Kerry Washington Double Shot

Posted on January 08, 2013

One thing’s for sure: you can’t claim Miss Kerry isn’t having fun with her fashion during the Django poledance.


Kerry Washington attends the ‘Django Unchained’ photocall in Berlin in Louis Vuitton.

Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 Collection/Models: Courtney Shallcross (NATHALIE), Jemma Baines (NEXT)

We’re not entirely convinced this works as well off the runway as it does on the runway. It’s chic, certainly, but from the side it goes straight to sackville. No shape to it at all. Looks a bit too stiff as well. The shoes are KILLA but we really can’t with the hairbow. That one definitely should’ve stayed on the runway.

Yes, her looks for this press tour have been a bit energetic and attention-seeking (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing), but not quite as chic as we would have liked. Thankfully, she unveiled something gorgeous for her next stop:


Kerry Washington attends ‘Django Unchained’ premiere in Berlin in J. Mendel mikado print silk chiffon gown.

J. Mendel Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Ruby Aldridge

BAM. There you go.

We’re not entirely in love with the silhouette here – the top half is just way too big – but the colors look absolutely stunning on her. We don’t think it was a great idea to match her lips to the pink in the print, though. Still, we’d have to give this look a thumbs up overall. One of the more striking looks she’s worn in a good while.


[Photo Credit: Getty,]

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  • MilaXX

    First look – lose the bow & take the hem to the knee. Second look – love, even the the matchy lips.

    •  SAY NO TO THE BOW. I totally agree – at kneelength or slightly above (and with better shoes) this would be a great Mod look. I love the second one, boxy top and all but not the matchy lips, although there is a darker red in the print that would be a good lip colour.

      • And take it in at the waist just a skosh.  Preserve the silhouette, but give it a tiny bit more shape.

  • Andrew Schroeder

    I care for neither.

  • teensmom99

    Love the bow.  What can I say.  The second is one of those “girl that is your dress and your dress only.”  Sure it has problems but she is wearing it like no one else.

  • I think she needs the bow to give it all a wink and a nod. Otherwise the dress makes no sense.

    • agree! Think its works well here. 

    • KC

      I agree about the bow. It looks kind of fun and kicky. It gives the outfit that extra “Squee!!” feel that it needs. What if the dress was slightly more fitted (only slightly) and shorter? It would go very cool mod.

    • RebeccaKW

       I like the bow, I just think she should have done better hair.  Instead of the half-up/half-down, she should’ve done all up.

  • Pennymac

    I like them both. And I’m not sure why. Neither is the most figure flattering. She looks like she feels good in them though, and that carries a lot of weight with me.

    • tereliz

      I also give Kerry a pass on the fit of borrowed clothes sometimes because she is just so tiny. Her wardrobe on Scandal is always well-fitted (seeing as it was made for her), but there’s no way to borrow that Louis Vuitton dress and make it fit. But how do you say no when they want to loan you something for what is arguably the biggest promotional tour of your life? You don’t. 

  • Trisha26

    Agree – the Vuitton is a sack – a striking sack – but sack nonetheless. The Mendel is pretty, nice to see pieces that don’t hug the body on occasion, but even though it has a narrower silhouette, even the runway look looks oddly proportioned.

  • Sobaika

    I took a sharp I take of breath at the J. Mendel. Oh Kerry, you are so forgiven for past transgressions!

  • Dress one would work if it were shorter. Dress two is sickening. I even love the top.

  • butterflysunita

    What a difference–looks like two completely different women.  She looks gorgeous in the second look–way better than the model.  

  • I love that she’s taking risks and giving us all something to talk about, but that first look can stay on the runway – especially that hair bow.

  • SugarSnap108

    The hairbow, god no.  At first I wasn’t sure about the second look, but after staring for a good 30 seconds, I’m coming around.  It’s definitely striking.  And I like how she’s wearing the top slightly askew (at least I think she is), so it looks less boxy than it does on the model (though that could also be the straight-on camera angle).

  • Call me Bee

    First look–another cute 60s inspired outfit.  Boxy, but good. 

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Oh, is she ever angling for some high fashion editorials. Good for her.

  • I hate the way she gives face so much I can hardly focus on the clothes. The Vuitton is stiff and swallowing her alive and the bow is cringe inducing. The second look is definitely better but again with the cutesy stiff posing and dead eyes. And who attacked her head with an egg beater AGAIN? She needs a bodyguard if people are going to keep coming at her hair do with an egg beater.

  • SewingSiren

    I love the first look. It’s my favorite of all her red carpet appearances so far. 
    The second is more traditionally beautiful. And it is beautiful . But the first one is FASHION>

  • Jecca2244

    the hair bow goes from chic to five year old’s hair accessory when your hair doesn’t perfectly lay flat. 

  • LOVE the orange dress. The first one, not so much. 

  • Nicole Little

    I feel like she’s a big enough actress to get samples sent to her but she’s newly famous so no one is sending her the right size.

  • The Louis Vuitton is the wrong length. It looks like a housecoat someone really unaware of the fashion industry at all would wear.

  • e jerry powell

    The J. Mendel wins, but the geometry of the top was initially a little alarming.  Women’s bodies shouldn’t look like trapezoids.

  • Louise Bryan

    I like both of these, especially given some of her recent displays.  The second one tops the first, but I think she looks better in the first than the model.  Hmmm, maybe if it were a skosh shorter?

  • nannypoo

    I like the print but the lipstick is tragic against her coloring.

  • Laylalola

    No one over the age of 5 should be wearing that bow. 

  • quiltrx

    That first dress is pretty decent, but the runway styling does NOT work in real life.

    The second look is gorgeous and suits her very well.

  • 3boysful

    Those shoes in photo 1 may be killa, but to me they are too white to go with the ivory/cream dress.

    LOVE the second look!  What should be a Maude/Golden Girls dress somehow looks young and fresh.  I don’t even mind its figure-obscuring-ness.

  • That orange is beautiful, and the big boxy top doesn’t bother me. The first dress should have been hemmed to the knee, and then I think it would have been lovely. 

    • Thank you marley, you saved me from writing a post with exactly the same comments. Thank you! You have no idea how difficult it is to type with paws.

  • Tell me, is there ANY star in Hollywood who hasn’t worn something from this particular Louis Vuitton collection? The hair bow made me bark out loud.  The second dress, however, looks amazing on her top to toe.

  • That second look is killa!

  • Frank Lithium

    The dresses are a bit off here, but she can get away with a lot because damn it, she has the cutest, bordering on innocently seductive, face ever.

  • barbarienne

    The first dress would be fine if it were shorter and fitted better. It’s a little too large in all directions.

    The second look made me think of Gina Torres. Ms. Kerry looks powerful and gorgeous.

  • lonepear

    She has such a gorgeous face (and body) that she can dress up to look silly or ridiculous, but never really *bad*–so she might as well have fun with some high-fashion crazy shit.

  • thecitysleeps

    I think she looks perfect in both outfits.  I think she makes the bow work in the first one and it goes really well with the dress.  And the second outfit is beautiful.  I love the bigness of the top.  It makes it different and not the same old floral dress.  I agree about the lips though.

  • spooki C

    First dress- keep the bow, hem it to just below the knee, make the neckline a boat neck or wide scoop.

  • Love the second dress. Way to go, Kerry. Scandal! Best show on tv and the clothes are gorge!

  • Warrior89

    She is so gorgeous….WHHHHYYYYY with the clothes lately?

  • decormaven

    If the top had been correctly sized in the second look, that would be close to WERQ status for me. However, this woman deserves a better hair stylist. If she is going to make multiple appearances- and the stylist has scored some significant looks- the hair styles cry for equal attention. Bring it all, or forget about it. 

  • Deedles

    Number One: Just NO. You aren’t Diana Ross and this isn’t the mid-1960s. Oh, and Shirley Temple Black wants her hair bow back immediately, thankyouverymuch. Number Two: I am OK with everything south of her neck.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    She’s one of the few stars that could look good in that gown. The colors are all her.

  • GorgeousThings

    What’s with the Bumpit hair?

  • She is rocking the second dress better than the runway model.

  • Mary229

    I don’t really like either outfit.  I’d like to see her wear something more form fitting.  But I love her. 

  • Cathy S

    I like both looks, but without the hair bow. She looks great.

  • A woman would never design the Louis Vuitton dress, it looks awful even on the model

  • hannabanana

    This is a little unrelated, but has anyone else seen the photos going around of Ms. Washington and Mr. Foxx posing together at these photo calls? They are so damn cute together that I now irrationally love the both of them, and there’s no way this lady isn’t going to get snaps of RESPECT from me, even if I do generally agree with the criticisms of her outfits. 

  • Janet B

    A little tailoring would make her look better in the first dress.  Love the color on her, but the top looks too stiff on the second dress.

  • Lisa from Saved by the Bell? Anyone?  I think it is the bow.

  • alyce1213

    Hate the first dress, adore the second (boy, that is HER dress) — but what is with her wonky hair in both?

  • Thank god for this woman lately. I agree that she isn’t quite working these looks like a Tilda but I so appreciate her trying. Let’s her give her some encouragement shall we? Let’s.

  • guest2visits

    The first needs to be more fitted, and probably shorter; I can see it with or without the bow.
    (I liked alot of those softly checked Louis Vuitton coats and dresses).    
    The second one looks wonderful.   Isn’t it cold in Berlin yet?

  • ojosazules

    I find both these outfits quite lovely on her. 

  • Is anyone else a bit annoyed by her?

  • Imasewsure

    Stupid looking first dress (actually it’s not the dress that looks stupid). Love the second dress although not the hair and makeup. Really great style and print though

  • Candigirl1968

    I feel like she’s just become a fashion victim.  There are too many obviously silly choices, too much trying (and failing) to wear difficult shapes.  I’m more annoyed than awed by the things she’s wearing (not to mention hair and makeup) on her Django movie shilling tour. 

  • e jerry powell

    I know we don’t follow Scandal here (there are damn few sites that do, alas), but I think we should have a thread or two on Miss Olivia Pope.  She is looking wicked fabulous in that white jacket tonight.

  • ccm800

    I love that she is aware of and takes advantage of different shapes than the dress being painted on. 

  • bd73

    that block dress is betraying everyone who has tried it in the last two weeks. that decade is over. let’s move on. but that j. mendel is giving me fits of delirium. color + texture + pattern. love it! the neon lips, i agree, must go. she should have done lips nails, purse and shoes on a berry (the color just on top of her right breast) to ground the brights. still, fabulous!