Zoe Saldana in Carven

Posted on March 14, 2013

We’re apparently in a bad shoe mood today. It’s up to you to decide if “bad” modifies “mood” or “shoe.”

Zoe Saldana attends the 2nd Annual 25 Most Powerful Stylists Luncheon hosted by The Hollywood Reporter and Jimmy Choo in New York City in a printed Carven dress paired with Jimmy Choo sandals and Sydney Evan jewelry.

Carven Spring 2013 Collection

Jimmy Choo ‘Dream’ Sandal

Everything’s cute -especially the dress – but we feel like those shoes are too heavy and too focus-pulling. And stylistically, they just don’t seem to go; the dress is all simple and clean, and the shoes are Vegas showgirl. We don’t actually hate it; we just think it’s another in a series of too-heavy shoes today. Is that little micro-trend rearing its head again on the red carpet? Are we in for more angry beartrap shoes down the line? Is it us, or are red carpet trends cycling faster and faster? We’ve only been doing this for 6 years, but we can recall at least 3 separate awards seasons where we were told that “Red is in!” or “Blush is in!” Dammit. We feel like we just got rid of the angry shoes like a month ago.

This calls for expensive vodka. But then again, so many things do, darlings.

Also, it needs to be said: That dress looks a hell of a sight better on Zoe than it did on the model. We’re pretty sure Zoe’s the only woman on the planet who could make those particular cutouts work. And we really don’t hate the shoes. They just need a more night-time dress (and setting) to light them up. But Jesus, they must be a pain in the ass to wear. She must sound like a one-horse open sleigh when she walks quickly. Then again, she probably doesn’t walk quickly for long stretches without tripping.


[Photo Credit: Getty, style.com, jimmychoo.com]

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  • tereliz

    Could not agree with you more! The shoes add far too much visual weight to what should be a light, clean springy look. I can’t stand the cutouts, but they add to the sporty sort of vibe the dress is rocking. Sporty savannah toile. That is some crazy print, but Zoe is making it work, as usual. 

  • rkdgal

    I love the toile dress (hope that’s a trend — I love toile!), but those shoes paired with it would put me in a bad mood, too. 

    • Kristin McNamara

      I didn’t know that word for it, but it looks like dinner plates to me.

    • Aurumgirl

      I think we had a toile moment (where you saw toile wall papers, bed sheets, table clothes, upholstery, wellies, dog collars, hats, phone cases, laptop bags….I don’t know if I want to go on). But that was in the late 90’s or the early ‘oughts.

  • Sobaika

    Perfect assessment – great dress, wrong shoe. Vodka for everyone!

    • 3boysful

       I like–no, love–the way you think!

      • Sobaika


  • Vaniljekjeks

    Those shoes are a really, really expensive cat toy.

    • charlotte

       Huh, great minds!

  • charlotte

    Nursery wallpaper dress, and the shoes look like a cat’s toy.

    • I think my great-grandmother had that wallpaper in her sitting room.

  • gabbilevy

    You guys might not hate the shoes, but I do. Sheesh, those are fugly. The dress, however, is made for Miz Zoe, and from the ankles up, she looks fabulous.

    Shall we drink to that? (We shall!)

    • ME TOO.  Those are some stripper-tasseled, medallion-dangling, HIDEOUS shoes.  Also, I’ll bring the champagne because bubbles always soothe me.

      • 3boysful

         Me, too!  When IS the Lounge opening . . .

        • Hopefully soon, as this day has overstayed its welcome.  Zoe’s shoes did not help. 

      • Lori

        The worst thing about the shoes is how proud she looks of them in that 2nd picture. So very wrong.

      • gabbilevy

        There is never a wrong time for champagne.

      • Kristin McNamara

        I feel like I see ACTUAL pennies hanging from those shoes, in addition to arbitrary medallions. WTF?

  • I hate the dress. It makes her look so narrow on top and so wide below and if there is one thing this woman is not, it’s a triangle.

  • The colonial china pattern on the dress just has icky connotations; makes Zoe seem like a commodity, an object more than a person. Were we voting, this would be a rare Out. The only things I like are the cutouts.

  • Indigo54

    Oh no Zoe honey, not THOSE shoes with that dress!    Dag, I was already stressed, now I feel even worse. 

  • BrooklynBomber

    This picture really makes me miss California. 

    She looks good. The dress is okay. As for the shoes – they’re horrible. Not just wrong with this dress– just wrong.

  • zenobar

    Love the toile, so so much.  Toile makes me happy.  The shoes though… I actually love the shoes on the runway look, although perhaps swapping the shoes’ toile pattern for a solid would be more real-life-friendly.  (Although *snort* attending a “most powerful stylists luncheon” could hardly be considered a real-life scenario.)

  • fungstyle

    what kind of expensive vodka is kept at tlo manor? 

  • kimmeister

    Toile will never not remind me of wallpaper.

    I never even noticed that the shoes had coins (or whatever) until TLo’s sleigh remark.  Now I dislike them even more!

  • I realize matching a toile pattern might not be the easiest thing to do, but the mismatch at the seams is making my eyes twitch. As are the cutouts from the side view — makes me think of one of those one-eyed alien smiley faces.

  • bailey debruynkops

    it really, really bothers me that that toile print doesn’t match up along the seams. how much did that dress cost? ridiculous.

  • 3boysful

    If I were Naomi Watts, I’d be sad I was at this event looking as I did, with Zoe looking so cute in toile.  No, I wouldn’t, because I’d have gotten one of those goodie bags, no matter how I was dressed.

  • Super_Red

    hate the shoes, love the dress because I’m ignoring the cutouts (seriously, what an adorable dress this would have been if they’d not put in lame cutouts) and I think it looks way better on her because the skirt is a little different. It looks shorter and more flared out than the runway version. She looks adorable from the ankles up. 

  • H2olovngrl

    Of course it looks better on her. She probably weighs the same as a matchstick.

  • greymain

    LOVE the runway shoes AND sunglasses!!! Could we drink to that???? 😎

  • Oh, it’s not you two, dears.  It seems that celebrities are in a bad shoe mood, and you have the epic misfortune of being in possession of all of your faculties at the moment.  Here’s hoping tomorrow they’ll do better at not disappointing you – nay – all of us!  Think of the children!

  • jilly_d

    I will never like toile, no matter how many designers try to make it a “thing”. No toile. Not ever.

    • MilaXX

       I like it in small doses, but hate when it becomes trendy and is all over everything.

    • l_c_ann

      One toile for our downstairs showercurtain.  Another toile for the paired windows at the top of the stairs.  A third toile sitting in with my fabrics because I’m not sure where to use it yet.  But I’d never thought of it as dress fabric, and still don’t.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t hate the shoe even though it has a bit of a Real Housewife vibe, but they really don’t go with the dress.

  • Hate the cutouts almost as much as the shoes.

  • She was at a Stylists Luncheon? With those shoes and that dress? Maybe she was visually advertising for a new stylist?

  • Wendi126

    25 most powerful stylists luncheon? Really? I can ony imagine the bitchiness and small portions

  • I’m torn. On the one hand, TOILE! On the other, horrible cutouts and shoes that don’t go at all. I feel like they’d look great with something bellydance costume inspired though. Or with Dolce and Gabbana dresses. 

  • tinyredlocks

    Love the dress on her. LOVE the shoes. Just not together…

  • Janet B

    The shoes? Do not belong with that dress. Did everyone pick a pair of Jimmy Choos to wear and then they got to take them home? If not then I don’t get why she’s wearing those.

    I will always love toile, even when my teens tell me it’s “old lady”.

  • Imasewsure

    LIke the dress, hate those hiddy shoes

  • Such divisive comments. Folks have a passionate stance on toile, don’t they?

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Absolutely. The shoes and the dress are both great; just not together. La Saldana is so damn cute, she makes most things look good.

  • MzzPants

    Toile with cut-outs does not work for me.

  • H2olovngrl

    Where in New York was this luncheon? Because it looks awfully warm out there. And very California.

    • KayEmWhy

       It looks like the Boathouse in Central Park.

  • Bakerlooline

    Dress = wallpaper in my parents’ bathroom.

  • VeryClaire

    No, the cut-outs don’t work (they so rarely do) and the neckline is distracting in its wonky-ness. The dress is so close to being good. The shoes are probably ugly with any outfit.

  • libraangel

    LOL one- horse open sleigh! Well, Chinese-landscape-dress does NOT go with Arabian gypsy shoes! ( I am NOT being racist, just calling it like I see it)

  • JasmineAM

    dream catcher shoes?

  • capybara_cafe

    That dress is NOT cute. NOT. And it’s not just because I hate toile and this is dangerously close to being one. It’s just a yucky dress.

  • SouthernGirlRena

    I like toiles, I like red and white, and I like Zoe but I really dislike this whole outfit.   It looks awkward, especially in the first picture.  I do like her hair like that.

  • alyce1213

    This is a really, really bad toile, which should rarely — make that NEVER — be used as fashion textile.
    The safari theme (?) print looks like transferware that you’d find in a low-end thrift shop.

    • Little_Olive

      Yes, thank you! Toile (which I ordinarily like, although not in clothes) not supposed to be that random-y. There is no balance between print and base there.

      Those shoes just make me angry (the TLo assessment had me laughing right away, though). To think that complicated braided wool things must cost about $700.

  • Anniebet

    Like the dress, hate the shoes, love her. 

    Heh, I just gave an eight word synopsis of TLo’s comment. That’s why they are the royalty of fabulous fashion critique. And I’m not.

  • 2nd Annual 25 Most Powerful Stylists Luncheon. Wow I thought TLo was being snarky about some pedestrian charity event but it’s a Real Thing. Like the stylists who continually mis-dress women like Julianne Moore and the rest actually stand up and admit it. Stunned.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Dress cute but I stayed in a hotel that had a bedspread that looked like that material.  And the shoes are just wrong.  I’m singing “Cherokee People” in my mind as I look at them.  

  • jmorino08

    Why cut outs? Why?!?

  • bd73

    you’re right. the shoes are too flirty/party. the dress is more prim.

  • Monabel

    I do like toile. What I don’t like is the cut of the back, it’s all wonky. If you’re going with artyfarty cutouts, make them lie properly.

  • quiltrx

    Toile dress equals instant springtime cuteness.

    But I still say Zoe is getting to that scary degree of skinny where her head is looking really big.  Seriously…the part of her ribcage where the cutouts are is not that much wider than her face!  That’s just creepy.  Eat a sammitch, babe.

  • annrr

    I HATE the dress, I bought bone plates (as in half moon shaped plates to throw chicken bones on) at a rummage sale for 10 cents a piece when I was in college with that exact. same. pattern. Awful. The shoes are hiddy too.

  • crash1212

    Love that print. Love that dress. She looks totally cute in it. Hate the shoes. Hate.

  • kikisayshi

    Shoes. I liked them from afar, then I saw the close-up. The dress looks much better from the side, despite the gapping in the back. Love the print.

  • DesertDweller79

    T-Lo, I went shopping for a pair of light, clean looking sandals to wear for a wedding recently. Now, I am a broke grad student and I was looking at low end places. All I saw were heavy beartrap looking shoes. And wedges. Wedges, wedges and more wedges. I realized I’d have to spend well over $100 to find something cute. And that wasn’t feasible since I’d just spend $160 on a dress. I ended up pulling out 3 year old sandals instead.

    Yeesh. All I wanted was a light pair of black or white sandals. Why was this so freaking hard?

  • Judi Townsend

    Great dress,wrong shoe. Since when did stylist’s need their own award luncheon? What makes stylist powerful?

  • Penny

    Horrible, my god

  • That dress is beyond cute. The shoes don’t go at all.

  • Aurumgirl

    It’s a toile dress with cutouts. I hope this whole cutout thing stops soon.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    There must’ve been some sort of pattern/floral requirement for this event (see Naomi Watts and Diana Argon from a few days back). Dress is cute but the shoes are way too complicated for their own good.

  • I have to disagree with Daddies T and Lo. I HATE this dress. I’ve never seen that neckline/arm-hole deployed successfully. And I hate cutouts with a flaming hot passion. I think the silhouette isn’t terribly flattering, and rather than too small, this dress is a skosh too big on Zoe. And the shoes are fugly.

    But hey – her hair looks AMAZING. Seriously… I’m going to print out this picture right now to take to my hair appointment tomorrow.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Why side cut-outs??? The neckline is enough. Toile is meant to tell a story. I would love to see the coat on the left of the runway shot, I bet that is fabulous!
    The shoes with that dress are a big NO.

  • chitowndg

    I disagree T-Lo. I think those shoes work with the dress because of its length, although they would not work with a mini. I also like those cutouts. They are perfectly placed for wearing a bra, and therefore great for anyone young enough and slender enough to wear them. Love the look.

  • Is NYC that Spring-y already? We just got hit with another blast of winter here, so I am amazed that there is a place that already has leaves on the trees…