Christina Ricci in Thom Browne at the “Smurfs 2” Premiere

Posted on July 29, 2013

We’re loving this look. We didn’t think it was possible for anyone to show up at a Smurfs2 premiere wearing a venue-appropriate dress and still managing to land on chic, but Miss Christina did it.


Christina Ricci attends the premiere of “Smurfs 2” at the Lighthouse International Theater in New York City in a Thom Browne dress paired with Casadei green leather snake skin embossed pumps, a Jimmy Choo bag, and Harry Winston jewelry.

Thom Browne Resort 2014 Collection/Model: Tatiana Krasikova

The dress has a summer-in-the-city chic to it that suits her surprisingly well. We suspect we’re not going to get universal agreement on this one, but the pairing of those shoes with that dress is GIVING US LIVE and letting us know that there are still stylists out there who know the value of dramatic accessorizing. Nicely done.

Also: hair and makeup are pretty.



[Photo Credit: Roger Wong/,]

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  • oatmealpie

    All I can see are the hip puffs.

    • 3boysful

      I like it, but agree on the hips. It’s too tight.

    • jmorino08

      Yes! What is that? Is it supposed to be there? Like as a hip-goiter-illlusion design element? Or is it just really poorly fitted?

      • drdarke

        Yes, this! WTF happened, @oatmealpie:disqus , @3boysful:disqus and @jmorino08:disqus ?

        From the model shot, I can’t tell if those hip bumps are intentional or not. The color’s nice, Ricci’s gorgeous, and I even agree w/TLo on the shoes – but I hate Hate HATE what’s happening to the sides of her waist!

      • Louise Bryan

        Hard to tell with the model, but I think the hip puffs are supposed to be there; kind of teeny tiny panniers. Thom Brown does like the cray-cray, judging from the the men’s collection he showed this month. I was all set to hate the color of the dress, but the shoes definitely give it some life.

      • Pterodactyl111

        I think they’re weirdly fit pockets??

      • Aurumgirl

        No, the puffs are deliberate, they might be a visual quip on the old Dior padded hips and the ubiquity of the peplum, these days. On the very slim, this will work. On the curvy, people will wonder why you don’t straighten your underwear.

        She does look good, and I also love the shoes with the dress.

      • Rhonda Shore

        I thought they were pockets that were doing something weird. That’s the only flaw here.

    • Jessica Wyatt

      Right? Looks like she’s wearing super tight panties.

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    • VioletFem

      I think it is an interpretative take on a peplum dress. Christina Ricci is small enough that the puffs (pepluffs?) help to define her waist rather than add weight. Personally, I think she looks good in spite of those things. I think a peplum would have looked a bit better.

      • MejoP

        Liked for your coining “pepluffs”; not so impressed, however, with how they prevent the otherwise lovely dress from fitting; perhaps “peplumps?”

    • Sara Padilla

      It’s like her falsies are making a break for it.

    • HobbitGirl

      All I can think of is muffin top. It’s not a pleasing thing.

    • MartyBellerMask

      She put it on the hanger when it was still wet.

    • NC_Meg

      Once I got past those, I love it. In the photos that aren’t shot from the front, though, it looks like her torso somehow shifted to the left of the rest of her body.

  • Just Me

    Nicely done. Works for the venue. It’s sleek and makes her look beautiful and to my eyes, even the hair works and the shoes keep the whole look from being twee.

  • kimmeister

    Her bangs are giving me life! The hip pads are super weird though, and I wish it were about 2-3 inches shorter.

  • I want to love this, I really do. But I also want to hoist up the top, show the girls some support, and remove, what I can only figure to be a fucking peplum, from the waist. But how gorgeous is her face? And how notable is it that this is the correct place for Heidi hair?

    • barbarienne

      I don’t think it’s a peplum. More like a pufflum.

      Either way, it’s completely hiddy and ruins an otherwise adorable frock.

      • Lori

        It makes it look like the dress is too tight, which I think wouldn’t be the case if not for the pufflum.

        • teensmom99

          IF not for the pufflum, this would be a WERQ. She is a tiny person and yet the length is great.

      • poggi

        Yes, pufflum really is the best word for it. If the skirt were looser the pufflum might look better or maybe just ditch the pufflum and just have a tight skirt or do what the model did and hold your arms in front of it.

        Otherwise cute as a button.

    • demidaemon

      I’d like it cut to the knee, as well. Please make this happen, stat.

  • Julie Chase

    Love it. The shoes are the best part.

  • Judy_S

    The sculpted peplum is strange.

  • majorbedhead

    The shoes are great, but I would love that dress unreservedly if it didn’t have those puffy things on the hips.

  • Marvelous. I was gonna rag on the hip lumps, then I saw it was Thom Browne and the point became moot. LOVE the shoes.

  • MilaXX

    I love this look. It’s got the perfect summery, yet grown up look. I think the shoe works well because it picks because the dress is not a true blue so the green coordinates well. The hair looks done, but not Heidi like as braids can sometimes be. Well played.

    • venusvelvet

      I love the silvery tone, looks much lighter than the collection pic.

  • The Versatile Chef

    Unanimous so far on the puffy hips.

    (Psst…typo at the bottom, darlings)

  • SewingSiren

    Loves the dress and shoes. The hair gives me life. But the striped stockings would have slayed.

    • MilaXX

      not in the summer

  • marlie

    First, the styling on the model is HORRENDOUS.

    Second, I like the dress on Christina, but I wish she wouldn’t stand/pose in that weird position. I’m also a little weirded out by the peplum thingys. The clutch is all wrong, and I love the shoes, but I’m on the fence about whether they belong with this dress.

    • MilaXX

      heh, it’s a Thom Browne collection, I wouldn’t expect it to be styled any different.

      • marlie

        You do make a very good point.

  • NOLA_gal

    Little Wednesday Addams, all grown up. And rocking the look too! She totally blew everybody else out of the water with her Westwood gown at the Met Gala too.

  • MilaXX

    I gotta say, I’m loving the face as well. It’s made up, but not too heavy and she doesn’t have dead lip. This is the face I wish Olivia Munn would wear.

  • reallynow

    Love the shoe pairing with this dress!! Yes!

  • hughman

    Hip pads : Comme de Garcons 1997.

    I am no fan of Thom Browne.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Everything is great except for the hip puffs..that’s just wrong!!

  • rajf

    Those hip things look like ‘cutlets’ that have escaped and gone on the lam, only to hide in an awkwardly obvious location.

  • sk8tfan

    Love everything except the hip weirdness, which has already been commented upon by greater wits than mine. May I commend whoever at the designer’s shop knows how to properly construct bust cups? Take note, soon-to-be-former Project Runway contestant.

  • nannypoo

    What’s up with the hips? Are they pockets? Is it too tight? Otherwise cute.

  • That’s kind of a weird peplum – it’s built into the dress? (As it, it’s not a flap of fabric but somehow constructed into that shape? Or am I just not seeing it right? They really camoflaged it in the collection photo.)
    I dig the look as a whole though. I like the shoe because, instead of copying the runway (well, ok, photoshoot) look, it just echoes the color pairing and sort of uses it as inspiration.
    I kind of wish she were wearing some sort of necklace though. The neckline sort of begs for it. Nothing too dramatic – just a little tiny sparkle beneath the collarbone to draw the eye and keep it moving. That might be just me though, I have a tendency to over-accessorize, I suppose.

    • Adriana_Paula

      I’m intrigued and possibly okay with the hip pads, but it IS super odd that they made sure you couldn’t see them in the collection photo.

      • Yeah, it’s not exactly a look I’d want to inadvertently receive – it needs to be intentional.

  • crash1212

    I truly love everything about this look. But am curious what’s going on around the hip region? Are we doing hip-poofs now?

  • jilly_d

    Who cares about the dress; her face looks better than ever! AGE, DAMN YOU!!!!

  • Imasewsure

    Love this and love the shoes. I thought I preferred it with the sweater but then the shoes would have been too matchy. She looks gorgeous!

  • Virginia McMurdo

    I can’t see Green and Blue without thinking of a super special certain TV show…Anyway, the styling is dynamite.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Now those are the shoes for me!

  • Trisha26

    Dislike the padded peplum or whatever that is…otherwise pretty.

  • Can’t take the shape of this dress. No.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    Everything is great EXCEPT for the faux spare tire around her waist. Why, Thom Browne?! No woman wants stuff sticking out there.

  • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

    My inner 10th grade goth just loves her. Wednesday Addams FTW!

  • Sarah

    In all seriousness, can someone please explain why the shoes work so well? All I can see are clashing colors, which may why I am not fashionable. I really, really want to understand!! And please don’t reference the runway look because that looks twice a bat shit crazy with the tights. I just don’t get it!!

  • That is the color palette for my bathroom.

  • Wendi126

    Every time you guys write GIVING US LIFE, I imagine both of you clutching your hearts, shoulders and head pitched forward–heads a tilted.

  • Richard Banger

    This should be a WERQ

  • Pennymac

    I receive the life you’re giving!

    Her hair and make up are spectacular.

    • demidaemon

      This sounds a bit like internet immaculate conception.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    The built-in muffin top isn’t my favorite – but loving everything else.

  • judybrowni

    Although I could live without the fucking peplum.

    Which is obscured by the styling in the model shot.

    Only realized it was a stupid move when they shot the photos, Thom?

  • msdamselfly

    Lovely dress and styling

  • She looks great.

  • LaSylphide

    Love the dress, love, love the hair, and especially love those shoes -great color. But what are those little hip things? It looks like her stuffing shifted.

  • prettybigkitty

    Love, love, love. Best she has looked in a long time.

  • Diego!

    That dress is odd indeed. It’s not doing any favors to her from a side view (refer to pics 1 & 2)

    Things get much better from the front. But it is odd

  • boweryboy

    I agree about the shoes. It’s an unexpected POW!

  • quiltrx

    She looks terrific! Those (ahem) ‘design elements’ on the hips are just off. It gives the illusion the dress is too tight, until you look it over and see that everywhere else it’s fitting perfectly. I think they knew they were a bit wrong in the model shoot–she sure is strategically covering them up.

  • GillianHolroyd

    I love those striped stockings on the model. Not to wear, just to look at.

    CR looks fantastic too. Don’t even mind the padded hips. The shoes are genius.

    • venusvelvet

      Those stockings make me smile. If I had some place to wear them to, I would.

  • bertkeeter

    Uh…I dont think tha’ts a peplum or padded hips….dress is riding up on her hips? Love the length on her…works!

  • fiestyfashionfem

    hmmm – yeah – I don’t see it. Sorry TLo.

  • V No Privacy

    Blue and green combo in a 60s-style outfit. Hmmmmm….. I hope this is not the signal of romantic strife. #Madmen

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Love it, mostly but the hip-flaps are really unfortunate!

  • SewingSiren

    Here is a little diagram of the construction of the dress. To me it looks like the front is constructed of 12 pattern pieces 1. Center front panel which runs from the center front neck to the hem, Middle princess skirt panel which is attached under the bodice peplum at the waist, 3. Side seam princess skirt panel which is also attached at the waist (under the bodice peplum. 4. Middle bodice panel Including self peplum 5. side bodice including self peplum 6. and bust cup panel which is cut as one with the shoulder strap.
    On Christina’s dress the center front neckline has been ruched to create the sweetheart neckline. But the original neckline is cut straight across for a more Elizabethan look.

    • Damn. I really hate that we can’t post pictures here. Vote up for trying; I would have loved to have seen that diagram.

      • SewingSiren

        Well it was just an educated guess. All the commenting on the way it was made piqued my curiosity. As far as I can tell there are 12 pattern pieces (2x the ones listed above) on the front alone, not including lining and facing. It’s really a lovely and expertly made dress. I love it all even the ” pufflin”.

  • carnush

    I don’t like the hair so much, but the look is great.

  • Nancer

    I totally agree on the shoes – they really work with this dress.

  • Anplica Fiore

    Out modeling the model. LOVE this on her!

  • leahpapa

    That model’s styling is an Ishihara test.

  • Judy_J

    I love everything about this except for the design element in the hip area. It gives the appearance of muffin top.

  • Joe Schmartin

    That FACE! Is she getting younger?!?

  • Perfection. Totally agree.

  • another_laura

    I love it. Not crazy about the pannier-ettes, but overall, just adorable and well-suited to the occasion.

    • True; and it’s a pity because they would have worked if the skirt hadn’t been re-fitted to be so, well, fitted.

  • luluransom

    Love this! Especially the shoe pairing.

  • Linda LaPaz

    Like the overall look, but not the hip puffs, and I think she has some titscrepancy going on there.

  • Rebekah B

    I love her. She can do no wrong.

  • Kara Keenan

    The faux perplums or whatever they are on the hips are not good.

  • Shawn EH

    This is a great version of Audrey Hepburn, a look I wouldn’t think of first for her. Nice!

  • The peplum looks like tumors.

  • EEKstl

    Love the dress, love the shoes, LOVE the shoes with this dress.

  • Blanche Quizno

    Is this dress supposed to make an icon of the muffin top??