Jennifer Hudson in Michael Kors at the 2013 Golden Heart Awards Celebration

Posted on October 18, 2013




Jennifer Hudson attends God’s Love We Deliver 2013 Golden Heart Awards Celebration at Spring Studios in New York City in a Michael kors dress.

Oh, girl. We don’t care if it is Michael Kors. YOU SHOULD HAVE SAID NO.

Honestly, the skin-colored (but several shades lighter, of course) lace is weird enough, but a big rectangle of it across the stomach? The hell?

The shoes. Dear God. No one wants to hear your toes screaming for dear life all night, dear.




[Photo Credit: GG/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES, Janet Mayer/]

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  • Emily Dagger

    It’s so awkward when you get that weird, lacy eczema.

    • mshesterp

      It’s just so…un-Kors-like. I don’t know what he was thinking.

      • Funkykatt

        Eh, I think Kors is losing it, especially lately. I think he’s the next Stella M.

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          I think the bronzer has officially seeped into his brain.

          • YoungSally

            Kors has finally lost it ever since he saw Bruce Willis do a horrible impression of him on SNL.

          • Funkykatt

            EEK, that was awful. Horrible impersonation, who was he doing because it wasn’t Kors.

  • TrixieConQueso

    WELL. I am just going be a lil ray of sunshine today and IGNORE the dress and say her hair and makeup are soft and very pretty. (Beats down inner troll who wants to mock that dress.)

    • HM3

      Not to be a troll to your anti-troll, but I feel that the color of the lipstick is a weeee bit off for the look. I will say no more, because the rest…well…speaks for itself.

  • I keep thinking that the belly cutout was supposed to be replaced with a TV screen, like the Teletubbies.

    • Glenn Johnson

      I’m laughing at this which totally outs me as having watched the Teletubbies! Blame it on the kids!

      • Kristin McNamara

        Not necessarily! I knew exactly what she was talking about, and I’ve never watched a second of that show! Still know what they look like though, unfortunately.

    • kat89

      Hahaha, love this!

    • Diego!


    • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      Are we thinking Kors has developed a secret obsession with the Teletubbies? It’s a perfect (if bizarre) explanation for what the hell he was thinking with that lace panel.

    • teensmom99

      Alicia for the win!

      • Rhonda Shore

        Absolutely! There’s nothing else to add!

    • jw_ny

      oh dang it…I just typed the same thing and then decided to scroll thru and read comments! XD

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      I think you might be on to something here. Gowns with movie teasers or “for your consideration” award clips displayed on wearable TVs. At the very least someone like Lady Gaga would be all over it!

    • Derrick Austin

      Well come on teletubby, teleport us to Mars!

    • Rand Ortega

      “Tinky Winky, Tacky, LaaLaa, Po. “

    • up with pod people

      ctrl+f “teletubbies.” foodycatAlicia for the win!

    • decormaven

      My first thought!

  • teensmom99

    Jen, dear, it’s terrific that you’ve lost so much weight and it does mean that you can enjoy clothes. But not all the clothes that you wished you could wear when you wear heavier are good ideas. Boxes on your stomach don’t even work on thin girls. Remember when your friend Andre Leon Talley helped style you? Give him a call.

    • mshesterp

      Ooh, I have to respectfully disagree- ALT is the one who made her wear that brown dress with the gold bolero to the Oscars when she won. No bueno. I think she needs a more consistent stylist altogether, for sure.

      • teensmom99

        I know the gold dress with bolero was questionable but it was interesting . .. at least can we agree that having lost all that weight, she shouldn’t fall into the trap of wearing clothes that she thinks should work on a skinny girl?

  • Oh honey. No. This is big haired, stupid dress, bad shoes, super fail.

  • ovarB

    Its a Minecraft dress!!!!!

  • Frida

    Must ask the awkward question – why do so many ladystars wear Michael Kors gowns when they’re so often hideous and tacky looking? Is it the name alone?

    • Funkykatt

      I agree. Michael Kors….what does anyone see in his designs?

      • MoHub

        Kors used to be good, but he’s run out of ideas and is grasping at straws. He’s nothing more than a name now.

    • bellafigura1

      I completely concur, and honestly, I have never thought of Michael Kors as a couture designer. He’s more in the Tommy Hilfiger mode, except instead of sportswear, he interprets couture for the mass market. That’s how he’s always struck me, his clothes are boring.

    • AC Simons

      His clothes usually have one or two tacky elements (usually a gold chain somewhere, or rusching that makes no sense), that completely undercut anything good about the basic idea. I haven’t bought a piece of his in years.

      • Frida

        I do like the fact that he does tailoring/suits/pants, they’re usually nice, but it’s the hideousness of the dresses I can’t understand, and the ubiquity of them on American red carpets (I say this as a confused Brit). There just doesn’t seem to be any recognisable coherence to his designs. I mean, compare this dress to that scuba suit Olivia Munn was wearing a couple of days ago, and then that frumpy pink lace thing Hilary Swank was wearing a couple of days before that – how would anyone know they were from the same mind, let alone the same season? Where is the design vision? What is the story? Where is the artistry? Even a Versace dress *looks* like a Versace dress. What does a Michael Kors dress actually look like?

        • Amanda Welliver

          Tailored – but the fit is almost always terrible.
          Even in the ready-to-wear.

  • nannypoo

    Wow. There was not one bad choice that was left unchosen in this outfit. Even the lipstick is bad.

  • LadyCelia


  • kat89

    That patch across the stomach is weirding me out. Otherwise, it might have worked better with black lace. What was Kors thinking with this one?

  • Funkykatt

    Everyone should say “no” to this dress.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    God, that’s weird….

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Michael Kors has gone seriously astray. On whom would that lace panel look good at that spot? I keep thinking of old-fashioned kitchens with copper appliances. Like she’s a fridge or a stove with a door on her front. Does Jennifer comes with an ice cube maker, or is that extra? My alternate theory is that this was a home ec project, and somebody set the iron too high, so they had a add that hideous lace panel to cover the iron-shaped scorch on the front.

  • Funkykatt

    Mr.Blackwell…where are you?

  • Karen Belgrad

    Snooki hair gives me a sad 🙁

  • MoHub

    Kors has totally lost his design sensibilities.

  • Diego!

    This is not an awkward dress… THIS IS AN AWFUL DRESS! Oh honey, no! Those shoes, really? Mariah Carey’s ’90’s fashion is trend right now on the red carpet? WTF?

  • RussellH88

    That’s probably one of the ugliest design elements I’ve ever seen on a dress. She’d have to stand perfectly straight to avoid the box looking lopsided.

  • Laura Renee

    Honestly, I couldn’t even notice the dress because DAMN SHE LOOKS SO GOOD.

  • Jessica Freeman

    What in the GD hell is this? No Jenny, definite no.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Without that lace square, I’d like it, even with the weird lace in the neckline. But that square is just so… random. Its shape is all wrong for a human body (look at the way it pulls… the human body is not made of rectangles!), and it doesn’t even follow naturally from the other lace shape in any way.

    • swanpride

      I agree…especially the skirt is hot. But this square messes up the proportions. And she should have paired it with a pair of statement shoes.

    • oekmama

      Ever since reading The Art of Seeing, I have a theory, that seems to fit here: it’s about the lines – where the lines are drawing our eyes. So, the V at the neck draw my eyes in a certain direction suggesting a nipped in waist. And then the rectangle drags my eyes back out. So even if that rectangle was a circle or an oval, it would still feel wrong to our eyes. The fact that we ‘expect’ that second lace shape to somehow ‘follow on naturally’, underlines my theory.

      And the side split is cracktastic. I don’t think Michael Kors or whoever in his org who lent her the dress really likes her that much…Or am I taking this into a personal realm?

  • flamingoNW

    Weird. That dress is like a sewing project dress. Hideous.

  • Barbara Thomas

    That lace rectangle thing looks like something a Project Runway contestant would do if they ran out of fabric, or tore a hole in the middle of their dress just before the models showed up. Is it hot glued on, by any chance?

    • TropiCarla

      It is a travesty … and Not. Aesthetically. Pleasing.

      I’m personally offended by this.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      And if this was a PR dress and Kors was judging it, he would hate it and come up with all sorts of catty remarks about it.

  • rebeemoon

    That panel makes me think of Teletubbies.

  • rebeemoon

    Oops. Just scrolled down and saw that this reference had already been used. Sorry. I guess that means it’s sooo totally appropriate.

  • CT14

    Exactly! The lace wasn’t that bad in the thumbnail, but that giant rectangle?

    It’s not disco anything. Maybe that would have helped.

  • She would have done better wearing the Kors dress that Alicia Keys wore (and that is one of your “also like” choices). Similar black with triangular accent, but much more stylish. This one is just an eye-roller.

  • Terri Terri

    Why is there a first aid device implanted in that dress.

    • valerie747

      It’s an AED, a mobile defibrillator in honor of the background … God’s Love. We deliver. (with the hand providing CPR chest compressions at a rate of 15:2)

  • rumcg66

    That dress ain’t got no alibi. Damn.

  • jw_ny

    yikes is right! that patch reminds me of the teletubbies tv screens on their tummies.

  • imakeart

    Those insets are made from a 1960’s girdle.

  • Clueless_Jock


  • Stella Zawistowski

    If this were a Project Runway entry back in the day, Kors himself would have said something like “Grandma’s lace Teletubby!”

  • BrooklynBomber


    ETA: Plus, that lipstick color is horrible.

  • jmorino08

    Did she hire her new stylist from the cast of Jersey Shore?

  • sagecreek

    That’s just weird… and still with the bizarro lipstick!

  • 3boysful

    It amazes me how often Kors puts out stuff that at which he would fling a sneer and a zinger if it came down the PR runway.

  • LipstickForPigs

    Teletubbies in full drag.

  • SewingSiren

    The beige stretch lace teletubbie screen is flattering to no one.

  • capybara_cafe

    Can we just talk for a minute about what that dress/her bra/whatever is doing to her poor armpit? It looks folded in half. That CANNOT be comfortable.

  • Jitka Pavlíková

    The lace window reminds me of Teletubbies.

  • hillmad

    What is the Duchess smoking? All of these designs are hideous!

  • carnush

    Looks like they all had to wear Michael Kors to this event. It’s a shame she chose this because he has so many lovely colorful dresses that would have looked amazing on her. I don’t get it.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Holy crap on a breadstick. This is awful.

  • Scott Cooper

    It looks like a giant Band-aid covering a wound.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    That slit is ridiculously high, she has great legs, but still.

  • Qitkat

    You’ve got to be kidding me!

  • boweryboy

    I think the tan-in-a-can is finally affecting the Duchess’ mind. What the hell is this? And why didn’t JHud’s gays say, “Gurl, no!”?

  • jilly_d

    LOL! NO. Of all the things to pair with that beautiful mocha skin, white-girl colored lace should not be at the top of the list. She looks terrific from the neck up.

  • Ms. Jennifer Hudson did not lose weight so she could go out, wear Michael Kors dresses, and look like a Teletubby.

  • That is just one ugly dress. Michael Kors, slap yourself. You, too, Jennifer Hudson. And slap your stylist while you’re at it.

  • PeggyOC

    And Kors, making a dress with a “flesh tone” insert, assuming all flesh is that tone? No. Just no.

  • julnyes

    I think this post has officially put Jennifer Hudson on my “Don’t look at that post” list. She shares space with Diane Kruger (Whose name I had to look up. I was just going to call her ‘Pacey’s girlfriend”)

  • marlie

    Well… her hair looks great. I can’t even stand that bubblegum color lipstick with this outfit. And the dress is a travesty.

  • tixilyttik

    This is the dress that the thigh slit split on later in the evening.
    The dress is too tight (she literally split it later) and the shoes are too small! Why?
    She must have the best stylists and everyone in fashion rooting for her and wanting to loan her things.
    It’s just too small. I am so tired of too small everything. It’s getting bizarre.

  • Imasewsure

    Keep the ring and ditch everything else (in a ditch, pronto)… whole lot of AWFUL

  • JauntyJohn


  • MilaXX

    I didn’t dislike this when her hairstylist (Oscar James, I think ) posted this on IG a few days ago, Now, not so much. Then again that picture was likely framed to showcase the hair more than the dress.

  • AndreaSkates

    That waist rectangle looks like what happened when my mother gave me scraps of fancy fabric to make a dress for my (inherited) Toni doll, and there wasn’t quite enough to totally cover her after I’d made the skirt. I was eight.

  • MoreShoes

    Did she look herself in the mirror and said: damn, I look hot? How could she go out like that? The top lace could be salvable but the rectangle is just unforgivable.

  • Pepper Pan

    Teletubbie dress!

    • MzzPants

      No kidding. I’m waiting for the video to start on that stomach panel.

  • Trickytrisha

    Is there such a thing as an under arm muffin top? Maybe another type of baked good would be a more appropriate reference, but that’s what seems to be going on in that third pic. Too much Jen squeezed into a too small top? Just one more reason to burn the dress. She deserves better.

  • Miranda


  • quiltrx

    Looks like a poorly-constructed RPDR gown gone awry.

  • Ron Zank

    Mr. Kors is now co-designing with Band-Aid?

    • Shawn EH

      Does he have a ready-to-wear line for Walmart or something?

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    History-making fug,

  • demidaemon

    What the hell indeed? I am going to blame this on her wrestler fiance David Otunga, just because I irrationally hate his face and believe he would choose something like this for her.

  • DuBey2

    1st: I am a huge J Hud fan
    2nd: That may be the worst dress I’ve seen her in since her amazing weight loss
    3rd: I do blame Michael Kors. Cuz girl, that is NOBODY’s dress!

  • cocohall

    When I see something this inexplicable, a storyline always pops up in my head that tries to justify how someone ends up in public in a dress this bad. That lace rectangle looks like it was hastily applied to cover up something – but what? And let the games begin – a sexual escapade in the limo on the way to the event (a variation on Monica Lewinsky and the blue dress?), a lemon custard donut that oozed its contents onto her dress (all that talk of Teletubbies and tubby custard sent me in this direction), a split seam from too strenuous vocal warmups? Then a stylist springs into action and applies the lace to save the moment, while everyone in the room lies and says “That looks great – you go get ’em JHud! It’s what the dress was missing!”

  • irielle

    It looks like she’s got a big bandaid across her middle.