Kiernan Shipka in RED Valentino at the “Justin Bieber’s Believe” LA Premiere

Posted on December 19, 2013

Okay, kittens. We’re going to ask you to be firm here and hold on to your strongly held convictions. It’ll be tough, but we have faith in you.

Okay, ready? Remember: FIRM.


“Mad Men” star Kiernan Shipka attends the “Justin Bieber’s Believe” premiere held at The Regal Cinemas L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California in a RED Valentino dress.

Okay, yes; she’s so sweet we’ll all be peeing sunshine for days. But we can’t allow ourselves to be blinded by her adorableness. If this dress was on anyone else, wouldn’t we all say “GOD. ENOUGH WITH THE SPRING CLOTHES IN DECEMBER?” Well some of us would.

Oh, who are we kidding? She’s in L.A.. Maybe it doesn’t look like December but it sure looks cute and chic.







[Photo Credit: Juan Rico/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES, Andrew Evans, Izumi Hasegawa/PRPhotos]

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  • annabelle archer

    Is Kiernan a Belieber? Finally! A fault. But not in the ensemble, because that shit is adorble.

    • Maybe she’s seeing him because he’s supposedly “retiring” after this tour?? (I cannot believe I know this) .. But otherwise it IS a fault. She’s human!!

      • marlie

        I hope to God he is… it’ll be nice to be rid of him.

    • rkdgal

      Sally Draper saw the Beatles at Shea Stadium. There’s NO WAY she’s a Belieber. In fact, I’m guessing her favorite Beatle is John.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Hee! “Finally! A fault.” I love that!

      But yes, I thought the same thing – L.A. or not, that dress is WAY too springy for this time of year. But she does rock it, you can’t deny that.

  • She does look perfect as usual. Whoever does her styling is an effing MASTER. And I could not agree more. It’s days before Xmas. stop with the April Sunday Afternoon Floral Prints Already!

    • Lucía Gavello

      You know, since I’m in Argentina and “Christmas” means “scorching effing hot” here, I understand this is a spring dress but I don’t have that visceral reaction to it. That being said, the fact that I WANT THIS OUTFIT NOW indicates that it’s indeed, very off season.

      • GeoDiva

        People seem to forget that for 50% of the planet, December is summer. I live in the tropics and it is always 80 degrees on Christmas.

      • Same, I live in Northern California and it’s been in the low sixties here all week. Even in winter, wool and boots and scarves are a bit much for most of the state.

        • Lucía Gavello

          It’s been between 86º and 104º, and it’s not even technically summer yet. I own exactly one wool sweater XD

  • Diego!

    That dreadful background is making these pictures look sad. Despite the sweetness of Kiernan, who looks gorgeous by the way. But those naked Christmas trees are boring and SAD.

    • Yeah those tinsel trees look like somebody yanked em out of their packing boxes, plunked em down and said, “There, you wanted a Christmas tie in? Here ya go. Deal with it”

      • Diego!

        hahaha you got it right! 😛

    • Barbara Thomas

      The exposed metal stand makes it truly sad. She’s darling, but it looks like she’s attending the Regal Cinemas staff Christmas party, held in the breakroom and consisting of two takeout pizzas and a trash bag full of yesterday’s unsold popcorn.

      • Diego!

        hahahahahaa “two takeout pizzas” hahaha LOL xD Comment of the day! I loved it! hahaha

      • annabelle archer

        “she’s attending the Regal Cinemas staff Christmas party, held in the breakroom and consisting of two takeout pizzas and a trash bag full of yesterday’s unsold popcorn.” = ME at 17 years old.

        • zenobar


        • Barbara Thomas

          I worked at AMC through high school and college. My friends thought I was basking in free nachos and hot dogs. Ha! I had to break it to them that every single concession was rigidly controlled by management, that we had to ask permission to get more cups out of the steel cage that was our supply closet and account for every dog and bun at the end of the night, even the gross shriveled up one that had been on the griller since ten a.m.

      • ballerinawithagun

        The trees themselves are cute but those stands…they couldn’t even find a spare tablecloth to wrap around them???

    • zenobar

      I confess I have a fondness for aluminum tinsel trees. Back when schools were allowed to decorate for Christmas*, it was a class event and each kid got a spiky tinsel branch to poke into the tree’s “trunk” (a dowel rod with holes drilled in).

      *Just to clarify, I’m not one of those “they’re taking Christmas away from us poor Christians” kind of people. I just really miss grade school 🙂

      • CT14

        Schools still do. My 1st grader gets to wear pajamas tomorrow for a “Polar Express” day.

      • Diego!

        I like to decorate with lots of ornaments my Christmas tree until it falls down due its weight…. LOL xD But those bare Christmas trees are depressing. They really are.

    • Montavilla

      Not to be a killjoy, but I think those trees are part of the toy drive happening at the event. I don’t think they’re decorations. I think they’re donations,

    • Munchkn

      They need a revolving light wheel like all proper Fifties and Sixties aluminum trees. That’s true even if they’re not real aluminum trees and merely tinsel ones.

  • MilaXX

    Maybe I’m blinded by the cute, but I don’t mind this one. Maybe the black top & black shoes balance it out. It’s certainly a little less summery looking than white lace skirts and naked sandals.

    • SugarSnap108

      I do think the dashes of black help. I’m also willing to give her leeway due to the high level of adorable.

    • tereliz

      Yup. She’s not wearing white shoes, and hasn’t it been unseasonably warm in LA? I agree, it’s the black accents that make such a tiny floral dress less twee and a little less Springy.

    • sojourneryouth

      She just looks so danged youthful and happy. And I’m happy she’s happy. Which makes me happy. She’s my inner 14-year-old’s spirit animal.

  • PastryGoddess

    I want to snark but I can’t. Keirnan looks amazing

  • teensmom99

    Sorry, I just don’t like this any time of year. The black lace just is tacky looking and I don’t like the little flowers.

    • 3boysful

      I like the black netting, but it doesn’t go with the floral at all, even tho the floral has some black polka dots.

      Still, she’s totally cute.

    • kimmeister

      The shoes are too matchy even for my taste, not to mention the fact that you can actually see her poor little toesies squished up in the point.

  • Adriana

    I think the black polka dots, mesh, and shoes all make it a little more season appropriate. She looks great!

  • cmb92191

    So cute and age appropriate.

  • oklund

    She’s ready to be taken to the park by Mary Poppins! Want those shoes.

  • Nicola Anna Molly Page

    My first thought was, it’s winter in LA. The black lace in the dress and shoes are enough to despringify it (yes I just made that up!) and of course, she’s perfect!

    • Chickadeep

      I think the black helps too. The only thing that is stopping me from giving this higher marks is the utter lack of accessories – no jewelry, no bag. She’s young enough to skip the latter but…I dunno, earrings or a bracelet, maybe?

      • Nicola Anna Molly Page

        could do, I’m just glad she’s still sporting the best accessories in her arsenal, her gorgeous smile and awesome eye brows 🙂 I’ll be sad if she ever tries the teen tryhard smoulder.

  • Her eyebrow game is ON POINT.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      This…she must never allow tweezers to touch them!

  • Stacey Summerville

    Sally Draper never fails me! My only suggestion would be to add black tights, Deschanel style.

  • Spreecord

    I wish my imaginary daughter would give my real daughter some style lessons.

    • KinoEye

      I know my mom would have been thrilled if I dressed like Kiernan when I was that age. Instead, my teenage years began with sparkly, ill-fitting shirts; continued with my blind circus clown phase, which included neon fishnets, polka-dotted minis, bubble skirts, arm warmers and tons of blue eye shadow; and concluded with neo-hippie paisley dresses, tunics, polyester shirts and a sheepskin coat that looked like it came straight out of the Woodstock documentary (I still like that coat, though). Now in my mid-20s, I can say that it does get better, once our hormones calm down 🙂

      • demidaemon

        At least you grew out of it. As WNTW showed, some people never do and they need an intervention.

  • Anna_Cecilia

    Too adorable for words. This dress is totally my style, albeit too young. My 32-year-old self would look like a jackass if I wore this, so I’m jealous. That doesn’t stop me from wanting it for myself though.

    And wow, those sure are some low-budget decorations. My subway stop looks better than that.

    • Kathy

      I’m not normally a floral-pattern type of BK, but there’s something about this print–the way the black dots continue onto the floral part–that makes me smile. And Kiernan looks beautiful and happy.

      • Anna_Cecilia

        I know, right? Enjoy your age, Miss Kiernan! Don’t go making the same mistake as your peers trying to grow up so fast.

        • Kathy

          Amen to that. She’s either getting great advice, and/or she’s already got an admirable sense of style. May she continue in this vein.

    • CakesOnAPlane

      And to that I say: don’t let age restrict you until you try it! As a high-waisted pear who is turning 30 in two days, this silhouette – as young as it may read – totally works on me (but maybe not quite so pouffy at the bottom). I say go for it, get down with your 32-year-old self, and let the sound of your own fabulousness drown out the judgements of others!

      • Anna_Cecilia

        True, the silhouette still works (although you’re right about the not so pouffy-ness). I have an athletic figure with broad shoulders and I’m drawn to these feminine looks because I feel they soften me up. I was referring more to the print/colours and the sheer polka dot netting that would read as too young for me.

        And congrats on the milestone birthday (it’s really not as bad as everyone makes it out to be), many happy returns (and delicious cocktails and cake ;))!

        • CakesOnAPlane

          awww thank you! And, despite the pressure for women to feel insecure about it, I actually feel great! I feel like I finally know what i am doing in life and ready to just take it on!

  • Jessica Freeman

    It is a bit too spring, especially with the silver trees in the background. Also, her hair is a a little blah.

    Whatever, I totally loves it.

  • DTLAFamilies

    It was in the 80s this week in LA. She’s fine and I love the dress on her.

  • Myrlin

    I think it’s a really masterful balancing act. That same dress in any solid or dark color would look too sexy for her age, especially with those shoes. I don’t love the Laura Ashley wallpaper print, but it gives a lightness and innocence to the look, while still acknowledging that she’s growing up.

  • Judy_J

    I love it except for her hair. But then I’m not a fan of that unkempt look.

  • Monabel

    Defines insipidity.

  • Jaye Tyler

    Those shoes. Sheer perfection.

  • mjude

    to cute to complain but on anyone else I would be bitching about how cold I am.

  • conniemd

    I think she looks adorable. And since she’s still a kid,she’s allowed to look too cute and adorable.

  • Soraya McDonald

    Hi Kittens! Sorry to thread-jack, but I’m a reporter for the Washington Post who’s doing a story on TLo. I was wondering if you guys could tell me why you like them and why you like the site? I’ll probably use comments from here, but if you don’t mind my using your real name, please email me at Thank you!

    • Soraya’s the real deal, kittens. We spent 5 hours chatting with her this weekend.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        I just sent her a rather long letter from my personal e-mail address, lauding your fostering the BK community of virtual friends and commenters. I’ll be interested to see whether she contacts me directly. I had a lot (all laudatory) to say!

        • Denise Alden

          Me, too. I was gushing and blushing.

        • formerlyAnon

          She replied politely & briefly to my email.

    • decormaven

      Hi, Soraya! Since you’ve come to the site for input, I’ll post my comments here. I came to the TLo site initially for its recaps of the television show, Mad Men. Tom and Lorenzo’s capturing of details of the show’s dramatic twists and turns, as well as their inimitable comments on the styles found on the small screen, are pure pleasure to read. I have stayed for their daily fashion commentary, as well as for the elevated level of discourse offered by regular posters, known as the Bitter Kittens. There is a level of acceptance, gentle debate, and awareness here that is rarely found in real life, much less in the digital community. I attribute all of this to our “dear Uncles.”

      • Soraya McDonald


    • annabelle archer

      How much time do you have?

      Though Tom and Lorenzo have never made Education a theme here, I’ve learned so much. Whether through Mad Style posts, Collections posts, or just their general commentary on the game those in Entertainment play for our amusement, this blog has been the best kind of classroom. I look at fashion with a whole new appreciation.

      But really, that is just the icing. The cake is the biting humor, the insights that one wishes they’d thought of themselves, the community of regular readers who leave comments, the TLounge where we can really just hang out and be social, the eye candy that is Sausage Friday, and the fact that at any time, I can come here and be laughing hysterically within minutes.

      If you are a person who loves dishing pop culture, this is THE place to be.

      • Soraya McDonald

        Thank you!

    • kittentoes

      They are intelligent, funny, well written, and their break down of fashion and costuming is precisely second to none. Seriously. They could hop in at any good university or design school. Also, I approve of their crack trio of editors.

      • Soraya McDonald

        Thank you so much!

    • charlotte

      Hi Soraya!
      I agree with what the others have already stated, and I’d like to point out that there is very little negativity on this site because of TLo’s moderation efforts. Comments that include body snark and hateful bitchiness rarely survive for more than a couple of minutes, which is something I thoroughly appreciate because it adds so much to the general atmosphere.

      • Soraya McDonald

        Thank you — all of you — so, so much for your thoughts! I wish I had enough space to include everyone. What a special community!

  • KinoEye

    She’s young. She’s cute. As y’all have said before, there’s only a very small window where actresses can work the ultra-twee stuff without it coming off as a joke. WERQ it while it lasts, doll!

  • kipper

    Thank you guys for taking up my usual rant – BUT – when you look this adorable, who can kvetch ?

  • There is an essential disconnect between sleeveless floral print dresses and December in the Northern Hemisphere, I’m sorry. She doesn’t need to be dressed in flannel but this is wrong. Damn cute but wrong.

  • nannypoo

    It’s adorable. It’s about 10 degrees where I am so I want to throw a blanket over her even though I know she’s dressed just fine for the climate where she is. My only issue here is the shoes. They seem a little too high and grown up for this dress.

  • CT14

    It’s not spring! See? There are little black dots all over that couch fabric!

    Nah. I got nothing. She looks adorable and perfect, so much so that I don’t care what month it is.

  • Katesymae

    I really, really do not like the combination of the floral print with the black mesh dots. The top and bottom seem like two different dresses to me. It’s a Frankendress. Otherwise, she’s adorable.

  • MissWix

    It was 80 all weekend. We were all in dresses and sandals. Carry on Kiernan!

  • Sashagrrl

    My firmly held conviction is that Kiernan looks adorable, always.

  • Lori

    I can’t get worked up over the fact that she’s wearing a spring dress (made of sofa fabric) in December because my brain shorted out over the idea of a red carpet for a movie about the Biebes. I don’t even care that this is proof that I’m hopelessly old, I can’t even with the boy child.

    • kimmeister

      Meanwhile, I thought, “Why go to the trouble of wearing Valentino for a frickin’ Bieber movie?”

      • demidaemon

        Obviously, as she always does, Miss Shipka wanted to class up the place.

  • crash1212

    She’s perfect. This is perfect. The kid is a fashion savant.

    • alyce1213

      “Fashion Savant” is the perfect description of her.

  • formerlyAnon

    Oddly, it’s not the unseasonableness that bugs me. It’s the combo of black sheer lace and black mesh high heeled pumps with the bucolic spring fields young girl’s dress. On her, specifically, because she looks young enough that my brain matches her up with the young girl’s dress component and the black causes a record scratch. On an older young woman I don’t think it would happen.

    • quiltrx

      I actually liked it for almost exactly the same reasons. I like that the lace/mesh echoes the black dots in the dress fabric, and I think it keeps the dress from tipping over into twee-town.

      • Melanie

        i agree. & it’s not like the lace is going down into her décolletage or anything like that, so while the material is sheer the placement is age-appropriate. i would have LOVED a dress like this at that age & i feel confident that my mother would not have had a problem with it.

      • formerlyAnon

        I know what you mean – I see a lot of that kind of fabric mixing in casual clothing for teens. I don’t know why it looks dissonant to me here, when in other pieces it does indeed just seem to make a look less precious.

    • hotpaprika

      I had the exact same thoughts. And she does’t just look young, she IS too young. I really can’t understand why young teenagers are encouraged to look like mini-grown-ups instead of enjoying the few years they have to be totally careless and free. It’s kind of kreepy to be honest.

  • flamingoNW

    Adorable. It was 86 degrees in LA on Monday, so it has been a little summery.

  • formerlyAnon

    Hey T & Lo, I assume the solicitation of BK input from Soraya McDonald has your blessing or it wouldn’t still be up on thread?
    (At the risk of being over-cautious, but, nonetheless . . .)

  • elemspbee

    In all fairness, it was has been in the 80s in Los Angeles earlier this week. Though I think the dress is at fault here. The black mesh with floral tacked on is just not cute. And the hair is a bit fried.

  • That dress is hers and hers alone. I can’t imagine anyone wearing it and looking so good it in. Totally cute. The shoes look a little overly-serious to me, but i suspect no one was looking at her feet.

  • Janet B

    Love her shoes.
    A movie premiere days before Christmas demands a nod to the season, I don’t care how warm LA was the other day.

  • sagecreek

    Well, for me, this is her first (and a very rare) miss. Not cute. Too shortwaisted, too twee.

  • tired_mommy

    Cute yet her hair part reminds me a little of a bad comb-over.

  • quiltrx

    The dress is terrific on her and the shoes are great with it. But YES, PLEASE STOP SPRING CLOTHES IN DECEMBER!

  • Carolyne

    Such a cute dress, and I agree on the out-of-seasonness, but also, did they have to pose her in front of those bleak, naked silver Xmas trees? Blergh!

  • Victoria Anzalone

    Way off season, yes, but super cute! And I adore the shoes.

  • Imasewsure

    Hate the hair but the dress is cute and kind of perfect for the Bieberfever event she is attending. And that’s just Xmas in LA… we’re summer folks all year round no matter what the actual weather may be

  • marlie

    Kiernan looks really freaking adorable. I LOVE this dress on her.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Can’t say I like the hair, but overall she looks cute.

  • Tracy_Flick

    I think the sheer works here because it’s a small amount, it fits her, and it updates a very 80s dress. Love the shoes. Accept the bare-ish makeup because she’s young and pretty. Hate the Trump hair.

  • crt

    kiernan shipka is so much better than this event. (the dress is cute – if a bit too twee for my tastes for her – though.)

  • Matthew Davie

    This might be the last year Kiernan can pull these types of looks off. She’ll be ready to drive a car soon and the twee looks will start to look infantile on her.

  • Valdri8

    Julia Roberts needs to adopt her – or whomever is styling her

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    After some of the fashion faux pas which we have witnessed, I am happy to see Kiernan looking completely adorable. Yes, it is time to put away the spring fabrics, though.

  • melanie0866

    But it’s like half Christmas dress, half Easter dress, with the sheer black lace and the springy cotton print. And her hair looks like she just took a shower and left it wet. No, I’m calling it: MIS-STEP, SHIPKA

  • Madam Von Sassypants

    I unapologetically love it.

  • I was just thinking when I saw the pictures of Kate Mara yesterday that she looks like Kiernan. They should play manipulative sisters in something dark.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      I think she looks like Emma Watson… make it three manipulative sisters.

      • They should be on Witches of East End as a rival coven (though I imagine Hermione is sick of playing witches – but it’d be a fun cameo).

  • Ashleigh Taylor Davis

    To be fair… It was 85 degrees here. I think everyone in LA was made very confused by the weather. Summer temps, Winter holidays… Maybe she figured that she should split the difference with a Springish dress.

  • French_Swede

    I love her mother for not allowing her daughter to be sexualized at such a young age.

  • Trickytrisha

    I understand that all you non-SoCal peeps don’t have the advantage of our weather, but geez, cut the girl some slack. She’s inside, it’s in the 80s outside, what would you have her wear? A long sleeved turtleneck with ski pants? She’s beyond adorable here.

    Maybe you’ll get some LA celebs in cool weather clothes soon. It’s in the 50s here today.

  • Tee

    Weather shmeather, she’s in LA and she’s beyond cute!

  • alyce1213

    Lovely, appropriate dress, young lady. Now go back to your room and brush your hair.
    The perfect choice to echo the black dotted illusion, those sweet little Louboutins probably go for about $1,000. Sigh.
    I wish to hug her, I always feel that way about her.

  • sunflower

    She looks really cute! I actually do think this is from the Red Valentino f/w collection

  • Beto

    Cute and adorbz… except for her hair. It is wrong to stare to her hair and think it is kinda weird?

  • LaSylphide

    Love the dress, although, speaking as an old fogie who wasn’t allowed to wear heels (very low ones at that) until my high school graduation, I’d prefer less grown up shoes; a kitten heel would look cute with the dress. But really, totally adorable (as usual).

  • Pterodactyl111

    I think the black netting keeps it from being TOO spring.

  • MyFavoriteColorIsGlitter

    She is ADORABLE!!! She can do no wrong.

  • d4divine

    Kiernan is ALWAYS on point….many adult actresses need to take a note from her.

  • Pennymac

    I could fuss about its springy-ness but its our Kiernan, so I won’t. She is too adorable.

  • somebody blonde

    I have no problem with admiring her adorableness, since I think your season-obsession is a little silly.

  • lifeisastory

    Not a fan of the flower sprigged feed sack with the dotted black mesh. The contrast is too abrupt for me.

    Meanwhile the kid’s got a lot to work with in the eyebrow department, doesn’t she?

  • Dan_In_NYC

    She has style for days. The hair needs a little help and the black netting bugs a little, but i LOVE the black dots on the dress.

  • Sara Doe

    I don’t understand the insistence on seasonally appropriate attire when the outfits are perfectly appropriate for LA in December.

  • NinjaCate

    I hate her hair but this dress is adorable!

  • Gatto Nero

    I take your point on the springiness of the fabric, but the look is so successful that I can’t quibble.
    Plus I think all the sunshine in LA messes with the population’s perception of season.

  • tintashoopa

    I firmly believe this is adorable…I’m sorry this dress is irresistible any time of year (especially in LA).