Nina Dobrev in Versus Versace at the Variety’s 2013 Power of Youth Event

Posted on July 29, 2013

Nina Dobrev attends the Variety’s 2013 Power of Youth Event in Universal City, California in a Versus Versace red dress with gold safety pins paired with Christian Louboutin shoes, a Susan Foster ‘Butterfly’ ring, and an Amanda Pearl clutch.

Versus Versace Fall 2013 Collection




[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/,]

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  • Domo_Konnichiwa

    I wonder if it would be better with or without the diaper pins.

  • MilaXX

    I like the dress, but I’m not sold on the bag here. The safety pins read rock and roll to me & the fight the bag pattern to me.

  • MK03

    Is it the angle or the dress itself that’s making her look scary-thin?

    • VioletFem

      I think it is the way she is posing. I’ve noticed that she often poses like that.

    • Bridget Smith

      She’s naturally very lean with a small frame, and the way the dress just skims over her body exaggerates that. Take a look at her upper arms, though, if you’re worried: those are pretty normal arms for a naturally thin person.

      • MK03

        I guess “scary-thin” wasn’t the right word; she looks healthy. It’s like the pose and the dress make her look…two-dimensional, maybe? I don’t know, it just comes together and makes a very odd picture to me.

  • Garcia Loca

    I’m sorry but Liz Hurley SHUT DOWN the safety pin dress. She trademarked it and should be paid royalties by starlets employing the look. Nina is gorgeous though, and I love her bag.

    • Karen Belgrad

      My first thought… “Oh honey, Google ‘Liz Hurley, safety pins’… we’ll wait.”

      • teensmom99

        Before I commented, I thought I should see if any one else mentioned Liz Hurley. Dobrev is a pretty girl but this look just shows the difference between pretty girl and Hurley’s je ne sais quoi.

    • RebeccaKW

      You should Google Lady Gaga’s version of Hurley’s dress. Or maybe you shouldn’t.

    • ankali

      Maybe it’s an homage to Hurley. The safety pin dress was Versace.

  • Nope. This dress has no business having its sleeves held on with safety pins. And the purse doesn’t go with any of it. She’s a pretty girl, luckily, this is more forgettable than it is heinous.

    • drdarke

      Oh, Nina – safety-pinned sleeves. How…punk rock of you….

      ::yawns, goes back to my midafternoon nap::

  • zenobar

    Model says “Huh – whu…?”

    • kimmeister

      I almost spit out my hummus!

      • zenobar

        Fist bump! I just sashayed my way through half a container of Sabra hummus – the kind with roasted pine nuts. (To mitigate damages, celery was the primary vehicle.)

        • kimmeister

          Holy moly, it literally was Sabra roasted pine nut hummus (eaten with a whole wheat bagel). I ate about 35% of the container.

          • NBG

            That stuff is my addiction. Smooth, delicious addiction.

          • 3boysful

            Mine, too!

          • zenobar

            Or as I like to call it, “My Tawny Master.”

          • zenobar

            We are Hummus Soul Twins.

        • MilaXX

          YUM! Sabra hummus is like crack no matter the flavor.

  • ecksor

    Cognitive dissonance. The dress could have been fine with the right accessories. Her hair and makeup are flawless though.

  • Danielle L

    Love that color on her, not in love with the safety pins.

  • MilaXX

    Just realized part of why this dress doesn’t work. She has the pins going the same way when on the model they go opposite directions. The whole look feels like she’s trying to sweeten up a dress that wants to be edgy.

  • Calinda_L

    Nice try, kid. Elizabeth Hurley wore it first, and wore it better.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    She’s too sweet looking for this “ironic”? dress. I really pretty much hate the pins. But on the right person maybe it would work.

  • kimmeister

    Oooh, that is not a dress that works with the arms akimbo pose. The shoes are fabulous, though.

  • imspinningaround

    It’s supposed to be a tenty sack. This was the wrong time to employ the services of your seamstress. The dress looks like one of Tonya Harding’s short program costumes now.

    • ankali

      Totally agree. I liked it a lot better as an A-line shift with the funkier shoes. Hair and makeup per usual are sublime, though, the genetically gifted bitch.

  • hughman

    America’s Next Top Walking Dead Model.

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      what are you talking about? oh, wait.

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      do you think that donatella would be like, zombie beef jerky?

    • ankali

      I am picking up what you’re putting down. Love it.

  • OH SHIT. Everybody drop everything. We need to talk about Abigail Breslin, at this same event. Her head has sent me into a Monday afternoon, don’t wanna work/don’t wanna it in traffic, won’t someone think of the children, tailspin.

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      oh dear sweet precious lord that is horrifying.

    • mayavaly

      O.M.G. Clearly an evil stylist out there who is apparently trying to kill the ‘Power of Youth’.

    • MilaXX

      Bad Dolly Parton drag

    • Jessica Freeman

      I am going home to watch Little Miss Sunshine in hopes to banish that google image search from my brain.

  • Patrick Cleary

    If you’re going to do safety pins, they should indicate a punk aesthetic, not a lovely pink shift aesthetic.

  • marlie

    The dress is boring, and I hate the safety pins, but the color and the shape work really well for her. I also love her hair, makeup and accessories.

  • PastryGoddess

    Can we decree that you must have at least an AA in Fashion Wearing before attempting to deploy metallic heels?

    • Why? Metallic heels aren’t really that hard to wear. If anything, there should be a lot more metallic heels than the silly putty shoes – gold and silver are just metallic versions of beige and silver, so they’re essentially neutrals. I don’t mind the shoes – it’s the dress that’s stupid.

  • jmorino08

    The best part of this post is, of course, the model photo. “You want me to do WHAT, Terry Richardson?”

    • Pennymac

      The model made me LOL, for real.

  • conniemd

    She looks so pretty and happy.

  • Imasewsure

    The tighter fit makes the dress really boring and makes the safety pin thing look really weird. Like the model’s version though.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Great dress and shoes! But the pins just don’t work in the instance. Numerous options…If they wanted an open area at the armscye / shoulder, I’m thinking an old school epaulet with the signature Verscae gold button. She and the dress are too conservative for the couture punk look.

  • macwell

    The pins are tragic. If they were smaller or something, it would have been better. With the proper styling, could have seen this at the punk themed Met gala a little while ago…..

  • LaSylphide

    The safety pins take the dress from boring and bland to ill-fitting and stupid.

  • silaria

    The dress is completely overshadowed by the Kingdom Hearts logo on the backdrop. What IS this Power of Youth thing, and why is it sponsored by a video game featuring Mickey Mouse fighting off the hordes of darkness?

  • Diego!

    I love it! Tough I had to re-check every pic just to be sure those pins weren’t damaging her shoulders… She’s gotten really thin! Hasn’t she?

  • quiltrx

    I did finally figure out who she is. She tends to make knockout style choices (or her gays do), but I’m not on board with this one. It’s just okay.

  • Diana

    somebody like kristen stewart would have rocked this dress, maybe a shorter hemline, chucks and dark eye makeup. basically, anything other than trying to glam it up.

  • Aurumgirl

    That dress is just really ugly. It looks better on the “model”, who at least has the right facial expression to wear it. Nina looks amazing if you just think “red t-shirt dress” and don’t look at her shoulders, and if that kind of Old Navy basic is your thing.

  • Nancer

    She looks cute but I hate the dress. It looks like it took so little thought. And it isn’t flattering at all. Just no on that dress.

  • librarygrrl64

    What is with the pose in that first pic?!?

  • Jessica Freeman

    I can’t help but think how much better this would have been without those stupid safety pins.

  • Shawn EH

    Did she take in the waist or is it just that she has a rack, unlike the model? Like it better as a baby-doll shift than form-hugging. The safety pins are cute but the shoes and the hair take it a little too Country Music Awards.

  • ItsDicey

    What a half-assed way to wear this dress. Why bother with the safety pins if you’re not going the edgy route. Go rock-n-roll or go the eff home.