Elizabeth Banks in Alexander McQueen at the “Catching Fire” Paris Premiere

Posted on November 18, 2013

We held out as long as we could, you guys. It’s time once again to check in on the endless Catching Fire poledance.



Elizabeth Banks attends “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Paris Premiere at Le Grand Rex in an Alexander McQueen dress paired with Baccarat jewelry and Alexander McQueen heels and clutch.

Alexander McQueen Spring 2014 Clutch and Heels. Baccarat Rings. Baccarat Rock Stud Earrings.


One of our favorite things about Lizzie – aside from the fact that she’s naturally charming and funny in many of her roles – is that she’s a standard-issue Hollywood Blonde who routinely seeks to be so much more than that in her style choices. In other words, she could rest on pretty all the time but instead she tries to push the style envelope just a little bit.  It takes some nerve and some vision to walk out on a red carpet wearing something like this.

To be fair, the dress isn’t that odd, but the fur hips would certainly put many less adventurous gals off.  Personally, we could’ve done without them, but we do appreciate the boldness. That sentence pretty much sums up our take on the look as a whole. That hair? Well, it’s not quite her hair, but wasn’t she bold for the attempt? She’s probably wearing too much too-heavy jewelry, but isn’t it refreshing to make that complaint instead of begging her to put a piece of jewelry on? Our real criticism comes from choosing so much matchy McQueen for the outfit instead of doing some smart and stylish pairing.

Suggested fix: Lose the clutch, the furry hips and at least one of the rings. Do practically anything to that hair to mess it up.




[Photo Credit: CHP/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES, PacificCoastNews, alexandermcqueen.com, baccarat.com]

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  • mlle

    I think shifting one of the rings to her left hand would help balance it out, and she should have sized up so the dress fit in the bust.

    • Bridget Smith

      The rings are definitely unbalanced, but I am having MAJOR lust over them. BRB, drooling.

  • sugarkane105

    I was so excited at the sight of this dress until I scrolled down to those feathery hip wings. It’s not quite a scroll-down fug for me, but definitely a scroll-down disappointment.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      It would be a good dress without the fur/feather hip adornment. The fur/feathers seem to be there just because.

  • MaggieMae

    Nay, nay, nay to furry hips. lol

    • sojourneryouth

      Yeah. When your hips remind folks of Sassoon haircuts from the 70’s, it’s a no go.

  • I like how her hair matches the poster, but I hate the way the armholes are cut.

    • sugarkane105

      The armholes do make it appear as if her boobs are sagging.

      • MoHub

        Not so much sagging as popping out at the armpits.

    • gabbilevy

      I also saw the hair as a nod to the movie’s logo. Our Lizzy is clever like that. (See: All of her flame-colored gowns worn on various Hunger Games red carpets)

    • CakesOnAPlane

      the boobpit issue is an aspect of my outfits that I am most self-conscious about; I always avoid clothes that create that effect. I applaud her for not giving in to this neurosis, but I must be projecting onto her because I can’t get past it.

      • I have several other neuroses that trump that one, but it’s still something I am conscious of!

  • JDreesen

    i see Legos.

    (all the time).

    • Anna Vasquez

      They don’t know they’re Legos.

      • JDreesen

        they think they’re tetris pieces. walking around like regular tetris pieces.

  • Nariya

    Armpit boobs. 🙁

    • vandeventer

      Honestly, I bet it doesn’t look like that in person. If you really look, you can see that she is very well toned and hasn’t got an ounce of fat on her upper body. I don’t think there is actually any armpit boobage being squished out the sides. This is what it looks like when someone has toned chest muscles and arms, and their arms are at their sides. No fat puffs to be found here.

      • Nariya

        You may be right about it looking different in person, but I meant no critique on her figure. One doesn’t need fat to get armpit boobs from a weirdly-cut dress; indeed, tragically, even a rail-thin woman with a flat chest can acquire the dreaded armpit boobs from a weird silhouette.

        I’m just going to say armpit boobs a few more times. Armpit boobs, armpit boobs.

  • RussellH88

    *In Michael Kors Voice*

    It looks like her vagina is about to take flight.

    • Jacob Bowen

      OH MY GOD! THANK YOU! My first thought! And Michael Kors would say EXACTLY that which is why he NEEDS to come back to PR. It hasn’t been the same runway without him!

  • I love it, except for the feather dusters on her hips.

    • ecallaw1977

      I agree–I even love the hair. If it wasn’t for the feather dusters it would be a WERQ for me!

  • Shannon Beamer

    I cannot sign on to a dress that has muppets plastered on the hips.

  • Kelly

    I’m all for edgy and bold, especially for people who, as you say, could easily look generic. Still, when it comes to oddities like random furry hip decor, I think one tumbles over the edge and into the abyss of too-silly. So yeah, kudos for taking a risk. Too bad we can’t add, “and it worked!”

    • Mary229

      I would normally agree but she’s there promoting a movie where she plays Effie Trinket—a character totally defined by fashion oddities. Effie would totally wear a furry hip decor. So that’s why I can let it slide. I would hate this dress on anything else by a premiere for the actress who plays Effie Trinket.

      • Kelly

        Yes, that’s a good point. Okay, Effie — you’ve got a bye on the furry things!

  • Lilithcat

    The hips remind me of Chris March’s runway collection on PR.

    • Julie Ree

      I was thinking Muppet hips.

    • MoHub

      Chris did it far better and less gratuitously.

  • nannypoo

    Sporrans on her hips! What a great concept. What’s she got in there?

    • MoHub

      Yes! Sporrans! That’s it!

    • sojourneryouth

      Had to look up what sporrans were. I thought they were some species of Tribble at first (taking it old school Star Trek!).

  • Patrick Cleary

    The dress is very appropriate for her Hunger Games character. Just a little bit too much, to cover for the “Way too much” look of her character.

  • cocohall

    I haven’t read the books. I know that they are about children competing in death matches, right? Is the dress some sort of homage? Do the kids scalp each other too?

    My other thought – detachable merkins for the woman on the go?

    • Karen Belgrad

      I was going to make a Brazilian rebellion joke, but I defer, bow, and applaud for detachable merkins. You win!

      • cocohall

        My mind was going there too. Brazilians. Merkins. What does that say about US? :0)

        • Karen Belgrad

          That we read interviews with Evan Rachel Wood during her Mildred Pierce press tour?

        • CakesOnAPlane

          omg, merkins. Now I can’t unsee.

    • marlie

      Her character Effie is from the Capitol, and the people there are known for their really outlandish clothing, makeup and hairstyles (and hair colors).

  • BKagainwiththesweatpants

    The first thing I thought of when I saw her hair was “catching fire!” Because it looks like a flame. Which would look more like a flame if it was tipped with red. But then, she’d look like Heat Miser. Which is not a bad thing, IMO.

    • leftcoastpickle

      I thought that, and also, “something about Mary” hair.

      • tallgirl1204

        that’s what I thought too– “isn’t that Cameron Diaz’s hair, and not in a good way?”

  • gsk241

    She hangs the scalps of her enemies from her belt.

    • Mona_Visa

      Hopefully those are the scalps of her stylists for this look.

      • Darren Nesbitt

        No I like this. Remember TLO (or some BK) said that these sci-fi red carpets are the place to have stylish nods towards characters. I see Effie Trinket of Capital City with that hip plumage and I like it!

  • clatie

    The under-arm situation is all I can see.

  • GorgeousThings

    I am just not loving the chicken cutlets that dress gives her in the armpits.

    • ChristySchiff

      Yes – this is the worst part for me. How can the stylist not see that? When there’s something worse than “fur hips”, you know you’re dress is a zero.

  • Mary229

    It’s Effie Trinket meets red carpet but classier. It’s not my favorite look but I can’t deny that it fits the character she’s playing in Hunger Games toned way down for a red carpet. Don’t love her make-up though.

  • In_Stitches

    I like the gorilla peplum. She’s Mr. Burns’ perfect consort. The bag doesn’t bother me for some reason. Maybe it’s the fact that the whole look reads ‘aging dowager’s protege’.

    WAIT-has anyone seen the commercials for the ‘Capital Collection’ make-up line? How the hell did a company miss the point by so much?!

    • MoHub

      See my vest! See my vest!

      • In_Stitches

        Made of real Gorilla chest!

  • What woman doesn’t feel glamorous and beautifl when she has armpit fat billowing over?

    • decormaven


  • boweryboy

    That’s a whole lot of ugly on one person.

  • annachronizm

    I actually love this on her. It is also absurdly consistent with her Effie Trinket character.

  • Emily Dagger

    How many Muppets had to die to make that peplum?

  • Jessica Freeman

    It is an interesting enough dress without the feather peplum. The hair is a bit too casual for the over all look as well…

  • KinoEye

    I was excited about this dress from the thumbnail, but I agree with TLo — a feather peplum? Still, it’s eye-catching and bold. A huge blockbuster called “Catching Fire” deserves a bold dress, even if the execution is slightly off.

  • conniemd

    I think that the dress is edgy enough and she looks gorgeous in it, so I can kinda forgive the feather peplum. I get the matchy-matchy problem, but the chunky all stone jewelry is so fitting for this dress and the style concept.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    it’s too matchy matchy, but her style has really kicked it up a notch with these movies. They may not always be entirely successful, but they’re never boring- I dig that. I even like the feather peplum- she’s got a nice waist/hip ratio going, so it works.

  • Her dress is certainly illustrative of the “catching fire” theme with all those glowing jewel tones. Unfortunately, the flames will leap immediately to those….things….at her hips. Those need to be shaved off immediately. I rather like the clutch and those earrings are KILLER. Hair doesn’t bother me at all. I would give her an “attagirl” for this.

  • Mona_Visa

    Rolling in his grave.

  • formerlyAnon

    I’m gonna say the hip fluffery is in keeping with the movie’s thread of sartorial excess, but it’s silly.

  • marlie

    I like the idea of the dress, but overall, the whole look doesn’t really excite me. For a McQueen, I expect to be completely bowled over, and this was just… fine.

  • Cate

    I like how her hair kind of imitates the fire in the logos behind her. She looks uncomfortable, though.

  • lalahartma

    It is unfortunate.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I think she is dressed for this event and this event precisely, with feathery hips that reference the bird on the poster, colors that match the poster, and heat-miser hair for a fire reference. I think it’s a big in-joke and she is being sarcastic and funny and I love it.

  • paginatrix

    I’m sort of in love with the peplum, even though it’s not something I’d like to see catch on. Just a cool look for a cool girl. This one time.

  • paintedfish

    Well, it is Paris and where better to show an Effie kind of vibe?

  • Lilak

    I question the cut at the neckline and chest (ohh, muffin pits!) more than the feathery stuff.

    But still … I salute her for having bold fun with all these appearances – it’s got to be such a grind otherwise.

  • sweet_potato

    muppet peplum

  • Heather

    On an unrelated (to fashion) note, doesn’t ‘Catching Fire’ sound like a euphemism for getting an STD? Maybe there were better title choices? Or am I the only one who thinks this way?

  • judybrowni

    Who needs a fur peplum?

    No one.

    Exposed tummy and hairy, padded hips?


  • KT

    I also appreciate the effort she put in, but sideboob is never the way.

  • hellkell

    The armpits of this dress are making her look puffy where I’m sure she isn’t. I’d get rid of it for that alone. Love the jewelry.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I can’t with the hair. The dress, I don’t care that much about, but I can barely see anything but that Something About Mary hair.

  • decormaven

    That is too much finger bling on one hand. Makes the rings look like prizes from a box of Cracker Jacks.

  • MilaXX

    Too matchy, hair hips and ALL the rings.

  • Imasewsure

    Lose the dress too please… not loving or even liking any of this although a good razor to the fur hips might have salvaged all of this back to fab (except the hair… nothing saves that)

  • Qitkat

    “Catching Fire and The Shaggy Little Pony”

  • Saturnine

    She wears clothes beautifully, even this, but it reads like she’s going to trade some pelts.

  • unbornfawn

    Agree on the hair. The clutch doesn’t bother me so much. I go back and forth on the fur hips. I’m appreciating the choice more than anything.

  • CakesOnAPlane

    ah, to be pretty enough in the face to be able to say, “Eff it! Pad my hips with muppet fur and highlight my pitboobs, I have a poledance to attend!”

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    I’m not loving the fur hips or the matchy-matchy clutch but other than that, she looks mahvelous!

  • LeelaST

    That square bodice is simply awful. I appreciate that she’s dressing like her flamboyant character however,.

  • MilaXX

    I just found the Sesame Street Hunger Games parody video. Apparently Season Street has a parody youtube page. They also have Homeland & Boardwalk Enterprise videos.

  • Tracy_Flick

    Something About Mary hair and feather dusters. Otherwise, I love it.

  • girlsaturday

    I look at the furry hips and all I can see is the female evolutionary counterpart to the frigate bird.

  • ojosazules

    It looks like she had to go out and shoot something to get dressed, which seems appropriate for the occasion. A McQueen gown should be at least a little menacing. Without the fur hips it would be an exalted pool party dress. I like it, and she wears it well.

  • MissWix

    When she wears her hair loose and beachy everyone screams at her to put mayonnaise on it. When she wears it sleek, you implore her to mess it up.

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  • Mary Lauer

    I feel like she and JLaw look their best when they are wearing garments well-suited to their characters in the movies. Here she is crazy like her Effie Trinket character, and the recent black/yellow dress JLaw wore looks like a Katniss garment.

  • broke&fashionable

    That neckline/armpit area is crazy. No, no, no. Hate what it is doing to her upper body.

  • The whole thing just looks awkward to me. I want the style team from the last movie back.

  • Trickytrisha

    The dress looks like a tribal costume that was abandoned half way through making it.

  • I am fairly certain I’ve seen that hairstyle on a cartoon character. The dress is kinda weird, and the pictures make it seem as if her breasts hate what they are strapped into and are trying to make a break for it out of the top of the armholes.

  • I quite love her!

  • mickiemonkey

    She is wearing a dead pony on her hips, she has Something About Mary hair, her dress is too long, and her clutch MATCHES her neckline embellishment and dead pony belt. This gives me a migraine.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I want those accessories! They are SO COOL! I also LOVE the dress! I think that pattern is just SO COOL and I have tetris flashbacks.

  • MannahattaMamma

    Scalps. That’s the way Native Americans used to carry the scalps they’d collect during battle. That’s what I’m saying: chiquita has the hair of dead men dangling from her hips.

  • anotherkate

    It’s funny–this is one of those looks that defies the usual, “describe it out loud and see if it’s horrifying or not” rule. Rainbow-bejeweled neckline with a feather peplum, rock candy jewelry, and a bump-it half-updo? Sounds utterly horrifying, and yet here I am, LOVING it. Well done, Elizabeth and Co. Whoever is styling her is really, really good.