Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji at the “Fruitvale Station” Premiere

Posted on July 09, 2013

Her body language is saying “I don’t like this dress,” but we think Octavia is being a bit hasty in her judgement.


Octavia Spencer attends the premiere of “Fruitvale Station” in New York City in a Tadashi Shoji lace dress.

Tadashi Shoji Lace Panel Cocktail Dress

Our only real design issue is with the neckline, which seems designed to obscure the fact that she even has a neck as much as possible. But aside from that, this is all working like gangbusters, as far as we’re concerned. We like the blue and white version much more than Octavia’s but the trend for the moment on the red carpet is B&W, so we suppose we can’t complain.

But what’s happening with the lining on this thing? Why is it a different color in the skirt? Is that why she had her hands clasped in front of her so tightly in most of the pics? It must suck to discover, just before you walk out in front of a wall of cameras, that something’s not quite working with your outfit. Polaroids, darlings. And if not them, then your phone camera. Always photograph yourself in an outfit you’re going to wear to be photographed in. Backlit, side-lit, flash, no-flash, natural light, front and back. Check if from every angle. Especially if you’re wearing white, which can go all kinds of dicey in front of a camera.

Seriously, doesn’t every bride-to-be do this already? Isn’t that what stylists are for? Won’t someone please save poor Octavia from the horrors of lining mishaps?




[Photo Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images, Marco Sagliocco/PRPhotos.com, neimanmarcus.com]

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  • Loola234

    What of the cute co-star??

    • MilaXX

      Michael B. Jordan. If you watched The Wire he was Wallace.

      • carpediva

        Where’s Wallace? WHERE’S WALLACE AT?????!!!

      • Vanessa

        Nice to see some of the young actors from the Wire make it as grown-ups. He was terrific and so many others were great.

        • ankali

          Those kids in Season 4 were absolutely amazing in a show that did not lack by any means for amazing performances.

      • Sobaika

        Friday Night Lights too!!

        • AshBookworm

          And Parenthood! and Chronicle! He’s brilliant in everything he’s been in.

      • Emily

        That movie is going to be so hard to watch. Especially for those of us who live close enough to commute through there even occasionally. So unfortunate.

        • ankali

          The shooting, the aftermath, the trial… all such a clusterfuck. Just awful all around.

          • Emily

            And we STILL don’t know the whole story. Heartbreaking.

    • Introspective

      real cute girl. real cute. i dont know if im going to be able to watch this movie, cause it will hurt me to my core. but he is eye candy all day.

      ETA: and oh yeah, octavia looks good, white fabric drama and all. shapely and lady like is always a good way to go for any woman…

      • MilaXX

        yeah this movie is gonna hurt real bad.

        • e jerry powell

          SO painful, I think. I want to see it but I probably won’t.

          • MilaXX

            It will probably be like Schindler’s List or The opening scene of Saving Private Ryan for me. I’ll watch it one time only. I just think it’s an important film to support even though the subject matter is difficult to see.

    • Frank_821

      He also had a good size part on All My Children playing Erica Kane’s stepson

      • housefulofboys

        I am going to have to check out the “new” All My Children online. I started watching when it first came out (I know…) but stopped a few years before they finally cancelled it. Do you recommend it?

        • Frank_821

          I haven’t watched it. Hard to get motivated if there’s no Erica

      • Mackenzie Miller

        I believe when he was playing Erica Kane’s stepson that Amanda Seyfriend was his love interest. Oh, how I loved AMC.

    • lrober03

      Can we get a separate post focusing just on Michael B. Jordan? He can wear a suit

  • Clueless_Jock

    She always looks good.

  • MilaXX

    Pretty dress. I can’t tell if it’s the lighting or what, but the foundation looks a little off. Also, can we talk about the honey standing next to her? Michael B. Jordan has been quietly building a very respectable resume for himself. He has literally grown up right before my very eyes. I’m going to go see this movie tissues in hand.

    • Jessica Freeman

      I second the Michael B. Jordan statement. He was great in Parenthood recently as well.

      • Beardslee

        He was also in Friday Night Lights, I learned – such a good show. He looks darling here.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Lining mishap aside, I think she looks amazing. Her makeup is sexy.

  • ToniMacAttack

    I think, speaking as a fellow curvy girl and from personal experience, she has a corset or a shaper on for her torso that doesn’t extend down to her lower-half. And she isn’t wearing a slip or anything but underwear paired with the shaper. Which, depending on how sheer the dress material is, is a common error.

    • ballerinawithagun

      That was my first thought also, you covered it all.

    • j_anson

      Oh, man, I couldn’t even see what they were talking about until I read this. Yeah. You’re totally right. I think she’s wearing a shaper garment for her upper body and waist under there.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      Yep. I was thinking it was a Spanx issue, which would explain the pained expression, as well.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I think she looks better in this than the model who looks like her shoulder wings are gonna start flapping any minute. Also, I prefer the black white version, but that’s mostly because I’m not fan of that shade of blue.

  • Ronica Skarphol Brownson

    Agree on the lining, but love the dress. She looks more “gastrointestinal distress” to me. Would like a bit more fun with the hair, though.

  • nannypoo

    She does look sad, yet fabulous as usual, although I’m not crazy about the little cap sleeves. I’m not sure that’s a lining. I think she might have put on a camisole to keep her bra from showing.

    • alyce1213

      To me, she seems to be wearing a body shaper camisole, like a tank top, which ends at her hip. That’s what is causing different colors under the dress. It’s most visible in the last picture. I can’t see a bra — I think it’s well hidden under the body shaper.

  • rougeort

    I hate dark lipstick on her. I find it so aging and it kills me everytime- her face is so pretty without it!

  • marlie

    She may not like it, but I think the dress is very pretty. I prefer the version on the model with the blue lace, though.

    In my book, Octavia can really do no wrong. Even a dress that may be a little off for her is still an infinitely better look than many other ladystars when they show up on the red carpet looking their best.

  • ohayayay

    “Doesn’t every bride-to-be do this already?”

    Erm…nope. Forgot. Oops.

  • majorbedhead

    The dress is pretty but her eyes look so sad.

  • decormaven

    That is one sad face, and it’s a pity, because the dress is working on her.

    • Monabel

      Maybe she is thinking of the story of the movie, and is expressing sombre dignity.

  • Just Me

    It’s a church lady dress. A nice church lady dress, but all she needs is the hat and the fan.

    • nancymae

      It’s more of a First Lady or Chair of the Deaconess Board level church lady dress. The coordinating hat would be drop the mic on the mass choir epic.

      • Just Me

        Exactly. I was thinking a well-dressed Pastor’s wife.

  • alyce1213

    She looks great. It’s a beautiful dress and fits her perfectly. I do agree the neckline is not the most flattering; it would be much nicer opened up to reveal a bit of clavicle.
    Her makeup and earrings are lovely, and I like those type of bangs on her.
    She looks tired, maybe, but I think she knows that this dress looks good on her.

  • flamingoNW

    That’s my theory too. Also: Hair is sad.

  • Lauren Schneider

    Michael B Jordan!!! I loved him on FNL (even if nobody could replace Matt Saracen in my heart). Anywho – the dress. It’s alright. I would have liked it more in the original blue color.

  • msdamselfly

    Love it

  • PrunellaV

    That hairstyle is doing her no favors.

  • SewingSiren

    I love everything about it ,except the lining problem ( which is only a problem in the last shot).

  • The lining is a little weird… but a LOT can be saved through the presence of Michael B. Jordan!

  • bertkeeter

    Mama wants her fancy table cloth back!

  • demidaemon

    I agree about the blue and white version. This black and white trend started irritating me about two months ago. It can die now.

  • e jerry powell

    Would we call that a faux-Mandarin collar? I think Shoji was kind of hinting in that direction.

  • Silencio Porfavor

    He’s Wallace. . now I just feel dirty

  • quiltrx

    SUCH a cute dress! Of course I’m a total b/w girl, and the quilt-design-ness of the black lace guarantees I’ll like it. The shreddy edges of illusion make my eye twitch a bit, but I’ll live.
    (I think there’s some sort of light shapewear/dark panties thing going on, causing the issue we’re seeing…I can’t think Mr. Shoji would sign off on that.)

  • Viviennne

    Excuse me darlings, but who in their right mind would create a “mini half slip” lining with a white dress…..this is terrible!

  • formerlyAnon

    Ya know, when even unsophisticated, bumpkin peasant *I* know that red carpet ensembles should be photo-tested, it boggles the mind that stylists sometimes fail to take this step. Apparently.

  • ankali

    I love this on her. Her lipstick is a great shade for it, too.

  • Midge Andrews

    I think it’s tight white lining that crept up and bunched around her waist as she sat/walked. Clutch deployed to avoid flashing her undies in photos, since she knows perfectly well that white might go sheer but obviously didn’t prepare in advance for bunchy lining. And then her adorable costar sidles up and puts his arm around her, and she has to lower the clutch, hence the resigned/displeased expression.

  • Miss WKS

    LOVE that dress. Would wear it in a heartbeat…

  • carnush

    She looks great but very unhappy. How cute is Michael B. Jordan?

  • melanie0866

    I love the dress. I want it, in both colors.

  • Synnae

    Gorgeous dress and I think the neck line/sleeves actually work better on her than on the model.

    Shame about the lining though.

  • teensmom99

    I loved this dress so much that I looked it up online to see if I should buy it for myself for my nephew’s wedding–but wasn’t sure about sizing and found something else. Still love the dress but now realize (thanks to you) that I need a lower neckline (not low, just lower!). And Octavia is a goddess.

    • Linda LaPaz

      I think that shape is way more flattering on her than most of the Tadashi dresses she wears. I think the problem is with the foundation garments too. But that dress looks great on her.

      • teensmom99

        I love her in all the Tadashi she wears. I also think that she has lost some weight so of course the fit is now different (but you’re right about foundation garments). But I do think TLo are right about the neckline. As a “full figure gal” myself, I know that it isn’t good when the neck is too high–it makes all of me look as fat as the widest part of my breasts. So I think the high neck is not as flattering as it should be. I’m not advocating baby heads, just a few inches down and more openness.

  • RectPropagation

    “Seriously, doesn’t every bride-to-be do this already?”

    I didn’t, at least not with natural light (or back/side lighting for that matter). Frankly, I’d be surprised to find any bridal shop that would let you walk outside with hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars worth of merchandise just to see how it photographs in daylight. The advise makes sense, I just don’t think that part is going to work for us mere mortals unless the store just happens to have big windows or something.

  • stu844

    maybe she’s trying to be respectful because it’s such a gut-wrenching movie based on true events