WERQ: Florence Welch in Valentino at the American Museum of Natural History Gala

Posted on November 22, 2013

If ever there was a dress she was born to wear, this would be it.



Florence Welch attends the American Museum of Natural History’s 2013 Museum Gala in New York City in Valentino.

Valentino Spring 2014 Collection


Brava, darling. You look like a grand cathedral. That’s a compliment. You WERQ that poise and bearing, girl.






[Photo Credit: Kristin Callahan/ACE/INFphoto.com, IMAXtree]

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      I shit you not, I literally just gasped! This is SO perfect for her – this is a WERQ all day long! She looks like a human version of Klimt’s “The Kiss”. I’m in love with this look, y’all. IN LOVE.

      • Beardslee

        I’m glad I’m not the only one who saw Klimt. And it’s season appropriate!

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          It’s perfect for the season, for her coloring, for her style, for the event – I mean, this is knocked out of the ball park in a huge way!

          • Sarah

            THIS. I worship in the Cathedral of Welch. It’s such a werq it transcends werqitude. Holy cow, can you tell I heart this look?

      • ModernDowager

        “Klimt” was the first word that popped into my mind too. Glorious.

      • Claudia

        Totally! I have that print in my front room!

        • ballerinawithagun

          The Kiss is in my studio!

      • Meredith

        And I’m in love with Florence, y’all.

    • Diego!

      AMISH Girl gone to Church! You WERQ it Miss Flo!

      • Clueless_Jock

        Byzantine Empress.

        • Mona_Visa

          Theodora come to life. I like it.

    • Beto

      Yay for her outfit. Nay for her hair style.

      • Linda LaPaz

        See, I think the hair is perfect for the dress!

    • Alexis Boucher

      My first thought when seeing this dress was that she looks like “The Kiss” by Klimt. Very cool.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Thank you! I was trying to dredge up the art reference it clearly has. You got it in one.

        • Tatiana Luján

          I thought about Russian religious icons. Klimt got inspiration for his work from them.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            We’re on the same page, Russian iconography was my other thought about this.

            • Sarah

              Hmm. My fibers major background made me think of those cigar silk quilts. So many references in one dress!

        • Alexis Boucher

          Finally that Humanities minor is paying off!

      • Fordzo

        MTE on the Klimpt, but I was going to say his Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I.

        • Barb Rayhttp://www.google.com/

          Nailed it! Thank you for paying attention in art history friend!

        • ballerinawithagun

          Yes, the Adele is much closer than The Kiss.

      • formerlyAnon

        I went there but got side tracked by medieval(?) dress.

        ETA: correct me historical re-enactment peeps. I’m just a tourist here.

    • NBG

      This is a fantastic pairing of woman and dress. A more sophisticated updo would have made it a WERQ for me but, as it is, it’s not.

      • Celandine1

        I should not have gone back for a third look. That’s when I noticed the Heidi braid. *sigh *

        • Barb Rayhttp://www.google.com/

          Nah, I really think it works here, for her–not everyone.

    • CPK1

      I am loving this. The perfect marriage of wearer and dress. Girl, that is SO your dress! And so much better without the beyond hideous sandals in the runway version

      • ampg

        I love the fact that the runway version is worn by the model version of Florence Welch. It’s styled to look just like her.

    • Jessica Freeman

      WERQ. That’s all.

    • Kayemwhy yo

      Love it. It’s a WERQ for me because it’s her all the way, including the hairdo.

    • xmixiex

      could she knock off the blue steel though?

      • melisaurus

        Not smiling is her thing like K-stew.

        • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

          Is smiling then everyone else’s “thing”? Why does it matter?

          • melisaurus

            It matters because you are commenting on it, Idk? Sometimes people are more than trained monkeys. She tends to look serious on the red carpet. Personally it just bugs because I hate it when people in real life tell me I should smile or cheer up. There are some exceptions when we stop telling the celebrity what to do for our entertainment because that’s who she is.

            • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

              I think we misunderstood each other, I meant why should it matter whether or not she is smiling. I think we are on the same page!

    • Artesian_Belle

      Joan of Art!

    • Shannon Beamer

      “You look like a grand cathedral.” HAHA. Only you, Uncles, only you.

    • MilaXX

      It’s actually a pretty dress and I like her choice of red for the bag. Never been a fan of that hair, but that’s her current style and it works with the hair.

      • kimmeister

        I liked the color choice for the clutch as well.

    • quiltrx

      YAY!!! She looks incredible–indeed, the perfect dress for her.

    • SewingSiren

      As a strong proponent of long sleeve gowns, fabrics with body, embroidered jewels, and hair braids, I obviously love it.

      • AmeliaEve

        Mayim Bialik take note: Modest need not mean frumpy.

        • Celandine1

          AMEN sister

    • tallgirl1204

      That fabric… to only touch it and look at it up close… so much work in that.

    • insertclevername_ici

      Serving up joan of arc realness

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Surely a WERQ. And I am reeling at the technical aspect of this dress. The amount of utterly perfect applique work is awe inspiring. Thank you, Couture!

      • Kathy

        What a relief this is after some of the travesties we’ve seen recently.

    • cmb92191

      Yay. Wonderful- although I still see early David Bowie in her face. Is it her eyebrows?

      • marlie

        I see Chloe Sevigny.

    • formerlyAnon

      Oh my god. The REFERENCES in that dress! Somebody managed to go back several centuries and take things from men’s and women’s attire and wrap it all up in what ought to be an overwrought mess but is, in fact, a column of Welchian perfection. The only disappointment is that the event was not held at the Cloisters.

      Ahem. I will breathe now. Also, that ring on her hand is fabulous and she is fabulous for knowing not to put any other rings on that hand.

    • DTLAFamilies

      She looks incredible. However, how many seasons has Valentino been doing this silhouette? That’s the only problem I have with this look–it seems a little stale after seeing a parade of starlets doing the high neck dress (though none as well as Flo, it’s true)

    • jilly_d

      Serving up Catelyn Stark realness. We’ve missed you, Flo!

    • PeggyOC

      Not just perfect for her, but a dress that would have looked stupid on the vast majority of the rest of the world. Now that’s a WERQ.

    • formerlyAnon

      Oh lord. I just noticed the pointy silver metallic toes peeping out. Like a crusader’s tomb effigy with the pointy armored feet. This girl delivers.

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    • CarrieBaby

      Love it!! Only Florence could wear this and pull it off

    • Adrianna Grężak

      I would love to own a shorter version of this

    • Jaeda Laurez

      That dress is so beautifully detailed- WERQ. And she’s the one to wear it, for sure. Her “fashion face” makes her look older than she is though- I’ve seen her smile; it’s much more attractive. .

    • formerlyAnon

      Also: Thank-you T & Lo. Perfect timing to strengthen me for a tediously trying day that I have some nerve complaining about when it could be so much worse but god I really don’t wanna. I am now armored with the reminder that the highly skilled execution of fabulous is out there.

      • decormaven

        Yes, the banner may be tattered a bit, but it’s still held high. Viva, fabulous!

    • anotherkate

      She is wearing the hell out of that dress, and I don’t mind the braid, but I have NEVER liked her makeup.

    • marlie

      Oh, Flo, how I’ve missed you. And I don’t really love the dress, but it seriously comes to life on Flo.

      • ashtangajunkie

        Yes! I hadn’t noticed it until these photos, but there is a definite resemblance.

    • http://thishotoldbroad.blogspot.com/ Sara Leigh Merrey

      Stunning! I love that dress, and it is perfect with her coloring and hair.

    • ashtangajunkie

      Only Florence Welch could WERQ this dress. I love this look.

    • LaSylphide

      Beautiful. And i luuurv that braid around the head style. Old fashioned, but perfect with that dress.

    • French_Swede

      Her hair looks like that of a milkmaid ~ I’d have done something different, more regal. Otherwise. WOW!

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      She’s the Regal Queen of Autumn. I love it. Let’s listen to Flo and the Machine all day.

    • crash1212

      Gorgeous dress deployed on a gorgeous woman, gorgeously. WERQ indeed.

    • alyce1213

      That dress is a design wonder and she looks perfect in it. Everything’s right — style, fit, length (can see shoes!), color. Even the accessories — rings and clutch — are well chosen.

    • MoHub

      This gave me the feel of Byzantine mosaics. Flo is the new Empress Theodora.

      • Shawn EH

        Beat me to it!

        • MoHub

          Great, educated minds think alike, I guess!

          • Shawn EH

            Totally an art history moment!

    • Tamara Hogan

      She looks AWE to the SOME.

    • http://kingderella.tumblr.com/ kingderella

      Well done, flo.

    • tereliz

      This entire Valentino collection felt very “Welchy” to me. This dress is just stunning on her. I just wish she’d gone more elegant on the hair and less Heidi.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Seems made for her.

    • Rebecca Harvey

      severe Byzantine headmistress seems to be her look

    • Eva_baby

      Honestly, i think this dress is too wonderful for her.

    • Greg

      She is giving excellent Resting Bitch Face. I’m jealous.

    • Lilak

      Oooooh nice: This is indeed “almost literally” (as they say) the Platonic Ideal of FloW.
      Kind of a shame about the bad mood affect – but I guess that’s her carpet trademark, too.

      • Qitkat

        I think that’s why I can never warm up to her. No matter what she is wearing, she has this bad mood face that never changes, on the red carpet, at least, and it turns me off. And I agree with most, that is an amazing dress.

    • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

      When is this woman releasing more music for me to purchase and scream along to in my automobile? Luv huh, so much, and she finally found the Maximalist dress that is hers alone. I’m going to print her out and paste her to my wall and perform devotionals to St. Florence nightly.

    • lesmaha

      That dress should be retired–I can’t imagine anyone else wearing it.

    • PeaceBang

      My sweet fancy Jesus, it has taken me a full minute to catch my breath. Adjectives do not suffice. For me, this transcends WERK and goes right into religious ecstasy territory. Thank God the non-divine make-up tethers me to reality.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      Icon wearing a dress from an icon, taken right off the wall at St. Vladimir and Florence Cathedral, the wooden one from the 17th century, just before the church schism when the Russians got burny.

    • AmeliaEve

      Pre-Raphaelite steampunk elegance.

    • Sally Spannagle

      She looks great, but haven’t we seen this look from her before? All covered up in a pattern with braids on her head? Yawn.

    • Amanda Welliver

      What is gained by not lining the skirt?

      • Shawn EH


        • Amanda Welliver

          It is a great view of the granny panties…

      • willworktomorrow

        I think it gains lightness. If it was lined, I think the whole thing might look heavy.

    • Not applicable

      does anyone else think it’s time that the fraulein hair go back to the Alps where it belongs??

      • Imasewsure

        I think it’s ok here but definitely do not want to see it again on anyone over the age of 5

        • Not applicable

          this look has been around WAY longer than I expected… the braids lopped over the head, the bangs. I thought it was just meant to be ironic at first, but it won’t go away!

      • Qitkat

        My favorite pictures of my mom, ever, are from the Forties when she wore her long hair wrapped in braids around her head, no bangs. My only regret is that I don’t remember her that way.
        So I actually love this hairdo on Florence, it’s my favorite part of the look. Although that’s a striking medieval looking gown.

    • ThesisMonkey

      So gorgeous on her. I don’t love the braids here, but I hardly noticed them over the rest. Perfect poise, hands just so. Agree with the kittens – she looks like a painting come to life.

    • Shawn EH

      She’s a Byzantine Queen. What was it Dave Hemmings said to Vanessa Redgrave in Blowup, that she knows how to stand and sit, something most models never learn?

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      So much craftsmanship went into this dress that it looks both heavy and airy at the same time. Love all the interesting shapes that are pieced together here and she looks great too.

    • MannahattaMamma

      Joan of Arc goes to the ball, rather than the bonfire. Kudoes

    • Jessica Wyatt

      I want to put her on top of a Christmas Tree. She looks amazing!

    • Kathy

      What a dramatic look, and she reminds me of a young Vanessa Redgrave.

    • webslice33

      she’s not from this era..she’s from the 1600s…

    • mlle

      That dress is magnificent. I covet her rings.

    • Aidan B

      Perfection. I have not a damn thing else to say.

    • judybrowni

      Oh, honey. Do NOT return that dress to the designer.

      Pretend you lost it, or even pay for the damn thing and wear it everywhere!

    • Akemi


    • Balletomane

      I think she’s been taking posing tips from her bestie, Blake Lively. Her posture and angles are so similar. But, she looks awesome!

    • Trickytrisha

      Valentino just hit god-like status in my opinion, and this glorious woman is wearing the shit out of that dress. She’s stunning, face, hair and styling are amazing. The details on the dress are rich and superbly placed. Bravo and brava, to everyone concerned.

      ps – she could use more upper lip, but that’s a nitpick.

    • Kate4queen

      beautiful. :)

    • Nicole Little


    • Richard Harper

      Brilliant. Completely WERQed.

    • Linda LaPaz


    • Jennifer McGuire

      The workmanship on that dress is STUNNING.

    • Lilithcat

      Fabulous! Just don’t get in the way of those laser-beam eyes!

    • Diesel von Trapp

      Pure Moods, in dress form.

    • ohayayay

      She and the Sev should play siblings in something.

    • Jacob Bowen

      Florence Welch=my spirit animal. “Kiss with a Fist” was seriously my song of the day so this is PERFECT. Thank you TLO,

    • calimon

      I still think she looks like Vanessa Redgrave of Camelot (1967) reincarnate. This dress is not helping matters.

    • bellafigura1

      Love love love. A great example of how one detail — the oxblood clutch — just takes the whole thing to the next level.

    • skitten

      The thing that keeps this from being a WERQ for me is how tight this. You can tell the arm holes are cut too high and the bodice is too restrictive by the way the beautiful fabric is puckering at the corners of her chest. Her girls need to breath! It is literally breathtaking (for me and for her) but in the end poorly fitted.

      • Gatto Nero

        Does look a bit tight around the bust. The girls seems squashed.

    • CatherineRhodes

      WOW! She looks amazing! Love that Valentino collection.

    • Lilyana_F

      Now that’s a perfect dress for her! WERQ!

    • Gatto Nero

      Elegant perfection from hair to shoes.

    • ballerinawithagun

      On New York Social Diary there is a photo of her twirling!!! It is divine!