Kirsten Dunst in Michael van der Ham at Cannes

Posted on May 22, 2013

We thought this was kind of eye-catching and slightly off-model for Kirsten:


Kirsten Dunst attends the “Inside Llewyn Davis” Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival in a Michael van der Ham gown accessorized with Jimmy Choo pumps.

Michael van der Ham Fall 2013 Collection

The black and white is dramatic on her. And the dress has some great details. But we hate to be a … what’s the 21stC version of “a broken record?” Y’know, something that’s annoyingly repetitive? Something about GIFs, most likely.


We hate to be a GIF about it, but this is yet another dress that really could’ve used a belt. Her hair is pretty, and while we appreciate how polished her makeup is, it kinda looks like the makeup of an 80-year-old. That’s a whole hell of a lot of color on those cheeks. A cleaner face and a thin strip of something around her waist and this could’ve been a WERQ.



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  • porcupie

    The torso section of the dress is pretty long, so maybe she couldn’t have worn a belt there? I agree that it would’ve looked better with one though. As a side note, I’m so excited for Inside Llewyn Davies! It looks amazing.

  • I fully agree about the makeup, but I’m not sure I’m on board about a belt. Considering the cut of the bodice, which continues to the hip line, it might end up looking awkward.

    • Crystal

      I agree. I’m unsure about a belt. Where exactly could one place it without it throwing off the dress?

      • If you had a shaped belt, that followed the hip line, so that the bottom of the belt hit the seamline of the skirt it would look great. Or you could I suppose create a slightly bloused effect by pulling the dress up so the belt and skirt seam sat on the natural waist, but I suspect it would throw off all the proportions.

    • MilaXX

      I’ve been looking and rethinking that. I can’t decide if it maybe needs a small band there or simply doesn’t hang right because it’s too long on her.Leaning towards she’s too short. I think on someone like Tilda, this would be lovely.

  • Tr16ia

    Belt or not, I want to raise the waistband to her natural waist and hem the skirt so it just falls to her toes; the entire silhouette would be much more flattering. On the makeup, I agree; she has awesome cheekbones, she doesn’t need a blusher that shrieks I HAVE AWESOME CHEEKBONES, BITCHES.

    • 3boysful

      I think there’s also a fair splash of hilighter above her cheeks, and it’s making her look shiny.

  • decormaven

    Not a fan of the nail polish color. I like the general concept of the dress, but the sleeve detail isn’t hitting her at the best place on the arm.

  • Introspective

    i think she looks fantastic. i dont mind the makeup. ki ki has a tendency to be underdone about the face, so Im not mad. Im here for this whole look really.

  • jw_ny

    This is a good overall look for her. I think I’d prefer it if there were a thicker built in band, in the same black as the black print, at the waist, rather than a belt. The dress is too long too, but that’s typical for these borrowed dresses…

    her stiff arm posing in the first shot made me chuckle and O.o

  • I’d kill for those earrings.

  • elemspbee

    oh no. the dress could be argued as eye catching but She is not! Next post please!

  • I wish she’d gone with a nude lining for the top instead of a black tube top, which breaks up the lines. Other than that, I’m sold on this look.

    • Snailstsichr

      I am just thrilled that she lined it. I gave her snaps for that.

      • conniemd

        TOTALLY. You can see a nipple on the model.

  • Diego!

    I think, considering her last attempts, she looks really good. I agree with the missing belt, but overall she looks really pretty.

  • Dam_Angel

    What is it with lip color these days? It is either non-existent making the woman look wan, or it is so eye-popping it draws all attention to itself.

  • I love this. I’m not as quick to always put a belt on the ladystars as Uncles T and Lo are, so if the makeup were toned down, it would be a WERQ for me. As it is, it’s a lowercase “werq,” because I love this dress,and she really does look gorgeous.

  • aeb1986

    black with white accents! haha. i like that she styled this in a fresh and breezy way. pretty dress

  • We are seeing lots of heavy cheeks these days yes? Can’t say this is a trend I am enjoying.

    • Especially this time of year. As it gets warmer, my makeup tends to become more and more minimal, because I can’t stand the heavy feeling of it in the heat and humidity. Then again, I don’t know what the weather was like in Cannes…

  • mmc2315

    I have quibbles, but overall, I like.

    • deathandthestrawberry

      I had the same reaction.

  • SewingSiren

    She doesn’t look very sure of herself. And it’s too long in the front. She shouldn’t have to lift the skirt when she’s walking on a flat surface.

  • Janet B

    Love the dress, but it just doesn’t seem to be quite right for her.

  • I really like this, and yes, the makeup’s not so great. She also looks very stiff. I don’t think she likes to be in the spotlight like this all that much but accepts it as part of the job. She needs to relax and have fun with it.

    • l_c_ann

      In agreement. Her eyes just look angry to me. The “If the guy in front of me in the checkout line counts out $11.51 in coins, I’m going to blow up” kind of irritation with the world.

  • fringebenefit

    Oh, TLo, thank you for advocating for belts. They subtly punctuate a dress like this and mitigate the potato sack aspect. That bit of definition–say, a pencil thin silver or white belt–would have made such a difference to this black gown. I can’t imagine why belts have been abandoned this season, but it is to the wearer’s detriment almost always.

  • I really love that dress. Honestly, most things I see here, I never think to myself, I want that or I would wear that, but this dress I would find a reason to wear.

  • Patricia Gillett

    Fit is wonky. Too big and too long. I appreciate how the shoe selection picks up the subtle blues. Too bad the dress is so long it hides the shoes most of the time.

  • gabbilevy

    What’s the 21stC version of “a skipping record?”

    A redirect loop?

  • MilaXX

    I think the whole thing is too much for her. That dress is so heavy looking with the embellishments I think it needs a taller woman to balance it out. Face is pretty, but heavy. If she wanted a red lip, I would have preferred a pale face. That is approaching theatrical levels. And yes, the dress could use a thin belt.

  • Judy_S

    She looks as if her arms were attached backward, especially in the first photo. Since her thumbs are pointing in the right direction, I am guessing it has something to do with the way the armholes are cut.

  • BrooklynBomber

    I’m not sure about a belt because of the dropped waist; I think it’s the dropped waist that’s a little off. But I also think this is in her wheelhouse. Kind of Chanel-y, kind of old fashioned. I’d like it better with a different waist.

  • lobsterlen

    I love this dress. Usually I see the need for belt when you suggest it but I am not seeing it here. I feel a belt would have distracted with the flow.

  • Flannabanana

    “Hate to be a GIF about it” – I am using that today!

  • Kristobel

    Also she needs a bra, poor dear. She is fully living up to her Fug Girls nickname: “Dr. Sunken Tits.”

  • I can’t believe no one’s said this yet – “We hate to be a GIF about it” is my favorite new thing. You two are unendingly clever.

    • conniemd

      What does GIF stand for? (excuse my ignorance)

  • lrober03

    I wish there was a closer look at the earrings, they look pretty

  • sweatpantalternative

    Those ridiculous bangs on the model have to be the silliest styling I have ever seen.

  • quiltrx

    I like it! But why is she holding her arms like that???
    And the waist is slightly dropped and not too fitted…I don’t think a belt per se would have stayed in place. but maybe something sewn where the skirt meets the bodice–a thin strip of some sort. But I’m not sure that would work either.

    • hillmad

      I was going to say something about the arm, too. It looks like a plastic doll’s arm that’s been twisted the wrong way ’round!

  • RuthGo

    I guess maybe a belt would have made it better, hiding that awkward transition from bodice to skirt. I’m sort of of the mind that this is kind of a hideous dress and nothing would have saved it.

  • The way she’s standing makes her look like her head is on backwards…

  • TheAmericaness

    It seems too loose on top from my perspective. Not saying it should be Heidi tight, it just feels like it’s a 1/4 size too large.

  • She looks a bit like Kate Hudson.

  • neeva

    The dark black pattern on the top of the dress looks like chromosomes dividing.

  • JP

    I almost don’t care about the dress flaws; I’m thrilled that she’s finally standing up straight!

  • Maria Gabriella Dutari

    She has highlighter on the apple of her cheeks. Like, a ton of it.

  • tereliz

    I don’t know if a belt is gonna cut it. I really dislike this dress. Zhuzhing up leopard spots always looks cheap to me and it’s just so dark and shapeless. Cute shoes, though.

  • guest2visits

    Actually I love the hair and make-up; about 90% sold on the dress. Just trying to figure out what she’s doing with her arms…?

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    It’d look better if the dress fit her like it fits the model. It’s too big on poor Kirsten.