Oscars WERQ: Halle Berry in Versace

Posted on February 25, 2013

Miss Halle is serving up the very best of ’80s nighttime soap opera vixen realness:


Halle Berry attends the 2013 Academy Awards in a Versace gown.

You WERQ the SHIT out of that Dominique Devereux drag, Miss Thing! Two snaps up and a Champagne flute in a fireplace, girl!


[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos, Getty]

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  • Perfection in every detail.

    • Stubenville

      To nit-pick I would have liked sleeker hair and a tiny touch of color – serious ruby drop earrings perhaps?

      • I see what you mean, but I think she needs the volume in her hair to balance the width of the shoulder line.
        Some big ass earrings with red stones would have been pretty awesome!

        • Vlasta Bubinka

          Still, would’ve loved to see the fight in a fountain…

          •  You KNOW she would kick someone’s ass.

          • VanessaDK

            She’s like a cross between Grace Jones and Grace Kelly….

          • leilah

            FanTAStic description!!

      • Little_Olive

        Yes to the hair, no to the earrings. 

    • BayTampaBay

      Halle Berry always looks so great, even if she has a couple of not-so-great choices to her resume, because her clothes fit!

      Whomever or whoever does her fittings is the worlds most awesome tailor.

      • poklapy

        (FYI: It’s whoever, because it’s the subject; think of it as: would you say “he (i.e.: who) does her…” or “him (i.e.: whom) does her…”?  Whichever is correct is the one you use.)

        • brokephilosopher

          that’s how I explain who/whom to my high school students before they take the ACT!!! always works.  for their writing, I tell them just never to use “whom” if they’re not sure because it never sounds bad to use “who” and it is so cringe-inducing when “whom” is used incorrectly.

          • Mistie Holler

            I’ve never known anyone whom uses that word incorrectly. It must sound very silly indeed.

          • zbird17

            Thanks for the giggle, Mistie.  I needed that!

      • Re: the world’s most awesome tailor – I don’t know about that. I can see the shoulder pads through the sheer fabric and they aren’t black – they look like uncovered foam shoulder pads you can get at your local JoAnn Fabrics. I don’t think it’d be noticeable on a pale woman, but with Halle’s café au lait coloring, it shows up. If they’d at least been covered with black fabric, it would have been less obvious. I can even see what looks like a thread from a raw fabric edge in the close-up. That’s not up to Oscar standards, imho.

  • BrooklynBomber

    I thought she looked amazing. It’s very her, yet without the lapses in taste she sometimes falls prey to. A top pick, as far as I’m concerned.  Seems all the women who dressed up as Oscar did well last night.

    • Jennifer Coleman

      Plus, when she walked out onstage, the dress moved in a liquid gold sort of way. Bravo, Halle!

  • Kate Lorenz

    YES Werq!  This was my favorite of the night.  I loved Kayne from Project Runway so I know my tastes tend towards exuberant, possibly tacky cliches..and this is the very best kind of exuberant, possibly tacky cliche.  ;D

  • HobbitGirl

    The shoulders bother me. I guess they’re necessary for the structural look, but they’re visible and that awful “flesh” tone that literally nobody is. Yick.

    • fallinseattle

      Yes, this is what got me as well. As soon as someone pointed out that the shoulder pads were visible, it was ruined for me.

    • Now those pads are all I see.

  • StellaZafella

    You’ve got to have the body to work that much linear definition… boy,she’s got the body!
    And, for once it doesn’t look like midlife desperation…it looks like what it is: “EAT this, bitches!”

  • Sobaika

    One of my favorites from the night! Tron realness.

    • Call me Bee

      Tron realness.  Indeed!

  • Glammie

    Damn straight TLo.  Props to anyone who managed to do anything interesting on the red carpet last night.  Girl wore stripes–Bond girl stripes.  What’s not to love?

  • teensmom99

    ’80s nighttime soap opera vixen realness, indeed.  

  • gabbilevy

    Best thing she’s done in a while. Love that it is fairly covered up, yet still insanely sexy. It feels much more appropriate. Also, this eye makeup is working for her like crazy. 

    … still hate the hair.

  • OrigamiRose

    Ha, I love the Dominique Devereaux shout out!  I do wish the shoulder pads were a bit softer, though.

  • Alyssa

    Absolutely amazing! She needs to lean toward this instead of the desparate sexy looks she’s been going for lately. This made up for all those recent mistakes in my book! WERQ!!!

    • lexilexi

       Absolutely.  Heidi – take notes.

      • Rand Ortega

         Did you see what TLo tweeted about her & her dress last night?
        “Guten Tag, Titsen!”
         I couldn’t stop laughing for an hour!

        • Call me Bee

          Yes–I was embarrassed for her, fer cripes sake! 

  • DTLAFamilies

    This dress makes her look like a rectangle. Not one of my favorites.

  • She clearly must bathe in the blood of a thousand virgins. Girlfriend DOES. NOT. AGE.

  • shawnhunter

    when i saw this i screamed YESSSSSS

  • jw_ny

    Gorgeous!   Love the lines in it, and the shoulders in this dress…very architectural.  Her tits look great…well supported and not too in your face.

  • Susan Sontag

    This was almost the same dress as the one Jane Fonda wore.  I liked them both.  Very sharp.  Very fierce.

    edited to add: duh, they’re both Versace

    • carolclark12

       Agree, especially about Jane Fonda’s dress.  I think I dreamed about it last night.  She was one of the best for me, in spite of the yellow.

  • Mistie Holler

    Usually, it’s not acceptable to slap someone. But while wearing that dress, it’s not acceptable NOT to slap someone.

    • lovelyivy

       extra points for pushing them in a pool!

  • Judy_J

    I loved this!  She looks amazing, and gives Charlize a run for her money in the fierceness department.

  • greymain

    just A-may-zing. Girl has got it.

  • i fkn hate that hair!!!!!

  • tallgirl1204

    You know, I was studying this dress last night.  Because it wasn’t Halle’s usual “I am going to show you what a great body I have” dress.  I mean, it does show her great body, right?  but not in an obvious way.  AND, it could be worn well by someone much older than her (was kind trying to picture la Mirren in it)– but it is not ageing or “old” in any way– it is simply fierce and classic– you say ’80s, but I say 1940s/50s dark-haired screen goddess– Jane Russell maybe?   

    • Stubenville

      It would have been perfect on Jane Fonda.

    • Adriana_Paula

      Ava Gardner.

  • PrunellaV

    She looks like Nefertiti. Even her ears are pretty!

  • I have to agree.  I thought it was a top look as soon as I saw it.

  • appliquer

    FANTASTIC! So much better than some of the stuff she’s worn earlier in the awards season. Take a look, Jennifer Aniston. This is how you dress your age and look terrific.

    • Qitkat

      IMHO, too much dress for JA to handle. And her current hair would.not.do. But perfect for Halle.

  • TropiCarla

    I loved it last night and I had not even seen DAT. ASS. Whew! She is all kinds of fine.

  • Araina23

    It looked good on the RC, but it looked amazing when she walked out to present.

  • tallgirl1204

    Augh, now I will quibble with myself.  For as much as that dress cost, they coulda put shoulder pads in that were HER skin color. 

  • Qitkat

    Art Deco. LOVE.

  • Wendi126

    Her cleavage should win an Oscar

  • Goooooooooldfiiiiiingaaaaaaaaaa.
    Let that count as my snaps up for this. 

  • OK, *that’s* a “WOW!!”


  • annrr

    This was my favorite dress of the night. 

  • Joanna Schuth

    I thought it was all fabulous with the exception of the visible shoulder pads. Shouldn’t be able to see underpinnings.

  • margaret meyers

    I like the black illusion modesty panel on the slit at the back of the dress.  It’s really in keeping with this columnar, undisturbed silhouette.  You really don’t even want to see her legs.

    But she really needs new hair and new makeup. This look is tired, and it makes her look a bit tired, too.    

  • NDC_IPCentral

    As I look at all these “they’re poured into it” gowns, lovely though these Spanx’d shapes be, I’m repeatedly thinking “how in the world do any of these dames answer a call of nature, if nature just… calls???”  I didn’t watch any of the Awards (call me a cranky contrarian), but I know they go on for hours and hours… and at some point don’t a few bladders just scream “Empty me!”

    Does some poor assistant have to follow trussed-up-star into the loo to get her out and back in her getup?  I refuse to think of the diaper solution, which a lot of these dresses wouldn’t accommodate anyway… would they?

    • l_c_ann

      The only time I saw H Weinstein last night was towards the end of the show, it was a long shot towards the stage, a segue to a commercial, and there was old H, hustling to a bathroom break. 
      So we know at least one bladder wasn’t abused last night.

  • Kristi Mitchell

    My ONLY complaint – the shoulder pads are too big and you can see them sticking out the sides, which was really distracting to me last night when she was on t.v. – aside from that – fabulous!

  • Stubenville

    That is one severe dress, but she’s pulling it off. The casual hair fights the overall look, though. 

  • Girl_With_a_Pearl

    She looked fantastic.  It’s kind of an odd dress, isn’t it?  And the end of it is a little weird from the front.  But she WERQed it.  

  • Kayceed


  • MzzPants

    I LOVE this.

  • mhleta

    Spectacularly inspired dress for her. I want to make a hood ornament out of her and mount her on the front of a beautiful classic car. I want to make a sky scraper out of her. I want to drag Margaret Bourke-White out of her grave to photograph this. This look somehow needs to be immortalized. It’s architectural and freaking gorgeous.

    • Adriana_Paula

      This post needs to be immortalized.

  • Tamara Hogan


  • ojosazules

    I do not like it. Something is wrong with my eyesight, apparently.

  • Exactly – my sister and I exclaimed “Denver Clan” (which was what Dynasty was called in Germany) the minute we saw her…

  • She was stunning last night….. all others should just bow……

  • Elizabeth Silverstein

    She said she told Donatella she wanted a bond girl dress. Nailed it. 

  • Mazenderan

    Spot on – that dress belongs to Alexis Carrington.

  • MissMariRose

    I’m such a sucker for Art Deco anything that I literally squee’d when I saw her last night. 

  • cleep1000

    I do not like it.

  • Zippypie

    I hated this.  Really hated it.  Not sure if it’s because it looks like a costume or it’s so friggin’ boxy or it’s the hair and the dress together or the colors or the stripes but man, I just hate it.  Grrrrr….

  • Dot

    This looked amazing on camera last night. Perfect gown for her.

  • Beardslee

    aah, sleeves.  And what an interesting dress.

  • MilaXX

    She looks good & let’s face it, this is as demure as Halle gets. She wanted a Bond girl dress and this fits the bill.

  • fringebenefit


  • kat89

    She looks like that dress was poured onto her body. Gorgeous.

  • Daktari100

    It seems a little funny to say this when there’s that open back and all that cleavage showing in the front, but it’s nice to see a little less skin than usual.  This time there’s just enough to be sexy, yet still classy.

  • MaryanneGirl

    “Two snaps up and a Champagne flute in a fireplace, girl!” I just laughed out loud in the middle of my class. Thank you, gentlemen! (And Miss Berry looks hot as HELL in this!)

  • Nice. I like the Chrysler Building vibe we’ve got going on here.

  • formerlyAnon

    I thought she was in the running for best look of the night.

  • pylgrym

    I liked the dress but I think the shadowing effect that showed up for some reason around the midsection looked like a baby bump

  • OK, I can’t stand Halle Berry, but damn if she doesn’t look amazing here. 

  • paintedfish

    Just wish it didn’t have visible shoulder pads.

  • s k

    Dominique Devereux – LOVE IT.  The only way it could have been MORE Devereux or Carrington is if it were a jumpsuit.  This seems like such a departure for her even though it is Versace. Love her hair. She, Charlize and Anne really outshone the long-haired ladies in terms of styling. 

  • This was my best dressed of the night. Excepting of course Little Miss Q.

  • She looks amazing, but what’s the deal with her nails? Looks like a half a sticker. Bottom part (toward nail bed) isn’t shiny, and there’s a visible line. What’s that about?

  • Corsetmaker

    Very Deco. I’m not normally keen on her choices but this is pretty stunning. I’ve been impressed with the fit on a lot of the gowns this year. Not seen anything *yet* that looks obviously borrowed.

  • Ms. Halle was best in dress, or at least the second runner up.  Ms. Naomi, looked great, but next to Halle, she missed the boat.

  • marilyn

    I think HB is in transition.  She is trying bedhead-hair, and bolder styled dresses.  I really prefer her in the old sequined towel look that she has left behind.  She is beautiful, but I just don’t like the way this dress looks on her.  The color does nothing for her and it makes her shoulders look very big.  It looks more like a costume for Grace Jones in a Bond or Star Trek movie.  Just a difference of taste, I suppose.

  • Amenaneri

    Totally amazing dress and she looks fierce!  The hair is also shockingly vertical–looks like flames shooting up from an inferno.  She’s rivaling Lyle Lovett for hair height here.   Although the contrast between the Medusa-hair looseness (how much hair spray did it take to make it stick up?) and the totally strict linear dress was kind of balancing.  I thought she was perfection.  And even her hands look gorgeous–there were several times last night with the silly Mani-Cam that I was shocked at how old, unmoisturized, ungroomed, etc. some ladies’ hands looked, but Halle’s hands don’t even age.  How does she do it?  I agree with others–bathing in virgin’s blood?  Sacrificing unicorns?

    • Lilithcat

      I was shocked at how old, unmoisturized, ungroomed, etc. some ladies’ hands looked, but Halle’s hands don’t even age.  How does she do it?

      Because black don’t crack.

  • Yes I’ve been waiting for this one! The first time I saw it I thought “well that is…..a little weird”…but the more pictures I saw, the more I was drawn back to it, utterly hypnotized. I have since decided I lOVE this dress. I love the whole look. It may be my favorite of the evening. And I don’t know that anyone else could wear it either. She just owns it.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    This, this is how you look sexy without looking skanky, Ms. Halle.  You pin up a picture of you in this dress and remember it.

  • Really? Giant exposed shoulder pads (shudder) earns a Werq?? Think you’ve just been staring at dresses too long guys.

  • EEKstl

    Flawless.  Nothing else to say.  Just…flawless.

  • She’s a beautiful woman and it’s a lovely dress, but after all that scandalous news about how she handled her custody arrangements, I just can’t like her.  I don’t want to see anything she’s in.

    • SRQkitten


      Yes, you’re not alone on that one, really don’t want to give any respect to a woman who’s trying to split a young girl & her daddy. On the other hand, given some of her more desperate “I’m still fiercely HAWT” looks of late, this is amazingly classy.


      • She’s amazingly beautiful and aging like she’s got a portrait hidden somewhere. But no matter what she’s wearing, all I see are crazy eyes. I have the same reaction to Winona Ryder.

    • Anniebet

      I dunno, judging a person on the info we get from today’s sensationalist media seems a tad harsh. Besides, this is about her clothes not her personal life.

      • jabes

         Ever since her hit and run accident, I’ve loathed her. 

      • Fair enough. I probably shouldn’t have commented at all, but I just have such a negative knee-jerk to seeing Halle these days, whether she’s fabulously dressed or not. Perhaps that will wear off in time, if she can stay out of the tabloids.

  • Eva_baby

    My absolute favorite of the night.  She stepped right out of Metropolis.

  • unbornfawn


  • Carla_Charlton

    Fits her like a glove.

  • I’m not terribly fond of the (visible) shoulder pads, but otherwise just gorgeous!

  • tripletmom96

    i LOVED this dress — i think it was probably my fav of the night….on some it might be a little too busy, but she is WERQing it like crazy.  it fits her perfectly sexy without being vulgar….awesome!

  • LaSylphide

    First time in 20 years I haven’t burst out laughing at the sight of shoulder pads that big. Definite WERQ.

  • Pennymac

    She looks amaze-balls. Some one call Mr. Redmayne and tell him that his hair is a poor imitation of Halle’s awesome doo.

  • oldbobbydraper

    i hate halle as a person but she totally hit a walk-off homerun with this look. it was incredible on her.

  • She looks ridiculous; good ridiculous.

  • Warrior89

    Zoot Suit Drag Queen.

  • e jerry powell

    I missed the back detail on TV.  I have new respect for this gown.

  • kalisa

    That dress looked better on stage than it did close up. She’s no fool.

  • She looks like Queen Nefertiti. In a really awesome way.

  • colleenjanel

    I just noticed … She and Eddie Redmayne have the same hairstyle.

  • Cousin_Rose

    Perfect WERQ

  • Another one of my favorites. She looked stunning. THIS is how you do sexy AND classy. 

  • capybara_cafe

    I really don’t care for the dress, but she looks undeniably amazing in it. She’s gorgeous, and #2 on my list of women I want to be when I grow up.

  • DAYUM!  She was Linda Evans, Joan Collins, Diahann Caroll, and everyone else who ever wore a shoulder pad in the 80s!  She was putting it down!  I loved it, and I don’t like it when her hair is slicked. This hair style gave her just the right amount of softness.

  • MissAmynae

    Age-appropriate Hot!  

  • Anniebet

    Dang, I wish I hadn’t seen the white shoulder pads. Cannot un-see.

  • Susan Crawford

    Thank God she and Charlize were not in the same shot – that much glamour would have melted my laptop! As it is, Ms. Berry has done it again – awesome. (Does anyone else wonder what the picture in her attic looks like???)

  • Nope, not striped sequins.

  • pookiesmom

    I’m not crazy about the dress, but HOW DOES THIS WOMAN NEVER AGE??? Has she been replaced by a cyborg? Even her hands (at least the outsides) are nearly as smooth as my 27 year old hands. WTF?

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      like, no matter how much surgery you’ve had, the hands always reveal your age.  and mine reveal that not only am i getting old, but i ate cheetos.  

      • pookiesmom

        LOL!! Seriously. No aging OR cheetos for Ms. Berry.

        …or is hand-Botox, like, now a “thing”? 

  • adnama79

    This gets my vote for BEST.

  • Pterodactyl111

    LOVE the shoulders. Can giant shoulders come back now??

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    with my broad shoulders, the only devereux realness i’d be serving up is blanche.  

  • Sal Neslusan

    dress is great, styling is terrible. Needed sleek hair and fresh makeup with a bold lip.

  • BigShamu

    What an incredibly beautiful woman.  Who does not seem to age.  Gorgeous. 

  • It’s a killer dress but for me she looked oddly uncomfortable in it.  Also the shape (or shoulders) needed something soften the effect (lighter hair) or to take it all the way (maybe heavy makeup, dark lip, I don’t know).  She is a very attractive woman but I would like to see her tone it down a little bit…we get it, you still got it, now put it away girl.

  • kathrineb

    I don’t usually like this sort of thing but Hale is WERQing it for sure. Don’t like the volume in the hair and why are her eyebrows grey?

  • bd73

    she asked versace for “bond girl” and got “dynasty” instead. amazing but retro which gianni versace had no patience for. berry is suddenly dressing ‘her age.’

  • nannypoo

    I thought this was the best look of the night. I’m surprised at all the people complaining about her hair. I seriously love her hair and wish mine would do the same thing.

  • Therese Bohn

    Bow Down the the Queen! 

  • DesertDweller79

    I love this so much!  She is so freaking beautiful, so it is hard for her to get it wrong.  But, wow!  This is just fabulous.  I LOVE her makeup.

  • Michael Davis

    She is working the mess out of that pattern. It works well with her body. 

  • Citric

    She looks a bit… N64. A lady with a low polygon count.

  • Claudia Fernandes

    the dress is stuning, but that hair…

  • decormaven

    Dominique Devereux! You are spot on! This was one of my favorite looks for the night. Hope she veers more toward this type of look for the upcoming “The Call” pole dance.

  • I hated this dress.  I especially do not like the way the stiff shoulder pads show through.  Yuk.

  • samo_samo

    When I saw it in a red carpet photo I didn’t like it, but when I saw it as she was doing the Bond tribute it looked so much better to me.  It really grew on me.  Pretty fab. 

  • Magnificent. She looks so classy and gorgeous. Loved it. 

  • megohd

    I love that you said this! I was calling her look (and Jane Fonda’s) “Dynasty Chic.” And then you go invoke Dominique Devereaux — I feel validated!

  • Such an awesome dress! She looked fierce and classy.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    LOVED IT ON TV and it looks even better in the close-ups.
    The ultimate Bond Girl dress. Killer!

  • Serving it and shutting it down!

  • oh my god I love this on her how is she real??? it’s not fair.

  • Tuneful54

    More color–red lips, red earrings–would have knocked it out of the park for me.
    Is this nude fad (makeup, clothing, shoes) ever going away?
    I like the short guy in photo 3 who’s going in for a feel. 

  • B_C_J

    AMAZING!! Perfect dress for what she was doing. 

  • mmc2315


    I shall never tire of her hair.  LOVE.

  • dschubba

    I don’t know why, but the combination of the sequins and the sheer fabric on her sleeves is making me think of Christmas decorations. 

  • libraangel

    Exquisite, but hand cream needed

  • JP

    Woo! She’s stopped saying, “here is my naked flesh, still hot in middle age!” Now if only Heidi Klum would do the same. 

  • guest2vists

    It didn’t work for me; I thought it looked like a Dynasty, 80s type gown. The shoulders looked dated, the heavy looking pattern
    and fabric, abit garish and costume; which I know is alot of what the Oscars are.. but no.


    this is just horrid………

  • The Oscars have a talent section this year that involves recreating Joan Crawford from Mildred Pierce.

  • Our next skater representing the United States…