Olivia Munn in L’Wren Scott at the 2013 Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards

Posted on November 06, 2013

Darlings, it seems like that brief funereal period last month on the red carpet has mercifully ended. Color is clearly back for the moment. After doing this whole red carpet commentary thing for half a dozen years (and serving as engaged amateurs on the topic for two decades prior to that, like all good gay men of taste and style), we’re a little intrigued by the way these red carpet trends are speeding up and becoming more pervasive at the same time. We suspect it’s because there’s a stylist “1%,” and that small group of people tends to dress a large percentage of the celebrity population at any given time. And those celebs who aren’t being dressed by them are following the very trends they set down. Which means they have to keep inventing new trends to ensure that their clients are seen as leading the trend instead of following it. So yeah, suddenly everyone wore black for a 3-week stretch. It’s kind of hilarious. Like watching a bunch of popularity-obsessed high schoolers from a safe distance.

Anyway, a long intro to a look that might not have deserved it.


Olivia Munn attends the 2013 Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards at Claridge’s Hotel in London in L’Wren Scott.

L’Wren Scott Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Bonnie Chen


Actually, that’s not quite true. It’s not horrible. And there does seem to be a green-and-gold moment happening right now, partly driven by the normal metallics trend period for this time of year. No one can escape the holidays without a sequin or a gold shoe somewhere.

We love the color of the dress. We are not at all in love with the very brassy quality of the gold in the shoe and trim. And the trim itself makes the dress look very crafty and home made. Listen, we’re two queens who love a good sequin,  make no mistake. But trimming the pockets and neck like that? How very “Christmas sweater.”

Also, she really needs to make some gay friends, because her red carpet makeup always looks DIY.






[Photo Credit: Zak Hussein/INFphoto.com, PacificCoastNews, style.com]

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    • :::::Headdesk:::::

    • It truly does look as though someone tacked some 3.99 a yard sequin trim onto an otherwise totally forgettable dress. Oh and Olivia? Don’t stand with your toes pointing at each other.

      • conniemd

        I don’t mind the neck trim, it goes good with the turquoise color of the dress. The pockets and trim look like the designer said we really need to do something to make this dress stylish, so lets slap some pockets with the trim on it. Seems like lazy design, perhaps a belt to give a better waist shape with the trim and a triangle from the neck down to the waist. If you are going to Marchesa a dress up, then do more than a sequined collar and pocket trim.

        • CakesOnAPlane

          I am unsure about the neck trim, but I do know that the hair does NOT make sense with it. If you’re going to do a choker-collar neckline, wear your hair up!

          Also, I’m pretty sure that some time ago, in a land far, far away, a stylist once told a tall tale about the pigeon-toed stance being slimming to the legs. And thus the virus spread.

          • MilaXX

            I thought the pee pee stance was supposed to be slimming

      • NDC_IPCentral

        I concur with the foot position statement. It conveys uncertainty and suggests she’s ambivalent about her appearance and the outfit. Which may be accurate; to echo Our Boys’ on other occasions, “she’s not selling it.”

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Ugh – this girl. She (and her stylists) remain clueless on how to make the most of her beauty. She should be nailing it every time with that face! Instead, her head looks like it’s been attached at that collar. All the shape of her body is being obscured. The gold trim is pretty hiddy and the shoes… oh, the shoes. Is that Papier Mâché? (I had to look up how to spell it and got the definition: “means chewed paper” – so there’s the answer to my question!)

    • The model is all, “I’M MAHOGANY!” and Olivia is all, “I’m Particle Board.”

      • That cape is what makes that look. Without it, it’s a meh for sho.

        • ankali

          And even the cape goes all staged model-home curtains if you look at it for more than a few seconds. Everything looks cheap, which is pretty uncharacteristic of L’Wren Scott.

          • DAMN. Now it’s gone all “20% Off Drapery Sale at JCPenney!” Aaaand, ruined. Haha

            • ankali

              Sorry, dude. No, wait, we can save this for you! Um… sometimes curtains can look good on people?

            • Scarlett O’Hara and Carol Burnett. Done. OH! And the Von Trapp children.

    • Disco dog collar and granny shoes. Ick.

    • Jessica Freeman

      The pockets are just silly anyways, sequins or not. Just the neck detail would have been good. It would also be good to burn those shoes, as they would only properly coordinate at someone’s “tacky Christmas sweater party”.

      • Snailstsichr

        Oh – a tacky Christmas sweater party sounds like so much fun!!

        • Jackie4g

          It’s dangerous because some people take it seriously, and then where are you? Having to look at bad sweaters and be nice at the same time.

    • tallgirl1204

      Mad Men late sixties.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      It’s a boring dress – the bright color is the only thing that saves it, and even then, not by much.

    • I usually love the L’wren Scott stuff I have seen. Maybe the intern did this one?

    • hughman

      “Hi, would you like a spray of our new holiday scent “Frazzled”?”

    • vahtel

      Tough hem length, too.

      • demidaemon

        Yes. That’s actually my biggest problem with the dress, besides the totally awkward gold choker detail.

    • Anna Vasquez

      Office. Holiday. Party. Fail.

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    • marlie

      Without the gold trim on the pockets of the dress, I’d really like this on her. Her hair looks fine, but with that high collar, I wish she’d worn her hair up. And her makeup is pretty, but a little too “office makeup” for this type of event.

    • Taylor Bigler

      She does not need earrings — especially gold hoop, lordy — with that neckline. The shoes look like Christmas ribbon, but I’m not sure that’s a bad thing? The dress should be shorter or longer. But I actually love the color and the trim.

    • Jaeda Laurez

      Those shoes are TERRIBLE. Maybe they’d be nice with another outfit, but they are tragic with that dress. I might even dig the trim if the dress had been in the original blue, but the teal makes it tacky.

    • EEKstl

      The trim would have worked better if it were just the neck – it’s the pocket trim that is cheapening the look for me. But the color IS fantastic on her.

    • filmcricket

      Pockets: jettisoned; shoes: burned; hair: up; dress: shortened. Voila.

    • sagecreek

      I just can’t with those shoes.

    • MilaXX

      Too much frik frak. I may have been okay with a bit on the pockets or the weird bit at the neck, but both of these things combined with a gold, peep toe with a bow is just too much. I’d remove the bit from the pockets, and replace the shoes with a simple gold pump.. Also who is the MUA who is not exfoliating the lips before attempting a red or a dark lip? If the lips were painted correctly, I’d really like her makeup here Her foundation is too heavy, allowing her freckles to show through, the eyes are too overly done, and the lashes look good. It’s that dry, cracking lipstick that’s killing what is otherwise a pretty good face.

    • DTLAFamilies

      If you’re a 1% stylist and you’re dressing all of your clients in the same trends regardless of whether they flatter just so you can put your personal stamp on the people you work with–Ur Doin’ It Rong.

    • carnush

      Just once I want to see her knock it out of the park. The woman too gorgeous.

    • NoveltyRocker

      All that glitter glue around the neck is making me itch.

    • broke&fashionable

      Her neck up looks very 90s to me.

    • ItAin’tMe

      The shoes are very Disney princess, but I love them anyway.

    • Edma Mode aside, it’s pointless without the cape. (Which takes it further into gift wrap territory, but at least it’s a statement)

    • Tatiana Luján

      Does her father want to be governor or something? There is something very matronly about this look.

    • Matthew Davie

      She needs stand-and-pose lessons. It’d look so much better. My grandmother never let herself photographed with her feet apart like that. Left heel touching the right instep. Like a LADY.

      • Jacqueline Wessel

        Absolutely! When I was in Catholic high school the nuns brought in some woman from a “charm school” who lectured all us girls on how to sit, stand etc “like a lady”. And it was as you say, heel touching instep, feet at roughly 90º angle. She explained that your legs would be together but because of the angle and overlapping their width would be smaller than if your feet were parallel and your calves side-by-side. This would allow your viewer to see your two calves and subconsciously divide in half, giving you the illusion of thinner legs. To this very day (40 plus years later) I still find myself standing in that pose hoping beyond hope that my legs will appear thinner. (Charm school lady lost us when she told us that if it was after 5 pm all food must be eaten with a fork and knife even if we were eating a burger.)

    • quiltrx

      I never thought I’d see a L’Wren dress that I pronounced Grandma-Wear…but there it is.
      She should have worn that fabulous CAPE and no one would have given two shits what was underneath it!

    • decormaven

      Those are some tragic shoes. Remove them and let’s never speak of them again. And the hair style is not flattering. For the love of all things fashion, girl, call another stylist, stat.

      • Imasewsure

        I kind of thought Barbie dress… Barbie hair

        • decormaven

          You know, that dress does remind me of an early Barbie dress. (off to scan internet for photo.)

    • Imasewsure

      The ugly trimmy things only work with that gorgeous coat. I could deal with the pockets though if the neck thing could be removed.

      Those shoes are an abomination though. Please please don’t be the shoe that we have to see over and over (for the next three months anyway)

    • Slanted & Enchanted

      Oh, this makes me sad. From the thumbnail I thought she might actually have nailed it for once. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration. I thought she might look passable. I don’t get her, man. She is so beautiful but is terrible at red carpet dressing. I think she’d do better if she went with more casual, edgy looks. Like that micro-trend when everyone was wearing leather leggings? I bet she’d rock the RC pants.

    • Dagney

      Maybe it’s the name? She and Olivia Wilde seem to suffer from the same ailment. Great genes, great bone structure, great body, but their RC work is always a tad off.

    • Tracy_Flick

      IMO, the problem with the trim is that it belongs on a different dress. The matte jersey-looking fabric and top-stitching are more casual. The clash between the two is giving the crafty feel. The shape, color, and fit of the dress are nice, though.

      The shoes look like a pinterest project (cover your old pumps with reese’s peanut butter cup wrappers!) gone wrong.

      I like the makeup, she has gorgeous coloring.

      • Trickytrisha

        I was just about to write your first sentence, more or less. Totally agreed on all points including the special Christmas version of candy wrapper shoes.

    • MoreShoes

      Noooo…the only thing I could think was: Christmas tree.

    • kat89

      Green and gold and pixie cuts seem to be having their moment. In a few months it will be ratty, growing-out hair and some ridiculous rehashed clothing trend from another era. The good news is that these trends are happening and over so fast that the mainstream shoppers get to miss the really silly ones.

    • crash1212

      I remain mystified how a beautiful woman with all the natural attributes I would kill for consistently looks frumpy and downright not cute. How is that even possible? It makes me crazy. That gold crap on her neck? The horrible hemline? Those tacky shoes? That cracked red lipstick? Come on. There is no excuse. This has made me very grumpy indeed.

      • Dagney

        and gold hoops from the 99 cent rack at Rite Aid.

    • melanie0866

      That hem length is AWFUL. On everyone. Please, TLo, wave your magic fashion wands and make it go away.

    • Danielle


    • jjjoy

      her makeup is always bad. and she pays to get this done. her mua is on Instagram posting about Olivia and her other celeb clients.

    • lrhg

      Her hair. She is gorgeous but that super-sleeked down center part is doing her no favors.

      • Madam Von Sassypants

        Especially when paired with that high neckline! Those two factors plus the dress that I think could lose 3 inches or so make the proportions look all out of whack.

    • Those SHOES! My eyes are hurting.

    • Shawn EH

      I may be imagining things, but I think the designers may have been going for a bit of a Byzantine feel with all the gold trim. I think she looks pretty great.

    • Chuck Barthelme

      Looks like she’s almost attempting a Cleopatra look.

    • PeaceBang

      Wow, she is really giving me some Natalie Wood in that first photo. Those shoes look like some kind of holiday fungus that grew onto her feet.

    • SophieCollier

      I’m I alone in really hating mid-calf length skirts/dresses?

    • On the model, the lovely cape tones down the diy elements on the dress. The shoes and make up look budget. She’s so pretty, she could kill on the RC with the right stylist, make up, and hair people.

    • Kelly

      I sort of hate all of this. Hate the peep-toes, hate the bows, hate the length of the dress, hate the choker, hate the MTM ’70s hairstyle, hate that country-style stitch detail on the pockets. Put them all together, they spell “frumpy.”

    • DamH

      I wonder why she fails so often on the red carpet, she’ so sexy. The length makes it comfortable, such a shame. And that hem, did they shorten it into this version the last moment?

    • ankali

      Man, she just cannot figure out what to with her hair, can she?

    • Adelaidey

      It’s like a cheap Megan Draper costume.

    • Tashina Savage

      I wish she had worn her hair up, but this is one Christmas ornament I can sign off on. The color looks great on her, and so does that neckline. I want the shoes.

    • ashtangajunkie

      I absolutely hate this on her, head to toe. She is far too gorgeous to look the way she often does when she’s on a RC.

    • MoHub

      Wish she’d worn the cape.

    • Pterodactyl111

      I HATE the pockets. Get rid of the pockets and then we’ll talk.

    • Jacob Bowen

      TLO you guys make this gay SO happy. I have an imaginary voice in my head for you when I read your comments and you never fail to make my day SO much better.