Selma Blair in Marc Jacobs in West Hollywood

Posted on April 29, 2013

Okay, maybe our eyes are a little crossed after that Mad Men recap, but…well…


Selma Blair leaves Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood in Marc Jacobs.

Marc Jacobs Resort 2013 Collection/Model: Magda Laguinge and Melissa Stasiuk

Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 Blue Sahara/Pink Patent Leather Mary-Jane

At first glance we were all, “YES! Selma Blair IS Your Crazy Aunt from Boca!”

But are we crazy for thinking this is kind of fun and eye-catching?  We’re not a hundred percent on the shape. We think the halter version looks much better – and younger. But the prints are actually kind of fun, no?

Those shoes make our eyelids twitch like YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE.


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  • I prefer those shoes to the ones the model is wearing!

    • Chickadeep

      I’m with you! The lower-heeled shoe is all kinds of fun and oddly enough, they kind of work with the Crazy-Yet-Fabulous Auntie From Boca vibe she’s got going.

  • lexilexi

    I hate everything about this look.

  • I know its the harsh lighting of the photography, but its making her look like she is two dimensional; as though she were a paper doll cut out. Love the print though. Shoes? meh.

    Oh, and not knowing where to drop off my weekend homework given last Friday:

    Ellie climbed into the back of the scuffed up Chevy truck, picking filaments of corn silk from her overalls as she went. It wasn’t much fun being the daughter of a Nebraska bound sharecropper in 1931. But she managed to keep a sunny disposition in spite of all the hard work and general lack. In her secret self, she knew that one day she would rise out of this rut, and make something out of her life. She didn’t know how, yet, but seeing the pages of that old movie magazine she found gave her dreams at night.

    Iris was a self involved bitch; and a lousy daughter to boot. She hadn’t talked to her famous mother, Ellie Saylor, since that interview for Photoplay where Ellie revealed just where she had come from. Iris can’t take the shame of being the illegitimate daughter of an ex sharecropper.
    But she had better things to do. Just then her attention was on a certain engorged member, and the filthy rich man it was attached to. One way or another, she was going to become independent of her mother’s money, and live her life, her way.

    Her name was Enid de la Montage, and she was a world famous chanteuse, working only the finest clubs, at her own pace. Millions wished they were her. Once, she was Morton Haislop of Haddonfield, New Jersey. But after meeting Iris at a broke down brothel in Idaho, he finally mustered the courage to become she, and so began her steady rise to fame.
    At that moment, she was perusing a review wherein the author called her “the synecdoche of singers, the entire world of music, in one voice”, (which annoyed her, because she had to look that word up, and she hated being reminded of her rather severe lack of formal education).

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    I kinda like the crazy mismatch. In! Despite the fact that this isn’t an In or Out post.

  • Tatiana Luján

    How would the dress look if the sleeves were better fitted to the arms and the shoulderpads were removed? I agree with you on that the halter version of the dress looks better.

    I kinda love the print.

    The shoes should burn in hell.

  • It’s a Golden Girls meets polygamy explosion! I mean, there is not a single element that is young. Old lady print, long, closed neckline, long sleeves (puffed at the fucking shoulder), fabric looks polyester, and the shoes are basically mary janes. Meh. Double Meh.

  • The shoes OR the dress. Please god not both.

  • Lilyana_F

    Wow, this is horrible.

  • me too. It’s a shmatte.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    If the dress was solely comprised of the print towards the hem, on the blue background, I might be able to get on board with this. If the neckline was changed, that is. And the shoes. And the total lack of a waist. Oh hell, just ditch the whole thing already.

  • GorgeousThings

    “Rhoda” called from the 70s. She wants her dress back and wants to know what you did with the headscarf.

    • drdarke

      Why do all these Hollywood stars keep raiding my Mom’s Seventies wardrobe of muu-muus…?

  • Send it on to Katy Perry.

  • Judy_S

    She looks embarrassed, but that might be the shoulderpads shrugging.

  • zenobar

    So much awkward in one post. And the models somehow look the awkwardest of all. Their shoes may be the ugliest footwear I’ve laid eyes on (and that includes the whack Prada platforms with built-in metallic tabi socks). *shudders*

  • StellaZafella

    Sometimes things are crazy for a reason…and sometimes they’re just crazy.
    Sorry, I don’t see this as anything but crazy for no reason

    I love Selma, I just don’t love the dress.

  • Bizarre, yes, but it makes her look like someone I’d like to talk to. So there’s that.

  • melissa anthony

    Um, in the first(upper body) shot, I was ok. Then I kept scrolling down. My grandmother in tampa actually had a house coat like that.

  • Even my crazy aunt from Boca would think this is too much look.

  • jw_ny

    gosh…I don’t even think the ladies in Boca would be caught dead in this…

  • I just can’t get past the way it makes her shoulders look so broad!

  • I uttered a very loud “Whoa!” as I scrolled down. And not in a good way.

    BTW, will there be any Doctor Who recap? I know you guys are busybusybusy, but I’d love to know what you thought of this week’s episode.

  • mhleta

    Sleeveless and with metallic sandals would have been infinitely better. I love the colors and the overall flow of the print, though.

  • tereliz

    I really want to like it, but she’s not wearing it, it’s wearing her. She’s pretty tiny but the shoulders and the empire seaming make her look wide. And I don’t like the shape of the bodice with that seam added. It doesn’t appear to be in the runway version. If that seam was gone and took the sleeves with it, it might be okay. I’m not sure that minty shade is her best color, though.

    Shoes would be cute with jeans.

  • lrober03

    I think both of those prints are great and crazy and could possibly create a fabulous outfit….separately.
    Together, they’re hurting my eyes

  • Janet B

    I have two aunts in Boca; one might wear the fabric in a blouse, but the other is still wearing her hippie clothes from the 1970’s.

  • BrooklynBomber

    That’s what I saw, too: Aunt Selma, who’s just popped up from Boca with rugelach and canolis from her favorite bakeries.

  • BrooklynBomber

    I also think this illustrates perfectly the problem with the deliciously mad cap Marc Jacobs: a lot of his clothes are cut to look great on models*, but on non-models, “feh,” as Aunt Selma is fond of saying.

    * And these don’t even look good on models.

  • Paigealicious

    I like the *top* print…and maybe if it were sleeveless?

  • PeggyOC

    Actually, I love the shoes, but with some other outfit. This dress needs to be burned.

  • kittenwithaquip

    I like the crazy mixed print, but I can’t help but wonder if it feels like the awful polyester fat lady blouses I was frced to wear as a chubby kid. (Thanks, mom! I’m still traumatized.) However, did she add shoulder pads or something? Those shoulders look huge on her, but the dress on the model looks normal.

  • SewingSiren

    Love the dress. Hate the shoes.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Gay friends, matchy is not always a bad thing. I think the shoes make the whole outfit sing.

  • Disgusting. The kind of thing I would pull out at the thrift store just to snigger over it with a friend. Plus it looks like cheap polyester. With this print, the fabric could be antique silk hand-woven by Madame de Pompadour and it would still look like cheap polyester.

    I like the shoes.

  • I love it without the sleeves. The sleeves make it straight out of Golden Girls. A flat sandal would have worked better than those eye-twitching shoes….

  • frannyprof

    I like it!

  • aeb1986

    like the print, HATE the shape

  • Reneesance

    Aggressively ugly, I feel assaulted actually.

  • understateddiva

    I dunno, the sheepish grin is what ruins it for me. She needs a little bit of the bored teenager expression to sell it. “Whatever, I’m out in my day-glo mumu. Just a average weekend for me.”

  • Carrieanno

    At least it’s cheerful and seasonally appropriate, unlike the leopard print combo off to the side in the first photo.

  • MilaXX

    I love this dress. It’s one of those things that to me is so ugly it’s cute. The pink strap on the shoe is distracting. Despite being colors in the dress, they somehow don’t work as well as I would like.

  • SugarSnap108

    I guess I’m insane because I think the shoes are adorable. Worlds better than the models’ shoes at least. The dress, like me, is insane.

  • Aurumgirl

    And Selma looks a damn sight better than the model, all around. Still: ugly dress and shoes, really.

  • Introspective

    i respectfully disagree. & i love selma too but no. this screams fashion victim to me.

  • Imasewsure

    I do kind of like it. A bit Rhoda… a bit Carmen Miranda but not awful… Short sleeves would have been better though

  • Eric Stott

    Fun, but I wish that print would settle on what it wants to be.

  • Vanja

    If you wear something that Eddie Monsoon would have in her closet, then it’s an immediate OUT.

  • decormaven

    Something about the bodice/sleeves is wackadoo to me- unproportional. Hear hear on the shoes- eyetwitch territory.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Like the concept, hate the execution of it. Blair is adorable but this is no one’s look.

  • HATE. IT. This dress is all sorts of awful. The shoes are just about the only part I like.

  • Tracy_Flick

    MY EYES!!!! Good lord. I see everyone is jumping on the Pilotto/Katrantzou bandwagon, the worst trend since sheer jumpsuits.

  • another_laura

    GAAH! Gawd, no. Actually, Selma’s shoes are the best part of this, to my poor eyes.

  • Great, now I have “…and then there’s MAUDE!” roling through my head. Roumaki anyone?

  • Violaine

    j’adore the shoes! Is there something wrong with me?

    • No! I love the shoes too. I find the dress interesting and like how I have to think about whether it’s one or two pieces and separate prints from seams but the overall vibe is too confused elderly lady for me to love it.

    • Lurvin’ the shoes like nobody’s business.

  • Shell

    I actually really like the shoes but not with that dress! And I actually don’t mind the pattern mixing on the dress, but there’s way too much fabric. Either make it knee length, or sleeveless, then throw in some strappy flat sandals. You’re welcome, Selma. 🙂

  • ewes_urn_aim

    “That girl is red-hot!” She’ll always be Caprice/Ursula Udders to me. And I love the dress.

  • crash1212

    Cute dress. I love those shoes!

  • That is totally a Selma dress, and she is rocking it! Shoes too!

  • Alyssa

    I love the print, and would love to own it in the halter version.

  • AmyAW

    Jo Anne Worley! And I know I’m not the only one in here old enough to get the reference!

  • Poboy

    Jo Anne Worley, in the best way possible.

  • That print looks like the oilcloth they sell in import stores here. TexMex restaurants use it to cover tables.

  • erinbinek


  • AndreaSkates

    The sleeves look like the frustratingly-not-enough-fabric version of the giant puffs that Anne of Green Gables pined for. And in this iteration, they make Selma look like a linebacker.

  • Crystal

    One print or the other, NOT BOTH. Also, why the sleeves? And the shoes? WHY?????

  • Julie Parr

    I think this would be fantastic on someone who was more “oddly beautiful” rather than traditionally beautiful like Selma Blair. Also, different shoes would tone it down a bit.

  • teensmom99

    YOu may discount all I say because I loved the shoes. But I think the dress would be amazing (maybe a WERQ) if it stopped at the knees.

  • snarkykitten

    It looks like one of my mother’s housedresses.

  • mrspotts66

    i’d take the shoes over the dress.

  • alyce1213

    The halter version does look better because there’s less of it. Make these stupid gaudy prints go away. I fear we’ll be seeing more of these on fashion victims.
    The shoes are the least of her problems.
    I usually love the way she looks.

  • Qitkat

    Blair Witch Project.


  • MoHub

    Too much going on, but I love the shoes.

  • I am equal parts repulsed and intrigued.

  • RebeccaKW

    I actually love this, but I also prefer the halter version and I really don’t like those shoes. Maybe with something else, as a pop of color, but not here. Also would have liked better makeup.

  • Heather

    I’m OK with the dress – cute print. Agreed that the halter version is better. HATE those shoes.

  • Lilithcat

    Love the shoes, hate the dress.

    • J. Preposterice


  • Trisha26

    Not fun in either style, hideous, as are the shoes. I’m just happy to see SB smiling for a change.

  • MsALVA

    Holy mother of GOD, I would wear the shit out of those shoes! I don’t care if they didn’t match anything I own, those are some cute fucking shoes.

    And that’s a dress for a summer garden party. Not for an evening event.

  • That shape is horrible on her. It makes her shoulders look disproportionately gigantic. The prints, I like.

  • maggiemaybe

    Here’s to YOU Mrs. Robinson! I’m digging it.

  • kimiakay

    Marc Jacobs–sometimes I think his designs imply he does even not like women! He doesn’t care if he makes them look bad. As for this, it’s almost restrained for him. Selma can almost carry it. I like the shoes, too.


  • Beth513

    I love it.

  • BigGirlDownNow

    I’ll bet she’s got that,”I’m wearing the pajamas I wore when I was five years old” feeling as she wears that dress.

  • What a super fun nightgown!

  • Contralto

    Two plastic tablecloths Mod-Podged™ together.

  • capybara_cafe

    NO. I think I just had a stroke from looking at that.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Only Christian Lacroix would be able to make this print work and he would have done things much differently!

  • Oh God, this is awful in so many ways!

  • gracedarling

    Love it! She looks happy and comfortable, almost as though she has just gotten out of the shower, thrown on the nearest caftan, pulled on whatever shoes are around and said, “Fuck it, I know there’s paparazzi outside but I really feel like a taco right now.” How can you argue with that?!

  • MissAnnieRN

    Selma take off those shoes and send them Katy Perry. A pair of neutral wedge espadrilles would be my choice.

  • ankali

    Yes, you are crazy. Though I might like this if the material worked a lot harder not to look like it would melt over an open flame.

  • demidaemon

    This is just hideous.

  • akprincess72

    The shoes are the only thing I kind of like, they’d be cute with something else (anything but this…)

  • Oh god why.

  • ccm800

    Why she wearing my Momma’s nightie from 1985?!?!?!

  • Demeter

    Fabulous! I had to look back to the Michelle Williams piece to find the assignment, but I think you hit it! Three success stories. I love happy endings. Better yet you used all three secret words, however for me you get bonus points for pulling Photoplay out of the mists.

    • Thanks so much!! I had fun doing it, I must admit.

  • E. D.


  • Sister wives go to Hawaii

  • Melizmatic

    My eyes!!!

  • The faux shawl capelet on the faux scalloped-hem mid-thigh dress over the maxi, with the matchy shoes: it’s all just killing me. And not softly, with his song. And not in an “I die” Rachel Zoe sorta way. Too too much.

  • Raanan Rosenbaum

    J’adore this look! Keep thinking about Miss Selma Blair, a day later…

  • librarygrrl64

    I agree: yes to the print, no to the shape. Cute shoes, too.