Anna Kendrick in Alberta Ferretti at the “Drinking Buddies” Premiere

Posted on October 21, 2013

We’re warning you right now, we’re not inclined to be nice. We did some errand-running and shopping over the weekend and we lost count of how many stores were playing that goddamn “Cups” song of hers. If you haven’t heard it, the lyrics are something like this:

“When I’m done

When I’m done

You’re gonna keep singing when I’m done.

Because the lyrics of this song

Keep going on and on

and they”ll be stuck in your head long after I’m done.

(Repeat 30x)

Or something like that. We hate it. And it’s funny, because the first time we heard it, we thought, “What a cute, quirky rendition!” That lasted through maybe three listenings.

Even so; even with all our grumpiness taken into account, you have to admit, this is a pretty… problematic look, no?


Anna Kendrick attends the premiere of “Drinking Buddies” during the 2013 BFI London Film Festival in an Alberta Ferretti dress paired with a Charlotte Olympia clutch, Asprey jewelry, and Charlotte Olympia pumps.  

Alberta Ferretti Spring 2014 Collection

And by “problematic” we mean “ugly.”

Actually, that’s harsh. The skirt’s cute and could be worn with a bunch of other items. The top’s just weird. All that heavy embroidery over a flimsy sheer strip. Just not pretty. And the Minnie Mouse pumps seem like an obvious and safe choice to pair with that skirt.





[Photo Credit: Landmark/, IMAXtree]

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  • RussellH88

    My love for this girl is boundless, but even I have to admit that it’s ugly.

    • ecallaw1977

      I’m with you on my love for her, and I think this would make my list of 10 Worst of the Year.

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      Ayup. Pitch Perfect is one of my favorite movies in a very long time, and I just watched it AGAIN this weekend. But she should know better than this.

      • demidaemon

        I love that movie, too! Poor Anna, though, seems a bit style challenged.

  • Emily Dagger

    Goddammit, guys, I closed the page (because this outfit is bonkers enough to qualify as a symptom of mental illness, and thus she deserves sympathy rather than snark) and kept drumming my fingers to that song.

  • Lily

    I think the skirt is super cute, but that shirt is just ugly. My main problem is with her makeup, though. Someone botched her highlighting blending badly, her blush is weirdly dark and oddly placed, and just generally it looks amateurish. Someone needs a talking to.

    • Lacedub

      I was thinking the same thing… what’s going on with her undereye highlight? Too much.

    • Sobaika

      I don’t think it’s highlighter – it’s makeup powder used to catch fallout. The trouble is, when the powders contain zinc they leave a white cast when mixed with flash photography (sunscreen has a similar issue). She probably looked just fine in person.

      If you look up ‘makeup powder mistakes’ it’s happened to a LOT of celebrities. Red carpet makeup is tricky stuff considering the lighting, heaviness, and longevity it requires. Either way it’s a ludicrous mistake for a professional makeup artist to make.

      • Lily

        I was thinking it was her highlighting due to the placement under her eye but you’re right, it could be powder. Whatever it is, it’s such an amateur mistake. I don’t understand why this happens so often. Like a dress that’s uncomfortably sheer with flash. You’d think people would check for these things before sending their celebs out into the cruel world…

    • Aaminah Khan

      Also, what did they do with her eyes? They’re one of her best features and they’ve somehow made them look a) smaller and b) kind of infected.

  • Maluca

    This is all really bad. Such a shame. And she should fire whomever was responsible for that horrible makeup!

  • Latin Buddy

    Didn’t we see this in McQueen a while back? At any rate, she’s too short for this dress. BUT I love that Cups song…are we still friends?

  • Ya know, I would even take it as a midriff baring look if they would just ditch the stupid sheer peplum thingy.

    • tereliz

      That’s what I was just thinking. The sheer peplum was just one trend (or two) too many. 😛

      • Just putting sheer and peplum next to each other in a sentence is enough to give me fits.

        • TropiCarla

          Still think that all peplums should die by fire. This sheer one should go quick.

    • conniemd

      They could also have just had a top that covered the midriff with black that was tucked into the skirt waistband. Of course the skirt would have looked cute with a lot of plain black blouses, too.

  • Glam Dixie

    It’s not even a good look on the model. Just no to the outfit. Keep the skirt and start over.

  • steeg of their own

    Gurl. The alpine mountain Heidi that dress wants to emulate would never be caught dead in a midriff top. Anna Kendrick is way too cute to be wearing atrocities like this. Box this up and send it to Ariana Grande.

    • Imasewsure

      Yes. We would forgive Ariana for wearing this Heidi crap because she’s nine years old… wait… she’s a grown ass woman? I forgot

  • mmebam

    Her shirt looks like it was a victim of one of those unraveling sweater gimmicks.

  • LipstickForPigs

    These girls really need to stop hiring Kim, Kourtney, and K….whoever the fuck to do their make-up. Dress is bad, but the “Highlighting” on this girl’s face is a crime.

  • Sobaika

    Replace the flimsy crop top and clean up her under eye makeup and we’re in business.

    • 3boysful

      And figure out a way to shorten the hem (or stretch Anna’s legs).

    • Nicholas

      She’s not gonna miss it when it’s gone.

  • Karen Belgrad

    Now I have the song “Push The Little Daisies (and make them come up)” by Ween stuck in my head

  • Janet B

    Took my eyes a while to figure out what she was wearing. Not a good look.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    That top is absurd.

    She kinda looks like she could be Ygritte’s older sister on the third picture, or is it just me?

  • veronkimo

    I can’t unhear “You’re gonna miss me by my TACO” whenever I hear that song…

  • Erica_Vuitton

    Oh Anna no.

  • slnelson98

    Interestingly she doesn’t like the song either — she’s posted a couple times on IG how annoyed of it she is. Even one with a video of her and Brittany Snow in Harrods. Pretty damn funny… And I love that she doesn’t take everything so seriously…

    • filmcricket

      Her Twitter feed is a thing of beauty and a joy forever. I had to fall in love with her after reading it.

  • lobsterlen

    Love the skirt, HATE the top and the $1000 stripper pumps. Too much color on her cheeks and not enough on her lips. Fix all that and we would have something.

  • Laura Renee

    Her make-up and earrings are on point, anyway.

  • jmorino08

    She looks like the Laura Ashley fabrics department threw up on her! And what’s with the weird white glow under her eyes? It’s called blending girls. Live it! Love it!

  • Blair Sylvester

    I don’t like the way that black sheers make the skin underneath look. Especially if it wrinkles at all (as it does) it makes the wearer look like they have wrinkly skin

  • nannypoo

    She looks like the hottest peasant in the village.

  • boweryboy

    She should fire who ever allowed her to walk out of her home dressed like that. If she’s fully responsible words escape me.

  • SewingSiren

    There is a time and place for midriff tops and floral dirndl skirts. On red carpet in late October is not it.

    • marlie

      Together, or separately? Because I can’t imagine when BOTH of those things together would be ok. 😉

      • demidaemon

        Agreed 1000%!

  • Lilithcat

    It looks sloppy.

    I don’t hate the top as much as you do. Paired with slim silk trousers, it would be fine.

  • EveEve

    Considering all the Christmas muzak (yes, that’s right, Christmas muzak, in mid-October) I heard at some big-box stores this weekend, I’d take her little ditty any day.
    Ditch the sheer stuff, and I like the look.

  • Aaminah Khan

    She is my fantasy wife, but she needs to fire her makeup gays, stat. How did they get that gorgeous face so, so wrong?

  • Sweetie. I love you. My daughter sings the Cups song – and does the cup routine – endlessly, and I still love you. But what bet with a friend did you lose, in order to be forced to wear that top. Hiddy. Also, your make up gay needs to work on their highlighting technique.

  • filmcricket

    Love the skirt, like the shoes, agree on the top.

  • ryenerman

    Last year at the 4th grade talent show at my son’s school no less than four kids each performed that song and I wanted to pierce both eardrums just to avoid ever hearing it again by the end.

  • MilaXX

    When I first read this post I thought, ” isn’t it when I’m gone?” and now I have that stupid song as an ear worm.
    As for the look, as much as I am over sheer bits on dresses, I think this would have worked better as a dress than it does as 2 pieces. Sheer is bad enough, but a sheer frill is one step too far.

  • sagecreek

    Oh, dear. You can only pull that off if you are 8 feet tall, and even then, you should think twice.

  • However, that is the best make-up she has ever had. Out with the stylist but keep the make-up guy/gal.

  • Lori

    I like the skirt, but agree that it needed a different top and shoes. I don’t like the top, but I think I could deal with it paired with something else that’s very simple. Although that ruffle is bad, so maybe not. There is no excuse for her make-up situation. I feel bad for her about that 3rd picture. It’s an unflattering facial expression and it really shows how hideous her make-up was. Better luck next time, kiddo.

  • A damn shame, because I really do love her. She can do better.

  • Darcy H

    I’ve watched that movie I don’t know how many times AND listened to “Cups” on repeat because I love it so much, and I STILL think this is about 5 kinds of problematic. Including but not limited to that shirt-thing and her makeup is not doing her favors.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Thanksbutnothanks. Next.

  • Leah Elzinga

    that makeup is the DEVIL. holy crap. I just… uh… it is of the DEVIIII__IILLLL.

  • Sadie-Ann

    I am with you on the song. The quickest way to ruin a cute song is by overplaying it. And now I can’t get away from it.

    This dress has a lampshade for her abs. I just can’t deal with that.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Ugh. The skirt is pretty cute, but that top looks like a DIY project gone bad. Not really loving the makeup either.

  • another_laura

    Wow, that top is tragic. Really cute skirt and I actually like the shoes with it. But yikes, from the waist up – plus, she should have backed away from the concealer….

  • Scott Cooper

    I can’t even see the dress because the makeup looks like it was sprayed on with a fire hose.

  • MoHub

    This is the song that doesn’t end
    Yes, it goes on and on, my friend …

  • seelebrennt

    JESUS CHRIST GET A BLENDING BRUSH!!! that unblended white highlighting is making me crazypants.

    • ovarB

      Oh cheese and crackers me too!!

  • marlie

    I like the skirt; it looks like something I own from Talbots. I *hate* the top, though – nothing about it works AT ALL.

  • ovarB

    My eyes didn’t even make to the actual outfit because I was so transfixed on the glaring under eye concealer. Honey, blend that shiz out!!!

    This outfit would benefit from the Coco Chanel school of thought to “take one item off before heading out the door.” Of course that one thing should include the whole outfit in this case.

  • Violina23

    Without the torso length of a model, it just makes her look stumpy.

    I still like the Cups song… for now… it’s actually a super-short song which is funny considering how it gets stuck in your head 🙂

  • hughman

    “My name is Anna. The special tonight is bean burritos. Can I get you a drink?”

    • jw_ny

      mas cerveza por favor! 😉

  • Katesymae

    Kendrick, you’re killing me with the bad makeup here.

  • poggi

    Love the skirt. Like her and still don’t mind the song (but I no longer think it’s cute). That is all.

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  • Aidan B

    This is the most uncomfortable/unhappy I’ve ever seen her look.

  • Make up is so unflattering. You have lips, dear. Show them.

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    I actually think she’s making it work. Not WERQ. But work.

  • alyce1213

    Way too much going on, elements exploding. The dress is an incoherent mess.

  • Danielle

    Hiddy. She is usually so cute!

  • jspark

    Wait… that song isn’t hers! Lulu and the Lampshades did it like 4 years ago… so this song is back?

  • bravobravp

    I actually love the skirt, and would like to see it paired with a simple white top.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Holy crap.

  • trisker

    That getup is HIDDY.

  • Stupid. That’s what this is. Just plain stupid. Ugly, ugly, stupid, stupid blouse. And the skirt’s just okay.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    A peplum just below the boobs? Gurl, no.

  • kat89

    That goddamn song has been stuck in my head since last Thursday! Aaauuuugggghhhh!
    Not loving the look here either!

  • melanie0866

    Oh, I don’t know. I think it’s kind of cute. She’s just too short for that top.

  • demidaemon

    I love that “Cups” song. I did not have to hear it endlessly in multiple stores, though, so I’m probably biased. This outfit, however, is hideous. And somebody got way overzealous with the powder in the corner of the eye. It’s quite distracting from an otherwise flawlessly styled head.

  • Dagney

    yeah it’s problematic. it doesn’t fucking fit her! what the fuck? is up with these women? today? white half bras under black lace? clothes that don’t fit? funeral clothes? teenage girls in clothes made for adult women? ugh!!!!

  • Noah

    What I’m getting from this is that it requires a nonexistent waist to pull off sheer peplum. Noted for the next time I run into that problem. Read: never.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    You no like my outfit? Is good outfit. Pretty, yes? Many flouncy. Many ribbon. Cost a goat, so must be pretty. Was good goat. Very good. But worth dress.

    I don’t know why I dislike her so much, I really don’t. But I seem to always find her self-indulgent, pretentious and smug. This outfit plays into all of that, because someone who was not self-indulgent, pretentious and smug would take a look at herself in the mirror and realize she looks like an Eastern European version of Ado Annie sent to the fair to sell the family goat, but she decided to trade it for this hideous dress and the stilts off a circus clown.

  • Sarah Caponigro

    But I love her in Pitcher Perfect. I can not hate.

  • quiltrx

    I think the skirt is okay–I think I’d *really* like it if it were a few inches longer. It’s too “upside down cupcake paper” in proportion here.
    But I can barely see the damn skirt for the drag-level highlighter under her eyes!

  • kim bunchalastnames

    a little heavy on the undereye lights, too.

  • judybrowni

    Actually, she’s pulling it off better than the model.
    Which isn’t saying much.

  • DesertDweller79

    Oh dear. Poor thing. Why would someone make that top? I don’t understand it. And then people actually bought it! Well, at least asked to borrow it? Why?

  • tixilyttik

    Another case of a model dress on a non-model body. It’s less offensive on the model because there’s space between the top and bottom, it being broken up by her long torso. On the singer/actress (I’m sorry I don’t know who she is and I will not You Tube Cups the song, will not, will not…), it’s all mushed together on her.
    The top is just awful any way you look at it. Maybe on the runway it was meant to be two separate pieces but thrown together even though they were never intended to be thrown together? You know, wear the top with black pants, wear the skirt with something else, but just for convenience we are putting them together? I don’t know.
    Serious question. Are the stylists for these young stars all tweaked out of their minds? They really seem to need some guidance. Don’t hire the first gay boy with short pants and big orange glasses and don’t hire the first skinny girl with a bag full of Molly. There are real professionals who could help with this…I hope there are anyway.

    • Linda LaPaz

      Definitely. The top needs to be shortened to fit her torso.

  • HK4Seven

    She’s got to fire her makeup artist.

  • the embroidery is beautiful on the black, but that sheer ruffle-like thing is just awful. flattering to no one.

  • NinjaCate

    Oh my. Ugly. All round. And I love her. And the weird white shadow under her eyes??? no.

  • JDreesen

    i know i’m late to the party, but this dress got stuck in my head….like, long after it was done.

    and not in a good way.

  • decormaven

    This is one step away from being a pinata. Bad stylist!