Darby Stanchfield in Valentino at the 2013 Variety Power of Women Event

Posted on October 07, 2013

“Scandal” star Darby Stanchfield attends Variety’s 5th Annual Power of Women Luncheon Presented by Lifetime in a Valentino floral dress paired with Ruthie Davis shoes, and an Oscar Tiye clutch.

Valentino Floral Dress





[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PRPhotos.com, farfetch.com]

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  • Sara Brams-Miller

    Is it just me, or does her head look HUGE?

    • VioletFem

      YES. She looks like a teeny-bopper from the Disney Channel.

    • FeminineLipstique

      I was so disoriented by the head situation that I almost overlooked the outfit.
      Cute dress!

      • BrooklynBomber

        “the head situation.” Ha! It is disconcerting, to say the least.

    • Definitely not just you.

      • teensmom99

        I used to think stars had big heads; then I realized that anorexic people look like they have big heads because their bodies are so small.

    • sunflower

      You’ll notice this a lot in RC shots due to the camera lenses used and the angles at which the photos are taken. I don’t know whether actors have large heads or not, but wide angle lenses, which are commonly used in RC photography distort images when not taken from straight on

      • Sara Brams-Miller

        I’m a photographer, so I definitely understand that lenses can cause distortions – although they typically use telephoto lenses for RC shots, not wide-angle lenses, as wide angle lenses are used to get more in a photo, not extreme close-ups like this one. However, she looks WAY more bobble-headish than most of the red carpet photos we usually see TLo post!

        • sunflower

          I defer to you then! And yeah she does look wayy more lollipop headed here than most. And now that I look at the photos again, they don’t really look distorted at all. I feel like you can usually tell when the angle is making it worse than it is.

          • Sara Brams-Miller

            You are definitely right. It’s totally the camera angle. This guy must have been standing WAY above her. Was he (or she) on a crane???

    • Heather

      She does not look like herself. I don’t quite know why.

    • Terri Terri

      It’s not just you. She looks like a Pez dispenser.

    • kikisayshi

      SAME thought here. I don’t even know what she’s wearing because I was trying to figure out if it was just my eyes.

    • MoHub

      She represents the Lollipop Guild.

    • tereliz

      Speaking from experience, if I’m shooting an event and I am taller than the person I’m shooting, when I tilt the lens down to get feet in, I ALWAYS get a bobble-head situation. And that’s with a 35mm lens. Luckily, shooting full outfits with shoes is not a part of my job description. 🙂 So I blame the tilt of the camera.

  • charlie

    Pretty dress! Great shoes for it. But is it just me, or does she look like a bobble-head doll?

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      I see what you see but it must be the camera angle. Her head looks fine….it’s her body that looks too tiny!! Anyway, like the dress but the color is not enough for her pale skin. HATE the clutch…it’s a big downer.

  • filmcricket

    A little bleach and some elbow grease should get rid of that mold on your dress.

  • hughman

    That print reeks of apathy and exhaustion.

  • FeminineLipstique

    She kind of doesn’t look like herself until the last picture. Optical illusion due to the extreme camera angles.

    • Glenn Johnson

      Speaking from the point of view as a photographer, It seems to me that she was shot from shoulder height, fairly close-up and with a wide-angle lens so as to include her shoes. This makes her head look disproportionately large and her feet look tiny. It’s a HORRIBLE way to photograph someone, but maybe there wasn’t enough room for the photographer to back up. It’s unfortunate for Darby as it makes her look like she was manufactured at the “Bratz” factory.

  • NMMagpie

    Way too thin.

  • mlle

    That’s a great hairstyle for the dress. I’m not sold on the shoes, I hate the clutch, and she needs a little jewellery.

    • kimmeister

      This might be the first time I’ve had this particular criticism, but those shoes are just too pointy for the dress!

  • boweryboy

    I like it, bobblehead and all.

  • Qitkat

    I had an antique porcelain container once that looked just like this pattern. It’s unusually nostalgic for 2013.

    • Sara Brams-Miller

      I have an antique doll (with a large head) that looks like her. Put them together, it could be an exact replica! 😉 (I kid because I love)

    • Lattis

      Yeah, my first thought was Bavarian hand painted china when I saw that dress.

  • Hallie

    she should stick the helen bishop makeup drag more often, it gives her more of a face

  • MilaXX

    Cute look. Just needs an earring or jewelry of some sort.

  • Beautiful look for attending a Spring wedding.

  • Garcia Loca

    It’s darling — but not sure I agree with the severe black bag for such a delicate look.

  • Jessica Freeman

    It needs a belt. Even then it’d still be pretty boring.

  • 3boysful

    Eh. Ugly fabric made into a boring “design.” Really bad clutch.

  • RussellH88

    That is not a dress for a redhead.

  • crash1212

    What a pretty, lady-like look. The clutch and shoes take it from being twee. She looks great.

  • martha

    That dress is screaming for a belt!

  • marlie

    She looks cute. I like the shoes with the dress; better than the “standard” nude pumps on the model. Also, I like how, if they’re going to go with a baby-doll-ish silhouette, at least it doesn’t look like she stole her dress from a toddler.

  • Kelly

    Such a pretty woman. Such a terrible dress on her.

    And yes, her head does look huge — like it’s pasted on to someone else’s body. To me, this too-large head effect almost always means that the person is too thin for their frame. It’s the body’s way of saying, “hey! stop starving me already — or I’ll make you look deformed.” (Same with elbows that are wider than the upper arms, as with the model and [almost] with Darby. “I’m too thin! This isn’t my natural weight!” That’s what the elbows say. Listen. You can hear them.)

  • Diego!

    First let me say that those shoes ARE FIERCE AS SH*T! BUT, when I see the pictures I get a dull image… How come being a redhead she is wearing a dress that matches her skin tone and hair??? Also, she needs to show some cleavage, if not her head looks like Mickey Mouse. She is gorgeous, it’s a pitty she (or her former stylist by now) chose that dress for her.

  • MannahattaMamma

    Wow. It’s like Nicole Kidman back when she was a redhead and her face actually, you know, moved.

  • LaSylphide

    Why does her head look so big? Cute dress, but I can’t get over the teeny, tiny body with that bobble head. She doesn’t look like that on Scandal, does she? N. No matter, love her anyway.

  • sunflower

    Pretty dress. I wish she would go for more colorful looks

  • Box of tissues in a hotel ladies room dress.

  • Tom Robinson

    All I can see is the really dark grey spot of the print making it look like her left nipple is askew.

  • pocketcopter

    I want to clap at her decision to not wear beige bandage shoes with this dress. The shiny gold reference the color palette without being too matchy and they are darling. I want them.

    I reeeeally don’t enjoy the clutch. Her lovely face-framing tendrils cancel it out, though.

  • I sort of love this. It seems to suit her coloring and body quite nicely.

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  • e jerry powell

    Is it just me, or does the dress seem to have more shine to it on Darby?