WERQ: Selena Gomez in Atelier Versace at the 2013 MTV VMAs

Posted on August 26, 2013

That’s how you do the VMAs. Flipping FLAWLESS:


Selena Gomez attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in an Atelier Versace dress paired with Atelier Versace shoes and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

Atelier Versace Fall 2013 Collection

This dress would look tacky pretty much anywhere else, but it’s downright demure on this sideshow of a red carpet. But it’s head-turning and demands your attention (if not your opinions), like the very best VMA getups do. The hair and makeup are perfect, as are the pop-of-color earrings. We’d not normally praise a pair of plastic pumps, but they tend to fit with the theme of the dress, said theme being “classy stripper,” of course. You WERQ that pole, girl. And that dress.


[Photo Credit: Jennifer Graylock/INFphoto.com, ACE/INFphoto.com, imaxtree.com]

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  • Introspective

    classy stripper indeed. feels like it has its own built in wardrobe malfunction.

    dont know if i love it. actually i know i dont. but agree with uncles tlo that it sure suits the venue….

    • Eve

      yeah agreed. suits the venue….but i don’t know if it suits her

      • Eve

        i made up my mind: i feel like it’s too much dress for her.

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          Yup, perfect for the venue, but you’re both right – I do think it’s a bit too much dress for her.

          • sojourneryouth

            I agree–I don’t love the dress, but it is an interesting look that works for the venue, if worn by someone who can handle it. I thought that I was put off by Selena trying to sex up her image because of her baby face, but that isn’t it. She doesn’t “own” her sexuality to me, at least not yet, so it’s uncomfortable to have her tell us to come and get it when she doesn’t even seem to be serving it.

  • zenobar

    When in Rome, I guess…

    • zenobar

      Yeah, I’ve looked at this for a couple of minutes and, now that the initial brain confusion has cleared up, I can state with certainty that this is a hideous, hideous dress.

      She’s lovely though.

      • Pannyx

        Yeah, even for the venue, I really can’t look at this dress for more than a couple of seconds without feeling kind of queesy.

  • deelup

    Gorgeous, but a bit ‘ooh Captain, my Starship Enterprise uniform just fell open… by accident.’

    • Darcy H

      You’re my favorite person on the internet today.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Jesus… I’ve literally never seen so many “likes” on a single post over here, ever! That was brilliant.

  • Danielle

    Dress is fine, hair and makeup are pretty, but those nails are GHASTLY.

    • zenobar

      They’re so Avon circa 1983.

      • Marianne Wardle

        Menopause red.

  • Paigealicious

    It works for the VMAs, but does it work for her? She seems…too young for it.

    • Billie_Dawn

      It’s way too much dress for her.

      • largishbearishAtlish

        I agree, it looks like she is sticking out of it, like someone wrapped it around her, not a complete unit/union…

    • barbarienne

      I had to go look up her age again. She’s 21, so technically it’s okay for her to wear this, but my brain just can’t handle it. She may be 21 but her face looks 12 no matter what makeup they do to it. Britney Spears in her little schoolgirl outfits was less child-porny than this.

      • Nicole C

        I feel the same way – I watched her video at a school dance (I’m a teacher) and felt dirty. Unfair for the girl, but true.

        • sojourneryouth

          So glad to know I’m not the only one. She still looks and acts like a 14-year-old trying to impress her older date.

          • Nicole C

            I think that’s the problem – she’s allowed to be sexy, but she definitely doesn’t have a woman’s sexuality yet. It just feels fake.

            I always go back to Maggie Gyllenhaal – not classically beautiful or hot, but her confidence + maturity makes her one of the sexiest actresses on screen. And that’s fully covered-up.

          • sojourneryouth


          • melisaurus

            OMG Maggie in Stranger than Fiction. There’s a scene in the beginning where she’s wearing a white tanktop and has tattoo sleeve and she’s being really rude, and she exudes sex every minute of the day. When I watch that I want to be her and if I wanted to have sex with a girl it would be into her.

    • marlie

      That might be my only quibble about this. I think this dress would be more suited for someone like Katy Perry or Rihanna. Selena looks fine (or, as fine as one can look in this dress), but it seems a tad too mature for her.

      • leahpapa

        Agreed. The dress (which I don’t like much) is venue- but not age-appropriate.

    • goldstargay

      I agree, right dress, wrong girl (emphasis on girl). Versace, especially Atelier Versace is evocative of POWER WOMAN who exudes sex and confidence. Regardless of how old Selena is she is way too cherubic for Versace and I am disappointed that she keeps wearing these looks that other, more mature, women would blow out of the park.

    • melisaurus

      Baby Drag

  • kmk05

    This is… horrifying. Perfect for the venue if you say so, but OH GOD MY EYES THIS IS TOO MUCH THIGH. Also too much boob. It’s like a socialite whose hobby is flashing her neighbours in her high-class neighbourhood. Her bathrobe is open on purpose dammit!

    I also think her face is perfect, but this combination of red nails, red lips and pancake face is extremely ageing, both on Taylor Swift and on Selena.

    • siriuslover

      At least there’s a possibility with this design that she’s wearing underwear unlike so many of those side-slit dresses where you know they had to go commando.

      • kmk05

        No way. Those hook things with crystals are attaching the two panels together, and underneath there’s just skin. It has to be commando, the probability of underwear being seen with any move is too great.

        Dry-cleaning is everyone’s friend, here.

        • siriuslover

          I missed that in the first look through. I thought it was just a design.

        • SEPA_Q

          I suspect you are correct that she is sans panties as the “probability of [said] underwear being seen with any move is too great.” So the alternative is that the probability of the [ahem] good china being seen is preferable? Only in the world of the VMAs I guess…
          Edited to add: those shoes are a horror — no matter what the venue. IMO, of course.

          • kmk05

            The shoes are… appropriate? They’re really not, I’m just happy they’re covered by her bathrobe/dress.

            I guess the good china wouldn’t be visible when she was standing. It’s really a concern when you sit, and at that point, maybe the photographers wouldn’t be around? Only film crews, and they focus on the face, I guess.

        • formerlyAnon

          I think it’s entirely possible that she’s wearing a thong with an “invisible” side string/strap/whatever-it’s-called.

  • jen_vasm

    Sorry, that dress is wearing her, not the other way around. Go put it in the closet for about 4 years.

  • AnnaleighBelle

    This was stunning. My favorite of the night.

  • Alanna

    The main thing I cannot abide is that blue sequined/beaded(?) trim. From a distance, it looks like those chaser light strips enclosed in plastic tubing — the kind you’d see in the front window of Spencer’s Gifts or a “novelty smoke shop & gifts”.

  • Latin Buddy

    This was perfection. Love where this girl is heading. Knows her fashion (or has paid someone to know their fashion).

  • DamH

    That dress takes some master technique to work with. Must praise her for choosing this one. Though it’s not a WERQ for me, it looks pretty.

  • filmcricket

    Everything north of the neck is lovely. Everything south is unspeakable.

  • MaggieMae

    Classy stripper, indeed!

  • Jacquelyn

    Like you guys said, if it was any place other than the VMAs…..it’s a little too much thigh for someone so young, IMO. And those shoes bother the hell out of me. However, her hair and face are stunning.

  • Sarah

    Does she not realize we can see her bra? So tacky.

  • BPlease

    The dress is too mature for her, classy stripper or not. She is gorgeous, the styling is on-point, but it belongs on a woman between the ages of 33-43 IMO. (Those ages were not a typo).

  • stardust462

    Does the front close up? Because I could have sworn when I saw her on TV during the preshow she was covered up (I wasn’t paying attention when she got her award). Love it though, perfect for the venue and she looks amazing.

    • Paigealicious

      I think her hair was over the bra part when she was on stage.

  • thecitysleeps


  • siriuslover

    I really like her hair worn sleek like this as opposed to the mound of waves she’s been sporting. As for the dress, the color looks amazing on her, especially paired with the great makeup. I love Selena, so I won’t comment about the half boob design, but even still, I think she looks amazing.

  • SugarSnap108

    I think a tacky dress is a tacky dress, whatever carpet you’re standing on. She’s beautiful, but no.

    • charlotte

      I’m glad that everyone here dislikes the dress as much as I do.

  • decormaven

    The lace embellishment on the bodice almost gives the apperance of a monkey face from a distance. It is an attention-grabber of a dress, though. But does such a young beauty need such heavy artillery?

  • She is a gorgeous girl, all grown up, for sure.

    The dress is mind-boggling. I’d almost like it better if she just wore the under-garment, or is that a part of the dress? I’m still scratching my head.

  • Glam Dixie

    Really, I think she slayed it. Hers was my favorite look of the night.

    • tereliz

      I have to agree. Venue appropriate, practically perfect styling, and attitude. She’s making it work!

  • Town

    Very cute. She looks better in it than the model.

  • Nancer

    This is Atelier Versace doing classy stripper as only Versace can do. The look is amazing, high fashion, and it fits her beautifully. There was a lot of skank on the red carpet last night, but this elevated the concept to a new high. I think it looks great!

  • mewesley

    She always looks adorable, but I have a hard time seeing dressed up Selena and not thinking “Toddlers and Tiaras.”

  • fauxprah

    RHOVMA’s ; that get-up ages her by 1.48 decades…………….Selena Rossi mo like it.

  • MilaXX

    The dress is tacky as a all get out, but since the unspoken theme last night was Pimps n’ ho’s this was the perfect look.

  • crash1212

    WERQ. Stunning. ’nuff said.

  • broke&fashionable

    Her face, earrings, and hair are giving me life. I honestly cannot figure out how I feel about every thing else.

  • The measure for whether or not to wear a dress to the VMA’s should be asking yourself the question, ‘could this be worn anywhere else?’ If the answer is ‘no’, then wear it. And Ms. Gomez did.

  • Emily Giovanni

    I feel like if you are going to wear a dress that has anything complicated going on above the waist, you should wear your hair up. But otherwise, yeah, this is pretty on-point (i.e. crazy).

  • nannypoo

    This is a really slutty dress. She manages to look pretty good anyway, as she always does. She looks like she’s about 14, so these sexy dresses are a little surprising on her. She’s young, but not that young.

  • Julie Chase

    Oooh, Jesus. I hate all of this.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    It’s a slutastic dress, which makes it perfect for the VMA’s. But her hair and makeup are lovely, so it works.

  • Judy_J

    Gotta hand it to her, she totally nailed it.

  • Classiest dress at any Adult Film Awards.

  • hellkell


  • ballerinawithagun

    Love the hook & eye treatment. I guess it is time to get out those 3 rolls of Chinese embroidered hook & eyes that I have used for many years…Perfect for the VMAs!

  • Very unexpected from her in a good way. Nails are too long.

  • bertkeeter

    WOW…best dressed…Glam!

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I remember seeing this dress and wondering who and where someone would wear it. And now I know. I love it for the VMAs. It’s amazing how classy she looks, whereas on some other red carpet classy would become trashy. Very pretty face.

  • Monzerrat Ontiveros

    compares to miley everything looks good…

  • MelVT

    Is it just me, or this a practically literal allusion to Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction?

    • AnnPopovic

      I like that; I thought it was a nod to Gaultier’s Madonna …thing…, but one sort of came of the other, yeah?

  • pepper76

    She is way too petite (and baby-faced) for this dress. She looks like she’s wearing someone else’s clothes.

  • marlie

    Awww, she and Taylor color-coordinated. It’s tacky as all hell, but I suppose this was the appropriate venue for this look. But I do have to admit, she looks pretty great.

  • Little_Olive

    I think there is a bit of a mix up here. SHE is gorgeous and working that thing like a pro. The dress is what would happen if a clothing bag had slutty aspirations. Please.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I really love this. Stripper, schmripper.

  • sockandaphone

    you guys she’s 21. she can wear this dress. and she looks spot-on appropriate and “classy stripper” indeed. She slammed it.

  • Diego!

    Gurl… WERQ!!! She is killing it!!! Bravo Selena! 🙂

  • No to this dress…at any venue.

    Meanwhile, Selena looks best with straight, sleek hair. Beautiful, really.

  • vitaminC

    Does anybody know if all those hooks are functional? Like, could she run into the ladies’, button herself up, and slip out to a White House formal dinner afterwards?

  • Imasewsure

    I don’t like it but I do love it. Great weird dress for the perfect venue and she looks stunning

  • DTLAFamilies

    Her hair is too long. Wack four or five inches off and she’d look a lot more sophisticated and closer to her age (though I realize that’s not what she was going for here).

  • formerlyAnon

    Holy effing cow! THIS is the exception that proves the rule for : ) dresses with more slit than seam and 2) slutty Versace. And, as noted, this is the rare occasion at which this might be deemed appropriate.

    Whoever dressed & styled her in this is a genius.

  • valerie saenz

    Tacky dress. Beautiful young woman.

  • It looks great on her — I’m convinced she can wear just about anything. But I’m not sure this does her justice, VMAs or no.

  • I would have tufts of cat fur on every single one of those little hooks. Stars are not like us.

  • neonseattle

    love the navy dress/green earrings. downright demure compared to the miley mess.

  • kimmeister

    Uh . . . I do like emerald green earrings paired with navy. That’s all I’ve got.

  • Janet B

    I’m impressed how relaxed her feet look in those shoes.

  • Lily-Rygh

    Oh, I have to respectfully disagree with my gay uncles on this one. As much as I do think it’s venue-appropriate, I think this dress is just absolutely hideous from top to bottom, and way too much look for someone like Selena. I have occasionally disagreed with a WERQ before, but never as strongly as this one.

  • Britney

    Oh man, is she killing this. It’s great. LOVE the earrings. Just total love for all of this.

  • Kelly

    Sorry, gents, but I hate this. I’m willing to accept that over-the-top is acceptable/fun for this venue, but not only would this get-up look tacky and ugly anywhere else, but I think it looks tacky and ugly here. Part of the problem is Ms Gomez’s face — I don’t mean it as a criticism of her, but she’s got a “baby face” — she looks 12 no matter what she wears. Not that I think she should wear only little-girl-style clothes, but in a cheap-burlesque-house get-up like this…well, to me it looks like a child playing inappropriate dress-up.

    However, I do agree that if she’s going to wear a bad-stripper gown, then the see-through plastic pumps are perfect for it. Plus, her hands look nice, and her hair looks healthy.

    • Oops, I just made the same point, but the opposite way – this is a slightly older woman’s dress. I’m reimagining JLo in it.

  • I’m not feeling it. It’s not even so much the tackiness of it, which I agree fits the VMAs, but I feel like it’s an older woman’s dress – someone past 25, and hopefully past playing kids in high school. Like, this is what SJP would wear to the VMAs if she ever deigned to go. Actually, now that I think about it, this is JLo’s dress. Not little babyface Selena Gomez, at least, not for a few years.
    I like the green/navy combo.

  • Mb

    The only person I could see wearing this dress is Cher….Cher from 20-30 years ago.

  • NinjaCate

    At first you said WERQ, and I said “wuuuut” but then you said “classy stripper” and I was on board.
    Girl looks she got into a catfight with Miley backstage.

  • JauntyJohn

    Girl got serious game.
    Probably the best (and only good) use of those stupid plastic pumps ever.

  • steeg of their own

    A+! I love this look on her. Perfect for the event, too.

  • Lucas

    Oh, dear… Damn, TLo. This is a gross misfire. Someone must have hacked your website and done this to you. Who are you and what have you done with TLo?!?!?!

  • Marianne Wardle

    No. She looks like a tacky grandma. And those naked feet distress me.

  • kalisa

    That’s a lotta leg for a girl her age. I heard she didn’t know how to pronounce her designer.

  • SM

    oh no not the hair, girl looks like 70% wig.

  • throwaneyeonthis

    All I can think of when I see this dress is the Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    I wish it was knee length and she had closed a few more hooks but BAM from h to t that is a stunning look.

  • That is some advanced dressing to the occasion.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    Props where they are due – defying all logic or reason – particularly when compelled to describe the individual elements I am seeing – this all came together really well.

  • kimiakay

    I don’t think many of the younger stars could wear this with the class that Selena’s pulling off here. The dress by itself would be scary. But on her, with the earrings, hair and her general presence it’s definitely a WERQ. Love it!

  • DominoEstella

    I absolutely hate this dress.

  • Suse

    Because she looks around 12-13 years old, there’s something very kiddie porn about this dress.

    • Shawn EH

      Word, it’s way too old for her. I was creeped out by the amount of Lolitas all over Brooklyn last night.

  • Laurie Landry

    Suck it b*tches.

  • jw_ny

    I said “wow” a few times as I was scrolling thru…must mean it deserves the werq. Her hair and makeup are, indeed, flawless!

  • macwell

    Its an interesting dress, but she looks so….innocent that anything this dramatic on her just looks like she’s plating dress up – at least to me…

  • Mariah J

    I really don’t like her but even I have to bow down to this. Clear winner.

  • Fanny_Trollope

    It’s very architectural. I love it.

  • guest2visits

    It’s alotta dress. Complicated, but she looks amazing in it. I do wish she had the model’s shoes though. Especially since she went deep jewel tones for the nails and earrings. The plastic see-thrus are not in sync with the fall-winter feel of the accessories.

  • quiltrx

    I feel like the dress is wearing her.
    But I’m really most fascinated by how unbelievably smooth the dress fabric is. Not a wrinkle or crinkle to be found. Maybe all gowns should be made of this stuff…

  • LadyLuck777

    This is what Katy Perry should have worn.

  • Alloy Jane

    I seriously love this dress but the young Miss is a few years away from owning this type of look. It’s not even an issue of baby face, it’s that she’s a silly young girl (as most are at this age) and that really shows when you wear something this bold. To put it in perspective, imagine Kiernan Shipka at age 21 wearing this. I do not think she would look as lolita as Selena does.

    She looks like she was having fun though.

  • Ummy

    I look at the picture fourth from the bottom and all I can see is “wtf is wrong with that back leg?”

    Also, I pretty much don’t like anything about this dress except the color.

  • Jenna Marie

    I don’t have the reservations everyone else has. It’s the perfect VMA dress. The fit is gorgeous and this is the most beautiful tacky dress I’ve ever seen.

  • Lilyana_F

    Agree a 100% – this is how you WERQ the VMAs.

  • Hildegerd Haugen

    Wow, she is growing into her looks and I like it.