Anna Kendrick in Elie Saab at the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors Gala

Posted on December 10, 2013

Is this going to be a thing for the foreseeable red carpet future (i.e., the next week or two because RC trends are quick and short-lived); the whole “see-through strips of lace” thing? Cause we’re not feeling it.


Anna Kendrick attends the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors Gala in an Elie Saab gown accessorized with earrings by Graziela Gems and rings by EF Collection and Dana Rebecca Designs.

On the other hand, the color looks great on her and we like her hair and makeup, even if she does look a little washed out.

Should we just save ourselves the agita and get on board with this mini-trend? We admit, we almost liked Amy Adams’ version from the other day. This one, on the other hand, bugs. We hate the way all of these sheer strips just stop abruptly at the waist seam. If you’re gonna do this sort of thing, shouldn’t they all be connected and flowing together?







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  • Jen

    Yes, they most certainly should.

  • Yeah, the way those strips of lace refuse to meet at the center is making me CRAZY. okay, well, crazier than usual.

  • Aidan B

    Good morning, uncles, from the other side of snowy Philly! Stay warm! I agree, I think Amy Adams’ “strip of lace” dress was much better; something about the lace doesn’t work with this color. Overall though, she looks good. Love the rings.

    • 3boysful

      Precisely–the color cheapens it the rest of the way.

  • Nicholas

    She’d need some accessories to make the look interesting.

    And yes, the dress makes her look like a Photoshop fail.

  • quiltrx

    Yes, it looks very half-assed that they don’t flow. And isn’t this one strip REALLY close to showing the good china?

    • gabbilevy

      The dress — thank Santa Jesus — is lined. Don’t know why celebs and the designers they wear so regularly insist on not doing that.

      • lifeisastory

        Well, because every time we see a peek-a-boo panel like that, the first thing we do is look to see if anything is exposed. It’s a great – if completely unoriginal – way to get attention. And I agree with everyone that that the lace panels should meet. That just looks sloppy.

    • demidaemon

      My thoughts exactly!

  • Adriana

    I would love this if the stripes matched up.

  • Diego!

    This looks like a cheap version of a “Haute Couture” dress for those missmatching stripes… Honey, you look great, kinda #TeamEdward in that washed out makje up, but overall we approve. Now, send back that awful dress.

  • At least it is lined.

    • kimmeister

      Indeed. I was about to start clutching my pearls at that center lace strip on the bottom when I realized it was lined. Phew!

  • MilaXX

    I think a skinny metallic belt to hide the fact that the strips don’t match up would greatly improve this.

    • decormaven

      Yes, this dress cries for a belt. The color would really sing with the addition of a gold belt. The clutch is not big enough to serve as such a highlight.

    • Sarah

      And keep her from looking like one long column of orange. (I don’t hate it, but it’s a LOT of that with her hair)

    • PinkySlinky

      was about to say the exact, same thing

    • EveEve

      Unfortunately a belt isn’t going to hide the puckered neckline. I especially dislike that the side lace strip on the skirt is not lined and you can see where the slip ends. And I don’t think that shade of orange is flattering. A miss for Elie Saab and the stylist who chose this for Anna Kendrick.

  • sienna elm

    I completely agree about the lace ending at the waistline.

    Also – this look is screaming for some dangly earrings!

  • aeb1986

    Yes, they should match up. This is something Tim Gun taught me in the first season of PR. Common Elie Saab

  • barbarienne

    I want to grab the waist of the skirt and rotate it a couple of inches to the left so the lace aligns. Argh. This is not a good dress for OCD people to be looking at.

    • makeityourself

      And the fact that she couldn’t hit her mark is annoying me too.

  • Of course they should match up. Lace is not my thing, but I don’t hate this. It’s been done, mostly, well.
    I can’t wait for my Little Miss to get home and see this. She loves Anna and is obsessed with Pitch Perfect.

    • annabelle archer

      The word is in.
      “Becca, I like your Pitch Perfect acts and your dress.”

      I expected more.

  • Kelly

    “If you’re gonna do this sort of thing, shouldn’t they all be connected and flowing together?”


    At the moment, I’m reserving judgment on the trend. Despite the mismatched lines, I don’t mind the lace thing here (though it has something of a widening effect). For me, the problem is how quickly and easily the look can become cheap and tacky (which is what I thought Amy Adams’s dress was).

    Love Anna’s hair.

  • Lori

    The fact that this cheap looking thing is Eli Saab gives me a headache. Yes, the lace strips should line up and no, Eli Saab should not be stooping to creating the illusion that at any moment we could see all of Anna’s lady bits. Note to designers and the celebs who wear their clothes: that really isn’t shocking or titillating any more. Now it’s just tacky.

    • I know, what a comedown from Halle Berry’s amazing Oscar acceptance gown from 2002. Now THAT was “peek-a-boo” done to perfection!

  • MannahattaMamma

    the mismatched stripes are making me twitch but if they lined up, then this version of the “peekaboo” dress would be the best of the lot – at least she’s got an actual skirt instead of a tunic attached to a piece of old netting. phtooey.

  • marlie

    I’m not feeling this one. This particular dress looks a little bit… cheap? But her hair and makeup are pretty.

    • conniemd

      My thought that was since I had seen her on here before, but didn’t know who she really was, Elie Saab was punishing her for not belonging at the same event as Shelly O 😉 So I googled her and found out her main claim to fame is the Twilight movies I had more than a vague suspicion (of course I’m ignoring she did get several nominations for best supporting actress) She’s cute, but she does seem a fish out of water in this dress at an event more that features more mature stars and dresses that are not tacky or cheap looking.

      • alyce1213

        Gravitas, sister.

      • Aaminah Khan

        She was great in both Up in the Air and 50/50, and I crushed on her like crazy in Pitch Perfect. I think she’s a pretty swell actress, and she’s funny and charming in interviews.

        • fursa_saida

          Also, Camp. She’s got musical theater training.

  • filmcricket

    This has been an Elie Saab “thing” for a while, no? It used to be bits of sheer peeping out in odd places like the dress had succumbed to moths, now it’s this. Agreed that the strips should at least line up, the fact that they don’t is making me aargh. Dig the colour on her, though.

  • Anna_Cecilia

    Oh, Anna. This dress. Aca-scuse me?!!

  • Reality TV Casting

    the flesh colored band across the hoo-hah is particularly eye-catching- my eyes should be at her face!!

  • MoHub

    Nope. Not attractive at all.

  • Judy_S

    Of the 3 strip of lace dresses (counting the blue frilly one), Amy Adams’s is the only one that’s really sexy or even glamorous. It seems perfunctory here and in the blue frilly one.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Meh, she’s pretty but the dress isn’t quite.

  • formerlyAnon

    If those strips swirled as single strips from neck to hem, this would be a great dress because of the movement – better than Amy Adams’ iMO.

    As is, it’s o.k. She’s pretty.

    Personal issue, random thought: Do you all think it would be dispiriting to work so hard & spend so much on maintaining and presenting one’s body, skin, hair, paying for trainers, mani/pedis, makeup, hair, whatever clothes & shoes one pays for, put all that time into it . . . and then wind up looking “very very pretty?” I mean, with all that work, I’d want to be stunning or striking or at least, memorable.

    • Interesting thought. I think it would be dispiriting. Unless you have done your ugly-girl Oscar grab, when the “very, very pretty” on the red carpet becomes part of the sales pitch, it feels like pretty is the absolute least you can achieve.

  • boweryboy

    This dress is like a second year design school student’s final project. Who signed off on this? They should be fired.

  • sunflower

    I wonder if it was tailored at the waist and that’s why the lace doesn’t match up? It seems to weird to have been designed that way

  • E. D.

    I don’t care that the lace panels change direction, but they need to meet up at the waist. Otherwise, I really like this. May need a bracelet though.

  • conniemd

    X marks the spot? I assume they put that down where people are supposed to stand for their photos and she missed the spot somewhat?

  • Tracy_Flick

    70s homemade, right down to the not-quite-matching seams. But the Simplicity pattern said “easy”!!!!

  • LeelaST

    Looks very “cheap lingerie.”

  • greymain

    absolutely… not like.

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  • Trickytrisha

    Yeah, the misaligned lace at the waist ruins this. It’s a nice shape and color for her.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I HATE the sheer concept in general, but the sheer lace ONLY on the top is okay. That color on her though is PERFECT. She could use a bit of color in her face, but the overall makeup effect is beautiful.

  • GorgeousThings

    “If you’re gonna do this sort of thing, shouldn’t they all be connected and flowing together?”


  • demidaemon

    It looks real half-assed. So, no for me, despite my irrational love for her.