Pairs Division: Madekwe and Allen

Posted on September 18, 2012


Ashley Madekwe and Christa B. Allen attend the NYLON September TV issue launch event in Beverly Hills, California.

Darlings, if you’re anything like us – and really, you should be – then you are positively salivating for the return of the delicious Revenge to our TVs just weeks from now. In celebration of the no-doubt glorious return of Victoria Grayson and Emily Thorne, let’s pick on two of the supporting cast members and point out what they got wrong in their outfits, okay? Okay!

You know it’s what Victoria would do.


Ashley Madekwe in The Kooples

SHE: Either didn’t move much that night or she’s got great tit-tape action going on there. We love this look and she’s just the gal to pull it off, but that jacket’s just a little too open for our tastes. Not because we’re prudes but because it just looks too big on her. If that thing was tailored to her size, we’d love it.  It would also help if it didn’t look so obviously shoved open in a “Make sure you get a pic of my tits” kind of way. And she could’ve worn more interesting shoes. And jewelry. Score: 7/10.


Christa B. Allen in Max Mara Top and Rebecca Minkoff Shorts

SHE: Is giving us life. We adore this look. So colorful, glamorous and sexy in an ’80s Scavullo Cosmo cover kind of way. The leather hot pants were just the fun addition to take this away from being too Barbie-riffic. We’re not entirely sold on the makeup, and the bag looks a bit like a makeup case, but the rest of it works really well and looks stylish to our eyes. Score: 8.5/10.


Combined Score:  7.75/10. Work those hot pants, girls!


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Sobaika

    That’s the best I’ve seen Christa look off the show. Cute look!

    • Her torso looks pixellated and I LOVE IT.

      • Has Christa played Jennifer Garner’s daughter/younger self in anything? Because she

        • Little_Olive

          She did actually. She was young Jennifer in 13 Going on 30

      • kimmeister

        I keep feeling like my eyes are out of focus whenever I look at it!

  • ChaCha_70

    I feel like I need to sing the cheesy ZZ Top song from 1983, “She’s got legs and she knows how to use them!”

    • TheOriginalLulu

      You just took me back to some good times, man.

  • Love the high, high pink pumps with the short leather shorts!

    •  I am surprising myself here, but I totally agree! There’s a way to do this well and many, many ways to do it badly. She did it well.

      • RebeccaKW

         And I feel like, even though we can’t see the back, that her shorts are long enough to cover the ass cheek, which always takes it tacky.  Her shorts are the right amount of short.

  • sekushinonyanko

    The latter lady appears to be hiding behind her clutch in all of the photos as if she’s thinking “I felt hot when I left the house, but these booty shorts are too short and I may not be as confident in my thighs in front of photographers as I was in my bedroom mirror. DAMMIT!”

  • Judy_J

    The girl in the jacket….there’s something wonky with the front of the jacket, like she used body tape to keep it in place, but decided it wasn’t open enough, so she pushed it back just under her breasts.  Both sides are like that, so it appears to be intentional.  Very disconcerting. 

  • Rand Ortega

    OMG! A Francesco Scavullo ref! This is why I loves me some TLo! Yeah, Ashley’s jacket is a little too roomy to be out & out chic, let alone a WERQ. Christa’s hair & makeup are her WERQ killers. But overall, adorable looks for both young ladies.

  • MilaXX

    I think they both look cute and are young enough to get away with dress shorts. However, I wouldn’t get either of them more than an 8/10.
    Ashley Madekwe – Looks cute, finally got a better weave, but should have worn a better shoe. 7.5/10
    Christa B. Allen – Another cute look, but I don’t care how on trend they are Barbie pink shoes will never not look plastic to me. 8/10

  • Has Christa played Jennifer Garner’s daughter/younger self in anything? Because she should. 

  • LOVE. THEM. Ashley is a goddess.

  • That sequin top looks like a pixilated jpg that is slowly coming into resolution.

    • CMCH

      My thought, as well. Very pretty, once I stopped trying to un-blur it.

  • I agree with your ratings. Ashley is usually on point but kind of falters with this look. Her BFF on the other hand, Christa, looks really cute. Not feelin’ the makeup but everything else looks alright to me.

    Fun Fact: Ashley Madekwe has a popular fashion blog, Ring My Bell. She’s been holding it down since ’09. Been loving her and her style ever since.

  • joe_tey83

    I’ll probably watch Revenge only if there are shirtless scenes. The show is guaranteed to fall apart soon enough. I don’t want to get suckered into it and feel like I have wasted my time. There are more fun and less sucker-ish ways of wasting time.

  •  I would have gone up a full point if Ashley’s boob tape were applied better. I actually love that suit, and that’s something I never thought I’d say.

  • Lilithcat

    Was Allen’s top designed that way, or was the camera out of focus?  Or do I need new glasses?

    • 3boysful

       I was wondering same.  I think it’s perhaps square sequins, so it makes it look pixillated?  At least on my screen.

  • I really like both looks a lot, but especially Allen’s!  So pretty and fun!

  • Ashley Madekwe’s jacket is definitely taped; you can even see where. Very strange and poorly done. If she’d secured the jacket so the opening was narrower and you couldn’t see where the jacket was trying to gape out under where she’d taped it, that would be a really fantastic look. But especially with the sheen on the fabric, the poor tape job is really throwing the whole thing off for me.

    • Little_Olive

      It’s like she taped the jacket instead (or on top) of taping her boobs. Cuek.

    • if she’d just worn a lacy little camisole underneath, she wouldn’t need the tape.  and we wouldn’t have to look at her bony chest.

  • #2 is pixellated streetwalker.  Nuh-uh.

    • pookiesmom

      hahahahaha! so true!

  • quiltrx

    I like that sequinned top…looks like a picture that’s being digitally blurred-out.

  • I agree with the scores but I just can’t with the pointy pink shoes.

  • The weird bend on the jacket’s neckline is bothering me — pretty sure that it was too big to stay that way on its own and is taped.

  • Spicytomato1

    That’s too much of Ashley’s sternum for my taste. Too bad, because it really coulda been a cute outfit.

    Christa looks great, I love the top, shorts and shoes, although her hair looks a bit overdone to me. I just realized she reminds me a bit of Jennifer Garner.

    I eagerly await the return of Revenge…any idea when it premieres?

  • galcurly

    Christa’s make-up is awful and there is just something off about the proportions of the outfit.  The top needs to be a bit shorter or the shorts a bit longer.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Ashley Whatever – I think you guys are being way too generous. It may be sexy when a girl’s top inadvertently shifts a little, giving someone a quick peek, but when you go out of your way to rig your clothes so as to make sure that everyone gets a peek, you just look desperate and cheap. And this is coming from a woman who has never been afraid of a low cut top.
    Christa B. – This looks fun, youthful and sexy, without begging for attention. I’m normally against hot pink shoes on principle, but if ever there was an outfit where they work, this is it. Bravo!

  • hey, my barbie has plenty of leather hot pants in her tricks drawer.  

  • turtleemily

    It’s weirding me out how she keeps looking more and more like Jennifer Garner when she played younger!Jennifer Garner in 13 Going On 30.

  • Trisha26

    Totally agree about Ashley’s getup! But TLo – you really think Christa looks glamorous and sexy? Magazine cover style aside, those shorts are way too short – especially in that material – to be anything but slutty. The entire outfit & makeup says streetwalker to me.

  • ccm800

    Love those pixel sequins A LOT but man they just look like the  mean  girls at school.