Florence Welch in Miu Miu at Cannes

Posted on May 16, 2013

Oh please.


Florence Welch attends the Opening Ceremony and ‘The Great Gatsby’ Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival in Miu Miu.

Miu Miu Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Sam Rollinson (WOMEN)

Girl, come ON.

We fully support the flying of the Flo Freak Flag, but this just looks silly. For one, that fabric does not an elegant gown make. We much prefer the coat-dress on the runway. And while we don’t love the idea of putting a visible zipper on the front of a gown, we can’t say this silly ruffle looks any better. In fact, it pretty much seals the deal on the whole bathrobe question; which is to say, this looks like one.

God, it’s like every design decision here was the worst possible one to make. Half-length sleeves? On a big pink polka dot gown? That high clerical collar? The black lace? Awful. All of it. Her recent fondness for carrying pocketbooks on the red carpet isn’t helping the look much either. The sad part is, we kinda love those shoes but she chose the absolute worst outfit to pair them with. In fact, the whole thing – bathrobe, pocketbook, big incongruous shoes – makes her look like a 6-year-old playing a half-assed game of dressup.



[Photo Credit: Getty, Jean Catuffe/PacificCoastNews, style.com]

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    • zenobar

      Flo, you got some ‘splainin to do.

    • http://twitter.com/nyazgirl NYAZGIRL

      I can’t look away. I want to…but I CANT LOOK AWAY FROM THE HORROR!

    • charlotte

      Carey Mulligan is a WERQ compared to this mess.

    • sockandaphone

      the back shots make it look passable and somewhat fun but then you see the front and……its just really bad.

    • RussellH88

      This outfit is so bad I’m going to Leave My Body *rimshot*

    • thecitysleeps

      Horrible everything. Even her hair looks dirty.

    • lexilexi

      She’s morphing into Chloe S. And that’s not good.

    • Tatiana Luján

      “pocketbook” is the purse? (I’m from Colombia) It is the only thing I like about this look. I don’t get clutches, they keep your hands bussy and you can’t put anything in them.

      • BrooklynBomber

        “Pocketbook” is an east coast* word for purse (aka handbag). It goes back generations.

        * At least, New York. I don’t know if it’s used elsewhere on the east coast.

        • MilaXX

          Yep, grew up using pocketbook and still do (Philly)

          • http://twitter.com/MajorBedhead MajorBedhead

            Yep. Hate the word purse. I’m in Massachusetts and it will ALWAYS be a pocketbook or handbag.

        • MoHub

          It’s also generational. What I call a purse—and I’m in my early 60s—my 87-year-old mother calls a pocketbook.

          • Tatiana Luján

            Thanks. It’s a beautiful word.

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

            Technically, a pocketbook is a structured purse with a hinged opening at the top so it opens like a book.

        • Tatiana Luján


        • Coolekat

          We use pocketbook in the south too. My friends laugh at me when I say that versus purse.

        • makeityourself

          I’m in St. Louis and yes, “pocketbook” is alive and well with women ages 80+.

        • formerlyAnon

          Yep. My language patterns are from New Jersey/Pennsylvania and it was pocketbook to me until I started reading magazines in my teens, when “purse” crept in to the mix. I still mostly say pocketbook.

      • julnyes


    • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

      It all looks like ass to me, and the shoes are the worst part of it.

    • rag254

      Egads. Is that a bathrobe?

      • http://profiles.google.com/dorothymichael Dorothy & Michael n/a


    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Yeah, I agree 100% with TLo. It’s one thing to be stylishly eccentric, which I actually do love. But this is just dumb.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000905542323 Rhonda Shore

        Maybe, but dare i say that a different set of rules applies to rock and rollers? Love the model’s shoes…

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          Yes, I do agree that different rules apply to rockers, absolutely. But that being said – she still looks bad.

    • Karen Tully

      Wow. Pink satin polka-dot seersucker. Words that should never be in the same sentence.

    • AlisonS

      I wanna see the dress in the first picture! Not Flo, the girl in the background! It doesn’t say much that I see her instead of Flo.

      • http://twitter.com/catinlaw Catherine George

        Same here! Who is that?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000905542323 Rhonda Shore

        in the black and white dress? That’s Lana del Rey…wish TLo would cover her more often.

        • AlisonS

          TO THE GOOGLE! I must see this dress!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

        I thought the exact same thing.

      • http://twitter.com/algaechick algaechick

        Lana Del Ray. Is it wrong I want Flo to look better than Lana?

    • Patricia Gillett

      To paraphrase Elle Woods: “Whoever thought to put a redhead in that shade of pink is seriously disturbed.”

    • Kenisha Hill Phillips

      Four words: Go home. Try again.

    • http://twitter.com/thejesssicashow Jessica Crowl

      I actually love the dress, just HATE everything else.

    • SewingSiren

      I love this. The length , the polka-dots, the fit. Everything. I especially love the shoes. I was hoping the yellow soled Isabel Toledo shoes from Payless had been reissued, but alas no. f

    • Stubenville

      [Nelson from The Simpsons] HA-HA!

    • prettybigkitty

      Flying blind in grandma’s closet.

    • jetpackdino

      The face says, “I’m a smart, savvy, and famous.” Everything else says, “I’m a fool.”

    • Sara__B

      Did she suffer a head injury and didn’t realize she was at Cannes? This is just plain awful.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      That is not a gown. It is a glorified house coat.

    • kayleymaybe

      You’re being awfully generous. I think this looks like what my 3 year old wears when playing dress up.

    • alyce1213

      Embarrassing. But obviously she doesn’t think so.
      She never does anything with her hair, it always look like laundry day.

    • Lilithcat


    • nnbb

      I swear she and Chloe Sevigny are related. Look at the face?!

    • MilaXX

      If she wanted to wear those shoes, why remove the collar the model has? It’s the only way those shoes make sense.

    • MoHub

      My grandmother’s housedress with my mom’s comfort shoes.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      Who gives a damn about Cannes? It’s Eurovision Song Contest time!!! Flo here probably took a wrong turn on her way to Sweden and ended up in Cannes.

    • http://www.facebook.com/fiddlecub Kevin VanOrd

      Over her.

    • Diego!

      I’m sorry who is in the back on the first picture??? That dress is really catching all the attention instead of Florence’s!

      • Patricia Gillett

        Looks like Lana Del Rey (I know, I was shocked, too). There’s a post for her now.

        • Diego!

          I saw it, I already posted there too haha Thanks! :)

    • Qitkat

      Carey chose to be too severe and serious; Flo is sticking a big ole finger in the festival’s face.

    • http://twitter.com/MajorBedhead MajorBedhead

      I love me a good polka-dot dress. Sadly, this is nothing like a good polka-dot dress.

    • TheAmericaness

      A 6 year old would have looked better.

    • random_poster

      This needs to end up in the top 10 worst looks list for 2013, or even for the entire decade.

    • crash1212

      I dunno. I kind of love this look for her. I wish she’d done a black belt – something like on the model (I love the runway version, too). I hate the shoes, both with this look and just in general.

    • jennifervney

      I know it’s a crazy dress and the fabric looks cheap, especially from the front, but I like this on Flo, and only on Flo. Hate the shoes though.

    • Pennymac

      Flo, Dear, you’re trying to hard to pretend like you don’t care.

      • http://twitter.com/ThisMersLife Meredith

        I don’t know; I have this feeling Flo really doesn’t care. She’s a stronger artist than I’ve seen in so long.

    • msdamselfly

      The collar and bodice look like they are pulling and everything is askewed

    • CommentsByKatie

      Should have left it as it was on the runway. Taking away those strong black lines leaves this all ‘soft’ and no ‘strong’ – just kind of a rumpled mess. Adding that tickery tackery (as Christian Siraino would say) lace along the button placket reminds me of teenagers adding lace to pants hems that aren’t long enough. I do like the addition of the flare at the bottom, as it does elevate the look a bit, but… not enough to make this glamorous or likeable.

    • http://www.facebook.com/conysoledad Constanza Álvarez Espinoza

      The only thing I disagree with you is the shoes. I abhor them.
      A “Girl, that’s not your dress” isn’t enough.

    • Anniebet

      I would usually defend Flo the Magnificent to the death. Well, dang…not this time. This is just too demented for even me.

      Florence looks rather unhappy here – she probably glanced over at the Del Rey sumptuousness and thought “oh shite, I’m gonna be hooted out of Cannes.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1401197785 Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      Oh dear.

    • IAmJ

      This set of pictures has helped me realize just how much this girl bugs me.

    • flamingoNW

      Not to mention her hair looks a horror. Go talk to Nicole about her hairdresser.

    • Judy_S

      I don’t hate it. She does look like a 6-year-old at the grownups’ party, no doubt. But one that you might want to talk to, dance with, or otherwise get involved with.

    • MissAmynae

      LUG SOLES AT CANNES??!!?? Get out…just…get out.

    • decormaven

      Yep, dress-up. This year’s candy pink stove.

    • DaveUWSNYC

      Miss Auto Show 1963, smaller roaches

    • Cathy S

      Why is she wearing that awful pink bathrobe with those horrible shoes?

    • JasmineAM

      Miu Miu is one of the ugliest fashion lines ever. Second only to Miss McCartney.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josefina-Madariaga-Suárez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      The whole look (dress+shoes+accesories)… well, it looks a little plastic, like a middle of the road entry on a PR unconventional challenge.

    • CatherineRhodes

      Well-said: half-assed game of dressup.

    • PrunellaV

      Makes one wonder if the only view she saw in the mirror was from the side.

    • l_c_ann

      Recycling cheap knockoffs of LLBean hunting shoes didn’t save this mess.

    • MartyBellerMask

      But she is one tall drink of water.

    • ballerinawithagun

      She’s wearing her “Wellies” and her robe because it is raining.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1658831926 Kathy Granzow

      Her hair looks ultra messy, and why the designer okay’d her changing all that on the dress-coat is beyond me. It looks awesome on the model, awful on the actress.

    • StrandedFashionista

      FLO NO.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      My soon to be six year old is offended. ; )

    • http://twitter.com/tishinottawa Tish

      I have no idea who this person is (I’m old) but she has a cute figure and a pert bottom; I’d stick her in some floaty palazzo pants and a halter top and show it off.

    • http://www.facebook.com/bert.keeter Bert Keeter

      MIU MIU??? More like WOOF WOOF!

    • quiltrx

      Oh Flo, you has given me a sad! You had done pretty well lately in your own Flo Freak Flag way. Then you go and do this. Your aunt’s drunk-all-Saturday housecoat does NOT belong at Cannes, darling. And Bjork is somewhere wondering who took her shoes.

    • http://robot-heart.tumblr.com heartbot

      Betty Draper’s house coat

    • demidaemon

      This is pretty offensively ugly. And, unlike TLo, I cannot sign off on those hideous, clodhopper, rain sandals? Burn it all, including the negatives of these photos.

    • formerlyAnon

      If the central placket was plain black, or maybe if the lace was replaced by two ribbons of black, I’d like this a lot. As it is, I really like the side/back view, but the front view looks unfinished. So I can only mildly like it as is. Which is apparently more than most liked it. I don’t know, I just think it’s fun and happy and as I said, really good from the side/back. P.s. I don’t think the shoes work with it at all. The purse (pocketbook) is fine.

    • http://twitter.com/Hussified Coleen

      This is when I would employ your fairy fugsisters’ favorite term for a look like this: “WORDS.”

    • Jecca2244

      isn’t it embarassing when you should up underdressed at a party?? I never realized how skinny she was. She has a seriously tiny waist.

    • Lattis

      but what you don’t see is when the cameras stop shooting she nips into a phone booth, rips off the polka dot dress revealing a wonder woman-esque tight black and yellow spandex bustier and short shorts. She activates the booster rockets in her shoes and she’s off . . .

    • felicity

      Your rocking it. People hate what they can’t pull off

    • Fordzo

      …and the hair. That is I-just-stopped-by-after-spin-class hair.