Kate Beckinsale in Naeem Khan

Posted on August 14, 2012

Darlings, we’ve tried to avoid her because she bores the shit out of us, but Kate’s been unveiling one dress after another in an attempt to get you to watch her movie and we’ve decided we can’t ignore the latest one.

Kate Beckinsale attends the premiere of ‘Total Recall’ in Berlin in a Naeem Khan gown paired with Neil Lane Jewelry and Sergio Rossi shoes.

Naeem Khan Fall 2012 Collection

But let’s be clear here: the reason we can’t avoid talking about this dress is not because it’s fabulous, but because it’s ruined. The runway dress? With the black underlay? Bold, exciting, sexy, visually interesting. This version? With its beige underlay? Beige. Also: Beige. And then there’s the fact that it’s beige.

Oh. Sorry. We tend to use “beige” as a synonym for “bland.”

Seriously, it went from a great dress to a boring one. Was a black-and-white combo just too “out there” for her? Too radical somehow? Just too much for her bland self to handle? You’ve ruined everything, Kate. Now we’re cranky and we have ten more posts to write today. Thanks a LOT.


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  • I don’t hate the beige. I think it’s actually quite fab either way.

    • Vickiefantastico

      Totally agree!

    • Victoria Sharoyan

       I agree. I actually think if she’d left the deep V-neck it’d be almost perfect. I think this look is striking, albeit in a less obvious way than stark black and white.

      • j_anson

        Yeah, I think the black and white is more striking, but this looks nice, and she probably wanted a more summery look since it’s, well, summer.

        • bellafigura1

           Totes agree. She was trying to lighten up a big big dress. I don’t love the cut-outs, they look puckery and unfinished somehow. But I think she’s a technical win.

        • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

          I like the beige, but the butt bow has to go.  I agree that the deep V would have been more striking than the PG-13 alteration. 

    • Agreed. I think she looks beautiful and soft.

  • I can’t tell if those earrings are interesting or just ugly.

    • RzYoung

      Hmmm, curtain tassles but in the curtainy way, not in the Scarlet O’Hara way.

    • call_me_schmeg

      i kinda love those earrings. that bow over her ass kills me. beige ass bow? seriously?

      • makeityourself

        The bow on her butt looked completely incongruous with the dress. It makes no sense whatsoever.

        No one else is mesmerized by the swirling crotch?

        • Sweetbetty

           The swirling crotch and the swirling boobies.  The pattern just draws the eye to those body parts.

      • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

        I don’t mind so much the way the model tied it in the front.  But that model’s chest just scares me.

    • Sobaika

      I’ve come down on the side of interesting.

    • SUCH a fine line between the two. 

  • RzYoung

    Yes I see what you mean. At least she modified it so it wasn’t cut to the waist? Neh, I’m not fooling anyone either, the only reason this isn’t ruined for me is because I just had a glass of white wine

  • I prefer the black and white version, but either way I think this is not her dress. I want to see Joan Collins in this.

    • LesYeuxHiboux

       My immediate reaction was “She’s wearing the dressing gown of a 1940’s film star making dramatic statements in front of her vanity”

  • she made it look like a great bridal gown.
    great, but still. bridal gown. 🙁

  • While I agree that the runway version is more exciting, still the shape and style of this are great for her. Also I like that she is wearing the bow on the back. On her, the front sitting bow would be too much.

    • G

       About the bow – definitely.  Too bad they didn’t iron it.

      • Noticed that too, didya?

      • ballerinawithagun

        Definitely needs the iron! I like the beige version but I love the black and white. 

    • Sobaika

      She should have removed the bow and limp sash thing altogether. I think she looks pretty good otherwise.

      • I think you’re right. An unbroken vertical would have served her better.

    • NO! Bows in the back, to me, are for wee little girls, below the age of puberty. I’m constantly removing bows or tying them to the front. I do agree that it would be overload on her but can it not be a damn bow, just a finished waist band or a belt?

      • I hear you. Though in this case I was just happy it wasn’t on her frontage. Lol

      • formerlyAnon

        Though I might have let the bow go unremarked (nah, who am I kidding?) without the trailing ends. The long, long, trailing ends. THAT is a little girl party dress look. Or worse, an attempt to somehow make a little girl bow look – ? –  um, different?

        (edited. spelling)

    •  Agreed, but it would have looked better on Helen Mirren!

  • This dress will probably not change your opinion of her as boring, I imagine. 

    Frankly I can’t understand why she would even have looked at that dress in a different color combo than b/w…..it is so striking and memorable that way. 

    Random thought: if they do a Bill & Cathy Cambridge biopic, she would be a shoo-in for Cathy. 

  • Scarlet39

    I much prefer the black.  The thing that I think I dislike most about the beige version is that it’s not a deep v like on the runway; it’s more of a wrap dress on Kate and it looks a little mumsy.

    • Lori

      I’m not normally a fan of the super-deep V, but this is a little mumsy. When I looked at the first picture I kind of wondered if the dress  was really Naeem Khan because he doesn’t do beige and mumsy. Part of the reason that Kate’s version bugs me so much is that she took all the Naeem Khan right out of it by making it a dull color (isn’t that what T & Lo usually call “old bras”?), closing up the neckline and putting the bow in the back.

      It also bugs me that the neckline is closed rather badly IMO. It doesn’t fit quite right and shifting the material caused her to have swirls over her breasts in a way that makes it look like she’s trying to hypnotize the audience with her bosom. Which she may very well be, but if she is, she probably shouldn’t be so obvious about it.

      • LaylaSV

        Agreed. The surplice bodice is making the whole thing feel a little 9-5 from the knees up. Which makes what is happening below the knees even more incongruous. On a dark skinned girl, in beige and with the original neckline it might have had a bit more oomph. On Kate, it’s a dishwater color with a dishrag hem and a midwest neckline.

  • Wendy Wetzel

    Armchair stylist:  Ditch the shear at the bottom, straight hem at the knee, and shift the print so there is NOT a bullseye over the lady bits… and then you’ve got a knockout in either color!

    • mellorcr

      In the black & white dress, the bullseye could even be descibed as a “swirling vortex of doom!”.  It does indeed need to be shifted.

      •  Swirling vortex of doom is better than target practice, which is what I was going to say.

        It’s a….nice dress. But, yes, it’s very beige.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Bulls-eyes over the ladybits and the buzzim, not to mention the buttocks.  Target, target, target and target.  Once I saw that, it was all I could see.

      Because of course, you don’t see anything else with all that beige.

  • Sobaika

    I don’t hate the beige completely, but I DETEST that sash.

    • norseofcourse

      The bow on the b & w version works for me; it’s like “BAM! Here’s my waist!”
      On the beige version … from the front it’s “Um, is that a bare midriff?” From the back it’s just “Dang, that is one sad bow.”

      • Sobaika

        “BAM! Here’s my waist!” indeed. I think it works on the B&W because the dress is overall more striking, it’s on a model who can handle wearing it to the front, and there’s no floating bridal tail end.

  • RebeccaKW

    I do like the beige version, but after seeing the b&w and THEN seeing the beige, it kind of ruins it.  That b&w is killa.

  • mjude

    didnt she wear the green lizard dress recently?  i prefer the black & white.

  • Why would she change the color? First, she looks fabulous in bold colors. And the beige is practically skin colored. Also, is it me, or is it strangely fitted around her ass area? How can you make an ass that fabulous look lumpy??

    Oh Kate, you disappoint me. 

  • Funkykatt

    I agree, she made it go from hero to zero.

  • Jessi03

    She ruined it!  It was so beautiful and then it became mother of the bride.  Shame, Kate.

  • amy_raks

    I like it. If you had never seen it in black & white, you might think differently.

    Happy she’s making the big bucks now, but I miss seeing her in smaller films like “Cold Comfort Farm.”

    • Susan Crawford

      That’s just about the ONLY Beckinsale film I really love. But let’s face it, when you have a cast that includes Eileen Atkins, Joanna Lumley, Ian McKellan, Stephen Fry and Rufus Sewell, and a script based on the hilarious Stella Gibbons novel, how can you lose?

    • Lori

      FWIW I disliked the beige before I scrolled down and saw the black & white version.

  • Luee_T

    All I see when I look at it is the vagina vortex.

    • Hermione_Granger

      I was thinking of it as a vaginal tornado. Same idea, though.

    • THANK YOU!  I thought exactly the same thing.

      I don’t think it’s the colour that ruins it for Kate, but the fact that you really need a model’s height to pull off a vagina vortex.

  • AlinaValero

    it’s not the beige that ruined it for me, it’s the alterations to the neckline and sash that make it boring. but i guess the beige is annoying too.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    I love this.  And I agree the black and white is even better!  But if I had only seen the beige and white, I would still declare it fabulous and she looks great in it! 

    • She loves that mermaid silhouette!

  • muzan-e

    She could haul out a pair of custom-designed Louboutins and tickets to Dubai and I still wouldn’t want to watch her damn movie. Some things just don’t need updating, and Katie? You are no Sharon Stone. 

  • Rand Ortega

    She wore a lizard dress! How could the runway version be too daring? For someone who supposedly gets the Sci Fi fanboy vibe, she’s certainly disappointing them lately.

  • dress_up_doll

    I don’t exactly hate the beige, either. It’s just kind of there. However, as great as her ass looks in this dress, it’s practically ruined by the fact that there’s a beige booty bow on it, which looks godawful on even the finest behind.

  • I wish that if she had to change the color she would have chosen something other than beige. Maybe black and white would be too bold for her but what about a nice creamy orange or a pale teal? Even a heather gray would be more interesting than the beige. 

  • CatherineRhodes

    Haha… your post is making me laugh. Not only did she “beige” it (using beige as a verb), but she pinned up the neckline.

    In other words she took a stunning, sexy dress and made it boring and modest — ie: she “Taylor Swifted” it. (Can we call this “swifting” or “swiftboating”?)

  • Susan Crawford

    The runway version is KILLAH! The Beckinsale version looks like a bridal-shop second-wedding option.

  • Tatiana Luján

    The dress would have looked gorgeous if the underlay was a dark grey.

  • afabulous50

    The runway version is far superior – why would anyone change it?

  • I like her hair… I can see why she didn’t think black and white would work for her, but I can think of several colors that would have worked. Like red with a black overlay. Maybe that’s just me?

  • redgauntlet

    TLo, I think you have made one of your rare misjudgements. I think the dress is superb and she’s wearing it with real style. She’s wearing a paler underlay because it complements her porcelain skin. If it was black, she’d look like a lamp-post.

  • What kind of weird thing is happening around her boobs?

    The dress looks like a bridal gown for one of the Spice Girls.

  • lehen

    eat a sandwich.  ok, fine.  she doesn’t look too thin here, but that generally sums up my feelings on her.

  • What are you talking about? Beige is lovely – if you’re 60 years old.

  • GorgeousThings

    When I saw the original I immediately thought, “Man, that got lost in translation.”

  • I totally disagree.  I think it’s fabulous.  I like both incarnations.  The only thing I DON’T like is the grosgrain bow at the back.  It’s like her mom tied it, patted her on the shoulder, and said, “Go have fun, dear.”

  • Kayceed

    I actually like both versions. I think Naeem Khan has a lot of Bob Mackie vibe in his work, which I love.

  • pookiesmom

    Huh. I prefer the black, but I still love this. To be honest, I thought this could’ve been a WERQ

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Why is beige the color du jour in this press tour? Is it an ironic statement about the movie? And if it is, why not go the exact opposite and say “hey, this movie sucks. It looks awful, it sounds awful and it misuses Colin Farrell to the extreme. CHECK OUT MY AWESOME DRESS” ?

    • She has, just google her looks. There have been A LOT of press stops.

  • Vlasta Bubinka

    dullness permeates
    train flow away in sad shame
    my ennui spills out

  • ceceliadid

    I don’t like it, but I rarely like the way she wears anything.  She always makes dressing only about showing off her body.  With a great dress wearer, like Cate Blanchett, wearing a dress becomes sort of a collaboration between the wearer and the designer, where the wearer enables the designer’s imagination to come to life.  Kate never really adds any ideas to a dress, only legs and boob.

  • I also dislike the beige, but what really horrified me was the big case of bow butt. Also, if you’re going to use a big ass grosgrain ribbon for a bow but, IRON IT. ffs that looks like she stopped by a Hancock’s on the way over.

  • leave_Blake_alone

    Really? I like it quite a lot. I think the black/white is gorgeous too, but this is still pretty fab.

  • You’re right that the dress is ruined – but it’s not the lovely neutral tones which take a sort of tacky black gown into something understated and elegant. It’s the every-so-bridesmaidy butt bow that brings this dress, and so many dresses before it, down. Truly, the Great Butt Bow Menace must be stopped. I can’t believe you don’t see the beauty of eggshell and oyster and you didn’t even mention the bow.

  • That’s what I thought as soon as I saw the runway version. Why change it? Arg.

  • anotherkate

    She wanted to look more naked, clearly.

  • kikisayshi

    LOVE the b&w version. Maybe it was too formal-looking for her premiere?

  • jmorino08

    I don’t think it’s ruined, but the black and white version is far superior. That butt bow is just sad… it makes me want to cry for butt bows every where.

  • plinkiedoodle

    By my calendar it’s still summer.  Beige is in the summer color wheel more than black/silver.  So I’m okay with this.  Bland is better than many other fashion mishaps.

  • crash1212

    Not a big fan of beige in general, but I don’t mind this dress. I love the Black/White version. I think the beige fits Kate’s personality better! However, if she didn’t want a bow in front, she should’ve just used another belt – that turn-the-sash-around bow in back is just silly. 

  • jilly_d

    Totally agree, TLo. On the dress, and the fact that she is boring as hell. Love the hair though!

  • Eva_baby

    I am in agreeance.  I saw Kate’s version and thought ‘hmmm…pretty’ but scrolled down and saw the runway version suddenly forgot all about the KB version.  Runway version blows hers out of the water. 

  • Jangle57

    Why didn’t she choose the black?  It makes a statement.  The beige one does too I guess, just a less interesting one….

  • GillianHolroyd

    Okay I ‘shopped her head onto the B&W dress (why no, I do not have a life) and it looks… better… but not the knockout one would expect. 

    There is just something about this actress that sucks the life out of her photographs. She’s there but she’s not *on*.

    Trying to think of another actress who could make this werk.

  • tereliz

    No no no! The black dress was perfect! Why does there need to be a beige version? Why, Naeem, why? 

    I can’t decide if I like the earrings, or if I love the earrings. They’re definitely different.

  • I don’t think the girl who wore snake skin Armani Prive is timid; I think she probably just found the beige flattering. She also made her hair really soft and curled, whereas she rocked a little more of a “crazy mess” of hair tendrils for the snake dress.

    Maybe she’s a split personality? Dr. Jekyll today, Ms. Hyde tomorrow?

  • I kind of prefer the beige to the black/white.  The contrast is so stark on the black and white that I look at it and think, “LOOK AT THIS OVERLAY!”  You guys think the beige is bland, but I see it as more subtle; I enjoy it as more of a full package with the dress and the model.  That said, I think a color would have been better than a black or a beige.  I think seeing that white over a pale blue or pale red underlay would make it a real stunner.

    • l_c_ann

      I would rather point out that she isn’t a bland beige herself.  She’s a brunette! And her hair flatters her in many ways.  The dress isn’t wearing her, it’s pointing out her strengths.

      (The black and white version would be wonderful on some redheads.)

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Agreed. That runway version is stunning. I don’t hate the beige version, but it’s nowhere near as eye-catching as the black.
    Love the hair and makeup. She’s really beautiful.

  • I think it’s a gorgeous dress either way, and she looks great, but the runway version would have been *stunning.*

  • Veronica1022

    Also unless you’re over the age of six ped in an unfortunate bridesmaid outfit bows on butts are a travesty

  • Veronica1022

    Let’s have some caffeine & try again. Unless yiu’re under the age if six or trapped in an unfortunate bridesmaid dress bows on butts are a travesty

  • I dunno, it still kind of appeals to me – the beige did take it from bold to soft but I still find it striking – I think the beige makes it look more like a spring dress even though it’s from a fall collection. I like that she tied the bow in the back instead of the front (as in the runway gown). And I think her hair and makeup is so pretty. If this were an IN or OUT post I’d give it the IN. 

  • jw_ny

    I very much prefer the black and white version, however I don’t think the beige “bland” version is awful.  The overlay has enough interest to keep it from going there.  I think she looks quite lovely in this…typically find her to be dull dull dull.  The butt bow…that’s a no.  

  • belfebe

    Let me put it this way.  In this beige dress, she looks beautiful.  In the black version, she’d looked spectacular. 

  • Word!

  • NCDFan

    Hate the bow in the back.

  • I’m with you.  I looked at the beige dress and thought, meh, big deal.  I saw the runway look, and thought, why would anyone do that to such a striking dress?  Why would Naeem Khan do that?  Where’s my broom?

  • theverysimong

    Oh come on… she looks flawless in it though!!! And also, she’s never one to shy away from colour, so a bit of beige doesn’t go amiss! 

  • Alyson Epstein

    Boob and crotch swirls.  that’s all I saw.

    • unbornfawn

      Now that’s all I see!

  • PinkLemon

    Flatiron that ribbon, girl!! Can’t stand ribbon crinkles.

  • elleg929

    I still think it looks great in beige.

  • MarissaLG

    This is a really beautiful dress for your second wedding. 

  • CQAussie

    Agree – the black runway version was way sexier.  

  • BrooklynBomber

    She’s gotten boring since she turned into a Glamdroid because now there’s nothing quirky about her. 

  • The boobswirls are distracting me.

  • Wellworn

    Completely agree.  It’s like the black and white one ended up all faded and dead in the trash dump.  As a fair skinned redhead, I have always known beige doesn’t look good on me, but now I’m thinking it doesn’t look good on anyone.

  • golden_valley

    This dress strikes me as something a bride might wear if she wanted to be different and stylish.  Maybe it’s the sort-of train in the back that makes me think that.

  • Call me Bee

    I  like the beige on her.  This is the best she’s looked since that awful movie came out. 
    But just like Jessica, she looks a little overdressed for the occasion.  She shoulda saved this one for the Oscars. 

  • Sunshine16

    Sorry boys, sometimes you’re just wrong.  She’s werqing the hell out of that beige!

  • EEKstl

    The black was so much better, but if you’re going to beige it down at LEAST keep the original neckline.  From the waist up she looks like she’s going to a parent/teacher conference.

  • The beige makes it look more summer and daytime to me. I don’t think it ruined the dress, she still looks great.

  • librarygrrl64

    Yep, ruined.

  • unbornfawn

    Not only has this dress gone from a dramatic original to a bland adaptation the bodice doesn’t fit right!

  • guest2visits

    I don’t mind her beige-yness. It’s very pretty in black too, but maybe she did think it would be a case of the dress wearing her,
    instead of the other way round. The crease in the ribbon tails bother me. Close up the earrings look abit dated; 80s.

    • when i read that she was wearing neil lane jewelry, i checked the photo and said “what jewelry”?  blazing diamonds would have brightened this look.

      • guest2visits


  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Boobswirls. Beige. Boring.

  • MilaXX

    At first glance I thought her version was pretty, in a bland kind of way. Then I saw the back and white runway version. She blew it big time. If she had worn the b/w version she could have earned a WERQ. Instead it’s a big old yawn.

  • formerlyAnon

    Beige is not the worst problem (I can live with it, thought I prefer the black).

    The worst problem is the trailing bow ends in the back. This is NOT a little girl’s party dress in any sense.

    • and did she have to sit on them in the limo so it looks like she doesn’t own an iron?

  • TSkot

    Nah, she still looks like a million bucks.  

  • nannypoo

    Not only the color, but the bodice and the sash are ruined as well. The model’s dress is gorgeous. So is the model.

  • margaret meyers

    Not ruined, just different.  How can she look this great in the dress if it has been “ruined/”

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I definitely like the dress better with the black-it’s got more oomph. As for Kate, she hasn’t interested me since she did Cold Comfort Farm.

  • Judy_J

    The thing that ruined it for me was that sad grosgrain ribbon belt.  That bow in the back is wrinkly, droopy, and depressing.

  • Imasewsure

    Agreed… the black dress is beautiful… this one is even an ugly beige (if there is such a thing as a pretty beige and I think there is)…

  • Agreed.  Also, if the only way your hair looks good is in profile, you need to reassess your hairstyle.

  • ccm800

    Vagina vortex and one each for each boob is ridiculous and makes me inexplicably pissed. 

  • I would love – LOVE – to see this on The Other Kate, as in Duchess Cathy Cambridge. and coincidentally, if we’re going on looks alone (although acting-wise, she’s far, far from the best, but not snore-inducingly terrible, per se)?  Ms Beckinsale is a lock to portray her.

  • TieDye64

    The black version is so striking and fab. The beige, yeah it’s just so…beige. Zzzzzzzzz

  • I would also MUCH prefer the black version.  That being said, I still think she looks gorge.  Great earrings and makeup, and even though the hair is strange, it’s still soft & romantic (no yoga hair).  Sad ribbon, yes, but it looks like she put forth the effort which is more than you can say for a lot of people we see in these posts.  She’s fallen victim to the celebrity beige pandemic which you can’t fully blame on her.

  • oohsparkley!

    I thought it was a gorgeous dress until I saw the runway version. I agree she bland-i-fied it. I feel the same way about beige = boring, but it does look classy on some.

  • CassieLee22

    LOVE the black and white, ehhhh on the beige

  • turtleemily

    Maybe her and Jessica Biel didn’t want to be too matchy? Either way, the vortex over the crotch bugs me.

  • LambeeBaby

    Beige blah, Black outstanding. What the hell was she thinking?

  • I have to disagree. I think it’s gorgeous and she looks fabulous. Yes, the b&w is more striking but the beige is elegant and looks terrific on her.

  • Cat_In_A_Hat

    My thoughts exactly. This chick is so dull I’m beginning to miss Taylor Swift.

  • quiltrx

    The black/white is a knockout!

    And it seems like a bolder choice would have been better for this type of movie…but I’ve been beating that dead horse since all these TR broads have put on the Neutrals Parade.

  • Striking dress in black and white. The model looks a bit like Gabby Douglas.

  • snarkykitten

    I kinda like it…but not on her. I know no one will agree with me, but I think  Miss Dita would rock this. Though she would probably go for the runway version

  • julnyes

    I definitely prefer the B/W version of the dress and her limp (needs an iron stat) ribbon makes me sad.

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    The beige underay is fine with her coloring.  The tied bow on the back though is wrong.

  • Judih1

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the black version. But I don’t think she has the confidence or the coloring to pull off black. But too bad she went way in the other extreme and did bland, beige. Green would have been fab

  • I’m having a hard time figuring out why you’d want to take the bold statement of the runway dress and water it down to the bland beige.  After seeing her in it, I gasped at the runway version because it was such a contrast, and not in a good way for Kate.

  • m0r0

    Something else that bugs on the beige dress——
    Did she want to be demure? She eschewed the plunging neckline. To draw the neckline up they created two swirly flower patters over her tittays. UGLY

  • I thought the EXACT SAME thing when I saw the picture, “why couldn’t she have worn it in black?” and then I scrolled down and read what daddy Kitties wrote… oh whoops, yup.  Agreed!

  • bluefish

    Why so cranky?  The dress is gorgeous in either color — I think she looks absolutely swell.

  • iCouture

    She looks gorgeous, you queens are on crack!!!!   

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    I love this look.  I just love it.  Especially the beige.

  • Nazzzy

    Nonsense, TLo! She looks spectacular. Gorgeous woman, sporting a beautiful gown, great hair and make-up paired with unusual jewelry. What more could you ask for?

  • oh sweet Jesus on a landmine, mother of the bride!

  • bringbackbeatles

    Couldn’t agree more with TLo. The black is fabulous the beige, not so much. Also hate the way they redid the neckline.