Jennifer Hudson in Christopher Kane 2014 at the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala

Posted on January 28, 2014

We’re loving this dress on her. And even if the makeup’s tipping over into drag queen, her head looks FABULOUS.



Jennifer Hudson attends the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, California in a Christopher Kane dress paired with a Rodo clutch, Christian Louboutin heels, and Jack Vartanian jewelry.

Christopher Kane Resort 2014 Collection

We think she shouldn’t fiddle with those straps, though. They need to run straight across. Otherwise, they give the illusion of droopy boob. And when you pair pointy-toed pumps with a super-tight mini-dress, you’re gonna come across a little “out on the prowl.” We think a more interesting, more modern shoe would go a long way toward keeping this look fresh. The clutch is kind of an afterthought too. She definitely doesn’t need showier accessories, since the dress is pretty damn showy (AND she’s got diva head), but a little bit more interest would’ve taken this closer to chic.



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  • Sarah

    Looks good, but all I can think of is COLD. It is waay freezing around here for a mini and off-shoulder. But, she’s in celeb-world, so, werq it, JHud.

    • Jecca2244

      and hasn’t it been really warm in LA recently?

      • Sarah

        Oh, probably. Where I’m at, it’s 12.

        • Jecca2244

          Same. huddled over a cup of water at the moment.

        • unbornfawn

          Here is California we are getting record highs. Wouldn’t mind a little cold or wet for a change.

          • Sarah

            Yes, you would! Enjoy your lovely temps, and just know that it is colder than a witch’s tit in a brass bra around here.

          • Akemi

            Actually, we NEED rain. Lots of rain. We are in a terrible drought, which will affect everyone else very soon, given how much food we grow here.

          • Sarah

            Then rain is what I shall hope for, for everyone who needs it.

          • Claudia

            You can borrow our rainy English weather….

    • DesertDweller79

      Nah, its been around 80 out here. It’s kind of crazy. It isn’t usually this warm in the winter.

      • Sarah

        Yeah, I got that she’s in LA, I just mean that I FELT cold looking at her, i.e. it is way too cold to be wearing that in my part of the country. You are some lucky lucky SoCal dogs.

  • lexilexi

    Love her hair – lovely face!

    • Spreecord

      I need to find out who did her makeup, and then employ them to do mine every damn day. I don’t care if I walk around looking a titch draggy, so long as someone can make my skin look that flawless.

  • Emily

    Love the short hair! I’m happy to be seeing more ladies rocking the short cut rather than pillaging the third world for second hand locks.

    • rosanegra

      Ditto! Her hair is chic and flattering. So over the sea biscuit weaves lady stars seem to favor.

    • jabes

      This is the first time I’ve liked the short hair on her. The volume and slight spikiness are really feminine and flattering.

  • SewingSiren

    Love her hair. But the dress looks extremely uncomfortable. Like the power net on the upper arm really hurts.

    • Anna

      I got that too, her body language is reading as uncomfortable. Love the texture in her hair though, I’m so jealous. And her face is gorgeous.

      • Jessica Freeman

        As a fellow short haired gal, between her and Halle Berry I try to rock this messy look and end up looking Ridiculous.

        • Anna

          I love short hair. I tried it once but my hair just stands straight up and I look like Woody Woodpecker.

          • julnyes

            but … Woody has really cool hair!!

  • Tracy Walker

    Didn’t someone else wear this a few months ago? Can’t remember who, but I feel like they did it better. The top is great, but the bottom half just doesn’t seem to flatter her all that much.

    • Cheryl

      Yes, I was going to ask the same question. Obviously I’m not the only one that recognised it.

    • Noah

      It was Lupita Nyong’o, and she definitely rocked it better.

    • Jen

      Chloe Moritz wore it, but Jennifer is definitely wearing it better (at least in my opinion)

      • Carly Clement

        I just google Chloe in this dress and I would have to disagree, I think this dress looks fresher on a younger girl then on Jennifer, it comes of a little try hard when she wears it as opposed to Chloe. But it is a great dress!

  • deb

    Didn’t Chloe Moretz already wear this last year…. and get reviewed on T&L? I liked it then… still do! 🙂

    • MilaXX

      This dress and it’s many variations has been making the rounds. One of Lupita’s earliest appearance on the blog was in the version with silver stripes.

  • Jessica Freeman

    This girl has been killing it lately. She looks great.

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  • Darren Nesbitt

    Photo 2 is definitely Drag Queen beat.

  • Kathy

    Jennifer is gorgeous, but this may not be the dress for a curvaceous lady.

    • MoHub

      My thoughts exactly. Needs a boyishly built model, preferably in the full-frontal stick-straight lookbook pose we’re seeing here.

      • Kathy

        Yes. All those horizontal stripes only stay horizontal stripes on a lady with a similar build to this model. As others have mentioned, the shoulder straps even look like they’re digging into her. I am having sympathetic pain.

    • Carly Clement

      I am glad someone agrees! This is just not a good dress on her, and because of how tight fitting it is it look a little cheap, and a lot less chic than on the model.

      • Kathy

        The more I look at it, the more I think that dress only looks good on someone in the same stiff position as the model. Once the wearer moves, the dress pulls and loses much of its appeal.

  • hyperionic

    Eh I think this looks really tacky and unflattering. Super 80s.

  • KateMaryC

    I’d like a bit more length to it, but then I remember that she is incredibly tall so perhaps she’s just got too much leg!

  • MilaXX

    I like everything but the shoe but I’m happy she’s not wearing platform pumps or something with an ankle strap.

  • ChaCha_70

    Those lips of hers are so luscious. Beautiful!

    • ovarB

      That was my first thought too!! LIPS!!

  • RussellH88

    She looks pretty great. I love the colors on the dress.

  • In the name of Ruth, Anita, Bonnie and June, this is gorgeous.

  • Mismarker

    Toe cleavage. Never a good thing.

  • Janet B

    I like her style more since she’s had the short hair.

    The model’s right arm is longer than the left, freaky.

    • Sarah

      Oh so weird! Photoshop fail.

  • Daisy Walker

    Great from the neck up–luv the hair. Dress looks juniors and cheap to me.

    • Sophie

      It didn’t look cheap to me until I noticed the black zig-zag sewing on one of the red strips. The hair is great.

  • Poeta Paz

    Love the make-up!!! I wish I could do that to my eyes.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    I think the dress would look a bit better without the random yellow block cutting across like that.

    • conniemd

      The yellow stripe block is awkwardly placed across her female parts. Looks like she had that one and the white one lined to avoid showing some skin.

  • Akemi

    OMG! I love her hair.

  • murt

    “illusion of droopy boob”? Really? Don’t get why women are being policed now if their breasts are not in – or look like they’re not in – only one particular, high position.

    • boweryboy

      It’s just an observation. I don’t think any one is “policing” women’s breasts, and I don’t think any woman wants the illusion of droopy boobs.

      • conniemd

        As one who is at an age where droopy boobs are not an illusion, it’s why wearing a good support bra matters.

        • boweryboy

          This. Exactly. A good fitting bra or even a foundation garment solves that problem. Breasts do not need to be in “one particular high position”, but a little bit of lift and separation goes a long way.

  • Glam Dixie

    I’m liking the diva head more than I’m liking the dress on her. I’m not loving something about the way it fits her, can’t quite put my finger on it, but it’s a neck down no for me.

  • kmk05

    That hair is to DIE for. I wish I could rock it, because it is phenomenal. Her makeup is perfect airbrushed perfection.

    She looks mightily uncomfortable, though.

  • DaveinAlamitosBeach

    Love the hair and makeup. Best she’s ever looked in that regard. The dress is only okay on her. Definitely looking good.

  • KinoEye

    Whoa, gorgeous. The kittens below tell me Chloe Grace and Lupita have worn this dress and its variations in the past. Love the colors and structure, I knew I recognized it from somewhere.

    • livesarah

      Ahh I’ve seen it and liked it on Chloe. I really like it on Jennifer. But Lupita… it must have looked out of this world on Lupita!

  • frannyprof

    No ankle straps. Yay!

  • Lilithcat

    We think she shouldn’t fiddle with those straps, though. They need to run straight across.

    I’m guessing that even if the straps started the evening straight across, they moved the minute she moved her arms.

  • boweryboy

    She has managed to make a really ugly dress look chic. Although, her body language is telling me she’s not too comfortable with the yellow panel going across her ladybits.

  • Ashleigh

    better “support” may have been in order, but she looks awesome!

  • Qitkat

    I hate to rag on her, because I have a lot of admiration for the path she has carved for herself. But I have to disagree. GTNYD.
    We never see her less than completely made up, any more, and that makes me a little sad, as she is so striking and lovely.
    I’m sensing a theme for myself today. I so appreciate women who wear minimal makeup, perhaps because I know that if I wore as much as some of these gals, I would feel like an alien was clinging to my face. Sometimes I wonder how comfortable they are too.

  • R.A.

    She looks amazing, but why would she not have worn a strapless bra? Can it be that even the best strapless bra money can buy still doesn’t do the job? Regardless, those straps are distracting.

  • This dress is so nineties, and not in a good way.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I love her hair like this, so glad she went short.

  • MzzPants

    I love the textured hair on her.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    This dress had such an eau de familiar that I had to look it up and sure enough! Chloe Moretz wore this to the Teen Choice Awards last year. And not that J Hud looks bad here, BUT by comparison Chloe looked 10 times better. So for that I say J Hud.. GIRL, that is NOT your dress.

    • livesarah

      I recognised it too! I really liked it first time around on Chloe because it’s an interesting, fun dress. But I think it looks way better on JHud.

  • I don’t know. She’s so pretty, but also very tight-dressed all the time.

  • SouthernGirlRena

    Is that a NECKLACE??!? It is, a tiny, little bitty necklace. Maybe they will make a comeback! I love her hair and makeup. I think if you took away the yellow stripes, and it was maybe a smidge looser, the dress would be much better but I don’t hate it. Did you see the necklace?!

  • That short do looks amazing on her.

  • marlie

    If the dress were a half-size bigger, and she had a black clutch, this would be perfect. The shape is great on her, and I think her hair and makeup are diva-tastic (in a good way!).

  • Sunraya

    Maybe since she has a chest, unlike the model, the straps won’t go straight across? Just wondering about that.

    I love this on her. I am a color fiend, so I,would have given her yellow shoes! And I have always meant to ask, what is “drag make-up”? I know what drag performers are, I love RuPaul, but what qualifies as drag make-p? Thanks!

    • alyce1213

      That’s what I thought too. That she pulled the straps up for the purpose of holding up her chest. Straight across, everything might go south.

    • demidaemon

      A LOT of face paint and contouring, methinks.

  • emmessell

    Looking at these photos, I’m thinking she should play Michael B. Jordan’s sister in a movie soon. They really have a similar jawline and smile. I basically just want to see him in more movies, period!

  • That is her dress, for sure. It’s pretty dopey looking on the skinny model, but J’s curves make it awesome. (and I mean curves as actual curves, not a euphemism indicating I think there’s anything wrong with her weight.)

  • JaCory Deon

    She looks like a fresh bowl of fruit! Delicious!

  • formerlyAnon

    The shoe’s a little underacheiving – but this is good on her and she looks good.

  • MM4321

    That runway model is a stick so she can wear it straight across. For any woman with boobs, I think you’d have to pull those straps up a little. Laws of gravity and all.

    She is gorgeous.

  • SugarSnap108

    I think this dress is hideous. But that’s one fabulous head.

  • thecitysleeps

    Oh god, NO.

  • Gatto Nero

    Great dress for the venue. Agree that the lines on the top should go straight across, though a shapely woman needs some industrial-strength undergarments in a strapless sheath like this, and maybe she was feeling a little insecure/undersupported. Some kick-ass shoes (with a bit of weight and shape) would be great here..

  • nowlo

    I love the dress. It’s ’80s but in a fun, mod/New Wave way. It looks great on her, especially now that she has short hair that she can punk up a little. The mismatched reds on the purse, lips, and dress are kind of irritating, though. I think in this case, white accessories and a strong, graphic cat’s eye + nude lip would have worked better.

  • demidaemon

    It looks a little askew to me, which makes me think I’m askew. Something is off, for sure.

  • a_liking

    oh, that eyeliner is ON. POINT. applause.

  • JP

    Been living under a rock so missed the fact that she cut her hair — looks amazing.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    She looks so good though!

  • KT

    I love the idea of the dress, but truth be told, it’s not totally working and she looks a little uncomfortable in it. I love that she’s doing something a little interesting and bold, however, and I’m also really into this haircut.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I LOVE drag queen Jennifer! She looks BEAUTIFUL!

  • guest2visits

    I want to love the dress but I just don’t. SHE is gorgeous; I’d keep the shoes and find something to work with them.

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  • kimmeister

    Not loving how the red part is giving her flapjack boobs.

  • AnneElliot

    Not loving the dress, but my God, she’s beautiful. I love that third shot — why isn’t she on the cover of every fashion magazine in town? She’s stunning. LOVE the hair.

  • Danielle Colman

    I like where her weight seems to be settling. She’s that rare gal who can pull off big and small with equal aplomb, but she’s rocking her curves these days.

  • smh4748

    I LOVE her haircut, and her skin looks so amazing here. What a stunning woman!

  • kerryev

    “AND she’s got diva head” xoxo

  • Lizzy

    I had a Swatch shirt in 1989 that looked a lot like that dress…..

  • Jessica O’Connell

    That is a freakin flawless face. Respect to the make up artist.

  • elaine

    She doesn’t look good

  • Congratulations on your face, lady girl.

    That lip color! RAWR.

  • pdquick

    Were you guys saying something besides, “Oh, YES, mama!”? Because if you were, I couldn’t hear you.