Maria Menounos in Marchesa at the 2013 Oceana’s Partners Awards Gala

Posted on October 31, 2013

We’re not the types to automatically associate white gowns with weddings, but we admit, we’re having a tough time with this one.


Maria Menounos attends the 2013 Oceana’s Partners Awards Gala in Beverly Hills, California in Marchesa.

Marchesa Resort 2014 Collection


And shoulder roses are just plain weird. And the sleeve length is awkward. Put on a bangle or something, honey.

But the back is nice and we like the earrings. We don’t know… we can’t seem to work up much enthusiasm either way; like or dislike. Which is odd, because it’s usually not hard to form opinions on Marchesa gowns. This one seems too timid somehow.





[Photo Credit: David Gabber/,]

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  • eowyn_of_rohan

    This dress had some potential but then Marchesa had to go and Marchesa it up with the molting shoulders. It almost makes me angry.

    • hughman

      “Molting Shoulders” is my new band name.

      • madscntst

        It’s a shampoo that causes dandruff.

  • RussellH88

    I think this dress would work on someone with a much darker skin tone. It would pop more and create some interest, which might get ride of the overall feeling of bridal. Lupita Nyong’o and a big chunky bangle could work, I think.

  • SewingSiren

    Save for the cowl in the back, I pretty much love it. Even the weirdness of roses on the sleeve caps. Maybe especially that. And double plus extra points for the absolute perfect non-show super smooth underwear.

  • oklund

    Sleeve length, nail polish, and moulting upper arms all look super awkward. Without that, this would be passable. Lovely earrings.

  • Ginger

    I actually really like the dress, but she seriously needs some color in the accessories.

  • Sobaika

    Molting sleeves are just not my thing.

  • conniemd

    I’m trying to figure out what happened to her right boob. Real titscrepancy as it seems to have gotten smooshed off to the side on the front view and the left boob looks puckery big.

  • Fyolette

    the illusion of giant upper arms, JUST the thing that I want from my dress

  • Those earrings are arresting me and are refusing to read me my rights.

  • hughman

    When Doves Cry. She managed to make a blah dress somnambulistic.

  • AmeliaEve

    It’s the Pippa Middleton dress, turned backwards.

    • Shannon Beamer

      With optional rose shoulder pads. But yes, I think you hit the nail on the head.

  • mjude

    tiny little cake topper

  • mmebam

    The rose epaulettes are making me twitchy.

    I never thought the phrase “rose epaulettes” would escape my lips. But there we go.

  • Sandisan

    BLERGH. Tight and boring.

  • crash1212

    Pretty earrings. Nice made-up. That’s all I got.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    How does this fit into a “Resort” collection? Man, the designers should forgo that outdated nomenclature – since what they crank out rarely bears any resemblance to Spring, Resort, Fall or “PRE-some season” (which is beyond stupid) – and just say Marchesa Collection Month and Year.

    This does have a strong wedding vibe, and I am no fan of a puddling hem, especially with white fabric. Seems like a lot of money to spend to Swiffer the floor…..

    • hughman

      “Puddling Hem” is my new drag name.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Be my guest, hughman, but do try to live up to the trip-and-fall potential, won’t you?

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I like the earrings very much. The dress? Well, it is Marchesa. Of course.

  • Rand Ortega


  • Prettiest swan at the costume ball.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I think she looks lovely, but yes, the sleeve lenght is weird.

  • JauntyJohn

    The back is a lovely, classic line. The rest… meh.

    She certainly has the figure for it though.

    Also: She got an A+ in Pageant School Smile Class. Talk about a smile that doesn’t reach the eyes… yikes!

    • Sarah

      C- on Smizing.

  • SugarSnap108

    Are the shoulder roses made of feathers, or are those roses with a dusting of feathers underneath? I can’t believe I just asked that question.

  • MoHub

    So I looked at the dress before I read the caption and thought it screamed Marchesa. And of course, I found out it was. Stylistically, Marchesa has the subtlety of a sledgehammer.

    • alyce1213

      And for Marchesa, this IS subtle.

  • veronicafish

    That frippery looks like it was attached with a glue gun. Why, Marchesa? WHY?!

  • Imasewsure

    Yes it’s not awful just not great either

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    No on the dress, but she can pass the earrings on over.

  • lunchcoma

    I don’t really see the weddingness of it. Wedding dresses make me think of either simple sophistication or bigass princess gowns. This is just…sort of bland. Don’t hate it, don’t love it, and would feel sorry for anyone who chose to wear it to her wedding.

  • Janet B

    Does she have a hanky stuffed in her right sleeve?

  • MilaXX

    It reads Modern Bride to me and the earrings are her “something blue”.

  • boweryboy

    It’s like an unfinished Marchesa gown. They accidentally showed her the rack of dresses headed to the gewgaw and foofaraw studio.

    • Jackie4g

      Not to mention flounces and furbelows.

      • alyce1213

        Winner winner winner – furbelows!

  • NoveltyRocker

    The sleeves look like they have extra lining material pushing out from inside, I don’t get it.

  • Erica Woods Tucker

    Boring..mostly because of the person who’s wearing it.

  • marlie

    The dress is fine, but it’s definitely bridal. And the accessories/styling doesn’t help to downplay that effect.

  • decormaven

    “Shoulder roses, shoulder roses, oh how real those roses seem to be…”

  • ThaliaMenninger

    These days, if it has sleeves, it’s more Snow Queen than Bride. But this one is boring and the sleeve nonsense is just silly.

  • kimmeister

    Uh . . . her eyelashes look very pretty.

  • melanie0866

    She looks… crooked, somehow. This is very unforgiving fabric.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    The back is gorgeous. It is a shame because the rest of the dress is bad ideas and bad design. Even without the shoulder froo froo, there is something off about the silhouette and fit and cut that I can’t put my finger on. Maybe how it drapes, maybe how it’s so tight in front.

  • bertkeeter

    Forget about bridal…how about just a dated cliche dress with feathers n stuff on shoulder?

  • Aurumgirl

    Up a size, please.

  • with those feathers on at the shoulders, it must be a vegas wedding. love ther earrings, though. i wonder if those are huge opals. hope so.

  • quiltrx

    Initial impression was a great fit…then I got a better look at all that lumpiness in the shoulders-to-under-boobs area, and all those drawing lines across the belly. Not so much.

  • Cognitive.Dissonance

    The dress should take a color cue from the earrings … they’re gorge.

  • not applicable

    Bridal. And annoying.

  • Danielle

    It’s a white Marchesa gown. How could anyone equate it with something other than bridal?

  • MannahattaMamma

    it’s like she’s got small moulting birds on her shoulders

  • Kikishua

    It couldn’t be a wedding dress. It has sleeves.