Tika Sumpter in Alice + Olivia

Posted on November 07, 2012

Tika, honey, you were so close.


Tika Sumpter attends the 16th Annual ACE Awards in NYC in an Alice + Olivia gown.

Alice + Olivia Fall 2012 Collection

We kept staring at this and wondering why the snaps weren’t forming on our fingertips; why we weren’t shouting “WERQ it, gurl!” at the sight of her. Certainly, that’s a stunning gown and it looks fabulous on her. The hair and makeup are gorgeous (although her face is a bit shiny). So what’s our problem, darlings? The belt. Or more accurately, the lack of one. That dress really needs the help in defining the waist. We’d go so far as to say the dress was designed to be worn with one and if you eschew the belt, you’re not doing it right.

Still, she looks pretty spectacular. Some statement earrings would’ve been nice, though.


[Photo Credit: Getty, style.com]

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  • Tracy_Flick

    I think it’s too long, too. The overall effect is that it looks like it weighs 150 pounds. So close, though. She really is gorgeous.

  • A. W.

    Completely agree. The dress is also too long for her.

  • l_c_ann

    Maybe it’s meant to be too long (see the chosen model).

    I think I’m glad they removed the cowel neckline and simplified it.  But, heavens, is the top loose on her? 

    The dress flatters her, and it could be more.

    •  Yeah, meant to be too long…but I think she should have chopped it off. The crazy length looks dramatic in a carefully posed photograph, but in real life, it just looks like a mistake.

    • MoHub

       One of the rare occasions in which the bodice is too big. It looks overly wide at the top and just doesn’t sit right. No issues with the skirt length, though; I think it’s elegant.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    there is way too much fabric on the floor, it’s throwing her proportions totally off…lovely girl though

  • Imasewsure

    Love it on the mannequin… oh wait, this is a live person? Still love the dress but not the plastic face and hair…

  • It’s pretty funny that she is standing in front of a sign that says “Accessories Council”, but she doesn’t have one single accessory.

    Love the dress, though, and whoever she is, she’s really beautiful. 

    • kimmeister

      Well, she does have the clutch.

  • I think she looks great, but the belt would have made it perfect. 

  • KayEmWhy

     Why oh why?

  • Is the bust wonky or is it the way the pattern is laid out across her chest? It definitely needs a belt and also needs to be hemmed a bit. I know it’s supposed to hit the floor but it just seems a bit too long. 

  • I was really expecting this to be a cocktail length dress–color me surprised that it’s a gown.  I do think it’s fab, I do think it wants the belt, I do think some earrings would have made the look perfect.

    I would LOVE to see FLOTUS in this dress!!

    •  Mmmmm … FLOTUS would look fab in this dress (and you know she has just the right belt to go with it).

      • littlemac8

        I’m not so sure it would work on FLOTUS who is short waisted and when she puts on a big honking belt she obliterates her midsection

    • My first thought when I saw this was, “I’d love to see this on Michelle Obama.” And you know she’d wear a belt with it. I just wonder if the skirt might be a little overwhelming.

  • In_Stitches

     I think the problem is her bust, specifically, the fact that she has one.  The skirt hits so high that if she places a belt above it, she has no torso left.  The line of her body then goes straight from boobs to skirt.  I suppose she could try a very skinny belt just along the seam where the bodice meets the skirt, but I don’t think that’s going to bring the visual impact needed here.  Not your dress girl.

  • SpillinTea

    She looks very pretty…but something about the makeup comes off as a little harsh.

  • jw_ny

    yes…close, but not a werq…pretty tho.  The white patch of fabric on the left side of her bodice is oddly loose…the belt would have hidden that, along with defining her waist.  The puddles of fabric on the floor aren’t attractive either.   I do like the print a lot. 

  • Anathema_Device

    Yes, if she wasn’t going to wear the belt, then the fit needs to be a lot better in the waist. The weight of the skirt looks like it is pulling the rest of the dress down.

  • e jerry powell


    Something is off about the shoulders.

  • I feel like this could work without the belt if it were shorter, maybe knee length (though then it might skew daytime). It looks like it’s way too long even for a gown though – it’s puddling on the floor. Something is needed to help break up the look a little – the pattern pulls too much focus from her face without a belt. 

  • kittenwithaquip

    The background doesn’t really help either– with no contrast your eye can’t initially tell where her waist see the definition of her waist. That style is usually more cocktail length, but it was designed as more of a maxi dress.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    99.999%  so close – really really lovely.

  • MilaXX

    I still think this is a really good look. Just lacking a belt and earrings..

  • zenobar

    She stands in front of a wall that reads “Accessories Council”…and yet, she wears no accessories. 

    (Please to explain quickly.  There’s a high-pitched whirring sound coming from my inside my left temple and that’s never good.)

  • quiltrx

    I LOVE this gown!!  I do agree that it seems to need the belt to define the waist…but it’s so gorgeous I can live with it like it is.

  • NCDFan

    A nice wide belt to hide the asymmetry of the waist.Not only is it higher on one side but the print of the fabric is mostly black on one side and mostly white on the other. It makes me twitch.

  • Wellworn

    Snaps on the fingertips and shouting “Werq it gurl!” made me think of Blaine and Antoine. 

  • kcarb1025

    Karlie Kloss wore this so spectacularly in the latest Americana Manhassett campaign, that seeing it here on this girl is just…. sad. To put it nicely.

  • Tatiana Luján

    The lack of belt and jewelery and the fabric puddle.

  • Tatiana Luján

    And that is way too much makeup, you could carve it with a spoon.

  • decormaven

    That hair and makeup are crying out for some statement earrings. That, and a beautiful belt, would have earned it WERQ status.

  • Regina Harrison

    I think the original neckline provided a better sense of balance to the dress–as it is it’s bottom heavy.

  • crash1212

    Amazing how much that dress needs the belt. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better example of belt-needing on these pages. Otherwise, nice look.

  • Kristy Evans

    I don’t think it would have needed the belt if the top had been fitted better. It’s too big.

  • Contralto

    I agree, it’s just a tad big on top.  Lovely dress and lovely girl, though a bit too much makeup.

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    Definitely needs a belt. I think this is too big on her – to me it’s a glaring case of dress wearing girl. It’s too short waisted for her and it’s unfitted through the collar/bust area. That combined with the huge skirt and length make it look like she’s swimming in it. It would have been great cut to the knee WITH a belt. 

  • ccm800

    It just doesn’t fit is all. 

  • librarygrrl64

    Yep, needs a belt, needs jewelry. GORGEOUS gown, though.