Taraji P. Henson in Izmaylova at the 2013 BET Awards

Posted on July 02, 2013

This is kind of a cool, sexy, interesting dress:


Taraji P. Henson attends the 2013 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California in an Izmaylova dress paired with Jimmy Choo ‘Lance’ sandals.

Izmaylova Spring 2013 Collection

But that doesn’t necessarily make it a good red carpet dress. It’s meant to be seen working its way through a club or a party; not posed unnaturally on a red carpet. Not that we’re defending it entirely. The whole upper half seems to want to slide right off her. There’s a definite fit issue there. And we kind of wish the skirt would make up its mind. Still, it works as an “initial impact” kind of dress. We have issues with it, but we don’t hate it as much as we probably should.



[Photo Credit: Mike Windle/Getty Images, izmaylova.co.uk]

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  • Ashley Alvarez

    No no no no, come on. That is WAY TOO MUCH illusion netting. You can find this dress on NastyGal for the crub.

    • rougeort

      Took the words out of my mouth. It looks prettyish on the model and trashy on her. The lack of good styling only makes this dress scream BOOBSBOOBSBOOBS, which isn’t good for Taraji.

    • drdarke

      All I could think was, “Carter’s gonna get laid tonight!”

      She’s loving how it makes her look, though – which sells the ensemble despite how the dress doesn’t fit her right at all. It really was designed for somebody flat-chested – which Taraji P. Henson clearly is not.

      • kmk05

        Definitely agree! I just want her to meet Reese in a bar and then watch his eyebrows.

        It really doesn’t fit right, though. Suitable for a club where you don’t see anything in the dark, but under the flashes of 1000 cameras? Nope.

        • drdarke

          If she could find a well-fitted dress for her figure that does for her that dress does, though, kmk05 – because when you can’t see where it doesn’t fit? Oh my, girlfriend – you are SMOKIN’!

          I’m so used to her as Det. Carter on PERSON OF INTEREST, where she’s mostly badass and determined and almost sexless – yeah, there was Det. Cal from Narcotics who kind of went out with her a couple times, but that seemed more about her trust issues than romance or sexytimes. I wonder if Carter being allied with Elias(!) to take down HR come Season 3 means we’ll see more of Hot Carter. (I don’t know where this show’s headed and it usually goes places you really don’t expect, but Carter & Elias vs. HR seems kind of a gimme given how S2 ended.)

          • kmk05

            In that first pic (before I actually noticed all the weird bunching up top) I actually gasped out loud. She’s always in these mid-rise pantsuits with the large-ish button shirts looking like she’s 1000% done with all Reese and Finch put her through. I mean, I knew she must have a hot bod to be an actress, but OH MY. Like you said, she’s totally selling it.

            Tbh, I haven’t watched the finale yet! (The perils of having to write up a thesis…) But the writers always have me on tenterhooks and I can never anticipate anything properly so… I just want Hot Carter. And more scenes with Taylor, he’s such a cutie.

          • drdarke

            @kmk05 – oops, I thought you had seen the season closer. Sorry….

            She does look good, though – wish the dress died, too.

          • kmk05

            Haha @drdarke:disqus, don’t worry about it. I am not in the habit of going after people with pitchforks if I stumble on spoilers. I only have myself to blame, really, rationing POI episodes!

            On her wikipedia page it actually seems Hot Carter is the default! Most of her pictures have her sporting slinky sexy numbers.

  • Tatiana Luján

    She needs to go up a size, but her nipples would probably show if she did that.
    This is a dress that looks too vulgar on anyone with a pair of boobs.
    I like the skirt part of the dress, wish it were the right size.

    • Shawn EH

      Yeah, it’s a boob problem. She has some, unlike the model.

    • MoHub

      Up a size on the shoes, too. Her heel is all the way into the back strap, but her toes are still hanging five in the front.

  • Nope, not even close. Honey, when something is that much too small, you put it back on the consideration rack, and move on.

  • Rand Ortega

    Too Squishy. (engineering jargon)

  • Nancer

    TLO, that’s ok, I will hate it for you. Too short, too revealing, making a beautiful woman look trashy. There. Done.

    • Monzerrat Ontiveros

      and the makeup is not doing her any favors

  • I’m interested in the back. How does it transition to from the webbing fabric as a border on one half of the peplum to it being the whole peplum on the other side?

    • AmeliaEve

      You know there is probably more crinkled illusion netting and maybe even a big ugly exposed zipper back there. I think it’s better left unseen.

  • Darren Nesbitt

    it’s all wrinkly at the top, did they pull this out of a bag?

  • Sobaika

    She looks hot, and it seems pretty right for the venue. Each awards show has its own style.

  • MilaXX

    I like the dress but I dislike the hair with this.

    • Jessica Freeman

      I thought the same thing. It’s too casual/sweet for this dress.

  • Shawn EH

    Dare we expect a whole BET group post, or would that be too mean?

  • mjude

    is she just to busty for the dress? not loving it.

  • Anniebet

    Holy shit, another pair of Choo Lance sandals. Did they hand them out to every freaking celeb in town?

    • Adriana_Paula

      I was wondering the same thing!

  • barbarienne

    Between her and Nicki Minaj the other day, I’m starting to wonder if fashion designers are reading too many of the wrong comic books.

  • gabbilevy

    Go home, try again dear.

  • Jessica Freeman

    She is too well endowed in her chest to wear this dress properly. The illusion netting at her navel is seriously about to rip right off.

  • majorbedhead

    It’s too tight and too wrinkled and it’s kind of cheap-looking.

  • crash1212

    I think if she went up a size, this would be perfect. I think it’s venue appropriate and I love her hair and make-up.

  • ailujailuj

    cool, sexy, and interesting… only because of her.

  • TheAmericaness

    Oh, the front…. no no no no… it looks… man-handled. and badly.

  • Maluca

    The fact that these Jimmy Choo Lance sandals keep making the rounds goes to show there is a big need for strappy heels to come back! Enough with those stupid stripper platform heels!

  • bertkeeter

    Somebody help her!

  • kimiakay

    I love this woman. I love her movies, and loved her when she was in The Division on Lifetime, which, coincidentally, had Jon Hamm. The dress has some fit problems, but I think she looks great. I covet greatly those shoes.

    • MRC210

      I love her too, but no. If the dress fit her and wasn’t pulled or wrinkled and if the V of netting was fabric instead, yes.

  • alyce1213

    WTF is going on with that illusion? All I can see is saggy boobage. Cheap looking, ill-fitting, and just barely this side of vulgar.

  • silaria

    At first I thought she needed to go up a size, but on second look, I think it’s actually that the bodice is too long for her, so it’s bunching over her stomach. Unfortunate – I’ll bet she spent the entire evening discretely tugging the hem down.

  • LaSylphide

    It would look better on her if she stood up straighter and let the boobs have their say. That slouch makes it look like she’s uncomfortable and trying to hide something. It surprises me that I actually kind of like the overall look: she’s got the bod for it and those shoes are killers.

  • formerlyAnon

    If it fit through the abdomen instead of looking wrinkly and possibly too tight, I would declare this the best use of “sheer” I can remember seeing in recent years. I could like the contrast between the rather understated lines of the dress and the lookitme! I gots boobs! of the sheer panel, but when the lines of the dress are pulled horizontally and adorned with wrinkles, the contrast is lost.

    ETA: so maybe I am saying I can only like it on a modestly endowed woman? Not sure if you could get an easy fit with any significant quantity of breast.

  • poggi

    Her fresh face, smile, and legs save this from utter disaster.

  • lizajane1776

    You see them on quite a few red carpets, but I still love those shoes every time.

  • marlie

    I’d like it a lot more if it fit better.

  • julnyes

    Her legs look amazing.

  • xmixiex

    love the dress, but not for RC, like you guys said… LOVE the shoes!

  • PrunellaV

    Hootchie MAMA!

  • Louise Bryan

    Short, tight, not shiny. LBD for a street corner. Me no like.

  • amanda lynn

    i’m down for it. except for the floppy boobs.