WERQ: Freida Pinto in Alexander McQueen

Posted on September 06, 2012

Should we just hand out WERQs today like Halloween candy? Because maybe it’s the lack of sleep or the three cups of coffee ingested in 20 minutes, but this is the 4th outfit today that makes our jaws drop.

Brace yourselves. You’re about to be slapped with FIERCE:


Freida Pinto attends Jaeger-LeCoultre Gala Dinner during the 69th Venice Film Festival in Alexander McQueen.

Alexander McQueen Resort 2013 Collection

GodDAMN, woman! We’re snapping all over the place, here! You WERQ that bod like you’re dancing for 20s, girl.

But we kinda wish you’d worn the massive belt with it.

What? We had to say something slightly critical. Otherwise, we’d feel like you weren’t getting your money’s worth.

[Photo Credit: Getty, style.com]

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  • CQAussie

    “But we kinda wish you’d worn the massive belt with it.”  Yep, agree.

    But still though.  Hot damn!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I too vote for the massive belt, but STILL!

      • yes, me too! that belt kind makes the look. perhaps she wanted the full force of her slammin’ abs tho.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          If I had those abs, I’d be looking for every opportunity to flaunt them, for sure.

    • Le_Sigh

       Agreed!  I’m still not sure how to react by getting visually slapped in the face by her (fantastic) ab loaves.

    • Dr. Derf van der Derf

      With out the belt I would take it out of the werq category because that torso window is just WEIRD.

      • mshesterp

        Agreed–with the belt it would’ve been werq-worthy, but without it it’s just…a little odd.  But she’s making it work as best as possible.  

      • I really loved it without the belt until I saw it on the model WITH…now I just can’t love it without.

  • call_me_schmeg

    it seems so much more groovy without the belt. serving up time warp realness, miss pinto in the print!

  • Without the belt, some optical illusion makes her abs look like her back, with a groove for her spine.  It is FREAKING me out.  

    • mshesterp

      Ahh!  Dammit, now I can’t unsee that.  I know exactly what you mean.

  • MissAnnieRN

    I wish she’d worn the belt with it too. I also want to see this on Katie holmes.

  • I agree wholeheartedly! Though this is an undoubted WERQ, I would be lurving it even more with that amazing belt.

  • mjude

    what a beautiful dress. i am torn between belt or no belt

  • Clueless_Jock

    The abs cutout should have been a bit lower.

  • Sobaika

    YES. I like the belt, but it’s not appropriate for a red carpet. She would look ridiculous and probably very uncomfortable.

    W E R Q Freida!!!

  • Too funny. Before I got to your comment, when I saw the model’s picture, I said to myself, self, I said, that dress would look a lot better with the belt.

    Apparently you’ve taken over my subconscious. Sorry it’s such a shit show in there. 

  • MilaXX

    I don’t know if I’d give this a WERQ. It’ pretty but I think it needs the belt or at least a smaller version of it.

  • The cutout just looks a little odd without the belt.  I keep thinking a bald supergenius with an inflated cranium is slowly lifting his head from her midriff.

    But yeah, otherwise gorgeous.

  • PeggyOC

    Nope. Sorry boys, but you’re wrong on this one.  She’s wearing the shit out of it, but no dress with a “nightgown ruffle” hem is ever going to be a WERQ.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      Oh, I like the ruffle. I think it works because of the change in pattern scale. In fact the pattern gets larger as it moves down the dress and I think it adds interest. And “yes” to the belt!

  • twocee

    Ew, no.  I think your WERQ button is out of whack today.  That pattern is hurting my eyes and that cutout is just atrocious. SHE of course is gorgeous.

  • yup, belt because she needs something to break up that pattern; the difference in proportion  between the top and bottom circles is not enough. If the circles from the bottom flounce were used, that would be sufficient.

  • RebeccaKW

    I do love the belt with it.  I don’t mind the cutouts b/c they don’t seem vulgar.  No belly button, you can’t see boob.   Snaps.

  • [Whimpers] I want the belt, too!  I’d also like some relatively simple earrings with it, but that is a minor quibble.

  • m0r0

    Hate it without the belt.

  • It was gorgeous with the belt, but I wonder if perhaps the height differential was the reason that Freida wore the dress without it. The belt makes the dress, but it probably takes a tall woman to pull off that much belt. A modified version of that belt, more proportional to Freida, would have been wonderful. I really heart the dress, and think she looks great.

    • kimmeister

      You’re right, she might be too short-waisted to pull off such a wide belt.

  • I love it as worn, without the belt.  It subtly refers to midriff-baring saris without being obvious, you know?

  • SpcilK

    Love it. Wish she wore that same belt on the model too – but overall she looks amazing.

  • melanie0866

    Good job leaving off the belt.  She’s too short to pull it off.

  • Trisha26

    Agree about the belt. Is it just me or does she look as though she’s about to cry?

  • Judy_S

    Fabulous. I like it without the belt.

  • Joyce VG

    She looks like she’s eleventy feet tall! What a beauty!

  • I don’t love it. 

  • pookiesmom

    I dunno, guys, obviously she has a slamming body, but for some reason the shape of the neckline combined with the placement of the cutout and the color of the gown seems to be creating the optical illusion that she’s smaller in the chest than she is in the waist, which obviously she is not. She’s one of the most beautiful starlets out there and I dig the uniqueness of the dress, but it’s just not very flattering to my eyes.

  • mskgb

    The large watch trend remains in full force.

    • kimmeister

      And it is literally her only accessory!  Would’ve loved at least some earrings.

  • TSkot

    Passable with the belt, almost fugly without it.  Must be your lack of sleep.

  • TieDye64

    The belt would make it perfect. Gorgeous!

  • She looks ruler shaped – the belt would have added the necessary waist definition. 

  • jen0farc

    Oh dear.  Boys, put down the NY Times article about your fabulous selves and get some more sleep!  You’re way off here and you’re NEVER off! 

    • patticake1601

       waaaaay off.  I just can’t stop looking at this piece of fugly.

  • Vickiefantastico

    Out. The dress is heinous. The abs cutout is trashy and the bottom of the dress looks like Little House on the Prairie from the ugly future. She’s still pretty, though.

    Oh, wait. This is a WERQ? Huh? Oh. Well then.

  • Oh man, it needed the belt so bad. The outfit, and maybe even Frieda herself, is lost without it. 

  • janetjb

    Why did she go without the belt?  A side by side comparison would help me judge if she made the right choice.

  • lrhoff

    KINDA wish?  I would’ve withheld the WERQ because she showed lack of insight in not having that belt wrapped around her little waist pronto!!  She “in” but not a WERQ for me without the belt.

  • jmorino08

    NO! That is tacky and awful! Bad TLO! Bad TLO!

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    She must have the Big Ass Belt.  I don’t understand this dress without it?

  • Allison Woods


    Is something wrong with me today?

  • Sara__B

    No belt, no WERQ. Close, but not quite there.

  • formerlyAnon

    I like the grand skirt better than the bodice (which makes her look flat chested – i don’t know her, so maybe she is).

    But overall, FABulous!

  • SapphoPoet

    Yep, she needs the belt. Still, a total WERQ. 

  • Ew this looks tacky as hell to me.  The belt was a must!  This looks like a slutty prom dress from the mid 90’s that someone bought at Cache.

  • rainwood1

    This one’s not WERQing for me as Selena’s two looks.

  • BobStPaul

    Definitely needs the belt.

  • You know, if she’d worn the belt, you’d have complained about that. Can’t win with you two! But I think the dress harkens to her heritage – the land of midriff baring saris.

  • Sheila Luther

    IMHO, I think her styling is lacking a bit.  She could’ve used a great cocktail ring and some earrings. And THE belt! 

  • schadenfreudelicious

    no belty no werqy…sorry….

  • granddelusion

    That’s “fierce”? It looks “trying too hard” to me.

  • jilly_d

    I hate this dress and find it unflattering to the beautiful miss Freida

  • trisker

    I disagree — I thought the belt WAY too heavy for the beautiful fabric.  She looks better than the model.

  • I think too much coffee got you overly excited TLo, this is not a WERQ without the belt. 

  • leave_Blake_alone

    This is *not* a werq for me. Definitely needed the big belt. She looks hot, but something is a little off with the look for me. (Maybe it’s the abs cutout?)

  • That kind of belt would improve the look.  However, belts like that are fine if you’re standing the entire night.  The minute you sit down, though, your ribs are being assaulted and your boobs pushed out of their protective covering (if you’re wearing a covering).   She made the right call. 

  • It definitely needed the belt I think… I like the dress on her, but not the styling –  hair and makeup don’t work.

  • Really? Ew. The proportion of the top to the skirt makes her look extremely short-waisted, the cut of the dress as a whole completely erases any semblance of a figure, the cutout looks a skosh lop-sided, and the fabric strips around the cutout are pooching out about her waist. This is horrendous, guys. Less WERQ and more WTFQ.

    … And her hair is Bumpit couture. And the watch should’ve either matched more closely or not at all – as is, it looks awkward. I’ll give her make-up a pass; the lipstick in particular is nice. Everything else fails.

  • Judy_J

    I wish she’d worn the belt , too.  The dress is great, but the belt makes it fabulous.  Once again, a single accessory makes all the difference.

  • meridian5

    She definitely needs the belt.  It’s making her look rather boxy, but it is fierce no matter what.

  • Judih1

    Look like a Sari to me. I give it a MEH, would have been yes with BELT

  • amf0001

    the expression in her eyes needs to be more gladitorial to make that dress work.   (and it definitely needs the belt!)

  • marilyn

    Without the belt,she has no waist.    

  • Laylalola

    Maybe something about being at Fashion Week makes everything with a designer’s name seem amazing.

  • oohsparkley!

    I like it better with the belt too. The proportions seem off without it.

  • teensmom99

    She owns this look.  Wow!

  • Amy

    Glad I am not the only one who scrolled to the picture of the model and thought “darn! why didn’t she add that cool crazy belt?!”

    But then I looked at her photo again and thought “well if my abs looked that good, I wouldn’t let the belt distract the eyes from them either”.

  • I can’t stop looking at the man watch.  Is that the only jewelry?  I realize it’s a busy outfit, but the watch does not satisfy.

  • frannyprof

    I don’t know… something just isn’t werq-ing for me here… she’s not selling it enough.

  • jw_ny

    Best she’s looked!  It’s a great dress for her but I do like it much better with the belt…think a belt with cutouts at the waist is kind of odd tho…

  • ChelseaNH

    Sorry, but the dress is making me cross-eyed.  The belt would have helped.

    But other than that, she looks great…

  • bitterk

    The belt and the hair….

  • eclare

    Meh…With the belt it would have been an undebatable WERQ.  But I’m just not digging the belt-free version.

  • guest2visits

    It’s a beautiful dress, and I like the cutouts on the sides, not so much the one in the center. 
    She looks beautiful too; agree adding the belt would be even better.

  • Anathema_Device

    Def. needs the belt. Ditching the belt keeps this from being a WERQ in my book. 

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  • lill5

    Something about that cut-out on her tummy is ruining this for me.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    By the time I scrolled to her knees I was absolutely sure you were joking (“WERQ’ing clown suspenders from the Scrooge McDuck Circus?!”) , but then I scrolled to the hem and came promptly around. Fabulous, but it really does need the belt for shape.

  • quiltrx

    I like it with the belt better, because it HINTS at the abs without putting them all up in yo face.

  • JaneDC

    It makes her look curiously flat chested.

  • Kristy Evans

    I thought y’all hated cutouts! My world is upside down. I agree on the belt thing.

  • I have to disagree. The lack of belt makes the cutout look awkward. I hate the lack of jewelry. Her boobs looks wonky. Her make up looks kind of smudgy and awful…I usually agree with youse, TLO, but I am just NOT feeling this.

  • ccm800

    Pointless cutout aside – its good! 

  • Verascity

    Eh… it needed the belt, and I’m not loving her hair. I think this is missing the mark.

  • dharmabum8

    I actually think her short torso makes the dress look like fancy bib overalls. It looks so much better on the model. Not only isn’t this a WERQ, it’s a girl, this is not your dress.

    • LambeeBaby

       I agree. Even the most beautiful look cheap in a cutout.

  • RzYoung

    I agree re: the belt, shoulda kept it

  • Diana Martinez

    Agree – looks much better with the belt.  In fact, I’m not sure I even like it without the belt. 

  • neofashionista

    blahhh in my opinion ruined without the belt it looks like a fancy mettalic baby bid, no me gusta!

  • EEKstl

    LOVE this dress but agree the belt would have been perfection.  Still, she is rockin’ it.

  • PeaceBang

    FAB dress, but her hair isn’t up to snuff for the whole look. 

  • The dress needs a statuesque woman to really wear it. But adding the belt would have defined her waist better.

  • Liz

    I didn’t realize it needed a belt until I saw the belted version.  She looks SLAMMIN’.

  • PhillipWilde

    I hate cutouts, but she’s WERQing the shit out of them.

  • kikisayshi

    Me no likey. It definitely looks better with the  belt, but that cutout just looks weird to me.

  • but the massive belt would have hidden her beautiful abs from our view.  and that would be a shame.