Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji at the 2013 Governors Awards

Posted on November 18, 2013

Miss Octavia returns to her man Tadashi once again. And why not? He does right by her nine times out of ten.

Octavia Spencer attends the 2013 Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood, California in Tadashi Shoji dress accessorized with a a Rauwolf clutch and a Baccarat ring.

Tadashi Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Magda Laguinge

Tadashi Shoji Silk Chiffon and Lace Draped Dress in Burgundy/Black


That red looks amazing on her. She’s shown an aversion to saturated colors in the past, but we’d love it if this signaled her getting over it. We don’t like shawls. Sorry, ladies. They’re fine in less formal, work-a-day settings, but we hate them paired with cocktail dresses like this. You have to be superhumanly stylish to make one not go sloppy before the night is over. And it’s a shame, because she wouldn’t have needed a shawl if she’d stuck with the original sleeve length. She favors this short sleeve a lot, and it does suit her, but we don’t like the band of black cutting across the top without the red balancing it out on the arms. And the different-colored linings are making our eyelids twitch.





[Photo Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images, tadashishoji.com, style.com]

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  • gabbilevy

    Wish we could better see the shape of this dress, but the shawl goes a long way to obscure it. Too bad, because I suspect it’s a great dress on her.

  • Judy_S

    I think the dress looks better on her than on the models, short sleeves and all. The shawl has its problems, as noted, but also some advantages in shaping the look.

    • alyce1213

      I agree, it looks better on her, more chic. The models look like naughty sister wives — I think it’s the sleeves.

      • marlie

        It also looks like the dress is two sizes too big on the model in the second picture. Totally makes it more frumpy.

    • conniemd

      The belt on the model is at the actual waist. Octavia’s belt is at empire waist length, just below the breasts.

      • Judy_S

        Good point. The higher line makes the proportions more interesting.

  • ChaCha_70

    So agree with you about this shawl – it kind of ruins the look. Darn! I would have loved to have seen this look without the shawl. I think she’d look smashing!

  • nannypoo

    I agree about the sleeves and the shawl, but what a beautiful color for her.

  • Clueless_Jock

    I think she should avoid bangs if she’s wearing a shawl with fringe. Too matchy matchy.

  • LeelaST

    I really like this on her, shawl and all. But it almost looks as though she’s wearing a white bra with droopy straps – strange! Zoom in on the black lace sleeve area

  • Lovely! I bet she really wants to twirl in this awesome dress.

  • Danielle

    Loving the red on her, but the shawl kills it.

  • hughman

    She is the best RC dresser Sicily has ever seen.

  • teensmom99

    Yes- the uncles are right again: with that band across, the dress needed the sleeves.

  • I’m really glad she isn’t wearing the same shoes as the model – the ones she is wearing look much better.

  • Shawn EH

    Love the dress, but not the hair. Those bangs are overwhelming.

  • marlie

    The dress looks gorgeous on the runway, but the frumpy on the model in the photo. And I really wish that Octavia had kept the long sleeves.

    Also, there’s nothing wrong with a shawl – I’ve worn them quite a bit with cocktail/formal clothing – but Octavia could have taken it off while she was being photographed.

  • theblondette

    You know what would be lovely? Elbow length sleeves. As a curvy, busty lady myself, I find that length very flattering. Draws attention to the slenderest part of the arm and draws the eye down away from the bust.

    • JDreesen

      i was going to say something pertinent here but i keep getting distracted by your avatar and now i am hungry.


      • theblondette

        J’adore les macarons! Nomnom.

  • Trickytrisha

    Too much hair, but who cares? She’s adorable. Can’t wait for her new Murder She Wrote show. I hope NBC doesn’t twee it up like the first one, but I’m pretty sure Octavia will add some much needed sass.

    • demidaemon

      I’m not sure about it, especially after I heard Angela Landsbury (I’m probably massacring her last name here) basically poo-pooed it. Sometimes, the original is just better.

      • conniemd

        Lansbury 🙂 Best known for her role as the bitch maid in Gaslight, the great Ingrid Bergman movie.

        • demidaemon

          Also known as the actress nominated for the most awards who never won any. I believe she was nominated for every season of Murder She Wrote but always lost the Emmy, and she was nominated for for at least one Oscar, which she also lost. She did a retrospective interview on AMC–I think–that I caught about a year, a year and a half ago. Very illuminating for a woman with a half-century career who was rarely recognized for her excellent work.

          She is on my all-time love list, if you couldn’t guess!

        • Lori

          Also, Mrs. Eleanor Shaw Iselin, the evil mother in The Manchurian Candidate. She was amazing in that.

        • Jennifer McGuire

          Also Princess Gwendolyn in The Court Jester, with Danny Kaye. Very young, incredibly lovely.

      • MilaXX

        I think it can work if done right. At the end of the day, MSW was basically just a mystery procedural in the same vein as say Columbo.

        I prefer Julie Andrews response when hearing there was to be a new Sound of Music. Angela just sounded like a crabby old lady.

        • Telperion

          She had an excellent point actually. If they believe in their show then they can give it a new name and have it stand on its own instead of trying to use the well known old one. They do believe in their show, right? And their new leading lady?

          • MilaXX

            eh’ milage varies. Her show isn’t the first to get the reboot/remake treatment and it just felt a bit high horse-y and tacky. Just wish folks well and keep it moving.

  • Glam Dixie

    The color is lovely, the bangs appear to be eating her face and she is way too shiny, but overall I think it works.

  • msdamselfly

    The dress on the runway is gorgeous

  • carpediva

    For why is she so shiny?

  • conniemd

    It’s nice to see a sheer that is the same length as the lining for once, though.

  • Sarah Rivas

    When she loses the sleeve, it makes me think of a holiday party dress, if that makes any sense.

  • Tracey Magyar

    She looks great in the dress. The models, on the other hand, look awful. The second one looks like she is playing dress up with her mommy’s clothes.

  • MilaXX

    I prefer the dress with sleeves, but I don’t mind it without. I just wish she would lose the shawl.
    FYI – I’m sure a professional MUA would shreik in horror, but I have discovered that using well blended cornstarch set your face, doesn’t do that bounce back light thing and if blended well doesn’t leave you looking chalky. I’ve done it on 2 separate occasions and gotten compliments on my face and had good pictures as well.

  • MK03

    Nope, gotta disagree about the sleeves. The original ones make the dress monumentally dowdy.

  • Terri Terri

    That hairstyle is not doing her any favors.

  • The dress looks great on her (I’m mentally blocking out the shawl), but I LOVE the version with sleeves so much that I’m buying it. Seriously, that is such a “me” dress.

  • quiltrx

    I wish you hadn’t mentioned the lining thing, because I missed it, and now MY eyelids are twitching!
    Pretty dress, and I like her hair a lot except for the booms being a little too, well, boom.

  • e jerry powell

    I almost nailed it from the Spring collection. Neck detail. There wasn’t any stuff as saturated for spring as there was for fall, but…

  • Dagney

    Designers take note: This well endowed woman, who all ya’ll dread to design for, is BURYING the model’s look in the ground. Also, no one should ever be allowed to wear red again, except Octavia.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Nope. Her hair is overwhelming her face and the bottom of that lace is drawing a horizontal like right across the top of her bust. Might have worked if the neckline were lower. Color is gorgeous on her though.

  • sunflower

    I love the color but find the dress to be a little matronly looking or maybe that’s just the shawl

  • kmk05

    Oh, I’m happy she went for short sleeves! I didn’t really like that other long-sleeved one, probably because she’s too covered. Not really a fan of the band of black lace, but it fits her well and is flattering. I wish she had done away with the shawl because it cuts out the side of the dress in the picture.

  • Aurumgirl

    Nope. Time for Olivia to find a new designer. This dress is too blocky and it’s almost like she’s using the shawl to create the elongated line the dress desperately needs.

  • Mary Lauer

    I feel like her bangs are too long. We can hardly see her pretty eyes!

  • BrooklynBomber

    Agree the long sleeved version is better, but there’s still something not-right about this dress.

    • MaggieMae

      Think it’s the shawl? That’s what I’m thinking.

      • BrooklynBomber

        I think the shawl’s bad, but look at the studio picture of the model. It looks really awkward, like something sold only in a catalogue.

  • amanda lynn

    I agree about shawls. I used one a few weeks ago to cover the arms at an event. And every time I look at a photo from that night, I like the ones without the shawl so much more, even with the arms showing. 🙂

  • Tracy_Flick

    I think the dress is very pretty, and she looks great. My only complaint is the bow on the front, because it gives off a bit of a little-girl-Christmas-dress vibe. If you’re going to wear a red satin-y dress, it can’t be the least bit twee.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Love the color. But the sleeves are so much better long.

  • The red is making her face ruddy and she’s very shiny.

  • pdquick

    It feels like long sleeves would have saved this dress, but I wonder if there was something unanticipated about the way they looked on her that caused her not to want them? That dress as designed seems as though it would have been lovely on her. And yes, she needs better make-up. But damn, I love her for the effort, because she looks 90% fantastic.