Anna Paquin in Alexander McQueen at the HBO’s 2013 Emmys After Party

Posted on September 25, 2013

Sorry for the down time yesterday, darlings. It was planned and then sorta not planned, if you know what we mean. Here. We’ll use Anna as an illustration of that idea.



“True Blood” star Anna Paquin attends HBO’s Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Post Award Reception at The Plaza in Los Angeles, California in an Alexander McQueen leather dress paired with Casadei pumps and Cathy Waterman jewelry.

PLANNED, in that it’s all coordinated and of a theme. Said theme being, “I’m your scary little dominatrix,” apparently.

UNPLANNED, in that it’s a little half-assed and … we don’t know… perfunctory, we guess. No surprises.

Maybe it’s because we’re not loving that dress on her. Or maybe we think the severe hair and makeup – which seems to be a theme lately – is not really her friend, especially when paired with a leather dress. For once, the accessories are our favorite parts. Love the shoes and the bangles. If they were paired with a more interesting dress, we’d be kinder.

Seriously, this is a girl who needs color. She needs to stop defaulting to black. That bog-standard vampire marketing schtick only goes so far, hon.




[Photo Credit: Jennifer Graylock/]

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  • Karen Belgrad

    Even when I leave this page, I will feel as though her eyes are watching me all day….

    • For reals. I never thought I’d type these words, but: Anna Paquin is seriously terrifying.

      • Right?! She was harmless in Almost Famous, but they had to style her with flowers and mary janes to achieve it…eerie.

      • Celandine1

        Oh I am scared. Also slap a diva turban on her and I keep imagining her saying “I AM big. It’s the pictures that got small.”

    • AnniNoone

      Perfect. I was going to say something about “crazy eyes,” but this is so much better.

      • schadenfreudelicious

        Those eyes have passed crazy and gone directly to batshit!

        • Vtg Fashion Library

          Anna Pacquin saw a wire coat hanger, and she is NOT amused.

          • Karen Belgrad

            Thank you! I too was getting a total “CHRISTINA!!!!” vibe!

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      It’s like those paintings in a movie about a haunted house, where the eyes just follow you back and forth!

      • Karen Belgrad

        Now I’m hearing that “Hey! Where you going?” Halloween decoration that someone always puts up in the office (and that talks to you for all of October at grocery/drug chains)

    • kim bunchalastnames

      ya. she looks as if she thinks she at an audition for “american horror story: the dead undead.”

  • marlie

    The hair and makeup are way too severe on her and are making her look much older. The rest… Just isn’t her look.

    • MoHub

      I had to keep checking my memory to recall how young she is. In this getup, she looks as if she’s in late middle age.

    • Rhonda Shore

      It’s just way too hard a look for her. It’s not flattering.

  • joancarol

    Ummm… Anna Pacquin. See, I do read it all !

  • Diego!

    OMG.. that is a spooky face! I HATE her make up, but I think this dress really works on her body and she is rocking it. Her hair mmm yeah whatever, but her make up is ruining everything here. Also, her grandma shoes are not helping either.

    • Tatiana Luján

      I agree with you 100%

    • I like this dress a lot, although I would ditch the patch pockets, and it makes her body look fantastic.

  • annachronizm

    she’s kinda having a sunset boulevard-esque crazy eye moment, isn’t she?

    • Lucía Gavello

      OMG those are absolutely Norma Desmond crazy eyes! She’s probably putting on a play right now, she doesn’t need dialogue!

    • hillmad

      She’s ready for her close-up, Mr.DeMille!

  • omg_dora

    The dress is hot and I love it. She looks weird because she’s staring weirdly and her hair and makeup aren’t flattering.

  • hyperionic

    This would probably work if she smiled.

  • zenobar

    I kind of like the dress, actually, but I’m too distracted by the Crazy Eyes to give it much more than a perfunctory glance.

    • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      They are a little focus-pulling, aren’t they?

  • Telperion

    The crazy eyes and the sunken cheeks, and the instinct to run kicks in.

  • teensmom99

    Sorry, I think he shoes are an illustration in the book “Why Ankle Straps Are. Not Your Friends.”

    • kimmeister

      These ones aren’t as bad because the color of the straps is very close to her skin tone.

      • teensmom99

        I think that’s the exact problem–these should have been good but all I saw was cankle.

  • ellisd123

    Those eyes are the things of nightmares. Sheesh.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Oooooo! Crazy Eyes!

  • carnush

    Man she is looking SCARY.

  • Carrie

    Anna. What is with that look on your face darling? You have such a pretty smile, use it! The dress isn’t anything to write home about, but it’d still help the situation.

  • BeeBeauNYC

    She looks so pissed off.

  • Whoa! It’s as if every image could be captioned, “Are we good?” or “Are you done?”

  • Well, I’m certainly awake now!

  • Jacquelyn

    The opening picture is frightening.

  • Jesus Honey, relax. This is shrill, harsh, scary and abrasive. Hella OUT.

    • Constant Reader

      Apparently, “Dear God, I’m being stalked by a machete-weildng madman” is the expression you get when you don’t practice your bitchface enough. Let this be a lesson to us all.

  • SugarSnap108

    To me, she looks shocked and appalled, and possibly disoriented. And I would be, too, standing on that carpet with that backdrop.

  • broke&fashionable

    I am going to have nightmares about that face.

  • AmeliaEve

    Something about that dress looks too industrial in a not-good way. It’s like the leather apron worn by some retro-futuristic pipe fitter who lives beneath Metropolis. A big monkey wrench and a headscarf would be appropriate accessories for this.

  • Eve Farren Farber

    What’s with the bulging eyes?

  • Judy_S

    What down time? those were a couple of marathon Emmys posts yersterday.

  • AlisonS

    Did she do a shitty lemon drop before stepping onto the step-and-repeat ’cause that is sure one sour puss face.

  • d4divine

    Girlfriend, if you didn’t wanna come, you shoulda stayed home. Your look isn’t doing you or us any favors.

  • clairellis

    She looks so intense. And yet she still managed to look better than her husband. Who looked like he rolled outta bed and put on his comfy outfit for the GD Emmy’s!

    Seriously, Anna your gorgeous don’t look like you wanna eat everyone, it’s unsettling.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I like the dress, just not on her and not the way it’s styled here. I wonder why she looks so surprised.

  • Wendy Kaufman

    Her head looks HUGE here. Just weird all over.

    • Lori

      I keep waiting for some starlet to sue whoever set up these set & repeats to put the paps at the angle that produces the bobblehead look. It’s ridiculous.

  • majorbedhead

    “Mommy, the crazy lady is scaring me!”

  • Tarquin


  • cocohall

    It looks like she got disoriented for a minute, forgot she was on a red carpet, and was using her “don’t fuck with me stare” for the papparrazi who might chase her and her twins down the street. Can you imagine the conversation with her publicist later? “Sweetie? Um, when we do PUBLICITY, we smile. The corners of our mouth go up! Our eyes crinkle with friendliness and warmth. Remember? You are a wonderful actress. Maybe you are tired. But we PRETEND to be happy. ACT like you want to be here, m’kay?”

  • Kent Roby

    Anna, take a cue from Annie: You’re never fully dressed without a smile.

  • christinewithanx

    Ah, the step and repeat finally catapults some lucky starlet to lunacy.

  • paginatrix

    She was such a cute little girl.

  • Pudgy Possum

    Is it her makeup or are her cheeks collapsing shortly before they implode?

  • crash1212

    I think if one must do a leather dress, this is the way to do it. It fits properly and I think she looks fierce in it. Love the shoes. Don’t mind the make-up but her “crazy eye” posing is just silly. Hair is too severe…maybe a pony would’ve been a better choice? Dunno…but I don’t hate this. Surprisingly.

  • MilaXX

    Never thought a leather dress could be so boring.

  • Janet B

    Is she trying to scare me?

  • sagecreek

    Why the Crazy Eyes? Is she over-medicated?

  • bertkeeter

    Both dress and shoe are great…just not together! Dress needs an edgier, heavier shoe. That black and gold pump is way to ladylike. Definetly loosen up hair and makeup!

  • Shawn EH

    Rather than a Hitchcock blonde, she’s a Hitchcock Barbie. Or maybe Skipper.

  • Ha. Perfunctory is the perfect word to use for this look. Also, omg her eyes. Wth.

  • anotherkate

    Why is she making that expression with her lovely face? It’s so distracting! I like the look, but don’t love it. There is some definite half-assery in the execution as TLo so aptly wrote.

  • Synnae

    Dress itself is great. I would not have combined it with those shoes but we’ve seen far worse on the red carpet. However, what lets this outfit down is first her posing, secondly
    her make-up and thirdly the very severe hair. This could have done with
    loose waivy hair, better make-up and a smile jeez. Save the bitchy look for the paps.

  • Akmall Razlan

    what the hell? was she sick of something? please, be nice, you did not have to be fierce on the carpet. Its after party!! its not a rage party or whatever. Please, and girl, a few colours might be okay for you and you are not going to a funeral, Please!

  • Darva Sutra

    I actually LOVE the dress on her. But this is not giving “fashion bitch face”, Anna, yikes!

  • Imasewsure

    Does she always look like that? I don’t mean the dress which isn’t working but the face and expression which is much much worse???? Strange

  • Lilithcat

    Man, who pissed her off?

  • styrch

    She looks seriously stressed out – in that scared angry animal kind of way.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    Her hair, her makeup all look ashy and severe. No bueno.

  • mhleta

    I can’t get past the Norma Desmond crazy face to pay attention to what she’s wearing. What or who did she ingest before hitting the RC that put her in such a state? This is the face a person makes when the cops catch you blowing a politician at a rest stop.

    • Pennymac

      Ahahahaha….laughing so hard I can’t catch my breath….

  • scrappy1

    She’s THIRTY. ONE. She looks 50. Honey, tousle your hair, put on something comfy, and grab a cheeseburger.

  • Suzanne Moore

    Dominatrix action figure.

  • formerlyAnon

    Head of a woman wound too tightly. At least. Possibly scary crazy. The dress goes wrong below the waist. Somehow length plus those shoes gets clunky. And those shoes ought to have me thinking very good thoughts.

  • melanie0866

    She seems to be trying to make the same face Carol Burnett did as Norma Desmond.

  • RussellH88

    The look in her eyes is like she just realized on the red carpet that she’s wearing black leather overalls.

  • decormaven

    Valium would have helped that bash.

  • Kent Roby

    She is one big bloody prosthetic wound away from playing “Victim #43”. Sweetie, you’re a STAR, not an extra; lighten/soften up the look!

  • CT14

    She doesn’t even look like herself anymore. What’s with the crazy eyes in all pix?

  • Meredith

    Guys! I missed you.

  • e jerry powell

    Them’s some crazy-ass eyes. Has Michele Bachmann been around?

  • Tracy_Flick

    The makeup is just so aging. Wasn’t she a child star like 5 years ago?

  • kolokOlchik

    What’s with the scary-ass eyes?

  • PastryGoddess

    For someone who loves Alexander McQueen, she has no idea how to wear it does she. She’s like JJ in that regard, wearing dresses much too advanced for her fashion wearing skills.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    Anna I know! That background is giving me flash backs too.

  • demidaemon

    The of and on crazy eyes are super distracting. With that background, it’s like some nightmarish rendition of a personality disorder.

  • aahlife

    So unfortunate. She has had the telltale over correctived eye lift where the top white part of her eyeball is exposed, which gives her expression a permanent unpleasant and unnatural expression.

  • madscntst

    Her stare is enough to unnerve the devil.

  • Yeah, but if you’re a gal, and you try this dress on, and you look that fine in it, you’re gonna wear it. It’s like a fantasy we all have. ‘Yes, I am Cher, I am not a nerd, I can wear black leather.’

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love the dress, but the hair and makeup are tragic.

  • Cheryl

    I like the dress, but would like it better maybe 7 centimetres shorter, not mini, but just a bit of knee showing. I like colour, just as much as the next kitten, but what the heck colour are are you going to put against THAT insane background. I think black was a good choice specifically here. Anna’s crazy pants eyes might have come from looking at that backdrop a second too long.

  • snarkykitten

    O_O Did she happen to see a rat scurry by? O_O

  • Trickytrisha

    I’ve always been on the fence about whether or not she should be one of my few irrational dislikes. These pictures push me off the fence.

  • Veronica1022

    As Anna Paquin ages you can really see the Holly Huntee in her.

  • Derrick Austin

    Makes you long for the days of that Oscar-winning little girl from The Piano huh?

  • andi56

    Her head appears to be too large for her body. Perhaps it’s done with mirrors? And why do I look at this dress, and actually see farmer’s overalls?

  • pookiesmom

    She looks SO incredibly unhappy. I feel sorry for the girl.

  • sienna elm

    She looks surprised!

  • Danielle

    Resting bitch face.

  • sekushinonyanko

    DAMN she looks scary. Next time some vampire boyfriend says he wants to spend eternity with her she should show up looking like THIS. That fright would send him directly to the hereafter. Isn’t she like 30? They need to stop making her get naked on that show so that she can feel she has enough leeway in choosing her face over her ass and can put on enough cushion to make her face less severe.

  • kathrineb

    The hair and makeup is not flattering.