Joanne Frogatt in Vivienne Westwood

Posted on March 25, 2013

‘Dowton Abbey’ star Joanne Froggatt attends the Jameson Empire Awards at Grosvenor House in London in a Vivienne Westwood pink suit paired with Christian Louboutin shoes.

Vivienne Westwood Red Label Spring 2013 Collection

Christian Louboutin Spring 2013 Collection



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  • Impossibly cute, the whole thing!

  • Zippypie

    Ill-fitting from head to toe. And please take your hands out of your pockets! The makeup is nice though.

  • You know, this is fairly adorable on her. I at first thought it was ill-fitting, but then I realized it was Westwood. On someone else, this might look bad, but she pulls it off.

  • yes, she looks like she’s been tumbled in a dryer but she’s so damn cute!

  • A. W.

    Did anyone else get a weird optical illusion effect from the backdrop of the photos while scrolling down?

  • What in the GD Hell?

  • charlotte

    I’m sorry to say it, but she looks like she slept in this.

    • aeb1986

      she looks like a secretary who just got done having sex w her boss on his desk…

      • charlotte

        It was only “business”!

  • Susan Collier

    Oh dear.

  • StellaZafella

    Luv her…but it’s 2 different coats cut together – a waiter’s short coat and a longer shawl collared jacket. It’s supposed to be that way, I know… and the model is making it disrumpledly clear that it’s supposed to be that way…that doesn’t mean it looks GOOD for being that way.

    • zenobar

      A classic case of “Just because you can…doesn’t mean you should.”

  • Hideous shoes. And I don’t think she is good enough at wearing clothes to manage a Westwood suit.

    • AnaRoW

      You say that if the problem is solely with her when in fact that suit is butt-ugly.

      • I don’t think it is. I think it is challenging but not ugly and the right person could carry it off.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Yes, how can such expensive shoes look so horribly cheap??? Love the Viv on the model. She needs ruffles up the neck and gigantic pearls draped all over.

  • The shoe colors (Joanne’s) match the runway model’s makeup! 🙂

    • Spicytomato1

      I know, it’s uncanny!

    • For sure that was intentional!

  • Hetha Innis

    OMG No.

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  • crash1212

    Love everything going on from the neck up – after that, it gets a bit iffy for me. That suit is not very….tidy….looking. On the model, it looks like an unmade bed, on Mrs. Baaates it looks like it’s all spreeead out on top – dunno – not my favorite thing – but she looks like she’s having a good time, so who am I to say?

  • Rand Ortega

    Can any of these designers PLEASE give these starlets some shoes that fit? It’s all freebies, fun & games until someone breaks an ankle. Then it’s all over.

  • tmchale

    The lapels are wut and she needs to take her hands out of her pockets. Her skirt pockets.

  • nannypoo

    It doesn’t seem to fit and it’s oddly frumpy on her. She should try a little less eyeliner. Although her hair is a bit of a mess I think it looks great and would look even better with whatever outfit she should have chosen instead of this one.

  • PastryGoddess

    The shoes are fabulous. Girl needs to have at least a Master’s in clothes wearing before attempting Westwood

  • E. D.

    That skirt is not quite right on her. It could be because her hands are in her pockets, but maybe a couple of inches longer would be better.

    Surprisingly, I like her hair.

  • Rand Ortega

    Did she have to go back to the office & finish a report after the event?

  • conniemd

    I’m relatively new to this site and following fashion design – just a Bravo Project Runway fan and learning, but I don’t think I’ve seen a single Vivienne Westwood design that I actually like.

  • Oh HONEY. Oh honey NO. Let’s toss this blanket around you and hurry you away from the cold, unforgiving camera flashes.

  • Spicytomato1

    The overall impression is cute but upon closer inspection certain things seem problematic. Most notably, her hair. To me, anyway. A sleeker ‘do — that bump at her crown looks dated to me — would’ve worked better, I think.

  • j_anson

    NO. Only models can wear this kind of thing, the “deliberately ill-fitted but I still look awesome!” thing. Sad but true.

    • MilaXX

      or a higher level fashionista than Joanne

  • MK03

    Young Dolly Parton.

  • BAD ugh nausea ughhh

  • she hasn’t worked up to Westwood level fashion. as ill-fitting as this is, i think she shows a little promise, but she needs to continue to work on her lower-division fashion wearing first.

  • Qitkat

    Her hands are in her pockets to quell the overwhelming desire to tug at that jacket to make it feel comfortable. I quite like the fabric of the ensemble but am having a hard time giving it a pass *just because it’s Vivienne Westwood*. She creates some fun things, and then, there’s just whack-a-doodle. Wouldn’t the jacket drive almost anyone nuts?

    Why has late 60s eyeliner returned with a vengeance? I wore it myself, but this is a trend that needs to die permanently.

    And what in the hell is with the model’s extensions? * My hair ends fell into an old-fashioned inkwell!*

  • Hands out of pockets and I would be all set. Seriously, we might have a little bit of a Helena Bonham Carter gal on our hands. And I love it. She really likes that 60’s retro dolly-girl style and it totally works for her.

  • formerlyAnon

    The hair and shoes could co-exist or even create a synergy, but that suit is not playing in the same aesthetic ballpark. It doesn’t come across as edgy or intentionally awry – it just looks frumpy and ill-tailored.

  • Hot mess

  • GorgeousThings

    Oh dear. Jacket is too small; shoes are too big. It’s a miss all around.

  • Love the hair and makeup, but I have nothing good to say about the outfit. Except: shoes are too big. Ugh.

  • AnneNotHathaway

    It makes her look like her tatas are really large, but come out of the sides of her torso rather than in the middle. In other words: no, no, no, Anna. Her face looks great, though–so that’s something.

  • MilaXX

    I dunno, I don’t like that shirt with the suit and I hate that she’s posing with her hands in her pockets. Love the shoes, but I think this outfit might be better on Solange.

  • Claire Scott

    I think she looks great, if not a little ill-fitted. Much more confident than usual.
    She obviously picked the shoes and had to have them, love it!

  • Janet B

    Funny little jacket, I like the runway version better.
    Love how the runway makeup was moved to her shoes.

  • kathrineb

    not good.

  • zenobar

    She is adorable (her facial features and blonde hair remind me of BeachBody’s Chalene Johnson, which is not a bad thing because I LOVE HER and lost a ton of weight doing her DVDs), but that suit is a hot mess. And those pumps are wrong, wrong, wrong for this look. Wrong, I say!

  • In the minority, but I think she looks adorable.

  • PrunellaV

    What are those shoes doing with that outfit? Total disconnect. I like the cute, swingin’ 60s dolly girl look she’s got going, though.

  • Crystal

    Bad! BAD BAD BAD.

  • guest2visits

    I think the stretchy lace high collar shirt takes away from the suit. I hate the shoes.

  • librarygrrl64

    It’s almost impossible to tell what’s going on here. I would never have called her a busty woman, but the fit on that jacket is awful and unflattering. And who can tell about the skirt with her hands in the pockets?

  • It’s like Gaultier threw up on Dior.

  • jetpackdino

    I want to give that jacket a good tug to straighten it out.

    Yeah I know it’s supposed to look like that, but…

    I want to give that jacket a good tug to straighten it out.

  • Anniebet

    Vivienne, Vivienne… you managed to take a perfectly lovely girl and make her dumpy, lumpy, and weird. Love the hair and makeup though. Shoes I don’t mind.

  • Love the dolly bird hair and makeup but she is not wearing this suit well at all. The lapels are yanked too far apart and the shirt collar is too high. It’s halfway between disheveled and prim so, not really working here.

  • Mmm… drop the Amish blouse and try something less oppressive and I’ll take another look. Shoes… eehhh… no.

  • Imasewsure

    It doesn’t work on the model and it sure doesn’t work on our actress here but I still think it’s really cute… someone could make this work! Don’t ask for suggestions though cause I got nothing

  • Tuneful54

    Hate it. Makes her look thick through the waist and hips.

  • lrober03

    If the model was wearing those shoes, it would look great. Joanne is not working that outfit well enough to deserve the shoes

  • “Girl, that’s not your suit.” It fits her TERRIBLY. I hate her hair, but her makeup looks great, and I’d cut a bitch for those shoes.

  • lobsterlen

    I never recognize any of these Downton Abbey Actors. I looked at her few minutes trying to figure who it was. Recognizing but not placing her. In my imagination she lives in her lady’s maid costume. Sadly she looks and carries herself better in her maid’s uniform. The hands in her pockets pushed the whole thing over the edge into fug.

  • UGH! Disaster.

  • Patsy Stone — the early years.

  • l_c_ann

    Love both the fabrics. Hate the look of a suit made after a weekend bender.

    Expect to see Heidi wearing the suit with no blouse.

  • sweetlilvoice

    Horrid. So sad.

  • I look at her and immediately think Carnaby Street, mid-60’s.

  • ScarlettHarlot

    I feel like this wuold look great on Kirsten Dunst, but I don’t love it on our Mrs. Bates.

    She’s still cute as hell, though.

  • yaby

    where is her upper lip?!

  • Indigo54

    She’s not wearing it right! Where’d she get that floweredy blouse? Why’s it all buttoned-up to her throat? It’s all wrong. Look how the jacket is gapping across the chest. The jacket doesn’t fit right. Darn! My day has been ruined!

  • It reeks of home ec. Love her hair and makeup though.

  • EEKstl

    From the neck up and the hem down she’s rocking it – love the hair and she’s definitely got killer gams. But that suit is just…no.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    A world of no.

  • judybrowni

    Looks like she bought the suit in a second’s store, the last one on the sale rack.

  • KSpence

    I like that her shoes match the model’s eye makeup.

  • bringbackbeatles

    Pink gingham suit with a jacket gaping at the lapels, seriously? Lol. She’s young and gorgeous, but she looks 20 years older here. Shoes are fierce, though.

  • mila_8

    What…In….The…HELL are we looking at? No Froggy, no.