, ever.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Can someone stage in intervention for Christina?  I love her and she needs help so badly. If we all clap our hands…

  • hilbobaggins

    These days I physically brace myself every time a Christina post comes up. This is a particularly bad ensemble, though, even by her standards: the squealing babyheads, the dreadful jacket, the bunion-shoes – and an expression that makes her look unaccountably pleased with herself.  I think she thinks she’s done something good here, and that’s the most tragic thing of all.

    Liz Banks looks amazing. 

  • janetjb

    Cory Monteith looks absolutely wonderful (his suit fits so very well).  Lea Michele looks terrific, although the dress is a bit tight.

    I’ve seen Chrisitina Hendricks on television shows other than Mad Men and she never seems huge, I don’t get why she can’t get dressed in real life.

    • turtleemily

      Did you see her in Drive? She looked cute in leggings and a denim jacket.

  • crash1212

    I love the thoughtful editing on the Jessica Alba version of that dress as the original neckline/armor would’ve swallowed her up. Bravo!

    As for Christina…less said the better. This would’ve been the perfect time for Uncles T & Lo to appear with their blanket of shame, toss it over her and get her back limo. Just awful from the top of her limp head to tips of her squished toes. Such a shame, she’s SO beautiful.

  • Rand Ortega

    Sigh. Christina Hendricks. That blazer just makes me want to cry. It’s ugly. Worse, it’s unnecessary. This gorgeous boundless ocean of beauty has nothing to hide. The dress would look fantastic on her, w/ or w/out the matching jacket. I’m just praying this isn’t her JHud Oscar moment & she decides she should lose 80 pounds. She’s perfect exactly the way she is. She just needs a stylist who can dress her body type. Darling, call Olivia Spencer’s person! They should be able to hook you right up!

  • j_anson

    She’s absolutely not fat. And she’s gorgeous. That having been said, she has gained a non-trivial amount of weight (in a non-fat, still totally gorgeous way!) since, say, Firefly. And when women’s weight changes, particularly to go up, it often takes them a fair amount of time to figure out how to dress it. When they’re living in a hothouse Hollywood environment that is, er, not particularly interested in making life easy for women who are not in the standard uber-thin Hollywood mold, I think it’s particularly hard.

  • cleep1000

    Jessica Alba bores me to tears, no matter what she’s wearing.

    • and when she was younger, she was so beautiful and unusual looking.  she had more curves and it seemed she played up her ethnic look.  now she’s so skinny and average looking.  she used to be a bombshell.  the first time i knew of her she was in some sci-fi post-apocolyptic tv series that didn’t last long, but i remember being struck by her beauty.  

      • cleep1000

        Totally! The show wasn’t that great, but it was all about her face, especially her full lips, which seemed exotic at the time, for some reason. (We’ve come a long way, baby.) And she was playing such an interesting, dynamic character, that when her real personality started showing through once the show ended, it was kind of a letdown. I know that’s not fair, but that’s life.

  • Christina needs to have clothing that’s tailored to fit her – if she’d get a size built for her chest, and then have it taken in at the waist, it’d look worlds better than putting herself into a dress built for a b-cup and then trying to hide that it doesn’t fit in the breasts by slapping a jacket over it. 

  • Judy_S

    I am not a big Hendricks-watcher, except here, but I don’t think she looks all that terrible. Or at least that’s the case if I imagine being in the same room as she is. I would like to see how she looks in that dress without the jacket, though.  Even with the boob torture, it looks like she might be pretty amazing.
    All these women look better than the models, it seems to me, which is wonderful.

  • gaowmichelle

    Christina looks great. are we really looking at bunions now? consider the fact that a fashion house like atelier versace is not going to have the pick of the litter for this wonderful woman and so she gets what they send her.  A lot of these dresses are not flattering on ANYONE besides very thin women.  anyway, I think she’s lovely. bunions and all.

  • LambeeBaby

    I agree with the other poster, these women look superior to the models/hangers.
    Love me some Bing Bing. Its been too long!

  • bellafigura1

    All your points are right on, with Milla and EB FTW.  (Long time girl crush on Milla, she’s mad cool!)

  • It pains me to say it, but I don’t think Lea has ever looked this good.

  • Jai Mystery

    It’s a good thing Lea is wearing orange as she prepares to climb Mt Monteith . . .Safety First!

    Honestly I thought them now being a couple IRL was a little strange (considering their current casting situation) but hey, it happens. Now that I’ve seen this pose, I have to wonder if they really are dating or just pretending to date. He also does nothing for me as a person – he’s just kind of there, isn’t he?

    Lea’s a good looking gal and she has a beautiful full head of hair but I wish someone would hammer it into these girls’ heads that the hair slung to the side is unflattering. I actually checked to see if she’d cut off all the hair on the right side of her head because the volume of hair we see is just so  . . . off.

  • quiltrx


    I just adore her.  I was totally trying to grow my hair out into an “Alice” and had to bail when it hit 100 here.  But this fall, I’m totally going for it.  Not that it will make me look anything like her, but you know.

    Seriously, I think if I had a choice to look like any current star, it would be her.

  • filmcricket

     Yep. Again, Siriano, or whoever it was that was dressing Octavia Spencer all through awards season.

  • filmcricket

    I dunno, I’m kind of astounded that Alba was able to take a kick-ass Blade Runner-esque leather dress and make it look dull. She doesn’t look *bad* obviously, but nothing about the dress wows me the way it does on the model.

  • OK, I’m compelled to comment on Christina Hendricks. Please note that, although I am a woman of a similar physique, I don’t assume to speak for all women of said physique. As a similarly built woman, I have been encouraged for many years to play up my bosom, lest viewers be distracted by my proportionate butt and think I’m “fat”. It’s a very hard habit to break, and one that I continually find myself trapped in. I’m also finding that “fat” is in the eye of the beholder. My go-to style is New Look, which I find flattering, but apparently some friends rather misguidedly find “fattening” because it’s not body skimming. It’s not the easiest thing in the world for a larger, bumpier woman to get dressed without engaging in body-con algebra.

    • holdmewhileimnaked


      i wouldnt wear a bodyskimming number if my tired life depended on it. pretty much true.

      i think [in fact, i know] the issue tends to be whether one wants to look matronly or too sexy. there arent many choices in between–i know cos i tried over & over to find them. i couldnt. & i’ve lost jobs cos i wasnt willing to wear a box when i was thirty [& thereby add another twenty pounds, easy, cos everything would then look as wide as the top of me].

      agreed that it’s very difficult to find clothes. i just identified enough w/ yr comment that i thought i’d ring in a bit in commiserating comisery.

      • Been there 🙂 When I was still teaching in brick&mortar, the principal called me into her office repeatedly to scold me for dressing inappropriately for an educational environment. The offending clothing was chinos and a twinset. 

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    as much as i’d love to print out yr defining description of christina hendricks & send it in particular to spouse no. 2, i know [& this entirely too well] from personal experience that she is, indeed, not just how say voluptuous for entertainment industry LA. i could be no more certain if the person pictured were my actual weary self–& i, rather unbelievably [& difficult for someone so eating disordered to know or say], am smaller. now, anyway. we look so very similar that i know she goes up & down & i know what we both look like both ways–her from the press holding up a mirror & me from the one in my bathroom [a glaring thing i avoid as much as possible].

    i have to say that i admire cos i know–again, from entirely too personal experience–that she has gone through a whole lotta hell to get where she is now. i cant imagine it was anything less than, oh i dont know, a daily-weekly barrage of insults? every time she went anywhere, maybe, any go-sees [if she did them. i dont know if she was a plus size model], auditions, all of it. i am thrilled to everlovin pieces that her skin was thick enough to w/stand it. i hope her family is supportive too. in both cases, mine wasnt [at least not after my mother died]. then again, i am a little older &, as i have often mentioned IRL, had i not quit i woulda misspent my youth doing the completely worthless round of, you know, wonderous vehicles such as porky’s 7, police academy 3, on & on. so in some ways i was lucky.

    i dunno, i’ve had a headache for about ten days & so i am not as spot on as usual. but i did wanna say this cos i am sincerely glad things are changing. to see a woman who looks so much like myself described finally as not fat but, instead, voluptuous is a joy amid the pounding pain. had what seems like such a minor, unimportant development in our foolish culture come a decade or so earlier it mightve saved my weary anorexic life. at least it wouldve saved me a mess of emotional pain & poor attachments–& i am beyond certain i’m not alone in this.

    ah well.

    • formerlyAnon

      You are right, your sisters are legion. Path details different, underlying phenomenon exactly the same.

      Hope you get to feeling better.

    • sorry about your terrible headache.  i’ve had some lately myself, after being pretty much migraine-free for the latter half of my life.  i really suffered all through my youth, though.  i know the horror.  ergotamine-based medication helped, but it sure makes you feel strange.  almost psychedelic.  anyways, i always enjoy your posts, so feel better.  you are a gifted writer.  

  • RzYoung

    Wow, Fan Bingbing is painfully cool. As is Elisabeth Banks…as are all of them in fact…apart from Christina, can’t someone just kidnap her and do an intervention?

  • Christina Hendricks dresses any way she pleases, and that’s fine with me, even if it doesn’t work with her magnificent figure or pass your nit-picky standards.  I applaud her for not giving a damn about what the world thinks. Sure, she could knock it out of the park every time, but if she’s happy and comfortable, that’s all that should matter for her and should matter to all you nay sayers.  Stop ripping Christina. 

    •  Okay, we’ll only feature size 2 celebrities or lower from now on.

    • SewingSiren

       Your indignation is misplaced. You should be angry that the Atelier Versace lent Miss Hendricks a dress that fitted her so poorly. It is quite remarkable that all the other actresses, regardless of what you think of the style of the dress, have gowns that fit them like the proverbial glove. Christina’s gown is way too small she may be happy , but is seriously doubt that she is comfortable.

    • alyce1213

      I don’t believe she doesn’t give a damn what the world thinks; I think all (or the vast majority of) actresses do. 
      If she could knock it out of the park every time, why doesn’t she?  
      I think she simply has bad taste in clothing, needs a better stylist, and should have her clothing made or altered to fit her.
      Just because she’s voluptuous doesn’t mean she’s exempt from criticism.

      (P.S. No one is really ‘happy and comfortable’ in a dress and jacket that are too tight.)

    • the problem is, she doesn’t look happy and comfortable.  she looks embarrassed, as if she wants to hide her body by holding up her purse and tugging her jacket closed.  and what is she doing in the background of the fan bingbing shot?  looks like she wants to sink into the ground. 

  • SewingSiren

    If Atelier Versace is going to use  Christina Hendricks as a billboard they need to make the dresses to measure (not alter existing dresses  ]  her. This is what couturiers do. Make to measure. Start from scratch on ever dress for every customer. I realize the actresses aren’t actual customers , but just borrowing the dresses that have made the rounds from runway to fashion shoots, honestly though they aren’t advertizing their atelier skills by showing such poor work. Even the jacket that is hiding the dress is straining at the closure.

    • formerlyAnon

      Never ceases to amaze me that it seems less routine than one would think to care what an actress LOOKS LIKE in a dress lent for publicity.  Ms. Hendricks is an extreme case, maybe, but there are a lot of women featured here (and in other RC-centric blogs) whose clothes could have benefitted from even a single quick fitting & subsequent alteration.

  • Tamara Hogan

    Will someone please take Christina Hendricks to a bra fitter, STAT? That looks painful. 

  • poggi

    Oh Christina. If this were the first season of your show or you were on a clunker, and Versace sent you a dress that didn’t fit you would cry a little, squeeze into it, and wear it. But come on now. You are a high profile star on a popular and critically acclaimed show, you have graced magazine covers looking fabulous, you do not have to settle for this. Send it back, get a tailor, demand something else!

  • Pannyx

    So schools and rehabilitation of child soldiers aren’t change? I don’t follow your logic.

    • lovelyivy

      My viewpoint on this is tinted by the kind of non-profit I work for (large, focused on sustainable development, poverty reduction and policy advisement) so YMMV on those investments. I would just love it if she did things like Bob Marley, who had a huge HUGE effect on my country at every level back in the day, and not only because of money but because of the power of his platform and ability to engage people at every level in making change. I think she could do be that influential too, but I don’t see it happening (instead there she is front row at Versace) and thus am frustrated with her. It’s less to do with her and what she is doing (because there may be plenty we don’t see) and more to do with what I hoped she’d do when I first heard of her and wanting her to get to it.

      • Pannyx

        Thanks for the reply. I appreciate the time you took to respond. I think she has had quite the effect on Sri Lanka though; similar to what Bob Marley may have done with your country. I just don’t think there is that much attention to Sri Lanka in most parts of the world, but the fact that many young people even know what Sri Lanka is has much to do with her outspokenness on the topic.  She’s also worked a lot in Liberia where she helped fund Youth Action International, and organization that helps African communities provide basic needs for women and children and developing community infrastructure. It focuses more on local needs of the communities it serves, using local materials and employing local people.
        I don’t believe she is beyond criticism, but I don’t think her activities (i.e. front row at fashion events) is any different than what Matt Damon or George Clooney do.

        • SassieCassy

          Yeah I think she’s done a whole lot for Sri Lanka and other places, and i think its weird that george clooney gets to romp around with starlet-of-the-week and attend every a-list event and still be considered legitimate but mia’s baby daddy and appearance at a versace show somehow make her hypocritical.

  • guest2visits

    Can’t get over how good Lea Michele looks in this type of dress and style. Fan Bingbing – also very pretty and sooo much better than
    the model’s look. Elizabeth Banks looks great in her choice, and Jessica Alba too.
    I want to like Milla’s dress, but I just don’t. I want to like Christina’s comfortable black jacket; but I don’t.
    Maybe that much boobage and glittery gold is always going to be in your eyeballs; no matter what – I think a delicate silver, or white
    and gold cardigan or Etruscan style jacket would work better. Or maybe this dress just doesn’t fit – period.

  • Hey TLO, are you guys ever going to do ‘If We Were Her Gays’ for Christina? I was looking through the archive cos I thought you had but it was Aguillera, not Hendricks. 

  • Christina, I love you. You are not fat, you have a real body. So please tell them to stop dressing you like this. You look stuffed in this and uncomfortable. Find a stylist who understands your wonderful body and tell the rest of them to pound sand!

  • Banks and Bingbing look great!

  • bionicgyal1

    How could Cory ‘Frankenteen’ Monteith end up with pants that are too long? It takes skill and determination and attention to screw that up. *smh*. Lea – personal best indeed. Fan Bingbing – Bow down F***ers.  

  • frankystein123

    Poor Ms. Hendricks.

  • OneTwoThreeFashion

    wow, i love those versace dressess..

  • bluefish

    Christina would appear to be that hopeless case.  Those shoes alone — oy!  Mila FTW — and Lea Michele’s expression in the first shot made me laugh out loud.  She is so ridiculous in her posing.

  • Sobaika

    You know what’s funny? I work for an NGO also (its focus is international pro-bono though) and it’s lead me to have the exact opposite reaction to celebrities in advocacy. Take Clooney – he’s successfully raised awareness for the Sudan and spearheaded the call for a peacekeeping force and to have Bashir charged with war crimes. 

    And even still, Bashir is still president and a peacekeeping force from the African Union found it hard to do much when there’s no peace to keep. 

    Don’t get me wrong, I think what he does is important. But it’s sort of what I meant by the dig at Jolie… this shit is complicated. And sometimes all the talk doesn’t translate to people on the ground. I have a certain level of respect for people who try and encourage awareness through their art and keep the charity and advocacy behind closed doors.

    Except Matt Damon. That bit of talented gorgeous perfection can do whatever he likes.

  • MarissaLG

    I’ve seen Fan Bing Bing all over the place in this dress, and every time I think it’s Manila Luzon. 

  • Beth G

    I hate Michelle’s “face”… not her actual face… just the one she gives to the camera.  

  • ramoney

    I’m sorry but Elizabeth Bank’s makeup is terrible…her bronzer looks like she rolled in the dirt. I can’t even get passed her face to see the outfit.

  • angharad


  • Diego!

    Honestly they all looked amazng but Christina, even Lea looks great. Christina, Versace is not for you. Sorry honey.