Kirsten Dunst for Bullett Magazine

Posted on March 29, 2013

Kirsten, who’s been known to favor the brand before, gets her serious Rodarte on for Bullett mag. The results are about as odd as you’d expect.


Kirsten Dunst is featured in the Spring 2013 issue of Bullett magazine photographed by Frederik Heyman in Rodarte Spring 2013 clothing and accessories.

Its okay. We guess. A somewhat standard “I’m being ARTY” celebutorial, but she’s suited for it. We like it when Miss Kirsten gets weird. She’s always been good at it.

It’s just that we’re finally ready to come out of the closet and admit that we just don’t love Rodarte. Sure, we understand what they’re trying to do and all. It’s great if they want to play around with shape and proportion and our preconceptions about what “goes” with what else. But the vast majority of their clothes just look odd to us – and not in a “Oh, how odd. Let me ponder it” kinda way, but a “Dude, that’s fucking weird-looking” one. There is such a thing as taking a too-intellectual approach to things, you know. We tend to think their clothes look like a stylist on a cocaine binge pulled an all-nighter. We appreciate the attempt to shift the style conversation a little, so to speak, but we rarely ever feel like they land on something thought-provoking or even pretty.

[Photo Credit: Frederik Heyman for Bullett Magazine,]

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  • flamingoNW

    She’s really running with the “yeah I’m a stoner” thing isn’t she, in and out of editorial….

  • Adrianna Grężak

    This is what happens when you hire an entry level art/design school grad to save the company some money…

  • joancarol


  • frederieke

    Kirsten Dunst doing the bloods sign in designer clothes….lol

    • Celeste Copeland

      I know, right? When did it become acceptable to flash gang signs in a fashion shoot?

      • formerlyAnon

        When the lives of everyone involved are so far removed from an understanding of what damage gang life does (ETA: and the seriousness of the problems in a community when gang life seems a viable path).

        (Though maybe she thinks she’s throwing some sorority sign? I’ve always wondered how many of those unknowingly overlap with some gang’s sign somewhere).

        • Sobaika

          Facts on facts on facts on facts.

          Although most sorority signs come from the Greek alphabet, I don’t know many gangs go that route.

          • formerlyAnon

            True, re: Greek alphabet. But I was thinking more about random coincidence. There must be a finite number of shapes five fingers can make.

          • ms_kat

            Tell that to the ASL interpreter at my school.

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      • epilonious

        When someone said “what can Kirsten do that will make people talk about it a bunch”…

  • Sobaika

    This is just a shade to wacky for me, veering into trying to hard. Nothing about Kirsten Dunst flashing blood signs feels interesting to me.

    The last show is probably my favorite.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      Where is Korean Vogue when you need them?

    • lovelyivy

      I looked at the pictures in this post, not the comments, and it took me a week to realize that was supposed to be the blood sign. Now I just want to slap the hell out of her and everyone involved with the editorial. I mean seriously?

  • Kiltdntiltd

    Oh lord have mercy, the dress with the sheer skirt and plastic coochie fringe? Yikes. I do, however, like the imagery a lot.

  • CaseyinNY

    I’m so confused by these pictures. Why is there a bag of chicken feed in one of them and piles of what appear to be crushed up giant oreos (or dirt, but I like my idea better) in another?

    Also, the clothes are weird and her hair looks gross when it’s in half black and white.

  • Rhonda Shore

    The sixth snapshot down, the outfit where it looks like Kirsten has no torso, looks like an avante garde challenge. ;-P

  • Glam Dixie

    Kirsten has exactly one pose.

    • RedRaven617

      I agree. Every shot has her with her head thrown back.

    • Carly Warnock

      Exactly what thought as well, and it’s unflattering as hell.

  • formerlyAnon

    I think the posing and photo-manipulation are affected – but I think in most photos they successfully make the clothing more appealing than it is on the models. So, mission accomplished.

  • Sara__B

    I like the mirrors.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      But not the dirt, rocks, whatever.

  • Denise Alden

    You’ve captured my thoughts and feelings about Rodarte perfectly.

  • nannypoo


  • l_c_ann

    Putting a capital P on Pretentious.

  • SayWTH

    Seriously? This is a design editorial? ‘Cause I thought it was the costume stills for Ted Burton’s upcoming “Alice – Through the Looking Glass” – my bad, (I don’t care for Ted Burton movies at all)

  • annabelle archer

    Laughably try hard, artsy fartsy, crapola.
    I like Kirsten just fine as an actress, but this editorial is neither “over my head” nor “challenging my preconceived ideas of beauty”, it’s just stupid.

  • Garcia Loca

    I loved the Michael K (of D-Listed) take on this editorial: “Either she’s fingering a ghost or throwing gang signs. Either way, I’m feeling intimidated.”

  • notterriblybitter

    I fully expect to see Emilia Clarke in that last dress on Game of Thrones tomorrow night.

  • Imasewsure

    Love the black pants but nothing else including the editorial. I think you need a supermodel to bring life to this type of thing. Ms. K is good but not supermodel caliber unfortunately. Plus the clothes are overdone ug

  • lalahartma

    She’s a terrible model.

  • MK03

    Boy, she is no model.

    • Tess Danesi

      I long for the day to return when models were models and actors were actors. This editorial is one reason why actors need to stay out of magazine. Though some are surprisingly suited for both, KD is not one of those.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    The photo effects, makeup and the clothes are somewhat off-putting, with the exception of that last shot. I wonder if that was intentional.

  • Apocalipstick Now Redux

    Love the clothes on the models. However, the editorial looks put together by a 17 year old cheerleader trying to woo the new boy who draws Celtic tattoo designs in his sketchbook.

    • Nexli B

      I think you may have hit the nail on the head. And it’s really bugging me that she is styled (except for makeup) exactly like the runway models. I would have loved to have seen them try to breathe some life into these sad rags

  • schadenfreudelicious

    me thinks the lady doth protest too much….so overwrought….

  • RebeccaKW

    I like the first dress and I do really like those pants, though I can’t image anyone wearing them in real life. Rooney Mara, maybe.
    ETA: Duh. Chloe Sevigny.

    • ankali

      Keira Knightley has been known to wear Rodarte, but usually the lighter, dottier looks.

  • Anya&Paul

    I am actually really digging the leaf dress, specifically in that second image. Totally looks like Kiki is playing all three witches from Macbeth!

  • Melissa Brogan

    I really do not understand the first picture. Why is she flashing a gang sign?

  • Kate Pearce

    Thank you, kind uncles. I don’t like them either. :)

  • MilaXX

    It’s okay, just feels a bit try hard. Rodarte was neither here nor there for me until that unfortunate MAC cosmetic collection that had me in full on hate mode for a minute. Now I just don’t love their stuff. It often feel like thrift store remake ala the Pretty in Pink prom dress for me.

  • Tess Danesi

    Seeing this I realize Rodarte is not to my taste. That vest is particularly hiddy. And please explain why she’s wearing a mirror underneath it.

  • Aisa Ginger Jake Psenicnik

    i hate the grey effect

  • crash1212

    Ditto on the Rodarte critique.

  • monapily

    Throwing gang signs in this context is not arty, it’s just pathetic appropriation of something none of the people involved in this photo shoot understand. It’s also REALLY LAME. Like 16 year olds on the internet lame:

  • Jon

    This is what Swinton’s dreaming about while she sleeps in that box.

  • Andy Morris

    This looks like the ridiculous photoshoot that Ugly Betty would have to fix with an idea taken from her family’s wallpaper or something. This looks like a parody of pretension and the fact that it doesn’t seem to have any humour behind it makes me sad.

  • Carina

    I like the clothes. She looks good.

  • marilyn

    That second shot of her portrays her as having a big butt, and not in a good way. Is it possible the use of photography placed in front of her body was to cover her up? She is a skinny, attractive woman. She does not need to put up with being made to look fat and weird. That is not art, it is real life. If they want pictures of fat weird people, they just need to go out on the streets. Art-schmart.

  • LaSylphide

    Whatever you think of Dunst, there’s no denying she’s got great cheek bones. She going to be one drop-dead gorgeous old lady. As to the photo spread, weird.

  • sweet_potato

    TLo, I completely agree with you on Rodarte. I appreciate their work but it doesn’t do it for me. At. All.

  • j_anson

    I didn’t know that Kiki was playing the villain in Thor II!

  • Little_Olive

    I am of the same mind about Rodarte. But I’ll be more delicate and call it the emperor’s new clothes. People, please.

    Conisdering, Kiki is doing good here. Except for the excess back-tilt of the head. The production of the shoot was not intense enough to provide a suitable background for the clothes (and poses), IMO. If you are asking your model to take *these* clothes somewhere, you have to provide that place.

  • Anathema_Device

    All of her posing looks like it is inspired by the Far Side’s “boneless chicken ranch” comic.

    • jetpackdino

      I just googled that… You’re exactly, hilariously right.

      • Anathema_Device

        One of my favorite Far Side strips. Our family has used that as a description for a tired/low-energy household for many years.

  • karywin

    That bronze/gold eyeshadow is doing her no favors.

  • snarkykitten

    this whole layout looks like a graphic design student did it. a freshman student.

  • jetpackdino

    The leather pants are amazing. The short blue-and-black dress: well-done. I’d hit that.

    Although it took over a decade for me to warm up to her, I like Dunst quite a bit. Unfortunately, as others have mentioned, she only seems to have one facial expression/pose going on in this editorial. I need more eye contact, she should be staring us down in at least one of these shots.

  • Qitkat

    That long grey hair looks like Holly Hunter’s character in Top of the Lake. And that is not a compliment.

    The one with all the poles, Lara Croft getting her freak on. And what a weird thought to pop into my head, makes no sense.

  • Trisha26

    Kirsten has two looks, both of which are boring, don’t see her as a model. The clothes look like PR designers who want to show everything they can do, all at once.

  • Anniebet

    The crazy gets in my eyes, can’t see the clothes.

  • kingderella

    oh hell no. this editorial looks like crap. i dont think dunst is suited for this kinda thing at all… but not even, i dont know, florence welch or rooney mara could save this. its just not a well put together editorial.

    i do like the trick with the mirror inside her jacket, tho.

  • butternut

    i’m with you on rodarte. ive been struggling to figure out why they are so revered. most of there stuff just looks unwearable outside of an editorial. and even then, i only ever like pieces of things – the top of a dress, the back of a skirt – never a complete look. i get what they are trying to do. i just dont think i like looking at it all that much. i assume these clothes must be very very different in person.

    • ballerinawithagun

      No, they aren’t different in person. I was initially excited about Rodarte as they fall into the realm of Artwear that I also produce. But then I saw them in person and they were also poorly made. Now they seem to have really run out of ideas and they have never really established their own recognizable look.

  • Zippypie

    It’s a hipster editorial. “I’m so cool because I’m wearing Rodarte and it’s just so avante garde.” *vomit*

    It’s seriously ugly, honey. And it’s not art.

  • Susan Velazquez

    Whoa am I imagining it but did she totally make the blood gang sign in the first one?

  • guest2visits

    The second and third look for Kirsten are interesting but I think the others are annoying.
    I don’t like the fashions and I don’t like the styling.

  • Susan Collier

    In half of the pictures, the camera is so far away that they could have hired any model for the shots. It’s interesting and at least I can see the clothes.

  • PeaceBang

    Not very interesting or appealing except for the one where her torso is gone and she’s wearing the fringey leather vest with the orange S signs. That looks like a Tarot card. It’s very Kiki Dunst Superstar. I like it,

  • Corsetmaker

    I hate, hate, hate the selective colour thing on most of these. It’s a hackneyed gimmick that needs to be laid to rest. But I like Rodarte and I really like the top gown. I never think they fit with other US designers though, they sit better alongside people like Christopher Kane. More LFW than NY if that makes sense.

  • katchwa

    Yowza, that is some seriously elementary photochopping!

  • Ng Zheng Yang Zach

    Very Dali! Interesting!

  • Kent Roby

    While I generally hate this entire shoot, I DO appreciate the honesty of the 4th photo down for pointing out that one can only stand up in those shoes with the assistance of metal rigging.

  • Shawn EH

    Teva sandles meets Game of Thrones nightmare!

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    She looks like she gave birth to a sack of dirt. What is up with that?

  • dschubba

    The line between Kirsten Dunst and Billy Corgan is getting blurrier every day.