Kirsten Dunst in Jil Sander

Posted on August 27, 2012

Kiki goes formal for, of all people, Jay Leno. Have we mentioned before that we literally cannot look at Leno for longer than a minute? Have we mentioned that we are totally befuddled that this transparently phony personality has made more money being transparently phony than the combined incomes of the first five thousand people to read this sentence? No? Well, now you know.

Kirsten Dunst makes an appearance on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ to promote her latest ‘Bachelorette’ in a Jil Sander dress.

Jil Sander Fall 2012 Collection/Model: Kati Nescher

Our first thought when we saw her walk out was that this was too much dress for a late-night talk show and that all that black was going to overwhelm her the second she sat down. But the hair and makeup are relatively low key for TV and she’s wearing little in the way of jewelry, so it all sort of balances out. It’s a fabulous dress and she makes it work from any angle. Our only issue is that it looks a little tight in the bust and that strapless necklines might not be the best idea for TV if it means you have to clip a mike to your tit. Still, she looks really cute, and through a combination of styling and personality, she keeps this from looking dark and heavy. It might have been fun to wear a brightly colored pump just to give it some visual interest when she sat down and crossed her legs.


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  • SapphoPoet

    Hmm. I don’t care for the top of that dress–everything looks a little squished. 

    • Candigirl1968

      Yup, and it’s too much dress for the occasion.  

  • MoHub

    Top looks as if it’s about to bare everything. Needs serious hoisting.

  • Sobaika

    It’s a good dress for her, but I just can’t get behind it being worn on a late night talk show.

    • Way too formal for Leno.

      • mshesterp

        yeah, a little funeral for me.  Maybe if it were knee length with some fun colored heels and jewelry.  I like the shape, but not in all black.

  • What an odd choice. If it were kneelength I would have preferred it.

  • holzfaellen

    The proportions are not the most flattering for a sitting-down-event. Makes her upper half sem huge. And the blackness of the dress is a bit too…black.

  • I’m pretty certain there is no breathing going on.

  • ballerinawithagun

    What are you talking about??? It looked horrible from every angle. The fit was unbearably tight in the bust. My husband commented immediately about the horrible fit. It is a great dress, just a poor fit. 

    • lovelyivy

       Her right boob is making a desperate bid for escape from this dress. I like this dress (though not for Leno) but she needed to go up like two sizes in the bust.

    • kschwarting

      I also wonder whether this is a dress better suited to small-busted women. 

      • I agree. Kirsten is busty and this was not a good choice for her.

        Also agree about Leno. I find him completely repugnant.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Almost OK, but… I worry about the boob-age if she takes a deep breath!

    • l_c_ann

      It’s so tight, I doubt she can take a deep breath.

      • ChaquitaPhilly

        Yep! I hope she only had to wear it for a few minutes.

  • SewingSiren

    I love her hair. The length of the dress is a little too short for a gown, and too long for tea length (which I think it is intended to be). I think if it were a skosh shorter and not quite so squished at the bust, it would be a winner.

  • Christy Cricow

    She looks cute….but, mainly, thanks for saying out loud what I’ve always thought about Jay Leno–can’t STAND that guy!!!! And, even more than his phoniness, he’s not funny. Never has been.

  • piecesofconfetti

    Interesting choice. There’s nothing “wrong” with it but I do think it’s a bit heavy for a talk show. But hey, at least she didn’t have to worry about preventing an upskirt shot with a too-short skirt.

  • DinaSews

    I’m sorry.  I don’t like anything about this look.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Agreed – I think this was a totally dumb choice for tv and I would not like it elsewhere either, I think.  It doesn’t fit in the bust and from the model, I guess it is not made to fit any bust at all.  I really hate this dress.

      • call_me_schmeg

        black widow goes to prom. 

        • l_c_ann

          Scarlet O’Hara goes dancing in Charleston, reimagined.

    • Kayceed

      Agreed. I’m not sure where to start. Funereal, poor fit, poor proportions and utterly inappropriate for the venue. Utterly. A sad ball gown on the Tonight Show? This looks like she wandered off a set somewhere else in the studio and found her way to his desk. Weird.

      • Kayceed

        Or perhaps the band has added an orchestral element and she is going to play cello in a bit.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    The model makes me sad.

  • I can’t get with it.  This is not for TV at all.  It’s a odd length.  It would have been only slightly more convincing if it was tea-length.  Her boobs are about to explode out of the top of it as well, it looks atrocious.  

    Agreed about Jay Leno. 

  • Jessica O’Connell

    “Have we mentioned that we are totally befuddled that this transparently phony personality has made more money being transparently phony than the combined incomes of the first five thousand people to read this sentence?”…Well now I’m depressed. The first 5,000 of us!? Meanwhile, my transparently phony personality hasn’t made me any money yet! What I am doing wrong?

    • Jay – haven’t watched him since he stole the time slot from the Redhead – Conan O’Brien.

      • ASK26

         see my later comment – but that is bull.  It was Jay’s spot and he was on top.

        The network wanted to suck up to (the never funny) Conan, and they are the ones who initially tried to steal Jay’s spot (in your words I guess that means Conan stole the spot from Jay who was on top in HIS spot.

  • ASK26

    I actually don’t mind Jay – even if some consider him phony – at least he is generally less mean and OTT than some of the others. 

    That dress – both on Kirsten and the model – looks like it sits too low and is meant to convey how much the designer hates breasts. 

    In the first pics her chest looks horrible the way that dress is fitting especially on her left side

    • l_c_ann

      Or the designer has no idea how breast fullness works.

    • CT14

      “is meant to convey how much the designer hates breasts.”


  • I don’t like it. From many angles it makes her boobs look uneven, it IS too much of a dress for a tv show and I hate her hair for being parted in the middle (it looks good but still..).

  • AmeliaEve


    It’s a plain black dress. All it has going for it is shape. The torturous tailoring of the bodice is making me cringe just to look at it. Ow, ow, ow!

  • I like the idea of it, but in real time its not working for me.  She needs a touch of jewelry to make this work. Hell, even a strand of pearls would have bumped this up. It feels like a zero effort situation.  Hair?  Pull it back. Shoes? Those black ones there. Jewelry?  What for, its just effing Leno, ferchirssakes.

  • Oof. It’s too much for the occasion AND it doesn’t fit. No bueno.

  • I’m gonna go with AWFUL.

  • Violina23

    I LOVE the fresh/natural hair & makeup. If it fit her boobs (or lack therof..) it’d be a complete winner.

    I was mostly ambivalent about Leno until the Conan debacle. I lost respect for him, so now it’s just general apathy. He doesn’t seem worth my anger or my attention, if that makes sense. 

    • ASK26

       Now the Conan part pissed me off and made me more sympathetic to him.  Number one Conan is not the lease bit funny.  at all.  just about ever.  

      The network bent Jay over and forced him – when he was strongly on top – to move into an untenable situation.  And then when the network finally acknowledged their mistake – not so much with Jay’s show tanking but because Conan could not carry the time slot – they make it seem like Jay was the bad guy.     NOPE – not if you paid attention

      • AnaRoW

         I agree that that was more NBC’s fault than Leno’s.  Although I think Conan is funnier than Leno, who’s been dreadfully unfunny and mean-spirited since he took over from Carson.  It wasn’t that Conan couldn’t carry the time slot so much as NBC never gave him a chance to.  It’s not as if Leno picked up right where Carson was and never lost a step.  It took him years to build an audience.

        • ASK26

           But he did HAVE the audience when the network tried to get cute in trying to keep Conan

          • MilaXX

             His ratings for that 10pm show sucked.

          • ASK26

             If they were good at 11:30 and bad at 10 then the time slot was at least a large part of the issue. 

            I know I used to watch a lot at 11:30 and not at 10, there were other shows I was was hooked on at that time.  including PR and dramas

        • MilaXX

           THIS. I don’t really feel the network did anything to help Conan cultivate and audience . Especially since Conan moving to The Late show meant he would lose his audience which was largely college kids/frat boys. In fact the network half stepped on Conan by giving Jay that crappy 10pm show which really spoke volumes for how much faith and effort they were willing to invest in Conan. It reminded me of the Late Night wars where it felt like Leno was once again trying to platy victim while behind the scenes doing everything in his power to cover his own behind.

        • Oh my god, do I miss Johnny Carson…

  • Judy_J

    A little tight in the bust?  Try A LOT tight in the bust!  That bodice looks positively painful!  My boobs are having sympathy pains from looking at this photo!

  • mjude

    i adore her, but i dont get why so formal for leno (i agree tlo).  also i think its just a tad to long. 

  • too much for an Interview.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    no, hair and makeup look like she just rolled out of bed, and while the heaving bosoms look worked for her in Marie Antoinette it sure isn’t working here….never watch Leno, he’s painful

  • Little_Olive

    Love that she is not showing her seeyounexttuesday, but this is entirely too much and at the same time too stark for TV. Tv needs a bit of movement and color. And a non-strapless top preferably. 

    To sum it up, it’s like “I used to be a nun and now I’m on TV”. 

  • She looks like she’s headed for a Mennonite cocktail party. If they had those. 

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      Adrian.  That is absolutely hilarious.  Mennonite Cocktail Party.  Love it.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    No, she is Kirtsen Dunst, Serious Actress. Honey, this is not an Oscar campaign. Lay off the Hepburnesque dresses and go back to dressing like a MPDG, because that is your public persona.

    Also, Jay Leno is punchable to the extreme.

  • Oh no, my boobs hurt from just looking at the bodice 🙁 Why didn’t they put her in sth… with more space? She might be in need of a proper bra fitting…

  • I think she looks really cute, but I would have loved a great ring or a bracelet, something to give more oomph to the look. A necklace or big earings would have been a bit much, though maybe a pair of hoops would have worked.

  • GorgeousThings

    Too tight – if she had bigger boobs all anyone would be talking about is babyheads.

  • quiltrx

    It looks like a boobie-smasher to me.  And they look, well, distorted while she’s sitting down–I bet she was uncomfortable.  Wish she’d worn some bright shoes as you suggested!

  • littlemac8

    Can I just jump aboard the TLo train and say I truly, madly, deeply join you in wonderment at the success of the phoniest personality on TV.  I watched Leno a few months ago to see if I could find my friend in the audience and squirmed in embarrassment at his disingenuous mugging.  Can’t tolerate him.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I love a long, black strapless dress.  Just not this one.

  • janetjb

    Kirsten’s hair is pretty, his is not.

  • Tight in the bust, you say?  How about she acquired granny armpit boobs?  That whole neckline is incredibly disgusting.  Sad, too, because it is a GORGEOUS dress.  Whoever was in charged of fitting it should be sent back to school.  And tarred & feathered. 

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    *pulls up a chair to hear more of TLo dissing Leno*

    Leno makes my flesh crawl so please, continue…!

    (CraigyFerg FTW!)

    Oh – Dunst, Frock, meh.  Anyone who guests on Leno loses a bit of my respect anyhoo.

  • snarkykitten

    it’s boring and her tits look like they’re suffocating

  • She’s wearing a ball gown on Leno. OUT, no matter what the other details are.

  • She looks very pretty. Love the hair. This is one occasion when I don’t even mind the lack of bling: the dress is so good by itself!

  • Wellworn

    I was mad at him for stealing The Tonight Show from David Letterman.  Then he stomped all over Conan.  He is dead to me now.

    • ASK26

       How exactly did Jay steal the Tonight Show from Letterman?  (It never “BELONGED” to Letterman, now if you said from Joan Rivers, maaayyybe) 

      Drives me crazy when people make up their own “facts”

    • MilaXX

       THIS so very hard. let me also add not only did he steal the show from Letterman, he killed a lot of fledgling talk shows during that period as well. I wouldn’t watch Leno if my butt was on fire and he had the only fire hose in the world.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    I think the dress is too heavy and if she’s going to wear it, wear it to the Transylvanian Ball with an updo and lots of blood red lipstick.  As it is, it’s like she was at Yoga class and then stopped by the Wax Museum and ripped it off of the wax figure of Sophia Loren or something.  And pinned in the chest part to make it smaller.  What’s that weird little tab thing showing at the top of the bodice?

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      Oh wait – the weird tab thing is the microphone.  I am so dumb.

  • Definetly does not fit at bust. Also a bit short in the torso. Raf does same look for Dior Couture. The look is just out of place on a talk show. She could have looked awesome in something more in keeping w late night TV insread of red carpet!

  • MilaXX

    Not crazy about how the bodice looks when seated but she looks cute if a tad overdressed.
    Jay Leno is one of those people always in the middle of a shit storm yet always claiming he doesn’t know what happened. I watched on and off after the Letterman mess, but refuse to watch since the Conan debacle.

  • I don’t actually like the dress, but I think it’s an amazing example of intricate seaming.  It should be walked about in so that its structural elements are front and center.  Sitting down just destroys the movement that gives it life.

    I haven’t watched chat shows in years — too many books to immerse myself in — but I could never understand Leno’s appeal.  His persona seems cobbled together from leftover bits of others more talented, and the falseness just overwhelms me.  He always strikes me as a FrankenHost.

  • This is not a sit on chair for a talk show kind of dress. Please call Nina for great outfits that looks good on TV..and while sitting down.

  • Great dress, not so much for Leno.  And I always feel a little sad when Jil Sander’s label/name pops up, I thought it was unfortunate what happened to her — fashion is vicious.  

  • Beardslee

    This dress encapsulates what I dislike about strapless dresses.  They so often look as though they are sitting too low and the spillage over the top can look graceless and uncomfortable – like this dress.
    However, I do love the skirt.  Great for sitting and moving in.

  • I fucking hate Jay Leno with the burning of a thousand suns. 1. He’s not funny. 2. He’s a sexist pig who can’t NOT comment on any starlet’s nude scene when “interviewing” them. GROSS. I refuse to even DVR his show when someone I really like is on it.

    • ASK26

       Jay is sexist   but I assume Letterman isn’t a pig?


    • MilaXX

       I share your HATE.  Also reason number 3. He’s a shit stirrer.

  • Mexxoo

    I wonder if tucking the mic pack in the back was what made it just a bit too tight across the chest…

  • Susan Crawford

    FABULOUS dress! I haz a major lust.

  • Sara__B

    No. The top of the dress fits her all wrong, and doesn’t look the slightest bit attractive or flattering in any of these photos. She looks happy and relaxed and pretty from the neck up, but that bodice is a disaster.

  • egl48

    I swear this is a bridesmaid dress I wore in 1985.

  • Aly Marti

    Dress is bad, but look at that FACE and HAIR. kiki looks so much better than she used to. She looks so healthy and happy and pretty. 
    I’m so glad she’s in the spotlight again and seems like she is ready for it. Kikilove.

  • CT14

    It does not fit.

    Her breasts are not where the dress thinks her breasts should be, but that’s mostly because no one has breast where the dress thinks breasts should be.

    Too tight + too low = ugly that I can’t stop looking at wondering how anyone thought this dress was a good idea.

  • poggi

    I think I would like it better for this setting if it was just little shorter, more of a tea-length look than a too-short gown.  

  • julnyes

    I can’t stand Leno and that dress is too tight and wrong for the occasion.

  • Wendi126

    This appears to be a mammogram dress

  • Vanja

    Maybe it looked better in motion, but her boobs don’t look their best in that dress. I’m also not a fan of strapless dresses, unless the proportions are absolutely perfect.

  • AmQueenNow

    “Have we mentioned before that we literally cannot look at Leno for longer than a minute?”  Thank you for that admission of honesty!!!  I can’t even so much as glimpse at him without feeling irritated.

  • qoqo101

    So on the mark about Leno. Regardless of the Letterman/ Conan debacles, I’ve only watched him enough to behold the inexplicable vanishing act and never return.  

  • sk8tfan

    Poor squished bosoms look like they’re fighting to escape. the dress needs better fit on top and a heave-ho to lift it. But I love how expressive her face is here; she looks like a ton of fun.

  • Trisha26

    Don’t like it at all – that first full-length photo is just embarrassing.

  • guest2visits

    Pretty, but a dress that looks better standing, dancing or walking around as opposed to sitting scrunched up next to that homely
    wood shop project of a desk. I also think it’s a little too awkward to be that strapless and nekked looking for this kind of interview.
    I too don’t understand his appeal or longevity as talk show host. His monologues are boring, but worst of all he is TERRIBLE at the
    interview thing; he’s barely interested in any of his guests. Letterman is slightly better, things can get interesting occasionally and he’s
    abit more engaged. Kimmel’s the best at interview, he’s always more involved no matter who the guest is.  But I hate his monologues
    for being so juvenile, and lame, imo; I usually skip his whole intro for the guests.  I never enjoyed Conan because he’s always performing.  This sounds a thousand years old but Carson is apparently peerless. Hardly watch late night tv anymore, anyway.

  • ccm800

    Bert and Ernie cannot breath

    • Lisa

      Neither can Thelma and Louise.   Or Laverne and Shirley.

  • emily mcginnis

    wow. i thought she looked terribly squished. and she had “fat” hanging over the sides. if something can make her look fat (and she clearly is NOT), it’s got to be way too tight. 

  • mhleta

    No. She looks like she’s headed to play lead cello in the orchestra. It’s not flattering in the boobular region, either, which renders the dress completely pointless. 

  • Lisa

    Nope, nope nope.  If the skirt was a little shorter, and if she had some great shoes with a pop of color, then it might be okay for a late night talk show.  Plus, if her hair was down and a little softer, because that’s way too severe.  She’s got no jewelry to make it more fun – what is the deal?  Who the hell styled her?  She looks like the scary housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, from “Rebecca” on her way to a formal event!

  • pookiesmom

    Holy inappropriate for the venue, Batman!

    • pookiesmom

      I just scrolled up again and I am flabbergasted that she/her stylist/whatever thought this dress actually fit her. It somehow manages to look like it is both falling off her and suffocating her bosom. Also, I cannot stand her as an actress which is probably why I am not feeling in the least forgiving. Ick.

  • Qitkat

    Poor Kiki. The girls are way too stuffed, although it’s a very cute dress, and I don’t mind it for the show. Interesting change of pace.

    However, re Jay, there is only one thing to say, no one will ever top Johnny Carson for late night. No one.

  • DesertDweller79

    My boobs are hurting just looking at her.

  • PeaceBang

    It’s weird how she’s channeling Kelly Ripa in that fifth photo of her.  That dress is very wrong for a Leno appearance, and it’s very wrong for her boobs, which are squnched.

  • Did you really give an OK to squishy boobs?!?!?

  • oohsparkley!

    She looks adorable. In spite of the dress.

  • aimee_parrott

    Yeah, it’s too tight.  All I can see is her boobs gasping for air.

    SO agree with you regarding Leno.  I can’t stand him.  Unfunny, insincere, and mean-spirited.  He’s a triple threat!

  • TieDye64

    It’s not doing her bust any favors at all. Looks painful.

  • she showed up with her boobs hanging out just to talk with JAY LENO?  gross.

  • lucasuk82

    I think part of what makes it work as well is that the fabric doesn’t have sheen.  The brightly color pump is a brilliant idea.

  • Meh to all of it.  Especially Leno.

  • It looked like her stylist brought her the wrong size.  She’s teeny and she was popping out of the top of this one.  This was a complete MISS for her.  Sad.

  • It looked like her stylist brought her the wrong size.  She’s teeny and she was popping out of the top of this one.  This was a complete MISS for her.  Sad.