Zooey Deschanel in Paule Ka

Posted on July 24, 2012

It’s slim pickings on the red carpet front today. The stars have abandoned us in order to romp on some beach somewhere in the kinds of bathing suits they don’t wear in America.

Sorry, Zooey. We don’t want to imply that you’re somehow not worthy of our loving attention.

Zooey Deschanel attends the FOX All-Star party in West Hollywood, California in a Paule Ka metallic gold jacquard sleeveless cocktail dress from the Fall 2102 collection.

But your outfit’s kind of a big nothing. We’re glad you decided to forego the tights just this once. Otherwise they would have made this dress, which already looks like a New Year’s Eve dress, into a full-on all-purpose Happy Holidays dress.

What’s with the ladystars wearing their best Christmas party dresses in July? Is that why the pickings are so slim? Has everyone abandoned the summer red carpet because the only dresses left to wear are heavy metallic ones? Darlings, how many times must we tell you to plan these things out in advance so you don’t run out of free dresses to wear before the summer’s up?


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Little_Olive

    I’m officially bored with her now. Always the same silhouette and pumps. 

    •  At least she got rid of the teased hair. Though she does need some serious makeup help.

      • PinkLemon

         Yes, her makeup has been looking a bit…severe..?…lately.

    • PuttyGalore

      Dunno, I’m just glad she realized that if she wears her skirts/dresses a skosh longer like this one she can bring herself to leave the house sans black tights. So I’m totally willing to give her a few months of this silhouette with newly bare legs.

    • HobbitGirl

      I like that she has a style. Clearly she responds well to these sorts of clothes, and she’s branded herself as retro/quirky anyway, so I don’t really care that she doesn’t vary it up too much. This would have looked SO much better in a nice lightweight colorful fabric, though. She looks like she’s wearing a couch ATM.

  • kimmeister

    That fabric looks like golden bubble wrap.  Also, she needs some eyeliner fairies to help her out badly.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      Yes, that was my first thought…golden bubble wrap.

  • is that supposed to be some type of bow? WTF?

  • I give a gold-plated yawn.

    • EveEve

      Indeed.  These young’uns are virtually interchangeable.  Cover up her head and you’d have no freakin’ clue who this was.

  • She looks cute, for Christmas. But why are two of her nails different colours from the rest of them? I hate that.

    Also, she looks, um, different lately. I’m not sure if she’s had work done or is just sporting some really unflattering eye makeup.

    • mountainFashionista

       The ring-finger nail thing is A Thing now, I guess –I saw the same treatment in a nail polish print ad last night.

    • yea, it’s an “accent” nail… Pinterest is ablaze with them

  • She does the same shape in every dress she wears lately and the same hair/makeup as well. All that changes is the color/fabric choice.

    • Like a paper doll, she doesn’t change, but the clothes do.


    That dress looks like it weighs 40 pounds. Maybe that’s why she’s not sporting all of her normal “I’m a conventionally pretty unconventional girl!” poses.

  • kittenwithaquip

    Heavy hair, heavy eyeliner, heavy dress, heavy shoes. Heeeeeeeeeeeaaaaavvvvvvvvvyyyyyyyyyyyy. Sorry, it’s 94°F here, with 40% humidity. I have sweated out all other adjectives.

  • That thing looks like its a middle grouping dress from some PR challenge in involving foil gift wrap.

    • Yes! I saw this and was sure I’d seen it before on PR!

      • Call me Bee

        Yes–that’s just what I posted!  It’s the fabric–it looks familiar….

        • Jashley Fryer

          Totally reminds me of Kimberly from last season…

          • It was silver then, wasn’t it?

            It looks like upholstery. Ugly upholstery. 

    • mjude


    • lovelyivy

       I can think of no more damning assessment than this…

    •  It reminded me of the Car Parts challenge.

  • Vlasta Bubinka

    If it weren’t for her bellybutton exploding into giftwrap, I’d be so filled ennui that I wouldn’t be able to taste my coffee.

  • Sad holiday dress. God-awful nails. Boring shoes. Under-done hair. Bad makeup. The trajectory is still not looking good for Miss Zooey.

    •  I had to go back and look at the nails – what is that? did she white tip them?  or maybe it’s gold?  Seems really silly.

  • charlotte

    Maybe she’s going to spend her holidays in Oz and decided to match the Tin Man.
    Oh, you say she was on a show with that name? What a coincidence!

  • butterflysunita

    The same silly pose with her head tilted!  And yes, the dress is dull and unflattering.  

    • sagecreek

      But only in one shot! It’s a Christmas miracle!

  • Sara__B

    Zooey is stuck in a rut. She managed to let go of her tights and now she needs to move on from her tired old hairdo, makeup, and favorite dress silhouette.

    • Of course.

      • SRQkitten

        LOL! That was exactly what I was thinking too!

        She needs a new stylist. Stat.


  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    zooey just spoiled who wins the unconventional materials challenge on this season of PR — the one who took bubble wrap and spray painted it gold.

  • MissHellDial

    also, that makeup is HORRIBLE! It makes her look 20 years older. Fire your make up artist. FIRE HIM!

  • rivula

    Is her ring finger painted a darker shade of red?  Is this some sort of pinterest manicure?  I think you’re doing it wrong.

    Her eyes are doing that thing mine do when I’m super-uncomfortable. If she is one of those stars who hates public functions, I feel bad for her and her weird manicure.

    • MilaXX

       yep, it’s a fad to paint one nail a different color

      • rivula

        Yeah, but shouldn’t the colors contrast a bit more?  weird.

        • MilaXX

          I’ve seen everything from high contrast to sort of a ombre effect. The problem here is the nails don’t really go with the dress,and it give the look a 5 year old playing dress uplook

  • sagecreek

    Hey, in 2 out of 3 photos she is NOT doing the annoying cutsey-pie head tilt!


  • formerlyAnon

    I’ve tapped into the zeitgeist, apparently. I looked at her and thought “god she’s so predictable it’s not even annoying any more, just dull.”  Then read onwards, and apparently boredom with her is rolling down like the waters.

    But, two consecutive sightings without tights. That ought to be a plus of some kind.

  • Sue_Asponte

    Looks like the Glee season one Regionals dress to me. Which does not, NOT make it any better. http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2010/06/glee-s1e22-journey-2.html

  • TheOriginalLulu

    I do think the dress looks good on her, but wow I’m schvitzing just looking at her.

  • elirt

    This makes me sad because I really like her and the roles she’s played, but I can’t defend this. It’s just not good – wrong season, bad hair, bad make-up, boring shoes. The only thing going for her is she looks kinda happy.

  • I feel like Zooey Deschanel & Taylor Swift need to live in the same house together singing indie songs about boys who have broken their hearts, and discussing why they have an affinity for dressing like over-sized thirteen year olds. I don’t even think Hailee Steinfield would touch this, and she sure wouldn’t wear her hair like that with that dress.

  • EverybodysStarling

    If you’re known for your big round blue eyes, this cat-eyeliner is horribly wrong. If you’re known for your not-so-good styling choices, this outfit is… expected.

  • Call me Bee

    Love her pumps, though.  They look as though human persons could actually wear them. 
    But I swear up and down that I’ve seen that dress as one of the entires in one of the PR episodes on one of the seasons (or another…)  Guess it’s kinda…generic.  And the front bow is just silly.  Zooey–you’re cuter than a button, but you shoulda just left this dress alone. 

    • MilaXX

       very similar to the gold dresses the Glee gals wore at regionals 2 seasons ago

  • j_anson

    Mmm, tacky upholstery.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    The eye makeup is making her eyes look small, which is silly because we all know she has huge Bambi eyes. The dress is making her look thick. Again, silly.

    • MilaXX

       She should be going the Adele route and doing 60’s inspired winged liner.

      • After all, she got the London Look.

  • Does her face look different the last couple of weeks?  Also, why is she always slouching, stand up straight I say.  

    •  She does look different.  I almost didn’t recognize her.  Click on one of the “You Might Also Like” links from last year above and look at her.  I don’t know if it’s bad makeup or the angle or if she’s had work done but it’s definitely something.

  • EverybodysStarling

    Sayin PR: it kinda reminds me of Kimberly’s silver dress, which made an equally heavy impression (Kimberlyology, 
    http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2011/10/kimberlyology.html, last row, first pic) fabric wise. 

  • Rand Ortega

    She looks like that Christmas gift you get from that friend who always tries too hard.
    (& by “friend” I mean me)

  • Judy_J

    Two Zooey posts in which she is not wearing tights!  It must be awfully hot wherever she is.  And she needs to fire whichever makeup person has convinced her to go the SJP route with the dark eyeliner.  She looks squinty-eyed, and that’s definitely not our Zooey.

  • Her RC makeup and hair always looks so, so bad to me. But on the New Girl, she looks cute and normal. What gives?

  • MilaXX

    It’s not great, but the fact that she has abandoned the heavy, black tights is a great improvement. I can give her a pass on the head tilt. I have a friend who also does it, completely unconsciously. Now if she would only get rid of those way too heavy bangs.

  • elemspbee

    OMG the dress literally a gift wrap, complete with a bow. What the hell kind of material is that? The ones you use to wrap breakable objects? 

  • MilaXX

     thanks for linking I posted the same thing but was too lazy to look it up and link

  • SapphoPoet

    I agree that the dress is very New Year’s Eve, but I do like it. 

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    She is wearing lame’ packing material that I would use to wrap my lamps in if I were moving far away and if I were just FABULOUS in my choice of packing materials.  

  • T.Lo, I don’t know what you are talking about. This is TOTALLY summery. I mean, those things that you put on your car windshield to keep your car from being totally broiling on the inside? You use those in the summer, right? And that’s exactly what this dress looks like!

  • That outfit looks terrible down to the shoes. I like that her hair is so healthy. Bit jealous, actually. 

  • l_c_ann

    The fabric is lovely and has so much potential, mostly unrealized. 

    I do want one of the stealth air conditioning units that starlets use in summer to appear cool with cocker spaniel hair.

  • MK03


  • Pants_are_a_must

    When Hipsters Grow Up.

    She’s the butt of jokes in Williamsburg, surely.

  • Of course, Zooey.

  • Candigirl1968

    Shoes are too heavy and the bow is silly.  Makeup looks a little DIY.

  • I think this is a big improvement for her. This is about the 3rd time in a couple weeks that she hasn’t worn the black tights, her hair looks better than usual, and even her makeup looks less caked on. 

  • Tights actually would have worked well with this dress but it IS July. This is such a winter holiday party dress. Come on! It’s summer! Where are the bright prints and the fun fabrics?

  • luciaphile

    Plus: she doesn’t look like a blow up sex doll 
    Minus: someone used a trowel to apply her makeup and the dress and pose are horrible.

  • Beardslee

    Don’t worry, Tom and Lorenzo.  We’ll be seeing chiffons and linens about the time we’re hauling out our sweaters.  We just have to be patient.

  • She is adorable and I love her, but she wears the same three dresses in different colours.

  • rocketgrrl

    what happened to her eyes?

  • Deedles

    Alright ladies and gents. If we are going to give Lea Michele an “of course” regardless of what she wears, when are we going to do the same for this dame?

  • quiltrx

    Looks like a Kimberley fabric…you know, the chick who made nice pants on PR.  She always picked weird, itchy-looking shit like this.

  • guest2visits

    I love the dress; but the hair feels a little casual for an all gold metallic frock. Not that this isn’t pretty as is, but….
    A sleek up-do, pretty earrings, and a spicier pair of black heels would make her all grown up.

  • frankystein123

    Look at me, I’m so quirky! Yeah… LAME.

  • Poorly done remake of a vintage Dior, from the Y line, I believe.

  • RzYoung

    I love her but can’t she just do something, ANYTHING, to her hair just once? Like a beehive or a half-up-half-down?! My neck’s sweating just looking at her

  • greyhoundgirl

    Her face looks sort of puffy under the eyes and makes me wonder if she’s allergic to all that awful makeup.

  • afabulous50

    I think she needs posture lessons.  Her head’s always tilted, and she slumps a lot.  The dress?  Well let’s just say I want my wrapping paper back!!

  • That rat’s nest on her head!!! Looks dirty and needs a few extensions yanked out!

  • Looks like similar fabric used by Frokemon on Project Runways purple romper!

  • It looks like a New Directions costume.

  • Oven mitts, maybe, but a dress?

  • Dot

    I generally appreciate the style she’s going for, but both the dress and eye makeup are so unflattering. That dress looks enormous on her.