Lily Collins in Paper London and Halston Heritage

Posted on August 21, 2013

Oh, hell. Let’s just get it over with.


Lily Collins attends the “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” Germany Premiere in a Paper London top paired with a Halston Heritage full-length skirt, a Pluma Italia necklace and a Movado cuff.


Nothing against Miss Lily, but sometimes the poledance gets boring and you just don’t want to feature the same person like ten days in a row. After a while, what is there left to say? Unless the star in question is some sort of walking fashion disaster or piece of red carpet performance art, a bitchy blogger tends to run out of bon mots (assuming said bitchy blogger ever had any to begin with).

Lily’s knocked it out of the park consistently every time she’s gotten dressed in the last month, except for those few times when she felt like showing off some skin and wound up looking a little awkward. The girl is definitely proud of her abs routine, since her belly is the number one bit of body real estate she likes to show off. We like the idea of this outfit, for the most part. That is, if you’re determined to show off your flat belly, then this is a chic way to do it. The skirt does look a bit dated, though.  It also bothers us that the top and skirt are not quite matched blacks. And the hair looks a bit dowdy.

Hey, how about that? We found things to say! Honestly, we like the overall look, but the more we zero in, the more we’re finding quibbles.


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  • W.E.R.Q.

  • Just Me

    The skirt is too long on her. She needed to deploy the stripper heel. Then it would have been fierce on fire, even with the belly showing and the different blacks. I personally like the hair. It keeps the look elegant.

    • 3boysful

      I like the hair, too. Giving off an Audrey Hepburn vibe. Heck, I want to hate the exposed midriff, but I really like the whole thing!

    • I almost agree with you about the stripper heel. But then I wonder if it wouldn’t take the look to Flamenco like levels. I’m torn.

      • Just Me

        I am going on the assumption that she is already wearing a 3-4 inch heel, because she is tiny and that skirt is vintage and not originally made for the likes of vertically challenged people. So, a stripper heel would give her the extra 2-3 inches needed to keep the skirt from breaking where it is not designed to break. This strikes me as a skirt designed to skim the floor or at worst, have a slight break (like well-made curtains hung correctly).

    • marlie

      “Fierce on fire.” I need to figure out a way to use that over the course of my day today.

  • PlethoraofBooks

    Let’s get it over with was my same thought. She has had more WERQ’s than not buy I’m getting tired of seeing her… Especially when this look feels weirdly stale compared to some of her other looks.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    I totally love this, but still can’t get over the fact that she’s Phil Collins’s daughter. ‘Against All Odds’ now has a new meaning.

    • Vtg Fashion Library

      I did not know that she was his daughter. Where have I been? Geez………

  • Karen Belgrad

    This isn’t working for me… It looks like Morticia Adam’s niece heading out for a night on the town.

  • I do appreciate that the two blacks are in fact differing textiles, with different textures, but I don’t think the difference is quite enough. Also, the skirt is too long on her and needs to come up a couple inches, or she should have deployed a platform shoe to take up the slack. Who would have ever seen em?

    • Rhonda Shore

      The different texture of the top makes it work…i think she looks fab actually! What a beauty! Against all odds, indeed!

      • 3boysful

        I think the difference plays better in person than in stills (unless you look at the close-up).

        • Rhonda Shore

          maybe…i think tea length dresses are most perfect for Lily actually…would accentuate her ingenue quality most excellently.

    • shorty j

      exactly. they’re so close to matching that it looks like an accident instead of playing with textures.

    • kimmeister

      I think she is probably already wearing platforms.

  • Diego!

    It’s eye catching but this dress doesn’t suit her well, she looks shoulder-less and the skirt is too puffy or big let´s say in this case for her. It really needs some editing, make up is flawless but her hair is too old fashion style for her age.

  • SewingSiren

    Her youth is working overtime in her favor. In this case it keeps the look less dated. I think she needs a tiny gold envelope clutch to win the Barbie seal of approval

  • Honesty, I love it. My only complaint is that I wish the materials were the same. Gorgeous!

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Right. I mean – this child is seriously gorgeous and classy looking. This is not my favorite of the looks, but she still looks amazing.

  • Targettaste

    To me, bare midriff just screams casual. But I will thank her for not thinking sophisticated=exposed boobs.

  • clairellis

    I feel like if it was a dress and not two pieces she would look stunning. It’s like the hair and skirt are trying to make her ‘classic’ while the top screams ‘I’m a young starlet and your abs will never be as good as mine.’ But I love the necklace.

  • carnush

    If she had worn her hair down, it would have been perfect. I agree that the bouffant is dowdy. She can really work the relaxed glamour look.

  • kmk05

    Oh, I hate this. The entire look is contrived: this is not your skirt, and this is definitely not your hair, and you are not an old socialite.

  • filmcricket

    Her make-up is great. That’s the only positive thing I have to say about this. Also, the more I see of her on this pole dance tour, the more Eau de Smug wafts off her. You’re starring in a movie based on Harry Potter fanfic which has so far received lousy critical reception. Let’s not pretend we’re Kate Winslet quite yet, hmm?

    • Glam Dixie

      I also found out that the (horrible) 50 shades books were originally a Twilight fanfic. Who knew? For me personally, I found the Mortal Instruments far more enjoyable than HP. Blasphemy, I know.

      • filmcricket

        Pretty much everyone knew 50 Shades were Twilight fanfic, no? The first I ever heard of the books was in a big EW story about “fanficcer makes good.”

        I haven’t read Mortal Instruments, so I have no basis of comparison; I’m not interested in giving that woman any of my money. And granted, there are only about 40 reviews so far on Rotten Tomatoes, so that’s not exactly a huge data set. But so far, they are overwhelmingly negative.

        • I feel like Hollywood is going to to make sure Miss Lily is a Star no matter what her first few movies bank. She’s got the interesting pedigree, the looks, the stamina and she’s the anti KStew in all ways. I suspect her next move will be a big big name for a boyfriend and a movie with an Oscar winning actress where death is the main theme. Yep, I think this one is on the Julia Roberts track.

          • filmcricket

            I keep forgetting she’s Phil Collins’ daughter. That frankly makes me like her even less. A clothes horse who’d get auditions based on her family name regardless of her talent: basically she’s Brunette GOOP.

            Apparently I am an especially Bitter Kitten today. I will now slink off and take a happy pill or something.

          • Qitkat

            I knew none of this. My especially Bitter Kitten thoughts were that almost any tiny young slender thing such as Lily will have good looking abs no matter if she has a routine or not; I certainly did (have good looking abs) umpety-umpety years ago while having no routine whatsoever.

            So comeon with me @filmcricket:disqus, let’s go have a cuppa coffee or tea together. I’ll buy.

        • Glam Dixie

          The trailers for the movie do not look good. Based on those, I’m not planning to waste my money.

  • gabbilevy

    I love the ribcage up (Ok, that’s a weird spot, but hey) but that skirt is just too heavy for my taste. Another color, or shorter, or less-stiff fabric could have kicked this up to a WERQ. Lily is having *quite* the moment, isn’t she?

  • Darren Nesbitt

    I like it. The skirt is just too long.

  • judybrowni

    You mean that’s not the Audrey-bot?

  • Glam Dixie

    I swear, her eyebrows get bigger every time I see her.

  • Catiline

    Wow, I hate this. The top is cute but everything else is Morticia Addams in all the wrong ways.

  • ConnieBV

    Holy shit, that hair is straight up Goldie Hawn in the last scene of Overboard. Now I need to go watch that.

  • bertkeeter

    Yeah …a paneled ” Ball Gown ” skirt says HALSTON?… NOT!

    • Donna Tabor

      Actually, it’s classic Halston: clean lines, beautiful silhouette, and basic color.

      I actually wore Halston in the 70’s.

      • bertkeeter

        I worked for HALSTON from 1985-90 at the Olympic Tower offices / studio with the original workroom staff. I like this skirt top combo but the skirt has nothing to do w H’s construction or heritage! More like Herrera Heritage!

        • bertkeeter

          And it’s too long!

          • Donna Tabor

            Definitely too long on her.

  • marlie

    It’s not her best look from the last couple of weeks, but it’s ok. But her hair is way too stiff.

  • Julie Chase

    I can’t believe I would say this about a belly baring outfit, but I love all of this. All of it.

  • formerlyAnon

    I kinda love this. In this case the bare midriff keeps the gown from being too much, and in a dull way. And **her hair matches the ‘feel’ of her ensemble!!!!** (I had a hard time not putting that in all caps, it seems so rarely the case.)

    • Shawn EH

      I really like full-length skirts, too.

  • Shawn EH

    I say: your move, Rooney.

  • CatherineRhodes

    I think she looks absolutely perfect. Love every inch of it.

  • conniemd

    I don’t particularly like the look, but I think it’s the right vibe for a German premiere. It’s got a German underground vibe, so I can see it. Just doesn’t do anything for me.

  • uprightcitizen

    When TLo said her hair looks dowdy, I was thinking more ‘dowager.’ If you look at kind of edgy films from the late 60s and early 70s, almost every one of them has a bored, wealthy woman, from very late thirties to early sixties in age, who is probably the hostess at the party, the patron of the arts, in an overly embroidered gown … wearing this hairstyle. The character is unhappy, annoyed with all the free-spirited counter-culture around her, but doesn’t know how to get out of her own rut. The combination of the placement of the bun, the bow, and the slightly ratted pouf was often that character’s hairstyle. It’s not that it isn’t chic, or go with the dress, but because I can’t help but see these references from that era, the style looks WAY too old for Lily Collins. If she had just worn her hair like she did with the Stella McCartney the other day, I think she’d look kind of amazing here. With some earrings.

    • Lilak

      ‘Zactly. Aside from the exposed midriff, the whole look belongs to an old school socialite at least twice her age.

  • CheriCPat

    Oh, I think she looks perfect, and it may be the “dowdy” hair that makes it so! I was looking at her trying to figure out how come this dress on anyone else (say, JLo) would be tacky. I decided it is because Lily doesn’t have that aura of desperately seeking sexy that many others do, and because the hair takes it to Jackie-O land. And because the skirt waistband hits at exactly the right spot to avoid tacky. It might be a little too long, but all in all, I love it.

    • alyce1213


  • nannypoo

    If Rooney Mara had a facial expression this could be her.

  • CakesOnAPlane

    She is on a total midriff-liberation campaign. It’s her cause du jour.

  • rkdgal

    Do my eyes deceive me, or is that a big-ass BOW on the back of her head? If so, Miss Collins, allow my to dust off all of my large bow barrettes from the 1980s (many of which were PROUDLY handcrafted) and ship them to you tout de suite! (As a bonus, I’ll pad the package with the matching scrunchies, also proudly handcrafted.)

  • Amy909

    I actually like the outfit. King of reminds me of an Indian choli outfit. She’s got the face and body to pull off a lot of these odd looks and still come out looking pretty decent!

  • MilaXX

    I see what TLo are saying but for some reason I like it nonetheless. I wish she didn’t have the bow, but otherwise I’m okay with the look.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I love this, minus the hairstyle. But regardless, I think she looks gorgeous and she manages to keep a bare midriff looking classy. Not everyone can do it, but many try.

  • TLJezebel

    Stronger lip, please.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I love this except I think that hair belongs with a different dress.

  • decormaven

    Not a fan of the big bow, and the skirt is a bit voluminous for her build. Quibbles aside, this kiddie is working some farily advanced looks on this RC tour.

  • random_poster

    Not sure if this makes any sense, but I’ll try anyway.

    I’m not usually a fan of bare midriff, however, I think this looks much less contrived than if it had sheer panels. She’s starting to hit Emma Watson levels of appeal to me.

  • Hetha Innis

    I think it’s a hell of a great look, but way too mature for her. It doesn’t even age her, it just looks like someone at least 15 years older could rock it a lot better.

  • alyce1213

    I’m shocked that I like a midriff-baring ensemble that doesn’t have Barbara Eden inside it, but this is gorgeous on Lily.
    I love everything about this, head to toe perfection.

  • River

    How can such a beautiful girl manage to achieve a touch of frump here? The fabrics are too stiff and awkward for her and the hair is terrible. Oh well.

  • Imasewsure

    Eh it’s fine… nothing noteworthy but worth looking at anyway

  • boweryboy

    No. I don’t like it. Competing blacks. Competing fabrics. Too long skirt. Chunky heavy jewelry.

    I would have liked some sort of cool minimalist boxy white top to go with the skirt, but that’s just me.

  • NoveltyRocker

    Very striking on first impact. With the hair, giving off an edgiest girl at the piano recital vibe.

  • Monabel

    Dear uncles, explain why you castigate non-matched colors? Sometimes they seem more interesting than not.

  • Florence Whytingale

    To be this look is completely unbalanced. Too little fabric up top yet she’s positively drowning in it below the waste.

  • CommentsByKatie

    Love the hair and the cuff, absolutely loathe everything else.

  • CJHogan

    Is anyone else getting a Crystal Allen vibe? That’s not a bad thing–but it’s not a Lily Collins thing really.

  • Anniebet

    Only thing I don’t appreciate in this outfit is the unmatched black colors. That’s a pet peeve. I don’t have the uncles dislike of bare midriffs, though, unless it’s badly done. She’s lovely.

  • LauraAgain

    I get it that with such a bold necklace, earrings are too much. But I just don’t like the look of a bare earlobe with holes in it. I’d rather she would wear a teeny gold hoop or stud. But that’s just me.

  • somebody blonde

    You know, if anyone is trying to get an Audrey Hepburn biopic made, the girl is right for the job…

  • HVM

    She’s young enough to get away with the top but the skirt is fug.