Kate Mara in Jason Wu

Posted on November 28, 2012

Kate Mara attends the 9th Annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball a in Jason Wu dress paired with Brian Atwood shoes.

Jason Wu ‘Karlie’ Box Clutch



[Photo Credit: /PR Photos, modaoperandi.com]

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  • It’s alright, I guess, as far as sheer overlay dresses go, though I wish the neckline was lower. Something about it coming up so far just seems unnecessarily dowdy. 

    • ChiKat67

      I agree on the neckline…also wish the lining went to the floor.  

  • Not my thing.

  • zenobar

     …Andrae?  Buffi?

  • Why, just why? And the hair!

  • Call me Bee

    I can’t wait till the “sheer over lace/nude/granny panties” trend goes away.  Even though Miss Kate herslef looks cool and fresh, I can’t help thinking of cheap sheer curtains when I see a dress like this.  The box clutch, however, is awesome!! 

    •  ^^This. A thousand times, this. I’m so done with this look.

    • mjude

      THANK YOU!

    • DeborahJozayt

      Ya, that clutch is Frida Kahlo fabulous

    • ChiKat67

      I too will salute the day when see-through dresses that cost 3x the rent of a studio apt in Manhattan (so you know, like $6000).

  • MrsMaxPower

    I wish that the underdress (or whatever the technical term is) went to the floor because these sheer overlays over short dresses just look sloppy/unfinished to me.  Otherwise, I think she looks absolutely adorable…Kate Mara is a total cutie.

    • Lori

      This version of floor lenth over short looks especially bad to me. I think it’s the combination of the color and the neckline on the sheer overlay. It looks like she realized at the very last moment that she needed a gown for this occasion instead of a cocktail dress so she grabbed the sheers off the nearest window and tried to make do. That is not good.

  • enchanting. Yes. We find this quite lovely. 

  • lehen

    ew to the dress, but the clutch is awesome

  • Strange cut. Terrible, “off” color for her. And the black belt is not helping matters. It might look much better with no belt at all.  Then the eye would be drawn to the vertical lines of the draping, which can only be a good thing. 

  • Judy_J

    Very nice, and perfect for the event.  Well done!

  • Sobaika

    An emphatic “Meh” to the whole thing.

  • mhleta

    This conjures the scent of moth balls and the monotonous rhythms of Aunt Grace’s dusty clock collection. I like the color, but the rest leaves me in despair.

  • I kind of love it. Not sure why, but I think it’s really beautiful. It’s elegant, not fussy, and fits her perfectly.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    It’s like she’s determined not to get good fashion press the way her sister does.

  • Well now, that is one ugly dress, isn’t it? 

    • 3boysful

       Right-o.  And Sister Wife hair.

  • So now it’s not enough to have lace overlays everywhere, we have to have lace underlays too?

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Not bad.  She needs a stronger lip color and some bling.


  • I would like this dress so much better if it weren’t sheer over lace. 

  • kimmeister

    Way too many design elements in one dress.

  • In_Stitches

    The simple hair, the beautiful, bare face, the smartly deployed clutch-it’s all great. Unfortunately, an embroidered dress with a sheer overlay is pretty ludicrous and the fit isn’t all that flattering. 

  • Puck Thornton

    The combination of the lace undergarment, visible bra and the red sheer overlay takes it into Hookerville. All she needs are feather slippers to complete the look.

  • Janet B

    Uh…nothing about this makes me think Snowflake Ball.

  • greyhoundgirl

    I don’t get the dress-over-a-dress concept. The top one is a beautiful color–would have been great on it’s own in a non-sheer fabric and the underneath one might be very nice on it’s own.  Together?  No.  And, yes, I agree that the clutch is fierce!

  • Imasewsure

    I actually kind of like the dress and the awesome clutch. I don’t like the severe hair and the makeup though…

  • She’s such a cute girl, why so serious??  

  • jonnyf8

    who?  Oh it’s whats-its sister, whoever that is.

  • I don’t like sheer over panties, I don’t like lace over panties and I DO NOT like sheer over lace. Two layers of sheer? WTF? And the way one side of the overlay is tucked into the belt and the other isn’t makes my eyes twitch.

  • MarissaLG

    Very pretty. I love the clutch too, but hate the hair. 

  • l_c_ann

    I’m beginning to believe that Wu is not to my taste.  At all. 

    I’m afraid to ask what his inspiration was, other than fabric he needed to be rid of.

  • The over/under tuck on the belt is crazy making.  They should have tucked it in the same way on both sides! It’s a lovely detail but oh god the asymmetry is making me twitch.

  • EEKstl

    I actually love this, but agree with others who said it would be even better if the lining were floor-length.

  • MGMcD

    Kate, I’ll hold your clutch while you go home and change everything else.

  • decormaven

    Snatch that clutch away and give it to someone sporting a fierce look. This look isn’t a design statement, it’s more of a whisper. She’s pretty, but the stylist missed the boat on this one.

  • jmorino08

    STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP WITH THIS half dress/double dress/sheer WHATEVER THE FUCK nonsense designers have been pulling lately! This could have been gorgeous, but it just looks lazy and half assed. 

  • poggi

    Wear a long dress or a short dress, but for Pete’s sake PICK ONE.

  • Trisha26

    This mini is too short…I know, I’ll belt some red chiffon over it. But now I’m late, no time for hair & makeup.

  • I like the dress well enough, and the clutch is fab, but why does she always wear such a severe hair style?  It doesn’t flatter her.

  • ojosazules

    I hate this dress. I hate it.

  • wow, i LOVE this. the colour, the faint lace, the clutch, the fresh “lesbian face”… LOVE!

  • RocknRollmom

    I love the gown but not on her.  I think you need a certain level of maturity and gravitas to pull this one off.  She doesn’t have any of that.  And her hair is awful.  Neckline is a bit too high, but I love the overlay color.  And the clutch is stunning.  Not almost $2200 stunning, but stunning.  I would live in fear of “borrowing” that thing and losing it.  Probably why I was never destined to be a “star” or even a star wannabe.  I don’t have the chutzpah to wear a “borrowed” gown and purse like this and not live in dire fear of ripping, staining, or othersie damaging something that in total probably costs more than my college education (yes I am old). 

  • formerlyAnon

    Sweet god in heaven, designers what is WRONG with you people?

    If the under-dress had gone to the floor so it looked like an under-dress/lining, and not The Wrong Slip for That Dress, this might have been kind of lovely.

    Except, of course, that “elegant gown” and “I can see your contrasting color bra clearly” simply cannot exist in the same ensemble.

    And I DO blame designers. I feel unusually ancient saying this, but I am coming to believe that there really is a generation (or two) out there that do not understand how – or why – to choose and wear a slip properly because they’ve never had to do so.

    Also, she could have ripped a couple of the gewgaws off of that clutch and worn them as earrings.

  • oohsparkley!

    I don’t like the neckline, but everything else is fabulous.

  • bertkeeter

    So out!
    Short or long…can’t have both!

  • teensmom99

    the finest craftmanship don’t come cheap.

  • teensmom99

    I know I shouldn’t and the short lace “slip” is ridiculous and yet I really like this on her. This might be better in a picture than on a moving person–a true red carpet dress.

  • quiltrx

    It’s an interesting idea for a dress, but something’s just not quite right.  The neckline and bodice, at least of the sheer part, are really boring.  I like the bit at the waist, and I like what I can see of the underdress…I’m not wild about the color of the sheer, though.

  • librarygrrl64

    If the lace under-dress were the same length, I could get behind this. As it is, no.

  • Kate?  You’re at the wrong event.  The circus is down the street, and you’re the sideshow.

    Oh, and leave your clutch with me on the way out.  Thanks.

  • Aurumgirl

    The purse is sexier than the dress.

  • I want that clutch.

  • NO.

    Love the clutch, though.

  • MilaXX

    Clean, simple look 

  • This would have been gorgeous and perfect if the slip were the same length as the dress.