Jennifer Hudson in Donna Karan at “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete” Premiere

Posted on October 16, 2013

Jennifer Hudson attends the premiere of “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete” at the Black Perspectives Presentation during the 2013 Chicago International Film Festival in Donna Karan.

Donna Karan Fall 2013 Collection






[Photo Credit: Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images,]

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  • RussellH88

    I like it, but it really would have popped in a nice bright color.

    • decormaven

      I am OK with the dress, but she definitely needed to wear a pop of color- a bangle, or maybe the shoes.

  • Jonquil

    It’s flattering and autumnal. But I’m not sure I like the hem and it comes off as a bit sad. It needs happier styling!

  • bessann28

    She looks great. I’m not crazy about the shape of the skirt, though. Maybe it’s the way she’s standing.

    • Adelaidey

      How are we supposed to know anything about the shape of the skirt while she stands like that!?

  • Tess Danesi

    I don’t like the barely there sandals with this. I love the models tights and suede booties. I also think I’d like it better if ended at the knee. That tight wrap looks kind of awkward. Love her smile though.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    Forget Weight Watchers, she needs to endorse whatever shapewear she’s wearing!

    • NBG

      Word. Like Queen Latifah, she is becoming very good at foundation garment deployment. Snaps to that. This dress looks great on her.

  • Town

    There’s a picture floating around of Kim Kardashian wearing the same dress. It looks terrible (IMO) on Kim b/c of how she styled it…..breasts hanging out, no shapewear, just totally unflattering.

    • deb

      I was just thinking the same thing! I knew it looked familiar. J Hudson looks great (and tasteful) in it!

    • alyce1213

      I saw that, with a deep cowl neckline — just awful.

    • demidaemon

      Yes. They did a Bitch Stole My Look of this w/ her and Kim K. on Fashion Police. Two people on the panel (Giuliana and Kelly O., natch) actually gave it to Kim, who looked like her entire torso was going to flop out of the front. It was a big WTF moment for me. Anyone looking at the two side by side can clearly see that JHudson looks exponentially better.

  • marlie

    I like this. It suits her need for something body-conscious, but at the same time, it’s almost demure. And it doesn’t look like it’s TOO tight. I don’t mind barely-there shoes, but it doesn’t look like she’s terribly comfortable in these.

  • teensmom99

    Kudos to JH, my weight watchers hero & inspiration (down 30 lbs myself, thank you) but I don’t like the dress at all. I feel like Donna Karan’s new dresses are a parody of the styles she did so well. This just isn’t an attractive dress. I think it hits JH and the model in funny places. I feel like DK is trying to evolve but she should have stopped at the way she would have designed this dress a few years ago.

    • TLJezebel

      Congratulations on the weight loss!

      • teensmom99

        Thanks. Now i can enjoy clothes as much as any bitter kitten should.

  • quiltrx

    There’s something really odd going on with her face lately…I can’t quite pick out what it is. And what the toes on her left foot are doing is really distracting…some new sort of clutching the naked shoe for dear life?
    And I’m sorry, I really don’t care for this dress. Particularly the fact that it appears she closed up the bodice with a huge safety pin from inside.

  • MmmmmmmmK

    Not sure about this. The fabric looks a little cheap, like it would pill, and it needs to drape a little more on the sides, like on the model. Being fairly tight, it is not altogether a tasteless look, but a little drape would have been more flattering. I think the basic color looks beautiful on her, but it needs a little something else, like a brighter mani/pedi or a pop of color in the shoes.

    • Rebecca Harvey

      I think it looks odd, even on the model. The neckline looks taped in place and that big swathe of ruched fabric around her midsection doesn’t really flatter. I agree she should have gone up a size (her arms look shrink-wrapped) but even looser, it would still be a strange dress.

    • anneland

      She is standing in that really weird way, also.

  • Needs more (faux) mammal around the neck. Good look on her, but I love the runway styling better.

    • Constant Reader


    • Aurumgirl

      Yes. The dress really does need that furry scarf for impact. It does fit her beautifully, though.

  • Stella Zawistowski

    It’s fine. Unremarkable, but fine. I wish she had paired it with colored shoes that her feet aren’t about to slide out of!

  • Jackie4g

    I don’t know about that color on her. I think she’d benefit from brighter or at least more saturated color. The dress style, and her hair and makeup are lovely.

  • NOLA_gal

    We need a new motto for ladystars: GO UP A SIZE. Whether slender or curvy (or both), a too tight dress is most unflattering. The big difference between the dress on the model and the one on Ms Hudson is the drape and movement, which I’m guessing is nonexistent when the dress is too tight *ahem Ms Hudson*.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    It’s a great dress for a curvy wo-man (speaking as one). Pity Kim Kardashian wore same dress, same day though.

  • Deedles

    You know, if you are going to wear a sternum-baring dress, wear it the way it was meant to be worn/close to the way it was meant to be worn. Don’t ruin the lines with a safety pin/boob tape (unless you are Kim K. and in that case, walk away slowly). Other than that, I think it’s lovely on her.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Ya know she wore this same dress, not well, I might add.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    I loved it as it is, I think she’s styled to perfection and it’s not a look that needs color to punctuate the look.

  • hughman

    I would train my beagle to wrap herself around my neck like on the model if it looked that glamorous and effortless.

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      Maybe you should get a ferret and train it before winter arrives.

  • Imasewsure

    I don’t like the color on her and I don’t really like the shape on her either. It doesn’t look bad but it doesn’t work to me for some reason… maybe I just don’t like the dress?

  • SouthernGirlRena

    I can’t decide if like it. I think if it were loose enough that the draping could fall properly it would be stunning. I would love to see her walk in it. I seems like it would crawl and bunch up. It looks like she has to stand the way she is because there is only room for one leg. Look at that, I did decide. I don’t like it as is but it had potential.

    • NOLA_gal

      Yes. Up a size, please. Tighter does not equal better.

      • Lori

        Exactly. There is a line between “body conscious” and “shrink wrap”. Please to be remaining on the correct side, lady stars.

  • alyce1213

    I like this dress a lot, but she closed the neckline an inch or two too high, throwing off the line of the bodice. The hemline — I’m not sure. She’s in the ‘gotta pee’ pose which doesn’t show it well. It’s such a staid color, she really needs a bit more vavoom.

  • allcapsERINN

    I think this dress is gorgeous! And I wish we could outlaw the phrase “pop of color” now. Isn’t there anything better? Splash of color? Zap of color? “A colorful accessory”?

    Sorry. “Pop of color” is on my list of Most-Hated Trendy Expressions. Right up there with “ermahgard!”

    • Not applicable

      agreed! “pop of color” enough already!

      she looks really pretty even still

    • hughman

      And “amazeballs”.

      • H2olovngrl

        And “adorbs”.

    • boweryboy

      How about a slap of color? As in, “She could have used a bitch slap of color some where on her outfit.”

      • H2olovngrl

        ^This^ is perfection.

      • allcapsERINN

        HAHAHA – you win! Bitch slap of color is FABULOUS! I’m using it from now on.

    • BrooklynBomber

      I wish we could outlaw the phrase “pop of color” now.

      Is there a petition? I’ll sign!

  • 3boysful

    I like it. She looks fab. No quibbles from me.

  • boweryboy

    It’s a weirdly complicated dress, but she somehow manages to pull it off. I think a slightly less naked shoe would have elevated this to a WERQ for me.

  • Jessica Freeman

    As much as I want to like this, I agree with some of the other BKs. The decision to pin the plunging neckline messes up the lines of the dress. I can say, that kind of draping over the stomach works so well in flattering a woman’s body. I have 3 dresses with a similar draping and they work wonders.

  • YoungSally

    It’s very Oprah. Not that Oprah is a bad thing.

  • Sweetvegan

    This should’ve been a WERQ! She looks fantastic!

  • Tracy_Flick

    I normally love draped asymmetrical jersey dresses, but this one is just a bit too much for me. It looks like it got caught in an escalator. She’s absolutely gorgeous, though.

  • H2olovngrl

    I think this is lovely. The fit is perfection. She looks chic and classy. I would have called this a WERQ.

  • PastryGoddess

    Hate the shoes, but the rest is a WERQ for me.

    See Jennifer, you don’t have to wear bandage dresses to show off the bod.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    That is one figure-hugging dress and she look slammin’ in it. Wish there was some color here. And I would push up those sleeves a little.

  • MilaXX

    I really like this look. I think Jennifer has finally reached that point in her weight loss journey where she’s no longer “I must wear ALL the fashion!” and has figure out how to dress in a more flattering way. She looks great in this and it’s not over accessorized. I even like the naked shoes here even if it is October.

  • e jerry powell

    I kinda wish the ruching was a bit more towards a sharper diagonal, but that’s a nitpick.

  • gorgeous from the waist down and neck up. but she looks like she safety pinned it closed between the boobs. i love naked shoes, but you’ve gotta have beautiful feet.

  • neonseattle

    she looks great! although, if we can detect your shapewear, you might want to go up a size.

  • tereliz

    WANT! (In my own closet so I can style it as I see fit. I love J-Hud, but this styling feeling stodgy and sad and is making my toes tired.)

  • Constant Reader

    I wish she had done something more interesting in the way of jewelry.

  • Aside from the shoes, which I am SO done with, I kinda’ love it. It’s rather super-hero-esque.

  • Trisha26

    She needs to pull the sleeves up. That sleeve over part of the hand is such a silly look, usually sported by teeny actresses wearing enormous sweaters to make them look fragile & vulnerable.

  • formerlyAnon

    This is a “missed by a micron.” Short version: she’s somehow not projecting the presence to awe as she should in this dress.

    Not sure why. Maybe: size? i think a full size up might be too much, but have them take out the seams so the “drape” actually looks subject to gravity. Or wearer’s ease? Maybe because it’s too snug, maybe for another reason she’s standing somewhat stiffly, looks a tad uncomfortable or as if she’s worried she’ll move wrong and induce some wrinkling or pulling. Or lack of accents? Everyone seems to be saying color. I want to say big jewelry. The real stuff, or semi-precious maybe. Vintage carved whalebone. Petrified wood. No crafty, handmade, hipster bits & pieces, no plastic, no trendy, “this year’s” color.

  • LambeeBaby

    The dress is beautiful but I think it would have been much better in a “color”. I think gray is tough for anyone to wear.

  • She looks great in this dress–standing still. I wonder if it’s uncomfortable in some way because she is holding herself in a mighty stilted manner. And I don’t care for those minimalist shoes–I think the dress needs something a little more substantial for balance. Some kind of “statement” bracelet, perhaps in black leather?, would have been better accessorizing than many little gold chains, which to me are way too reminiscent of styles embraced by girls around age 14.

  • Fannie Wolston

    I think she looks great, though imo this dress is meant to create the illusion of curves for those who have a deficit. Too much body hugging going on there, but she wears it much better than that other curvy gal, She whose name must never be mentioned in this blog…

  • Wow – I love this silvery gray, and she looks so fit