Karen Gillan in Dolce&Gabbana

Posted on August 15, 2012

Can we just say we are giddy with delight that we now live in a world where Doctor Who screenings are red carpet events? Oh, the hardcore nerds will wail and gnash their teeth over the normalization of nerd culture and how all the dirty girls are ruining their boys club, but to that we say, “Embrace it, nerds.” The world finally caught up with your obsessions! And nerd girls are hot!

Having said all that…. JESUS CHRIST, KAREN GILLAN:

Karen Gillan attends the preview screening of the first episode of the new series of ‘Dr Who’  in London in a peach jacquard top and floral skirt by Dolce&Gabbana.


What are we looking at here? It’s making our heads hurt.

We don’t care how much you want to look quirky and nerdy-cute, girl; THOSE ITEMS DO NOT GO TOGETHER. And any female over the age of ten should know that. This is something an angry little girl comes out of her bedroom wearing on school picture day because she’s mad at her mother for not letting her wear her Princess Jasmine costume. In other words (and in case we weren’t clear), this is AWFUL, Amy Pond.

Also, blot your face before pictures, dear.


[Photo Credit: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images]

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  • Sobaika

    Baaaaaaaaaad. And poor use of tights.

    • formerlyAnon

       You will get tights away from nerd girls when you pry them from our cold, dead hands.

      • Sobaika

        I think you mean pale, sweaty feet – because there’s not way her feet aren’t clammy in those shoes and those tights in August.

        It’s so incongruous, on top of being mismatched. Beach on top and autumn on the bottom.

        • formerlyAnon

          Ha! I didn’t say you were *wrong* in your criticism of the tights.

        • To be fair, I think the premiere was in Cardiff, where the current high temp is in the 70s. Now in LA this week? Crazy.

  • Come along, Pond.  TO THE DRESSING ROOM where you shall get a new outfit!

    • fursa_saida

      There’s a wardrobe in the back.

    • drdarke

      Change of outfit, Pond!

      Jeez – doesn’t she have a husband or boyfriend or sassy gay best friend to keep her from leaving the house dressed like that? My kid brother dresses like The Bear Version of A Lutheran Bachelor Farmer, and he would know better than to let any woman he knew go out in public in that ensemble.

  • StellaZafella

    It’s all that was near clean on top of the laundry pile…
    This isn’t college, and you make too much money to do this to yourself, young lady.

  • It’s like she started putting on one dress and then changed her mind halfway through. 

  • Wow, what a mess.  Actually, the skirt is kinda groovy. The top should never,ever, under any circumstances, including impending death, be worn by anyone with her coloring, or with that cute skirt.  The dark tights with such a springy looking outfit are dragging it down.  The nerd girl shoes are cute, just not with this.  I am, however, fully on board with the hair, which looks sweet, and very Amy Pond. Oh, and Karen? TAKE YOUR HANDS OUT OF YOUR POCKETS. Its no good for the boys, and doesn’t play for you, either.

    • VanessaDK

       No more needs to be said–and you are so right–that top makes her skin look blue (and not in a good way).

    • kimmeister

      Fully agree with you about the skirt being cool but the top looking horrible with her coloring.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Zooey tights just for the hell of it, I guess.  So wrong.

    • MilaXX

       black tights shall now forever be Zooey tights in my mind

  • Jessica O’Connell

    What the… I… huh? This outfit is so confusing I can hardly articulate a critical sentence. Pond, hop in the Tardis, change, and redo this red carpet appearance. Please?

    • fursa_saida


  • Oh, KAZZA!

    Ask Matt for help next time. He may end up putting you in some sort of bizarre hat, but at least your clothes will all go together.

    • AthenaJ

      I think a fez might have actually helped her hair

      • MilaXX

         of course it would cause fezes are cool.

        • fursa_saida

          Now I have imagined a bowtie with this outfit. Good god.

  • This outfit is hurting my hangover.

  • GOD, EW.  I like that skirt, actually, but not with the rest of this.  Also, the top looks like upholstery. 

  • Le_Sigh

    Oh no no no no no no – as a fellow nerd-girl, this will not do, not at all. 

  • that outfit is sheer terrible…..

  • Renee Bender

    As if the outfit weren’t bad enough, the hair is KILLING me right now.  Awful.

  • Hahaha! That is no poser. That is a true nerd. 

  • I’m sorry but there isn’t a world or universe where this outfit works in any way, shape, or form.

    I take it back, I’m not sorry at all.

  • Anathema_Device

    Come along, Pond…to a new stylist.

  • im all for clasing prints and colours. but this is not ok!

  • Catiline

    Oh my.  The skirt and the top have potential separately, but together?  Disastuh.

  • Jellybish

    She needs new hair and makeup gays. Or, to hire some hair and makeup gays.

  • MilaXX

    She’s got legs for days so I don’t fault her for showing them, but those tights have got to go

  • JMB_edits

    I know exactly what she’s wearing. It’s one of those flip books my son had when he was small.  The pages are split into three so you can give the penguin head, a horse’s body, over duck feet — or for the nerds:  spiderman’s head, wolverine’s torso and the thing’s feet.

  • She looks sooo bad. I don’t watch Doctor Who, but from what I’ve seen of her, she is normally a pretty hipster chick. This is just frightening.

  • I wouldn’t put it past Steven Moffat to have picked out this outfit personally just to make us all suffer. 😉

    You should’ve included the scruffy Arthur Darvil as a salvo!  

    • MilaXX

       I would positively swoon at an Arthur Darvil post.

  • GillianHolroyd

    uh, is that an illustration of Matt Smith looking all James Bond-y in the background?

  • SapphoPoet

    Oh, dear. Well, she’s new to all this; she’ll learn.

    Clearly she did not make the best use of the Tardis wardrobe room.

  • frannyprof

    The hair needs to be burned. What is UP with the middle part on the bangs and limp locks?

    • AthenaJ

      I know, her hair is always so gorgeous on the show! This looks like a wash-n-go…

  • I”m trying to figure out when bangs – even if they’re being grown out – parted straight down the middle became ok. 

  • schadenfreudelicious

    its the laundry day walk of shame…..

  • Judy_J

    I can’t believe what I just saw.  How could she leave the house looking like that?

  • Oh, Pond. Go back in that suitcase of yours and pick out something else.  You dressed better than this when you were little Amelia Pond. This? This is just sad.

    • fursa_saida

      Let’s be real, those were some cute little rainboots Amelia had on.

  • I guess it’s all fine if it’s by the same designer?

  • But that said, OHMAHGAAAAAH! I can’t wait for the series to start. I keep re-watching the trailer, hoping I’ll get a clue about just what the hell is going on .

    Sorry. Nerd girl moment over. 

    • fursa_saida

      Dinosaurs! On a SPACESHIP! I honestly don’t need to know anything more. 

  • But if you relax your eye and stare at her top long enough, you see a sailboat!  The HORROR!

  • Oh Ms. Pond, get in the TARDIS immediately so we can go on a shopping trip with River Song and The Doctor and fix this situation.

  • snarkykitten

     My eyeballs threw up.

  • Unkempt

    Amelia Pond, GET YOUR COAT!

  • mjude

    thats a bit of a mess

  • rivula


  • Maybe she is back from traveling to the future where things no longer match or make sense. Maybe it is a future world where Jessica Simpson and Brits Spears are queens of fashion. Or, just maybe,  Pond has no taste. Would someone please walk her over to Harrods and help her pick out something….anything! You have my thanks.

  • annrr

    I can’t see anything past the Mary Hartman Mary Hartman bangs. 
    p.s. in 9th grade I wore a shirt my mom hated on picture day because I knew she hated it so much.

  • Wrenaria

    What the… WHHHHHYYYYYY?!

  • CurbGirl

    It’s custard and fish fingers but not in a good way!

  • Yeah, all she would have had to do is slap on a black tee and she would have been fine, totally appropriate for a nerd girl at a Doctor Who screening.

  • carolynmo

    Yeah this isn’t good. But on a brighter note, did TLo and my fellow nerdy kittens watch The Nerdist show (devoted to nerd girls) on BBC America recently? It was fantastic!

  • patticake1601

    As my mother would say “Did you get dressed in the dark this morning dear?”………

  • Jangle57

    I find this outfit to be highly representative of the Matt Smith Doctor Who era: just a big old mess.  I know I’m apparently in the minority here but I’ve been watching Doctor Who since the Peter Davison era and have watched episodes with all the Whos back to Hartnell.  Matt Smith’s tenure is proving to be one of my least favorite, though I can’t decide if it’s him, his companions (really did not like Amy Pond; she’s right down there with Martha Smith and Peri Brown) or the writing (which surprises me because Steve Moffat’s Blink is one of my absolute favorites), or a combination of any or all of the above. And apparently I’ve taken a fashion blog and turned it into a Doctor Who critque – ah well…. 

    • MilaXX

       I’m an Old Who as well. Tom Baker was my first, and I’ve backtracked to the old guys as well. I love Matt to bits. Love Martha, liked Peri, hell I even liked Asrick. HATE Rose. I have heard many people don’t care for Moffet and his timey-whimey-ness. I on the other hand as much as I am grateful for RTD  reviling the show, got real sick of the Rose/Ten love affair.

    • fursa_saida

      Rose is one of my least favorites as well, though I felt better about her when she just started popping up with really big guns occasionally.

      I’m assuming you mean Martha Jones, and I don’t understand at all why people dislike her, but I won’t start a DW flamewar here. 

      • Jangle57

        Thanks, yes meant Martha Jones – duh.  The reason I didn’t like her character is because I felt she was such a strong intelligent person but they had her pining away for the doctor like a pathetic schoolgirl; I thought she was better than that.  Had they removed that aspect of her personality, I think I would have liked her much more.  That’s why I loved the Donna Noble character; she was the doctor’s buddy in the truest sense; I loved that pairing.  I also liked Rose though my favorite Rose episodes were with Christopher Eccleston’s Doctor and Captain Jack: I thought that threesome was just a classic Doctor Who/companion pairing. 

  • ALSO side part your bangs if you’re growing them out!

  • l_c_ann

    I expect if a pair of darleks were beside her, the look might make sense.

  • i can almost handle the top with the skirt, being from california and all, but the black tights are one step ever the line. such a shame.  i you cut off the skirt and just look at her from the waist up, she looks gorgeous.  that peach is lovely with her coloring.  her hair is fine for a sweet young nerd girl.  but we all know i’m a sucker for a redhead…

  • Can I just say I hate it when nerd girls come out with limp, boring hair? As a nerd girl (comic book variety, which for some reason makes me a disappointing nerd girl because I don’t cover the video game base, because clearly as a girl I have to please everyone /eyeroll), I can manage to zhuzh my hair a bit when I got out, and nobody throws any free stuff at me. 

    I can’t even with the outfit. I am so constantly depressed by my inability to find nerdy female friends who ALSO like fashion (and maybe can conceptualize that intellectually instead of just “I’d wear that”/”that’s pretty”) that this post just brings me down.


  • formerlyAnon

    I find her SO endearingly insouciant with her little pose that I am unfazed by the phase-shifting between alternate planes of ensembles that went on between the top & skirt.

  • Notice the big men’s watch?  Right on trend.

  • formerlyAnon

    Also, re: the poster. Just once I want to see the protagonist carrying the limp body of another guy out of the fray without them both having to be in full military combat gear.

  • LambeeBaby

    Holy Crap! Was she sniffing glue?

  • Horrible.

  • definitely one of those english nerds. doctor who is MIIIINNNNEEEE. evil people are stealing my childhood. 😉

  • and yet when i see this i think “PREMIERE?  WHEN DOES IT BEGIN AGAIN??”

    • fursa_saida

      September 1st!

  • ccm800

    that box pretending to be a skirt looks like a quilted toilet tissue cozy with pockets made out of knock-ff Versace scarves from a side street vendor.

  • librarygrrl64

    “This is something an angry little girl comes out of her bedroom wearing on school picture day because she’s mad at her mother for not letting her wear her Princess Jasmine costume.” EXACTLY. And, hilarious!

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    NO BLACK TIGHTS IN AUGUST!  I think God should make people’s legs just burst into flame for black tights like that before labor day at least.

  • turtleemily

    Scrolling down her outfit is like watching the seasons go by.

  • fursa_saida

    I don’t understand. She is like six hundred times more gorgeous than this. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN.