Kristen Wiig in Prabal Gurung

Posted on June 20, 2013

We want to be encouraging here but not too encouraging, y’know?


Kristen Wiig attends the premiere of ‘Imogene’ during the 2013 Champs Elysées Film Festival in Paris in a Prabal Gurung black and white 4-ply silk crepe dress with curved panels and neckline cutouts from the Fall 2013 Collection accessorized with a Giuseppe Zanotti clutch.

Giuseppe Zanotti Fall 2013 Box Clutch

Let’s be clear: this is an insanely tough dress to pull off and not surprisingly, she’s not pulling it off. But Kristen has a long history of wearing very drab, mostly brown ensembles on the red carpet. And we’ve long suspected she’s one of those ladies who makes a living being funny, but thinks she can’t be pretty at the same time. This isn’t working for us at all, but we really appreciate the “EVERYBODY LOOK AT ME” qualities of the look. This is no wallflower dress. Any lady that wears this to an event is expecting stares. For that alone, we say “Attagirl.” No, we don’t much like the skirt, or even the shape of this thing, but it’s so goddamn refreshing to see her in something that doesn’t make her look depressed.

So listen, let’s just all agree to quietly judge her. She needs to feel that this is the way for her to go. We can direct her efforts in a more appropriate direction later. For now…shhhhh.

Yes, the shoes are horrible. Shh.


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  • I was down with this dress until I got to the hemline, which is regrettable.

    • MoHub

      If that were an even knee-length hem, but still with the nice black trim, the dress would be close to perfect.

    • twocee

      I agree. Definitely a scroll-down WTH.

  • And everything north of her neck looks like she just woke up. Shhhh…

  • Erica_Vuitton

    I’ve never noticed before but she looks a lot like Cathy Cambridge… Solid ATTA – crop off the feet – GIRL!

  • Meg0GayGuys6

    Not Stella?? Color me surprised!

    • Danielle L

      I could have SWORN this was a Stella.

  • bessann28

    I don’t think it’s such a bad look. I agree, the shoes don’t go with it at all. But the dress is okay. It would be better if it had a bit of a waistline.

    • Aurumgirl

      And if it didn’t have that malevolent gathering draping wrapping bunch right at the top of the left buttock/hip.

  • MartyBellerMask

    I don’t hate the shoes here. Strange.

  • yethica

    Why the eff would you wear this dress and not put on a pair of primary color, metallic, or black shoes? There are so many other options that would have worked… but BROWN? REALLY?

    • lrober03

      She probably wanted to wear a nude shoe, but then realized she’d gotten a tan.

      • yethica

        A nude shoe wouldn’t have worked either. Haven’t these celebrities learned ANYTHING from T & Lo?

      • marlie

        Her stylist should have known better that this was not the time to deploy the nude shoe. She has SOOO many other shoe options here.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Agreed with metallic, I was thinking go for the gold!

      • Rhonda Shore

        I’d have gone with red shoes…red’s the new neutral or should be, and it’s fantastic with black and white.

  • Im not a Prabal Garung apologist, but I kinda like this dress. What ruins the look for me is her far too casual hairstyle. This dress demands a more polished look.

    • MilaXX

      I think she could pull off the dress, but literally everything else is done wrong; hair, makeup, shoes, bag. Everything.

      • Really. The shape of the dress is really intriguing on her, and styled correctly, this could have been surprisingly good for her.

      • ankali

        I disagree about the bag, but you are dead on the money re: everything else.

    • norseofcourse

      Yep, this one requires impeccable hair, make-up, and posture … and I’m not seeing any of those here. (But I still adore her!)

    • Little_Olive

      I like it too. I absolutely agree re the hair: a sleek (but not flat) ponytail would made a huge difference. This is a dress that needs to be left alone, not bothered; just punctuated.

      I wish though that the difference between the long and short parts of the hem had been smaller. The long portion on her right side is hanging a little too low.

    • SugarSnap108

      I agree. I’m digging this dress, even though the hemline is odd; it’s an interesting kind of odd to me, and I think it works for her. Polished hair, and better makeup and shoes, and this would’ve WERQ’d in my eyes.

  • MilaXX

    The shoes look like her last hold out to the color brown. It’s like the red sparkly shoes you let your 5 year old wear if she’ll take off the orange tutu and cowboy hat she also wants to wear.

  • mhleta

    Here’s what I like about this look: The bold, graphic quality; the crispness of white for warm weather dressing; the way this stands out in front of the background; the architectural quality of the purse with this modern graphic look. Here’s what I don’t really mind that much: the shoes and the “meh” hair, and I could live with the hemline if the dress fit like a dream. Which brings me to what ruins it: the baggy fit, the half-assed draping and the fact that that peek at her lovely knee isn’t really worth all the other unsuccessful hoopdedoodle that’s going on with this dress.

  • Give it an interesting, strappy sandal and she might have nailed it.
    ETA and add a sleek pony tail. Still, well done Lady.

    • decormaven

      Yes to this. Even with the bobbles on the shoe and hair choices, this is one of her strongest looks.

  • Jessica Freeman

    If it fit better, and maybe if that weird cut out thing wasn’t at the bottom, she’d be doing so much better. Let’s pretend the shoes didn’t happen…..

  • alyce1213

    Perfectly nice dress ruined by a gimmicky hem.

  • Also, Uncles, the withdrawals I went through yesterday were not pretty. How cruel of you to force me to actually accomplish work on a weekday. 🙂

    • Coolekat

      It was horrible. I kept checking. Even first thing when I got up this am.

      • I may or may not have checked the site while sitting in traffic. I also may or may not have said “praise the lord” when I saw there was a new post up.

    • TDSE

      It was like the old days of ProjectRungay, when there was one post a day. Dark times, dark times.

    • TheAmericaness

      Agreed. I felt they were exhausted by the overwhelming responses/backlash? to this particular episode of MM and needed to take a break. However much I assumed this to be the case, my computer did almost overload from hitting the refresh button…

      • I was running through the five stages of grief.

        At first I was in denial, thinking surely after lunch they’ll put something up. Despite that if by 10am it’s not happening, it’s not gonna happen.
        Then it was anger. How dare they take a day off! I have to work, so should they!
        Followed by bargaining. I’ll just play around in old posts, read some missed comments and while doing that, maybe a new post will at least come up on facebook.
        Of course there was depression. If I can’t read TLo, I don’t want to read anything. Stupid internet.
        Lastly, acceptance. It was after 5. No more fabulousness for today. Give up the dream Kitten, give up the dream.

        Rough Wednesday. I may need to seek outside help.

  • jw_ny

    The SJP eyes and rosy clown cheeks bug me more than the hemline and shoes…although I really don’t like either of the latter either. The redeeming thing about the hemline tho is that it helps to make the dress not feel completely sack-like. I do like her hair.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Agreed, it’s not perfect by any means, but it’s a step up!

    Yay! So excited for Imogene/Girl Most Likely! Feel like I’ve been waiting forever for this movie!

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love the dress and the clutch and I’m guessing they look even better in person. I think this is a very cool summer look.
    The shoes are boring.

  • Not applicable

    I love that she would take a risk- so hopefully this is a step in the right direction. Confidence Kris!! You are hilarious, smart and have a slammin’ bod- just go for it gurl!

  • In_Stitches

    I think this is the perfect look for the premiere of your low-key art-ernative film at a festival in Paris. It’s not a big red carpet; it’s not a blockbuster or something with too much buzz yet; something too showy wouldn’t quite fit. The dress is flattering in a sci-fi caftan in france way, the purse echos it’s graphic qualities and the hair takes the pomp out of the whole affair. I love it.

    I do, however, think we can all agree that the shoes suck.

  • Adriana

    You know what, aside from the awful shoes I think she’s wearing this pretty well. She needs a new makeup gay, though.

    • jackiecoh

      I was thinking the exact same thing! I think she looks good except for the makeup …eyeliner too harsh and she could use a bit more color on her lips …

  • I hate that every time I see something interesting or challenging in the way of frocks I think “Nuh-uh, SWINTON”, but this really is a Swinton dress. Or possibly a Sevigny alt.

  • TAGinMO

    I dunno…I think she IS pulling it off, albeit just barely. The leg-window makes me a little twitchy; even if it were an inch or two lower I think it would be a vast improvement. And the shoes are almost the exact midpoint between her hair color and skin color, which…yuck.

    Still, it’s a striking look, and she looks good overall. IN from me.

    • mlle

      I more or less agree… I think the dress is striking enough that it distracted me from the bad styling when I first looked.

      I’m not sure, but I’m thinking the leg window could be improved if it were triangular rather than a square, so it mirrored the shape of that black detailing at the hip.

  • Tess Danesi

    I’m not sure why she’s not making it work but she’s not. The shoes we can all agree are hideous. think it’s posture, confidence, and attitude that are lacking. It’s a fantastic little dress, I even love the weird, uneven hem but it needs to be on Swinton or Blanchett to make it sing.

  • l_c_ann

    Her hair hides a really interesting and becoming neckline.

    • conniemd

      Yeah, the description said dress with neck cut-outs. If we could see the neckline it might not make the knee cut-out look so out of place.

  • Janet B

    I applaud her effort in choosing an eye catching, interesting dress.

    The styling is too casual, and I’m sure somewhere she has her own pair of black pumps that would fit.

  • Sweetvegan

    I really like this dress! If she had worn different shoes and put her hair up, it would’ve looked so much better.

  • Kate Andrews

    I like the clutch a whole lot.

  • imakeart

    I love her, but someone needs to tell her stand up straight.

  • poggi

    I unreservedly love this (and by ‘this’ I mean the clutch).

  • Shawn EH

    It’s totally a Paltrow dress, though. Imagine if she’d done her hair, had black shoes … clutch is pretty awesome, though!

  • girliecue

    Uhhhhh, well…..if she had any sense of style she’d be the perfect woman and that would make the rest of us despair. So props to ya, Kristen, for keeping it real and reminding us that celebrities are mere mortals too! (Is that encouraging enough or did the quiet judgment slip through?)

  • mhlmh

    Other than the hemline and the shoes, she’s done very well.

  • marlie

    This isn’t her dress, but it’s still leagues better than what she usually wears. And let’s not talk about the shoes, and the slept-in makeup/hair.

  • Candigirl1968

    If the dress was a little higher (maybe just above the knee), so there wasn’t such a contrast between hem levels, and she had better shoes, makeup and happier hair (less wilt, more body), this would be great.

  • ConnieBV

    Girl, your headsuit.

  • Richard

    I actually don’t mind this dress @_@ Those shoes are a real problem though, and the neck up is questionable.

  • OrigamiRose

    Gah! Those shoes!!

  • Diana Giese

    Aside from the shoes, I actually really likes this. Oops.

  • formerlyAnon

    Fix the shoes (silly resort sandals) and the hair (wispy updo? or just pull one side of what she’s got up so it looks like somebody *did* it), sub out a more casual clutch. and she’d be perfect for easy breezy cocktails on the lanai.

    Possibly not what she was going for.

  • demidaemon

    If that hemline/skirt were anything approaching normal, I could get behind this dress. However, as is, the dress just looks stupid and overthought. I appreciate the risk-taking though, Miss Wiig.

  • Michelle Wilson

    I’m going to sound like my mother for a minute….If she’d just clean all that black eyeliner off and pull her hair back off her face! She’s such a pretty girl!

  • Anniebet

    Quirky dress. I like quirky. I don’t like boring shoes, and those have to be the epitome of boring.

  • I don’t think it’s all that bad, and tbh, I don’t think she could necessarily pull off a more sophisticated shoe (yet). Baby snaps for baby steps.

  • bellafigura1

    I mean, it took Tina Fey a while to be ok being pretty. So I do agree, this gives me hope. But, having said that, this designer and this person do not mesh well together. Nope.

  • Toto Maya

    I really love her hair here, honestly. I wish I had hair like that.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    The dress is too big, her hair is lifeless and she needs bigger earrings and/or a bangle. I do like that dress, though.

  • LaSylphide

    I’ve decided I just don’t like Prabal Gurung clothes. Or maybe I’m just too unimaginative to understand them.

  • Aaminah Khan

    Her hair looks great, though.

  • rage_on_the_page

    I say: ship this off to Zoe Saldana, but keep that clutch for yourself.

  • Warrior89

    Long hair makes her face look long. Dress is icky. I love her though.

  • ailujailuj

    …just because you can do weird shit to fabric doesn’t mean you should. I hope she didnt pay for that. She’s another beauty who also has the rare gift of being brilliantly funny – just think of the possibilities if she had the right stylist.

  • Danielle L

    At least she brushed her hair.