Krysten Ritter in Alberta Ferretti

Posted on January 15, 2013

Wow. It’s been a while since we’ve seen such a massive divide between how a dress looks on the runway, and how it winds up looking on the red carpet.


Alberta Ferretti Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Marcele Dal Cortivo


Red carpet:


Krysten Ritter attends The Art of Elysium 6th Annual ‘Heaven’ Gala Black Tie Charity Gala in an Alberta Ferreti gown accessorized with a Jimmy Choo clutch.

Gorgeous on the runway; nightgown on the RC. The bodice is completely different and we can’t say it’s an improvement. All the beauty seems to have been drained out of the dress. The fact that the lining is an inch or two longer than the hem isn’t exactly helping.

Oh, Krysten. What happened, dear? You’re usually so much better than this.


[Photo Credit: Emiley Schweich/PR Photos,]

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  • belfebe

    It loks like she’s wearing it backwards. Plus it’s not been tailored to her.  Something is definitely off.

    • DinaSews

      I thought the same thing….it’s on backwards.

      •  Definitely on backwards. That trick didn’t work for Angelina at the Oscars either.

    • Karen Maslowski

       It’s definitely on backwards, and it looks as though they hemmed the blue embroidered flowers off of it.

      But isn’t she very tall? This makes no sense.

    • capybara_cafe

       I was just about to say that! She absolutely has it on backwards. What the hell, it was such a gorgeous dress on the runway.

    •  OMG that was exactly my reaction! She’s wearing it the wrong way! And the lining showing is NOT okay.

    • Louise Bryan

      That makes sense.  That it’s on backwards, not that she’s wearing it that way.  Her choice of how to wear it makes no sense at all.

  • Sobaika

    YUCK. It looks ethereal on the runway and really drab and messy on Krysten. What a waste.

  • PastryGoddess

    it looks like she wore it backwards to show off the girls and completely ruined the look of the dress

    •  I really think you’re right. The shoulder detail, the neckline, it’s all in the back on her. The colour just looks so drab on her, too.

      • RebeccaKW

         Yes, this way ruins the line of the flowers.  It’s also lost the gorgeous blue hem.  And I agree this minty green is not her friend.

  • savicevic

    omg, what happened to that gorgeous hem from the runway version? Criminal removal.

    •  Not only was the original hem part of what made the dress interesting, but the new hem is so appallingly done, I can’t stand it!

  • EEKstl

    It wasn’t broken so they shouldn’t have fixed it.  

    • mhleta

      It was probably really difficult to walk in.

  • Tatiana Luján

    The hem is the worst part.
    I love the more saturated green of the runwat dress and the fact that it has more blue flowers.

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      Agreed, the hem on Krysten’s version kills it.  And not in a good way.

  • charlotte

    All the beauty has been drained out of the dress, but not out of the Krysten. She still looks gorgeous and the makeup is great.

    • LLuL

       I agree. This is the best I’ve seen her look. I don’t even notice the dress, other than it’s a great color on her.

  • LP

    The bottom of the dress on the original was the prettiest part but is totally absent from Krysten’s version. The shoes look bad, too.

  • Psst – honey, I think your dress is on backwards.

  • fallen_ikon

    The dress looks like something you’d find on the clearance rack at Dillard’s after wedding season. The runway version is beautiful and interesting and I wish she’d worn that version of it, or something much closer than the dull, limp thing she has on.

    • This, in 1997. Plus those awful black shoes really complete the look.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    that gorgeous hem on the runway has been replaced with something that looks like a dirty dishrag….

  • MilaXX

    unusual misstep for her, this is awful

  • Janet B

    What a shame. The fabric was stolen and made into a dress by someone other than Alberta Ferretti.

  • thexstarsxalign

    I feel like her standing against a white background isn’t helping. The model is on a dark runway and the contrast is stunning. The pale dress/pale skin/white background makes everything look washed out. 

  • Richard Harper

    It looks like a completely different dress; I’m not sure that it’s not.

  • mhleta

    Wasn’t this the challenge where Joshua had an hour to destroy the dress and restyle it into something sad?

  • shirab

    Black sandals with thick straps? Really?

  • VicksieDo

    Now that is a fashion crime!  The RW version is so divine…

  • Elizabeth Silverstein

    I think she is wearing it backwards.

  • B_C_J

    It definitely turned into a nightgown on the RC. 

  • It’s a “G, TNYD” post! I don’t like her in something this soft–she’s much edgier, the lipstick she’s wearing only serves to underline that.

  • Imasewsure

    I thought everyone was kidding but she really is wearing it backwards…. maybe the pretty detailing on the hem was only in the front… awful!!

  • jw_ny

    the colors are so much more intense on the runway look…RC look is drab.  special lights on the RW &/or too harsh of lights on the RC. 

    (as well as the backwards thing that ev1 else has mentioned…)

  • anotherkate

    Not crazy about the way they’re treating her bangs. I’ll never dig the “split ’em down the middle!” look. Bang them proper, or brush them back, I say!

    • kimmeister

      To be fair, they’re not split exactly down the middle (which is TERRIBLE), but off-center.

    • kathrineb

      Yes! the “split ’em down the middle look” is not good.

  • MGMcD

    I prefer when she does the Mega Fierce Bitch look vs the girly florals she sometimes favors IRL. Her look and her height really lend themselves to that kind of style whereas this seems weird on her even if she wasn’t wearing it backwards.

  • Yup, it’s backwards — you can really see the crossover detail at the back in the video of the Ferretti show (, a little bit around minute 4:00 then you can really see the back in the finale at 10:25).  Also explains why the front of the slip is “too long” since the actual front hem of the dress is longer on the runway version!

  • This runway-to-RC change is as bad as Sally Field’s black lace number featured last week.  I agree that the dress seems to be on backwards (I wish we had a view of the back of the model to confirm), but wouldn’t the bra/lining be built in already, which would prevent wearing it differently?  Perhaps the designer modified the dress for her (with bad results)?

  • kimmeister

    I think that the wrap effect she has going on in front just doesn’t work with sheer fabrics.  That combo of blue and green is gorgeous, though.

  • donnaINseattle

    That can’t be the same dress . . . it is the same fabric, but the neckline is different, the arm/shoulder treatment is different, the hem edging is different . . . nope, not the same.

    • Tamara Hogan

       It looks like the knock-off version of the gown that someone like ABS might produce a couple of days after a big red carpet event.

  • Laura Toepfer

    Really? Because I was thinking the exact opposite: nightgown on the runway. But boy do I hate that stuff hanging out the bottom of the dress.

    • reebism

      I agree — I think Krysten’s looks a lot better, especially because I love the neckline and the elegance of her torso.

    • I really like it her way, I love this style bodice. The lining showing is unfortunate. And now I am forced to wonder if she is wearing it backwards on purpose or if they didn’t know which was the front…

  • MissAmynae

    OH HONEY NO!  There went her chance of ever getting Alberta Ferretti again. 

    Its such a beautiful dress, why Krysten, why????

  • nannypoo

    The runway version is beautiful. The other is just sloppy.

  • MaryMitch

    After all those really light colored pastel dresses at the Golden Globes, I thought I would be able to count on Krysten Ritter for some bold color. Disappointing.

  • Aurumgirl

    It’s like they tried to make a budget version, with fewer blue appliques, a lot less fine tailoring, and the crazy notion of wearing the dress the wrong way around.   The dress the model’s wearing costs a bit more than your mortgage, the dress Kristin is wearing came right off the rack at TJMaxx.

  • StephanieLovesTLo

    This is one sad sack of a dress. Out. It looks cheap and highly flammable on the runway, and on Krysten.

  • tallgirl1204

    I looked at the runway and thought ‘gorgeous.’  I looked at her and thought “Kohl’s.”  Too bad, it’s a beautiful embroidery. 

    • l_c_ann

      But where did the rest of the embroidery go?  Was the bottom cut off because she’d trip?  That doesn’t explain why the body of the dress is so sparsely decorated.

  • Are we sure it isn’t a cheap knock-off?

  • I want someone with long red Pre-Raphaelite curls to wear this.

  • Addicted2Glamour

    It must be the Forever 21 version of the dress, I’m guessing…

  • librarygrrl64

    I hate what they did to the bodice AND the hem (which needs some of the periwinkle). Couldn’t agree more with your assessment.

  • SophieCollier

    It’s on backwards.  Or else the model wore it backwards.  Or they made it reversible.  Either way, it looked much better on the runway.

    • joancarol

      I think it’s on backwards too.

  • Le_Sigh

    What the eff did she do to that gorgeous dress?

  • BrooklynBomber

    Even worse than the bodice change is that the trim at the hem is gone. That has a lot to do with the dress working at all.

  • Trisha26

    As I was scrolling down I said “nightgown.” Sad.

  • Zippypie

    Wow, what the hell happened?  It looks like a cheap knock-off of the original dress.  That’s just sad.

  • Lily-Rygh

    That surplice looks horrid in that fabric (which is just gorgeous on the runway), and my god, do her girls need some support!  What a fashion travesty.

    Is she ACTUALLY wearing this backwards?  Somebody please say no…

  • melanie0866

    You all are on crack.  It’s beautiful, and so is she.

    Plus, I keep thinking Krysten Ritter is dead because her character on “Breaking Bad” died.  So I’m always excited to discover she’s up, walking around, and wearing pretty dresses.

    • OrigamiRose

      Thank goodness I’m not the only one!  I thought the split was “horrible on the runway, great on Krysten” and was shocked to see people felt the opposite.  I think she looks lovely in it.

  • margaret meyers

    Her hair and makeup are excellent here, but what happened to the hem of this gown, and why are we getting 5 or 6 inches of the nude lining at the bottom?  And why is the leaf detail on the front of the right shoulder on the runway, and at the back of the left shoulder on the RC.  She IS wearing it backwards.

  • adnama79

    Limo nip slip, last minute fix by pinning the dress over on itself, resulting in a janky hemline.

  • msdamselfly

    i think it looks beautiful on her

  • SewingSiren

    I agree with the posters who assess that she’s wearing it backwards. Why they chopped the hem I don’t know, they should have taken a tuck just above the blue edge all the way around and it would have looked fine. and they wouldn’t have to throw it away after tonight either.

  • ccm800

    Ruined. Sorry Anne Hathaw…oh!

  • What in the hell?…The red carpet version looks like some sort of homemade bootleg of the dress on the runway. Very poorly done. 

  • What the hell??….

    The red carpet version looks like a homemade bootleg of the dress on the runway. 

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I wouldn’t even know that was the same dress. It’s like the Feature Film version is on the runway, and the Lifetime Movie of the Week version in on Krysten Ritter.

  • Qitkat

    What everybody said.
    This is one sad frock as Krysten is wearing it.

  • THAT is a fashion crime. CALL IN THE FASHION POLICE.

  • quiltrx

    WOW, that IS really a bad transformation!  I find the blue at the hem of the runway version one of the most interesting things about the gown…losing that really blands it down.  And it totally looks like Vanity Fair outlet on Krysten.

  • Well, I think both versions smack of negligee, but the runway version is much nicer.  That gorgeous shade of blue at the hem, and the unconstructed neckline, make all the difference.  The starlet version has had the dress’s limited appeal altered right out of it.

  • decormaven

    The modifications steal the soul of the design. “Everyone, put down your forks. Carson, remove this. Bring fruit. Bring cheese. Bring anything to take this taste away.” 

  • Claudia Fernandes

    She used the frontside in the backside. is the diference

    • TRSTL

      OMG!  I think you are absoltuely right!!

    • JosephLamour

      Oh dear.

      • Claudia Fernandes

        ?? did you notice the neckline on the model? then look again to the photo she is showing the back of the dress…is one of the clues 🙂

        • JosephLamour

          No darling, I agree with you. The “Oh, Dear” was out of exasperation for Krysten Ritter, lol. 

          • Claudia Fernandes

            lol, sorry me 🙂

  • teensmom99

    Maybe it’s my contrary day but I like it–not as much as the runway version but I like it.

  • amaranth16

    I think the color is stunning on her, actually. If she’d left the hem alone and worn a bra, I would’ve seriously defended this outfit.  I’m actually not wild about the runway version – I sort of prefer that shoulder detail in the back.  But her breasts needed some support, and the lining peeking out the bottom looks foolish.

  • peachy

    she obviously had to pick the dress up before the alterations were complete.  poor thing had to wear a partially altered dress out on the red carpet.

  • That’s it, I’m moving to California and starting Hollywood Hems.  It will be my mission to show men and women alike the benefits of properly hemmed garments.  Tailored properly, flattering, and not chopping top layer and leaving the lining to drag.  Good God.

  • tereliz

    The surplice bodice is making her look wider than she really is and giving the dress more of a Grecian by way of the early 20th century feel than the wood nymph feel the bodice of the runway look has. I don’t know if it’s actually on backwards, but it looks as though it’s been converted into a wrap dress instead of the sheath the model is wearing. Or maybe it just looks that way and there’s an underarm zip? It’s certainly not her dress. Send it to Katy Perry, and get Balmain on the phone, Krysten!

  • sweet_potato

    Total nightgown.  It’s a pretty nightgown though.

  • I don’t see much to it either way; looks like she went for a softer mood than usual; but it didn’t work as well for her as it did for Lucy Liu at the Globes, who wanted a change from her metallic ice queen side. 

  • roverrun

    It reminds me of when, after a big awards show, the next day a budget designer comes on a tv show saying “Here’s the original, but you can wear this dress for thousands of dollars less.”  Not to mention that I don’t think I have anything in my closet that I would wear backwards.

  • Lilak

    Glad to see less of the bangs and more of her face …  Among other things, her head and the rest of her are in more pleasing proportion than when she’s sporting the full bangs. 

  • barbarienne

    The fabric is also slightly different, less of the darker blue.

    Ms. Krysten looks like she’s wearing the cheap knockoff version from the discount store. Are we sure this is really an Alberta Ferretti?

  • conniemd

    Definitely she wore it backwards. That explains why there are less of the flowers on her front than on the runway model. Whoever agreed to this should be fired. Runway dress is pretty and femine.

  • Horrid.  Looks like Starr from Season 1 of Project Runway got a hold of it.

  • Reading old posts: hello. The dress is not on a skeleton wanting to eat just one more jellybean with mood lighting and moody makeup, but on a real live woman with a bit o’boob and some non-death make-up. I thought it kinda looked pretty on her, though maybe not her colour by a few degrees and she may not have wanted to walk around with that hem as gorgeous as it was. Smart girl.