IN or OUT: Kelly Osbourne in Zimmermann

Posted on October 31, 2012

Darlings, Kelly O won some sort of Ultimate Style Icon award at this Cosmo-sponsored “Ultimate Women Awards” thingy. Hmmph. We’ll just see about THAT.


Kelly Osbourne attends the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Woman of the Year awards in London, England in a Zimmermann dress from the Spring 2013 collection paired with Casadei shoes.

See, this is why we remain relatively unimpressed with her so-called style cred. It’s true that she’s improved tremendously in the past ten years, but that’s true of a lot of people as they move through their twenties. Nothing particularly award-worthy about that. And too often, as in this case, we think she makes some choices that make us question her instincts. It’s a pretty dress, for the most part. We think there’s a bit too much design going on, but we like the look overall. But the fit in the bust and bodice doesn’t look all that great and the fact that she paired those platform peeptoes with it just cause us to throw our hands up in annoyance. They’re not bad shoes, but at best, they’re an expected choice. We see no style in that choice of shoe. There were so many different kinds of shoes to choose from to punctuate this outfit and she chose the one kind of shoe seen most often on the red carpet, rendered in tones to match the dress exactly. Also, her nails match her hair color; her hairstyle is all wrong for the dress; and she did nothing interesting with the jewelry.

Pfft. Style icon, our perky gay asses. She dresses well, for the most part, but she never really impressed us with her so-called style.


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OUT! Oh, please. If she’s a style icon, I’m a princess.

Kerry Washington’s postage stamp dress did not thrill the Bitter Kittens, who voted it OUT.


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  • OUT. She is no style icon. So very far from it.  Especially when you wear this shittery to accept the award. I think if you’re an icon you can wear anything and pull it off (see: Iman) Kelly just wears weird shit with lavender hair and she somehow qualifies. 

  • The dress is alright, but her hair looks awful (and not just because it’s old lady purple). OUT. 

  • RzYoung

    I’m with TLO, out…edited to add ‘humpf’

  • OUT, partly because I fucking hate the word “icon” being thrown at people who haven’t been alive long enough to earn it. When she’s amazing at 90 she can be an icon. Also, I don’t like the dress.

    • curiouserandcuriousest

       I second that. I choked a little at the word ‘icon’. I’m afraid it’s an OUT.

    • decormaven

      Amen! “You’re young; you will get your recognition. And honestly, it is absolutely ridiculous to be two years into your career and counting your ideas. – Don Draper” If she’s an icon, we’re all points of light. 

    • editrixie

      Every time they call some twentysomething little slip of a girl an icon on Project Runway, I throw something soft at the TV and then drink something stiff.

      • Judih1

        agree with everything above. She is no style icon – both because she is too young and second because she has no style. Her only “credential” is being on that Joan Rivers Fashion Police Show


  • Jessica O’Connell

    Big ol’ MEH for me. She needs to get rid of the lavender hair. OUT.

    • Lori

      How long has she had that stupid hair now? I was willing to roll with it when I thought it was a short-term thing. It’s her hair, she’s young, she can play around with it if she wants. it passed “fun thing to do for a lark” awhile ago though and there it still is. WTH?

      •  I would totally do purple hair all the time if I could get away with it.  Granted, I’d wear it with things that clashed with it as much as possible and I wouldn’t expect someone to elect me as style icon. (Having purple hair has been a dream of mine for most of my life. I don’t dye it now because I also like paying my bills.)

    • YayaGurl

      To me the purple hair smacks of insta-trademark.  Like she sat in a meeting and they told her she had to have a “thing” that would make her iconic and some dope shouted out purple hair but because it was a committee it got watered down to old lady lavender.

  • Laylalola

    Out. I refuse to believe her “style” ever was in.

  • Poor girl. She wants so desperately to be a style icon, but no. Out.

  • IAmJ

    Oh please. She’s never been an IN for me, let alone an icon.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Even with Mellissa Rivers in your competitive set.

  • imperfectlaura

    No, she didn’t really get called a style icon.  She was going to a Halloween party dressed as a style icon.  And she didn’t do a very good job on her costume. OUT

  • Generally i find her quite cute, but this particular dress is meh, not well-fitted, hence not particularly flattering.  I wonder if a belt might have helped.  And I’m tired of the hair…

  • Janet B

    She looks like a rich girl who needs a stylist.  OUT!
    I see she hasn’t mastered the season’s yet.  (I know it’s a useless gripe on my part, but I hate seeing perfectly good spring/summer clothes being used in fall/winter)

  • Out. She doesn’t deserve that title for any reason whatever.

  • crash1212

    Icon? Please. I believe that word is so overused – and incorrectly – as to line up with the “awesome” we so often hear about things that are decidedly NOT awesome. Pfffft. Also Hmmph. OUT.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Yes, the word icon is so over used. Until recently I had only heard the word used in an Art History reference and then rarely and very specifically.
      I like the idea of the dress. Even though organza is stiff, it doesn’t have enough weight to hold up the other fabrics without the unsightly wrinkles.

  • ghopping

    In or out, I’m still a princess.

  • teensmom99

    IN.  I saw the picture and thought “wow, she looks really good,” and to me that’s an IN.  As to shoes, somehow they are a matchy matchy that works.  Icon is a whole nother story and I leave that to my 2 favorite expert gay uncles–but one can be an IN without being an icon.

  • SapphoPoet

    OUT. ‘Nuff said. 

  • Watts

    Does she have a natural birthmark on her right shin? Or is that just some lousy tan (spray or self) application?

  • leftcoastpickle

    IN. I love her, and I just can’t help that. Because she’s not the traditional hollywood babe, but she makes it work (TM Tim Gunn). Go Kelly!! 

  • NoelleMB

    I agree with TLO on this one – her looks have improved greatly since her teenage days, but that’s true of mostly anyone. It sort of pisses me off the way the word “style icon” gets thrown around – there is no way Kelly Osbourne can hold the same title as the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, Madonna, hell even SJP.

    What does Kelly Osbourne “do” exactly? I know she had that singing career at one point, but that was probably about ten years ago. Does she just play the reality tv circuit? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike her, but I really can’t think of anything she’s done since “The Osbournes”, other than “Dancing with the Stars” and other reality tripe.

    • MilaXX

       Her primary gig is on The Fashion Police.

    • Corsetmaker

      She does stuff here too. She hosted Project Catwalk, which was the UK version of PR but didn’t last very long (I liked it too) and she’s done some radio etc. 

  • mjude

    i like kelly & i think she is adorable. but i do NOT get the “icon” thing.  hardly.  OUT!

  • lalahartma

    In!  🙂

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    IN for this look but OUT for the icon title.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    style icon??.  i have nothing against tatts, but i just can’t go there when you have skulls and crossbones on your feet (even if your dad is Ozzie)

    • xmixiex

      then clearly you do have something against “tatts.”

      • 3boysful

         Have to agree with schadenfreudelicious–if you want the body art, fine, but when you’re “dressed up,” visible ones are distracting.

      • RebeccaKW

         I agree.  Nothing wrong with visible tattoos.

  • Lilithcat

    I really like the dress.

    The shoes (and the tattoos on her feet) are horrid.

    From the ankles up:  IN

  • MilaXX

    I vote it IN but only because it’s not bad enough to qualify for an OUT. I do, however, agree with you on all points. The overall look is too matchy matchy.  I’d give the nails a pass, but the jewelry and shoes are very average person, not fashion-y at all. I also would have taken the hem of the dress to the knee.

    I applaud Kelly for not being Lilo/Bobbi Kristina levels of a hot mess, but she really just lucked her way into a good job.

  • AuntJentie

    Love the dress, hate the shoes, am always irritated with her tatoos.

  • BayTampaBay

    IN!  She looks better here than most times I have seen her on a red carpet.  I like the dress but agree with TLo that it needs some altering.  I guess she did not alter the dress as it is loaner. She must not be important enough for a designer to allow her to do what ever needs to be done to this loaner dress to make it right, perfect and customized for her.

  • Out. It’s a fancy nightie and I want to burn her hair.

  • OUT. Her hair looks even more ridiculous than usual. Lacquer and lavender don’t mix. Dress could have been a contender like you and Joe Zee say, styling is everything. I hate the shoes and am only left pondering what those little pirates will look like when she is old and the veins start popping. 

  • LauraWL

    Oh man. I hate those shoes. OUT. The dress isn’t bad and I actually love that she rocks that light purple hair but that over the shoulder style doesn’t work very well when she has a ton of product on the crown of her head. Also, icon is laughable when assigned to anyone wearing platform peeptoes. I know those type of shoes are inspired by the whole Petty Paige/pinup thing, but it with this dress. 

  • I think the dress is really pretty on her.  In.

  • Joyce VG

    So happy T Lo and kitties are doing fine. Sending out prayers that all will be healed soon over in the East.   I am Team Kelly so I give her a big ole IN.  I mean this look is not earth shattering (sorry) but still she looks feminine and happy. 

  • BrooklynBomber

    Apparently, I’m a princess!

  • Call me Bee

    Well–I’m not sure she’s a style icon, but she sure looks better than she did a decade ago.  I love this dress, though the shoes are too clunky  (let’s just let those silly platforms fade away…)  So–IN, albiet a baby one. 

  • l_c_ann


    Too much of almost everything.

  • xmixiex

    whatevs, i love her and her style. it’s basically how i’d dress if i were in her position with her money.  turn your nose up at me if you like.

  • Trisha26

    Out. Love the dress – a shame those sheer strips pucker like that though. The rest from head to toe is a miss for me.

  • IN. I think this is great head to toe. Not sure I’d call her a style icon, but I really like this outfit. 

  • In! The thing is, style is the thing she’s GOOD at. 

  • stagmania

    OUT. I’ve never understood how she became a fashion authority.

    • random_poster

      She and Stella McCartney come from the same school of rock star child privilege. 

  • CatherineRhodes


  • rissa42210

    In.  I wouldn’t say that she is a style icon, but the reality is that I really like that dress and her hair.  I think she looks pretty great.  

  • OUT – the dress is nice, but hair is strange (my Grandmother used to colour her hair like that back in the day!), and platform peeptoes??  **YAWN**…..

  • OUT. Coco Chanel was/is a style icon. Audrey Hepburn was/is a style icon. Kelly manages to work a certain look most, but not all, of the time; but that hardly makes her an icon. Because she went from hellishly bad to respectable doesn’t an icon make. I actually think she looks pretty here, but I’m voting an OUT because of the misuse of the “icon” label (and I’m feeling quite bitter today).

  • It’s just so shineeeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyy! OUT.

  • kimmeister

    The outfit is an OUT, but I do think her makeup looks fantastic.

  • jw_ny


    It’s not a bad dress and she looks ok enough, aside from the purple mermaid hair.   I’m giving her an OUT primarily because I don’t think anyone that copies Katy Perry’s style should be recognized as a style icon of their own.

  • B_C_J

    This is definitely not her best look. The fit in the area of the bust and across the hips is definitely lacking. I understand that she is petite in stature so the length adds to the illusion of height but  it also makes the wearer look matronly.  Finally I am tired of the lavender hair. It’s a bit cartoonish.  

  • kschwarting

    The dress is OK, minus those sheer inserts (shudder).  The shoes are dreadful.  She would be more of an icon if she didn’t look like she was trying so damn hard.

  • PrunellaV

    I’m tired of seeing her mauve hair, much less anything else on her. OUT.

  • TSkot

    As long as she keeps that unnatural colored hair she’ll always be OUT.

  • Leah Burns

    I think she mainly needed some more makeup here, and maybe a slightly shorter dress since she is in her twenties still. I like her hair color.

  • SophieCollier

    IN.  She doesn’t look bad at all, even if this she is not worthy of “Style Icon.”  She’s dressed perfectly fine here, so that’s an IN.  Just wish the lighting weren’t so bright.  It’s a bit hard on the eyes trying to take in all that white and shininess. 

  • VioletFem

    OUT. Pretty much agree with everything said above. She has not earned that title. 

  • I was prepared to give this in an IN, because I really like the dress and I think she looks great overall. But the nails in the same shade of “Mrs. Slocombe” as her hair? No, I can’t even. OUT.

  • Qitkat

    She looks just fine here, more in than out. It’s always heartening to see someone improve her life/appearance the way she has, and in that sense I would call her more of a role model than icon of anything.

    Anyway this so-called award came from Cosmo, of all possible *credible* sources for an award, sheesh, that’s where the joke lies here, folks.

  • An unenthusiastic IN. Doesn’t really impress me much but it’s not that offensive either.

  • Sara__B

    OUT. Very little thought seems to have gone into the styling. She’s not living up to the title of Style Icon.

  • Judy_S

    Not sure she’s a style icon; icons are above in or out, or werq, or any such tag. They are themselves.
    I find her charming here, so she gets an IN. Maybe even a WERQ.

  • ringthing

    Looks cheap. Out.

  • kikisayshi

    I’m not sure about the whole “style icon” thing, or her hair for that matter. But there is something about this that I really do like. I agree, not the best shoes and could have used some accessories. Overall I vote IN.

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    And I suppose style-icons do wear slips made out of shiny bedsheets to public appearances, right?


  • Girl_With_a_Pearl

    Why is this woman “famous”?  Yes, I know who her parents are and yes I know about the reality T.V. show.  But what does she do?

  • Le_Sigh

    OUT. At the very best a cartoon character from Nickelodeon.  She’s just one big eyeroll for me – its all so expected.  Even when she looks ok.

  • Imasewsure

    It’s not an out for me but she’s not exactly a grand dam of fashion either… I say IN but not a huge one.  Definitely done with that hair though

  • I love her and like her in this dress but do not like the hairstyle at all. Looks like the kind of thing we’d do in junior high to try to make curly brown hair look new-wave edgy.

  • oohsparkley!

    In, because she looks cute. But she’s not an Icon. She’s a fashionable young lady, in that she clearly enjoys fashion and experimenting. But Icon implies someone more important.

  • MissFern

    She dresses well, just not to the event in which she was honored for dressing well.

  • OUT! I don’t like the bodice of this dress and her makeup is awful. I’d love the shoes with something else!

  • Judy_J

    It is a pretty dress, poorly accessorized.  OUT.

  • jjfg

    She’s one of those people I never though I’d grow to like, and I’ve grown to like her.  That said, the dress is too lingerie for me, the shoes would go better with something that needed dressing up, and the DTM hair is getting old.  OUT.

  • DinahR

    OUT.   She seems fun and I see that in her clothes which is wonderful, but I never got a stylish vibe from her.  As far as being an icon, just no.  She needs a total makeover.  Again.  That hair is not flattering or even that unique anymore and she seems entirely oblivious to it.  She could probably throw a dart at the color wheel and find a more complimentary hair color. I hate the grayed-washed out tones on her. 

  • librarygrrl64

    OUT. And I can’t any more with that hair color.

  • I don’t have a problem with the dress, but I don’t think I can ever give her an “IN” until she gets rid of that awful hair!

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I refuse to take her seriously until she stops coloring her hair that ridiculous shade of purple.

  • demidaemon

    IN. I like this, even though it’s not perfect. Though, for someone who often harps on fit, she should probably make sure that everything fits her PERFECTLY or that is going to come back and bite her in the ass multiple times.

  • Dagney

    IN.  Love the dress.  Love the hair.  Love the shoes.

  • Corsetmaker

    I like the outfit but the finish on the dress is terrible! I think really that her dress sense is more UK than US, she’s more London fashion week than New York if that makes sense. The family do keep a foot on both sides of the Atlantic.

    As for style icon, not sure. Does a style icon have to have universal appeal? I don’t think they do. I think she’s a bit young yet for the label, maybe in 20 years.

  • CeeQ

    I want to like this but the shoes are too heavy and the dress just looks like a nightie. The hair is pretty though! OUT.

  • prettybigkitty

    Out.  And she’ll remain out until her hair color is no-longer the color of a faded Barney.  

  • formerlyAnon

    If it’s in or out based on her style icon status, that’s easy peasy. OUT.

    Hard to be a style icon without either an aggressive, consistent, and *unique* look over a period of < a decade, OR, possibly, a more quiet presence, but still consistent & with a stamp of one's own on the looks, over multiple decades.  She's achieved neither.

    On the merits of this look alone, it's a good bit harder to call it, but still leaning to out. The fit's in no way perfect and the whole look is just a bit unexciting. Hair does nothing for this look and is neither elegant nor dramatic.

  • DylanCurtis

    Boring. Out.

  • lesmaha

    I’m so tired of the hair, and the dress is meh. Out.

  • guest2visits

    This dress does absolutely nothing for her. The fabric is looking really cheap the way it’s been cut-up and seamed.
    It’s reflecting oddly, and the color with her hair is also drab.  I like the shoes – but I don’t think they are very special, either.
    A cute figure and a cute face; lost.

  • nannypoo

    Until she deals with that nasty hair she will always be an OUT for me. Icky greyish-purple hair is an indication of poor taste. As often as she seems to go to parties and red carpet events, she’s bound to grab a decent dress once in a while. This is a decent dress, and if it were on a person who really is stylish I would take it seriously. Here it’s just wasted.

  • This girl always gets graded on a curve, and I can’t figure out why.  When she was on Dancing with the Stars, people were in *tears* after her first dance, and I honestly wondered if I’d missed hearing that she’d been in a car accident, had been told she would never walk again, and was there, miraculously dancing.  But no, she just…I dunno, survived a fucked-up adolescence?  WTH?

  • altalinda

    She’s wearing upholstry, so out.

  • Toto Maya

     She’s an out as long as she has that hair. She just can’t pull it off.

  • OUT! The iphone 4 is an improvement on th iphone 3 but that doesn’t make it the best phone of the past year! This look is not bad but it is not award-worthy.

  • For the last time, Kool-aid is for drinking, not for hair.

  • Out.  She has a lovely mum, but that’s the best decision she made.

  • unbornfawn

    I like the look IN. Style icon? No.

  • anneland

     IN. She looks great and does dress in unusual ways often.

  • quiltrx

    OUT…I cannot deal with the super-cheap-looking illusion/tulle/whatever shit, much less the even cheaper looking binding joining the pieces. Plus it’s so shiny and icky for pictures.

  • Anathema_Device

    Out. It looks really cheap.

  • PeaceBang

    OUT. I think she has fabulous style, just not here.

  • nankipoo

    If she could just change her goddam hair her ugly toadling-to-beauteous swan story would be complete.

    IN, I suppose.

  • Rebecca Jay

    It’s Cosmo.  It’s not like it’s a “real” award.  They probably handed this one out right after the “Ultimate Lickable Nipples” trophy.

  • Judih1

    Is it springtime in London? Cause that sure is a summer dress.
    Style? Icon? – Oh please. OUT

  • Out. The only thing she’s ever done that impressed me was lose the extra pounds, but lots of people manage that without getting anywhere near this kind of mileage out of it. She lost me when she trashed Xtina for her weight gain and I don’t see anything particularly praise worthy in hiring a good stylist. 

  • OUT.  If she’s a style icon, all nurses are well paid professionals who are always treated with the utmost respect by their physician peers.

  • Larkin21

    She may not be a style icon but she still looks great here. Love that dress on her. IN!

  • Out. The hair color is old now (my grandma used to put violet rinses in her gray hair, back in the 50s, so perhaps I’m traumatized). And why couldn’t she or her stylist snip the loose threads at the hemline? Not to mention that she agrees with Joan Rivers WAY too often!

  • marilyn

    Out.  The dress does not fit her, and the overall effect is My Little Pony with tats.

  • OUT!!! She always seems burly, no matter what she wears and how thins she gets. It’s the face. Not much Eleganza in there. And what the hell is her achievement except being a daughter of someone? 

  • Candigirl1968

    I’ve resigned myself to the purple hair.  

    It’s a Cosmo award, folks, not one from Vogue.  I’m sure there were a whole bunch of other “icon” awards that are equally as laughable.  I don’t hate this, I just find it pretty much a ladies who lunch outfit, as opposed to I’m-getting-a-STYLE-ICON-award outfit.

  • I may be in the minority, but I always loved the hair color. Dress isn’t too bad either, HATE the shoes and is that a blotchy spray tan on the legs? Whatever! I vote IN!