Nina Dobrev in Zuhair Murad

Posted on February 04, 2013

We’ll admit upfront that we’ve been feeling pretty lacist lately and that lace-based prejudice may, in fact, account for our reaction here, but we have to be honest, darlings:


Nina Dobrev attends the 2nd Annual NFL Honors in New Orleans in a Zuhair Murad dress paired with Jimmy Choo shoes and clutch.

Zuhair Murad Spring 2013 Collection

We would love this dress so much more if it didn’t have that top. The skirt is fantastic and interesting. The top looks like a vinyl lace tablecloth you pick up at the dollar store. Assuming you’d pick up a vinyl lace tablecloth at a dollar store, which is not at all a safe assumption because we’d never think of you that way, kittens. You’re better than a vinyl lace dollar store tablecloth and so is that skirt.

Also: hooker heels. But hey, she’s young and hot and she’s at something called the NFL Honors. Girl knows her venue.


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  • Sobaika

    I, for one, am a major fan of lace but never in periwinkle (reminds me of both children’s and old nanny’s fancy dress wear) and never with a geometric print folded napkin skirt.

    • poggi

       Yes.  There are definitely too many table linens in this one dress.  We got a lace tablecloth, plaid place mats, and floral napkins.  Major points for resourcefulness, but perhaps some fashion deductions.  

    • shnaggi

      Folded napkin is too kind, make that gingham chequered tablecloth and I concurr.

  • i watched the NFL honors and i have to say – those football players know how to dress themselves. i’ve never seen so many well-tailored suits or interestingly paired shirt and tie combos to save my life. 

    • In Germany, the national team is dressed by a german designer (Strenesse – very demure fashion). So when the players are outside the field on an official meeting or are traveling, they are all looking the same! This is to prevent fashion disasters, I guess. Joachim Löw, the coach, loves his slim cut Strenesse shirts, and when he first wore them in 2006, they were sold out immediately. 
      I’m speaking of soccer, though, because there is no football in Germany. And no Super Bowl, unfortunately. 

    • It’s because they’re so big, usually, and they can’t buy off the rack, really.  So the stuff they wear has to be specially made, and if you’re going that route, why not do it up right, you know?  Plus, in the pro-sports world, that’s one of the places you spend your money: clothes.  There’s lots of cache in looking sharp.

  • Just looks like someone did a mood-board for blue. Bleurgh.

  • imperfectlaura

    I don’t know…I kind of like that she went to the NFL Honors in something that isn’t your stereotypical “Hot Girl” mini.  I’m not in love with the dress, but it’s more interesting than what most celebs would wear to this event.

  • …I like it.

    • Hell Yes, I Would!

      … me too …

    • gabbilevy

      Me three! I think it’s pretty and the lace works because it’s mixed with such an interesting skirt and the color is working like gangbusters for her.

      The shoes still suck though.

    • +1. It’s interesting and chic.

    • I like it too.  Also, I think her hair and makeup are impeccable. If anyone who can pull that off, it’s Nina Dobrev. *love*

  • nannypoo

    It’s a great skirt but it looks like she forgot her blouse. I used to be a teacher and I had a colleague who came one day in her slip, having forgotten to put on her skirt. It’s like that.

    • watchmeboogie

       Good thing she was a slip-wearer!

  • hughman

    “No, no, no. You fold the napkins so they look like swans!”
    “But will that work on Grandma’s table?”
    “She’ll never notice, trust me. I wore these shoes so she’ll just bitch about how I look like Cousin Britney that works at Hooters.”

  • tereliz

    LACIST! Ha! 


    Anyway, I really like these dresses that I’m seeing lately that juxtapose the lace with a more graphic or edgy element. Plus, it fits her like a dream, so I’m all over this one. I love the tighter top paired with the fuller skirt, whose pattern keeps the silhouette from veering too ice-skater (even if I’m not 100% sold on the floral bits, but they do tie back to the lace). 

    Fun color for early February, too, despite the lack of sleeves and the short skirt. I’ll take one in a six!

  • Yick. Frankendress. Bad design, shouldn’t have been lace on top. Also, the blue looks a tad on the moldy side, to me, hence the dress calls to mind things in the fridge best placed in the trash.

  • crash1212

    I think the choice to leave the belt behind was a HUGE mistake. It’s what takes this little number out of the twee and puts it into the interesting category. Also, hair and makeup = MEH.

  • SouthernGirlRena

    She looks great.  I love the skirt and don’t hate the top. I appreciate that it isn’t the expected short tight plunging neckline lbd or sparkly bathrobe.  I do however, officially throw in the towel on the “but it’s so off-season” rant.  Stylist obviously care not at all if they send their starlets out in the dead of winter dressed like it is June.  I don’t understand why – there are so many great winter clothes. 

  • oohsparkley!

     The shape and style of the dress is cute. I have no problem with the lace top or the print bottom, they just don’t seem to go together.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    I think Nina looks cute as a button in this dress, but yes, that top does look a lot like one of my tableclothes (but it is NOT vinyl and NOT from the Dollar Store — it is polyester and I got it off a bolt on the clearance table for $1.99/yd :P)

  • mjude

    i dont like it & now i feel old.

  • Evelylone’s a rittre bit lacist!

    • demidaemon


  • ashtangajunkie

    I enjoy the skirt and don’t mind the lacy top, although I think the dress would be much cuter with a different top. I feel like the wrong parts were sewn together – there is a geometric print top attached to a lacy skirt out there somewhere and it looks equally bizarre. 

  • jw_ny

    Love the skirt…looks like she forgot to put her top on over her slip.  matchy stripper shoes are def not working…

  • Rand Ortega

    I kinda love it. The contrast between the soft (palette & texture) lace w/ the hard geometric skirt intrigues me.

  • BrooklynBomber

    “lacist” heehee

  • I could forgive the lace if she went with better shoes and kept the metallic belt, but only just. Love the skirt.

  • So young, so hot, and girl, next to red, that IS your color!

  • decormaven

    That’s a 1950’s top tacked on top of a very current skirt. Fashion warp!

  • E. D.

    I’m not a huge fan of these dresses that are structured on one half and lacy on the other.

  • Funkykatt

    I don’t think it’s a good color for her. There, I said it. 

  • snarkykitten

    I think the top of the dress should have been just a solid baby blue, but I guess that wouldn’t be *~interesting~* enough

  • PrunellaV

    It looks like a half-assed doodle come to life from a student’s sketchbook.

  • MilaXX

    It’s cute, but looks like she forgot her shirt and is wearing a camisole.

  • Zippypie

    I proudly declare myself a lacist.

  • I really like it, I think she looks beautiful.

  • libraangel

    I’m upside down with you T&L: like the top, hate the bottom And as usual, was shocked that the lace didn’t continue when I scrolled down.

  • PeaceBang

    Clap if you believe in fairies!

  • 3boysful

    But she has good posture.

  • neofashionista

    I like this a Lot maybe I have more tolerance for the lace becuase it is pretty rather than exceptional over plaid nude lace, red lace and black lace

  • Trisha26

    The top looks like a wannabe sexy slip, awful. “Lacist,” me too! Snicker!

  • Looks like two different dresses pieced together. Still, I don’t mind the look.

  • SugarSnap108

    I am a rabid lacist, so I’m completely with you on the top.  The skirt is actually sassy and interesting.  I don’t like the band, though — it looks better with the silver belt the model is wearing (and if I ignore the lace top entirely).

  • Lilak

    Lace or not, that shade of blue really accentuates the blue-white translucence of her teeth. 

  • barbarienne

    Yep, the skirt is too good for the rest of the outfit. I think that even in the model picture.

    I was thinking the top looks like a cheap knockoff of a Victoria’s Secret teddy. Tacky, and “chip in a chip way.”

  • I like the lace! The bottom has a dip dyed graph paper look on the other hand..

  • ccm800

    she has an ittybitty waist doesn’t she! I dont like it either but she looks about as cute as you’re gonna in said tablecloth. 

  • MzzPants

     Sorry, boys.  I love this.  The dress fits her like a dream and she looks pulled-together.  Hair and makeup are nice too.

  • boweryboy

    That skirt is all kinds of awesome.

  • that is some cheap-ass lookin’ lace.  and i love me some lace.  see beyonce at the super bowl, below.

  • Totally agree that the skirt is awesome, but it belongs with a different top. HATE the stripper heels. I also appreciate that she’s laid off on the tanning salon a bit lately.

  • disagree fellows, shes glowing like a confectionary fairy- she just missing some killer diamonds at the ears

  • Lisa Dugan

    I really love the skirt and I see how the belt was transitioning into the top but the lace just doesn’t work for me.  However, it is different and noteworthy and she looks beautiful.  She always puts the effort in. 

  • Janet B

    That top and skirt don’t belong together plus I don’t think the color is flattering her at all.  

  • Dagney

    I just can’t with those shoes.  The whole look is Soul Train meets Easter Brunch.  

  • I think the dress on the model looks pretty and almost ethereal; but it doesn’t translate well to real life.  The hooker shoes do not help.

  • RzYoung

    Why does everyone have dusty grey eyebrows these days?

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    I love the terms you two come up with. ‘Lacist’. Brilliant!

  • PhillipWilde

    I don’t mind the lace, but lace over a nude lining borders on vulgar.  Does she want us to think she’s almost naked on top?

  • watchmeboogie

    *sigh* it’s so hard for me to be objective because I adore this woman, but you’re right, TLo – the dress misses the mark by just that little bit.

  • Love this dress and think she looks adorable.

  • I have to disagree.  I think she looks great.  I also think the lace works well with that skirt.  I will, however, concede that, up close, the lace looks a wee bit cheap, but the color and shape flatter her so much that it’s easy to overlook.

    • kschwarting

      Ditto.  My thoughts exactly.  And those shoes are flat-out dreadful, not to mention being too matchy.  Somehow she’s making it all work, though.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour


  • Cathy S

    The skirt’s beautiful. The top is definitely meh.

  • warnerave


  • Jennifer Coleman

    Nina seems to always default to sexy Disney princess looks. I do wish she would break out of that mold, but as you say, she knows her fanbase.

  • FashionShowAtLunch

    I can barely focus on the dress. THAT FACE. God, she is stunning.

  • I love lace, but its styling has to be careful not to come off as too old lady or a nightgown!  This is neither, but it just doesn’t work for me. 

  • She looks totally adorable.

  • Yosa Addiss

    Something I have noticed is that the pattern of lace is almost always the same.  Tangled roses.  On nearly every piece of lace, from every designer or fabric store.  Has the world decided that lace has to look like that?  Sometimes the flowers are smaller, sometimes bigger.

    But- why?  Why not geometric shapes, or Art Noveau swirls, or arched gates, or daffodils? 

    Maybe we are tired of lace because it is always just lace- pick a color and size of the flower. Pfft.

    The lace on the faboo jumpsuit Kristen Stewart wore last year?  New lace- it had arches and flowers and details.  Nice!  The lace on this dress looks like I could get it at a chain fabric store.  It doesn’t quite live up to the bottom half of the dress.

  • Nancy Dunn

    That skirt confuses me. I thought the wind had blown the edge of the skirt over. I don’t get it, really. I think it’s ugly. Love the colors, though. She is a doll, isn’t she??

  • librarygrrl64

    I wish she’d ditch the extensions/cut her hair. It always looks like freshly-skinned animal pelts hanging from a branch. She is a tiny girl and her hair would look better if it was more in proportion, IMO.

  • Alyssa

    I’d like it better if the color of the top matched the dark blue roses…more visual contrast.