Krysten Ritter in Dolce&Gabbana

Posted on May 06, 2013

We were mostly underwhelmed by the Derby Day fashions, but this really caught our eye:


Krysten Ritter attends the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky in a Dolce&Gabbana dress paired with Bionda Castana sandals.

Bionda Castana Christa Woven Peep-Toe Sandal

Not without its problems, though.

She’s serving up “Alexis Carrington in a courtroom” with that hat. We love how the blue of the hat picks up the blue of the flowers in the dress. We’re not super-crazy about the shape of the dress, though. It looks a little full and bathrobe-y on her. We’re thinking a slim belt was called for here. Skipping past the fact that we don’t like the shoes, it seems really odd that she chose heavy black accessories for this look.

But it’s about 75% of a good look. With a little tweaking, it could be a WERQ-it moment.


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  • Ah but its slightly older look is perfect for Derby Day. This really mostly works for me, excepting the overly heavy looking shoe.

    • StellaZafella

      Everything in shoes I can think of would be Bridesmaid revisited…unless, perhaps, a natural cotton weave summer pump?

    • MoHub

      I’m seeing it as shortened, updated Edwardian—except for the horrible, heavy, too-big shoes. This would actually be the right time for a nude shoe, preferably in a coarse linen weave.

      • CommentsByKatie

        Thank you for this; I knew i loved this but wasn’t sure why. It’s updated Edwardian, at least in spirit; lacy, airy, feminine. Loveeeee. Too bad she ruined it with the shoes.

  • Sobaika

    Loved it until the shoes. Totally wrong.

  • Definitely needed a belt. I love the shoe, but not with such an airy outfit. I saw a pic of her with Christian Siriano, she is one tall lady!

    • TAGinMO

      I don’t think “one tall lady” necessarily follows from “taller than Christian Siriano.” Remember, this is a man who was carried around in a tote bag on at least one episode of Project Runway.

      • She was almost twice as tall as he. I know he’s not a tall fella.

        • TAGinMO

          Fair enough. And per Wikipedia, she’s 5’9″. So put her in some 6-inch heels and she would, indeed, tower over him.

          Also, I’m “liking” your comment for the correct use of “he.” 🙂

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Reworking of a Laura Ashley bathrobe, with an under-defined waistline. Nope.

    • exactly. Love the hat though.

    • Little_Olive

      Exactly. Instead of an almost-success, I’ma call this an almost-complete-failure. Saved by the hat and the positive first impression the look is able to give for a minute there.

  • I could live with the lace around the neck if it wasn’t echoed along the hem. That makes it very much like a dressing gown my mum used to have (which, by the way, I loved). And the shoes are hideous.

  • A.W.

    Slayed by the epic bitchface in the first picture. Love her.

  • zenobar

    Bleccchh. Between the cheap-looking fabric and the itchy-looking lace, that dress looks like a bathrobe from Kresge.

  • imspinningaround

    Derby Goth! I love it!

  • Anathema_Device

    I’m thinking the accessories are navy, not black. I like the idea of blue accessories, but those shoes are indeed far too heavy for that dress.

  • another_laura

    I think the deep blue (that’s what it looks like on my monitor) shoes would have been good in a less overwhelming design. Given the blue trim on the hat, well, I don’t know if I would have gone for green or any other color, frankly.

    The dress is okay, but here I do not like the deployment of lace. I don’t know what it would be, just not. white.lace.

  • Patricia Gillett

    Lose the shoes and it would have been a nice ‘Downton Abby goes Derby’ moment. Too bad.

  • BrooklynBomber

    I don’t like anything in this look, but it’s worth it for giving us this bit of perfection:
    “Alexis Carrington in a courtroom”

    I don’t know how you come up with this stuff!

  • Kimbolina

    Hate the shoes. I feel like if there’s any time to go matchy-matchy, it’s the Kentucky Derby. Should’ve gone with a lighter blue/green, maybe matching the hat ribbon?

  • Ruth Preston

    Ugh, with the lace. Come give your Meemaw a kiss.

  • MilaXX

    Agree about the belt. She reminded me more of Fallon than Alexis, but close enough. I agree the shoe is a bit heavy, but they work for me.

  • librarygrrl64

    The shoes offend me. I agree on the belt and on a different bag. The dress is pretty (but I would have ditched the lace maybe?). The hat is FABULOUS.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I think the lace cheapens the dress.

  • teensmom99

    How do you always get it exactly right?

  • Janet B

    The fabric is gorgeous. A lovely Derby dress.
    I’m not sold on the lace, maybe it looks too white.

  • unbornfawn

    Definitely needed a belt. I’m not crazy about the lace. The shoes are too heavy. Love the hat and glad that it pulls focus.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    The Kentucky Derby just reminds me every year of how much I love the Royal Ascot postings. Isn’t that coming up soon? I can almost see how the basket weave shoes could maybe go with a picnic themed outfit (which is how I imagine this outfit), but it’s just too heavy and dark.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    The hat, face and hair are fab. The rest is ick.

  • lamamu

    This dress was perfect for the Derby…in 1972.

  • shopgirl716

    Bathrobe and ugly shoes. Not feeling it.

  • Pennymac

    Anybody elses’ grandma get extra mileage out of dresses after growth spurts by adding lace on the bottom of the dress? That fabric + lace = looks cheap.
    Shoes are too heavy for the look over all.

    In other news, the hat is grand.

  • Shoes. Are. HIDDY.

  • Sara L.

    As usual, I have no idea about shoes. I love these shoes with this outfit. They ground it and keep it from being too old looking. Every time I think, “Damn, those shoes are hideous,” everybody loves them. Every time I think, “I love those shoes!” everybody hates them. Of course, I came of age during the early nineties, which were all about the heavy, chunky heeled shoes, so that’s what I like, I guess. And they look navy to me, not black. So I guess what I’m saying is I have terrible taste?

    • I liked the shoes with this look too. They added an edge to her overall statement. I can see exactly what she was going for and she totally sold me on it.

  • decormaven

    Those shoes are beyond hiddy. Burn with fire.

  • VioletFem

    With the exception of the poorly matched shoes, this just looks very “frumpy grandma” to me.

  • The dress looks like it came from Belk Lindsey. I don’t get it with Dolce & Gabbana lately.

  • random_poster

    It looks like a polyester robe thrown on over a nightie. She just needs one of those thin matching belts run through the belt holes. Those shoes are hideous.

  • Thankfully the step and repeat was free from both Glad and Hefty’s ready-to-wear lines that tended to dominate the plebian areas of the venue.

  • I find it interesting that the navy blue of the shoes looks greenish against the red carpet in that back-side photo. They may not have been the best choice for the look (heavy), but I’m impressed by the stylist’s color sense.
    And yeah, I’ve definitely seen the bathrobe version of this dress in thrift store pajama racks.
    Still, I’m impressed that this look looks like more than the sum of its parts.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Needs a belt and the shoes are just too damn heavy. And the dress is too big. WTF? I think it’s a loooooooooooonnnnnnnnng way from WERQ land.

  • What a perfect hat! Too bad it isn’t nearly enough distraction for the rest of this getup. I hate that lace-encrusted schmatte with a passion. The shoes are not to my taste but might work with a great pair of jeans. They do NOTHING here except induce gagging. No, thank you. I’m going to try and forget I ever saw these unfortunate photos.

  • Imasewsure

    Weird dress but interesting one… wish it were either sleeveless or much longer but that might not work either. Props for not boring us anyway – kind of dig the shoes but not with this dress

    • 3boysful

      It just needs to lose the lace and find a belt. The fabric is pretty, but like TLo, the lace edges turned my first thoughts to bathrobe–or maybe you call one this fancy a “dressing gown”! I think the shoes are navy, not black, and they look fairly comfortable, albeit sweat-inducing. J’adore the hat. It really emphasizes her eyes.

  • So close.

  • I hate the clutch and the shoes. I really like the dress and the hat, they just scream Derby.

  • appliquer

    The dress just looks too much like a robe to me.

  • crash1212

    I love those shoes – LOVE – and think they give what could’ve been “lacy bathrobe” a bit of an edge. The look would benefit greatly with deployment of a skinny belt – can’t believe she didn’t think of that. I know the Derby is all about the hats, but this one is a bit overwhelming. Did I say I LOVE those shoes?

  • frannyprof

    Why are celeb stylists so opposed to belts these days?! Also, love the shoes, but hate them with that dress.

  • Snailstsichr

    The hat and makeup are so wonderful I am forgiving everything else.

  • The dress could have been a lot less bathrobe-y if they got rid of the lace strip down the front and at the hem, and just kept it at the collar. I really like the shoes, even with this dress. Black bag, I have problems with. I’d say it’s 90% of a good look.

  • alyce1213

    Amazing shoes, but not for this outfit. She should have worn a nice lady shoe, maybe with a vintage feel.
    I think the lace makes the dress even more bathrobe-y than is already is. It’s pretty, but . . .
    The hat’s the best bit.

  • m0r0

    Her face in that first photo looks like she’s doing her best Patti LuPone imitation. Not a compliment for someone as beautiful as Krysten.

  • I really really adore this. I was hoping from the thumbnail pic that it was looking a little Kentucky Derby, so glad I was right. But then you bring the D&G feel to it and the aggressive shoes and it’s all so very her style. Well done, Sugar.

  • SewingSiren

    I knew I would love this. And I do.

  • E. D.

    Not down with the shoes. I don’t even mind the weave, but it should have been strappy sandals with no stripper platforms.

  • TheAmericaness

    I actually liked the shoes. They could have been “liter” I suppose, but the pictures not up close were rather fetching. I think if the shoes lost the weaving they would be perfect.

    I wonder how many looks we would change our minds about if we saw them in person, especially the ones we are on the fence about, or have a 75% WERQ going. The camera is brutal and lighting plays such a role. There’s been many a time that I’ve seen a picture of a friend in an an outfit and thought “Dear God, what were they ever thinking!” and then saw them in person and thought: “Well, I’m a bitch.. what was my problem?” Of course “in person” is never going to save a hiddy, no matter how many pairs of rose colored glasses you put on, I just thought it was interesting how I looked at this and thought “How pretty” and then looked closely at the shoes and went “Oh!” and then thought…. “Wait…”

  • As a sane person, I should really hate those shoes. I mean, I hate them with the outfit, but I actually, and somewhat disturbingly LOVE those shoes. The hat is cute, the dress is cute, but she really needs a belt, and desperately needs a different pair of shoes. Ah well.

  • Maybe not for the dress, but I love those shoes.

  • Kenisha Hill Phillips

    That hat is giving me life! Charge it to my old school church upbringing.

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    Those shoes are definitely NOT black. They are navy, and I love them. I think she looks amazing.

  • Scrap the lace, replace it with a ribbon edge the colour of the ribbon on her hat, and a slim belt YES.

  • too much white lace.

  • To her credit the shoes are the right color, taking the deepest blue of the dress one step further.

  • formerlyAnon

    The shoes. I could forgive the print on the dress, which is probably a personal problem anyway. But not the shoes.

  • Anniebet

    My thoughts were exactly this…. Oh, I like it… hm, no I don’t… oh god, the shoes! Why does her head look like an ostrich in a hat in that last pic?

  • I hate THESE shoes, but I like that she went with an edgier shoe as an accessory. But she could have still done edgy in a different color.

  • Qitkat

    I LOVE how Krysten looks here, except that is definitely the wrong purse. The dress fabric is serving up some cool vintage floral Southern realness.

  • Moss or dark green sandals would have made this look.

  • she looks old school gorgeous. of course, the shoes weigh about two tons too much, and she should throw that purse away. now.