Kerry Washington in Michael Kors

Posted on April 15, 2013

We feel really bad doing this to y’all, first thing on a Monday.

Okay, maybe not “really” bad. Just mildly bad. After all, we’re not the ones wearing this:

Kerry Washington attends the 2013 MTV Movie Awards in a Michael Kors dress paired with Roger Vivier black satin heels, Vhernier earrings, a Jennifer Fisher ring, and a Klutch It by Kele clutch.

Michael Kors Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Mirte Maas

Oh, honey. Yikes.

Sweetie, someone talked you into wearing one of those dresses in a runway collection that really should just stay on the runway as garnish to the rest of the collection; something that can only be pulled off by a model for 3-minute stretches at a time (i.e., the length of a Michael runway) or very artfully styled and posed for a photograph in a fashion magazine; the very definition of the “editorial” garment. We salute you for the effort at wearing something unusual, Miss Kerry, but you really should have recognized this one for what it was, hon.

The only reason this is not a “Not Your Dress” post is because it’s not really anyone’s dress, now is it?


[Photo Credit: Getty,]

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  • poggi

    collection garnish

    I love that. Starlets, listen to TLo and don’t wear the parsley.

    • “don’t wear the parsley” made my morning. Thank you for this.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t think it’s a pretty dress but I didn’t hate this on her. It’s a weird garment for an awards show where everyone looks a little weird.

    • gabbilevy

      I’m certain she came closer than nearly anyone else would be able to.

  • Lipstick. Look into it.

  • JuliaInBlack

    Disco parachute.

    • YoungSally

      I was thinking windsock.

      • alyce1213


  • What a ridiculous garment in the first place. Even as “collection garnish” it sucks out loud.

    • drdarke

      Was Kors drunk when he came up with this?

      That man had NO room to talk about “bad design” for ten years on PROJECT RUNWAY….

      • makeityourself

        I’m sure he was the one who told Blaine? that his model looked like she was “pooping fabric” for a dress that had a similar silhouette. Or maybe not. I just remember “pooping fabric” coming out of the Duchess’ mouth and this dress looks that way to me.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Um…. her hair and make-up look pretty? Kerry, please don’t wear this when you come speak at my graduation next month? No mullet dresses at all, k? Thanks!

    • VioletFem

      She’s speaking at your graduation?! You’re so lucky!

      • Jessica O’Connell

        Yup! 😀 thanks! I think so too!

  • It looks like a canary costume for a low budget modern dance. Not good at all.

  • MarissaLG

    Not cute.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Why would anyone ruin that nice little black dress with a big yellow fart-catcher?

  • Janet B

    Why even bother with the empty clutch?

  • carnush

    This looks more like Donna Karan circa 1990 than Michael Kors. Either way, should not be worn in real life.

  • artgirl9

    Looks like a Christo installation gone awry.

    • drdarke

      Annnnndddd – @artgirl9:disqus Wins The Internet for this morning!

  • Sobaika

    This looks crazy here, but I caught a bit of Kerry onstage introducing Jamie Foxx and she looked resplendent.

    • MilaXX

      The power of KW. I think that’s why I don’t exactly hate it even if I can;t defend it here. She just carries herself so well you want to forgive her for the dress.

  • teensmom99

    I saw a quick glance of black and taffeta and thought “that could be fun.” And then I actually looked. I like the top and think there was the potential to put in a fun skirt . . . and instead this monstrosity. Kerry deserves better.

  • Kristina Toma

    That wasn’t Scroll-Down Fug. That was Scroll-Down Assault. Holy. Cow.

  • Frankly compared to Adam Sandler who showed up in a flannel over a tee with sweats on, she looks gorgeous.

    • Sobaika

      I can’t believe Adam Sandler is still a thing.

      • MilaXX

        A very wealthy thing. He made grownups 2.

      • Agreed. He was relevant when I was actually interested in the MTV Movie Awards. Now i just flip it on during commercials to see if I can guess what TLo will be ranting about the following day.

  • That is a lot of yellow. And the purse almost but not quite matching is making my eye twitch. But as I’ve said before, I love her and will not be rational about it.

  • Tamara Hogan

    That ring is awesome.

  • emchicago

    I think if it were altered a lot so that it wasn’t mullet-y, it would look nice. the train thingy is at least a nice color.

  • Judy_S

    Garnish is right. A radish rose.

  • nannypoo

    Her hair looks bad, too.

    I was going to explain how the skirt could be cut off to make an overskirt that is a little shorter than the black skirt all around and then a piece of gold statement jewelry at the neck would pull it all together when I realized that it would still be hideous, so never mind.

    • alyce1213

      Good thing you didn’t go to the trouble. lol

  • DaveUWSNYC

    Minnie Mouse drag

  • fringebenefit

    Michael Kors should know better than this. It’s absolutely an atrocity.

  • Oh, KERRY. Of course, it’s the mullet skirt that kills this. Her hair and makeup look great, and I kind of love the shoes and clutch. But that DRESS. I just can’t.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    I’ve seen better bee costumes in that Blind Melon video.

    • YoungSally

      Oh good — I am not the only person old enough to remember that.

      • Pants_are_a_must

        To be fair, I was in elementary school at the time, but music videos like that tend to stick with you.

        • YoungSally

          Because I just can’t resist…..

          When I was your age….we didn’t have videos!!! ; )

          But you are correct, I saw Mary Poppins in its first release ( and Sound of Music) and varied Christmas specials from the 60s and when I see them now I cringe at how much I remember.

  • GorgeousThings

    Princess Diana called from 1987. She wants her dress back.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Eek. Really bad. Nice shoes, though – classic.

  • stubbornthoughts

    Audible gasp of horror.

  • E. D.

    This is no one’s dress. NO ONE’S!

  • Belvane

    I kind of like it — it’s like a spoof of an Oscars dress, which seems right for the MTV movie awards. But it needs spoofy jewelry and hair to go with it. She’s taking it too seriously here.

  • TAGinMO

    If Kors ever returns to Project Runway, every designer should be armed with a photo of this garment to simply hold up, silently, in response to his criticisms of the garment they made in 24 hours.

    • Seriously. My first thought was, this would’ve been an auf for any contestant on PR (if such decisions were still made based on the garment and not manufactured drama).

    • MoHub

      I’m hearing “taste issues” in Nina Garcia’s voice beating around my head.

    • drdarke

      Yes, @TAGinMO:disqus !

      Come back, Olivier – nothing is forgiven….

  • J. Preposterice

    It’s like my favorite dress from 8th grade mated with Jaromir Jagr’s hair.

    • quiltrx

      Your comment has brought the first belly-laugh of my very long day! Jagr’s my favorite, and this is somehow made more hilarious by the dress being the Pens’ old colors. And even HE did away with the mudflap years ago!

  • Julaine Morley

    From “fart-catcher” to “parsley,” wonderfully imaginative descriptions! How the hell would the Duchess himself describe this monstrosity if it were presented by a hopeful on Project Runway? (I hear he’s going to be a judge on the PR final this season.)

    • alyce1213

      Read the very first post and its Reply. They nailed it.

  • I believe Michael has taste issues.

  • Actually I don’t lke anything… except the shoes, and I would wear them to go to work.

  • H3ff

    What kind of FABRIC is that? It looks like the material used for those vests construction workers wear.

  • Imasewsure

    New and leading candidate for worst of 2013!! Yeah

  • melissaisasnob

    Her hair is a mess.

  • unbornfawn

    She should have known better.

  • No.

  • dorothea_brooke

    Since the terrible dress has been covered, might I just point out that the purse looks like a skin condition? (Though I’m sure it costs more than my car.)

  • love the shoes tho!

  • anotherkate

    It’s actually kind of cute from the side. But as usual TLo get it right when they say it’s meant to be in an editorial, not on a live, human body for any stretch of time.

  • I want to know if that purse is actually functioning or if it was just handed to her completely empty right before she stepped out of the limo.

  • SouthernGirlRena

    Well it certainly got us all to look at her, which was probably the point. This is the dress I would want to wear if I were ever lost at sea or in an avalanche. You could see it from space.

  • flamingoNW

    It’s actually uglier in the runway picture, if that’s possible. Too bad…

  • MoHub

    Betcha Joan Rivers will love it!

  • alyce1213

    I’m so accustomed to inept, tasteless celebrities showing up in this kind of hideosity, I just don’t know what to do about Kerry. I’m confused. And a little sad . . .

  • snarkykitten

    is she expecting to jump out of a plane or something?

  • Christiane Truelove

    It’s like she had a wrestling match with an animated shower curtain, and lost …

  • butterflysunita

    I disagree that the model is pulling it off. She looks awful. Very ugly dress.

  • I’m sick to death of the plucked-chicken purses.

  • but the shoes…those shoes are beautiful. she should’ve just worn the shoes.

  • LaSylphide

    Dear God…

    FLOTUS wears a lot of his clothes, doesn’t she? Let us fervently pray he never talks her into wearing this one.

  • “I spilled sauce on my dress but I used my Maria Von Trapp skills to make this easy peplum coverup from the restaurant drapes!”

  • miagain

    It looks as if she’s dragging a deflated dinghy behind her…

  • tereliz

    Wow, what a great… ring. That’s all I can say that doesn’t contain expletives.

  • e jerry powell

    Yeah, I could not get behind this look at all. The skirt is the color of Kors’s skin, for Christ’s sake!

    • Melizmatic


      #all t, all shade

  • conniemd

    Just strip off the yellow mess sweetie and then let your hair down.

  • oof.

  • jetpackdino

    I would be terrified of someone stepping on it.

  • Trisha26

    Where did Michael hide the ripcord?

  • Anniebet

    So much ugh in one picture. Mr. K. was having a senior moment? Shoes and ring are super though.

  • MissAmynae

    That’s one big orange pile of No.

  • DeTrop

    Would this qualify as “pooping fabric”?

  • Kathleen Gillies

    This is a very sad look for Kerry who can be so.. glamourous. This is 1988 vomiting up all over the red carpet. I serious thought she was ill when I first saw the photo.

  • Project Runway 2-hour challenge look.

  • Melizmatic

    Oh, gurl; WHY ???

  • Also, I do not like that lipstick (or lack thereof) color on her at all. Bad, Stylist,Bad.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Michael Kors is having some kind of cognitive decline. WTF is this dress? And yes, I know it’s runway, but honestly, she looks like a Queen Bee who’s way outta the hive…

  • Crystal

    This confuses me.