Sandra Bullock in Peter Pilotto at the People’s Choice Awards

Posted on January 09, 2014

Oh, Sandy! You DO read us! After yelling at you forever about defaulting to black, you’ve been busting out the color, and after we told you to rethink the pin-straight hair, you sort of zhuzhed it! Which is an improvement! Darling we’re so — WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?

Sandra Bullock attends the 2014 People’s Choice awards at Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles, California in a Peter Pilotto dress paired with a Jimmy Choo clutch and Kurt Geiger shoes.

Peter Pilotto Resort 2014 Collection

What is going on with your dress, Sandy? It seems desperate to leave your body.

Does Peter Pilotto get angry at pretty fabrics or something? He always seems determined to do something weird with them when he gets them in his hands.

As much as we appreciate the pulling out of one color for the shoe, we don’t think the chartreuse works that well. The eye is being pulled all over the place. Loath as we are to admit it, the white pump would have worked nicely here.






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  • zenobar

    No. No, no, no no no no SOMEBODY STOP THIS MAN.

    • Chickadeep

      I suspect some kind of behind-the-scenes pact with Stella McCartney to drive us all mad.

      • boweryboy

        With Raf Simons as the ring leader…

        • Mrs. Julien

          And Marchesa picking up the scraps to “accent” their pieces.

      • Aurumgirl

        No. That brings to mind the whole idea of offspring who will then just continue to do this kind of visual violence.

    • Little_Olive

      Thank you. I am yet to see a Peter Pilotto garment that I don’t hate (because liking them would be a stretch)

      • MaggieMae


  • Poison I-yi-yi-yi-vy

  • ralish

    That wide white stripe is horrible. And to quote my mother, “Put on some lipstick before you leave the house!”

    • kmk05

      She is! It just happened to be flesh-coloured, of course -.-

      • ralish

        You know, I think that’s exactly what I would say to my mother in middle school when I’d line my lips with brown eyeliner and fill them in with skin-colored lipstick. I’m surprised she didn’t faint 🙂

        • kmk05

          Ha, I was more of a raccoon-eyed girl myself! Avril Lavigne days i.e. mum yelling days were good days.

          I think if the dress was less fussy this would be a good makeup look. These lips would be perfect in, say, white t-shirt and jeans (and heels, if you insist). As it stands though, the nude lip looks unfinished with the dress. Even a nude gloss would have made this x1000 times better, but I think the era of the gloss has passed adult ladystars (for now).

        • Ah, I see we are contemporaries. I called that look “Pastrami Mouth” (my dad called it “The Brown Round”)

    • kimmeister

      The white stripe might have worked had it been only 1″ wide right at her waist, but as is, not so much.

    • 3boysful

      My mom says that, too!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      My mother’s line was “Dear, you would look lovely if your lipstick added some color to your face”-said during the mid-to late 60’s when frosted pink-white lipstick was all the rage.I have to admit, mom had a point.

    • DaringMiss

      Completely agree about the white stripe. If it had been the navy of the rest of the dress, it would have been so much better!

  • Scimommy

    This is SUCH as could-have-been! Her top half is gorgeous!

    • ballerinawithagun

      Yes! I saw the thumbnail and thought what a great look, then I got to the white bandage at the waist and the whole thing went haywire!

    • formerlyAnon

      Agree. I had hopes.

  • Introspective

    I knew from the thumbnail and the description that somehow pilotto was involved.

    Someone has to have a stern talk with this fool about the damage he does to beautiful fabric and women’s bodies.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Ah, the BK’s are just the bunch to do it….

  • queen b*tch

    I have to say, this is not the worst Peter Pilotto dress I’ve seen… in fact I think I quite like it. It’s got enough going on to be interesting, but not all the weird mismatched shapes and fabrics which normally make up his frankendress collection. I agree on the colour of the pumps, but overall this is a win for Sandy in my eyes

    • I concur. I just can’t hate on ol’ Sandy – so nice to see a little pretty weirdness on an American sweetheart.

    • kmk05

      Agreed! I actually quite like it until I come to the shoes. I am enjoying her tousled tresses, although a bit more makeup would have been nice.

      …I really don’t like those shoes. White pumps/sandals would have been perfect.

    • VioletFem

      I concur. I especially like the hem of this dress.

    • bellafigura1

      Completely agree. It’s a little summery, I think a black pump would have been a better choice, but she looks both age-appropriate and youthful. And I’m usually not a fan of Peter “Printz” Pilotto.

    • It’s definitely not his *worst* but even his best is not good enough for lovely Sandy.

    • SugarSnap108

      I don’t like the hem at all, but for once, the elements I do like in a Pilotto dress actually outnumber the elements I don’t. Overall, I think she looks pretty darn good.

    • demidaemon

      The first line of your comment: damning with faint praise.

  • PlethoraofBooks

    My soul weeps for what could have been such a pretty dress. And yes, white pumps are not always evil. Just like chocolate is not always evil to my figure. Or at least, that’s what I keep telling myself…

  • YIKES! Peter Pilotto seems constitutionally incapable of creating a dress without some structural weirdness that adds NOTHING to it.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      It’s as if Pilotto creates a design, thinks, that’s lovely, how can I f**k it up? Wiat, I’ll throw a completely random piece of fabric onto it.

      • Pennymac


      • demidaemon

        I think you have analyzed his thought process perfectly. Now, you just need to take a dangerous dive into the minds of Stella M and Raf Simons and tell us how they come up with their crap so we know how to stop it.

  • filmcricket

    Raaarrrgh. Hate the dress. Would take pin-straight hair over this, which just looks like bed-head. Those shoes are fantastic, although I agree they don’t go with the ensemble, such as it is.

  • BayTampaBay

    Maybe not with this dress but ……………………..I LOVE THOSE SHOES!

    • DuBey2

      And her legs look amazing in them!

  • @Biting Panda

    I’m not mad at this one. There’s color, there’s visual interest, and a pretty shoe. I just can’t bring myself to wish for a white pump. I liked her acceptance speech and I liked her comment about sitting home alone on a Friday night, voting for herself. Funny lady.

    • marlie

      I think I’d always go for something OTHER than a white shoe.

      • GillianHolroyd

        white shoes are the mark of the devil. The shoes here are perfect.

        • marlie

          Yes about the white shoes. These aren’t quite perfect for this look (though I love them), but they’re not that far off, either.

  • LuisaNL

    that’s one fugly hem. but the shoes are fabulous!

  • “The autumn leaves…….drift by my kneecaps…….”

  • Anna_Cecilia

    The hem looks like it got snagged and subsequently yanked out of a shredder. The white belt (??) is really distracting, it reminds me of electrical tape and looks like it was added on as an afterthought. Dig the shoes though, keep them and get a new dress.

    • Constant Reader

      Peter Pilotto’s style muse was obviously Whoopi Goldberg in “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”

      • Anna_Cecilia

        Hahaha. Brilliant! Can’t believe I didn’t think of that.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t mind the shoe, although I think a white pump could have worked just as well. I think the real culprit is that butt ugly Jane of the Jungle hem. It makes everything far too busy and over worked than it needs to be. A regular, straight hem and the shoes fit in just fine. Also Gravity was an okay movie, but dassit. If Sandra wins best actress for this I’ll be really annoyed. There were loads of really smart, intelligent films out this year and I am perplexed as to how this movie somehow garnered Oscar buzz.

    • Lori

      ITA. That hem screams “loincloth made out of leaves” and not in a good way.

    • formerlyAnon

      I haven’t seen Gravity yet, but I’m with you on my perception of its Oscar worthiness in comparison to the rest of the field. (what? I can rely on my scouts. I don’t have to see *every* movie to have an opinion! Heh. Yah, I know.)

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I saw Gravity recently and was underwhelmed. The FX people do deserve credit for creating a very believable and rather beautiful illusion of being in space, but the plot reminded me of a slightly updated version of the Perils of Pauline. So,it’s an OK film in my book, but the hype around it has be me puzzled.

    • Introspective

      saw gravity as well and same here. i think the technical effects folk deserve AWL the awards cause I saw it in 3D imax and I felt like I was in space. for reals.

      as for the performances? there wasnt really anything mindblowing going on there. clooney was present for 5 mins. sandy did her best but there wasnt much material for her to work with to put in an oscar tour de force performance. by far the most interesting character was the backdrop.

      • MilaXX

        Exactly. I can see a creative arts Schemmy at the most. I don’t understand Best Picture or Best Actress.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I looked the movie up on Wikipedia after I saw it and was really surprised to see what other people were reading into it-all kinds of deep, philosophical stuff-rebirth, spirituality-whatever.

          • MilaXX

            Really? I’ll have to look it up then. I’m sure it’ll make my head hurt.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I’ve gone to movies with a good friend and we’ve walked out with totallly opposite reactions to some films;it’s such an individual thing.

          • demidaemon

            Personally, from what I’ve seen and heard about August:Osage County, I’ll go with the tried and true Meryl for Best Actress. As for Best Film, I have no freaking clue.

  • Clueless_Jock

    I kind of dig it.

  • crash1212

    I think she looks great in this and I’m not that huge a fan of Politto. Well done Miss Sandy.

  • sagecreek

    So weird, it’s ultra tailored and then you get to that raggedy gypsy hem, which might have worked on a less angular dress, but sure doesn’t work on this one.

  • MoHub

    I have yet to fathom the appeal of Peter Pilotto. I’ve seen nothing from him that I would give the time of day to. And his schtick seems to be all about denying the actual shape of the human body.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Are we sure Peter Pilotto isn’t Stella McCartney’s male alter ego?

    • Introspective

      i know i put them together in my mental fashion files. in the file labeled “mental.”

  • kbshee

    I kind of like the skirt part. In the summer. With sandals.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Peter Pilotto and his nonsense aside, Sandy looks really gorgeous here.

  • amanda siegelson

    i love the bottom but not the top of this dress… and adore the shoes. i think they just rock. overall, i think miss bullock looks pretty glorious here.

  • Danielle

    Scrolldown OH HONEY

  • CLoverleaf

    Ew. It would’ve been okay without that hem. And those shoes are hiddy.

  • Lilithcat

    She should comb the hair, too.

  • Constant Reader

    Somebody in the Peter Pilotto camp needs to do an intervention. Hallucinogens are the only explanation I can come up with for this dress.

    • demidaemon

      Possible also combined with crack. Lots of crack.

  • formerlyAnon

    That hemline drapes alluringly if you stand like a girl. It goes very, very “Peter Pan” when Sandy plants her feet shoulder-width apart and gets ready to sling her clutch to the floor and join the ultimate frisbee game in progress.

    (I like the colors. I thought I was going to like it on her but it’s just too much all over the place as one’s eye scans down.)

    • I was just about to post “Tinkerbell’s Easter Sunday Dress”.

    • kimmeister

      See, with the wide stance, I got the impression that Sandy had just dismounted after a long horseback ride.

      • formerlyAnon

        Also plausible.

  • jw_ny

    I’m going to be in the minority here, but I don’t mind the shoe nor the hem. I’m more bothered by the big white band at her waist, and the asymmetrical bodice. But, overall I think she looks pretty great here.

    • gigi kennedy

      yeah the white band is weirdo. i love the shoes tho. may be as someone else said “the power of the Sandy” working here.

  • marlie

    Scroll down WTF. If the hem weren’t weirdly asymmetrical (AND lacy. AND sheer), I’d love this. Blue, green and white is one of my favorite combos right now (along with everyone else), but this dress is a total needle scratch. I could have even been ok with the off-center bodice if the color-block concept extended to the skirt.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    Is he the new Stella McCartney when it comes to fug? I’d have to work pretty hard to think of a dress he’s done that i like, full stop.

  • Little_Olive

    The only thing I like is the shoes.
    She has been looking quite good overall, though. She can bounce back.

  • Nancer

    So the shoes don’t exactly work with the dress, but I can see why she wanted to wear them! They’re fabulous!

  • Nika E


  • mlle

    Am I crazy for thinking a purple shoe could work with a (different, less bizarrely hemmed) dress in this colour scheme?

  • altalinda

    LOVE the shoes.

  • alyce1213

    The colors are beautiful, the shoes are exquisite, and she looks radiant in spite of the problematic dress.

  • Judy_S

    Yes, the dress is a good example of PP’s problems, but I think she’s pulling it off rather nicely. You need just the right torso and great legs, and she’s got both. She looks pleased with herself and she should be.

  • sugarkane105

    It might just be the power of the Sandy, but I unreservedly love this look.

  • luludexter

    I’m sorry but those shoes are fabulous!

  • SugarSnap108

    I have so many feelings. Maybe that’s what PP wants? I don’t like the hem, but really this is quite subdued for a Pilotto dress, and I think the fabric is pretty and still seasonally appropriate b/c of the black. What’s making me crazy is the skewed placement of the white and flowered fabric in the bodice. I thought Sandy needed to yank the whole thing to the left, until I saw it on the model.

    I like the shoes, too.

  • jonnyf8

    Especially because it’s just the People’s Choice Awards which I believe might have been another fake Dick Clark-invented awards show, I am completely onboard with this outfit. I also enjoy the bottom of the dress action quite a bit. I don’t know why T-Lo is so cranky about this one and I also think the shoe color is unexpected and playful.

  • In_Stitches

    I like the idea of the sheer overlay that mirrors some of the detail in the dress alla the classic Gucci chain bag. The idea…not the actual product. It looks messy and a bit DIY.

  • Jecca2244

    i love this! Really refreshing. and she’s working it.

  • Take out the white band, and I think this works on her. Could have used a different show, though.

  • boweryboy

    This dress is a joke, right?

    I always feel like Peter Pilotto is fucking with us. That he deliberately makes awkwardly ugly dresses just to see what ladystar is dumb enough to wear it.

    He has a firm #3 spot on my Are You Fucking Kidding Me? designer hate list.

    • Tracy_Flick

      Oh, totally. I’ve been insisting that his “designs” are a long-term piece of performance art. BTW, who are your number one and number two? Stella McCartney and Marchesa?

      That said, I LOVE the colors in that print, and even like the shoes with it. The rest of it is just awkward.

      • Imasewsure

        Good point… Marchesa is the only designer that I can place in front of Pilotto as the worst of the worst. Stella is much further down my list but still on it somewhere

      • boweryboy

        Stella and Raf Simons for Dior. They jockey for the #1 and #2 positions.

        Marchesa is low on the list because I generally like the idea of their designs. It’s all the frippery and foofaraw and lack of an editor’s eye that make their designs so hideous.

        • demidaemon

          Agreed. Also, percentage wise, Marchesa has a better results with hits. They are also pretty much perfect for the wedding dress market. I am frightened by what would would happen if any of the top three entered into that market.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I actually think the dress looks nice on the model, so this is more a case of GTNYD…? I am appreciative that her hair is not stick straight and fried, so I mean, there’s that….

    • altalinda

      I agree that this is not her dress. She comes across as kind of a tomboy so frilly, lacy does not suit her, I think. Something more tailored.

  • teensmom99

    I want those shoes. No idea what I’d wear them with but I want them. And I’m happy to let someone else have the dress which reminds me of what some of the older secretaries wore to the office when I was an intern in the 80s. . . .

  • Imasewsure

    One of the ugliest hemlines (shrub-lines?) ever

  • White pumps would be too spring. I’d say navy pumps.

  • E. D.

    No, but I like the hair and the shoes. I hate white pumps.

  • KT

    I quite like this dress on her, and don’t even really mind the hem. Agree that the shoe attempt was a good one (and those shoes could be awesome with something else), but they’re kind of clashing here. Still, this is a pretty good look overall.

  • Jaye Tyler

    Goddamnit, Peter Pilotto.

  • halleygee

    I don’t love the hemline but I think she looks pretty great here.

  • lillyvonschtupp

    Oh Sandy, not the “I gotta go potty” stance!

  • MzzPants

    Jane of the Jungle. In other news, if you scroll so that all you see is below the knee, it’s pretty killer.

  • EEKstl

    From the hem up this would be a WERQ for me, but the Hem from Hell and the shoes ruin that for me – even tho I COVET those shoes. Better with a LBD, methinks.

  • Trickytrisha

    I’m sorry. I love this dress on her. I just plain love this dress. (hope I don’t lose my BK membership card) And the shoes. OMG, the shoes! Want.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Just where the hell does that dress think it’s going?

    • demidaemon

      To the incinerator. Hopefully.

  • lalahartma

    Kinda cool aspects, but it’s winter.

  • Natalie

    Peter Pilotto is one of those designers I love for no discernible reason, and I hate that I love him.

  • Call me Bee

    Oooh but those chartreuse shoes are to …die!

  • Akemi

    Oh nooooooooo! Scroll down fug strikes again.

  • LeelaST

    Why is this man allowed to design clothes?

  • rondele

    When I first saw this all I could see was hair. It’s always the same with her, hair and hair. Then the scroll down. The dress is definitely a problem. The shoes would be great with another outfit. Her hair looks messy to me, not zhuzhed, or not zhuzhed enough, maybe? How about a nice pony?

  • Mona_Visa

    It looks like an off-center apron. I want to straighten it out so much.

  • guest2visits

    This was such weird dress – and yet it was stunning perfection on Sandra. LOVED it, and the shoes too, I’m afraid.

  • CatherineRhodes

    Frankendress. Ugh… your first entry for the worst 15 of 2014.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    I got bounced once from this forum for expressing my feelings about Peter Pilotto so I’ll say; nice shoes!

  • livesarah

    Oh dear. Thinking “it’s not THAT bad”, I scrolled down… WTH? It makes me cross, as two potentially lovely dresses have gone to waste in this bastard creation!

  • Jen

    I accidentally read ‘Peter Pilotto’ as ‘Peter Pan’ but actually….

  • demidaemon

    Oh Sandy, OH Sandy! PP is never the answer! Never! Please let this be your one terrible misstep during awards season. Also, make sure to effectively berate (we know you are too kind for violence) whoever talked you into this monstrosity.