Lily Collins in Houghton and Fausto Puglisi at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards

Posted on August 12, 2013

We should admit upfront that this is not a skirt we are inclined to like. In fact, this is a skirt we are compelled to condemn on principle alone. And yet…


Lilly Collins attends the 2013 Teen Choice Awards, held at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California in a Houghton top paired with a Fausto Puglisi skirt, Graziela Gems earrings, and EF Collection diamond bangle and rings.

Houghton Resort 2014 Collection

Fausto Puglisi Resort 2014 Collection

… it almost works. Almost. Okay, maybe just a little. It’s the Picky Teenager Awards, so theatricality is certainly to be expected. We can’t fault her for its goofiness. But man, is it ever stiff. And we hate that the back is solid black. It looks like a big black butt tongue and we doubt that’s the phrase her stylist wants to be reading this morning. Also, since the skirt is just so very, we think the accentuated shoulders of that top are a bit much. We think sleeveless might’ve been a good idea. The makeup’s not working for us. She looks odd with a winged eye and an almost colorless lip. Add the messy, big hair (which admittedly looks much better from the back) and it’s giving off a weird Winehouse vibe that doesn’t suit her – or the clothes, for that matter.



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  • sagecreek

    ADorable. I don’t like the hair, but I get that it is A Thing.

  • amanda lynn

    I really like the hair. I am the same with you – I *shouldn’t* like the dress. But I do.

  • Oh Miss Lily, no. The cap of the sleeves are bugging, The skirt/shoe combo is stumpifing, and I have love for retro, but no love for poorly executed Winehouse. Add all that stiff formalness to the fact this is a Teen whatever event, and this is tragically underscored.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    What the heck is up with all the skirts that only have the pattern/embellishment on the front? See also: Heidi Klum’s Michael Kors dress last week and Blake Lively’s recent Burberry skirt. This is replacing ubiquitous peplum as my current sartorial nemesis.

  • flamingoNW

    Nope. No no no no no. Do not like at all.

  • Catiline

    Shower curtain skirt and godawful hair. No.

  • Trisha26

    Love the outfit! That skirt is to die. The “hand on hip” posing is accentuating the shoulders, she just shouldn’t have done that. Hate everything North of the neck.

  • filmcricket

    Hmm, I apparently have the opposite reaction to Ms Collins from our dear uncles. I’ve thought the heavy red lip was way too much for her, and that the vast majority of the outfits she’s worn on this recent poledance are either unflattering or aging.

    I don’t love this; that pink lip isn’t great, and I’d much prefer the skirt if it were just a cute mini without the train, but her face looks great and in general she looks much more the 24-year-old she is instead of the 30-year-old she’s been dressing as.

    • Sobaika

      Maybe this is a monitor thing, but I’m not seeing pink lips. I’m seeing cadaver. The eyeliner can be too much with her eyebrows, but eyeliner + brows – lip color makes her face too top heavy, if that makes sense.

      • filmcricket

        I do get what you’re saying, yes, but I’m not seeing it here. In the close-ups (on my monitor at least) she’s clearly got pale pink lipstick and blush on. And while I am not wild about the shade, she doesn’t look undead to me.

    • makeityourself

      This appears to be a deliberate attempt to match the makeup to the skirt.

  • barbarienne

    Cut that skirt off at the length of the front and it would be adorable.

    I don’t know what that is on her head, but I hope it was dead before they put it there.

  • conniemd

    “Big black butt tongue” I can’t unsee it now.

  • Candigirl1968

    If the skirt didn’t have a train (because it just highlights the skirt’s heaviness) and the pattern was on the top of the back, it would be so much better.

  • formerlyAnon

    Cute front view on the skirt, awful for the hair. Back view reverses the cute/awful judgement.

  • mhleta

    Copa Cabana cigarette girl with Walk of Shame hair.

  • Fordzo

    Can we stop with the accent nail? When will that trend be over, because it makes my eye twitch.

  • No no mo no no no. I love her hair and make up. That is all.

  • Anne At Large

    I could deal with the outfit but the styling all seems so off. Shoes, rings, makeup, what was going on with her stylist?

    Also, for how great she has been looking lately, this seems overly formal for this event, no?

  • MilaXX

    I don’t mind the outfit, although I’m not crazy about the back of the skirt being solid black. However that bride of Frankenstein hair & wing eyed w/ dead lips combo is just horrible.

  • clatie

    If the skirt were just a few inches longer in the back than in the front, I would love it. As it is, HATED IT (said in the tone of those “Living Color” guys)

  • Lori

    This is such a Rashomon of a hairdo. It’s a mess from the front, good from the back and insane from the side.

  • Danielle

    If only the print on the skirt continued onto the back. Tsk.

  • Chris

    I love everything but the too pale lips. It’s like she’s trying to be a current, darker teen version of Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina. She looks pretty, young, eye catching and chic.

  • MartyBellerMask

    I am sick of these pointy-puffy shoulders that look like hanger bumps.

  • Tracy Walker

    It’s the almost-but-not-quite unibrow that’s killing me.

  • twocee

    Hair is really bad but I kind of like the skirt in a bizarre, event appropriate way. Maybe? Though I have to agree about the big black butt tongue.

    What really bugs is the explosion of rings on her fingers. Why??

  • marlie

    This is a miss for Lily, though it’s still way better than a lot of her contemporaries’ clothes. And the shoes make me angry.

  • Zorkness

    That relaxed smile alone makes it acceptable.

  • Jessica Freeman

    It’s unfortunate her hair is mimicking the skirt. No.

  • jen

    I like where she was going with this, but I don’t feel like she quite got there.

  • KingCrazy

    I kinda like her shoes, and her eye makeup. That’s about it.

    Lily you’re so much better than this. Let’s get back on track.

  • LaSylphide

    There’s something wrong with the cut and/or fit of the top if she gets those weird wings when she puts her hand on her hips. Hate hate hate hate hate the skirt.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Nope. Not liking this look at all. Big black butt tongue….hee!

  • thecitysleeps

    I like this.

  • lrober03

    When I saw the hair at first, I thought it was a hat….and I didn’t mind it.
    I wish there were more hats on the red carpet

  • Super_Red

    I….. kind of like this. I shouldn’t. I should hate it. And you’re right about the butt tongue and I can’t stop seeing that, but I actually like this. There are some issues, and it could have been better for sure. But overall I don’t think it’s a misstep on her part.

  • snarkykitten

    That hair tho :/

  • susan6

    Everything here looks too stiff. The skirt. The hair. The face. The face is the weirdest….they seemed to be aiming for the “no makeup” look, but somehow it looks like she’s wearing a mask. If the stiffness of the clothes was offset by hair and makeup that were a bit more…unstiff, natural, whatever….might have worked. As it is, she looks like a waxwork.

  • appliquer

    Sorry, but everything about it – the outfit, the makeup, hair, styling, makes her look like a 50 year old from the 50’s.

  • Getoverit

    Hate mullet dresses but this one looks cute on her. Wish it had the pattern on the back instead of solid black. Hate the hair & the shoes.

  • moxie_lady

    My kingdom for a widow’s peak… And I’m living for her makeup. I usually hate a mullet skirt, but the palm trees make me happy. You’re so spot on about the butt tongue from the back though.

  • jkatkins

    My eyes! My eyes!

  • nannypoo

    All bad.

  • Just Me

    LOVE the skirt fabric…hate the mullet effect. If only the front went all the way around then it would have been super-cute and fun.

  • crash1212

    …and yet, I think she’s totally rocking it. I would’ve totally loved it if the print had carried over to the back of the dress – either way – I love this…even the hair.

  • Rhonda Shore

    The lack of bright lipstick is a gaping lacuna in this look.

    • Anniebet

      Great band name.. The Gaping Lacuna.

  • LadyCelia

    It needs a sequined pink flamingo applique on the train. Wearing cat’s eye sunglasses.

  • This is a cute look, but this kind of skirt and busy design needs someone taller than her height to really pull it off.

  • Ashley Ellen Wilson

    Ugh. That makeup is doing bad things to her face.

  • Nope she looks flawless, please continue to do many Lily Collins posts okay thank you.

  • H2olovngrl

    Amy Winehouse on top, Charo on the the bottom.

  • Levedi

    Can we condemn the Eddie Munster hair?

  • DominoEstella

    no to the skirt.

  • Anniebet

    Love the skirt fabric. Hate the sleeves. She’s looked much better.

  • Warrior89

    Eddie Munster. Also: hideous skirt.

  • CommentsByKatie

    She looks so young here! But she’s pulling it off, for me. I do think there is something funky going on with her eyebrows – I like her thick eyebrows but they look pointy or something here.

  • i like the skirt but would prefer a more delicate top. but speaking of big black butts, what about her hair? no.

  • Amy Wilson

    I love it all- head to toe.

  • Daisy Walker

    I can’t decide if the worst part of the look is from the neck up or the neck down. This goes on my Worst Looks List for the year. Yuck!

  • altissima

    I love how in the last pic, it looks as though she’s wearing a “choice” crown.

  • “is just so very” I always love and appreciate a good Heathers reference.

  • queen b*tch

    Big black butt tongue made me snort coffee out of my nose!

  • teensmom99

    I think she has that quality that makes it possible for her to get away with almost anything. She should have a sign: “Don’t try this at home”–but it does work for her.

  • Town

    I don’t think short hair or any suggestion of short hair works for her. ALWAYS have your hair down. Otherwise your large head becomes the focus and that ain’t good.

  • MaggieMae

    I didn’t think I could cringe at anything more than those sheer paneled skirts that will not go away. BUT, I really hiss at mullet hems. Claws full-out.

  • insertcleverbit

    Did anyone else start hearing November Rain because of this dress? The hi-lo thing immediately makes me think of that wedding dress from the video.

  • quiltrx

    I kind of like the skirt, if for no other reason than it is something in a Resort collection that actually LOOKS Resort!

  • kathrineb

    I can’t help it. I hate that skirt on anyone… But on someone else it would be a lot worse so I guess thats something

  • Tippi123

    Agree on the skirt; the solid black isn’t all that nice (and what I expected it to look like on the back). I don’t mind the accentuated shoulders that much. At least she (or her stylist) didn’t go for the matching top like one of the other lady stars (other TLo post).