Lucy Liu in Atelier Versace

Posted on September 25, 2012

Okay, enough crazy shit. Let’s look at some capital-F FASHION, ladies. And as always, if you want to look at some capital-F FASHION, it’s probably a good idea to turn to Miss Lucy Liu.

Lucy Liu attends the HBO’s Annual Emmy Awards Post Awards Reception in an Atelier Versace dress.

Atelier Versace Fall 2011 Couture Collection

Girl definitely loves herself some Versace. As well she should, because it’s a tough brand to wear and she’s one of the ones who can wear it well.

We think this dress is pretty fierce, but that bodice is more than a little wonky. The L’Eggs pantyhose-colored netting – which we suppose is meant to look like illusion netting, but just looks like, well, a wrinkled pair of L’Eggs – kind of ruins the dress for us. If it didn’t have that detail we’d be snapping our fingers in Z formation. We’re not sure what would have worked in its stead, but the blue of the skirt looks fine to us (and looks great on her) so we suppose it should have been utilized in the bodice. Even black would have worked. Anything but that horrible tan.

Otherwise, she looks great. Love the bracelet(s?).



[Photo Credit: Getty,]

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  • VicksieDo

    She looks fierce, but you’re right, a color or even white would look lots better

    • 3boysful

       I don’t think the tan color is so bad, but it’s the wrinkles!  Hey–illusion netting  for old ladies!

      • Probably not the illusion the netting was meant to create…

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Definitely weird that the tan in the bodice is so wrinkled, especially given that it doesn’t look that way on the model, but she looks fantastic. And how REFRESHING to see a woman sporting a dress with a high slit without feeling the need to flash her entire thigh!

    •  Ha! I just typed nearly the same thing. Guess I need to read the comments before throwing my two cents in.

      • Call me Bee

        I did too, but we all have our own ways of stating the same things, no?  🙂 

    • makeityourself

      I want to float a theory on the illusion netting. It could be possible that the bodice in the models dress consists of illusion netting with all of those studded white fabric sections appliqued onto it. I blew up the picture but still couldn’t tel for sure. But it would definitely be more Donatella’s style to have lots of skin showing through.

      Lucy probably loved the dress but said something along the lines of “Love the dress D, but I can’t spend tine on the RC worrying if my nipples are hanging out just because a piece if fabric shifted when I step out of my car.”

      Donatella said back “No problem darling. We will simply line the dress (editor’s note: she really means “underline,” but D doesn’t do the sewing) with a nude fabric and it will look just the same for you.”

      Well, D was wrong. Lisa probably felt bad, it being couture and all, so she wore it anyway, even though the effect was just like L’Eggs pantyhose.

      It’s just a theory.

      • Jessica O’Connell

        Interesting theory. Upon further examination, it does look to be lined on Lucy, so I am inclined to align with your thinking! Well done!

  • Gurl is one great big jumbo bottle of Awesomesauce! Spectacular look for her.

  • Sobaika

    The netting is a bit wrinkly, but she looks STUN-NING in spite of it. Love her, at least enough to check out Elementary.

    • MilaXX

       I’m interested in seeing it as well. I have to admit it was her performance on Southland last season that made me willing to give this a try since Cumberbatch has ruined a other Sherlock Homes remakes for me. He’s so good in it. I’ll miss him when he’s done.

  • You’re so right about the color of the illusion netting but Lucy Lui looks so freakin’ awesome I’m gonna have to look overlook that slight setback.

    • In the last picture, she looks a little bit like she’s wearing a belly dancer costume, but in other angles (those that don’t show the wrinkly netting), I like it.

  • the_elle_word

    I am completely distracted by the giant stretch marks on her chest.

  • DinaSews

    Wrinkles aside, she looks fierce yet feminine.  That background looks like a PR fabric challenge entry.

  • carpediva

    My first thought was “Oooh, I wished she’d kept the shoulder strap!” Then I realized it was just covered up with her after swim meet hair. Why hide such a key and lovely design element? Also the bodice kind of looks like armor. If wrinkled L’Eggs (yesssss!) could stop a sword, that is.

    No, I think this is a dress made for standing at a weird angle with a cray cray platinum bouffant.

  • She looks so damn good I am going to overlook the wrinkly illusion netting. That ice blue is a spectacular color for her.

  • MilaXX

    I wish it wasn’t so wrinkled because from a far it looks great. She’s one of the few to take Versace from sleazy to fierce.

  • ojosazules

    I just can’t like Versace. No matter how much I tell it to shush, my brain always just screams, ” Tacky!” 

  • gabbilevy

    Sunday she was wearing space alien superhero armor, today she’s going for the Roman empire toga armor. Lucy Liu’s picture is next to the word “fierce” in the dictionary.

  • newleaf1

    More importantly, who is choosing these hideous backgrounds on these step and repeats?  Who can look at the clothes when our eyes are watering from looking at the nasty Rorschach backgrounds?

  • kolokOlchik

    I think it’s a pretty ugly dress

  • j_anson

    It’s a great dress in many ways and she certainly looks good in it, but at the end of the day I’m not convinced that particular blue is really her color.

  • Zippypie

    The color of the dress takes it into lingerie territory, especially the skirt, and not in a good way.  I can’t get past the wrinkled L’Eggs in the middle.  In “Beige”.  I do love the hip detail with the grommets.  Perhaps in a richer color this would have worked better.  Her hair is also unkempt and that’s not helping.  Compared to how she slammed dunked the Emmys, this is meh.

  • PeggyOC

    She’s working that thing like it owes her lunch money, but it’s still a hideous dress.  Only LL and a handful of others could make this look reasonable, and it still looks like someone threw up toothpaste at an S&M club.

  • jw_ny

    All she needs to complete the look is some finger cymbals and a face veil. 

  • nannypoo

    I love it, but no kidding that netting is awful. I assume it’s intended to give the illusion of skin, but whoever has skin like that should keep it covered.

  • She can do no wrong.

  • EEKstl

    Hiddy dress but she’s nearly pulling it off.  

  • julnyes

    Seems a bit beauty pageant to me.


    Yeah that wrinkly pantyhose bodice is distracting.  Lovely though overall.  Teeny complaint…If you are wearing a lovely dress with design elements at the top, pull your damn hair back so it can be seen!  Little pet peeve of mine! 🙂

  • Apocalipstick Now Redux

    Whether you like the dress or not, Lucy doesn’t need to stick her leg out at an odd angle to make it sexy.  

  • Lovely dress, except for the bodice. Wrinkled L’Eggs is right.

    I love that the dress has a slit up to *there* yet she feels no need to pull a Jolie. Thank you, Lucy. 

  • joe_tey83

    The wrinkly bodice is like stretch marks over your boobs. Kind of disturbing.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    That wrinkly tan material is a definite misfire-which is a shame, because this is such a fabulous dress, and should be a WERQ.

  • Violina23

    It’s a total Monet

  • alyce1213

    Too costume-y, especially the bad illusion effect, which is strictly theatrical.  Isn’t couture supposed to look good up close?

  • Tatiana Luján

    Perhaps a silverish or pewter bodice?

  • nancylee61

    How can gown be so poorly made? Leggs pantyhose is exactly right! What a mess!

  • nancylee61

    How an such an expensive gown be so poorly made? What a disgrace! Leggs pantyhose, indeed!!

  • Michael_Jones

    I wish she had worn her hair up — I miss the shoulder strap.

  • Great, now all I can think about is how my mom used to fill her empty L’Eggs Eggs with M&Ms for our Easter baskets, and now I really want some M&Ms. Damn it!

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Lucy Liu is, for lack of a better term, fierce as all hell, but this dress is just a NO.

  • Call me Bee

    Love this.  She does look fierce, and thank God she didn’t stick her leg outta that slit. 

  • Jennifer Coleman

    It is amazing she looks so good in Versace considering she’s so tiny. She and/or her stylist has an excellent eye. How dismaying to see that stretch-mark resembling illusion snatch defeat out the jaws of a WERQ.

  • Like other commenters before me, I love that she resisted the impulse to show off the skirt slit, Klum or Jolie style.

  • “Nothing beats a great pair of…” ew.

  • A Monet. I thought “she looks awesome” until the close-ups.
    Also, wish she had worn her hair up instead of covering the strap.

  • marilyn

    I like the look with the illusion netting, but it is not the right color for her skin tone.  If she were a pasty skinned model, like the one on the runway, it would be fine.  This dress is actually too Bob Mackie/costumey for me.  I could see Cher wearing this with a big ass head piece in the 1908’s.  At least LL had the class to not stick her leg out through the slit in the skirt.  

  • neofashionista

    Totally agree but I think the illusion netting is made worse by the fact that the bust appears too big
    Still I love the dress
    Well played ms Lucy

  • neofashionista

    Also I wish she would have worn her hair back you could see the awesome strap it is so sexy on the model

  • Judy_S

    Amazing how she takes the dress seen on the model and makes it look human…. and lovely.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    She’s so tiny that the bodice of this tiny dress is wrinkling.  I love that dress – but would there be a way to do it at all, without the netting?  Or without so much of it?

  • That tan crap is tragic. That could have been perfection without the wrinkly pantyhose colored netting.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    And she had the good grace to keep her leg inside her skirt.

  • Larkin21

    Agree about the bodice but otherwise, another killer look for her.

  • God. She looks so amazing in that dress that I’m annoyed with her. 

  • Illusion netting will never not say dance costume to me.  If designers must rely on it (and it appears they must) can they at LEAST use a color?  Is that too much to ask?

  • C S

    I think this is beautiful and I can squint and ignore the wrinkles in the tan portion of the bodice.  Love the dress on her.  Plus, I just adore that Lucy isn’t awkwardly sticking her leg out in a ridiculous and desperate pose to make sure we didn’t miss the slit up-to-there.  Sometimes classy is just sexy on its own.  

    I’m guessing the bodice didn’t look this way on the model because the dress didn’t have a modesty lining there, it’s her skin showing through.  

  • Damn. She looks great and then you get closer and she just looks like she’s got an unfortunate skin condition on her boobs.

  • Trebawa

    I would have liked asymmetrical hair, too.

  • Joyce VG

    Don’t like it. 

  • unbornfawn

    Damn that backround is making me dizzy.

  • frankystein123

    By blocking out the nude-coloured wrinkles, everything is peachy.

  • Not a fan of the nude illusion netting, but everything else is a win.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    it just doesnt fit, i think, although how that can be i cant tell you. cos theyve used the same thing on the model &, at least from this angle, theres no problem w/ it. & it’s mostly a gorgeous dress. confusing.

  • pokokpuding

    I just love the fact that she didn’t feel the pressing need to deploy the slit. Angelina take note. 

  • RzYoung

    I’m glad that she didn’t have the split up the leg but that illusion netting is never going to work for me I’m afraid

  • I’m sorry…she lacks the sex appeal I expect in Versace. Sort of blah!

  • And the hair is a mess!

  • She looks beautiful and you know it!

  • Cathy S

    It was great until the close-up of the bodice and then it was awful.

  • butterflysunita

    She looks spectacular.  I agree about the wrinkly bodice in the closeup shots, but I actually said “wow” out loud when I saw the first photo.  

  • Marcela86

    I like the dress and she has the perfect body for it. What I dislike is the hair, it looks oily!

  • lilazander

    Amazing! Twice that much that she doesn’t do the “AgieJolie”  tacky leg spread. I LOVE LLiu.