Mireille Enos in Zac Posen

Posted on June 03, 2013

Mireille always looks striking on the red carpet because she favors tight dresses, big hair and a lot of makeup, in an exact reversal of how she looks in most well-known role on The Killing, which had its third season debut last night and which we happily skipped.

But here’s the thing:


Mireille Enos attends the World Premiere of ‘World War Z’ in London, England in a Zac Posen gown accessorized with a Ferragamo clutch and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Crystal Renn

She looks like a bride who rode the freeway sticking out of the top of a limo. She always seems to give the impression she got blasted in the face with compressed air on the way over. She just never looks quite right. The hair and makeup seem like too much, although we definitely think she’s the type built for aggressively styled hair and makeup. And she always seems to pick these dresses that look askew or like she pulled them out from under her bed at the last second before fleeing out the door. What we’re saying is, she’s striking, and she’s got all the necessary necessaries to pull off major head-turning looks, but she never seems to hit her mark, despite the obvious efforts.

What do the Bitter Kittens think she should do with her head? Hair and makeup-wise. We’re opening the floor to suggestions. You ladies know your stuff better than we ever could.



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  • Hot Bridal Mess.
    ETA: Regarding the hair. I love a big teased to Jesus do as much as the next southern girl, but this is just too much JBF and Aquanet. Given that dress is the anti-sleek, a tousled bun would have been an improvement.

  • Emily Dagger

    Shame about all those wrinkled napkins that got stuck to her dress in awkward spots.

    • rh33


  • Kris

    anti-frizz serum!

  • PastryGoddess

    Turn the makeup gun down to stun, not kill
    Go over her hair with a smoothing serum or a hairspray/comb to cut down on those flyaways
    She tends to look very red…can that be fixed with makeup?

    • Mismarker

      I like the visual of a makeup gun set to stun! Ruddiness can be corrected with a green tinted primer.

  • Sam Corbett

    She looks like she was attacked by zombies on the way over to the premiere.

  • 3boysful

    Not sure I can concentrate on the head when the dress is such a stripper-tastic mess: her boobs are winking at us, and there’s an ass-ruffle, for Pete’s sake! And it’s wrinkled–how did that happen if she was standing upright in the limo?!

    To your question, I’d lies to see her try brown mascara, neater/smoother hair. She has a naturally pouty look, and this get-up just emphasizes the stripper vibe.

    • MoHub

      Everything—front and back—reads “Lift flap for a surprise!” Not sure that’s the message Zac Posen intended.

      • shorty j

        “Lift flap for a surprise!” literally has me laughing so hard that I’m crying. Tears running down my face. Coworkers are staring. Thank you.

        • MoHub

          We all need something to get through our Mondays.

  • headhunter2

    I don’t read boob-flap semaphore. What does it mean when one flap is at half-mast?

    • 3boysful

      Laughing aloud.

    • “Mayday, I can’t breathe in this dress!”

    • MoHub

      The dress is winking ironically?

    • Little_Olive

      It means uncles T and Lo’s limo ride theory is not at all implausible.

      Meanwhile, I don’t want to know the comments on the movement of that ridiculous half peplum they decided to place over her arse (as if to comply with the “use all the material” challenge). I hope for her sake it doesn’t go up and down.

  • She looks like Anna Chlumsky. I don’t mind the makeup and I think the hair (which I don’t love) is the only thing keeping it from bridal.

  • Bridget Dierks

    I always think of her as the twin sister wives on Big Love, which makes the heavy hair and makeup in her regular life seem all that more striking. I do love her hair volume, but it could use some smoothing serum. At least it’s not cocker spaniel hair!

  • Lordy lordy!
    This whole thing is a right mess. First off that dress needs to fit perfectly to be pulled off well. Its too tight in the bodice and too long in the skirt. The butt spoiler is hilarious, and is a detail that could and should go FAR away. Her hair? It needed to be neatly controlled and far more formalized for this look.

    • 3boysful

      As usual, you are spot-on, Kiltd! Ass-spoiler, indeed!

    • Little_Olive

      “Butt spoiler”… dying here.

  • ceceliadid

    Le’ts get her in a striking dress with some structure – one of the long Oscar de la Renta dresses from a few posts back would work, say the bright blue and black one. For makeup, we can get Naomi Watts makeup artist. Naomi usually looks dramatic but not harsh. Hairwise, let’s lose the center part and try some soft waves (with conditioner). See, pretty!

    • Hetha Innis

      The center part is really not doing her any favors! A side part with soft, smooth waves would have been much prettier.

  • Rand Ortega

    Less is more for this natural beauty. 1 less helping of extensions would be job 1. Less liner which make her eyes look closer together than they are & more color to bring out that amazing blue green. Those photos of her from the rear are very sexy, but that does not a hot look make. Pull the hair back to give the dress more emphasis, add some gemstones if you’re going to wear white to ensure not washing out or look too bridal. She kinda looks like Molly Ringwald’s sister in “16 Candles” after the ceremony when she was super high on pain pills.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    The spidery lower lashes would be a place to start, way too Clockwork Orange a look for her

  • Sunraya

    So many of these gowns leave me confused. Top, top dollar for crappy looking fabrics, seams askew, as you said, bad fits. I think. If I was an actress on the red carpet, I would stick to Valentino, Herrara and a few others. This is just tacky looking. How can this make Posen proud?

    She needs to scrub that heavy make up and go lighter – especially the lip. And restrain the hair a bit, you know? Too much is sometimes too much.

  • Lizzyisi

    Kill the black lines all the way around her eyes and I said she was fine. Not a WERQ but perfectly respectable. Make the hair sleeker (along with getting rid of those black lines) and she’d look great. if the fabric were a bluer white, it’s be a stunning look (if she also got ride of those black lines and made the hair sleeker, even keeping it big and tumbly like that).

  • marlie

    I generally think Zac Posen’s clothes are over-wrought, but this dress could have potential if it weren’t so… sloppy (and not quite so tight). Same thing with her hair. It just looks SLOPPY.

    • demidaemon

      I would say his latest collection (or at least the choices actresses are making from his showroom) definitely are a bit overdesigned. Either he needs to edit or steer his clients towards his simpler designs and away from the ones that are clearly runway only.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    What’s the use of wearing statement earrings if you’re going to wear screwing-in-the-back-of-the-limo hair?
    A simple updo, ditch the plain diamonds and grab some sapphires, and for GOD’S SAKE, let somebody look you over and fluff you up before you leave the car.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    I actually winced when I saw the half-picture frame of fabric around her butt.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Hairwise, first of all, condition it within an inch of its life. You have the money to go to these events, you can afford to spend some time getting a deep conditioning treatment. It’ll stop the frizzies. Second decorate it. Fun, kicky loose long hair is great for casual days with friends. On the red carpet, it needs a little bit of taming. I loathe the trend for harsh buns and/or brutally short cuts — go with the long hair if it’s what you want; I always think it looks better — but the great thing about long hair is that it’s versatile, and can be tamed in a hundred different ways. Be bold. Look at historical styles from portraits. Try something science-fiction-y if you want to (I promise, the worst thing that will happen is a bad fashion review)… maybe you’ll start a new trend. Anything but the wind-blown nonsense.

    But really, even the plain loose hair would be fixed by good old fashioned conditioning.

  • zenobar

    Wait, did Crystal Renn go and lose a bunch of weight?! (NOT body-snarking, just curious – she’s made a big name for herself modeling as a “plus” – read: normal – sized woman.)

    • marlie

      I think she has vacillated back and forth over the years.

  • Zac Posen just can’t leave well enough alone, can he? Such fussy garments. Oh, well. I guess they’re somebody’s style. I feel like doing any kind of up-do with this dress would rocket it straight into bridal. Plus, I know she likes the dresses tight, but DAMN. Fit is important, too!

    Can I give this an OUT, even though we’re not *technically* judging?

  • MilaXX

    It’s sloppy. The flaps that are literally all over the dress are all going in different directions. I think the dress, and her would look better without them. The hair, again is too frizzy. I like it big on her, but not the frizz. The makeup looks better from a distance than up close. Up close I wish she either smoked her eyes or did without the liner. Jewelry, nails & bag are fine.

  • Annarosa

    “She looks like a bride who rode the freeway sticking out of the top of a limo. She always seems to give the impression she got blasted in the face with compressed air on the way over.”
    You guys said everything.

  • SewingSiren

    I, Not Good.
    a. Hair
    b. Titzophrenia.
    c. Butt peplum
    i. with under butt curve darts
    d. weird marionette posture.

    • scrappy1

      I think I like “titzophrenia” even better than “titscrepancy.” Brava!

      • SewingSiren

        I didn’t coin it. There was a vote right here on this site a long time ago to come up with a common term for the miss aligned bust, and that was one of the contenders.

  • mjude

    listen to your gay uncles girl!

  • jen_vasm

    The dress is too tight, which is amazing

  • Butt curtain.

  • jen_vasm

    It’s amazing that the dress is too tight, considering she it no bigger than a Barbie doll. Lose the spider lashes and while the hair style is good, she needs to develop a close relationship with Frizz-Ease serum.

    • marlie

      Agree that the dress is too tight, but something that I’ve noticed about Zac Posen’s designs is that – even on the model – there’s some pulling across the stomach and/or hips, which makes me think that SOME of the problems are with the construction.

      • jen_vasm

        Totally agree with you. He can get fussy with these design touches (like boob envelope flaps) and lose focus on making the woman look beautiful with proper fit.

  • Agatha Guilluame

    She looks like the type of person who always has lipstick on her teeth. And her makeup makes her look blowzy, as if she keeps a flask in her purse which would explain why she always looks askew…and the more I look at it the more I feel like she’s just barely holding it together. As if she was drunk and slurring and crying in the limo and her handlers had to re-touch her makeup in a moving vehicles hence the weirdly applied blush. This can’t be true but I’m just saying…closet drunk can’t be your look.

    • shorty j

      nailed it. It looks like she took a swig from her flask and then pulled this dress out of where it had been balled up in the trunk.

  • throwaneyeonthis

    Call my crazy, I love the look. Reminds me of Bridget Bardot. Sex kitten on a stick.

  • Trisha Arlin

    She is asymmetrical and will always look askew. She should, ahem, lean into it.

    • PastryGoddess

      I see what you did there

  • mickeymammoth

    I think she should play up her unconventional looks, instead of trying to look as conventional as possible.

  • Anathema_Device

    I think she looks like she rode over in the trunk of the limo. I don’t mind tousled, but she looks rumpled, especially that droopy boob flap.

    As for her hair, I don’t mind the overall look, but I would tame some of the fly-aways/frizzies. The make up is too intense. She should go for softer eyes and a less orange blush. And put the blush on her cheeks, not so far back on her cheekbones.

  • Janet B

    I don’t mind her hair, but a more polished look would work better. The lipstick is all wrong for her – it clashes with her blush, and those eyelashes are silly.

  • Jessica Freeman

    it needs to be much more polished. Its too big, and looks messy from the back. The under layers look like they are teased to oblivion. It does need to be soft and just a tad more sleek.

    The dress, should be burned. It’s part origami, part satin, full mess.

  • bertkeeter

    I like the “Rosalind Russell – Gilda ” look on her! She has the build and hair for it! The front bodice seems to have one of the flap tacks torn loose?

  • Jellybish

    The Lopsided Bride: Coming this fall to Lifetime.

  • Michelle Wilson

    Everything is turned up to 11. She really needs to lower the volume a few notches in every category.

  • steeg of their own

    That dress looks like a crumpled kleenex. She needed about three cans more spray starch in that thing before she left the house to keep those boob-ruffles wrangled.

  • Cameron Turner

    Agree with your assessment on her head, but to be fair kittens, the dress looks just as askew and wrinkled on the model as it does on her…

    • marlie

      Mirelle’s boob flap thingies are askew, but otherwise, I agree – the dress doesn’t look “perfect” on the model, either. And for that, I blame the designer.

  • Crystal

    The center part is what’s throwing the hair off for me. It’s fun to have big teased hair, but the center part makes it very…wide. Although a deep side part would have made it even more 80’s.

  • Poeta Paz

    Stop the inside black eyeliner and get a new mascara. The dress is too complicated.

  • meowing

    What should she do with her head? For starters, get eyebrows that match. The different shapes are quite discordant, unless it’s some trickery of the photography.

  • Qitkat

    It’s a great dress for showing off one’s dupa, I’ll give it that. But all the flippy flappy additions to the chest and the hips in a faux bridal gown are just too much.

  • AndreaSkates

    I think the problem is lack of contrast: tousled hair + tousled dress = sloppy, whereas perfectly coiffed hair + an askew dress = interesting. (That neckline she’s wearing is loony-tunes, by the way, since it’s not really asymmetrical enough to look like it’s askew on purpose.) She needs a smooth beehive-chignon–one of those that’s big and teased underneath to go with her personality, but smoothed over on top to contrast the dress rumples.

  • librarygrrl64

    I do like that her accessories are dark blue instead of black.

  • OrigamiRose

    I hadn’t heard of her before catching “The Killing” last night and now that I’ve googled her, I’m just in shock that she’s married to none other than Cameron Frye!

  • AnneElliot

    Her goofy expressions are killing the entire look for me. Some supreme bitchface would have really elevated this. Or maybe she’s just pissed off because she’s so windblown and no way to fix it?

  • Anniebet

    Wow, her butt has a peplum all it’s own. That’s a seriously untenable dress for anyone. I wish she had a better look for this event, she doesn’t get that many chances on the red carpet.

  • Heidi Maier

    oh dear. i do love her and think she’s stunningly beautiful. she has a very ethereal, unusual beauty, but this entire look is just not working, sadly. it’s a shame because, as i said, she’s gorgeous and so very unique.

  • TheAmericaness

    What is it about Zac Posen dresses and lots of little folds? Does he really want to be doing origami? I’ll help sponsor his internship in Japan if it will stop him from making these kinds of dresses.

  • kimiakay

    The dress looks too tight, she needs to go up a size. I like the hair, and I like her blue accessories. I like the look on her face, kind of mischievous, or teasing. It’s a cute look, but dress isn’t supposed to be cute. And that one flap up and one flap down on the top over her breasts is just weird. Oh yes, and why is she sort of bending over at the waist in so many of the photos?

  • demidaemon

    Start over.

  • demidaemon

    Did anyone actually watch The Killing last night? My mom wanted to–she thought it was a movie–but that glorious trainwreck RHONJ was on at the same time (which is our guilty pleasure), so disaster averted.

    • OrigamiRose

      I did – had never seen it before and was a bit confused at the guy looking like a low-rent model in ill-fitting clothes (I think he’s her former partner? No idea!). It was decent enough that I likely will tune in again, but mostly as a pulp-procedural time-killer.

      • marlie

        TLo and the Bitter Kittens followed it during the first season, and it had some really interesting elements, and also some really wonderful acting. But then end of that season was SO MUCH WTF that I think most of us wrote it off after that.

    • MissMariRose

      I saw it. The plot this time around seems like it could become more complex because the current murder(s) might be connected to a prior case that Linden worked. I think it has potential to keep my interest because Peter Sarsgaard is playing a convicted killer on death row, but we’ll have to see how much they can give him to do while in prison.

  • bd73

    too windy, but otherwise great. and she looked perfect in that yellow column at the emmy’s the other year. i never even heard of her before that. (or was it the golden globes?)

  • the dress has convenient fold-over flaps that you can open and stick your hand in. oh wait, one’s open already.

  • ailujailuj

    classic bridget bardot, yes
    flowy 90s fuckme hair w/ crown volume, oh yes
    hot bride wind surfing, mkay
    ill-fitting rene zellweger I-swear-I-lost-all-that-bridget-weight and I was too lazy to kick up to the skyscraper platforms or get the damned thing hemmed, no. (actually, I would hate this more if it were hemmed higher, it’s supposed to blouse like that but that simply won’t work in the real world where she actually has to walk… with most bridal dresses you really should just stand still and have the ceremony unfold around you.)
    actually, that luscious cream looks really pretty on her. tough for redheads and pink-toned fair-skinned to wear white sometimes but she carries it. maybe cuz her hair is that perfect nutmeg color.
    symmetry in origami peplum, no
    asymmetry, yes
    copper-themed face, no
    spider eyes only on bottom lashus, huhh?
    really fully, lusciously sparkling deeply pouty “this bitch does” exactly red lipstick, better but soft bardot-pink, yes

    her stance looks like she might be trying to pop a bubble. damn i hate that.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Oh my no! Too dark a lip, too much blush and the eyelashes are wrong, wrong, wrong! They age her ten years. She has a strong mouth and smallish eyes. A good makeup person would balance them.

  • CatherineRhodes

    So, is everyone boycotting “The Killing” or are some of the Kittens watching Season 3? The promo looked kind of interesting, but I’m still reeling from the disastrous waste of time that was Season 1.

    • marlie

      You couldn’t pay me enough to watch Season 3.

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  • quiltrx

    The hair can be big and poufy and still be shiny and well-groomed. This is just a mess. And the makeup, yikes…looks like someone intoxicated applied it in a moving car.
    And the dress…up a size, at least. It looks lumpy, pulling, and like it’s going to push a poop out of her from being so tight. Not flattering.

  • jmorino08

    The only thing I think when I look at her head is “Tone it down. All of it. No really. All. Of. It.” There’s too much mascara, blush, contouring, bronzer, lip gloss, highlighting, ass, bling, everything! In the first photo she looks kind of amazing. But as soon as I saw the dress on the model I thought “bridal.” And then she just turned to camp with the close ups and the posing and the hair. Like she’s trying extra hard to not make the dress look bridal. And really she’s only making the whole look over-done.

  • gefeylich

    Ah, leave her alone. She is Frump City on The Killing and in that new Hillbilly!Brad zombie movie, so I can’t fault her for trying to look like Bardot or Anita Ekberg or some other hot European mess, even if she does ultimately fail because she’s Canadian or something.

  • plinkiedoodle

    Wash your face, fold those napkins, get back in the limo, and go home.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    Smooth down the hair and refold that boob napkin and she’d be fine with a slight side of crazy eye.

  • The poofed out hair is great, but she needs to polish the daylights out of it. Too much fuzz; she needs silicone-based polish products.

    The makeup needs a complete rework. The eyes look sticky; like the mascara is coming off. Switch to matte lips, stop over-lining the eyes, change from black liner to a deep brown.

  • Jeff Warhurst

    She looks dirty and drunk.

  • OT: But when did Crystal Renn get so skinny again?