Claire Danes in Giambattista Valli on David Letterman

Posted on November 15, 2013

We’re feeling kind of bitchy this morning. Let’s all feel bitchy together. Waitress? We’ll take our coffee BITTER over here, please.


Claire Danes at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City for an appearance on the “Late Show with David Letterman” in a Giambattista Valli silk dress and tweed coat from the Resort 2014 collection.

Did we ever mention that we knew we’d become professional fashion bloggers when we could spell “Giambattista Valli” without looking it up? Or that we knew we’d become professional celebrity bloggers when we could spell “Scarlett Johansson” without looking it up? Double consonants. They’re our spelling downfall. It’s embarasing sometimes.

We’ve had this argument with the Bitter Kittens before, when Michelle Obama became First Lady and demonstrated a preference for the look, but we’re not fans of the matching coat and dress. It comes off way too old-school Barbie/Jackie Kennedy to us. And hey, we love old school Barbie and think Jackie Kennedy was a true style icon, but some looks don’t look modern anymore when you recreate them as literally as this. It’s made worse by the matchy shoes, although we have to admit, we’re a little impressed by the commitment to the theme here.  But maybe we’d like the style more if the coat itself didn’t look so old-fashioned. The dress looks like it could be cute, although we don’t like that horizontal line across the sternum.

As for the hair, we think we like the color; not sure about the cut until we see more of it.

But GIRL, That is NOT Your Eye Makeup. TRUST.





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  • Emily Giovanni

    All I can see is the eye makeup.

    • Mismarker

      To quote Claire from The Breakfast Club as she’s giving Allison a makeover: “You look a lot better without all that black shit under your eyes.”

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        It totally distracts away from her whole look. And honey, when you’re in a show-stopper of a red outfit like this, and no one notices? Then something else is very wrong, and in this case, it’s all the eye makeup in the world.

  • Emily Smith

    Someone in a crappy ensemble cast valentine’s day movie wants their costume back.

  • 3boysful

    I don’t see how you could focus on the coat-n-dress with that God-awful makeup!

    (But cooler shoes would’ve helped this, once the makeup was re-done.)

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    I was thinking wife standing behind her Vice President hubby before I even read your comments. The coat is dumpy..

    • formerlyAnon

      Don’t agree with the dumpy, but this IS classic political wife dressing.

    • SugarSnap108

      This definitely has politician’s wife written all over it. Except most politicians’ wives would have better eye makeup.

    • SorayaS

      It is sooo ageing!! The coat and the makeup!

  • I’ll happily take that coat off her hands.

  • muelonil

    I really love a good matching coat & dress, but this combo just looks really itchy to me.

    • MoHub

      Agreed. A little too much texture.

    • leilah

      YES–the coat is making me itch!

  • formerlyAnon

    Agree on the makeup.

    Here, I love the simplicity of the coat; I would have preferred she’d gone for a contrasting dress. If she had, I’d have had her keep the shoes. I like them.

    (edited for egregious verb mangling)

    • Kayceed

      Ooooh, or a contrasting coat with a lining that matches the dress. Purrrrr.

  • Taylor Momsen called, she wants her eyeliner back.
    A silver shoe could have helped this look a lot. I don’t mind the Barbie Kennedy look when it’s used sparingly.

    • marlie

      “Barbie Kennedy.” HA!

  • CatherineRhodes

    Yes, it is “embarrassing”

    • formerlyAnon

      They do work to keep us entertained, do they not?

      • CatherineRhodes

        I often think TLo are working at a genius level of writing full of inside codes and references that go over the heads of most of us readers.

        • formerlyAnon

          I know stuff goes over my head, just based on the stuff I catch.

          But then, I’m used to that. 😉

        • marlie

          Come on! Give yourself more credit than that! A lot seems like “inside jokes” that regular Bitter Kittens, or Kittens of a certain age get, but I’d like to think that most of us are pretty good at stuff like that. 😉

    • demidaemon

      I believe it is because I spend my dayjob looking for grammatical and spelling mistakes that I missed this one. After reading and helping students for 6 hours straight, trying to find all of their mistakes, you just want to turn that part of your brain off.

      Kudos to TLo, though, on the wit!

  • JasmineAM

    That is SJP’s eye makeup.

    • MoHub

      SJP’s eye makeup shouldn’t be SJP’s eye makeup.

      • 3boysful


    • Not applicable

      i thought the EXACT same thing when I saw this- like- uh, oh, somebody raided SJPs stash…! 🙂

    • NoveltyRocker

      And Amy Adams’s wardrobe.

  • oklund

    D’aww, how can you resist that beaming smile? The jacket and dress shouldn’t go together like that, but I ain’t even mad. Come sit by me and talk about your wonderful hair day, Claire.

    • marlie

      Seriously, this is one of the few times (to me) where her smile seems genuine, and not stiff or faked.

  • paginatrix

    LOVE the hair color.
    That is all.

  • that lower lash liner is real bad.

  • nannypoo

    She should swap some of that eye makeup for some lipstick. I like the dress and coat but the shoes go too far.

  • Janet B

    Too distracted by her eyes…

  • girlsaturday

    The coat looks like there’s fun fur somewhere in its lineage and I just can’t get behind that.

    • formerlyAnon

      I like the coat, but that’s a brilliant, spot-on description and I get what you mean.

    • ChristySchiff

      “Fun fur somewhere in its lineage” is a seriously harsh (and amaaaaaazing) insult.

      • Coolekat

        Once I read fun fur all I could see is dan akroyd in trading places.

  • filmcricket

    The eye make-up is … not good, the shoes are a step too far, and the sleeves on that coat would drive me nuts. Nevertheless, I like this. The hair is great, the coat/dress combo is great, and she looks happy and healthy. Guess I’ve got a case of the Fridays today.

    • Constant Reader

      Me too. I’m liking everything this afternoon. I think it’s a combination of the end of the work week and clicking on the Miley thumbnail with trepidation only to discover that the bottom half was NOT another pair of torn denim booty shorts.

  • Richard Banger

    Should’ve worn a red pillbox hat. Now THAT is commitment!

  • Nope, makes her look like a tasteful Republican candidate wife.

    • MoHub

      Pat Nixon in her respectable Republican cloth coat?

      • Precisely! When I saw Nixon in China at the SF Opera, Pat Nixon wears pretty much exactly this outfit at one point.

        • MoHub

          Exactly, and of course, hearkening back to the “Checkers” speech.

  • MilaXX

    The outfit looks likes she borrowed it from Queen Elizabeth and the eye makeup is just wrong.

  • Victoria Anzalone

    Make-up is harsh, but I do love that coat. And though they may have been a skosh too much for this look, man, those are some gorgeous pumps.

  • Kerri

    There’s something about the competing textures of the coat and dress that’s making me a little twitchy. If either one was a more solid weave fabric, I think it could work better.

    • mlle

      Yes! This bothers me much more than the politician’s wife vibe of the outfit.

  • shopgirl716

    I guess I’m old school. I think she looks great in that color and I love matching coats and dresses. The eye makeup is a little whack but, hey, i’m in a forgiving mood.

  • alaskahyoung

    Girl, HOW did you leave the room after seeing what they’d done to you? Were there no mirrors? Did you trust someone saying it was pretty? If so: don’t trust that someone anymore. Ever.

  • Lorelei_D

    I like everything BUT the eyeliner. That’s for seventh graders. Love the color.

  • TAGinMO

    The problem is not that she looks like Jackie Kennedy. The problem is that she looks like Pat Nixon.

    • ChristySchiff

      THIS made me short a beverage!

  • allisankelly

    “Double consonants. They’re our spelling downfall. It’s embarasing sometimes.” I see what you did there!!

    Her makeup is horrendous. And she’s SO matchy-matchy. Claire? Wash your face and change your shoes and try again.

  • kmk05

    Girl, That’s Not Your Concealer.

    • Mismarker

      A prime example of the dreaded reverse raccoon eye. I hope this makeup looked better on camera than it does in these photos.

      • kmk05

        It looks so ashy! Like unfortunate fallout from her eye makeup.

  • Danielle

    I like the color of the coat and dress, but loathe that eye makeup.

  • Lori

    I like the dress and I’m OK with the coat, but the matchy, matchy shoes were a bridge too far. That eye make-up, good lord NO. Whoever did that needs to be fired. I also think she should have done something else with her hair, but I can’t decide what because the eye make-up blinds me every time I try to look at her head.

  • Katesymae

    I personally love the coat but it’s crying out for some contrast colors.

  • Minus the eye makeup, she looks great. I’m all for monochrome looks. When done right, matchy coats and dresses don’t bother me at all. And I like the coat Claire is wearing. It has a vintage feel to it.

    • marlie

      This time, it’s done really well.

  • ashtangajunkie

    When you’re head to toe in bright orangey red (as it appears on my screen anyway) and everyone is commenting on your eye makeup, you’ve messed up somewhere.

  • anotherkate

    I see what you did there with “embarrassing.” Well done, TLo.

    As for the look, I emitted a visceral “ew!” when I saw it. The coat makes her look big (something that should be impossible on such a tiny creature), the shoes are matchy and yet completely wrong, texturally, and her eye makeup is icky. Combine that with the darker hair color and she looks like an Upper East Side matron who allowed her sixteen-year-old daughter (who is going through a trashy/Miley phase) do her eyes. It’s NOT OKAY.

  • jw_ny

    I like the coat & dress combo when she has it buttoned, in the one photo…otherwise it looks really bulky. The matchy shoes and SJP eye makeup really are bad tho….really bad.

    • kimmeister

      Yes, I have no problem with the idea of a matching coat and dress, but I think the coats should be able to be worn unbuttoned and still look good. This particular coat is only passable when buttoned.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    But can you spell Matthew McCona.. ghauy? hey? hay? . Nevermind

  • crash1212

    With the exception of the eye makeup, I adore everything she has on. But then, I’ve always loved a well executed dress / coat combo. Guess that makes me “not very modern” – guess I can live with that. The dress is beautiful, what we can see of it and I love the shape of the coat and the sleeve length. This color is great on her and I love her hair color. Well done Claire!

  • valerie747

    The odd sleeve length is throwing the proportion off (for me).

  • boweryboy

    Her make-up is my only quibble.

  • Poeta Paz

    I like the coat and dress, but it needs different shoes and the make-up is tragic. Please fired the responsible person.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    I don’t have any problems with the outfit, but that MAKEUP! Girl, no!

  • KinoEye

    You know you’ve been reading mass quantities of TLo when you look at the eye makeup and think, “Girl, that’s not your eye makeup” before even reading the comment.

  • marlie

    I LOVE this. For once, I disagree about the matchiness. This is SO classic Jackie O, and I really, really like this look because of that. I’d wear this outfit together as-is, AND I’d rock each of the pieces separately. So she can just pack everything up and send it here…

    But that eye makeup is truly horrendous. It looks like it was applied by a child with a big fat crayon.

  • Anna_Cecilia

    I don’t dislike the outfit per se. I love the Camelot era as much as the next gal, but something about this just bugs. And it clashes with her hair colour.

    And that eye makeup…maybe it’s because I just watched Best in Show last night, but I couldn’t help but think of Scott Donlan saying, “She looks like a cocktail waitress on an oil rig!!!”

    • Imasewsure

      Best in Show!!! Squeeeeeeee…. one of my all time favorite movies! And total agreement about the cocktail waitressness of this look 🙂

  • Bernadette

    Coat on its own could be a good candidate for coat porn… would look way more modern with jeans and boots.

  • Julie

    That eye makeup is FMO.

  • Snailstsichr

    The eye makeup looked much better on TV – and she only wore the dress. She told an adorable story about her son’s first Halloween. They were traveling so she took costumes with her. He was King Kong and she was the Empire State Building – complete with a plunger on top of her head. (“Yes, I did travel with a plunger and paint. They looked at me funny in customs, but it was for my son.” – a more or less paraphrase) “With a plunger on your head” became the catch phrase for the rest of the interview.
    And, yes, her son was a wee baby, so the dressing up was for her (and I can’t remember if she said her husband was with her or not) benefit.

  • Jeannie Shmina Greenwald

    What makeup artist would do an eye like that on her, especially with the clothes? I’d really like to know.

  • So, she was out late the night before and went straight there, assuming someone was going to do her makeup for her? It’s the only explanation. Like the dress and coat, do NOT like the shoes.

  • Daisy Walker

    I like the coat and the dress (from what I can see), but not together. Rill bad choice on shoes and makeup. RILL BAD.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    The coat and the dress seem to be the wrong shape for each other. There’s something very blocky here that just doesn’t work.

  • TwiddlyStun

    After years of my son coveting a spot at Juilliard, I just realized when guessing the web address (wrongly) yesterday that there is an “i” before the double l as well as after. I must have always gone through links before. Spelling is weird.

  • decormaven

    So much use of a strong color, it begs for some gold jewelry to break it up- maybe even a gold brooch on the coat. If the eyeliner had been applied any heavier, she’d need toothpicks to keep the eyes open.

  • AnniNoone

    Right? Ditch the monochrome and send the eyeliner to Kristen Stewart.

  • Kelly

    You’ve nailed it on all counts, Unks. The eye makeup is bad, bad, bad, and the coat is much too literally 60s. As for the shoes, I often don’t even mind matchy, but it really doesn’t work here. As you say, it just intensifies how dated the look is.

  • KT

    BIG OL’ NO!! Noooooooooooo no no no. Somehow her head is more distracting than the garish shade of red she’s drowning in. Each piece would be fine on its own, but pile them together and it looks cartoonish. But seriously, that is the worst makeup job I’ve seen in quite a while. Damn. I can’t even tell if the hair color is working because my eyes are wincing.

  • ChristySchiff

    Looks like she started crying at work and tried to salvage the eye make-up. Not that I know exactly what that looks like or anything.

  • Miranda

    Why is she wearing this “The Junior League Tea” get up?

  • lunchcoma

    She looks like a newscaster – a 45-year-old newscaster.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I LOVE the hair, and I think that the red is good color for her skin. It just looks so dowdy.

    • kimmeister

      Yes, much better than when she tries to pull off being a blonde.

  • Adriana_Paula

    Well, I think she looks great, eye makeup and all. At least it doesn’t make her look all squinty the way it does to SJP. And Claire has some lovely, lovely legs, and I like how ladylike this is. I’m full of love like a Care Bear today.

  • NoveltyRocker

    Beautiful color on her! I like the idea of coat dresses / matching coats with dresses but why do the sleeves always hit at such an awkward spot? You’re cold, no? Why are you leaving half your arms bared? Is it because long gloves would be worn with this silhouette back in the day and now we don’t do things like wear long gloves but no one updated the sleeve lengths to address that? It’s like the “no socks but a winter coat” thing or “fall bootie/spring open toe” hybrid shoe. Feels incomplete and kills the conceit.

  • French_Swede

    I’m wondering if her outfit is orange, as it appears on my computer screen, or red. Not that it matters.

    And the eye makeup … well, she looks like a little girl who experimented with Mommy’s makeup.

    • kimmeister

      Looks blood orange to me, which I think is working on her.

  • LaSylphide

    Waaaaaay too much eye makeup. Like the outfit, though.

  • BrooklynBomber

    That is Sarah Jessica Parker’s eye make up. Sadly.

  • RussellH88

    That’s an outfit that needs to be on Betty White, and then people will be like “Look who’s being all kicky today!”

  • NOLA_gal

    Those are some VERY expensive garanimals! Michelle O does this look much better. Partly I think it’s just that coat, though. My grandma had one just like it in pale blue.

  • Hate the eyeliner – this reads way too mature for her, and why is she swimming in that coat?

    • Shawn EH

      Very aging, real housewife eyes.

  • Shawn EH

    Those eyes only work on a brunette, go give them back to Winona Ryder, Claire. Love the suit, though, and she can definitely wear … coral? Salmon? What color is that, really?

  • DeanaDolar

    You feel bitchy this morning because you forgot to give us a place to gab about Project Runway. Bitches! Love, DD

  • Ancyra

    I HATE the coat — the style, the color, the snap closures. It annoys me more than I can say that a coat that cost as much as I’m sure that one does should only be worn closed because of the damn, cheapifying, exposed snaps.

    I need an industrial-sized mug of hot chocolate with clouds of whipped cream floating atop it and a shitload of pictures of Matt Bomer to de-crank me today…

  • SEPA_Q

    First thought “Girl that is NOT your eye-makeup!” Nice to see I’m on the same wave-length as the uncles,

  • cakecakecake

    What is going on with that under the eye concealer!

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    My first thought was the last line in your post before I even got down to reading it. Fire that makeup gay, now!

  • Agree with all you say.

  • kimmeister

    I wish the dress wasn’t so low cut in front. Granted, this is better than the last horrific sternum-baring dress she had on, but it’s not a great look for her.

    • Gatto Nero

      She’s got Willem Defoe bony chest syndrome.

  • Zubair Ghumro

    I unabashedly love it! She looks stunning!

  • She looks so much more alive and happy now that her hair isn’t so deathly pale. That’s a great color.

  • Tashina Savage

    Embarasing, ha! I see what you did there. 🙂

  • cocohall

    There is a very good reason to go monochromatic if you are doing a public walk-a-bout ala The Queen or Shelly O – it helps the plebs spot you in the crowd – keep your eye on the ORANGE! But deployed in regular life, it just looks like a costume. Especially nubbly orange.

  • MaryMcClelland

    News caster and aging. Like if Hilary Clinton got fashion-y she’d wear this look and this hair.

  • quiltrx

    My first thought–send that shitty eyeliner back to SJP, pronto.
    Kind of a cute outfit, but I wish it had some black trim or something to tone all that sameness down.

    • Anplica Fiore

      Yeah – SJP must be pretty pissed that her makeup gay cheated on her.

  • MannahattaMamma

    I’m thinking pregnant. Early days. Meaning she now weighs 106 instead of 102.

  • Tatiana Luján

    The coat looks somewhat like a bomber jacket and I don’t like it.
    The dress might be cute, no idea.
    The shoes are gorgeous, althought I don’t like the matchy-matchy thing going on with this outfit.
    LOVE the hair color.
    The makeup is atrocious.

  • demidaemon

    I LOVE her hair here. The rest I am not feeling so much.

  • Katherine Leay

    i think every piece is cute, but not together. Too much strawberry.

  • Michelle Gennari

    Oofah on the smokey eye.

  • judybrowni

    Oh girl, when you can look so pretty, otherwise.

  • Gatto Nero

    The color is sort of pretty (though there’s too much of it), but all that colliding texture makes me itch. She wore the dress without the coat on TV. Too much bony chest on display.
    And she is *exhausting* to listen to on a talk show. So much frenetic emptiness.

  • PeaceBang

    For some reason this reads to me as a costume for a community theatre production of “Promises, Promises.” She just needs bouffier hair, big false eyelashes and a more pink-white lipstick.