Mary-Louise Parker in Memeka by Gustavo Cadile at the “Red 2” Premiere

Posted on July 12, 2013



Mary-Louise Parker attends the premiere of “Red 2” in Los Angeles in a Memeka by Gustavo Cadile dress paired with a Lauren Merkin clutch.

We realize that’s damning with faint praise, but MLP clearly has a goal in mind whenever she gets dressed and that goal is “CAN YOU BELIEVE I’M CLOSING IN ON FIFTY, BITCHES?” Which means the dresses are usually short and youthful, if not particularly stylish or interesting. We honestly can’t fault her, because she sure as hell can pull them off, but  belt or a less ugly pair of shoes would have made T Lo a lot happier. Maybe a bangle or a cuff. Come on, ML, your legs can’t be your only accessory, fabulous as they are. Besides that thing looks like a sparkly hospital gown.


[Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa/PR Photos]

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  • Mary-Louise! You take off that dental smock and your church shoes, and you go get ready for the premier. Bruce will be looking like a boss and Helen who passed 50 quite some time ago will be wearing her stripper heels. This is no time to rest on your killer stems and shiny hair.

  • Scoop

    Hahahahah sparkly hospital gown hahahahaha! I want one for the next time I go in for a somethingerotherendectomy.

    • DebbieLovesShoes

      “somethingerotherendectomy” — HA!

  • crash1212

    No doubt she’s a beauty and an excellent actress – but this look does nothing for me or for her. And those shoes should be burned.

  • Miss WKS

    wouldn’t it be hilarious if Lauren Merkin made a clutch in the shape of a merkin?

    • NoveltyRocker

      My eyes caught “merkin” in the caption and shot straight to her area in the pic below, LOL!

  • Cautiously Pessimistic

    You mention MLP’s legs and all I can think is “I have wit, I have charm, I have legs that go all the way down to the floor, my friend.”

    (I hated that character but that’s kind of my personal motto anyway.)

    • filmcricket

      And, like many things Sorkin wrote, that line was cribbed from something else he wrote, about Brenda Strong’s Sally Sasser: “Her legs do go all the way down to the floor, and it’s hard not to notice that her body was put together by a technician very close to God.”

      MLP does have fantastic legs. She needs a new hair-do and to stop bugging me on so many levels.

      • Cautiously Pessimistic

        This is the reason I don’t want to watch Sports Night, even though everyone tells me it was great. I don’t want to know about every West Wing line that he stole from his previous work. (I do, at least, know about most of the plots.)

  • In_Stitches

    I was ready to be defensive after the hilarious slap of ‘inoffensive’ at the offset, but you read her right. Those are some outright terrible shoes and she’s clearly resting on the easy and obvious-her legs ‘n bod. Then you look closer and you see that the sleeves need to be tailored and there’s definitely something off about the bust. MLP is no MVP today; next time, run your choices by Helen first.

  • Shawn EH

    She’s serving up Madeline Stowe here for me.

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    I’ll fitting, too short and those shoes are an abomination. I’d say this should be a “Girl, that’s not your dress” post.

    • Rhonda Shore

      It all looks sort of cheap.

  • Damien W

    I think the goal here was “Congratulations! You are officially entered in the ‘Get A Peek At My Hoo-Hah’ sweepstakes!”

    Love you MLP, but you need some leggings with that sparkly t-shirt.

  • Little_Olive

    Unless you look very very closely, that dress looks like bought at H&M. Not in a Sharon – Gap turtleneck way.

    Those shoes are giving me second-hand embarrassment.

    Shame, because she does.not.age.

  • Lizzy

    I don’t care if you’re 20 or 50… you sit down in a dress that short, and you’re gonna either be showing off your business, or it’s gonna be stickin’ to the chair you’re sitting in.

  • JauntyJohn

    Give it red and gold accessories and you can wear it to a Christmas party.

    Like her but meh on the outfit.

    At the same time, at least she tried… if I knew I was going to be on the same red carpet as Helen Miren… well, I’m not sure I could get out of the limo.

    Hell, I’m not sure I could get out of my bed.

  • MilaXX

    Bland 2.0
    Seriously a fierce pair of shoes would have done wonders fur this look

  • e jerry powell

    I can’t really put my finger on it, but something about MLP has been bugging me since about season 6 of Weeds. Something just uncomfortably smug about her, and especially in this look.

    • You got all the way to season 6 before she started bugging you?

      She is definitely on my Rational Hate List. I snort when she gets acting nominations because she doesn’t act. There is no difference between her talking as Mary Louise and her portrayal of a character.

      • e jerry powell

        Fair enough. Once Pilar got killed, the show came completely off the rails, where it had only been perched precariously before, which I can’t blame entirely on MLP; a good bit of it goes on Jenji Kohan.

  • NoveltyRocker

    Why sleeves with a hem that short? My eyes cannot reconcile the awkward proportions of top to bottom. After the Catherine Zeta-Jones commentary, Parker looks like she’s working the same “still got it angle”. I don’t think it’s as effective as they think it is.

  • Lori

    That bodice is doing a very weird thing to her right boob, bordering on a titscrepancy That’s not the worst thing about this look—that would be the shoes, but it’s not good and you’d think someone would have noticed it before she went out to be photographed.

  • kimiakay

    I don’t know. I’m almost getting a vibe of, “I don’t really want to be here, but if I must, I will make the least effort and show my legs and comb my hair. A little.” Her camera face is just… something not quite happy.

  • decormaven

    Boring, looks like something one wears to a wedding. And the shoes, let’s just not speak of them. She is not the winner of this red carpet event.

  • marlie

    I don’t care if the dress is boring and the shoes are all wrong. I LOVE her!

  • Haley Buchanan

    Closing in on 50? Damn! I will forever think of her as Nancy Botwin, but a deserving muse for MILF weed for sure.

  • j_anson

    I… actually can’t believe she’s closing in on 50. Damn. Mission accomplished, I guess.

  • I don’t understand; did she switch shoes with a middle-aged office manager from 1992 by mistake? Is it one of those things where they switched bodies to see how the other lives but they have to wear their own shoes in order to better walk in someone else’s?

  • Peeve

    She always looks like a hot mess to me. This look is no exception.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    It looks like she either made it herself, or someone made it from curtains they bought at a thrift store. Could it be flammable? and honey- we know you cashed the check, buy a brush (and use it) please?

  • whitrome

    She is beautiful, and she and I have come a long way from her Amy days on the West Wing, when I hated her. But is there any chance I can see her in a role where she doesn’t seem to be speaking through clenched and gritted teeth? Ugh.

  • mhleta

    The dress reads High School Semi. The shoes read Office Worker. She’s a gorgeous woman and this outfit is hardly worthy of her assets.

  • H2olovngrl

    Right? That is a girl who has taken seriously good care of her skin!

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  • RuthGo

    What was especially great about what Helen Mirren wore to this premiere is how great it looked against this background. White was not a great choice against a mostly white backdrop, Mary Louise.

  • Mazenderan

    Hate this. The top is too bulky, and doesn’t match up with the skirt. The colour is quarreling with her skin tone, and the shoes belong to an entirely different outfit.

    On top of that, it’s an example of the Halle Berry problem – where an outfit is chosen for the sole purpose of saying ‘I’m still super hot!’

  • Heather

    That dress is very ‘clearance rack in the juniors department at Kohls’ to me, and the shoes are awful. Annabelle Archer (above) is absolutely right – this is an event at which Helen Mirren showed up wearing stripper heels and looking SERIOUSLY hot. No room for error here.

  • Diego!

    Her eyes… O_O = WEED LOL! Sorry, I had to! xD

  • Tuneful54

    Lovely from the neck up but a nightmare below that. Terrible color on her; poor fit; and wearing your hem 2 inches below your crotch looks desperate on a woman of her age and inappropriate for the event. Better luck next time MLP.

  • Emily

    No kidding. Almost 50? Jeez, I’d be happy to look this good at 40.

  • Rebecca Clifford

    Does absolutely nothing for me. I hate the way it hangs on her and the shoes are real klonkers.