IN or OUT:Bérénice Bejo in Louis Vuitton

Posted on November 27, 2012

This strikes us as an “almost, but not quite.” We don’t hate it enough to pan it completely, but we think it needed some finessing.


Bérénice Bejo attends the premiere of ‘Populaire’ in Paris in a Louis Vuitton dress.

Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 Collection/Models: Kel Markey and Agnes Nabuurs

Great little dress, great little clutch, great little bangles. That’s all good. We agree with the pop of color being deployed in the shoe, but the problem is, she’s wearing a seasonally appropriate (Fall/Winter) shoe with a dress that fairly screams “Spring!” It might’ve looked a bit too monochromatic (which is the high-falutin’ way of saying “matchy”)  but we think she’d have been better off with a silver shoe. She also could have deployed some shimmery hose to bring it into the season. Add some mod little booties to that and she’d have been a winner. But the real problem here is the utter lack of effort going on north of the neck. You can’t wear a mod-inspired style like this and go for the clean face and underdone hair. It just doesn’t work at all. She needed to go full-on Dusty Springfield drag realness with the hair and makeup.

Are we being too bitchy? Rhetorical question, we know.


Vote Now!


IN! Yes, you’re being too bitchy, bitches.


OUT! No, you are NOT being too bitchy! You are geniuses! The Da Vinci and Michelangelo of red carpet styling!


That other Berenice (Marlohe) was voted OUT for her too-complicated DVF and Naomi Watts’ own mod dress was fiercely debated, but the final tally came down to IN.

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  • OUT – wrong hair, wrong makeup, wrong shoes. I love a red shoe as much as the next woman who has 8 pairs of red shoes, but they are not the right shoes for this dress. The pop of colour should at least speak to the colour of the dress. Maybe a burnt orange suede bootie?

  • lovelyivy

    IN because the look is strong enough to withstand the error of the shoes. Plus sane hair and makeup choices, which is not always a given with her.

  • StellaZafella

    With that much eyeliner evident, her stylist might have suggested a slight little cat’s eye and maybe a softer do…she’s lovely (if a little bitch faced for a step and repeat) and the dress doesn’t need to go all the way to Mary Quant land, just a suggestion…hmmm? pretty please?…..oh stop looking at me like that, bitch, it’s YOUR career!

  • IN She looks cute.  Best I’ve seen her since the movie.

  • TaurusKW

    I had the exact same reaction as you guys; the hair ruins the look for me.  It’s just viscerally wrong.

  • MrsMaxPower

    In for me…the makeup is not cute (don’t like white eye shadow on anyone besides Manila Luzon), but I like the dress/shoe combo. 

  • mjude

    i like the look but i totally agree with TLO…OUT

  • Very close, but not  quite there. I agree with your assessment, TLo. Out.

  • Jangle57

    I was too put off by her hair (wrong wrong wrong) to give much thought to the rest of the outfit but after reading how you think she could have styled it, giving it a Twiggy/gogo/60s vibe, it sounded so much more appealing compared to what I’m seeing, that now I have to give her an OUT

  • MzzPants


  • I really love that dress.  Really really.  But the rest of her is a crime against it.  Except the clutch, the clutch can stay.  I’m going to have to go with a soft “out” because that dress deserved more effort.

  • Sobaika

    IN!!!! I want glittery studs in her ears, but that’s it. IN!!

  • Billie_Dawn

    Love the dress, clutch, and jewelry. The shoes are okay. Don’t love the hair or makeup, but she doesn’t look bad, per se. Just not quite right for the dress. Still, good enough for an IN.

  • JoDo11

    Lipstick!  Lipstick would have solved everything for me.  

    • EditKitten


  • No one can bring Dusty realness but Dusty, and you need the full-on hand motions (and nails) to go with it. Having said that: Love the dress! The hair and makeup I’ll give a pass to. Not loving Le Shoe, a silver would have been the best, yes. However, the dress overpowers all else, so “IN.”

  • IN!!! She looks amazing and I like the clean face; IMO the dress speaks for itself and reads “silvery temperate winter” to me! 🙂

    • Billie_Dawn

      I know it’s from a spring collection, but this seems like a perfectly suitable winter dress to me, even with the 3/4 sleeves. I think of silver and white as being very much a winter color scheme.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Come on, lady. You’re wearing a gazillion dollars in clothes and accessories. You could’ve at least slapped on some false eyelashes. Lazy lady, lazy lady’s gays. OUT.

  • AuntJentie


  • AlexisPayne

    I was going to say in but you talked me out out of it. OUT. 

  • MitchellGilburne

    Oh look, it’s a toned down version of Korto’s seatbelt coat

  • lesmaha

    I agree that she needed to have something more going on–earrings and makeup–but I still think it’s an IN. Just barely.

  • TieDye64

    Hardly recognized her without all the war paint. With some work this could be a great look. As is, it’s a fail. OUT.

    • We think some of y’all are confusing her with Berenice Marlohe, who tends to slap on too much eye makeup.

  • Imasewsure

    OUT. Didn’t K-Stew rock something else recently from this collection (and maybe do it better too)??

  • miagain

    I love it…IN IN IN!!!

  • That’s not her dress; she has too much figure for it. Someone with a figure like Twiggy’s–totally straight up and down–should wear it, and that’s all. 

  • Maureen O’Connor

    IN, but this is so Megan Draper’s dress.

    • CatherineRhodes

       You’re right! But she would have styled it better.

      • luciaphile

         And she would have worn stockings which would have made a world of difference.

  • Maureen O’Connor


  • Janet B


    She failed from the neck up and knees down, plus it’s too small through the shoulders.

    • T

      All true. And yet, an IN from me. It’s tasteful and that’s not always a given.

  • filmcricket

    Super cute dress, but yeah, it falls down on the details. I could see maybe a chunky mary-jane style shoe in teal or burgundy working here (I also agree with the silver idea, but I like the pop of colour). I see where they were going with the ponytail, but it didn’t achieve the effect they wanted – should have gone all out with an Adele-esque bouffant instead of going the little-girl route. And yeah, the make-up is just pitiful. A modest ‘out,’ just for what could have been. 

  • Kristy Evans

    I love that LV collection SO HARD. I say OUT. I wish the shoes were darker, or booties, like you suggested. And hair definitely needed to be down, or the makeup more dramatic.

  • IN

  • Judy_J

    At first glance, I thought “Korto’s seat belt dress!”  I do like it, but it needs some oomph to jazz it up a bit.  It’s like she just threw on the dress and shoes, and forgot about everything else.  For lack of accessories, I’m giving this an OUT.

  • Perfect advice! Without anything else going on up-top she lacks balance. 

  • charlotte

    Out. What you said. And maybe she should have picked that fabulous coat instead.

  • TSkot

    Missing the bow: OUT

  • I don’t know if it’s the lighting or what (because I loved this collection) but something about the colors and scale of the pattern of the dress here reminds me of those purses made of seatbelts. Weird. (Glancing over the comments, maybe because of Korto’s seatbelt dress so long ago. Or maybe just because it has the color scheme of one of the popular LV purses.)
    Out. Needed pantyhose to bring it to Fall, and better detailing. Love the little minaudière though.

    • keldy

      The first thing I thought when I saw the dress was “Ugh! Seatbelt purses!!” (I think I had the same reaction to Korto’s dress…).  I hated those things, so I have to vote OUT.

  • CeeQ

    I’m thinking OUT for all the concerns you mentioned – a bootie would have worked great here and yes, boring above the neck was not the way to go.

  • bertkeeter

    Tom n Lorenzo….spot on! Agree with everyting! Love dress..hate shoe, hari n makeup….only comment on dress is neck looks a bit to tight…almost choke like?

  • teensmom99

    scrapes by with an IN because the dress is so great and fits her beautifully.  Love the idea of “full dusty.”

  • formerlyAnon

    Out. It’s the head, absolutely. Not even CLOSE to being in, an in requires either “a look” or that the wearer looks fantabulously wonderful despite the ensemble’s flaws. A great dress is great but it’s not “a look.”

    Also: Which is Da Vinci & which Michelangelo?

  • nannypoo

    This hair is not only bad with this look, it’s all wrong for her face. Actually, it’s wrong for everyone’s face.

  • j_anson

    I actually like the dress and shoes – that dress doesn’t read so springy to me. But OUT for the makeup/hair. This look needed immaculate hair/makeup to work right.

  • IN, although I agree with the criticism. But I love this dress so much and I love it on her. Too bad with the flawed detailing.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Her makeup and the shade of her hair don’t suit her.

  • Louise Bryan

    In.  I think she looks great.

  • Mexxoo

    OUT – that dress belongs on one of the Fanning girls!

  • Out, you’re not too bitchy, you’re just right.

  • Sara__B

    OUT.  The styling is all wrong.

  • IN!

  • I would cut a bitch for the coat that the other model is wearing. 

  • MissMariRose

    OUT. Give it to one of the Fanning girls.

  • ChicaDificil

    IN! She needs to step it up with the makeup and could’ve chosen a better shoe but I loove the dress and it looks great on her.  Even with the slight flaws she still looks fab

  • In. I don’t love the shoes, but I REALLY love everything else. Kristen Stewart wore a romper that I think was from this collection a few weeks ago – I loved that, too.

  • decormaven

    That coif needed to be razor sharp, and the clutch, while fab, is a little too chrome colored for the more neutral tones of the dress. Hate to vote such a striking design as an OUT – derailed by lack of attention to details.

  • unbornfawn

    OUT. You guys are spot on with your critique. 

  • minnye

    I like some elements and it could have been right with hosiery & less prim shoes, but it doesn’t come together and she looks like she hates it – OUT.

  • leave_Blake_alone

    Everything is an in (well, the shoes are iffy, but ok) except the hair – but the hair is so bad, the whole thing deserves an OUT. That hair is downright offensive.

  • marilyn

    In.  The dress is great.  She did not over accesorize it.  The shoes are the wrong color, as you pointed out, but that is not enough to make it a failure.  

  • bitterk

    I agree, the shoes ruined it.   The hair was a close second.  

  • Patricia Gillett

    OUT, you’re right. That dress required more thought, which she or whoever styled her, did not devote to it. And what does she have against lipstick?

  • BrooklynBomber

    Out damn check.

  • julnyes

    I think it is a fantastic little dress dragged down by poor choices in make-up, hair and shoes. OUT.

  • Judy_S

    I give her an in, just because she looks like she belongs in a fashion spread from 60s Life magazine, when that rag was my lifeline to the Great World.  Hair and face are low-key, but that’s better than high 60s hair and face. She looks both insanely stylish and like she’s not trying too hard, which is perfect.

  • I love the dress, and I’m okay with the shoes (although red patent leather would have been better), but her hair is so disappointing.  Out.

  • L.

    IN, but I agree that Silver Shoes would’ve been better.  

  • demidaemon

    I think it needs a belt, first off. Second off, everything north of the neck and south of the skirt is wrong. I think it’s also too short for the season. Therefore, OUT.

  • Out. I don’t agree that it’s a spring dress, but I do agree that it needs a more pull-together look than the styling is giving it. Shimmer hose would have been perfect, though.

  • Trisha26

    Out. I would like to see more stars wearing hose/tights now that it’s nearly Winter.

  • margaret meyers

    In!  Winter white is just fine.  Yes, stockings would have made it more seasonal, but I will not  deny her props for looking so good here.

  • Unvacuous

    Berenice and I have the same forehead.  This forehead needs bangs or a sidepart like the desert needs water.  Seriously

  • Laura Nugent

    In! Because I love that dress, and whole collection if we’re being honest.

  • Dagney

    She needs hairspray.  Like, Aqua-Net, no fuckin around, hairspray.  and a pair of earrings. 

  • IN. The dress looks great on her and I love the red shoe and the clutch. Yes, improvements could be made, but it’s still an IN for me!!

  • I love this look from the ankles up. I agree that she could have worn a different shoe – the red isn’t doing it for me. 

  • altalinda

    Out for the pulled-back hair, and this outfit needed tights and shoes of a different color.

  • quiltrx

    OUT.  It’s a terrific dress, but she REALLY went half-assed with the styling.  A big, colorful necklace or earrings would have been fun, and at least a little effort in the hair and makeup department.

  • Giustina Pileggi

    I wish more women wore flats on the RC. And funky metallic flats prolly would’ve gone better than those silly red things

  • velomango

    I can’t comment on the fashion – all I can think is how Bérénice looks like the grownup version of Natalie Wood when she was in the original Miracle on 34th Street.

  • MarissaLG

    So In!

  • plinkiedoodle

    Not in love with the DIY hair.

  • ccm800

    Out – a metalic shoe and a better lip could have pulled this into a Holiday look. maybe even (gaps) tights. 

  • AViewer44

    In! I love it all, even the shoes. (Well, maybe not the clutch.) Although I’d have loved it more if she’d worn the jacket, too. She looks clean, simple, pared down–in a word, chic.

  • Enh. OUT.

  • Judih1

    Out and yes you guys are geniuses of Red Carpet fashion. You should be on TV instead of the dreaded Joan Rivers show

  • the_valkyrie


  • RzYoung

    At least she had the decency to lower the hem a bit. I don’t like the eye make up but I do like the dress.

    • KSpence

       My thoughts exactly. I give it an IN.

      • RzYoung

        I forgot it was an ‘in’ or ‘out’. IN from me TLo!

  • FayeKat

    Well, the make up i don’t like, but i really like the rest of the outfit. It’s a cute and unusual little dress and it suits her well. IN

  • IN. i like the minimal make-up. sure, some small changes would have taken this from good to fantastic, but the only thing not working here is the clutch.

  • MoHub

    A little pair of pearl studs, and I’m good with this.

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    OUT… I love the dress, but something her wearing reads old. And yes, styled completely wrong. This dress would work for someone with a brighter, more quaint style, but it just doesn’t work for her. 

  • Beardslee

    OUT.  Lackluster.

  • Cathy S

    Too bitchy. I think she’s In. Very cute.

  • Chillmer

    Shimmery hose? Oh dear. No.

  • IN. Because I love the dress but your styling assessment was spot on; the lack of hair and make-up effort is practically destroying the look and oh yes, it would have been so much better with shimmery hose and some lighter shoes.

  • Bakerlooline

    Would it have killed her to get a professional manicure?

  • crash1212

    IN. It would’ve been a WERQ to my eye if she’d worn some kicky earrings and a bolder lip (or any lip for that matter). To me, that’s what’s missing…I can live with the hair, but she needed earrings and lips. I love that dress and the coat is to die.

  • neofashionista


  • Dot

    Agree that the dress is very springy and her bare legs give me a chill just looking at them. Her lip color looks like she applied it 4 hours ago and forgot about it. I don’t see the point of wearing an insanely expensive dress when you’re not willing to make any effort on makeup and hair. Out.

  • CatherineRhodes


    What’s with not wearing earrings? 

  • maggiemaybe

    “…full-on Dusty Springfield drag realness”  YES PLEASE! I absolutely love that dress but the look has not been fully realized.

  • EEKstl

    OUT for all the reasons you cited above.  How fab would a pair of glam boots have been?  

  • Out!

  • ojosazules

    The hair and bland makeup ruins this look. I’m with The Genius Bitches on this one. Out.

  • oohsparkley!

    In. Could use some dangly earrings.

  • melanie0866

    I like the dress and the shoes, but she does look like she just got out of bed.  She was SO beautiful in “The Artist,” and every picture I’ve seen of her since then, she looks awful.  Sort of like Christina Hendricks.

  • The shoes are the OUT for me. Needed little booties made for walkin’!