Kerry Washington in Halston Heritage at Primetime Emmy Awards Celebration

Posted on September 18, 2013

Oh honey, no. This hurts a little.

Kerry Washington attends 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards – Dynamic & Diverse Nominee Celebration Hosted by the Television Academy and SAG-AFTRA in North Hollywood, California in a Halston Heritage dress paired with a Nancy Gonzalez clutch, Joan Hornig earrings, and white pumps.

She sometimes likes to reach for the Barbie shit, doesn’t she? We can admit it works with her every once in a while, but when it gets really literal like this, we can’t sign off on it. Too ruffly, too pucker-y, too damn PINK. And the white accessories scream “Some items sold separately.”

It’s just … not a great-looking dress.






[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/]

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  • RussellH88

    That dress looks like a crumpled and used drag queen tissue.

    • Clueless_Jock

      Or a pink mummy unravelling.

      • “Pink Mummy Unraveling” is going to be the name of my queer punk band, once I find a drummer.

  • Garcia Loca

    Bridesmaid. Gorgeous, fabulous bridesmaid bearing the atrocity of a bridesmaid dress and accessories with regal dignity. I will say though that she can wear so many colors beautifully.

    • Her face says “I’ve made a huge mistake.”

    • livesarah

      I was thinking, as many colours as she (and women with brown skin) can pull off, this particular shade of pink is *not* one of them.

  • Shoulders-up WERQ. But that is really not her dress. Leave it to one of the tweens, lovely!

    • iheartbuffy

      which ones though? Who would look remotely reasonable in this dress?

      • Quvenzhan√© Wallis – definitely a younger girl.

        • Shawn EH

          Ariel Winter; maybe at a smaller size, the ribbons wouldn’t sag so much.

    • Rand Ortega

      I don’t think even Kieran could pull of this rag bin.

      • 3boysful

        Halston?? Really? That is one cheap-looking dress.

        • Rand Ortega

          Given his meticulous, streamlined aesthetic, Roy’s spinning like a rotisserie chicken right now.

    • Jenna Marie

      You like the hair? I think it makes her head look misshapen!

  • It hurts a little? What was it someone said the other day about making like a kidney stone and passing? That’s what Kerry should have done here.

  • Mismarker

    And on the same day she is named Best Dressed by People.

    • iheartbuffy

      clearly, a very reliable fashion source.

      • Mismarker

        It is the Vogue of check out lane rags.

      • Imasewsure

        Gwynneth P – “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World” – would definitely commend the reliability of People!! Luckily KW is fashionable…. just not the most fashionable unfortunately (Hello Cate! Hello Tilda)….

  • Jacquelyn

    I actually really like bubble gum pink. But if it’s going to be bubble gum pink then it needs to be a simple design not have ALL THE THINGS. And yes, those white shoes are EXACTLY what my Barbie wore when I was a little girl some 20 years ago

    • cluecat

      Yeah. This would have worked the top had been a simple tank rather than full of ruffles and maybe a different color.

  • mjude

    the dress is a bit of a mess.

  • Karen Belgrad

    It’s the Prom-Dress-Made-From-Fabric-Scraps challenge….

  • hughman

    I do not think that dress company knows what the word “Heritage” means.

    • decormaven

      “Heritage” is euphemism for trading off the good work of those gone before.

  • kim bunchalastnames

    she looks excessively labial, as if some source of radiation just made her lady parts run wild.*

    *not to be confused with “having a good time.”

  • alyce1213

    Given her usual good taste, what was she thinking?

  • Kate4queen

    It’s so 80’s

    • iheartbuffy

      yes. 80s prom sin. I wish she had chosen those platform wedges with plastic flowers on them.

      • Constant Reader

        Or her white shoes were those pointy-toed flats.

  • Stella Zawistowski

    Man, you have to do a lot of work to make Kerry Washington look anything less than amazing, and yet someone has done it. Pity!

  • Sara

    Am I the only one who thinks she is overexposed?

    • Pietro

      Nope. Overexposed, overrated, totally contrived and phony. Completely od’d on her long ago and done. Her publicists have done pretty well for her, but can’t wait for the15 minutes to be over already. The industry tends to over-sell and over-celebrate and they tend to do it one actor/actress at a time which ends up in over-saturation and overexposure.

      • demidaemon

        To be fair, she mostly only comes out for premieres and awards shows. And she’s nominated, so one would expect her to show up to this.

  • filmcricket

    Yup, not good. Ah well. She gets to wake up with that face, so I imagine that eases the pain.

  • Call me Bee

    I usually love Miss Kerry, but this is awful. She looks like a lolli-pop head in that neckline. And white pumps always make feet look unnaturally big. They should be outlawed.

  • kimmeister

    I usually think women of color look so good in vibrant colors, but this is just not her shade of pink.

  • flamingoNW

    How you can do candy pink and frumpy in the same dress is a mystery, but there it is. White shoes are hideous. Even the hair is frumpy.

  • AlexisPayne

    Alas, Miss Washington is indeed a mere mortal.

  • NoveltyRocker

    Skirt looks wilted. Needs more fit in the torso. The color is beautiful on her and I even love how matte and clean the white accessories look with her complexion but agree it all hangs together in a very Barbie way.

  • iheartbuffy

    this… looks like wrapping paper. and whoever chose those shoes should lose their job immediately. I’ll even call in an anonymous tip to HR

  • Rand Ortega

    Looks like a Leanne Marshall reject. Far too fussy & not nearly as beautifully architectural. What a mess.

    • Karen Belgrad

      I would get a serious case of vertigo if this were paired with Korto’s seatbelt jacket!

  • That dress wouldn’t look good on anyone. It makes her shoulders look narrow. Maybe they are?

  • fit of the dress is off. it’s just wrong. she’s still as gorgeous as ever.

  • See, when you read the words “Kerry Washington in Halston Heritage”, your mind takes you somewhere. But not to Wedding Date Barbie’s closet.

    • demidaemon

      I was sadly thinking more along the lines of Bridesmaid “Insert Barbie Knockoff name here.”

  • DesertDweller79

    It looks like an ill-fitted 80s prom dress. Ah well, I guess no one’s perfect.

    • That was indeed the colour of my yr 10 formal dress, although mine had a ruched bodice and a big-arse bow on the hip.

  • MilaXX

    I feel like this is the sort of dress that only works on the really tall & thin. The shes and bag just need to be burned. On the positive side, the face/hair look great as ever.

  • Ronni H.


  • MarieLD

    Is Ven working for Halston Heritage?

    • gurl boy

      If only…couldn’t be worse that this piece of …….T!

  • Kathy_Marlow

    It looks like a dress that the guy from PR that did the same treatment over and over made it..can’t remember his name for the life of me.

    • Ven!

    • LadyLuck777

      That was my first thought as well.

  • crash1212

    Stunning woman in an unflattering dress.

  • Trickytrisha

    Never thought we’d see a color on her that doesn’t work, but maybe it’s the overall crepe paper effect that’s bringing the whole look down. Don’t care for the poufy hair either.

  • conniemd

    I can handle the barbie dress and white accessories. I don’t think hot pink is a good color on her, yellow or coral yes. but what really bugged me was the way the hair was so pulled tight.

  • stellamaris73

    Hair and makeup are very pretty, though….

  • Random Compliments

    not only is the dress hideous, but it also looks huge on her. ick. the color looks good on her though.

  • bertkeeter

    They can call it what they want but this piece of C–P has NOTHING in common vwith HALSTON, absolutely nothing! It’s disgusting that a name with so much American Fashion History attached to it can be associated with this BS! I mean c’mon!

  • nannypoo

    No one can wear that color.

  • stubbornthoughts

    And the winner for most unflattering dress of all time goes to…


  • Glenn Johnson

    Ven’s designing for Halston?

  • Chaiaiai


  • Shawn EH

    Halston should work so well for her, but this one should have stayed back in storage. Or maybe the new line just doesn’t know how to make the old dresses well.

    • gurl boy

      Real Halston would be amazing on her. This looks like Origami Rose after a bad night out drinking!!

  • SugarSnap108

    Who did this to her?

  • Lily-Rygh

    Kinda ironic that she was just today named People’s Best Dressed.

  • stephbellard

    Also she’s a statuesque woman and this dress makes her look short.

    • Alice

      For crying out loud, she’s not statuesque, the woman is short.

  • looks like it was stored at the bottom of a garbage bag full of shoes and other heavy objects. it’s lost its poof.

  • quiltrx

    The accessories…UGH. The bodice is not bad…but then it looks like the skirt wasn’t working out and they just sewed it together any old way to be done with it.

  • Imasewsure

    Would be cute in Barbie size… this is pink and white ass unfortunately… “Drag Queen Tissues” indeed!!

  • Daxx2513

    The hair with the dress together looks a little “fun house mirror”. Long face, arms and lower legs, everything else covered in pink, kinda squatty.

  • LaSylphide

    Dear Kerry, what’s happened to you lately?

  • jilly_d

    ay-yi-yi. no.

  • Slade Thunderdragon

    It’s bringing back bad memories of Project Runway’s Ven Budhu.

  • BUT BUT BUT She’s wearing a lipcolor! BABY STEPS.

  • Miranda

    This dress makes me sad.

    • Candigirl1968

      It makes me miss my high school prom.

  • pookiesmom

    Oh, this is terrible! This girl would look better in a sack, honestly.

  • BrooklynBomber

    And to think People just named her best dressed.

  • GTrain

    Love the hair

  • Dagney

    AND ladies and gentlemen, please put away your white shoes because they are DONE.

  • madscntst

    The first picture looks photoshopped – like a ginormous bobble-head.

  • e jerry powell

    I blame Lyn Paolo.

  • MoHub

    Is there some Ven Budhu origami rose pleating going on in that skirt? Her clutch seems to be right in front of it, so I can’t be sure.

  • Diego!

    That dress is a bad copy of Leanne designs in Project Runway finale!

  • Maluca

    This is tragic. I do believe she’s hiding a pregnant belly though.

  • Scott Cooper

    While the color is a challenge, and the styling doesn’t help, the real issue is the fit. I think that when you have so many lines and layers, it has to be pretty snug to look good. I think if this had been floor length, properly tailored and given a less severe hair, this could have been a winner.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    If she had gone Big 80s Hair and neon plastic accessories, I think I’d be living for this look in a very “Oh No She Di’int” kind of way.

    “Yeah! I wanna dance with somebody. With somebody who loves me.”

  • Introspective

    thought the same. given her recent low key nuptials and the very poufy thing she wore to judge the project runway finals, and now this monstrosity, we may need to be on bump watch for real…

  • Leah Elzinga

    that is so not her neckline.

  • Rebecca Clifford

    A total mess. It’s lost its shape in all the ruffes.

  • O_O

  • marlie

    Her hair and makeup look good. And… that’s all I’ve got.

  • Bernadette

    Too much dress for her frame.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Halston is rolling over in his grave.