WERQ: Melissa McCarthy in Daniela Kurrle at the 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards

Posted on January 17, 2014

This is fantastic:






Melissa McCarthy attends the 2014 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California in a custom dress designed by herself in collaboration with her stylist George Kotsiopoulos and dressmaker Daniela Kurrle accessorized with a Jimmy Choo bag and Kimberly McDonald jewelry.


We’re not kidding when we say we pretty much clapped when we saw this. This is SUCH a fabulous step forward for her. Well done, George Kotsiopoulos. The much more relaxed hair and relatively clean makeup, along with those amazing rings, give her a much more chic, stylish, and youthful look right off the bat. The print, shape and color story of the dress are all fantastic for her. We don’t like the raggedy-looking neckline and sleeves, though. Not sure what the point to that was. And we can’t tell if that’s a sash or she’s wearing separates, but that strip at the top of the skirt is kind of sloppy looking.

But honestly, we’ll take a sloppy-chic Melissa over a Melissa wearing some horribly unsuitable or unflattering garment and sporting clown hair. Everything about this look reads fashion editor or style blogger to us. No lie. You’ll see a million ladies at New York Fashion Week working a variation of this look. We love that it was interpreted for her. That straight-up fashionista look isn’t a direction we ever would have thought to go with her.

Doesn’t she look incredibly relaxed? She usually looks so stressed out in front of cameras.

You WERQ this new direction, girl. Happy Snaps.


[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PRPhotos.com, KM/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES]

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  • In_Stitches

    The hair is gorgeous! I’m glad they didn’t go with her usual bride of Frankenstein doo.

  • miscorrections

    Whereas I look at this and wonder why anyone ever thought digital cheesecloth was a good idea.

  • Sally Spannagle

    She looks great. I love the hair and this modern print on her. I wish the sleeves were a little more snug though, to give her a bit more shape in the look. Bravo, Melissa!

    • Trent

      Agree, and think she looks ten years younger than at the Globes. And so pretty! My only complaint: those raggedy sleeves are a little too homemade Ren Faire maiden for my taste.

      • Aurumgirl

        The plus size ren faire sleeve is almost as bad as the plus size sleeveless that plagues us all.

    • I’ve often written here that she needed to ditch the dolman sleeve for one that is set in. It makes such a difference here. But a fitted, straight, wrist-length sleeve would have been so much more flattering. That dress is billowy enough without the extra fullness of the sleeves. To me, she’s still wearing a tent, this time with a belt.

      • Properly finished cuffs would help too – all that fraying chiffon just looks cheap.

        • cowper

          Those are the largest loose threads I have ever seen!

      • Vtg Fashion Library

        And someone needs to take that belt and fling it into a dumpster. Belts on women shaped like Melissa (and me) are almost always a tragedy.

  • Verascity

    With you on the hair and makeup, but that dress is AWFUL.

    • Denise Alden

      Agreed. She does look happy and relaxed, though, and that makes me happy.

  • hughman

    I’m shocked one of the “Fashion Police” (George Gayguy) actually has taste.

    • Sobaika

      I guess that settles whether she got a new stylist – Cameron Silver from that Bravo show did some of her orange Oscar gown.

      • MilaXX

        Let us not speak of that hiddy orange dress again

    • cocohall

      He often is not in step with the other members of E’s Police Force. But he isn’t as overbearing, so his opinion is often drowned out by G and K. And I say this as a fan of the show – although I’m consistently amazed at how their views are typically 180 degrees from the Land of TLo and the BKs. Maybe they serve a great deal of alcohol prior to tapings?

      • Jacob Bowen

        I have been turning it off lately, ESPECIALLY this past Golden Globes because of what they kept applauding. I was APPALLED.

        • cocohall

          I also think that the network executives at E! must tell them which celebrities are ok to make fun of (i.e.: these people will NEVER be on an E! show ever. I’m looking at you Anna WIntour), which celebrities they must over praise regardless of what they wear because they are”friends of E!,” (Sandra Bullock, Rihanna) and which celebrities are in discussion to appear on the show to promote something so cover them even if no one has heard of them and their clothes are boring.

          But I also think there has to be something to their observations that some clothes look fabulous in person but don’t photograph particularly well. Which may explain their love for some looks that they have actually seen on the RC.

          • demidaemon

            I could almost agree with you, if Joan hasn’t taken potshots at every one of those people. Yes, she will still give them props at times, but she will take a potshot sometimes. I think Kelly O. has been a little more demure in her comments about particular celebs lately due to her getting into so many feuds, and Giuliana is a wildcard. I like watching it because it can be a good yelling at the TV experience, which I do like to do sometimes, and because the looks are always different each week, I don’t have to deal with contestants I don’t like on the reg. I also like to see how they critique fashions we’ve discussed here or other looks that TLo passes over but they like to discuss.

          • cocohall

            Joan seems to be operating more and more with the “I’m over 80” free pass card, although she has never been shy about skewering anyone, starting with herself. I think the only person off limits is her grandson Cooper.

            On paper, the show makes no sense, but I still enjoy watching it, partly because the four of them actually seem to enjoy each

          • demidaemon

            If you’ve got it, use it. I also tend to give more passes to someone willing to make fun of themselves over someone who bashes other people without looking inward.

          • I can see your point, but I think she uses the fact that she will make fun of herself as a get out of gaol free card for being cruel to others.

          • cocohall

            She is a complicated person. In her documentary, one of the reasons she cites for continuing to work as hard as she does at her age is that she takes care of so many people. As in paying for tuition for the children of friends, etc. And she is a big supporter of Gods Love We Deliver. I sometimes thinks she goes too far, but given all that she has survived, I tend to admire her anyway. And there are male and female comics who are very complimentary towards her because she has been supportive to people coming up. And male comics truly do not come under the same scrutiny as female ones. Whoopi Goldberg just did a documentary on HBO about Moms Mabley, who had the persona of a harmless old toothless lady, but in fact, in her offstage life was a lesbian who wore men’s suits. But she knew she would never be accepted that way. As for Fashion Police, the mind-boggling thing is that the jokes that DO make it on air are not even the raunchiest/toughest ones. She often has to cut or clean up the jokes she has prepared to meet E!’s standards.

    • marlie

      He seems to be the only one out of the bunch who has any REAL fashion industry training/experience at all.

    • Jacob Bowen

      I have recently been on the “I HATE GEORGE K” bullet train, but WOW, he did something nice here.

  • alyce1213

    The best things are the silhouette, fit and nice flow. I don’t love this particular print, but the overall look is good, and it’s cool that’s she’s wearing a 21st C textile. She looks confident. Bravo George K, indeed. Much better.

  • sojourneryouth

    I love her in that print (and I’m not even sure I particularly like that print, in general), the proportions all work, and her girls look good. I don’t like the neckline and sleeves, either. I think a clean neckline and more fitted, full-length sleeves would have been awesome. This is the hottest and most age-appropriate she has ever looked. I wouldn’t call it a WERQ, but this look is the closest she has gotten so far.

  • @Biting Panda

    From @Millaxx ‘s mouth to the fashion god’s ears!! I do love her hair down but it could use just a bit more volume in the curl. It’s a wee bit droopy. Love this though. I adore seeing her rocking a confident vibe and not teetering on silly shoes while wearing something more contraption than outfit. More like this, please!

  • Missy

    I’m getting kind of a hippie-chic vibe from it–I think it’s the flow and the empire waist and the pattern looking ever-so-slightly tie-dye. It’s a great look for her.

  • Danielle


    • samo_samo

      I love that about this look, too!

  • Ashleigh

    I wish it wasn’t so cover-all-y

  • dschubba

    I like this look. Her hair and makeup (especially the makeup) are excellent.

  • muelonil

    I may be the only one to dislike this so far, but…no. As a woman with similar proportions, if I even got past the print to try this on, I would have rejected it once I saw it on. It’s better than some things I’ve seen her in, but I don’t think it’s good. Also those raggedy sleeves make me think that material is cheap and scratchy.

    • DTLAFamilies

      Can I ask why? I think the silhouette is flattering even if I have quibbles about the sleeves and neckline.

    • Stefanie Mackenziews

      I’m of similar proportions too. The print is just ‘meh’ even if it resembles camo to me. The style could be worked with now they know it’s flattering. What I would NOT forgive is the shoddiness of the fabric, and the absolute hatchet job someone did of construction. It’s unforgivable. That thing around the neckline, nothing more than a ruffled piece of just raw edged poly. For heavens sake..have a little pride..use some bias..oh, but I forget..trying to cut, much less tame that fabric into bias strips is horrible. All that mess hanging off the sleeves, that comes from the seams being RAW, and raveling like nuts. At first glance, I said, WTH, I don’t think that’s her hair on her arm..really, whoever stitched that dress should be fired, at the very least. I know that mutha was itchy itchy…

      • largishbearishAtlish

        What I really like is the color on here and the flow, but I agree, the neck looks ragged. The make up is amazing- LOVE the eyes (which I don’t htink I have ever noticed on her. The left ring looks like something from a vending machine- the others are perfect. Most importantly she looks HAPPY and RELAXED- don’t know if its the outfit, hair/makeup or what- but bravo!

  • She looks like she should be selling athames and reading tarot cards in a shop that smells of patchouli. Hair & makeup yes, dress, I am not a fan.

  • IraKi

    I am not in love with this print at all! It reminds me of a dishrag drenched in chlorine! But the look all in all is really good, mostly because she feels good.

    • In_Stitches

      I’m getting more….dementors. Like, a whole fleet of them in flight.

      • IraKi

        Oh yeah! That most certainly was the inspiration behind it!

  • BeeBeauNYC

    Love the hair and makeup but I’m not so sure this print is all that flattering for her.

  • HM3

    Hate the billowy sleeves, as well as the way the “illusion” of the dress (unless she actually ripped it) makes it look like they’re coming off her shoulders. The print is also really busy, and that clutch is hideous.
    No, I must disagree with my favorite Uncles here. Yes, she looks relaxed, but I would too, in a torn bed sheet..

  • jilly_d

    ooooh if it WERE separates, I would totally wear that skirt.

    • ailujailuj


    • ailujailuj

      that print would make an awesome billowy peasant kinda shirt – maybe with a tie or gather at the bottom. sexy.

  • ChelseaNH

    I’d prefer more color but otherwise this is a win.

  • JulieK

    Love the print of that fabric and the shape of this suits her perfectly. Not sure she needed all three ginormous rings, but she looks great!

  • webslice33

    the seams on the sleeves are kinda bad…but overall she looks better than usual..not a werq tho

  • Aidan B

    YAY! I knew she had it in her! Look how happy she looks!

    • jtabz

      Totally — she radiates confidence.

  • SorayaS

    Yaay the hair is down! I was JUST thinking about Melissa McCarthy this morning (as you do) and hoping that she realises her high hair styles are really not as flattering as she believes. As a fellow person with fine hair, it is tempting to wear it up as it can look limp when it is down for too long but this softer look is so much nicer for her. Loveee the makeup as well.

    Adore the colour, print and drape of this dress- the top half could be fiddled with a little.

    • Carrps

      Love the makeup, too! Her eyes are gorgeous here. I’m not crazy about the dress, but it’s much more flattering than other dresses I’ve seen her wear.

  • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

    As a similarly sized woman, no, I’m not in love with this gown but Praise God, it’s a place to start! The other things she’s been featured in in the past are shmattas. Now, get some nicer fabric, but work with this silhouette. I’ve been volunteering my services forever.

  • MilaXX

    I owe George Kotsi a muffin basket. She looks GOOD! I had a suspicion a new stylist was on board She looks great here. That blue is very flattering on her.

  • Carolyne

    I love her so much I’d probably be okay with it if she wore a potato sack, but I think she looks really great in this. Can I ask though, what’s going on with the edge of her sleeves in both photos #3 and #4? It looks all fuzzy, linty, bad finish-y….

  • Susan Lloyd

    I’m about Melissa’s size and shape, and I’d totally wear this dress! She looks amazing! I do wish she had a better bra on – the girls are looking a little sad sack (no pun intended.)

  • ailujailuj

    weeeeheeewwww!!! you go girl. Totally agree with EVERYTHING – just love this print. epitomic “hot mess”? (like, totally in a good way)

  • MilaXX

    Dress is made by Daniela Kurrle, they also did her Golden Globes dress. I hope she sticks with them for all of awards season.

  • Jessica Goldstein

    Never noticed how pretty her eyes are before. The natural make-up and relaxed hair show them off nicely. I like this dress a lot and think she looks fantastic. Better still, she looks like SHE thinks she looks fantastic. What looks better than happy confidence?

  • LaSylphide

    Wish the hair had a little more shape, but other than that…brava! Beautiful eyes.

  • Imasewsure

    YES she looks beautiful. Her hair and makeup are fantastic. More please!!

  • Janet B

    Fantastic, she looks relaxed and happy.
    I’m not loving the dress, but the silhouette is a terrific starting point.

  • formerlyAnon

    She looks young and bright-eyed and alive. Which she is, but some of her ensembles seem to leave her looking stiff and older than her years. I don’t like the fuzzy unfinished edges at neck and sleeve, they seem disproportionately minor to lend anything to the dress.

  • Blair Sylvester

    I am having a violently negative reaction to this look .

  • nannypoo

    I don’t love the print. The shape of the dress is nice and her hair and makeup look great. She has a beautiful face.

  • MK03

    Raw seams?!?! Hem tape?!?! For a dress that surely costs an obscene amount of money, I expect everything to be expertly fitted and finished to absolute fucking perfection.

  • Imasewsure

    Seems like a lot of the BKs hate the print too but I kind of dig it. It’s a way for our conservative Ms. M to get her flower on without being overwhelmed or overdone. Personally I really like it (and I love it on her too even with the weird tattering thing going on). WERQ

  • decormaven

    Hair is great, and love the rings as well. The blue suits her, and the shape of the dress is good for her form. Most of all, she looks relaxed and happy- and that trumps any minor niggles I may have with anything else. Happy sigh!

  • Akemi

    She looks good, and she KNOWS she looks good, and it totally shows.

  • CT14

    Hair and makeup are fab!

  • Kate

    Thank you, gay uncles, for giving equal due to women of all sizes. To see a WERQ bestowed on a fellow WoS is always a thrill.

  • Tracy_Flick

    I love the shape, but the combo of the print and fabric – plus those raggedy edges – looks grimy.

  • Bexxx

    Mama Cass. And I mean that as the highest of compliments.

    • demidaemon

      Mama Cass: A truly unsung hero.

  • frannyprof

    She look young, fresh, beautiful, and, most importantly, happy. Well done!

  • marlie

    Her hair and makeup look great, and I love the rings. And the fit of the dress is good, but I *really* hate the pattern.

  • Trickytrisha

    The dress is a great shape for her, and I think she realizes it. The hair is such a vast improvement over the sad poufy dos we’ve seen on her lately. It’s great to see her look confident and happy.

    The unfortunate thing is that the fabric is rather unattractive and the workmanship on the dress is shoddy… surely those frayed, unfinished bits aren’t intentional? There’s even a section of hem in front that’s come undone. The dressmaker must have needed more time, ’cause this is pretty inexcusable.

  • Hilda Elizabeth Westervelt

    She really does look nice. I love her easy makeup and hair and the big smile.

  • quiltrx

    I’ll be the standing-alone cheese who LIKES the fabric. It reminds me of the cover of ‘Disintegration’. 🙂
    I hate the whatever-the-fuck stringy shit going on at the neck and sleeves, though. But she looks pretty and the shape suits her.

  • understateddiva

    she looks MODERN, thank the stars. That 60s drag was dragging her down.

  • Sunraya

    I love that she looks so happy in this!!! Like she knows how good she looks. It’s nice to see someone out of the norm for Hollywood look so good.

  • barbarienne


    ::calms down::

    Ahem. Who knew she had such beautiful hair hiding under all those devices and product? I’m so stunned and excited I barely notice that she’s wearing a dress that fits her and works with her shape.

  • Zach Hodgson

    Although, I don’t like the color combos for this dress type I do love that she is actually comfortable and happy. At the end of the day that is all that matters so you WERQ that comfortable dress!

  • jw_ny

    I didn’t understand the ‘werq’ until I saw the head shot/pic 3…I’ve never seen her more radiant!

  • Jacob Bowen

    Dress with better finishing and not stupid sleeves I would giving a standing ovation, but I am definitely applauding her hair….thank you Sookie, you’re back to the you I knew you had!

  • PeaceBang

    I love the hair and the make-up is truly a revelation, but that dress is failing her badly at the bosom. The empire waist is okay, but not up so high, and the belt is awful. Whip up the same dress with a more flattering v-neck, a better waistline and no big black boob splotch and this would be so much better. I totally dig the rings, too.

  • jangma

    She looks super cute and I love her rings, but oooohhhh that dress is a dreary, floppy mess.

  • little_miss_strange

    Wow. Hair and makeup are perfection! And this dress does look great on her, but I think it could be even better. Maybe with shorter sleeves, or some sheerness going on with the sleeves. Don’t like the collar, looks a little half-assed. Just maybe a more finished look and not showing the lining or whatever’s underneath it. That belt thingy in the middle would look nicer if it was more sheer also, or maybe a solid color, black or white or grey. The frayed edges don’t really look cool to me, they look more like mistakes or like someone ran out of time.

  • Lilyana_F

    Nicely done.

  • lillyvonschtupp

    Give it up for the big girls! We can look fly when we want to!

  • veracity

    Actually, I really hate this look. I don’t think it’s flattering at all, unless you define flattering for fat women (which I am, by th way) as “covered up”. Hate the cut, hate the print.

    • I think this is a silhouette she should pursue further, but in a better dress and material. I would love to see something in a green. 🙂

      What I do love about this look is everything above the neck, she looks gorgeous. Especially the eyes. I like that there is a little plait in the hair too, it is kinda hidden.

    • birdhead

      agreed. speaking as a fat person, that’s a classic fat lady print, enormous fat lady tent-dress, and a cheap-looking one beside. Hideous sleeves, waist at the wrong point with her, very unflattering around the bust. If this is apparently the chic look, fat ladies have been wearing the chic look for ages.

    • conniemd

      I really dislike the empire waist with the big belt. As a formerly obese woman, I just hate that silhouette and that (back in the day) it seemed like all dresses for fat ladies and pregnant featured empire waists. Good foundation garments can allow women to wear more fitted dresses as well as loose flowing garments that aren’t cinched by the empire waist.

  • Diego!

    She looks girl, though not a WERQ for me, I think an ATTAGIRL would pretty much define this look. You are doing pretty well Mellissa!

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    The rings are life-giving! I think she looks good, but I’m not a fan of that muddy print.

  • She knows it!

  • Bklynface

    Oh my good god, do they not have pinking shears in the atelier? For such a gorgeous look and (PTL) gorg hair and makeup, the ravelling is a shocker! But Miss Melissa looks radiant-great colour for her. A reticent WERQ -next time, take a lighter and singe those threads!

  • RuthGo

    Wow, I could not disagree more. Hate this dress, hate the print and why are there threads hanging off of the sleeves. Just horrible. Why will no one put this woman in a color?

    • MsC

      I agree about the print and the threads. It looks like a worn-out college dorm bedspread from Walmart. She could have been stunning if the dress was in a rich solid (like the blue in that ring), and without the ratty-looking edges. The hair, the makeup, the accessories were great.

  • boweryboy

    She looks lovely. A personal best. After seeing Oprah’s entry I would have to say she should seriously consider consulting Oprah regarding foundation garments. The dress is giving the illusion of a droopy uni-boob.

  • MaggieMae

    Prints are her friend.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    She looks so much happier, relaxed and youthful in thisdress!

  • Rebecca Clifford

    The hair and makeup are amazing. She looks gorgeous in those colors. But yeah, not a fan of the sleeves.

  • Guest

    Woo-hoo! Melissa got a WERQ!

  • Ros

    This makes me SO HAPPY! She looks amazing and she knows it.

  • E. D.

    Love everything except the print. In another print, this would definitely be a WERQ.

  • MoHub

    She is getting better and better at this.

  • Corsetmaker

    I like the print, because I think it’s enough to break up her shape without being too in your face. Personally I’m also wary of stronger colours (and I’m not as big as she is) because I don’t want to look like a big tomato or orange or apple or whatever… so the pattern in muted shades appeals. Shape is good, sleeves are good. Full sleeves are much comfier and less likely to make you self-conscious than more fitted ones. Maybe a different neckline,

    But…. the workmanship is awful. If it’s intentional then it hasn’t gone far enough. You either go for deconstruction full force or you go for immaculate. If it isn’t intentional then the maker should hang their head in shame! She also needs a much better bra!

    If it was tweaked and tidied a bit and better made I’d be right behind it. I love that agate ring!

    • Gatto Nero

      Yes, you nailed it. The print and shape work on her fabulously. But the finishing work on the dress needs to be cleaner.
      Great styling — hair, makeup, and jewelry. She looks happy and relaxed — she’s owning it.

  • Anne

    She looks beautiful and happy. Brava!

  • ModernDowager


  • ThaliaMenninger

    She looks comfy and happy and relaxed. Good for her.

  • AnniNoone

    YAAAAAAY! This one’s for all the FAT GIRLS!!

  • Maryanne525

    Sidenote: her eyes are SPECTACULAR! What a beautiful color!

  • Oh, she’s beautiful. That soft grey is fantastic with her coloring!

  • littlevase

    The dress is not bad at all. Her makeup is beautiful. Love the rings. But the hair?? It’s very messy and straggly and needs to be brushed. I don’t understand all of these raves. She looks extremely basic here. Sorry.

  • Patrick Cleary

    I love the pockets.

  • carnush

    Sorry but I can’t agree. I love the hair, makeup and jewelry, but I think the dress is ugly and cheap-looking.

  • Erica Woods Tucker

    very cute. I love when she’s smiling and not feeling self-conscious. This is the way to go for her.

  • Joanna

    The makeup is the best I’ve ever seen it with her – very youthful and suits her so well.

  • She looks like herself looking fab — which is what we’re all after, isn’t it? And I agree that less-done, less-severe hair is her friend, although this particular

    style looks a little off to me. And I am nitpicking.

  • Closet Crisis

    Fabulous. And she knows it too.

  • amaranth16

    Seriously? I like the color and print on her, her face and hair are beyond lovely, and the jewelry is great, but the dress is a DISASTER. What’s with the torn messy polyester fluff hanging from each sleeve? It’s like her sleeves were ripped and the loose threads were just left there like cobwebs (and if it’s deliberate, it needs to look that way). The visibly gathered waistband says Target sundress, and the lining is just floating around under the neckline and seams. I’m sorry, I think the dress is absolutely hideous.

  • mikki karotkin

    I’m a big MM fan – both her acting and her. I think she’s the best physical comedian since Carol Burnett. She’s so pretty I hate to see her looking like a shlump. I like this dress Except I would have preferred it to be cut on the bias and lost the sloppy-looking belt. I wish I could design for her! She should wear gowns that flow, and move when she does. As an overweight designer, this is a subject I know something about. I think her hands are too small and delicate for such heavy looking jewelry. I’m surprised at George since I usually agree with him on Fashion Police. I just wish I knew how to contact these folks so I could help.

  • mikki karotkin

    I’m a huge MM fan. The hair and make-up I totally agree with you on. But the dress?!?!? Puhleeze!! First of all, she needs a better bra. Also, heavy women should not wear pleats; clothes should be cut on the bias and draped in light fabrics that move when they do. I think George K. has lost his mind!