Bella Heathcote (x2)

Posted on October 10, 2012

We finally caught Dark Shadows the other night, and holy cow, is that one awful movie. It’s visually stunning; probably one of the most beautiful Tim Burton films to look at, and that’s saying something, but somewhere along the way, they forgot to write a script that made a lick of sense.

But hey, Bella was in it and she looked amazing, even if she didn’t get to do much.


Bella Heathcote attends the closing night screening of ‘Not Fade Away’ in East Hampton, New York in a Chanel dress.

Chanel Resort 2013 Collection/Model: Cara Delevingne (ELITE)

Yikes on toast. That is a lot of look for one tiny gal to attempt. The dress has interesting seaming and a great shape to it, but even a Chanel label can’t make brushed denim look chic. Sure, it brings out her eyes, but she could have accomplished that with a slightly less ’70s-looking fabric. And the shoes are awful.

Somehow, though, it’s not as bad on her as it should be. She’s got a talent for clothes-wearing. And going hand in hand with that, she’s got a talent for switching up her look.


Bella Heathcote attends ‘Not Fade Away’ Centerpiece Gala Presentation in New York City in a Gucci dress.

Gucci Resort 2013 Collection/Model: Karmen Pedaru

Honey, whoever did your makeup deserves a nice fat bonus. It is FLAWLESS here. The hair is gorgeous too. If you’re gonna do one of those severe ballerina-style pull-backs, you better have the bone structure to pull it off, and girl’s got it in spades. The dress is chic and cute, and it suits her perfectly. We don’t love the shoes, but along with the clutch, they give the look a little bit of an edge. She’s very delicate-looking, which makes her perfect for doing these chic-with-an-edge looks. She’s kind of like January Jones that way.



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  • That faded, brushed denim THING needs to go away. Now.

    • Vanja

      Let’s build a fire, if you gather tinder, I’ll gather some wood.

    • Kristin McNamara

      I remember it from when Diane Kruger wore it a while back (but she actually wore the one the model is wearing)…. still just as hideous.

    • FloridaLlamaLover

      I am ashamed to say that I owned not one, but three different denim dresses in 1995 — does time erase the sins of the past? 

      •  My Dear, I shudder when I think of the first ever 3 piece suit I owned. It was a gift from my parents for High School graduation, and I got to pick it out myself. Mint green embossed polyester, with forest green top stitching.  mercifully, no photographic records remain. There was an (ahem) accident, with the box of pictures.

        That said, you should own it that not all ideas are good ones over the long haul.  Some things are driven entirely by trend, not by true style.  We all succumb to the siren call of style.

  • PastryGoddess

    Unlike JJ she can pull it of without a bitchface.

  • Isadora Paiva

    That movie was terrible! I just completely tuned out in the middle and started looking at it like it was a moving painting. And you’re right, it was visually stunning and she looked specially beautiful in it.

  • NC_Meg

    Good God, Karl, a brushed denim dress?! 

    • PinkLemon

       i’d like to think at least ONE person said that to him in the design room, apparently not. they’re probably too afraid.

  • StellaZafella

     Snip the Chanel off at the waist and I’ll wear it with some skinny BLACK jeans in a heartbeat…don’t even bother to hem it.

    The severity of the chignon in the second ‘do’ should make her look older, but it doesn’t…to her credit, it accents her youth and beauty. A++

  • teensmom99

    When I 1st looked at the pictures, I thought the first dress was blue wool–and I liked it. Then I did more than glance. Once again, TLo, you summed it up perfectly.

  • nannypoo

    Brushed denim is a little odd, but I think she looks adorable in it. The model, on the other hand, looks ridiculous. I love the spidery little stems on the black dress. Hate the shoes. She is one of the very few women who look attractive with her hair skinned back like that. It’s not my first choice for her, but she’s got a great face for it.

  • kimmeister

    Does she have something against the tops of her feet and the front of her ankles?  Both pairs of shoes pictured here look like they’re on backwards.

  • Bella almost makes brushed denim work.  At least she’s working it better than the Chanel model, who looks like she almost stepped into something disgusting that the Chanel cat left in the yard.

    The second look is a Werq in my book.

    • Ceur

      Agree with everything you say. And that picture of Cara Delevigne is hilarious.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Both pairs of shoes look like black versions of the compression-bandage sock that I have to don when I sprain an ankle.  Those shoes do not, in my opinion go with dresses/skirts.  With pants, yes, but not where there is a long uncovered length of leg.

    The second dress is just lovely, though the commercial pic does it no favors with the flowered background, and, unfortunately for us, the promo backdrop at Lincoln Center is too busy, so the dress’s pattern has an uphill battle for eyeball dominance.

  • The thirty years ago me is DYING to wear that black dress.  LOVE IT.

  • SapphoPoet

    I love the collar on that denim dress. I don’t think it looks great on her, but she wears it better than the model, who looks like she’s about to hit someone. 

    She looks great in the black dress; pretty with a slight kick. 

  • PinkLemon

    with a penchant for fugly shoes…yikes. you couldn’t pay me to watch that film, methinks it could never top the show. NE’ER.

    • 3boysful

       I LOVED that tv show, in all of its taking-itself-seriously/camp, so I cannot bring myself to watch the movie.

  • Anathema_Device

    That first dress is awful. Can’t really sign off on a denim dress, but I do like the runway one better. The clean lines in the bodice make it a little more chic…for a denim dress.

    Love everything about the second look.

  • MilaXX

    First look would be passable with a better shoe. Second look is really cute. 

  • filmcricket

    I’m too distracted by the fact that the Gucci model has no knees to notice what Bella’s wearing.

  • My goodness, that model in the first dress looks furious.

    The second look is gorgeous. 

  • I must be alone in my appreciation for the first look. Perhaps my blood sugar is low.

    • Let it out

      Mine too, ’cause I think it’s adorable and oddly chic.

  • In my Fashion Universe, that Chanel is made from another fabric and in my closet.

  • zbkat

    The model in the brushed denim reminds me of Linda Blair in that scene from the Exorcist when she ruins her mother’s party by pissing on the floor.

    • Wendi126

      THis made me lol. Thanks

    • muzan-e

      … and now I cannot unsee it.

      Thank you so much. *g*

  • Judy_S

    I would give her an in on both looks. I actually love the denim dress even though not many people could wear it. She can.

  • My word…..what in the hell is Lagerfeld doing to Chanel?  That model is Coco reincarnated, pissed as all get out saying “this is the shit you come up with?”  On the other hand Ms. Bella is WERQing that Gucci.

  • Trisha26

    I think both looks are beautiful – minus the shoes. How is it possible to slick back all those bangs for the second look? Serious props to that hairstylist.

  • PeaceBang

    I didn’t get that whole Chanel collection. 

  • I love the second dress – it’s amazing, and she looks perfect.  The first dress?  I really hate light denim, but the structure of the dress is fantastic.

    • RebeccaKW

       I would love to see that first dress in a really dark wash denim.  I think it would be so much better, because I love the shape.  That light denim…I don’t even like jeans in that color.

  • 2nd picture her face is so so so so pretty.

  • pookiesmom

    She reminds me a bit of Alexis Bledel. Gorgeous.

  • ccm800

    January joens DELICATE? Oh we def disagree on that one. She does look fantabulous in that floral dress – porcelain perfection puss

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    I had that dress in jumpsuit form in 1977.  Now I have PTSD again from looking at this picture.

  • margaret meyers

    That runway model in the denim dress looks like a subject from a Nazi propaganda film.

  • mayavaly

    I love the first look. Love the color on her (what a shame it turns out to be brushed denim though?). I think the structure of the dress works perfectly for her (and I hated that collection with a passion). Structure (or lack of it) is why I’m not so keen on the second look. And I hate those arms — the swimmers’ sleeves. Those, along with peplums, need to go out of style ASAP before I purchase anything to wear to my bother’s wedding next year.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Bella Heathcote is a great name, too. I don’t know if either of them is straight, but she should marry Benedict Cumberbatch so they can be the Cumbercotes or Heathbatches.

  • As a fan of Dark Shadows when it originally aired, may I say I was appalled by that movie.  It looked more like a National Lampoon stab at it than the homage it was advertised to be.
    Bella looks absolutely stunning in that second look.  I’m going to ignore the first one, assuming it, like God creating men first, was a joke.

  • quiltrx

    I would kind of like to see that first, ahem, ‘thing’ in a different fabric and without the epaulets.  There’s the germ of a good idea in there somewhere, but it got misplaced.

    That second dress is just wonderful, and suits her very well.

  • Le_Sigh

    Uhm – i kind of love the first look – but agree that she’s probably one of few mortals that can pull that look off and not seem as bad as most others who would make the attempt.

  • formerlyAnon

    Dress #2 is great. She (or her stylist) has a thing for awful shoes, though.

  • Qitkat

    Come on, that’s not even close to the same Chanel dress. Or the same fabric.
    However, I have an inexplicable liking for brushed denim, I’ll go out on a limb and say I like Bella’s dress. I actually think it’s a coat (that zipper goes all the way down) meant to be worn as a dress, and would be gorgeous in a brushed wool in a richer color. Love the seaming details.

    The Gucci is super cute, and needs to be in my closet.

  • RzYoung

    v cute. I like both looks. I think she’s young enough to make the denim looks sophis 🙂 

  • I love the Gucci dress, and she is so delicate and pretty she almost makes the denim dress work. But not quite. I’m intrigued by the manicure trend on the red carpet at the moment. When did everyone go from French-polish-or-red nails to all the blues? I like it.

  • Cathy S

    That second dress is adorable.

  • I get that the Chanel Resort 2013 collection is an ode to Marie Antoinette…but why would anyone want to look like they have saddlebags? 

  • BrooklynBomber

    “Yikes on toast.”

    Haha.  Are you sure that’s not a Shanelle dress?!!

  • j_anson

    Re: the Chanel: Nope, panniers still aren’t making a come-back. Re: the other one: Ooh, cute! Re: Dark Shadows: Oh, man, that movie was so disappointing. It’s like they had enough jokes for half a movie.

  • B_C_J

    Chanel denim dress:  Patchwork bib on top of a bad lamp shade….ugh! 
    Gucci dress:  Pretty, age appropriate, simple and the pulled back hair highlights just how exquisite her face actually is.

  • l_c_ann

    I love the fabric in the Gucci. At first I assumed it was joined at a front seam, but I don’t see the seam.  Reality reminds me that great fabrics can be designed for a specific dress and that’s simply a wonderful thing when it works right.

    My problem is that on me (and a few others) there would be too many flowers on the front and side.  And I’d love to have that dress. On my twenty year old body.  Which I remember from decades ago.

  • EEKstl

    Wow, that Gucci dress is stunning and she looks perfect.

  • I hate these shoes that look like pieces of a shoe held together w/ straps.  Shoes or sandals, not an ugly combination of the two.
    Try “Frankenweenie” instead-even cat people know the bond that forms w/ furkids.  (Tho’ not the same as with a dog.)  LOVED that movie!

  • sashaychante

    What is up with the FUGLY shoes?  I’d rather see platform stripper shoes….YIKES!

  • guest2visits

    I think both dresses look pretty on her; but the little black dress would be even prettier if a tiny bit longer.
    I don’t like the shoes with either look. 

  • She was so beautiful in that terrible film; but Depp and Pfeiffer stole the show, even without a script.

  • Rrroza

    Have to disagree with you on the Dark Shadows movie…I think it’s hilarious. (Admittedly, I am exactly in the middle of its bullseye demographically.) I’ve seen it *twice*—once in the theater and once on an airplane—and found it funnier the second time. Same thing happened for me with Mars Attacks; I think there’s something about Burton’s films that works that way: initially seemingly all about the visuals, but bearing repeated viewings. And his films should be seen on big screen the first time.

    Loved Heathcote in the movie; perfect casting. Like both these looks, just wish it wasnt brushed denim.