WERQ: Paz Vega in Roberto Cavalli at Cannes

Posted on May 16, 2013

Well, DAMN.


Paz Vega attends the Opening Ceremony and ‘The Great Gatsby’ Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival in a Roberto Cavalli crystal-embroidered gown paired with a Ferragamo clutch and pumps.

It’s Cannes, darlings. There’s a long history of just this sort of attention-seeking fashion on its red carpets. Would we want to see this at the Oscars, or even a film premiere? Not likely. But that is one hell of a head-turning look and it’s entirely venue-appropriate. She gets our snaps of respect not just for the divatude of it all, but for somehow not getting a heel snagged in that skirt. You WERQ that “Kiss of the Spider Woman” realness, gurl!



[Photo Credit: Getty, PacificCoastNews]

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  • Sobaika

    Shutting. It. Down.

  • marlie

    Who would have thought that I’d love sheer over granny panties? But this? She looks really gorgeous. That beading detail is AH-MAZING.

  • lexilexi


  • carnush

    Damn. Fantastic.

  • That over the shoulder look? I died.

  • MilaXX

    I cannot cosign a look that is missing the bottom half.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Sexy sexy! And she knows it. I wish the bottom half was not SO sheer – it’s taking some attention away from the top half and her face is werqing like crazy!!

  • PastryGoddess

    I hate her simply because her hair is divine

  • BrooklynBomber

    Well, if that’s the kind of dress she wanted, she certainly got it!

  • Jasmaree

    I’m just not feeling it. It looks pretty damn tacky to me (but not enough to be entertaining) and the shoes are all wrong for it. So after reading this, my only real thought was “that’s not what spider-woman’s power is.”

  • Sally Brownson

    “Kiss of the Spider Woman realness” is the quote of the week. I LOVE that movie.

  • I can’t believe you just gave a “WERQ” to dyed-to-match stripper shoes.

  • Rand Ortega

    Redunkulously gorgeous. Same impact that JLo had w/ the Versace at the Grammys back when. THIS is what Zoe should’ve worn to the Trek premiere if she wanted space-future funkiness instead of that drab tablenavelcloth she slapped on.

  • AndresB

    A spider web curtain of glass beads over a bathing suit from 1954, worn with pasty make up on an expressionless face and the stripper platform ugliness from two years ago?
    There’s no WERQ without taste in my book, so this can’t be a WERQ for me.

    • Oddly enough the effect of a sheer beaded dress over an Esther Williams type bathing suit is precisely why this appeals to me for some reason. She’s not wearing “granny panties”; she’s wearing a bathing suit. And for some reason, it doesn’t read as tacky to me (this time).

  • Also? So appropriate for the film that’s premiering.

  • gabbilevy

    As always, knowing the right Time and Place to break out a garment can take it from tacky to SPECTACULAR.

    • Julie

      I cannot NOT laugh when I see the word spectacular in any reference to a look. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BL2PicT9Kng

    • RebeccaKW

      A tube top and hot pants covered in sparkly netting should be a horrifying sight. This thing is amazing.

    • sojourneryouth

      Yep. And, somehow, even though it is sheer, spangly, and showing mucho skin, it isn’t in any way trashy, which is kind of amazing. She looks gorgeous and elegant, full stop. I should qualify my former statement by saying it’s not trashy ON HER. Put it on Beyonce, and, well, Vegas Baby!

      • drdarke

        Wow – now that is how to make sheer, glittery and half naked look both elegant and sexy, rather than like a wardrobe malfunction!

        I hope Gywneth Paltrow is taking notes….

  • That is one amazing garment. if it manages to make it through the evening unscathed, it will be a profound miracle.

    • Donna Tabor

      No kidding. I can hear the sounds of beads scattering as I look at these pics.

      • The beads were probably applied using the lunette technique, which means a broken thread costs you a whole line of beads or sequins.

        • Rand Ortega

          You. Are. My. God.

        • Qitkat

          Hey, Kiltdntiltd, if you google “lunette technique”, which I just did, you will not find anything to do with sewing on the first page, but the expression on your face will probably look like this:

          • I love you for this!

          • MikeW_Vegas

            Okay, i just had to do it.. and now I’m off my feed for lunch

          • TheAmericaness

            GAH! You guys! Now I HAAAAVVVEE to go look.

          • another_laura

            Looked. *glurp*

          • That’s just wrong.

          • MilaXX

            I was nervous googling this, but then laughed. I used to use a feminine cup & never knew there was a term for them

  • Qitkat

    I took a deep breath before opening this post. I have never seen her look so — uncrazy? But if she trips in that dress, everyone nearby will be slipping like banana peels.

    • I think you may be confusing the Pazes.. lol I know I did at first!

      • Qitkat

        I DID! and just now realized it.

  • AmeliaEve

    I normally loathe things with half-sheer skirts, but there are two big things that make this work for me. First, the proportions are correct. There’s no awkward knee-length underskirt; the bodysuit underneath lets us see the full line of her legs. Second, the dress and undergarment are one piece and not awkwardly popped on layers. The way the necklines match up at the front vee is smooth and elegant. Lastly, this is beadwork, not tulle, so it hangs beautifully. I would love to see it in motion — I bet it looks really sinuous and slinky.

    • Janet B


  • padma sallah

    I dont know how she sat down but hotdamn, that is one hell of a dress. And she’s definitely WERQing the shit out of it.

  • I hate that the undergarment is shorts, as I am concerned for having to go to the restroom with shorts to pull down and crystals to hold up. Otherwise, full on stunning.

    • Donna Tabor

      You’re clearly too practical to go red carpeting, Jessica! LOL

    • StellaZafella

      These people don’t go to the bathroom…they have people to do that for them.

    • RebeccaKW

      Maybe she wears those adult diapers. According to the commercial with the dancer from the celebrity dance show, she can wear one while she performs in her little tiny dancing dress.

  • Janet B

    The bead work is amazing.

  • I saw “Paz” and thought, “OH, MY GOD!!!!… SHE DOESN’T LOOK LIKE A DRUG-ADDLED STREETWALKER!!!!!!!!!!!!…” Then I realized it was Paz VEGA, not Paz DE LA HUERTA and felt guilty.

    This is spectacular! Love the beading and the sheer and the hair and makeup and the bag and those shoes! Absolutely perfect for Cannes.

    • I had to google, don’t feel bad.

    • Whereas I saw the picture, thought “OMG it’s Penelope Cruz” and then I felt guilty for lumping all Hispanic women in one basket.

  • jetpackdino

    All I see are the granny panties. 🙁

  • I’ve never seen her face without dark unflattering make up on this is lovely

    • MilaXX

      This is Paz Vega, not Paz de la Huerta

      • Rand Ortega

        Whatever happened to ‘ol Batshit Crazypants, anyway? Is she still on “Boardwalk Empire”?

        • MilaXX

          No she got fired season before last.

  • I’m struggling with the concept of “gown”.
    This looks like underwear with a net on top.

  • jamie2348

    Oof I don’t know. The beading is obviously stunning but the proportions are a little off to me.

  • Diego!

    STUNNING and I luv huh!!!! Peace for Paz! 😀

  • TSkot

    See-thru skirt over granny panties. Tacky as shit.

  • IAmJ

    I just wanted to applaud the manicure job for not being gimmicky and not trying too hard. Simple, clean and pretty.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Nope, sorry, nuh-uh. I can’t co-sign on this one. Frankly, like our fashion nemesis Nude Shoes, I simply cannot WAIT till the “sheer skirt” trend is over.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    I just posted the exact same thing, nearly word for word. Great minds and all that!

  • Chaiaiai

    ROARGEOUS. not sure about the shoes, though.

    um, ahem. Did anyone else read the Fug Girls link about how Cannes is a venue for actress/model types to prostitute themselves out for serious bank? Now when I look at these red carpet ensembles, it gives me pause about how much of that is….advertising? Anyhow. Carry on, Paz.

  • flamingoNW

    Pretty awesome except for the side hair.

  • alyce1213

    It breaks my heart that such exquisite beadwork was wasted over a white romper.

    How can such beauty wind up so tacky?

  • Granny panties under a sheer skirt paired with satiny nude peep-toe pumps…and yet it all just works.

  • Anniebet

    Pretty astounding, incredibly lovely overdress. Too bad about the maxipad effect on the crotch.

  • porcupie

    Spider-Woman’s power is apparently to get caught in sparkly fishnets whilst wearing a vintage swimsuit.

  • MissAmynae

    Absolutely Stunning. Perfect for Gatsby at Cannes, perfect for her. So nice to see actual construction with the corset and shorts, rather than a bra and spandex-y granny panties.

    The workmanship and quality of materials is what makes this a WERQ for me. If we had the illusion netting, stuck on beads effect going, (marchesa, I’m looking at you) then it would be a tacky-fest.

  • That could not be comfortable to sit in especially with all the little beads.

  • Lilithcat

    You mean UN-werq, no? Because she’s UNdressed.

    There is no time, no place, no way that granny panties under a sheer sparkly dress are ever appropriate.

  • It’s an old-timey bathing suit with sparkly webbing. No no no.

  • I hate her makeup.

  • decormaven

    Not loving the shoe, but that may be the best choice, given the transparency/beading in the skirt.

  • Eva_baby

    Oh, I respectfully disagree that this is a WERQ.

    The fact that the dress cost 2000 times what it would have cost at the local ‘Fantasy Nites Dream Boutique’ and is on the Cannes Red Carpet makes no difference. It still looks like stripper wear.

  • 909girl601world

    That? Is horrid.

  • Complete Riviera sex bomb.

  • random_poster

    Beading is cool, but that is still one tacky granny-panties-under-sheer-skirt dress.

  • susan6

    I can SEE the workmanship in that dress and it’s beautiful, love the top part and the very bottom part, but…..granny panties. If only there were a way to un-granny panty this dress. Maybe instead of a panty, make it a slip lining down to the diamond motif?

  • VicD

    Note to our dear gay uncles – Uncles, you need to go lie down. You’re obviously not feeling well.

  • frannyprof

    CanNOT believe this got a TLo Werq. It’s not bad… it’s just not Werq-worthy. Sheer skirt, granny panties, colorless (or old-bra colored)…

  • Very nice eye. What’s a Paz Vega?

  • E. D.

    Love it except for the shoes. That needs strappy sandals.

  • thecitysleeps


  • rh33

    That’s an amazing swim suit and cover-up. Film premiere and then to the yacht!

  • Dagney

    Perfection. And thank you thank you thank you to whoever is responsible to making sure her boobs look good and sexy in a grown-up, confident woman, manner. She is not falling out and oozing like some desperate, insecure girl.

  • Lori

    I don’t find this head-turning, unless we’re counting turning to look at someone else, which I assume we are not. I’m just so totally bored by the sheer over some version of granny’s clothing that I can’t get excited about it in any way any more. This is part of a Vegas showgirl outfit over grandma’s swimsuit. When this trend was young (that was years and years ago, right?) this would have been noteworthy. Now it just feels tired and a little desperate to me.

  • l_c_ann

    Wait till the photos of her leaving after sitting for two hours.

  • Ediths_Head

    If you described this look to me, I would cry and say “NO! Just no!” imploringly with my eyes squeezed shut and my hands outstretched in supplication. But…

    Seeing it, I love it. GORGEOUS, just gorgeous. Studio system snaps to Paz. Whoever she is.

  • Tee

    From a distance, no. But up close….DAY-UM!!! That gets an around the world and back snap!!!


  • That first pic? Sorry, between the makeup and the slim hips and the outfit, I got drag queen.

  • macwell

    Class is in session! This is how you werq a Cannes red carpet people!

  • Well done exhibitionism! Perfection!

  • jmorino08

    Lord Jesus boys! That is some stripper chic if I ever saw it! Wrong wrong wrong wrong!

  • Mlzx

    It’s striking from the side, but that shape of that romper underneath is just …… silly. I really hate it. This is almost an out for me, if not for the drama and confidence.

  • quiltrx

    LOL I had my Paz’s mixed up, and I thought the other one had had an EXORCISM or something. Ah well, she’s probably giving handjobs somewhere while this one walks the RC in Cannes.

  • she looks like a mash-up of Emmy Rossum and Allison Wiliams, facially.

  • Jonquil

    The ombre hair is killing me. It’s acceptable if you’re running around Bonnaroo in cutoffs, but I don’t think it belongs on the red carpet.

  • J’adore, J’adore, J’adore…

  • lovelyivy

    Co-sign! She’s the spiritual heir of Cher in her Bob Mackie phase- this should be tacky and it is, but it’s also fucking fabulous.

  • Even after mulling it over for 24 hours, I am not feeling this as a fashion WERQ. Posing & attitude? Yes. Otherwise? I can’t agree.

  • PeaceBang

    I would honestly love this on a drag queen. As it is, it feels to me like a “Sexy Miss Havisham” costume for a fundraising ball: something really doesn’t work (let alone WERQ). I hate the shoes, make-up and possum-on-the-shoulder hair.

  • lalahartma

    The crotch area, though. 🙁

  • lizajane1776

    I think the reason this works is that it is beaded net, not sheer fabric. The net being in an art nouveau pattern makes it venue appropriate. Go, gurl!

  • Beverly Kozma

    I hate the shorts, but the crystals are awesome.