Kristen Bell in Jenny Packham

Posted on August 15, 2012

Kittens, why do ladystars do this to us? We say – over and over again – that we fully support ladypants on the RC and love to see a lady make that choice. And then what do those ladystars do? They prove – over and over again – that with fame comes an accompanying total loss of the ability to pick out and wear appropriate pants, and an accompanying rise in the delusion that jumpsuits look great on all adults.

Kristen Bell attends the premiere of her latest movie ‘Hit and Run’ in Los Angeles in a Jenny Packham jumpsuit paired with Jimmy Choo shoes and Graziela earrings.

Jenny Packham Fall 2012 Collection

This isn’t completely awful, but it is kind of an odd garment. You’ve got the high-waisted, flared-leg, foot-swallowing pants and then you’ve got the odd, satin-y, sci-fi bodice. She looks like a banquet hall manager from the future.


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  • I cannot begin to tell you how I loath Floorscraperpants. Apart from the incredible silliness of having pant hems that are dragging the ground constantly, is the almost inescapable shortening of the body.  Kristen is not a tall gal, and this makes her look even more wee.  The high bodice?  I. Can. Not.

    • Maya Laukaran

      It says to the world: “I have NO feet!”.

      • So true. Its just an odd notion, and messes with body proportion too much for most humans.

      • Lori

        And as a bonus we get yet another instance of being told that someone is wearing designer shoes without being able to see more than the tip of the shoe’s tor. For some reason that always strikes me as funny. If no one can see your feet you might as well be comfortable and wear Chucks or something. There’s not much point in deploying the Choos when you’re wearing floorscraperpants.

        •  Absolutely right.  I have often wondered, when wearing some massively skirted gown if some of our ladystars don’t haul out the birkenstocks.

          • Lori

            I would. I have a very low tolerance for having uncomfortable feet. I’m not about to wear killer heels under any circumstances where people can’t clearly see the shoes and my legs. If I’m not going to get “credit” for it, I’m not suffering for it.

        • formerlyAnon

           Completely agree, but since I suspect some of the floor-dragging hems are an attempt to make the wearer look taller/longer-legged, those comfier shoes are probably going to be platforms.

    • AlexisPayne

      I was tempted to defend this then TLo said “banquet hall manager from the future” and you said “floorscraperpants” and now I’m in a fit of giggles :)That side view is pretty terrible.

    • MilaXX

       and I am sick of the lie that says it lengthens the leg line. It makes you look like a short gal trying to convince us that you are taller than you actually are and in turn, making yourself look shorter.

      • formerlyAnon

        NO. I cannot HEAR you! LA LA LA LA LA.

        Ahh, truth hurts, does it not?

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      hipster gumby.

  • Jill_3

    Hey, at least she didn’t wear the bagel on her head.

  • Sobaika

    It’s doing very odd things to her butt.

    • SassieCassy

      FLAT AND BAGGY which is a shame because she has a pretty great body.

    • kimmeister

      I think her butt is looking pretty slammin’ in the 3rd pic, despite being enclosed in that jumpsuit.

  • Funkykatt

    A little bit longer and I would have worn those pants in the sixth grade in ’72. Better though, if they were hiphuggers.

  • call_me_schmeg

    my fondness for disco means i must embrace the jumpsuit. however, i think kristen is just too petite for this look. and maybe to sweet to pull it off. i could totally see the fantastically creepy tilda swinton rockin it, though..

  • lovelyivy

    If it was in any color but black she’d definitely be an extra from classic BSG.

  • *sigh*… BUT I LOVE VERONICA MARS. I feel like I can’t talk about KB without prefacing that, all caps. Again, I am not hating it, but it definitely isn’t quite working. She is a tiny tiny person, and the smaller you are the less good an idea it is to wear things that swallow parts of you. Case in point: her feet.

    • MilaXX

       you know what Kristen memory I have burned in my brain? Shortly before she appeared as Veronica Mars, she did a short story arc on Deadwood playing a con (wo)man. Al caught her and the end result was her getting her getting the most brutal beat down I have ever seen on tv. Needless to say when she turned her as sweet, little VM it was a great contrast.

      • oohsparkley!

        Wow! That was Kristen Bell?! And that was before Veronica Mars? (I have no internal timeline.) I had to take a break from Deadwood at that point.  It was too brutal for me.

  • AudreysMom

    Judging by the background, this premiere doesn’t look too glamorous. And at least the outfit looks comfortable. But as a short woman, ITA just no on the jump suit (tell me, have we EVER seen Kristen Chenowith in a jumpsuit?). And this may be the middle of some California boulevard, but would a little effort on the hair have hurt?

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      it’s at the arclight, which used to be the cinerama dome. the brick wall you see is the side of amoeba, which used to be called a record store [somewhere, but in LA what it really is, is the Thing that Ate All the Record Stores].

    • megohd

      the hair, the hair … so inappropriate, the hair!

  • lehen

    she looks ridiculous.  and i hate jumpsuits.  but this jumpsuit somehow looks amazing on that runway model.  minus the head-bagel of course.  

  • This doesn’t even look good on the model.  And I can’t fathom why ANY woman would wear something which requires her to strip from the neck down to pee.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Allow me to add my loathing of the jumpsuit-I loath it slightly less than I do granny pants, but the jumpsuit is simply impractical-and try as I might to envision glamour, when I see a jumpsuit I see auto mechanics.

    • AudreysMom

       ooo… unzipping the jumpsuit to pee. Very painful memory there. Don’t even get me started on what it was like in the winter.

      • formerlyAnon

        I always think of the ladies’ room in clubs. There was a line, always, (of course) and I’m in a hurry. Filthy floors, I’m on my 3rd drink. Or maybe 4th. (Not to mention whatever was, um, taken on board earlier.) Trying to carry on an intense conversation with the friend in the next stall.

        Ahhh, youth.

  • Wendi126

    She looks like a giant black X. However I will give her an in..even though it’s not an in or out post..because my 21 year old son has a major crush on her. Banquet manager from the future is fucking hilarious- and it’s not even 10:00!

  • GillianHolroyd

    Another “That’s her? I would never have recognized her” post.

  • Yulie29

    I disagree. It *is* complete awful.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    That’s Kristen Bell? She really doesn’t look like herself.

    PS I hate jumpsuits in every shape or form.

    •  I don’t hate them outright, but a jumpsuit must be proportioned exactly to that person, otherwise you get serious skewing of size and shape.  That said, they should be the province of only masterclass dressers, with access to complete, expert alterations.

      • Pants_are_a_must

        I have to say, even if it’s a world class dresser like Blanchett, Swinton or Iman, I’d still look at the outfit and think: “…but it’s a JUMPSUIT”.

        • I feel you, my friend. It does seem a cop out, in nearly every case.

  • MitchellGilburne

    I don’t know about y’all, but I love it

    • Lucy145

      I thought I was the only one

  • I always wonder what happens at these premieres, other than the photos on the red carpet.  Do they actually watch the movie after?  Do they get concessions?  How does one sit for 2 hours without a drink?  And if they watch the movie and get a drink the size of Rhode Island to go with their popcorn, how does one handle the bathroom that will inevitably be needed by 30 minutes before the end of the movie?  I mean, theaters are public places, which means they have to use the slightly sticky public restroom (because movie theater bathrooms are always slightly sticky) in designer gowns, which can’t be a pleasant experience, especially with the giant ball gown skirt.   And this jumpsuit thing?  You’d have to strip down completely in the restroom, and I assume that when you’re a highly recognizable figure who is at her own movie, that sort of thing is an embarrassment you’d rather avoid.

    • anotherkate

       You forget that Hollywood actresses neither eat nor drink.

      •  Not true — they drink water and 0 calorie caffeine drinks, such as Diet Coke or coffee.  Because when you are determined not to give your body any food for energy, it has to have something to run on — caffeine will do it, though advanced level starvation dieting will require much stronger drugs.

  • Check out the 4th photo (profile pic) – it actually appears that someone has made a sad attempt to hem these pants.

    The only person who has ever looked good in a jumpsuit is Iman, in that gold lame one she wore to the Met Ball a year or so ago. And she’s mother****** Iman. You, Kristen Bell, are no Iman.

    And ‘banquet manager from the future’ is hilarious.

    •  Great eye!  I had missed that.  Yep, sad hemming job. Quick and dirty.

      • perhaps you and i should start a business where we have a sewing deity available at each red carpet for a handsome fee.  that might involve my having to move to an urban center, somewhere with a population higher than 53.  but i could be available for online consultation and would be willing to travel in a style to which i would like to become accustomed (all expenses paid, of course).  i’m not sure kristin can afford us, though.

        • Oh we can start out with a fairl reasonable fee, and amp it up as the lady stars start angling for us. Of course we can offer a hemming, and tie straightening service for the gentleman stars as well. Naturally, as we work, we can give them our sage counsel and advice about their hair, make up, accessories, and shaving skills.

          • formerlyAnon

            I will personally purchase your start-up array of top-of-the-line electric razors with a briefcase full of interchangeable heads (so no star need be shaved with the same blades as another) in case you can convince any of ’em to forgo the fashionable perma-stubble.

          • And I will proudly wield these tools! Away, foul neck bead thou art an offense to mine eyes!

    • Not only did someone *try* to hem them, the front is pinned.  You can see it clearly in the third pic.  Wasn’t there a TLo moratorium on safety pinned garments last week???

      •  oh ferfucksakes.  You are so right!  Jeebus, couldn’t they take 30 seconds to whip stitch that cavernous vee neck shut?

        •  I often wonder about the ability to alter on these loaner outfits – and I must assume this is a loaner because who would invest in it??  Could they whip stitch it?  Could they do more than a simple tack on the hem?  Would that damage the very visually important neckline?  Perhaps that’s why they go for the safety pin. Maybe it’s all they are allowed to do.  And if that’s the case, then pass on an abomination like this.  With so many beautiful garments available to you…….. I can’t explain it – it baffles me. 

          • formerlyAnon

             Yes, I asked the Kittens for input on what the “rules” are for loaner garments a couple of weeks ago but no one offered answers.  I can’t imagine that the business loaning the garment wants it to go out looking worse than it should because it doesn’t fit, any more than I think the wearer wants to look poorly put together in something that doesn’t fit.  And I can well imagine that the “rules” of what one can do to a garment are more elastic if you’re A-list star styled by A-list stylist than if you’re B-list starlet without a ‘name’ stylist.

            But still. If it fits like sh** neither side is well served. And major North American cities, where most of these red carpets take place, are well-served by messenger services and multiple overnight delivery companies.  “No time” to get something that fits for an event that’s been on your schedule for weeks or months seems lame.

          • i can’t imagine the rule is “you can only use safety pins.”  safety pins leave big holes in a silk or satin.  i could do a blind stitch with a fine needle in a minute that could be snipped out later and you’d never know it was there.  why do these starlets not have a sewing goddess like me in their entourage?

          •  I think the designer would alter — or more accurately the designers minions.

          • formerlyAnon

             You’d think.

          • I have pondered these issues myself. Also, what if the garment shows up and it’s just butt-ass ugly? I am preparing to buy a car through AAA (who knew they offered this service, I thought they were just for maps and roadside assistance), in which I view the car online and then they deliver it to my home. I have the option of rejecting it if it’s not what I want (or as the salesman said, “If it smells like a dead cat”). Do these starlets not have the same option with their red-carpet apparel that I have with a used Prius?

      • ballerinawithagun

        Yes, I saw an odd glint on the front also and the hemming is atrocious, like last minute PR.

    •  OH MY GOD!  I didn’t even notice that when I looked first, but that’s disgraceful!  I could do better than that in 3 minutes in a moving vehicle with bad shocks!

  • AmeliaEve

    She has My Little Pony legs!

    • AthenaJ

      Too bad she doesn’t have the pink sparkly mane to go with them

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Stumpifying, and a very unflattering rear view, plus you get the addded bonus of having to strip it off to pee, i just dont get the appeal.  These feet swallowing jumpsuits do not work on petite girls, leave them to tall girls or even better lets just leave them on the runway.

  • jmorino08

    You want a shot of the back? Sure! Just look at how it makes my ass look gigantic and flat at the same time!

    •  Hey maybe that’s in now!  That would make me ridiculously happy, as mine looks like that in anything I wear:P

  • Lisa Dugan

    I think she looks pretty adorable.  The top is too wide and it’s certainly not perfect but she looks cute.

  • marilyn

    This is much too old for her.  Also, it is cut to make everyone look thick through the middle.  Look at the runway model.  She does not have the personalitiy and looks to carry this off.  She is girl next door, and this is a casual outfit for Wonderwoman.


  • would have looked better on jessica biel

  • Le_Sigh

    Maybe a skinny belt and an updo and some great cat-eye makeup (along with hemming those fucking pant legs) would make it a bit more fabulous?  Its like she wanted to classify her image, but the idea of going all the way to another look was horrifying, so she kept everything else the same.  

  • Judy_J

    The foot-swallowing pants are atrocious.  This is an odd looking ensemble.

  • banquet hall manager! which brings me back to her awesome character on Party Down, the dictatorial supervisor of a cater-waiter company which competed with our heroes.  she was fantastic.

  • ASK26

    The pants part is better than the top part.  I scrolled so that I could only see her bottom half and thought  that with a cute top – and were it NOT a freakin jumpsuit – it would have been fine

  • formerlyAnon

    For a jumpsuit, this is pretty good. But unless she was trying to reference something in the movie, it doesn’t have much to actively recommend it. And while I sympathize with the desire to achieve a long-legged look, those pants are 1/2″ too long, at least. Even if they sagged/stretched of their own weight, which happens, it’s not o.k.

    Nonetheless, she doesn’t look bad. Just kind of also-ran.

  • mjude

    why do they wear the foot-swallowing pants?  i dont get that at all.

  • Her butt looks like it’s trying to make an escape down the legs of her floorscraper (thanks, Kiltdntiltd) trousers . Not attractive. Not even a little. At all.

  • AthenaJ

    You guys, OBVIOUSLY she’s auditioning for a role in the next Star Trek movie……

  • annrr

    Hate the Gumby legs and I can see the hasty closure (?pin) between her boobs. 

  • belfebe

    Girl, that is not your pantsuit.

  • MilaXX

    She’s too tiny for this and it makes her butt look awful! Put this on Iman and it would look fabulous.  On Kristen it looks ridiculous. She’s got a 4 inch hem, and the pants still have to swallow the shoes.

  • I think she looks like one of the “SOLID GOLD” dancers. I know, only some of you will understand the reference. Where are the Bradley Cooper photos from the event? Don’t leave me lusting, TLO.

  • jilly_d

    I don’t HATE this……I just………well, yeah.  I hate it.

  • Rebecca Johnson


    • formerlyAnon

       Contortions ensue.

  • CurbGirl

    “I’m Gumby, dammit”

  • CatherineRhodes

    I hate the trend of hems covering feet. 

  • granddelusion

    I actually kind of like this. Thee are problems, like the shoulders, pants length and width. But it’s dressy and pretty, and a nice alternative to a dress or formal suit. Even with its problems, I think she got it more right than many (most?) women do in a dress, and certainly better than most men do with pants. So, kudos to Kristen.

  • I don’t get it.  It’s all Blade Runner (in a good way) on the model, and on poor Kristen it’s Real Estate luncheon.  It certainly emphasizes how petite she is, but that’s not a good enough reason to wear it.

  • When it makes the model look heavy, YOU PUT THE GARMENT DOWN. 

    • formerlyAnon

       That’s gotta be on the short list of life lessons.

  • That big purple plastic barrel in the picture just SCREAMS elegance, no?

  • Lady Gaga would have killed this jumpsuit. Bye Kristen Bell.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    TLo said:  “total loss of the ability to pick out and wear appropriate pants, and an accompanying rise in the delusion that jumpsuits look great on all adults.” 

    The question begs to be asked – WHY do the designers keep trying to foist these jumpsuits off on an unsuspecting public?  Anyone over the age of about 3 should not EVER wear a jumpsuit!  Fashion suicide!

  • It’s not awful but it IS too long.  Some decent tailoring and jewelry would have helped.

  • Imasewsure

    It’s the kind of thing that would have been rocked by Claudette Colbert or Katherine Hepburn in the 30’s but it looks like dog doo here…oh well, keep trying ladystars… 

  • I like this!  And I love to-the-floor & beyond pants.  But then again, I grew up in the 70’s.

  • quiltrx

    A cooch-cutter if ever I saw one.  Ouch.

    And can tree-trunk-legs please go away now?

  • She’s like, 5 feet tall, at most (I knew her in high school) and those pants are badly hemmed and still too long.

  • If you could see her shoes, I’d love this outfit. It’s different and fun. But it looks too long for her. 

  • TLoFanBoy

    “Banquet hall manager from the future” struck me instantly as a Duchess Quip. I’m not here to tell y’all what that “means,” but, you know, BTW. In case that’s a danger zone for y’all.

  • LilyPad

    This IS completely awful