Olivia Munn (X2)

Posted on October 31, 2012

Miss Olivia has been making the rounds, going to Important Events in attention-seeking dresses and getting her face out there. The very least we could do in the face of such dedication is to offer our opinions on the results, no? Walk with us.


Olivia Munn attends the 2012 Courage in Journalism Awards  in Beverly Hills, California in a Peter Pilotto dress paired with Christian Louboutin sandals.

Peter Pilotto Fall 2012 Collection/Model: Alana Zimmer

Christian Louboutin ‘T-Spiga’ Pumps

Not that we would ever recommend wearing it on a red carpet, but oh man, do we love the giant puffy jacket in the runway look. We think this is a dress that definitely needs a jacket, if only to cover up some of what’s going on. We don’t love the sleeve treatment or the choice of shoes (they fight with the dress a bit), and we think the criss-crossing lines aren’t particularly flattering, but it’s not a terrible look. A little zhuzhing up and layering and this could work fine.

Now, let’s go in the opposite direction, Olivia!


Olivia Munn attends the 8th Annual Pink Party Benefiting the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Cancer Program in Santa Monica, California in Valentino.

Valentino Resort 2013 Collection/Model: Mackenzie Drazan

Valentino Studded T-Strap Pump

Again with the focus-pulling shoes. We don’t think we’ve liked those shoes on the red carpet once. We like the design, but they appear to be tough to pair with the right look.

Anyway, the dress is super-cute and super-colorful, making it the exact opposite of that sci-fi bondage cocktail dress above. Don’t love the hair, but we’ve been critical enough for one post. If we had to pick one outfit, this one wins. The other one, the more we look at it, really needs a little black jacket.



[Photo Credit: Frederick M. Brown, Jason Merritt/Getty Images, Tina Gill/PR Photos, style.com, nordtstrom.com]

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  • Dot

    It’s a pity that she ran out of time to do anything with her hair while getting ready for both events.

  • MilaXX

    The first look is dizzying with that crazy print. Hate the sleeve detail and agree a black jacket is needed to tone the look, along with the simple black pump.

    The second look needs even more work. The hair should be down, and she should have kept the belt. The shoe is too focus pulling. That should would work better with a solid colored dress, not fighting against a print.

    To be kind her face looks good in both shots.

    • kschwarting

      I agree, the second dress needs the belt to break it up a bit and define her waist.

  • Okay, I love the first dress and hate the second. Am I banned for life?

    • kimmeister

      I’m nearly of the same opinion as you.  I think the first dress would be better if the X on her was at the waist rather than directly under her bust.  I don’t like the second dress at all.  From far away it looks like a map (the kind where all the countries are different colors).

      • SouthernGirlRena

        My first thought when I saw the second dress was “A map dress – I love it”.  Then I took a closer look and saw it was just flowers and lost all interest. 

    • VioletFem

      No, I agree with you. I don’t love the first one but if I have to pick between the two, the Valentino dress looks much better on her especially if it had been paired with a cute little jacket. It is The second dress seems too juvenile for her. 

    • minnye

      Me too. I love all crisscrossing black and that crazy wawa print.

    • gabbilevy

      No, I totally agree. I think the first one could have used more dramatic hair and makeup, and maybe a slightly better fit, but I’m inclined to like it. I think the second dress is a total “Girl, that’s not your dress” moment. The coloring totally washes her out, which is ridiculous, considering she’s a tan-skinned, dark-haired woman.

      Neither dress is a slam dunk, but the first one leans good and the second one leans bad.

    • Tatiana Luján

      I like the first look too, bt I would have prefered if the dress were sleeveless. The second dress looks like it belongs to a 12 years old girl’s closet. 

      • MissAnnieRN

        I think Christina Ricci recently wore this dress or a very similar one, and on her, it looked great because hse is oh so tiny.   There are a handful of grown women that can get away with this – mostly because they have the stature of 12 year old girls – Ricci, Cheno, Bell, to name a few.

        • Tatiana Luján

          Did she wear a belt with the dress? The belt can make the whole difference.

  • bristlesage

    Those shoes want skinny brightly colored pants and a simple neutral/white shirt, maybe?   I love them but agree that they’re not being well-deployed.

  • Wow – I must be feeling extra-bitter today. I hate them both. And Olivia, for Pete’s sake, discover the wonders of the thing called “hairbrush.”

    • littlemac8

      The first dress TOTALLY distorts the shape of her body and therefore is unappealing to me.  I love the parka and the dress might work with a black jacket over it.  The second dress also distorts the shape of her body by making her look thick through the middle which is what a little girl looks like before she goes through puberty and gets a waist.  So yes, too young.  I don’t think that hairstyle which she seems to favor does anything for her; it’s too severe.  OK  I’m going to go eat some Halloween candy.  Maybe this BK will soften up.

  • decormaven

    Where’s the belt in the second look? That dress NEEDS that little metallic belt, but no, the stylist went for those studded shoes and bangle. Wrong call. The first look reminds me of a Spirograph. And what the heck is a Courage in Journalism dinner and why is she there? The things PR flacks drum up for some exposure….sigh.

    • MilaXX

       Totally missed the bracelet in the second shot. I guess the stylist was trying to add some edge to an otherwise twee look.

    • kschwarting

      Maybe she’s at the dinner because she’s on “The Newsroom” and is playing a journalist?  Still a lame excuse for going, but perhaps they wanted some “star(ish) power.”

  • Pants_are_a_must

    They’re nice dresses, but they needed styling and playing with and they are totally, totally wearing her.

    Both shoe choices were bad in my opinion.

  • Judy_S

    That first dress requires Courage in RC Looks to wear. I am just noticing that in both shots her shoes fit. I like that in a woman.

  • fungstyle

    both of those shoes are far better suited to wear with pants. CL is clearly interested in getting some of the female exec market. 

  • I  really dislike both of these outfits. I don’t think either flatters her, not the cut, the color, or the fit. It’s not her, it’s the dresses and assorted accessories. They just don’t do her any favors.

    • B_C_J

       You are absolutely correct.

    • ralish

      Agree– both dresses are making her look wider and less proportional than she is.

  • teensmom99

    1st dress looks better than I would expect somehow.  Bottom dress looks like what all the teens are wearing.  Valentino or Urban Outfitters.  And the shoes just destroy that look. I’d like the see the shoes with a good tailored suit, but that’s just me.

    • j_anson

      They do have a kind of, what, 1980s stereotypical “I am businesswoman, hear me roar!” vibe going, don’t they?

  • 3boysful

    For me,the first dress looks cheap.  The second, in the distant shot, recalls the world map that hung in my 8th grade Geography class (when I was rocking hiphugger bell-bottoms, a wide belt and a bodysuit).

    I love the second pair of shoes; since I can’t afford them, it’s good to know they’re difficult to pair with anything.

    Neither look is good.

  • Sara__B

    She’s lovely, with a great figure, but neither of these dresses is very flattering to her. She looks shapeless in both of them.

  • Cotton Candy Vomit.

  • CurbGirl

    The first one looks as if she lost a bet with the mean girls. 

  • NC_Meg

    Burn the first dress and send the second one to Kiernan Shipka.

    • Yes that is exactly what I thought, that’s Kiernan’s dress.

  • Le_Sigh

    She’s got herself a supremo bitch-face doesn’t she?

    I like the first look – the runway version is so fun.  

  • kitu4

    Irrational hate! Irrational hate! I cannot stand her.

  • shopgirl716

    Disagree on the second dress.  Looks like an Easter dress in October.  Don’t like the shoes.  I expect better from her.

  • I love the Valentino dress, but it just doesn’t suit her. Give it to Hailee Steinfeld or Elle Fanning.

  • thecitysleeps

    The hair is bad in both events, and I really dislike the first dress but the second dress is really cute and colorful, and attention grabby without being obnoxious.  I need both pairs of shoes especially the black one.  I adore t straps <3

  • MoHub

    The first dress makes her look as if she has an insect body, and not in a good way.

  • j_anson

    Second dress: well, it IS super-colorful…

  • oohsparkley!

    That first dress is interesting, but it gives some unflattering illusions to the body, which could have been helped by a nice jacket. She failed at accessorizing both outfits.

  • Judy_J

    First dress definitely needs a jacket.  Second look is a cute little Sandra Dee dress.  I like the shoes, but they’re a bit too edgy for that dress.

  • Trisha26

    Nothing to see here, move along.

  • First one looks like she is wearing a big fish. Second one looks like she’s going to a tea party with a bunch of 4 year olds.

  • librarygrrl64

    What is it with everyone looking so washed out? Are the flashes brighter on the RC these days, or what?

  • kolokOlchik

    Are you serious?  The second dress is atrocious!  It’s making her look thick-waisted and it’s twee as fuck!

  • lizajane1776

    I think that if the center front skirt panel was also black, that would improve the first dress. Maybe the waist panels, too.
    Second dress? Wear it in April? Use the time between now and then to get it fitted correctly?

  • Scarlet39

    The second dress does not flatter her figure at all.   Maybe a belt would have helped

    • l_c_ann

      If the second dress were made to fit her , a longer bodice down to her natural waist, and then make the skirt the appropriate proportionate length, maybe it would work.  Right now, it looks as if it shrunk vertically after getting washed in too hot water.

  • The first one was making my eyes hurt.  And the second looks summery in the fall while this past summer everyone was wearing Xmas-y dresses.  WTH?  Do these people not have calendars?

  • The Peter Pilotto is a Monet for me. I thought it was interesting and cool until the close-up photos, which showed that the dark fabric is actually patterned burnout velvet. Too much! I could have dug it if it had just been plain dark fabric — there’s so much going on with that print already.

    And I just can’t with the second one. I suppose pastels are having A Moment right now, but it just screams “toddler’s Easter dress” to me.

  • nannypoo

    I don’t like optical illusion dresses and I don’t like perky little sundresses for 4-year-olds either. Fail (X2).

  • unbornfawn

    I like the first dress in close ups. Once you start to scroll down, there is way too much going on. The second dress looks like a little girl’s dress.  Her hair is blah and she could use a tad more color on the lips. Points for a beautiful fit on both dresses. 

  • quiltrx

    I really like the first one…it’s tough-looking, and the print looks like a really cool, complicated art quilt.

    The second one…ugh.  This is why Seurat never worked in sherbet-colored lace.  He knew it would suck.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I’m sorry, but that second dress reminds me of upholstery or tablecloth fabric.  Not good.
    The first look-definitely cooler with the jacket.

  • Susie K

    I love the first dress! So weird and interesting.

    Those studded shoes demand a narrow black ladypant and boxy, interesting top.

  • kcarb1025

    Eyesore after eyesore.

  • ChristySchiff

    The second one wins? I thought it was a child’s dress – but I think it’s even too immature for most child stars.

  • Neither dress is great, but to me the second dress looks like it was collaged together from the contents of my dryer’s lint tray.

    The first look definitely needs a jacket, but otherwise I love it.  I agree that the runway jacket is awesome.

  • She’s such a uniquely beautiful woman. It’s a shame she can’t dress herself.

  • tereliz

    If I had those blush Valentino pumps I’d wear them with everything, damn it. Even jogging. (Who am I kidding? I never jog.)

  • Lily-Rygh

    At first glimpse of that second dress I would have sworn it was a map of eastern Europe.

  • laurenoodle

    I hate that first dress and everything that peter pilotto designs
    I hate the second dress the pastel lace blotches make me nauseous, shame on you Valentino.
    I would wear those shoes with a fitted black dress with a peplum (I am 17)