Jessica Paré in Prabal Gurung

Posted on March 21, 2013

Our thoughts in quick succession, upon viewing these pics:

  1. “Oh, what a fabulously ’60s-retro-tinged dress to wear to the Mad Men premiere!”
  2. “Jesus Christ, whoever styled her needs to be deported.”


Jessica Paré attends the premiere of AMC’s ‘Mad Men’ Season 6 in Los Angeles, California in a Prabal Gurung dress paired with Casadei for Prabal Gurung pumps and an Adeler ring and earrings.

Prabal Gurung Pre-Fall 2013 Collection

Casadei for Prabal Gurung Pre-Fall 2013 Collection Ankle-Strap Pump

Look, it’s hard out there for a fashion blogger.

Here’s a dress. Come up with a hook and 200 words. You have 30 minutes. Go. Oh, and there’ll be 8 or 9 more of these today.

See? Sure, it’s not ditch-digging or saving lives or anything, but it can be tough trying to remain fresh and avoiding repeating yourself. So, we kind of hate that we’re returning once again to our most common complaint: Great dress/Shitty styling.  Just once we’d like to say, “Wow, that garment is HIDEOUS! But look at how well she styled it!”

Anyway, enough whining. We always make the same criticism, but this time we have to say it’s worse than ever. Literally every single styling decision here was a bad one for that dress; from the hair, to the makeup, to the shoes (we don’t care if the model’s wearing them, they bug), to the jewelry and even the nail color. It almost looks like she had an entirely different outfit on and then changed the dress at the last second, leaving everything else in place.

A shame; because it really is a gorgeous little frock.


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  • No more words necessary. You covered everything!

  • VeryClaire

    You only missed the belt. There’s something weirdly distracting about the belt, too. Big NO on the shoes. But the dress has a lot of potential.

  • Bella! El traje le queda a la perfección. She looks perfect

  • I think with her facial features, she can’t have the slicked down hair. I love the dress, but the styling has absolutely ruined it. Those shoes are the kind that you look at and go “i bet her feet were stinky at the end of the night”. Yuck.

    • RebeccaKW

      Exactly what I was thinking. She’s beautiful, but she has…prominent features. She needs some hair to soften everything and provide a balance.

    • MK03

      This. She needs some volume to balance everything out. Though to be fair, I’m not sure anyone would look good with that hairdo.

  • It IS a great dress, though I dislike that length on her. It obliterated the shape of her legs. I hate the shoes, and her make up and hair make her look like a dress extra vampire from a William castle movie in 1968. (at least they got the time reference right)

    • Jennifer Coleman

      Gotta say, she definitely has the face for a Wm Castle movie. She’d make a GREAT vampire!

    • Vlasta Bubinka

      Dark eyes stare as balalaika rhythms play from beyond
      Silent lips part in anticipation,
      Sheer utterance fades and no sound escapes
      As balalaika rhythms play from beyond
      A center line clears from the black abyss
      Drawing to dark eyes
      As balalaika rhythms play from beyond.

      • Mkay, now I just gotta say it. Ditch the dissertation and go with fashion poetics as your career path. You really are a jewel for this.

        • Vlasta Bubinka

          Thanks, but you wouldn’t say that if you saw chapter 1, which is hilarious.

        • libraangel

          Sorry, don’t hate me, but I ‘m kinda over the pretentiousness. Not a site to flaunt literary style/cleverness?

          • I’d never hate you. Everyone is entitled to their tastes and opinions, especially here.

          • libraangel

            Thank you

          • libraangel

            p.s. I always enjoy reading your posts, kiltdntiltd. On a previous site, I wondered why you were always “on top”. but me bad: I still don’t know how to use this new format, but now schooled! I had the order on BEST, and – you are the best!

          • That is really terrifically sweet of you. Thanks.

          • I am not over it. Please keep doing them! If the dissertation allows.

          • Vlasta Bubinka

            Dude, I don’t even know you.

      • Ochi chornya, ochi strasnya………I can hear the balalaika orchestra now.

        • Vlasta Bubinka

          all you need is a muff and a vodka

  • Jennifer Coleman

    I’m deciding if this constitutes a scrolldown fug or not. Those shoes were like an instant punch in the stomach, but the belt, nails, grooming & accessories kind of creep up on you in their unsuitability.

  • Those two colors in the dress are my favorites. I have a sari in those colors. But I wouldn’t screw it up as bad as Jess did. It needs big Lee Radizwill hair and a whole new set of accessories. I hate the crime commited against this poor dress.

    • BaddestMotherEver

      Yes to the floaty hair!!!! and a 60s shoe.

      • Vlasta Bubinka

        Hell, ANY shoe but those.

  • Susan Collier

    I could forgive everything except that Alfalfa hairdo. It actually makes her look unattractive.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love the dress, hair and makeup and I like the earings.
    However, the shoes are hideous and don’t go with the dress and the hem lenght is completely wrong, it should be shorter.

  • The length is a big issue. No matter how slim someone is, the unbreakable rule is never end a garment at the widest part of the leg (or widest part of the stomach or hips etc… if it’s a top)

    Also lipstick needed- this is a fun yet sophisticated summer dress, what it going on with the pale goth winter styling?

    Perhaps she’s secretly in a movie where she switches bodies with Kristen Stewart and styling hilarity ensues- only explanation.

  • I agree about the styling, but I also think that is too much dress for her. You see DRESS and then oh look, little hands and head.

    • mary McCall

      Yes, exactly! She looks photo shopped into the photo. The dress is wearing her.

  • Please tell us why you don’t like the nail color? I love it! Makes the look more modern. What would you have done differently? Totes agree about the shoes & hair though…

  • gabbilevy

    Rough way to start the morning guys. She’s breaking my heart with what she’s doing to that dress.

  • Vlasta Bubinka

    My Gawd, those shoes are so shiteous, they verge on a crime against humanity.

    • “shiteous” ??? I. just. died.

      • Vlasta Bubinka

        Despite my utter hatred of redonkulous, totes, adorbs, and amazeballs, I do love shiteous.

    • tereliz

      I thought “shitteous” was spelled with two Ts? 😉

      • Vlasta Bubinka

        dialect difference.

      • editrixie

        I don’t think there’s any reason to? Thinking of hideous, beauteous, words like that…hmm. Now I’ll be trying to find rules for this all day.

      • Vlasta Bubinka

        I just realized those are the same shoes as on the model! Did he design the dress, smoke a bowl, and come up with those things???? For the love of Mike, the same mind came up with both???

  • Introspective

    the eye makeup is scary. way too smoky on the underside of the eye (because everyone wants darkness UNDER their eyes) and the shoes are god awful. everything else about the styling is a meh, but these two are what send it over the edge into absolute ruination of the frock.

    that said, the dress is stunning. beautiful colors, print, and fabric.

    • Yeah, she looks like she got punched in both eyes. Agreed about the shoes as well. Horrifying.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t even think that’s her dress because the view from the back has to be the most unflattering look I have ever seen her in. I like the dress, but not for her and I agree it is styled completely wrong, from the hideous shoes to the awful hair.

  • fringebenefit

    100% agree, TLo. Holy smoke.

  • That’s a great example of how clothes designed for super-insanely thin runway models can be negatively affected by being on a body that’s still insane but has some curves.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Those shoes actually made me recoil. It’s hard for me to have physical reactions to strangers’ outfits, but that did it.

  • filmcricket

    I agree with everything you both said except I also hate the dress.

  • LeSourire

    Well… she looks absolutely stunning in that close-up shot. That is about the only positive thing I can say unfortunately.

  • poggi

    Wow. That is some of the worst makeup ever. Maybe she shouldn’t use a contestant from Face Off for her red carpet makeup.

  • mightbewrong

    Yeesh, the love the dress to but the makeup looks like it’s been slept on. Who wants dark smudges UNDER their eyes? It’s awful.

    • Eh I do my smokey eye all the way around my eyes (i.e. also under my eyes) but that’s because I have big round cartoon character eyes in a round face like Betty Boop so it helps add some angles and edge to my face. But it only works with sultry looks – this dress is too bouncy and happy for that makeup.

  • I can’t help but wonder if the idea was the play of opposites. Girly, feminine dress against hard, edgy accessories and accouterments. I’m not implying that it was done successfully, and really it’s a total lack of originality in styling. Almost a carbon copy of the model’s styling. Which makes me think she used no stylist here. She took a dress she liked, the exact way she saw it and added her own personal, harder edged taste.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Agree. Dress really needs to be shortened–I don’t care how much this is the length of the moment. Fingernail color is atrocious! And the shoes are just wrong.

  • Really too bad because this would have been so great with somewhat softer makeup and maybe a white pump.

  • You know, I feel like this makeup was an attempt to draw attention from her mouth, which is often overly criticized, but I think it did a disservice to her face because it made her look so severe that she looks almost alien, and that nude shade of lipstick does nothing for the dress or her lovely complexion.

    If it were me styling her, I’d have gone with a lipstick color that pulled a shade of pink from the dress, but softened it a little – maybe a lighter version of the more reddish, warmer pink on some of the flowers, or the light baby pink. I also would have wiped off half the eye-makeup which is making her lovely eyes recede into her face, and gone with a subtle, fresh cat-eye (nothing too dramatic or it’d look like a costume, but less smokey, more contrast). I’d also have gone for soft waves in her hair, but if she must have the ponytail, a deep side part, not this middle part that’s making her look like she goes to the same stylist as Zosia Mamet’s character, Joyce.

    Black, or maybe navy shoes, but not these. Nothing ankle strap with a hem around the knee, honey.
    Those shoes only work on the model because the model’s legs are 7 feet long.

    • BrooklynBomber

      People criticize someone’s mouth? That’s weird!

      • Yeah, people rag on her teeth a lot.

        • BrooklynBomber

          I guess that’s people for you. . . sigh.

        • Aw. But I like her teeth.

      • Yeah people are mean like that. I think that might be why they had her character bring it up in the show (one of the California episodes, just before the proposal) – to shame her detractors a little.

  • Qitkat

    It is a beautiful dress. If shortened, the blue background would be lost, which is a nice counterplay to the florals, perhaps why it didn’t get altered. But it does feel too long on Jessica. I don’t so much mind her makeup, it’s a slightly softer version of what SJP wears all the time, but the hair is much too severe for the shape of her face. She’s still very pretty here, and I like her eyebrows.

  • Carly Warnock

    Those shoes should be burnt. Love the dress though!!

  • golden_years

    She needs to stop wearing such harsh hair and makeup. It doesn’t suit her strong features.

  • Ignoring the styling (which sucks), I’m getting some “Dark Betty Draper” vibe from this dress on her, and I love that.

  • KayEmWhy

    Not everyone can wear these “old lady” prints, even the “golden girls” never went that way.

  • kimmeister

    what a shame to pair a dress with such joyous colors with dark gray jewelry!

  • Jecca2244

    No to the hair. too severe. I would have gone with nude or light pink nails. Eye makeup is weighing her down. but the dress is striking.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    I love the shoes with the look on the model, but hate them on her. Ankle straps look too thick? Not enough shin showing? Mesh looks more gray than black and throws off the color pallet? Can’t put my finger on it. But I really love the dress/print. I purchased one of his Target items and let me tell you… neon florals are hard to pull off and she’s making it look easy.

  • jetpackdino

    I hate the bag she’s not holding. I feel like her hands need to be doing something.

    Pretty dress, but T&Lo are exactly right about the styling here. It’s bad.

  • Girl_With_a_Pearl

    It is an interesting dress, but no one wore that length in the 1960s.

  • m0r0

    Hate the Hair. Love the dress and shoes. Can we finally stop with this misguided notion that if you play up the eye make-up you should wear nude lips. It’s gross and makes faces look distorted.

  • twocee

    Those shoes are an abomination.

  • Monday1900

    I didn’t even recognize her–that’s how bad the hair and makeup is. And the shoes, the shoes are hideous. That is an absolutely gorgeous dress but it is wearing her. It needs someone with a stronger personality.

  • Alyssa

    I love the dress, but you guys hit the nail on the head! Too bad, because it is a gorgeous dress and should have been featured far better than this.

  • alice20c

    Dress: yes. Rest: no. Also, the most unattractive thing: persistent smugness. She really rubs me the wrong way every time I see her, speaking or not.

  • ashtangajunkie

    What a waste of a beautiful dress. Her makeup is killing me.

  • GorgeousThings

    Jessica, take that off, pack it up really nice and send it to FLOTUS. She will know what to do with it.

    • Janet B

      As long as she doesn’t have a cardigan handy

      • lovelyivy

        Yeah, and I love her but I’m not sure I trust her with a belt- hell almost any belt- either.

  • Anathema_Device

    I absolutely adore that dress. Hate the hair and the “Mama’s Family” shoes.

  • Indigo54

    That hair! Just isn’t working with the shape of her face. And the eye make-up!! She actually looks evil.

    I don’t know what to make of the dress length. You see so many dresses with mid calf hem lines these days. I’m trying to like them but…’s hard.

  • Why do I hate the belt on her and like it on the model? I agree with the T-Lo consensus, great dress, miserable styling. Those shoes are a crime. at least with this dress. The hair, the makeup, just no.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    The hairstyle is unfortunate because it somehow makes me focus on her teeth. Why is that? Susan said it best, she looks like Alfalfa. The hairdo is so severe that it brings out the harsher aspects of her face. She looks mannish. That and her physique isn’t all that feminine either. You can cover her in flowers but she still has no (pardon me) ass. Why not play up her unusual features a la Tilda? Or conversely, bust your tail to work with what you have to make her as feminine as possible? Now she looks like an extra in a Nazi War Movie in the Bad Hospital Nurse scene. But wrapped in flowers.

  • SewingSiren

    I’m not crazy about the shoes. But overall I like it. She looks good. That’s my decision and I’m sticking to it.

  • Yea I’m not a fan of the dress either.

  • teensmom99

    Poor Jessica falls prey to the mistake of her Mad Men colleagues of working over time not to look like her character. With Meghan hair and shoes,she would have rocked this–but in trying not to look like Meghan, this is frightening.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Love the dress but I noticed the seams right away, looks like they could pull apart at any moment.

  • Janet B

    Devil’s in the details.

    I was just admiring Tilda Swinton and then I see this! Ack!

  • marilyn

    Wrong dress for her. Too much dress for her. She needs to be taller and thinner to wear it. And of course, the shoes are hideous.

  • Snailstsichr

    I like the ring. It will look great with my argyle sweater, so send it right here please Jessica.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    If they are going to bring back the (early) 60’s, they need to bring back that fabulous invention … the kick pleat. Girlfriend looks as though she can barely hobble in that dress.

  • Imasewsure

    I love those shoes sorry… just can’t imagine why anyone thought they would look good with this dress

  • libraangel

    Floral on acid, and that belt! the shoes! too ugly to talk about

  • EEKstl

    I’ll even throw in the shoes but I just CAN’T with that hair! And

  • Alyssa Edwards really looks great in these pics! Oh wait…

  • Here’s one: she has a really flat backside and a floral dress in a shiny silk is 100% the wrong thing to wear. She looks upholstered

  • warnerave

    the dress is really nice on paper..but for some reason it didn’t work well with her..

  • formerlyAnon

    Can’t get behind that dress. The fabric is too much for me. Pretty, but too much.

    (Reminds me of a run of “oh! I’ve been traveling out of town for a solid week, better stop in the airport/hotel giftshop and pick something up for the wife/kids” dolls in kimonos my dad and his friends brought home during a certain period in the mid 1960s. There were also bottles of sake or plum wine with fancy painted ceramic stoppers of women in elaborate kimonos. I coveted those stoppers, I think I managed to acquire three or four.)

  • The belt and center-parted hair are first against the wall. Shame, it’s a damn good dress.

  • barbarienne

    It’s like a checklist of bad.

    And while the dress is great, it isn’t doing anything special on her. I may be completely thrown off by the hideous-everything-else, though.

  • Wait, when did she become Michelle Trachtenberg’s older sister?

  • Her head looks like Wednesday Addams with the pigtails cut off, whyyy a middle parting.

  • marji80

    I think the dress is a somewhat retro look like late-ish 60s so to me the hair is fine, as are the earrings and ring. Not the shoes though.

  • Mazenderan

    She’s so stunning – how on earth did they manage to make her look so bad? The dress is overpowering on her. Solange is probably the only being awesome enough to do battle with that dress and win.

  • PrunellaV

    There’s something Walking Dead-ish about the makeup.

  • belt & shoes are hiddy. yes, i know the designer intended it to be like this – hes wrong.

  • missnutkin

    she looks like she#s trying to WERK though. However, the hair a shoes really kill it.

  • This is one dress that would look absolutely freakishly fantastic in a plus size. Now gimme.

  • Melissa Brogan

    I hate all the styling, especially the hair and shoes, but also the dress just hits her at the wrong place. It more or less works for the model, not sure why, except maybe her legs are just a bit longer. Shorten up the hem and I’d like the dress a lot more.

  • The dress isn’t her color. She’s more of an autumn.

  • padma sallah

    That is a beautiful beautiful dress and FUGLY everything else. And the make-up is by far the worst offender!

  • throwaneyeonthis

    I say we start naming names. Celebrities, models, actresses and designers all critiqued, why not the stylists who have so many options at their fingertips. Stylists are being paid for their services and should be made accountable.

  • LOVE.

  • bd73

    she just doesn’t look as good as she could, aside from the dress. the makeup all serves to wash her out. the dress is wearing her.

  • kathrineb

    Yes! Fab dress but bad with the shoes, belt and hair.

  • pdquick

    It would have worked with better earrings. Even the shoes.