Christina Ricci in Richard Chai LOVE

Posted on November 14, 2012

This is weird:


Christina Ricci attends The Ninth Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in New York City in Richard Chai LOVE.

Richard Chai LOVE Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Marique Schimmel

Christina? Your stomach has a mouth.

It’s a shame, because it’s a cute dress otherwise, but that cutout is just plain distracting. And it’s November in NYC. Not the time for belly-baring dresses. Hair and makeup look great, though. If this dress had a more conventional bodice, she’d be looking at a WERQ.


[Photo Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images],]

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    • Lily

      I quite like it, actually. I think it looks better on her than on the model. On anyone who isn’t absolutely tiny, it would be ridiculous, but she’s a cutie.

      • dharmabum8

        I like it too.

    • Andrew Schroeder

      I thought they stopped making bathing suits out of taffeta in the 20’s. Guess not.

      • mellorcr

        Yeah, first thing I thought was a bathing suit with a matching skirt.

        • Judih1

          Or something you would wear to aerobics class! Or maybe to play tennis.

    • Gabriella M

      Just because you remake it in autumnal tones doesn’t make it an autumn/winter dress, Ms. Ricci. 

      • Judih1

        You are so right!

    • miagain

      The model’s dress almost looks like a tennis dress…

    • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      This could be a really great bathing suit!  I do like her hair just a touch lighter like it is here. She’s really grown into a gorgeous woman.

      • foodycatAlicia

         Shabby Apple do some that aren’t a million miles from this.

    • ecksor

      She is simply too short for it. This dress is not meant to be worn as a gown, the proportions are all wrong. The cutout doesn’t look distracting on a model.

    • Jessica O’Connell


      Ok, glad I got that out. I hate the cutout.

    • snarkykitten

      perhaps she consulted Lea Michele’s stylist?

    • G

      Nice Legs!!

    • Janet B

      Spring clothes should be worn in the Spring (or summer).

    • guest2visits

      It’s a bad dress for Christina, but it’s a horrible dress for the model.  The cutout makes a very beautiful Christina appear to have
      bad posture. (the belly is arching out  – like Miss Gwyneth’s)

    • Kati B

      It looks like a sports bra and tennis skirt to me. OUT.

    • amaranth16

      Love the colors – they are super flattering with her hair/complexion – but wish it didn’t look like a sports bra/tennis skirt.

    • Sobaika

      I think she looks hot. Not seasonal, but hot.

    • Joyce VG

      She…It…Uh…Huh. I agree her hair and make up are splendid but the dress is so… yeah… weird.

    • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      Hmmmm. No. I do not like that one bit. 

      HEY! There’s my bitter!

    • Gayer Than Thou

      Do not love.  And also I think the makeup makes her look a little hard.

    • Annabelle Archer

      Is it me, or is the whole resurgence of the bare the midriff look being really poorly executed by nearly everyone?  It is so 90s, but I just don’t recall it looking so awkward then.

      • MilaXX

         Really poorly executed. It’s either hoochie or just plain ugly.

    • Gerry Coleman

      Is no one else seeing cheerleader uniform?  Give me T!  Give me a Lo!

      • WittyCism

        Wondered “Where are her pompoms?”

        • DeborahJozayt

          She has minions to carry those for her.

      • Judih1

        Give me an LOL

    • elirt

      I can’t believe Futurama was right – the future of fashion is all about cutouts. How depressing. I thought she looked great in the thumbnail that cuts off below the shoulders.

    • marlie

      She looks gorgeous from the neck up. And I’m loving the color of the dress, but the belly cut-out kills it for me. 

    • aeb1986

      is it me or does she remind anyone of a younger victoria beckham?

    • j_anson

      What is with the trend of unnecessarily bared stomachs? Is it today’s theme?

    • Cassie

      She’s lovely, but she’s going to get pneumonia going out like that in NEW YORK in NOVEMBER. We just want you to be healthy and happy, dear.

    • MilaXX

      I almost like this, but as you mentioned, it’s freaking November. Also that cutout is too large. However, her hair and makeup look really good.

    • Imasewsure

      Since she is older than 19, she is too fricking old for this “dress.”  Maybe Madonna could rock it as a retro thing… the rest of you mortals (with no history) should cover up

    • jilly_d

      don’t care, love it, love her.

    • kikisayshi

      Looks like she went to the gym and forgot she had an event to go to so she threw on a skirt over her workout gear. Hair & makeup look great, though.

    • Pants_are_a_must

      How do you know this is not a 2012 take on Death Becomes Her? Because that would be AWESOME.

      ….okay it’s probably not and it’s just a really stupid dress. A woman can hope, though!

    • The Dose of Reality

      She matched her lipstick to the lips of her stomach mouth! 

    • PrunellaV

      I want to see little fabric shark teeth all around the opening.

    • Nonmercisansfacon

      It looks like a bad tennis dress to me. 

    • MaryAtRealityTea

      Remember those bathing suits in the early 90’s that had closed sides but the open stomach. Yeah, she added a skirt to her’s and left the house. 

    • neofashionista

      i think she looks very pretty even if the belly part is silly she at least appears to think she looks fabulous

      • l_c_ann

        Or she’s a better actress that some give her credit for being.

    • margaret meyers

      Tennis, anyone?

    • Sarah Thomas

      She looks like a reporter from Mass Effect. 

    • quiltrx

      SUCH an almost!  She looks gorgeous.  But this dress needs a bodice makeover.  It’s way too workout-wear as it is.

    • Lisa_Cop

      I like the colors of Christina’s dress (navy, gray and maroon) much better than the model’s ( gray and black). That already, plus the fabrication, make it less athletic-wear looking.

    • amf0001

      she has done so much work on herself, that without you naming her I would not have been able to place her…  it’s weird how she looks pretty,  but totally different to how she used to look.

    • nannypoo

      I like the colors and she looks pretty, but the cutout definitely makes it look like a tennis dress.

    • poggi

      Is she being prepped for abdominal surgery?

    • Tatiana Luján

      I had never seen such good hair and makeup on her. She looks great, compare this to the necklace skirt we saw this morning.

    • bertkeeter

      She looks the hair n makeup…dress is meh!  Shoes totally boring!

    • korilian

      Don’t like the cut-out, but pretty fab otherwise.

    • Qitkat

      Aren’t we seeing a LOT of belly-baring dresses lately?

    • merciblahblah

      I can overlook the dress, because she is so damned adorable in these photos that I just want to put her in my pocket and carry her around all day.

    • allaboutthewalterbenjamins

       The outfit matches her performance in the last episode of The Good Wife.

    • decormaven

      The kiddies here won’t get it, but the midriff cutout reminds me of Johnny, Senor Wences’ hand puppet. “Deefeecult For You – Easy For Me.”

    • Christina MacDonnell

      this looks like the new era of maternity clothes.

    • Mary Lauer

      Even with the belly, I think she looks wonderful. Colors are PERFECT. Tho I do get odd flashes of gymnastics or ice skating attire with the shiny/stretchy. Still love it.

    • B_C_J

      This is a tennis outfit or a bathing suit.  This is not evening wear. 

    • alyce1213

      Oh please.  The dress is awful – it’s just poorly conceived.
      She should seek another hair colorist — that is some cheesy highlighting, like what I see on the bus every day. Her hair is over-ironed and too obviously shined up with a slicker product.
      Her makeup is too harsh.
      I am not liking the way she looks these days.  She used to be much more, I don’t know . . . solid-looking or something, more together.

    • Aurumgirl

      This dress and Diane Krueger’s skirt-that’s-really-a-necklace is making me wonder why everyone wants to look like they’re at a Body Glove convention, on a beach somewhere in the mid 1980’s.  

    • Judy_J

      What’s with the bare midriff trend?  Nice for beachwear, but not on the red carpet, please.

    • Jen Hughes

      I still say she always needs bangs of some sort. She has a giant forehead like me. The dress? NO. 

    • Vienna Marriott

      Yoga couture?

    • librarygrrl64

      I agree. the cutout is stupid, but otherwise the style and colors are great on her.

    • Eovaai

      I have a sports bra that looks like the top of that dress. 

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      It’s a weird little dress, but it really works on her.

    • ZnSD

      …somebody’s feeling her age. “Look at me! I’m still young and gorgeous!” Shit what this town does to women. smh.

    • kategs

      It’s a bit creepy to me that the dress mouth is the same color as her mouth…