Jada Pinkett Smith in Blumarine

Posted on May 30, 2013

We’d swear some new stylist came into the picture, took one look at her, said, “Let’s try to soften you a little,” and then failed miserably.


Jada Pinkett Smith attends the premiere of ‘After Earth’ in New York City in a Blumarine floral mini dress paired with a Jimmy Choo clutch and Azzedine Alaïa sandals.

Blumarine Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Andreea Diaconu

Azzedine Alaïa Suede and Stingray Caged Strappy Sandal

First, let’s say this: We saw her once at a Michael Kors show. We were surprised that she doesn’t look nearly as harsh in person as she sometimes looks in pictures. She just needs the right styling and she’s fine. But she also needs to work within the confines of what God gave her (with some assist; possibly).

The colors here all look great on her, but the floofy fussiness of that skirt is a terrible choice for someone like Jada, who does better with streamlined looks. The print’s not really her thing either. Looks like something you’d see in a ’70s ad for a feminine hygiene product. And those shoes are an almost laughably bad choice. Don’t get us wrong; they’re a fabulous pair of shoes and perfectly suited to Miss Jada, but they are dead-wrong for a dress like that. And the clutch is bleh.

Nope. Sorry, Jada. Sometimes you really hit your mark, but this just looks like nothing but bad advice from top to bottom. Hair and makeup look great, though. You won’t have to fire whomever was responsible on those fronts, we’re happy to say.



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

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  • eowyn_of_rohan

    I would fight a cage match against Jada to get those Alaia shoes. I wouldn’t win, but I would fight nonetheless.

    • Lesley

      i’d jump in to try and win those shoes. those are too die for!

    • MK03

      It IS a totally important designer, after all.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t mind the dress, but I’m not crazy about the print and I hate the shoes with this. Hair and makeup are fab though.

  • ashtangajunkie

    So pretty from the neck up, so fierce from the (just above the) ankles down. But in between…something went awry.

  • Monzerrat Ontiveros

    This is a dress that Willow rejected for being too pink and lame…

    • lobsterlen

      Willow would also reject it because she is too old to wear it. Hillary’s dress would look great on young teen. This one look great on 6 year old.

  • Refer, please, to the comments I made about Hillary Swank. Insert Jada, and there, ya go.

    • Judy_S

      Exactly! Well, I refer to my comments. That dress is girlish and that hair is all wrong for that dress. But in both cases the models have long blah hair as well as the celebrities, so maybe somebody is trying to start a new look. Yuck.

      • oooooh, lackluster, indifferent hair is going to be a thing? cool, I guess.

        • StellaZafella

          The “Ombre Peggy Lipton” should never be brought back…

          • Amen, Gurl!

          • IMNAngryLiberal

            Gurrrl, never, ever use the words “Peggy Lipton” in a negative sense. For several years, my goal in life was to BE Peggy Lipton.

        • DuBey2

          Like WhatsHerName that used to be in The Mod Squad. The original one. I think it was Peggy Lipton and how I hated her hair. (even though I was still in vitro, of course!)

          • DuBey2

            AAck! I hate it when that happens: I answered before scrolling and made the same reference 8 hours too late!

    • StellaZafella

      All I wanna do to this is cut the skirt off and tuck the top of this dress into a pair of skin-tight red ciggy slacks over those awesome shoes. Jada can do slightly fluffy if she breaks it bad in some way, its shows she’s aware of her angles and embraces them…the same sort of thought occurred Re: Hilary but, for me, sheer over zebra is some kind of joke…but I’m not laughing.

      And I really agree on the hair…

  • MarieLD

    Will and Jayden were on some sort of summer movie preview I caught on CNN. And the rather cloying interviewer made a point of saying how much they looked alike. They don’t. Jayden looks just like his mom. I feel better now.

  • Annarosa

    I like everything, but separately. She’s gorgeous, nice dress but not on her, love the shoes but not on her, clutch meh and nevertheless not on her and not with that dress. A little pinky Tinker Bell armed with a whip.

  • decormaven

    Whoever styled that look is literal to a fault. Stripes in the dress, repeat in the shoe! Pick up the lighter pink/coral tones in the dress with the purse and shoe. Reference the floral in the dress fabric with the tendrils in the earrings. Gah! Jada deserves better.

  • Pumps and Gloss

    I love her hair, makeup and shoes!

    • Snailstsichr

      Yes – she should keep those and pick a different dress.

  • 3boysful

    Dear Blumarine–Why would anyone design a dress that makes a thin woman appear hippy?

    Also, I despise the shoe-traps.

  • teensmom99

    Really, you like the hair? Way too long. I think a version of the model’s shoes (darker color though) would have worked much better.

  • I’m not too opposed to this. I like the juxtaposition of “soft” dress and “hard” shoes. Clearly, Heather Graham called her and invited her to the DLWL club and told her the dress code was soft pinks and killer heels. Those old bitches in their red hats don’t have a thing on these women.

    • DuBey2

      OK, I have to ask. Please, what is the DLWL club? So I can share the joke?

      • Yesterday, Heather wore the pink leather dress with hooker heels. I said that she looked like a Dominatrix Ladies Who Lunch. To me, this look has that same vibe.

        • demidaemon

          Is there a convention for them? Because I think the photocall would scare me into agoraphobia.

        • DuBey2

          Oh, Thanks for the new reference. DLWL. and I agree about Heather’s dress, shoes also.

  • Jessica Freeman

    The shoes are all Jada. The dress is not. I’m not digging the long hair, but the make up looks lovely.

  • marlie

    This is one of those dresses that works on the model on the runway, but doesn’t translate well to the real world. On Jada, the skirt seems sloppy. And it’s too much volume for someone as petite as she. Great colors, but wrong silhouette. And those shoes are atrocious.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    (*Sigh…*) It’s the Trick Thumbnail again. Happens every time – “Oh, good, it’s fine!” and then I click. And it’s not okay. No, no, it’s just not okay anymore…

  • majorbedhead

    I was going to go with 70s Howard Johnson’s bedspreads, but feminine hygiene products works, too.

    My 6 year old would LOVE that dress. It would probably look great on her. But she’s SIX.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    She’s such a beautiful woman. Even in terrible choices.

  • GorgeousThings

    She’s holding that clutch like she’s about to club someone over the head with it.

    • demidaemon

      Probably her new stylist. The question is: is it before or after she fires him/her?

  • barbarienne

    From the waist up, it’s a good attempt to soften her presentation. The bodice of the dress works with her body. Below that, it’s just wrong, wrong, wrong.

    I’m sure someone thought those shoes would edgy-up the dress, but they make the overall look fight itself.

  • Donna Tabor

    What a ridiculous dress, anyway. Some designers should be shot. Seriously.

  • Tatiana Luján

    This is the best makeup I’ve seen her wear. Her face looks lovely.
    That dress needs to be knee lenght in order to be wearable for people over 18.

  • RedRaven617

    This could have worked with a more delicate shoe and a skirt and little less fluffy and a couple of inches longer. She would look like a lady who does lunch.

  • AmeliaEve

    That skirt just has horrible proportions for anybody. It’s too short to allow the draping to actually drape, and it’s too frilly to put with that kind of daring slit or those fierce shoes. It’s very challenging to be girly and dramatic at the same time; this outfit fails the challenge. I dislike the shoes on their own merits, but I pretty much hate all the shoes that are in style right now.

  • Dagney

    I hate it when crappy styling runs a look. If her hair was tied back and she wore a cleaner shoe, she would nail it.

  • lobsterlen

    Please tell me this isn’t some silly trend mature women wearing girlish dresses?

  • stubbornthoughts

    I actually don’t mind any of this, but I do agree she rocks the streamlined looks better.

  • sagecreek

    When I first saw that clutch, I thought it was a Fleshlight.

    • snarkykitten

      cannot unsee

  • Those colors DO look good on her, and hopefully she will try them again in an outfit that is more suited to her.

  • Tapetum

    I’d give it a half-right. I’m not sure which half, but she looks like a lovely woman in a crappy dress with a bad choice of hairstyle – which beats looking harsh and old, which a lot of things end up doing to her.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Oh, geez. Like Swank there, next door: fine (if mediocre) in the thumbnail, disastrous in the scroll down. And those shoes, mein Gott! Horrible, and they certainly don’t go with the dress.

  • EdithP

    I like what’s going on with her face, though. She looks good from the neck up. The dress isn’t bad, but just not her best look.

  • mjude

    god am i that old cause i just hate those shoes. that dress is no friend to you miss jada

  • ChelseaNH

    Shoulda built the outfit from the shoes up. I normally don’t like bear trap shoes, but those are fierce.

  • boldprint

    I can see this dress working on La Saldana, but I’m really not a fan of that shoe pairing.

  • Tracy_Flick

    That dress is plain ugly. And the shoes too. Mismatched uglies. However, I would sell my soul to have her legs. What? Is that creepy?

  • AnaRoW

    I like the dress but because it reminds me of my favorite dress when I was 5. I wore that dress every chance I could get. Love the shoes! I still can’t deal with the cheek implants (a trend I will never understand) even though her face appears to finally be softening.

  • a dress for a six year old’s birthday party. just awful on jada.

  • guest2visits

    Pretty dress but everything she’s wearing is too harsh for it; the shoes, the jewelry, even the clutch should be straw or something soft in material and shade. The hair is too heavy for it and needs to be up with tendrils or maybe even a braid. She just didn’t take the dress far enough in the right direction.

  • Bethany Roullett

    I see the message here as “Don’t you get it? I’m a DELICATE F**KING FLOWER!”

    And then she stomps on you with those awesome fierce shoes.

  • She looks like a captive amazon – like someone forced her to wear this dress as feminization by force.

    Actually, on a literary tangent from there, she’d make a great double-cast Hippolyta/Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I can picture the caged fierceness/fierceness unleashed perfectly (picturing more punk rock “FIERCE” fey than wispy ethereal dreamy fey). Then Will could be Bottom (ok ok, I suppose he could be Oberon/Theseus, but I think he’d make a great Bottom – maybe he could just be all three).
    Hrm, who else should we cast in it…?

    • demidaemon

      I think Bottom, personally, needs a bit more awkward attractiveness. He shouldn’t be bad looking, but someone who needs a few appraisals to go “Hmm. I’d hit that.” Someone for whom the queen of the fairies would do the walk of shame on. Will Smith is not that kind of person. Therefore, I would put him as Oberon/Theseus. I don’t know who I would cast as Bottom. Depends on what we’re going for.

      • Actually, Bottom’s wearing an ass’s head which is what really creates Titania’s shame in her “attraction,” much more than Bottom’s inherent coarseness (though that’s part of it, sure, but I think Will can play “coarse” just fine). I think Will Smith is about the same level as Kevin Kline, who I find very attractive and who has also played Bottom. Bottom’s not so much unattractive as he’s “working class” as a mechanical, and I think Will could channel that just fine – he’s always been a very funny and down-to-earth comedic performer, but I’m not sure he could really muster the aristocratic imperiousness of Oberon or Theseus without it seeming like a put-on (not to say he’s not a great actor beyond comedy, but he’s not someone I think of as being “regal” in general, unlike Jada whose stylists should really use “regal” as a starting point for her looks).

        • demidaemon

          You know what, I totally forgot about the donkey part. Time for me to review my Shakespeare, methinks. I’m still not sold on Will Smith as Bottom, though. I can’t really see it.

  • And I think the hair just makes her face look longer. She doesn’t need any help with that.

  • kittenwithaquip

    Girrrrl, that is not ANYBODY’S dress. Woof.

  • E. D.

    Love everything but the dress.

  • e jerry powell

    The skirt just turns into a big sphere, and that’s not good around that part of the body. Not even J.Lo. could manage that shape.

  • ThatPeterG

    Send that dress to Abigail Breslin…

  • demidaemon

    She’s trying, I’ll give her that. And those shoes are a particular needle scratch to this outfit. I can’t say I’m in love with them, because they look a bit like a cage or torture device.

  • I actually hate the hair. Doesn’t need to be so long on a petite like Jada. Those shoes could be so her if they were with the right dress.

  • kimiakay

    I agree on the hair. Those extensions? are just horrible. Can’t make up my mind about the shoes, but they look ugly to me right now. I can’t picture an outfit that would work. Her outfit, on the other hand, just yuck.

  • lilyvonschtupp

    Those shoes just look like they would hurt.

  • If this dress were in Project Runway, the designer might get voted off–or he/she would be in the bottom two. The fabric doesn’t look ironed. (See the closeup of the sleeve hem and the neck edge.)

    An skirt is designed for an Amazon woman.

  • MrsBug

    She’s all angles and lines. I think she’d probably look good in Calvin Klein.

  • TheAmericaness

    I love the shoes on the model. Want.

  • Constanza Álvarez Espinoza

    Burn those shoes!!!!