Taylor Swift in Zuhair Murad

Posted on May 20, 2013

For those old enough to remember attending weddings in the late ’80s/early ’90s, wasn’t there always some cousin or aunt wearing this dress?


Taylor Swift attends the 2013 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada in a Zuhair Murad sequined short dress paired with Jimmy Choo ‘Suki’ platform sandals and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

Zuhair Murad Pre-Fall 2013 Collection

We’re getting serious flashbacks. Put her in some big, crunchy hair and a pair of white pumps and we’d expect her to start doing the Electric Slide.

We don’t actually mind it all that much. It works really well for her and it’s a hell of a sight better than that Alice-in-Wonderland drag she seems to be slowly abandoning. Love the ring; hate the bangs; think the shoes are only so-so. And we’re not sure the winged eye is the best choice for her.

Enh. We don’t love it or hate it. We think the dress is a decent starting point, but we think most of the styling doesn’t play it up enough, if that makes any sense. We’re thinking it called for some sort of surprising, attention-seeking, un-Tay-like hair to really set it off.



[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos, Getty, zuhairmurad.com]

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  • I want her to go BLONDE. Like, California/Grace Kelley/Julianne Hough BLONDE. I hate her hair color.

  • whirligig7

    I’m amused that we can see some leftover nailpolish in the corners of her fingernails… did she take it off in the limo? Love the ring.

  • aeb1986

    I was thinking more ice dancer but either way…it just doesn’t seem very youthful. But I’m glad its not a white gown

  • Sarah Thomas

    Yes. It was always the aunt who drank too much and started shit.

  • It’s a very Eastern European look…

  • So, she’s competing for the women’s single skating title? What a multi-talented little minx.

  • gabbilevy

    I thought she was ditching the bangs. Love the ring.

    • Seriously. That ring is gorgeous.

  • VioletFem

    The color looks pretty on her.

  • PastryGoddess

    I hate those shoes on her

    But the dress looks good. I’ll take anything over that twee princess look she likes

  • Sobaika

    Her gams are amaze.

    • The are impressive.

    • Snailstsichr

      How bitter a kitten am I if I look at her and think, “Dang, that dress would come down to my knees?” If I had her legs, I would live in mini skirts.
      Sitting in my corner pretending to not be jealous. 🙂

  • Janet B

    I like the direction her style has been heading.

  • Can we do the Electric Slide anyway…..?

    • Heather

      I do love me a good Electric Slide.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    You’re totally right, TLo! She kind of looks like one of the tacky cousins from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” without the big hair, the white strappy sandals and the giant boobs. This no es bueno.

    • RebeccaKW

      It’s very reminiscent of Christina Applegates 2nd-hand-store wedding dress from “The Sweetest Thing.”

  • iheartbuffy

    I think she looks pretty hot…

  • You forgot the de rigueur huge shoulder pads.

  • MoHub

    Dear Shoe Designers: Please stop it with the ultra-high heels that make the wearer’s feet slide forward and leave giant gaps at the heel. I truly believe you all get kickbacks from podiatrists.

    • conniemd

      Oh thank you. I was wondering why so many celebs had shoes with gaps at the heels and toes sticking way out. I never thought of the height of the heel, since I could never wear heels higher than 3 inches, having destroyed my ankles skiing as a kid.

  • MoHub

    Definitely a slightly longer version of a figure-skating costume. Just needs a pair of matching panties and the actual skates.

  • While I think she was going for sleek and sophisticated, I’m only getting boring and half-assed.

    • She’s never going to win any awards for wearing something truly innovative and creative, but she does wear clothes well. But I can see how – since the clothes aren’t all that revolutionary – it can come off as half-assed.

      Funny, today we get Jennifer Morrison who needs to tone it down a bit, and Tay-tay who could stand to turn it up a notch.

  • Remember when she used to be really squinty eyed? I don’t mind it, she wears clothes well, which is helping her out here, but I don’t like the shoes much.

  • madge

    i like this dress on her … but whenever i see someone wearing a dress this short in public, i always marvel at how trusting they are of the world. i mean, if she sat in the wrong chair she could get herpes / crabs / pregnant, amirite?

    • This is definitely a ‘standing up, and don’t try to negotiate the stairs’ kind of dress.

    • sweetestsith

      To be fair, crabs are no longer a common problem due to lack of ah, comfortable habitation among most ladies and many gents in the modern world.

      That aside, its amazing how quickly one stops worrying about what ones thighs are touching while sitting. I only make faces when ladies wear minis without appropriate under garments. Nobody needs to leave a snail trail!

  • hughman

    “No, I’M the Mary and YOU’RE the Rhoda!”

  • Oh please. She’s a supermodel. She could wear a tent made of camel shit and look like a billion dollars.

  • Snailstsichr

    Anyone who can stick out her tongue upon seeing Selena kiss the Biebs gets a pass today. A lot of my irrational hate just melted.
    Also, compared to so many of the attendees, she looks downright respectable.

  • Sue_Asponte

    That last picture… why does she have to turn around and show her butt? Embarassing.

    • That’s what stars do on the step-and-repeat. It isn’t a Taylor Swift thing; it’s an “every ladystar on the stage” thing. Didn’t you notice every entry for this even in the blog thus far features the star making the same pose?

      I’m no Taylor Swift apologist, but let’s not disparage for doing what, literally, *every* female star at this event was asked to do for the cameras, and what *every* female star is typically asked to do on the step-and-repeat.

      • Yes, it’s become standard. Likely because the photographers want to see the back of the dress. Just about EVERY ladystar does it nowadays.

      • Sue_Asponte

        Ah, my bad. I didn’t mean to sound like I was criticizing Taylor Swift. I never like this particular pose, and it’s unfortunate it’s become standard. Here particularly, probably because of the cut of the dress, it looks like a butt shot, rather than a back-of-the-dress shot. Accomplished female stars shouldn’t be asked to turn around and show their fannies for the camera. Accomplished men never are.

  • thecitysleeps

    I like the shoes. And I still dislike her a lot but her sneering at Beiber made my morning.

  • I’m not against self-tanner, spray-on tans, leg makeup, etc. (after all, I have glow-in-the-dark legs myself and need all the help I can get) but Ms. Swift’s legs look like they wandered over from another body.

    Sure, that’s a quibble, but isn’t that what we do around here?

    • No! I had to go back several times to verify that, in fact, her legs were eleventy billion shades darker than her face. Not awesome!!

  • This reminds me of my 1996 prom dress only with sleeves and short. And no, I won’t be posting photos of that 😉

    Incidentally, it also reminds me of a dress I wear for Halloween from time to time that I got at goodwill for my “80’s prom queen” costume.

    ‘Nuff said.

    • Toni Busch

      Take the sleeves off, add spaghetti straps, and keep the length, sparkle and exact color, and it is totally my 1997 prom dress.

      • I feel that fashion has entered an era where when I see the young ones I think”oh honey, no. Been there, have the pictures to prove it.” It’s why we love Cate’s and the Tilda’s and the Kerry’s and the Zoe’s.

        • And Helen of Fuckingfantastica!!!

  • MilaXX

    Yes, this is pretty standard in a attending a music awards show kind of way.

    • This is downright demure for a music awards show. 😛

  • It’s a not-quite-servin’ of 90’s Claudia Schiffer to me.

  • understateddiva

    Paulina Porizkova is aging well…

  • GorgeousThings

    Holy crap. I OWNED that dress in the 80s! Difference was that it had big old shoulder pads, and it was floor length. Zuhair must have found it at Goodwill and copied it!

    • StellaZafella

      I had that dress, too…in silver. I never wore it…it just hung there in the closet for 10 years like a deflated disco ball.

  • It’s different, though, because she’s not a size 20, trying to squeeze into a 12.

  • Louise Bryan

    Hmm. Is that leftover nail polish or where she bit off a hangnail?

  • appliquer

    Skater costume – and would love to see her without the bangs for a change.

  • flamingoNW

    No aunt I’ve ever seen looked this good in it. I think she looks cute

  • Squarah

    YES! Her color is so dull right now.

    • My 70’s Barbie had hair almost this exact color. And style!

  • Nice! Good change from her usual style, which I don’t mind tbh.

  • Introspective

    this outfit was so totally worn by the hussy that the groom’s family fought like hell to keep away from him in the weeks before the wedding. and yet she still showed up on the big day anyway.

    and a fight most definitely broke out at the reception between her and the bride’s low class cousin.

    oh tay, you take me back. thanks boo!

  • Heather

    Yes. With a large matching hair accessory.

    I maintain that the 90s, not the 80s, were the ugliest decade for fashion. I don’t think I owned a single flattering piece of clothing throughout that period, and it wasn’t for lack of trying.

  • jilly_d

    I have an aunt who STILL wears that dress to weddings. And has the big crunchy hair to go with it. She’s fun to dance with, though so I give her a pass. For Tay-Tay, not so much.

  • I have to say the whole look is incredibly banal. Her eyes are pretty. I’ve kind of always dug her bangs, although yes, it would be nice to see a change. But it’s all so boring. It’s funny, because I just saw that episode of 90210 when Kelly’s alcoholic, coke-snorting mom hosts the mother-daughter fashion show. This would have fit in perfectly.

  • MsC

    I like the bright blue of the dress and the pink lipstick. A nice break from neutrals/metallics and red lipstick. I think her hair color is a bit too ash blonde.

  • nannypoo

    Another celebrity in the tackiest possible outfit at this event. Didn’t anyone look good?

    • I might have to disagree about the tackiest outfit part. Music awards shows are notoriously rife with ladystars in horrendously ugly, tacky clothes. This might not be a favorite, but she looks downright demure and respectable here, considering what the red carpets at these events usually show.

  • Looks better in the up-close where you can see that it’s beading. Looked liked the crayon pictures we did in Kindergarten where you crumpled it up and painted over it in the wide shot. Short dresses with long sleeves always make my eyes twitch but it looks tons better on her than the model.

    Hate the winged eyes but that’s just because she looks waaaay too much like 50s Barbie already with those bangs.

    Hate the hair color, but that’s just because it’s mine and I can’t afford a colorist… Go true brown or blonde, looks like dishwater!

  • I mean, s’alright.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love that winged eye.

  • In_Stitches

    A big blond fro would have really set this off with some Diana realness.

    …I think I’ve watched too much RPDR.

    • demidaemon

      There is never too much or enough RPDR.

  • It seems like this is fairly close to her natural hair color, and I appreciate that she hasn’t gone overboard with the harsh, too-pale color.

  • ItsDicey

    This dress is just screaming for some crazy, big-ass hair.

  • Luna

    I’m a lover of all things artifice, but I love that she keeps her own natural (or something very similar) hair colour. Bleached out blonde would totally wash her out – natural is always the most flattering (says I, with my bleached silver hair, hah). Now, if she would only let go of her black kohl obsession…

    • It doesn’t look very real, though. Assuming she’s dyeing it, she could try some highlights or a shade with a tiny bit more red. I agree that a paler blond shade might wash her out; it would definitely make her look like a million other stars.

  • Pennymac

    She gets a pass on the whole she-bang cause of her “Yuck face” at the Beiber.
    For what its worth, though, I like the winged eye. The “gotta pee” pose would normally be a deal breaker, but as I said, PASS.

  • The color is great on her, but I agree, something’s off. The hair is way too casual.

    The Electric Slide…. oh man. Bad memories of being drunk and trying to do this while wearing skin-tight jeans and too-high heels.

  • This dress would have been an awesome dress for a Star Trek: Into Darkness premiere. I like to imagine it with an awesome sci-fi hairstyle on Zoe Saldana or Alice Eve.

  • I love her current color. The ashy blonde looks real on here – California blonde would just be trashy and expected. I think the ash blonde actually makes her more fashiony, rather than expected country singer.

  • MzzPants

    Put some big-ass shoulder pads in that drag and she’d be at a New Years Eve party, circa 1987.

  • Carol

    I don’t love the dress, but at least it’s not another Taylor “of course” moment.

  • Fran “The Nanny” Drescher would have rocked this back in the day.

  • lobsterlen

    This might be a very obscure comparison that no one will get.

    Does any remember the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin off Angel? Well at the end of the series turns one of the characters turns into the ancient blue lizard-like demon Illyria … well that is what I thought of when I saw Taylor in that dress.

  • alyce1213

    She’s gorgeous and she has the best legs. I think she’s left twee behind.

  • Add a floor-length coat and she’s on her way to a rich kids’ club in Moscow where her boyfriend will buy her a $20,000 bottle of vodka for kicks and upload a photo of the receipt to his Instagram.

  • Durelle Ali

    I need a little clarity here: the big, three-fingered rings by in gold and diamonds by Jacob the Jeweler worn by hip hop and rap performers is totally ghetto, but a slenderer three-fingered job in diamonds and sapphires by Lorraine Schwartz, becomes a “gorgeous ring”? Nope, still not clear ….

    • Well, maybe it would help if you didn’t compare something we said to something the people in your head said.

  • TheAmericaness

    Shoes – No. Dress… Ok Except I felt it needed to be pulled down in back a little (it’s cinching up your butt, dear!) – A little tighter and it’s a Heidi.

  • The pigeon-toed quasi coy thing is ridiculous when your wearing a dress that would show your cooch if you shrugged really hard.

  • My mom wore a remarkably similar dress to my uncle’s wedding in 94. I remember it well. Much better than any of the adults, anyway; apparently it was a hell of a party.

  • What’s an Italian wedding without everyone in a fancy beaded dress?

  • CommentsByKatie

    Love the beading on the dress, but the beading, the color, and the ponytail together = 80’s. If this dress were pastel or dark, and she had modern hair, I think it would be fantastic. But that nasty royal blue is so ugh. Looks like she purchased it from a teenage girl on Etsy who was selling her mom’s ‘vintage’ clothing.

  • guest2visits

    She’s very pretty in it; but I thought she was way past this kind of gaudy, bright, short, and shiny that Heidi loves.
    She’s scored higher in more arty, or more classic looks. This IS 80s prom, or Vegas party dress,

  • MissMariRose

    I didn’t watch the program. Did she execute the triple axel well?

  • pattycap11

    forget the ’80s/’90s. went to a wedding in northeast philly last year and saw versions of this dress on a few of the tougher teenage girls in attendance. reminded me of girls i was scared of in school. glad i live in the suburbs! 🙂

  • quiltrx

    I like the stained-glass-ish effect of the dress…and I can appreciate the craftsmanship of it up close. Better styling and this could have been a wow.

  • Honestly, my bar for her is set so low the only opinion I could muster is “at least it’s not white.”

  • drdarke

    I was thinking “Counselor Troi on a date on STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION” myself, @aeb1986:disqus – but “ice dancer” works, too.

    Mind, I love a woman showing off her legs – but this outfit, while not horrible, is nothing special in any way, shape or form.

  • am i the only person who loves the bangs?

  • She looks hot, and I’m actually kind of digging the winged eye on her. It’s a very sexed-up version of her usual. I think it works.

  • Tamara Hogan

    I really like the hair and makeup, but I’m not a fan of the dress. I lived through the 80’s the first time, and…please. Not again.

  • Tuneful54

    As a gown, yes. Great color.
    As a swimdress, with long sleeves tacked on (for SPF?), non.

  • I think she looks great. All of it.

  • Haters gonna hate, I’m glad that she’s abandoning her virgin princess shtick and going full speed down the diva lane.

  • formerlyAnon

    “We’re thinking it called for some sort of surprising, attention-seeking, un-Tay-like hair to really set it off.”

    Are you sure that’s not a subconscious desire to see some of that big, swoopy, crunchy ’80s hair?