Christina Ricci in Carolina Herrera at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball

Posted on December 04, 2013

Christina Ricci attends the 2013 UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York City in Carolina Herrera.






[Photo Credit: Dara Kushner/, Kristin Callahan/ACE/]

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  • I’m surprised how much I like it.

    • SugarSnap108

      Yep. Just moments ago I thought I was someone who would never like a gown with an animal-print skirt. I don’t know who I am anymore.

    • Aurumgirl

      Me too. I normally despise animal prints except when used with severe restraint–but this is a dress I love.

    • MissFern

      ME TOO!

  • amf0001

    she looks like the sexy cousin at the wedding you want to have drinks with

    • Little_Olive

      …because she’s already had a few?

  • aeb1986

    At least its different! I think its fun and works on her.

  • Nearly a WERQ for me. I’d like a little more hair volume, but I respect that she rocks the natural head and this is what we get. Also, I need a statement jewelry piece. Overall, I loves.

    • Concur. Some big ol’ dangly earrings or big honkin’ necklace would have been so much fun. Especially if they’d been in a complementary gem, like emerald.

  • She looks fantastic. I love this look; and I’m not usually a fan of animal print anything.

    • Ginger

      I thought that I was the only one who disliked animal print! It’s good to know that I’m in good company. 🙂

      • formerlyAnon

        You have company. My dislike of animal print is irrationally strong. More an extreme prejudice, but I don’t hate this.

    • Mona_Visa

      Same. Animal print usually looks cheap or desperate, but that skirt is beautiful. Her lip color is making her skin look crazy delicious too.

    • Rhonda Shore

      Just goes to show that you can go to a socialite event without looking like one! Bravo!

    • Not applicable

      me too- I think she’s pulling it off because SHE just looks so fabulous. She’s really come into her own lately…

    • ItsDicey

      I agree, but I’m seriously questioning the limp hair. Everything else is pretty damn good.

  • sagecreek

    I guess I’m the only one who hates this. I think it’s dreadful.

    • lunchcoma

      I don’t like it, either. It’s very aging and there’s something a little desperate about it – it makes me think of the Real Housewives, and I never want to think about the Real Housewives.

      • Introspective

        i agree. i think its the low-cut bodice plus the leopard print. the two together just feel like a cougar on overload.

  • cmb92191

    Hmmm… I like it. I wasn’t too sure with the three colors on the top, but it blends nicely. I really wish this events had different names: Snowflake Ball, Winter Ball sounds like a middle school or high school dance.

  • Mona_Visa

    Perfect Wednesday. She looks amazing.

  • LOVE.

  • cmb92191

    Dare I say, Jane Fonda would own this dress!

  • lalahartma

    I like it!

  • HeidiKnox

    Again with the hanging in the face hair. Are the good stylists taking their holidays on a coconut island somewhere?

  • jw_ny

    Love the neckline. Overall I like, but the darkest panel at the waist is 1 element too much…distracting. If the taupe color went to the animal print with maybe a thin band of the dark, I think it’d be more flattering. Her makeup is perfect.

  • Liz

    Scroll down FUG for me. I was hoping for something interesting on the bottom, but not this.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    No one does their hair anymore?? WTH?!

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Lame hair and this bold matte wine lip – feels like we’re seeing it a lot. I don’t like….

  • Little_Olive

    Nice try. Not in love with the messyness and colors of the bodice. Hate the skirt with a passion.

    • Tatiana Luján

      I don’t like the fabric combo in the bodice either.

  • In_Stitches

    This offends me so. As a lover of neutrals paired together, that bodice is a dream, but the skirt just doesn’t work. It’s too much, unfortunately.

  • jonnyf8

    Helena Bonham-Carter’s favorite American cousin. I LOVE it!!!

  • marlie

    I really like the dress, but I have some quibbles about it on Christina. First, I think this dress belongs on a taller ladystar. Second, The proportions are weird (is the camera angle, though)… Christina seems to have really narrow hips, so that with the volume that’s added by the layers and criss-crossing on her bodice, makes her torso/upper body look wider.

    But, the colors are beautiful. And I love that she went with a bold lipstick here (two ladystars in one day, so far!). And I can’t see what’s going on with the back of her hair, but from here it looks a little too casual.

    • kimmeister

      Agree about it being designed for a taller person – yes, she has a long torso, but it’s still sitting too low on her.

  • SewingSiren

    Love the gown on her. I wouldn’t have advised leopard print for a Snowflake Ball, but it is snow leopard, so what the hey.

  • Coleen

    Carolina Herrera Goes to South Beach.

  • Makes her really short.

  • It’s lovely, but for a Jack Hanna tribute ball, not something called “The Snowflake Ball”. (That may just be the soap opera geek in me, though.)

  • alyce1213

    That’s one helluva dress. She’s maybe a little too petite for it, but she’s got more than enough attitude. I love it.

  • Wow! This is great, a wonderful reprieve from the usual holiday dress-up toolbox. She looks wonderful. I think I need that dress, by the way.

  • stellamaris73

    The three layered colors up top add a lot of volume and busy-ness. I think I’d prefer this in just one color with the animal-print skirt. Maybe the silvery grey.

  • Alexis Boucher

    I was fully behind this until I scrolled all the way down. Then it was just kind of “Oh.”. Was fully expecting it to be cocktail dress length.

  • Diego!

    GORGEOUS dress and she is rocking it!!! Way to go Miss Xtina! 😛

  • BrooklynBomber

    Gad, just when I was starting to like Carolina Herrera. . .

  • Jessica Freeman

    I like the idea of the dress, but its just not working. The layering on the top is lovely, but I don’t like the colors…and formal animal print is just not my jam.

    • Nancer

      The colors just don’t flow correctly. I like the top, but when I hit the skirt it just didn’t make sense. But hey, Christina looks amazing!

  • MannahattaMamma

    One of the most flattering necklines ever, for any woman. Beautiful. The skirt, meh, but that neckline offsets a multitude of “meh.”

  • Madam Von Sassypants

    Homegirl has been doing some pushups, maybe lifting a few weights? Totally dig it, and you can tell she does as well.

  • tereliz

    Sexy and surprisingly perfect for her stature. I love it.

  • another_laura

    Adorbs. There. I said it.

  • jilly_d

    DAT MAKEUP. She looks gorgeous.

  • MoHub

    All you gals who insist on showing sideboob and underboob, take note. THIS is how you do cleavage!

  • ovarB


  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I like this, especially the way the black nips in her waist. I think the animal print works for me because it’s not too literal.

  • conniemd

    I love Carolina Herrera, she just makes interesting gowns for women. This dress would look awful on a lot of women. Christina Ricci looks pretty cool here. The dress could tend into Kardashian territory on the wrong woman. I shudder thinking of Christina Aguilera in this dress. But she looks more like she is being playful and having fun being vampy, not taking it seriously at all.

  • Not applicable

    WANT that lipstick! So hard to find the perfect red…

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  • boweryboy

    I like it. She looks nice.

    My only issue is design wise: that little bit of black is bugging me. I feel it’s needed for contrast, but shouldn’t be so prominent in the bodice – like it should be a sash or a belt or something.

  • PastryGoddess

    That décolletage is crying out for a necklace

  • ballerinawithagun

    I love this dress! Addressing everyone who posted prior to me…Animal prints are tricky. The fabric itself MUST be high quality and handled with care. Roberto Cavelli is a Master with animal prints. I am surprised that it is a Carolina Herrera! Love the flatter bodice and the three fabrics in combo.
    My only quibble is the waistband that shows on the skirt. I would have worn the black drape on the outside to cover the waistband. Minor I know.
    Yes, her hair needs some uplift in the front.

  • Kent Roby

    She looks adorable, sexy, appropriate, and fun! Now I’m really needing to see her in a new movie soon! (um, as long it’s not a sequel to that snake-moan-whatever movie!)

  • Mary Lauer

    Very pretty. Except for the do-nothing, too-flat hair.

  • Claudia Fernandes

    how awkward, at first glimpse it seemed V Westwood….On the other hand, she is very cute

  • Nika E

    If this dress was to the knee I would love it instead I just like it. She looks great though, her makeup is perfection.

  • E2_Remote

    Only Carolina Herrera could compel me to like animal print in a dress, RAWR!

  • KT

    The skirt’s okay, even though it’s a little stiff, but the bodice looks totally overworked and incongruent with the rest of the look. It’s got that 18th century shipwrecked vibe to it.

    Hair looks a little shitty, but her makeup is great — I WANT that lipstick.

  • Yeah, that’s perfection.

  • Bradio311

    Scroll down YIKES!!

    • I found the animal print expected.

  • mrspotts66

    pretty dress.
    the bodice is gorgeous.
    great makeup.

    she looks more and more like calista flockhart the older she gets.

  • quiltrx

    Love the bodice, not sure about the skirt. Wish she’d done a little more with her hair, but she looks pretty.

  • Julie Parr

    I’m surprised by how indifferent I am given how many elements there are.

  • Imasewsure

    I love her and I like the dress but it’s not quite working… wish the pattern were on top and the plainer parts on the bottom… maybe… still it’s fun and different

  • Jake Donohoe

    She looks like how I want Helena Bonham Carter to look all the time.

  • appliquer

    I furrowed my brow and shook my head.

  • River

    She looks stunning. She pulled this off big time. Makeup is perfection, the dress suits her figure and coloring, wow!

  • French_Swede

    Great dress! But she is too petite for it. This dress needs an amazon to really shine.

  • it’s very mother of the bride for me.

  • i’m not buying the taupe at the top. a clay-like color. if it were a dull gold (as in, not too sparkly) it might look more festive. just doesn’t say snowflake ball to me. my husband loves her, so maybe i’m just jealous.

  • kimmeister

    I like the idea of her makeup, but the way the eye makeup is applied just looks like an infection waiting to happen.

  • Kelly

    I love everything about the top. I just want it paired with a completely different bottom. They don’t go! And not in a good, edgy, makes-you-see-the-world-in-a-different-way sort of “don’t go.” But in a “doesn’t go” sort of don’t go.

    That hair, though — look in the dictionary under “bedraggled,” and you’ll see a picture of this hair.

  • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

    I miss slightly pudgier Christina Ricci. Still have a huge girl crush on her, though.

  • She had me right up until the animal print.

  • PeaceBang

    I wish she’d loan me her make-up artist. And I’ll take the citrine ring, too.

  • Jumpingjacks

    The top part just reeks of a wannabe-Westwood dress without the proper skill and knowledge of structure found in an actual Viv Westwood dress

  • Coco Cornejo

    Am I the only one getting a cougar vibe off this dress?

    Ms. Ricci is too young and classy for that.

  • Tom Markiewicz

    Good Lord it looks cheap…

  • webslice33

    that top isnt pretty at all!

  • macaroni

    I actually realllly love this. And her face is giving me LIFE. I need someone to recreate this makeup on me immediately.

  • macaroni

    I actually reallllly like this. And her face is giving me LIFE. I need someone to recreate this makeup on me immediately.

  • E. D.

    I like it a lot, but would probably be better with just two solid colors – the gray and the brown.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Wow, love this. Wish she’d done a bit more with the hair, and a pair of massive earrings would’ve set this off perfectly, but other than that, GLAMAZON!

    (Fortunately I love animal prints)

  • formerlyAnon

    I am terribly against animal print, in almost all instances. I think this dress looks good on her and she looks good in it.

  • understateddiva

    Miss Ricci looks lovely, but I’m amused by the sad homecoming dance decorations behind her.

  • Miss wks

    she is too diminutive in stature to wear this…unless she gets a legs transplant and is boosted up a coupla feet….

  • EEKstl

    This is totally working. How is that possible?

  • altissima

    The black panel looks awkwardly off centre to me. Is it supposed to be like that?.

  • Aaminah Khan

    I’m sorry, but I just can’t with the animal print skirt. The bodice is amazing, but below the waist is making my eyelids twitch a little.

  • NOLA_gal

    Bam! Nailed it.!

  • valerie747

    Dayum gurl. You did me proud.

  • Milos Mom

    Clever design here. Good choice Christina!

  • Lucymaybe

    I just… love her. The flame never dies.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    I can’t ever get past the Forehead.