Pair Division: Foxx and Washington

Posted on January 04, 2013

Boy, you sure can tell no coordinating went on between their two stylists. They don’t even look like they belong in the same hemisphere, let alone the same room.


Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington attend the ‘Django Unchained’ photocall in Rome.

Peter Pilotto Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Katia Selinger

Scoring these two is going to strain our abilities, since they clearly had vastly different ideas of what this event required of them, but we’ll give it a shot.

HE: Looks fine for Sunday church. This is just a bit too conservative and “Dad” for a photocall, however. He’s not far from Mr. Rogers at this point. We expect a little cat puppet to be sitting on his shoulder. It’s also too blue and needed a contrasting color. Credit for doing the work and attempting to look put together, but at the end of the day, this just isn’t very flattering on him. That sweater is giving the illusion of a gut, which is pretty much the last thing most guys want in their dressing-up outfits. Keep everything and switch out the cardi for a nice tweed jacket. As it is… Score: 6/10. It’s not horrible and he clearly put the effort in. He just needed someone to say the difficult things to him.

She: Looks batshit crazy. We want to applaud batshit crazy in fashion when we can, but this is just an insane Frankendress. She’s got the fashionista cred, but she can’t pull this one off. Honestly, we can’t think of one person who can; not even Blanchett or Swinton. It’s just a ridiculous dress that screams “Fashion Victim.” Sorry, girl. You picked wrong. Score: 3/10. And that’s only because we like the shoes.

Combined Score: 4.5/10. That seems about right. Jaime: get a second opinion next time. Kerry: GIRL. Tone it DOWN.


[Photo Credit: Getty,]

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  • captrenault

    I was trying to appreciate this as an accent-and-foil thing, but — no.

  • hmariec19


    • EveEve

      And….it shoots to the top of my own “Worst” list for 2013, although the year is still so young!

  • kimd19

    what a hot mess.. totalllly agree.. with the score…  the dress is so hard to pull off and the hair would of helped if it was up but the shoes makes the look so heavy…also placement of the ruffle is a bit awkward for me… but i like the design from the waist up 

  • laddie103

    That dress is definitely from a batch of Project Wrongway.

    • dress_up_doll

      I was thinking it reminds me of a first challenge of the season auf for Project Runway.

      • RebeccaKW

         This is what Molly Ringwald’s character in Pretty in Pink would design at ‘fashion school.’

  • suzq

    Just because a designer tosses it on his (or her) runway doesn’t mean it’s worth wearing.  You’re doing no one any favors. 

  • Aldona Dye

    Her hair and shoes are super cute…trying to be positive.

  • The teal sash makes it look like she received a Napoleonic award for fashion victimhood.

  • What the hell is she wearing??? Hard to believe he wore jeans and still did better. But he looks great. Shit guys, get it together.

  • Judy_J

    Her dress looks like parts of a Barbie wardrobe put together by a 3 year old.

  • My first thought before I even scrolled down to your commentary was “why is he dressed in a Mr Rodgers sweater?

  • susan6

    Well, their facial expressions in the first photo tell the story of her dress:
    Jamie:  “Dude, REALLY?!?!”
    Kerry:  (embarrassed grin) “I know.”

  • teensmom99

    “Here she comes, Miss America.” I mean that’s what the diagonal ribbon is there for, right?
    And yes, Mr. Rogers, oh yes.
    But she is the most beautiful woman around.

  • Annabelle Archer

    No Kerry. No. No, really. Just no.

    Jamie, you disappoint me with your non hotness here. Go home and try again tomorrow. 

    Kerry, no. 

  • Celandine1

    Well something bad apparently happened to the dress Kerry had planned to wear so the stylist in a PR make it work moment grabbed the table cloth from dinner and the drapes from the hotel room and threw this together. Much more believable than this frankendress was intentionally designed as it and walked a runway. 

  • Sobaika

    She looks ridiculous. Not something I thought I’d ever say about Kerry Washington.

  • MilaXX

    It’s sad when you see a dress and wonder what T & Lo will think.  I thought that dress was hideous. Agree with the scores.

    • mjude

      you are not alone, i do that all the time. WWTLT?

  • I can’t even with Kerry’s dress, but Jamie looks like he’s wearing a codpiece with the way the seaming looks on the pants.  That may have been the look he was going for, however.

    • Derek_anny

       Maybe the pornstar codpiece is to make up for the gut.

  • MilaXX

    Oh in other Kerry news Scandal returns next week!  I cannot wait. I can’t think of Michael Kors without my mind going to that scene in the Oval office.

  • Her dress looks like it’s vomiting, and he…. looks like someone’s fat older brother.  I saw the movie, I know he’s in better shape than this cardigan is trying to make us believe.  

  • Mr Rogers and his neighbor, the crazed upholsterer.

    • formerlyAnon


  • plinkiedoodle

    Oh, I don’t know.  I think Jamie looks kinda hot. 

  • tessasouthworth

    No NO NOOO!!! Actually, this posting prompted me to look at the rest of Pilotto’s spring collection, and he really has a number of interesting, edgy pieces and some GORGEOUS prints. I even think that this ensemble would have been all kinds of do-able if she had only been able to remove all the lime frillery. At any rate, my husband and I both love Ms Washington, and, as someone else posted upthread earlier this week, I’d be all kinds of appreciative if Mr. T and Mr. Lo would give their treatment to Scandal and the lovely (although mostly monochromatic) clothes she wears in it!

  • TSkot

    Are you sure this isn’t a Josh reject from PR All-stars??

  • 3boysful

    My first thought was the unlikely pairing of Charo and Mr Rogers.

    • Introspective

      Between this comment and Chloe as Oscar I have snorted and cackled twice in 2mins. Thats why I love TLo.

  • That dress is all kinds of ridiculous! Sorry, Kerry, I love you, but – no. Just no.

  • Judy_S

    If the ruffle on the dress was removed, and the cardigan buttoned differently or not at all, they might look, well, reasonable as a couple.

  • Introspective

    Kerry I love you but… girl bye.

  • cam_lo

    I could see Gwen in what Kerry is wearing.

  • I’d give her a 5 – 3 for the shoes, 2 for the face (which is always lovely but she’s looking particularly pretty).

  • judybrowni

    Somebody was experiencing static cling when she swoosed through a Jo-Ann’s fabric store…

    • judybrowni


      She looks like a fabric store threw up on her.

      Which is the better snark?

  • MoHub

    Even Nicki Minaj couldn’t get away with that dress.

  • formerlyAnon

    I would look pointedly, several times, at that ensemble if any of the men in my life wanted to wear it to church on a Sunday. Saturday evening mass, maybe.

    (The sweater would still be appallingly “dad” but I’d let it pass with dress pants. The jeans & sweater together cannot be redeemed by a tie.)

    Yes, I am in some ways a very old fart.

    • Kayceed

      I’m guessing Mr. Foxx dresses much, much nicer than this for Sunday church.

      • formerlyAnon

         I would bet more than I can afford to lose that you are right.

  • ooh he looks pudgy.  he ain’t pudgy.  she looks cray cray.

  • jw_ny

    He should have gotten extra points off for the peace sign and thumbs up.  The crotch of his jeans is kind of insane too.  

  • BrooklynBomber

    If I was Peter Pilotto I’d claim I’d been hacked.

  • I love Kerry’s hair and shoes, and that’s about it. That dress is HIDDY. And Jamie looks like a substitute science teacher. It’s an ok look, but not a single thing remarkable about it.

    • l_c_ann

      Except a lot of schools have dress codes that don’t allow teachers to wear blue jeans.

  • Anathema_Device

    Wow. I usually really like Pilotto, but this dress looks like a bad joke.

  • Imasewsure

    You guys were very nice to give her points for the shoes…

  • Trisha26

    1/10 for each for showing up. Loved them in the film.

  • Tom Shea

    THe onlyu thing that doesn’t work for me is the blue sash thing. Otherwise it’s loud, but good loud. She’s hot to the ends of the sun, though, and should have gone a little more conventional. OTOH, it’s Rome.

  • That dress is a cruel joke. I hope she had a full-out DIVA FIT over that nonsense. Phone-throwing-ugly-crying- police-were-called- Diva-Fit.  

  • That gut thing is only because he didn’t button all the way down. You can’t do that with a cardigan, as comfortable as it feels, I’ve learned the hard way. Especially if you actually have a gut.

  • AthenaJ

    Kerry looks lovely from the neck up, but the rest is 31 flavors of cray-cray.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    i am still waiting for that wanda movie.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    The more I see celebs wearing his clothes, the more I think Peter Pilotto should be taken out back and bitch slapped until he starts making some sense.

  • sk8tfan

    holy cow, she was dressed by Emilio.

  • kcarb1025

    She looks like she’s had work done on her face. 

  • sockandaphone

    that’s probably one of the ugliest dresses I’ve seen in a long time.

  • nannypoo

    The thing they have in common is they are attractive people who both look like shit.

  • unbornfawn

    Jamie, that sweater has got to go. I like that he is wearing new jeans that are hemmed properly. The dress gets burned with the sweater.

  • Kerry is sooooo gorgeous, and I would say that her dress that put together by preschoolers, but would be an insult to preschoolers.

  • Qitkat

    With their love of combining unusual prints and colors, Peter Pilotto and Mary Katrantzou have a lot in common with their Spring 2013 collections. Katrantzou, however, has more refined silhouettes. I’m fascinated with both of them. This dress is one of the louder ones from his collection. I am actually surprised that this offends so many Bitter Kittens. It may be because there is such an extreme contrast with Foxx and Washington. While bordering on a *frankendress*, it looks quite well made and to me anyway, is rather flattering on Miss Washington. Their stylists ought to have at least consulted one another; if Jamie had been wearing a smidgen of the color she is sporting (and changed the sweater to a sports coat), they would have looked much better together.

  • MzzPants

    What the hell is she wearing??  And…Mr. Foxx at least learned a lesson from that Pitt-douche and wore a pair of neat, well fitted jeans.

  • guest2visits

    I think he looks very good… even more interesting than some suits are.  Hers is a bad joke, fashion victim indeed.

  • If I could see anyone in that dress it’d be Dita von Teese. I don’t think she’d choose to wear it, but if she did she’d make it pretty fantastic looking. As for him, when you’re the star of a Tarantino film how the fuck do you show up to a photocall for it in a button-up sweater? The hell, man?

  • myristica_fragrans

    i feel bad for her because you just know she thought she looked great and that this was so avant-garde and would get her on all the best dressed lists.  

  • SugarSnap108

    I kind of like what he’s wearing, but I’m a sucker for when guys go the adorkable route.

    I can’t wrap my brain around her dress — Why would someone design this?  And why would any being with free will wear it?

  • I kinda think Kerry is pulling it off. 

  • OrigamiRose

    Jamie looks like after the event, he went home and graded term papers.

  • Thuc Dang

    that dress is a crime against humanity. period. burn it asap

  • quiltrx

    I have a funny feeling that she should send this dress to Fan BingBing, who just *might* know what to do with it.  Or that awesome model with the cool nickname (gah, what is it?  I want to think she’s from China or Korea.)

  • elzatelzabelz

    I would have expected Nicki Minaj or Katy Perry to wear that dress. Totally wack-a-doodle.

  • fiestyfashionfem

    That’s just crazy ugly.  Why do some designers DO that shit?  Just foul.  I always feel so bad for the woman (usually) wearing it. Sweetie – just say “no thank you so very much.”

  • Jecca2244

    i am still confused as to why my mother spent 20 odd years telling me these madly mixed patterns don’t work and these lady stars try to flaunt it. 

  • Lisa_Cop

    You guys were on fire today! Laughter especially for “cat puppet sitting on his shoulder”. Thank you:)

  • ErinGray

    Darling TiLo: Sunday church? I can assure you that while white folks might wear jeans (or worse, the dreaded khaiki) to church, black forks (outside of Los Angeles) absolutely do not. I attend a predominately African AmericAN Church, and I have never seen (ever) a church memeber in jeans at Sunday service.

    • It wasn’t a statement on African-American dressing norms.

    • Contralto

      Giving offense while taking offense?  I can assure you that the white folks who attend my predominantly black church do know how to dress for Sunday.

  • Contralto

    Horrifying dress.  

    Agree on Jamie’s sweater giving him a gut.  However, no self-respecting bourgeois black man would show up at church on Sunday in that outfit.  Maybe to the Men’s Ministry prayer breakfast, if he isn’t a deacon, or to choir rehearsal.  But not to service – not if he didn’t want his wife or Pastor frowning at him.

  • Amy

    Maybe because they were in Rome, he thought “conservative and dapper- the Vatican will not be offended by that!” and she thought “these Italian ladies love the the Versace and anything else that requires bold mixing of prints with skin and heels, PREGO!”

     Frankly I think they are both pretty enough to pull off almost anything, so my eyes aren’t all that offended.

  • My husband said it looked like something a sea turtle spit up.

    • Melvis Velour


  • librarygrrl64

    That is possibly the ugliest dress I have ever seen.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    That dress looks like a Mondo Reject Dress.  Why did someone decide to make it, much less purchase it?  Christmas wrapping gone bad…

  • shanteUstay

    I’m offended by her dressed, and that tight little sweater mr. Fox has on lol
    This whole fairly reeks of bad fashion choices

  • What scares me about this travesty of a garment is that is probably costs more than my paycheck.

  • I happened to be watching Fashion Police the other day and all three, of them, Kelly, Guilana and Joan, voted this dress the BEST of the week. Clearly the Lifetime Project Runway judges are passing the crack pipe onto E.