Kerry Washington Triple Shot

Posted on October 03, 2013

We’re going to tell a little story. A style story, if you will. Spoilers: It ends badly, but the opening chapter’s a knockout.


Kerry Washington at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City for an appearance on the “Late Show With David Letterman” to promote “Scandal” in a Prabal Gurung dress paired with Christian Louboutin pumps and Fenton and House of Lavande jewelry.

Prabal Gurung Resort 2014 Collection

Cannot even say how much we adore this dress. It’s just unusual enough to get you to stare at it but it’s the gorgeousness that keeps you looking. It’s this perfectly Olivia Pope style of blending dramatically sexy with a business-like aesthetic. Love it. Fantastic look, head to toe.


“Scandal” star Kerry Washington attends She’s Making Media: Kerry Washington at The Paley Center for Media in New York City in a J. Mendel dress paired with Christian Louboutin pumps, a Movado watch,  and House of Lavande jewelry.

J. Mendel Resort 2014 Collection

This one we like quite a bit less. The Pope-apropos white has been serving her well, but you render a white in an ankle-length triangle and it doesn’t work so hot in pictures. And we keep coming back to this point: white shoes are fine, but white pumps are almost always too bridal-looking to us.  If this hem stopped at her knees and her shoes were a bit more interesting, we’d love it. The clutch is kind of ugly, though.

And then…



And then, darlings…



Kerry Washington attends the premiere of “Scandal” presented by Saks Fifth Ave and Mercedes Benz in New York City in Prada.

Oh girl, no. Not even you can make this toilet paper cozy work. It’s a bad enough dress on its own, but the shoes and the belt actually make it worse. We’ll write this one off as a style fart and hope you get back on track soon, dear.






[Photo Credit: Craig Barritt/Getty Images, Kristin Callahan/ACE/, Girlie/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES,]

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  • Someone at Prada was holding her stylist hostage unless Kerry appeared in public in this humiliating frock.

    • jen_vasm

      Oh, I get it now – the chic Prada number that Lena Durham wore at the Miu Miu show was boxed up for Kerry, and THIS ABOMINATION was all set for Lena. Somehow, the orders were switched at Prada central. Kerry’s people should make heads roll for this.

  • Synnamin

    I do historical costuming, including 1850’s. This is bad enough on its own, but the ragged, unfinished selvage makes me think that Prada was trying to punk someone.

    Oh, this was a triple-shot? My memory has been scarred by this monstrosity

    • Iva

      Community theater production of the King and I. The costumer had to use the leftover yardage from last year’s production of Oklahoma! That’s all I can think of.

      • Joanna

        Yes. Oklahoma was the very first thing I thought!

        • Rhonda Shore

          I thought square dancing…but it’s not even right for that, too long.

      • kat89

        Haha! The King & I was my first thought when I saw it too!

    • conniemd

      I think Prada was channeling Alexandria’s horrible dress in the PR superfan challenge. In both cases I can’t imagine anyone would ever think that print was stylish.

    • Not applicable

      Yea- that’s what I thought… is there a sequel to Lincoln??

      • Snailstsichr

        More like Abe Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. This might not be as terrible in sepia tones. (I know, I’m only deluding myself, aren’t I?)

        • Ginny Ellsworth

          Can you pass a shot of delusion over here to me? I needs it bad, precious.

      • docholly

        i immediately thought of Brandon’s obsession with plaid.. LOL

    • leahpapa

      Concur completely. My first thought was, “You know Miuccia is off somewhere laughing SO HARD right now.”

  • Jessica Freeman

    Style fart. Consider that one stolen. I only find the first dress acceptable. Ankle length and prairie gowns are not your friend.

  • Look 1 – Lovely, but the cut outs bug. I get that they add the interest, but they bug none the less.
    Look 2 – Drapes refashioned into a dress for a woman several inches taller.
    Look 3 – Fashion Victim. Tragic. I may be offended, I’m not sure yet.

    I know y’all are super stoked about the premier. I don’t watch the show and I echo a Fug Girl sentiment that sometimes I feel as if she is having a hard time talking around all those teeth. The preview commercial that has been playing nonstop has a moment “What did you do?” moment that is cringe inducing.

    • conniemd

      re: look #2, it hits the model at midthigh, which looks so much better than the ankle length on Kerry.

      • kimmeister


    • Sobaika

      Look #2 was even worse when she was sitting down at the panel – it did weird things to her chest and midsection.

      • Introspective

        wow- you went? how was it? i wanted to go but couldnt because I teach at 2, so it was cutting it way too close…

        do fill us BKs in…

  • Nicholas

    The fabric on the last one doesn’t make any sense.

  • imspinningaround

    I hate to be that person who assumes any starlet wearing a dress with ease at the stomach is hiding a pregnancy, but…COME. ON.

    • MilaXX

      I’ve seen her on a few talks shows promoting tonight’s premiere. She’s starting to get the pregnant lady waddle. I think she is also strategically talking about her June wedding as well.

  • ConnieBV

    WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED? When did we move to the Prairie?

    • SouthernGirlRena

      I did NOT see that coming, even with the warning.

  • sagecreek

    OMG. Shirley Jones in Oklahoma.

    I do love the first two looks, although I’m a card-carrying member of the “Let’s Outlaw White Pumps” Brigade.

    • decormaven

      Chicks and geese and ducks better scurry…

      • My favorite line from that song is, “With isinglass curtains you can roll right down/In case there’s a change in the weather”. I sang along to the record for years before I realized Curley was saying “isinglass” and not “Isn’t glass”–as in, the curtains aren’t glass, that’s why they roll.

        • JDreesen

          oh, i would give anything to have some isn’t-glass curtains for my surrey! without them the air gets all stuffy during the ride.

  • Donyelle

    with a different color cinch, I think Michelle Obama could pull off the Westwood.

    • kimmeister

      Do you mean the Prada?

  • Stella Zawistowski

    Oh dear! When I saw the photo of that blue thing on Go Fug Yourself but didn’t have time to click through, I thought, “What’s so bad about that?” (The photo was from the waist up.) She looks like she’s about to star in a revival of Oklahoma!

    The first dress is killer, though.

  • boweryboy

    That Prada is the dress Lena Dunham should have worn to the Emmys.

    • MilaXX

      oh god no. That dress should be burned. No one should wear that again ever.

      • kimmeister

        Prada should be admonished for even putting it out in the first place.

        • MilaXX

          It is the very definition of editorial. This dress should never be anywhere but in a magazine shoot.

          • boweryboy

            I’m not denying it’s a hideous dress, yet I can totally imagine Lena actually rocking this accessorized with her shit eating smirk and pigeon toed gotta pee stance.
            I think this is the kind of weird high end look that would appeal to her anti-fashion fashion and look good on her as well.

          • MilaXX

            But it would look absolutely awful on her.

          • nowlo

            As if that ever stopped her before.

        • marlie

          My first thought was “who at Prada OKAYED that thing?!”

  • MilaXX

    I wish I was in NYC to see the Scandal windows at Sak. She is so definitely preggers. She’s gonna run out of A line skirt/dresses soon. I like the first. The second is okay, but I’m just not a fan of white shoes and those aren’t convincing me otherwise. That last Ellie May Clampett dress is just a big old “NO”.

    • mjude

      ellie may clampett dress…. LMFAO! I so agree

    • Introspective

      agree– since a month ago Ive been saying that this girl is absolutely preggers. happy for her but dying to know how long she’s going to make fashion mishaps in the name of hiding it…

      • MilaXX

        i think she’ll probably do like JLo and X-tina did during their pregnancies and just never talk about it until after the fact. It took her 4 mths to talk about her wedding and she’s still not saying anything but she got married. I don’t mind, I understand a celeb who wants to keep something private, it’s just amusing to see her dressing to disguise it.

  • Eric Stott

    3rd dress- would only work at a Wizard of Oz themed formal ball

  • Wow…blue gingham…didn’t that reach its apex in Dorothy’s jumper? Pretty awful. That first dress is KILLER, though, and she looks spectacular in it. Just goes to show: nobody’s perfect.

  • lexilexi

    I don’t even like look #1.

    • Imasewsure

      I like it on the model… needs height I think On Kerry it looks a bit like she tucked a blouse under her dress… interesting… but not loving it

  • mmebam

    Oh, oh dear…

    Coursework for the PhD in Fashion?

  • decormaven

    I love her look in the Letterman outfit- she is working it! The second look suffers from a too-long hem. And the third look? It’s a mirage- surely she wouldn’t make this misstep.

  • epenthesis

    The third one has the seed of an interesting idea; maybe a more modern dress with a couple nods toward old-fashioned gingham would have worked. As it is the only thing that works is the color.

    But the first is excellent and the second still very good, so she comes out well ahead on average.

  • another_laura

    “Style fart” – chortling!

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    The Prabal Gurung dress is the best of the three, for sure. The all white number looks as if it’s about to overwhelm her petite body,and as for the third…oh, honey, no.

  • PastryGoddess

    Hack off a foot of that last dress and you might have had a winner.

    • sagecreek

      Oh, I don’t think so…the bodice is still horrific.

      • PastryGoddess

        If anyone could pull off Little House on the Prairie chic, it would be Kerry

    • Shawn EH

      Agreed, shorter and more A-line, you might get away with the gingham. Might.

  • hughman

    “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a – wait, what da fuk are you wearing? Oh hell no. Listen, I don’t care if I have to move back north but I am NOT going to any cotillion with you in that thing.”

    • Ginny Ellsworth

      “I just saw it in the window and had to have it.” She was at Cracker Barrel.

      • demidaemon

        Oh man, that is so right on. Cracker Barrel not so chic.

  • H2olovngrl

    Halloween party?

  • Suzanne Moore

    Looks like a result of the mucho horrible PR “dress the modern southern woman”challenge for Belk.

  • veronicafish

    To be honest (not that any of you care), I don’t even like the first one. Sure, it’s the best of the three, but still. I hate the sleeves with a fiery passion.

    And I’m going to pretend I never, ever saw that third … thing. {{{shudder}}}

    • JDreesen

      if there is one thing we Bitter Kittens do care about, it’s being honest.

      oh, and bitter. and on occasion, preciously unborn. but mostly that first thing.

  • The last dress has me thinking she’d make a top shelf Scarlett O’Hara.

  • KayEmWhy

    Is that Dorothy Gale I see? Eesh!

  • Oh sweet jeebus. That’s an object lesson right there in what the wrong dress can do.

  • Sarah

    #2 looks like she’s masquerading as a sailboat.

  • Lori

    I don’t understand why that last one even exists, let alone what possessed Kerry Washington to wear it in public.

  • kimmeister

    J’adore the first dress, particularly the sleeves, although the print is not my favorite. Pansies are among the more mumsy looking flowers, IMO.

    Her hair was looking so pretty until half of it mysteriously disappeared in the last look.

  • Mismarker

    Look #3: What in the Petticoat Junction hell is that?

    Somewhat off-topic: I have never watched Scandal but I have Netflix (seasons 1 & 2 available) and have been tempted to see what all the fuss is about. Worth it? I should note I gave up on Revenge last season when it became absolutely bonkers insane.

    • Jessica Freeman

      I did the first few epis of both shows and found the drama to be too high for my liking. Eye rolling ensued.

    • MilaXX

      It’s not high brow, but it’s not Revenge level bad. Scandal remembers what type of show it is and that’s why it works. Besides it’s fun as hell to live tweet. All the cast members and Shonda Rhines tweet as well which contributes to the party atmosphere. I think the show picked up steam in the second season when it started really playing up the Fitz/Olivia love affair and gave us more background on the gladiators. (except Harrison which is driving me insane.)

    • demidaemon

      I started watching the first season on a whim when it aired–loved it but never finished it. Other shows were on during Thurs. nights so I had to make an executive decision and Scandal fell to the wayside. I’d like to watch it from the beginning, again, though.

  • Imasewsure

    I think the “most fashionable” award has pushed her over the edge… which is a great idea for dealing with that hiddy Miss Kitty dress! AWFUL

  • Jacquelyn

    Whoa last dress. Let’s forget this ever happened.

  • SewingSiren

    The first one I love.
    The second one I like.
    Third. Bad Civil War costume.
    Although on some one like Rooney Mara, it might be elevated to “Bronte sister”. The white belt would have to go in any case.

  • Anne At Large

    For me, the second and third looks are scroll-down WTFs. Waist up, I am fine with the white one and the blue is kind of fun. But the wonky bottom halves and terrible shoes kill me.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    Just when I thought it couldn’t get worse, I kept scrolling…

  • Denise

    That last dress is making Kerry Washington look thick on top. What must it do for mere mortals?

  • Donna Tabor

    Lorda mercy, where’s the hoedown, Kerry?

  • Bernadette

    That last dress made me think it was a costume party and she was reprising her role from Django Unchained, for reals!

  • e jerry powell

    The Prada had me thinking “depressing Holly Hobbie tablecloth,” but gingham toilet paper cozy works much better.

  • oat327

    Literally busted out laughing when I saw the third dress. She looks like she escaped from a polygamist cult.

  • NoveltyRocker

    Is there even a wire cage underneath that skirt?

  • StelledelMare

    And she started off so well. But the good news is that Scandal is returning tonight (yay!) and the fabulous outfits she will surely wear in the show will mostly make up for this.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I didn’t know Kerry Washington was playing Aunt Eller in Oklahoma. That’s such an unusual role for her. Otherwise, the black and white dress is awesome and the white one is eh. But Aunt Eller… Yeah, no.

  • Qitkat

    Little House on the Prairie throws a prom. I burst out laughing.
    I agree completely with the uncles on the other two looks.
    Such a beautiful, radiant woman in all three though.

  • HM3

    You don’t have to wear it JUST because someone says it’s Prada (or do you?)!! Terrible hairstyle to go with.

    “Pope-apropos.” I love you guys.

  • Eva_baby

    Dress #3 is like The Godfather III — it never happened in my reality. As far as I am concerned only Dresses #1 and 2 exist. La la la la la la ….not looking.

  • Scott Cooper

    Oooook-lahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the range…

  • Tatiana Luján

    The fabric of the last dress looks flammable.

  • Just Me


  • melanie0866

    1 – I agree. Really cool.
    2 – It’s OCTOBER. In the Northern Hemisphere. No white cotton dresses, and no white shoes.
    3 – I wore this in my high school production of “Oklahoma!” in 1979.

  • marlie

    I *LOVE* her in the first dress. The second dress – with the white pumps – looks a little bridal. And the third dress looks like a cast-off from the wardrobe department of Django Unchained.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Reaction 1: Fab. Reaction 2: Fine. Reaction 3: Oh, my sweet Lord Jesus, NO!

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    Holy Mother of Tilda. She’s got to be joking. Either that or she’s going as much against her Pope-iness as possible.

  • vickilu

    I’m sorry, that first look is hideous and she looked like she was wearing a deflated blimp on TV. It’s so ugly.

    She needs to be careful or she’ll start looking goofy like Diane Kruger.

  • YoungSally

    OOOOOOOOOO-klahoma where the wind comes sweepin down the plain.

  • alyce1213

    In one post, we’ve gone from the sublime (REALLY sublime) to the ridiculous in three easy steps.

  • docholly

    oh man.. did Brandon from Project Runway design this? he seems to love plaid & checks. maybe she thought it was Django Broomhilda in 1858 premiere instead of Scandal! Gladiators Gird your eyes!

  • mlle

    Look 3: What the everloving prairie fuck? Are you auditioning for the role of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s blind sister?

  • Trickytrisha

    That first dress makes me wanna hug Prabal Gurung. It is the bomb! Second not so much. Third is Prada on the Prairie.

    She’s classy, gorgeous, and beautifully styled, but can’t pull that blue thing off. Can’t think of any celeb that could. Ru Paul maybe. With a parasol.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Holy hoedown, Batman! That’s so bad I love it. It’s so out, and so unexpected and not-sexy that it makes me smile. The belt is way too wide, though. A thin belt in another color would’ve been better. I know it’s crazy but I really do love it. I guess because it’s crazy. First look, too – I hate the capey-sleeves but she looks like a knock out. Second one is the worst for me.

  • oyeyemi808

    Style Fart…………………………………………………

  • Diego!

    As you said, it started amazingly and ended with Laura Ingalls behaving like Lindsay Lohan in her wild days going out at night. WTF is the last look??? Because not only her dress is ugly as sh*t, those shoes…THOSE shoes. Ugh.. I can’t even.

  • luluransom

    That was a whole new take on the scroll-down fug. Talk about from the sublime to the ridiculous!

  • Trisha26

    The Mendel dress is my fave. On the model it’s that perfect tea-length, but on 5’4″ Kerry…no. And it’s wrinkled.

  • judybrowni

    In the first shot I thought, “Girl can play Michelle Obama in the biopic.”

    By the last, my mind was wiped of that thought.

    No one can wear the toilet paper cozy dress, not in this century, or even the one before.

  • demidaemon

    Well, Prada fails miserably again.

  • Sonja Brisson

    She’s hiding the President under that skirt.

  • Warrior89

    I think she’s pregnant.

  • MiriamMc75

    That last one has GOT to be her trolling…

  • Shawn EH

    1st dress: perfection. 2nd dress: for want of an iron, Kerry! 3rd dress: Miss Scarlett, the biscuits are done! Oh noes.

  • OMG girl, what happened? i’m not even loving the first look (too may drapey elements), then i figured the second look was the bad news (that canvas tent of a skirt could stand on its own). but then…BUT THEN…! i can no longer form words. bring me a brandy, i’ll be on my fainting couch.

  • gracedarling

    Oh TLo. Why didn’t you tell this story backwards?!!

  • ThesisMonkey

    dear baby jesus, no.

  • Mudskipper

    Is it Prada? Really? REALLY? You got to be kidding…

  • sunflower

    Oh my! Well, I love the first dress! I’ve noticed that she goes for a lot of tea length dresses, which really aren’t best for her because they always end up hitting her at an awkward spot since she’s so petite. That last dress makes her look like an extra from Oklahoma!
    I’m also not loving her hair here. It’s looking a little local news anchor-y

  • Erica_Vuitton

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…… scrolls back up…… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Oh man I REALLY hope she got paid a ton of money to wear that, otherwise… girl you need to put your foot down next time someone tells you to wear something to awfully hilarious. You’ve got more style power than that.

  • oohsparkley!

    Third dress looks like someone was punking her for sure. Aunt Jemima Syrup bottle. Anyone else old enough to remember?

  • Jacob Bowen

    No!!!!! Is there nothing sacred in this world?!?!? Kerry Washington what happened? The first outfit was fine, nothing special, but that bad white striped bedspread and Little House on the Prairie dress were ABOMINATIONS. YUCK.

  • loveisblind1

    The last dress looks like what somebody would have created for the “Modern Southern Woman” challenge on PR.