Katy Perry in Naeem Khan at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball

Posted on December 04, 2013

Miss Katy just hopped off her camel for a visit. Can’t stay long, though. She’s following a star right now and frankincense goes bad after a couple of weeks so she’s on a deadline.


Katy Perry attends the 2013 UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York City in Naeem Khan.

Naeem Khan Fall 2013 Collection


Don’t you wish you could dress like this for your next holiday party? While we have no interest in the dress, we’d love to pair that cape with a turban and do Christmas old-school (like “3 B.C.” old school) style. “We brought you a hostess gift! It’s just some myrrh. You can put it anywhere. Can I have my camel brought around back?”






[Photo Credit: Dara Kushner/INFphoto.com, Kristin Callahan/ACE/INFphoto.com, style.com]

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  • NormDeplume720

    The dress looks a little dated and shapeless, but no matter, because it’s just something to keep her bits covered under that incredible cape.

    • Tatiana Luján

      I don’t like the shape, but I love the velvet and it’s all about the cape.

      • tereliz

        I don’t like the center seam of the dress, but that cape forgives so many sins.

        • Ann VerWiebe

          You can’t have a bias-cut gown without a center seam. But, it is awkward in photos.

          • tereliz

            I’ve definitely seen draped dresses cut on the bias without a center seam. A bias dress without a center seam would have some rippling, sure, but it doesn’t look like that center seam has eliminated the pulling problems completely, anyway.

            I wouldn’t have done it in velvet, I guess. I usually dislike satin bias dresses, as well, so it’s just my own personal preference. Really, the only time I like a center seam is when a more substantial striped fabric is used to create a chevron/diamond down the front.

            But that CAPE!! 🙂

    • Sarah

      That incredible cape = my living room curtains. It is making me want to pull a Carol Burnett.

  • Diego!

    The cape is doing EVERYTHING here. The dress makes her look so shapeles… Hair and make up, OK!

  • Victor Beiramar Diniz

    velour and front running seams are not your friends, girl!

  • Ohmygawdiwantthatcapesohardicouldcry.

    I’m done now.

    • Easy there, my friend. Deep, cleansing breaths: in through the nose, out through the mouth. That’s it…….you should feel better soon.

      • I do have this tendency to hyperventilate around gorgeousness. Thanks Nurse Ellen!

    • Kristin McNamara

      It is beautiful. But for a second there, I thought it was weird that she must’ve gotten the cape specially made for this UNICEF event (or that UNICEF had it made *for* her) because in that last picture, where it’s all splayed out to the side, it totally looks like it has “UNICEF” printed on the inside.

      And then I realized it was sheer.

  • Ginger


  • IraKi

    I can’t decide if this is fun or fun-NY. I think the latter…

  • cmb92191

    That is one amazing cape.

    • TAGinMO

      And one crappy seam.

  • Courtenay P

    cape is great, dress looks unbelievably cheap. what is up with that seam down the middle?

    • Well, we have a few things going on here. First its on the bias, which can cause that rippling effect, especially in the parts of the garment that get the most stress, like the hip to knee, where there is the most motion from walking. That rippling can also happen when the garment pieces aren’t allowed enough time to hang separately before being assembled. Second, its panne’ velvet, which is going to broadcast any imperfection so brightly it would be viewable from deep space.

      • Courtenay P

        very thorough – thanks!

      • marlie

        I love reading your comments about textiles and craftsmanship. Very enlightening!

        • Thanks. It is fun I admit to be able to share when I’ve learned with others who are interested.

      • Deb Oswald

        If you have ever sewn that stuff, you know many many curse words that you never guessed could come out of your mouth!

        • I know, RIGHT? You baste and you baste, and then you hold it up and look at it, and you rip out the basting stitches and go again, and again and again.

          • Deb Oswald

            Oh I hear you!! It makes a strong, confident person become a crying, cursing, slightly hysterical mess. The only other thing that comes close in the irritation factor is trying to do a small rolled edge on a sheer or lame. Gives me anxiety just thinking about it, lol.

      • girliecue

        Oh Sir k, you make the world a better place with your unfailing courtliness, the sewing tidbits and the occasional recipe. Always a joy reading your comments.

  • NBG

    Cape is fab and is saving this outfit from the horror of that center seam on the dress!

  • jif

    All true, but it’s about right for a UNICEF event.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    That make up is perfect for this look

    • kimmeister

      I feel like the eye makeup is competing a bit with the lip.

    • I’d have gone for cleaner eyes.

      • Mismarker

        The medium brown shadow under her eyes looks pretty horrible on my monitor. Like, “I’m on suffering from consumption” bad. I would have taken the lips darker, closer to the burgundy of the dress instead of this 90s red/brown, and added a little more sheen. She needs just a teensy bit more blush, too.

  • manina

    LOVE! She always looks lovely. Perfect Snow White at the wrap party.

  • jw_ny

    A real WOW look…perfect for the season/event. Too bad about that center seam tho…

  • Mona_Visa

    Scarlett O’Hara of the Sahara. Love.

  • Well, slap my ass and call me Susan, I love it!! She’s the prettiest present under the tree!!

    • zenobar

      “Well, slap my ass and call me Susan” – please know that I will be co-opting this expression for future use. Like, sometime today.

    • Not applicable

      How do you know this expression?? Where did you hear it? I use it too- and can’t figure out where it came from… plz help w. some sort of pop culture reference!

      • : )
        I don’t know where I first heard it. I’ve said it for years….surely it’s in a movie somewhere, buried in my head with all the other useless shit.

        • Kent Roby

          Just a guess, but it sounds like something that Flo (“Kiss my grits!”) from “Alice” would’ve said.

        • tereliz

          I always heard it as “call me Shirley.” No idea where it first came from, either. Southern thing?

        • zenobar

          I’ve heard “Well, butter my buns and call me a biscuit” – but it’s nice to have options 🙂

          • CakesOnAPlane

            I’ve heard “Well, cut off my legs and call me Shorty,” but these are all less offensive options.

        • Not applicable

          yeah- I said it at work once (back in the 90s) and everyone just looked at me with the ‘WTF?’ expression. I guess maybe it’s not so work appropriate… 😉

        • VictoriaDiNardo

          I have a bottle of hot sauce purchased in St. Croix called “Slap My Ass and Call Me Sally”. My two cents.

      • My husband uses it too. No idea where it came from!

      • kittentoes

        “Slap my ass and call me Judy” was in Friends.

      • TheOtherChristina

        I grew up with a variant of this expression: “Well, slap me with a spoon and call me Sally.”

  • JR Labrador

    The cape is magically delicious. (And in the head shot, she totally looks like Marion Cotillard).

  • zenobar

    The cape is everything. Unfortunately for the dress, that combo of flimsy halter neckline and red crushed velvet will never not read DOTS ca. 1994. (Or possibly Contempo Casuals.)

    • cmb92191

      Dots- You made my day. I was thinking Barbara Moss or 5-7-9 early 90’s, but Dots will work. Dare I say Joyce Leslie 2013 has something very similar.

    • I totally wore that dress to Homecoming in 1992.

    • Introspective

      CONTEMPO!!!! I love when BKs pull out these 90s retail references. many a hard earned $ from my work study job was spent there for a disposable outfit for a friday nite.

      It makes my day to be reminded of a time when i was poorer, but thinner and without nearly as much responsibility.

      oh and yeah, Katy, hot cape. bad dress.

    • lonepear

      I used to long for the day when I could afford to get whatever I wanted from Contempo Casuals…

  • imspinningaround

    Interesting coincidence: One of the related posts at the bottom of this page is KP at the Unicef Snowflake Ball 2012…wearing a navy blue Naeem Khan cutaway shoulder gown with an embellished cape.

    • alyce1213

      Good catch. I just looked back — looks like an ongoing theme.

      • conniemd

        And it’s another gorgeous sheer cape. The sheer brings drama and takes away the matronly tendency of capes that TLo mentioned in their commentary.

    • marlie

      Good eye! And I’d just written that she and Naeem Khan are a great match! She has the personality to make his designs work.

    • Coleen

      Oh, wow! Nice catch.

  • Jessica Freeman

    It’s a shame the dress looks so cheap against the cape. She also looks fantastic. Love the hair.

  • SuzBald

    I have so much love. The dress shape is wonky but that is one of her many colors…and she knows what to do with a cape!

  • SewingSiren

    Yes! Yes I do. How did you guess?
    I love velvet.
    And thematic dressing for parties.
    So all is good with the world. Delightful in every possible way.

  • Aidan B

    I refuse to apologize for how much I love this. Not ashamed.

  • alyce1213

    Beautiful. The cape is a work of art. The dress — well, it probably looks a lot better in person, without flashbulbs.
    I just love the whole thing.

  • MilaXX

    That cape makes the look. Gorgeous.

    • decormaven

      So true! Glad she posed with a sweep of the cape. Love!

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Yes, I would love to dress like this. It must feel fabulous…

  • Cee Layton

    That cape cape is my childhood vision of what a Christmas princess would wear…of course my vision also included lots of ivory, fur and diamonds as well. I was a tacky thing.

    • cmb92191

      My childhood fantasy cape looked like that and it had fur trim and a muff. (not that kind! ) The “glove replacement” one.

  • Lesley

    that cape is everythinggg right now, it’s doing things to that dress which that dress couldn’t do on it’s own (can we say shapeless?) pop some fangs on her and she looks like one hot queen of the underworld

  • marlie

    I love this. Katy Perry and Naeem Khan are a great pairing. This is a gorgeous, sumptuous look for the holiday season.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    The dress looks a bit like something I would have worn to my high school’s winter formal, but I still love the whole look. The velvet and the cape make this a perfect holiday look!

  • Mrs. Julien

    Naeem Khan is number one on my “if I had all the money and none of the weight” list; in fact, if I had “all of the money”, I’d pay for bespoke to accommodate the weight.

  • When she first came on the scene, all she could elicit from me was an eyeroll. Now? Snaps all around. C’mon, uncles, this should have been a WERQ!

  • Carleenml

    Are bathing suit dresses going to be a thing? Hate it. Not loving the whole look, either. Not exactly subtle (if one can be subtle at something called a Snowflake Ball).

  • Richard Banger

    Why do the pictures look like they were taken from the worst angle possible? She looks like she’s 3 feet tall with a really big head

    • Vickiefantastico

      I agree! I wonder if she’s posing strangely. She looks like she’s squatting in most of the pics.

  • crash1212

    Gorgeous color on her and I love that neckline. This is perfect in every way.

  • Patrick Cleary

    I’d wear that cape with a red velvet suit and swan my way into my company’s holiday party, if they had it anywhere fabulous enough for me to get away with it.

  • Anna_Cecilia

    Here’s looking at your cape, Katy. Seriously, keep it forever and wear it with everything. Over your sweats to take out the garbage, to get groceries, to the gym…I know I would.

    The dress though, that front seam is really doing her no favours. I think you pretty much have to be a model to pull it off as it looks like it’s puckering from certain angles on Katy. The cape solves everything. The Mata Hari/sin and intrigue vibe really works for her.

  • lobsterlen

    I am in love! Gorgeous. WERQ! What the perfect gown to wear to a Snowflake Ball. The only accessory missing is a hunky man dressed as a gladiator feeding her grapes all evening as she reclines on a dais.

  • cocohall

    I honestly had to go back to look for the center seam, because all I saw was cape and pretty and finally someone who is wearing clothes that seem seasonally appropriate. I hope she wears that cape all over her house, because it is too pretty for a one-and-done.

  • Nika E

    I need her to take off Florence Welchs’ dress pls.

  • Monica

    I love her makeup. That lip is seriously 1996!!!

  • Not applicable

    bah da dat dat dah…. I’m lovin’ it!

  • AmeliaEve

    When I am a superhero, this is the cape I want. She’s Captain Christmas!

  • boweryboy

    That’s a whole lotta look. I’m undecided on how I feel about it.

  • bertkeeter

    Agree…cape interesting. Dress god awful!

  • Mary Lauer

    I LOVE her makeup.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Whatever, dress. CAPE. I love it. Her makeup is gorgeous here too. She surprises me sometimes, most often pleasantly.

  • Joanna

    Love this. It’s so Katy Perry, in that borderline cartoony way.

  • amaranth16

    Love this so much. Guys… is it blasphemy to say I’m getting some Dita vibes from this?

  • mdcoon127

    love it

  • Matthew Davie

    Makeup and hair are stunning. The Dita von Teese look totally works for her.

  • That seam down the middle of the dress is all I can look at. That ain’t right when a cape is involved. That. Ain’t. Right.

  • Shawn EH


  • jspark

    That lip color! It’s perfect.

  • another_laura

    love it, Love It, LOVE IT!!! (and whew, I was so glad to see the uncles’ assessment was the same!)

  • jilly_d

    I pretty much hate that dress – the seam is all I can see. But that cape more than makes up for it.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    I read “Can I have my camel brought around back?” as “Can I have my camel toe tucked back?” That’s what I get for waking up before noon.

  • ana170

    I’m not getting the camel references.

    • Imasewsure

      Looks like the robes of one of the Wise Men (or at least if Edith Head had clothed them, that is)

    • lobsterlen

      The Nativity and the 3 Wise men. They came on camel.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    That cape is to die for! She looks shmexy as hell. Well done, Miss Katy.

  • KT

    I absolutely love this look for her! Everything looks fabulous to my eye– her head looks great, the cape is awesome, and I never thought I’d say this, but the red velvet dress is actually totally working in this instance. She looks so sultry and luxe — work that versatility, girl.

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  • Imasewsure

    Love the outfit but for once I think Ms KT just doesn’t have the chops to make this work. Gorgeous though

  • Trickytrisha

    Hmm, the lighting and backdrop here are not particularly great for such an outfit to show well. Love it all though.

  • French_Swede

    Dayum! This girl can get away with wearing anything!

  • msdamselfly

    gorgeous dress enhanced by your story

  • snarkykitten

    That front seam looks godawful, but otherwise she looks great!

    • Coco Cornejo

      And the dress makes curvy Katie shapeless. How can this be?

  • Jacob Bowen

    Anything in VELVET is a NO for me. A WEEERQQQ to the makeup and hair though. WOW, it is good.

  • I love everything about this, and if she showed up in a turban my life would be complete.

  • PeaceBang

    Liberace’s curtains. Faboo.

  • GeoDiva

    I almost spit out my soda at your Three Wise Men reference. Classic!

  • willworktomorrow

    For me this is a WERQ. Love the velvet, especially this time of year.

  • Beth7000

    I wore that dress (minus the cape) to my 10th grade sweetheart dance in 2000. Can’t see that neckline on a dress and not think late 90s/early 00s.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    At first I thought ‘Unicef” was printed on the inside of the cape alongside the snowflake and I thought, How clever! Oh well. Apparently my brain can’t deal with sheer. But I love this look. It’s very Vampira Goes to the Ball to Find Vlad, but I love the color and the drama.

  • EEKstl

    Sometimes the stars (celestial kind) align and the perfect dress, hair and makeup find themselves on the appropriate star (celebrity kind). WERQs for me.

  • formerlyAnon

    Red velvet and an awesomely adorned cape. LOVE it. And her coloring works with it beautifully.

  • Well played, Katy.

  • Jai Piper

    It always feels like celebrities aren’t trying when they wear thing straight off the runway – exactly as worn on the runway. In the case, the cape was clearly made to be worn with the dress but I would have loved to see a gold dress under the cape or the dress without the cape. The center seam on the dress reminds me of Barbie Clothes.

  • Heather

    Indeed, the dress is a bit 1995. Love her makeup tho.

  • Pennymac

    “Not Ms Helens portieres!” “Great Balls of Fire! They’re my portieres now!”

  • Aaminah Khan

    I kinda love it. Though there’s something weird going on with her undereye makeup and it’s distracting me from the fabulousness of the look.

  • Jessica Zhang

    So in love with that cape.

  • MaggieMae

    Love it. The only distraction is she doesn’t seem to know what to do with her hands for the poses.

  • Pterodactyl111

    I’ll forgive her everything forever if she brings capes back.

  • Milos Mom

    3 things ruin it…. Seam down the center of the dress (?????) looks horrid and cheap. The lips and eyes should have been a good three shades lighter and the matte lips aren’t working here either. Lastly, a better bra that would have given her more lift and womenly dimension that is lost with the shape of the dress and cape. She does not need a surreal lift but just not this sports bra flatness. ::sigh:: Team fail.