WERQ: Jessica Alba in Valentino

Posted on November 05, 2012

There is not one thing wrong with this look. Sheer perfection.


Jessica Alba attends the 1st annual Baby2Baby gala in Culver City, California in a Valentino gown paired with Harry Winston jewelry.

Valentino Resort 2013 Collection/Model: Caroline Brasch Nielsen

And if that’s not a WERQ, then we don’t know what is.

We love that color against her skin. We love the simple, underplayed, feminine, floral aspect of the look. We love the chignon. We love the delicate jewelry and simple clutch. We love the little sleeves.  In case we haven’t been clear: we love this whole look.

You WERQ that modern fairy tale look, girl. Princess snaps!


[Photo Credit: Getty, style.com, style.com]

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  • Jangle57

    She certainly looks tons better than the model.  I love most of this; there’s something about the waist that sort of throws it off a bit for me but that’s my only issue. Lovely.

    • Kathy_Marlow

       Drop the waist about 2 inches or so and it’d be perfect perfect, but she is wearing the hell out of that dress.

  • slightlybitterkitten

    It’s super pretty.  I just feel like she’s projecting the maturity and femininity of a woman half her age……

    • wwilson008

      Spot on. That.bow. What on earth is a dainty, Easter-egg pink bow doing on a 30 year old woman who is raising two kids. Please donate the bow to little Ainsley, so that she can have a headband to wear at the club’s next mother-daughter brunch.

    • Judih1

      I agree! Too Twee for her age – put it on a Fanning

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Pretty pretty. 

  • Miss_Led

    The hair seems severe but that is my only quibble!

  • j_anson

    Did she just get super-lucky with the step-and-repeat setup, or did everyone get a memo on what to match their dress to?

    • Meg0GayGuys6

      I was thinking the same thing… it looks great, especially since she’s standing on astroturf or something.

    • Jean Marie Downing

       She’s the honoree, and baby2baby is her charity, I think.  So… probably, yeah.

      • j_anson

        Ahhhh, that makes sense!

  • BazoDee

    I don’t know – something isn’t quite right on this for me. Maybe it is my personal taste but I can’t get behind the WERQ -although I have no specific reasons not to. 

  • mjude

    i love it too. 

  • I’m not crazy about the waist bow, but overall she looks lovely. It is such a pretty, feminine look. But now I’m feeling very manly in my sweatshirt and pants. I desperately need to put on a tiara or roll around in glitter or do something equally princessy.

    • DeborahJozayt

      I feel that way a lot, too. Then I remember my undergarments have cute little bows on them, and my femininity remains intact, just for me!

      • My underwear has a lovely robot/ray gun pattern. I’ll just pretend they are lady robots so I can keep my two X chromosomes. 

  • hughman

    Although I wondered at first why she was holding an iPad Mini, she does look fresh and pretty. 

  • Leslie Streeter

    I might be taking crazy pills here, but she looks like a creepy grown-up doll from the Victorian era that will come to your tea party and eat your tea cakes. And then your soul. Pretty but in a creepy way.

    • ralish

      So true!

    • greyhoundgirl

      I think she’s gorgeous but maybe it’s the big botoxed forehead?

    • DeborahJozayt

      I don’t think the coloring is right for her, and that’s what makes it creepy. mebbe?

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    This is kind of juvenile looking to me. I would have given the WERQ to K-Stew instead. But that’s just me.

  • decormaven

    So. Much. Pretty! Love the styling from head to toe. Her MUA does a wonderful job.

  • alyce1213

    Great artistry and workmanship in the placement of the sequin flowers against the subtle sparkle of the fabric – wow I just love it.
    That’s couture alrighty. 
    Has she ever looked better?

  • Don’t cry for me Valentino. . . She looks like she’s going to her quinceañera in that dress.

    • Judih1

      spot on! what is it with designers wanting women to dress like little girls?

  • crash1212

    LOVE! Personal best for Miss Jessica.

  • MilaXX

    agreed WERQ it!

  • shirab

    Awfully springy for November, but still pretty.

  • Rand Ortega


  • I always think that she should wear edgy stuff, instead of this soft princessy stuff, but I guess it’s time to accept that Jessica Alba has very little in common with her Dark Angel character.

    • l_c_ann

      So we can’t ask if there’s a bar code under her neckband?

      (The closeup of her clutch really shows how magnificent the fabric is.)

  • Mary229

    Yes, this is amazing on her.  Absolutely stunning.

  • agentilities

    Uncle TLO are being generous with the WERQs today. I see a flower garden when I look at that dress

  • marilyn

    It is a nice enough look.  I think the dress would look better if it had been street length.  Being this long makes it kind of 1950’s bridesmaid-ey.  It is different than what else is being shown, and it walks the fine line between demure and dowdy, on the demure side.       Yawn.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Beautiful. Good going, Jessica Alba! You’re 31 and you look like a fresh-faced 22. Fountain of youth? Or just a really pretty dress on a really pretty lady?

  • Qitkat

    “Oh ain’t she sweet,
    When you see her walking down the street.
    Yes I ask you very confidentially:
    Ain’t she sweet?

    Oh ain’t she nice,
    When you look her over once or twice.
    Yes I ask you very confidentially:
    Ain’t she nice?

    Just cast an eye
    In her direction.
    Oh me oh my,
    Ain’t that perfection?”

  • Annabelle Archer

    Finally! I finally agree with a TLo judgement.  I was seriously beginning to doubt all that I had come to believe in what I had learned here, from the world’s best gay uncles.  I’m so relieved, who know it would be Bland Alba making me feel all better? 

  • Love it head to toe. She looks gorgeous!

  • librarygrrl64

    That gown is EXQUISITE!!!

  • I wish I loved it too.  It makes me feel cranky when I disagree with you; even worse when I can’t even articulate why this bugs.  Sorry, daddies.

  • jw_ny

    oh…I really hate this on her.  Too precious.

  • I don’t want to be a season Nazi, but that looks a little springish for November.  But it is beautiful on her.

  • jmorino08

    I do not care for that dress at all. Too froofy.

  • Zippypie

    Not feeling the WERQ with this one.  The severe hair makes her head look small and the dress is just a bit too juvenille.  Nah.

  • SewingSiren

    I like everything except brown hair with a blond chignon.

  • margaret meyers

    We don’t get of pretty werqs.

  • I don’t like the severity of the hair, but she looks good. It’s hard for her not to.

  • Verascity

    Count me in for not getting this one. Her hair is too tight and the pink sash rather than the belt on the model takes it to overbearingly twee and unflattering.

    • AnneElliot

      I agree.  I find it so twee, my teeth ache.  I think it’s the high neckline and little sleeves PLUS the tiny bow.  Isn’t Jessica in her thirties?  Wrap this one up and send it to Kiernan Shipka!

  • It’s not bad at all, but it reads very “I’m a mom now” to me…

  • Lovely.

  • Joyce VG

    Pinhead!  But the dress is gorgeous.

  • Candigirl1968

    She is generally styled to perfection.  Whoever does her stuff (formal and casual) needs to help some of these other stars out.  

  • julnyes

    It is lovely, though I preferred the belt on the model the ribbon replacement.

  • I love love love this.  So pretty! So dainty! So happy!  WERQ indeed.

    I don’t understand what people have against that tiny bow.  It’s perfect.  Like a maraschino cherry on top of a sundae.  

  • aquamarine17

    love it! the earrings are perfect, too.

  • quiltrx

    That is a gorgeous “70s flower girl” (I can say that, I was one in a wedding and cried the whole time) dress!

    I bet somewhere, Florence Welch is looking at these pictures and calling Jessica a dirty bitch. 🙂

  • This does not do a thing for me.  It’s just too “playing dress up” for me.  And that bow at the waist is all kinds of wrong.  I do love the jewels & clutch, and she certainly looks happy–even glowing–but I must disagree with the WERQ laurels you’ve bestowed here, guys.  Sorry.  I hate these family arguments.

  • J MN

    She looks nice, she always looks impeccable.  I see her all the time at all of these events and red carpets but I can’t think of a thing she’s been in that would elevate her to the A list.  Maybe she’s ascending by her style choices.  Isn’t Brad her stylist?  If so he gets a snap too.  

  • formerlyAnon

    Normally I’d be writing about how much I love the embroidery, BUT . . . 

    However the but is that, in this case, it works. She doesn’t look twee or overly adorned or remind one of mutton dressed as lamb. Somehow.

    I think it could be more flattering and less oddly poised between sleek and too-princess if the point at which the bodice and skirt meet were somehow different. But it looks better on her than the model, so I clearly quibble.

  • Claudia Fernandes

    this is werq, not halle’s

  • miagain

    sometimes… girls just wanna look pretty.

  • tereliz

    I like the belt on the model better, but otherwise, the rest of her styling choices are perfection. 

  • I want to sit a drink tea in a garden in that dress 🙂

  • Contralto


  • kategs

    She looks absolutely lovely here.  And she knows it which always adds extra glow.

  • LeifBallard

    Maybe since I live in Seattle I am like “Girl this is fall” and I am not feeling it like I would have been a few months ago.  The only think I would really say is that bow in the front isn’t working for me, its a little too cutsie, but other than that she looks good.

  • Is she pregnant? This looks maternity to me.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Other than the waist bow, absolutely lovely.  Beautiful girl in a beautiful dress.  The jewelry is killer!

  • PrunellaV

    Showing Taylor Swift how it’s done.

  • Patricia Gillett

    Now that’s how you do “modern princess” – well done. 

  • guest2visits

    Very pretty!