Holland Roden in Naeem Khan at the “Red 2” Premiere

Posted on July 12, 2013

Super-cute dress:


Holland Roden attends the premiere of “Red 2” in Los Angeles in a Naeem Khan black and white linen dress with floral applique and short sleeves from the Resort 2014 collection.

Naeem Khan Resort 2014 Collection

Mermaid hair, not so much.

We can’t even tell you how OVER the summertime B&W red carpet trend we are, but we could handle it a bit better if we saw more cute iterations of it like this.

One word of advice, Roden: While we admire your commitment to take this opportunity to show off your legs, if you can’t get the hem pinned impeccably in the time alloted, you might want to just let it hang. Still, the portion of the public to whom she’s appealing probably doesn’t give a shit that her tiny skirt is badly hemmed.



[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans, Izumi Hasegawa/PR Photos.com, style.com]

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  • MilaXX

    Mostly cute. Points deducted for the bad hem. I don’t mind the hair so much. I haven’t seen Malkovitch yet, but is it safe to say the AARP members of this cast were the best dressed?

  • Gina

    Nice dress, looks better on the model IMO.

    • Carleenml

      love the original length. hate it shortened.

      • kimmeister

        Totally agree. The proportions just look off when there is as much dress about the “belt” than below it.

        • decormaven

          Cosigned. It looks butchered. That dress needs the length so one can appreciate the graphic detail.

        • conniemd

          cosigned along with decormaven.

        • editrixie

          Oh arg, I shoulda read down — I just posted almost the same. I would have really liked this!

      • H2olovngrl

        I concur.

  • Cameron Turner

    My sentiments exactly on the hem, come on sweets, you know better than that…

  • KayEmWhy

    The longer version is more sophisticated she should have left it alone. That and those shoes cheapens the dress.

    • lrober03

      Yes! I think the longer version has a better balance between the black and white

      • Rhonda Shore

        It is, it does, and the red of the lipstick is too orangy for her, maybe a more bluish red would have been better.

      • KayEmWhy

        Exactly, you can’t slut cut every dress.

        • lrober03

          Wow, I need to work ‘slut cut’ into everyday conversation

          • KayEmWhy


  • ashtangajunkie

    Love the dress, but the hem pains me. Always love red lips.

  • gabbilevy

    I would kill for the model-length version. Gorgeous daytime dress. And when the hair is that lovely, she can pretty much do whatever (wannabe redhead, over here).

  • Diego!

    She looks line a tiny-Lindsay Lohan. Girl, get some confidence in yourself and wear yourself, not the image of a decadent “actress”.

    • Kristin McNamara

      In that 5th picture (the extreme close-up) I did a double-take… in that one, she looks so much like a redheaded Christa B. Allen. She’s quite pretty.

  • majorbedhead

    The model-length version is so much prettier. It borders on hoochie-wear territory that short. and man, that hem is making my eyes twitch.

  • appliquer

    Whoever told her a shorter skirt would look better, was wrong. It ruins the proportions of the dress – never mind the horrible hem job. And really over the mermaid hair! So many lemmings out there!

  • Danielle L

    I have quibbles. but I can sign off.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    The model’s expression is all “bitch PLEASE, you know you didn’t need to shorten this dress.”

  • flamingoNW

    REALLY don’t like the length she shortened it to. MUCH better on the model.

  • Rand Ortega

    Masking tape hem. Ugh. Shoes are too heavy. Need to counter the print w/ something lighter. A sandal or a slide. Nice Box Clutch.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Damn. Dress looks so much better longer.

  • bassfemme

    The hem is bad, but the real offense is the shoddy zipper, poor matching of the applique and alignment of the waistband. At first glance, I thought the zipper was one of those 8 gauge plastic zippers. like that found on a tent. As I squinted at the top, I realize it’s supposed to be an invisible zipper. What happened?

    • Qitkat

      Oh, you are correct. We are well trained Bitter Kittens here, n’est ce pas?

  • I thought the proportions were better with it long. (Said everyone, before I got here)

  • crash1212

    The bad hem job isn’t just bad, it kind of destroys the proportions of the dress. It’s a shame really. The sister-wife hair must go.

  • nannypoo

    I don’t like the length. I also don’t like her makeup and her shoes add nothing to her look.

  • housefulofboys

    Sorry but I really like the proportions of the dress on the model better before it got pinned up. With it so short it looks boxy on her, and the belt (somehow) pulls too much focus. I also prefer the sandals to the pumps.

  • Qitkat

    Perfectly cute in the model length. Baaad hem job, and as others have said, it destroys the balance/proportions. Gurl, have confidence in your shapely legs and sophisticated self. Please dial back on the lipstick and brows too.

  • Synnae

    I am totally in the minority here but I like the mini on her. The original dress is gorgeous but I think in its original length it actually would have looked too Day-wear and dull for a red-carpet. The hem would probably also have hit her at a more awkward length and as the skirt runs straight, and Holland is an hour glass, it would have made her look bigger than she is.

    Shame about the hem job though…

  • Stella Zawistowski

    I wish a little bit that she hadn’t matched the bag to the lip, and I wish a LOT that she’d left the hem alone, or at least had it done such that it doesn’t look like she did it herself with some Scotch tape.

  • carolynmo

    I’ll join everybody else on preferring the longer length.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Love how the lip color goes with the Red2 logo. Wish she had not shortened the dress.

  • editrixie

    I would have loved that dress if it hadn’t been shortened. It really screws with the proportions of white to black.

  • another_laura

    Needs the length to be truly cute. However, yes, as an iteration of the *yawn* Summer of B&W, it’s fine.

  • MoHub

    The shorter length makes her look pudgy and squat.

  • bertkeeter

    Forget about the hem…who set that zipper? Needs black beading added on zipper and side seams! If NK wants to play the pretend “couture” card that would help a lot!

  • It bugs me so much that she hemmed this with a stapler, but it bugs me even more that she thought a shorter skirt on this dress was a good idea in the first place. It ruins the proportions, which makes it unflattering on her. Someone else mentioned how she looks short and squat; I bet keeping the skirt’s original proportions would have fixed that. Maybe it was too long for her, but if you’re going to hem it, hem it so that at least the hem hits where it was originally intended. Not everything has to put the good china at risk of display, damn it.

    I just really really really hate it when starlets Molly Ringwald perfectly good dresses. 🙁

  • Jennifer Bober

    There is no excuse for the state of that hem. It’s a straight line on the cross-grain of the fabric. I think she could have had it taken up to look better at her height without making it super short. Seriously, the second she sits down, it’s going to hike up virtually to her waist.

  • elemspbee

    oh dear, thank goodness you commented on the hem. though one would have to be deprived of sight not to notice that.

  • Trisha26

    Having the hem longer (as on the model) makes the dress work. This shorter length chops her completely in half. Hem was the first thing I noticed, inexcusable. Don’t mind the hair but the matching lipstick and bag is making me twitch.

  • quiltrx

    LOL I love when my eyes go directly to the bad part, here the hem. I like it better with the longer hem anyway! Lovely dress.

  • MaggieMae

    Yep. Another vote for the version with the longer hem.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    Just want you guys to know that there are portions of the public to whom she is appealing that ARE driven nuts by the bad hem. Which is annoying because leeeeeggggggsssss.

  • The model’s facial expression says it all about the rough treatment of that skirt

  • Anne O.

    I’m in the minority here, but aside from the atrocious hem job I actually like the shorter length. It’s cute.

  • ankali

    I agree with everyone about the hem, but I’ll give her the mermaid hair. The gorgeously-colored, shiny, shiny mermaid hair.

  • frannyprof

    I agree. That hem is majorly distracting. And it’s a cute dress, but I’m not convinced that it’s doing her any favors in terms of her shape. I’m sure she’s a size negative zero, but the dress makes her look thick around the middle.

  • JP

    I would like the dress better if she hadn’t given it the slut cut. Especially since it’s such a badly done slut cut.

  • wanderlustlive

    Love it, but the original proportions are nicer (more white at the bottom to counter-balance the print). She could have worn it a tad bit longer and still keep the look interesting.

  • M. H. Leader

    Truthfully, the super-short hem isn’t doing her any favors. Throws all the proportions way off. She should have left it about where the original hem was, or maybe just above the knee.

  • H2olovngrl

    I don’t know who that model is, but she is stunning and looks perfect in that dress.

  • RuthGo

    That dress did not need a slut cut, to quote Fashion Police.

  • Cathy S

    The dress looked better longer. Something about that length of white fabric balancing the dress better.