Be Me or Do Me: Naomie Harris in Naeem Khan at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

Posted on February 04, 2014

Darlings, it’s “Everyone Wants to Be Me or Do Me” day! It’s finally here! Let us all observe the traditional rituals of this day, handed down for generations. Chief among them is the sacred rite of judging others. Let’s get to it, shall we?

Naomie Harris attends the 2014 London Critics’ Circle Film Awards in a Naeem Khan dress paired with Christian Louboutin heels, a Zagliani clutch, and Jessica McCormack jewelry.

Naeem Khan Pre-Fall 2014 Collection


If you’re just joining us, a “Be Me” dress is one in which the wearer chose to project confidence through her style. A “Do Me” dress is one in which the wearer chose fierceness and sexiness as her main goals. As you can see, the judging could go either way on this one. It’s shimmery and sexy and moves with every step she takes, showing off just enough without looking desperate about it. On the other hand, the color is soft and pretty and she looks ridiculously at ease with herself. Poise is the word we’d use. We also love the use of silver in the accessories. It’s bold and regal and a little unexpected. If we have a complaint, it’s the clumpy lashes. Girl, no. But otherwise, we love it head to toe.

So you tell us, kittens. Which one is Naomie thinking at the moment?


Everyone wants to …

BE ME! Because man, I so want to be her right now.

DO ME! Because she looks insanely hot and fierce!



Of course we should point out that any outfit that causes you to ask the question “Is this a “be me’ or a ‘do me?” is an outfit that’s definitely got something going on.










[Photo Credit: Landmark/PRPhotos, FameFlynetUK/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES,]

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  • Ros

    Be me! No question.

  • alyce1213

    That’s a DO ME dress, for sure. But she sells it like BE ME, which is why it can go either way.

    • Nicely put.

    • Charles

      Completely agree.

    • conniemd

      See, I think it’s a BE ME dress, but she doesn’t seem to be selling it. I like it better on the model.. It doesn’t show enough skin to be a DO ME dress. I think it’s beautiful and so is she, but she seems to be looking shy and like the dress is wearing her.

  • MarieLD

    Got word from Amazon yesterday that the book will be delivered today. Tres exciting. I think this is a Be Me dress. I remember reading a long long time ago that women often dress to impress other women. And this fits that. I’m totally impressed.

  • DO ME – because this dress *would* look better on the bedroom floor. 🙂

    I dont love that colour on her. Not even sure Lupita could pull this one off.

  • Diego!

    I think… none of them? This dress doesn’t look that good on her. That yellow it’s quite pale and therefore looks like another dress on the red carpet instead of catching attention. Those eyelashes look horrifying too. It’s an OUT to me. Sorry!

    • sagecreek

      Same here — pretty girl, pretty dress, but somehow the overall effect strikes me as BLAH.

      We’ll sit over here in the corner together.

      • Diego!

        Lets have some popcorn while we watch 🙂

      • conniemd

        I’ll sit over in the corner with you/

      • mila_8

        I will also join you. The treatment of the neck and shoulders seemed to be lifting the eyes up, but then the hair and face felt so heavy. Hair up could have helped lighten the look and give it some life.

      • butterflysunita

        Yes, it’s a beautiful woman and a beautiful dress but somehow the overall look isn’t quite right.

    • filmcricket

      I’m kind of with you – I really love the dress, and she is stunning, but the two aren’t working together for me for some reason. I wish it were another colour on her and she’s not doing enough, despite that great face and legs, to make me forget that it isn’t. If I had to pick I’d say “Do Me,” because there’s not enough “Be Me” here.

    • procrastinatrice

      Absolutely agree. The color is not working for her, the top part of the dress is not flattering her chest, and the clutch clashes badly…then there is the eyelashes of doom. I actually really like the dress on the model. I think this just isn’t her dress.

      • Diego!

        I see that the model is wearing a brighter yellow and shows much more details as the one Naomie is wearing. It’s a pitty.

        • AnneElliot

          I just assumed it was the lighting — is that possible? I’m sure they had the best, most flattering light possible in the model shoot. Red carpet might not be as forgiving.

    • CelandineM

      Nope I don’t like it either and whatever someone did to her eyes is scaring the bejesus out of me. those shoes, however, are DO ME shoes. I totally want to sit in your corner and snark.

      • Diego!

        You are more than welcome to join us! ^_^

  • bellafigura1

    I think the dress is sensational, the whole thing would be a WERQ for me, but for the zig zag hem.

  • Jennifer

    All I can see is Tinkerbell. This reads pretty, but juvenile, to me.

    • mini_d

      Agreed! Though I was thinking Wilma Flinstone goes to prom. Not doing it for me…..

  • Erica

    Be me without my weird lashes….Just ordered the book. Because I’m the kind of gal who is a day late and a dollar short for swag. Ah, well, the kids would ruin the cards anyway. Bonus! Amazon prime means it ships for free and I’ll have it by Thursday. Awesome!

  • Donna Schmidt

    Be me!

  • StarburstLady

    I mean, I think it’s “Be me,” but it might just be because that dress fits my personal tastes so exactly.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    BE ME without those terrible lashes. I dig the fringe. I had reservations about that sheer panel up top, but this is where stylists really help, because the design of the shoes pulled it together for me, and her hair is fabulous.

  • formerlyAnon

    Be me, in my eyes!

    (The book! It’s here! I expected it to be entertaining (and god, is it!), but somehow I wasn’t prepared for how GOOD it’d look. Kudos to you, the design & production team and to Alex.)

    • demidaemon

      I am so jealous right now. I haven’t even gotten my shipping confirmation yet. 🙁

  • “Be me” because I just want to see that fringe in action on the ballroom dance floor. Love the yellow on her, but not as enamored with the whiteness of the sheer panel against her skin.

  • GKaller

    Be Me!

  • Rhonda Shore

    Be me.

  • BE ME. Those legs! That jaw! I couldn’t do her, those eyelashes are too scary.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Be me!

  • tallgirl1204

    She is not standing up straight enough to be a “do me.” And she looks uncomfortable to me (again, see her posture) and not confident enough for a “be me.” I see a young woman who needs to beef up her confidence and move her shoulders back before I see either one. Beautiful woman, beautiful dress, but needs some chutzpah.

    • Tatiana Luján

      The posture might be due to the fit of her shoes. They’re the right size, yet her feet roll forward and leave a gap between the heel pad her actual feet.

  • carnush

    Totally a BE ME look. Sparkly and effortless and happy. She looks great as usual.

  • Tatiana Luján

    whoever put those fake eyelashes on her eyelids ruined an otherwise pretty good makeup.

  • Anna

    Be Me dress. I also have a flapper-style dress bias, love them (also love that her stylist didn’t get too literal with the styling and turn it into a Chicago costume). Eyelashes are freaking me out though.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    It says, Be me. And trust me sweetie, with all the time you’ve been spending with Idris? I definitely want to be you.

  • VioletFem

    Be Me.

  • Cindy

    Definitely a “Be Me” look! She looks likes a confident lady.

  • RussellH88

    I think it’s a “Be Me”, but the “Me” is this scenario is Roxie Hart.

  • Stacey Summerville

    Be me!

  • BayTampaBay


  • marlie

    I think it’s BOTH, but I’m calling it a “BE ME” dress. She/this dress is saying “You obviously want to BE me, because I’m so hot that everyone wants to DO me.” Does that make sense?

    Also, stupid Amazon didn’t ship my book yet, so I’ll have to buy a copy for the signing today. I’m comforted in knowing that I won’t have a hard time finding someone to gift the second copy to.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I think this is a Be Me dress, although it seems to try to fall under Do Me. She is not exuding a high level of sexiness, so I think this falls to Be Me.

    My book is coming today!! So my plans for tonight include reading, and reading and reading. So excited!

  • amaranth16

    I think the top half is Be Me and the bottom half is Do Me. 🙂

  • Kent Roby

    I think this dress is a CAST ME….as Velma Kelly in “Chicago”.

  • jw_ny

    Be Me….for her poise, I guess. Her hair and makeup are soft and pretty….not feeling like she’s exuding a sexy confidence vibe, which is required in a “do me” dress/look. Actually, I don’t feel like that hair and makeup are right for the dress, and she’s overall kind of lackluster.

  • mjude

    BE ME. I love a good eyelash but not this time. other than that very pretty

  • luludexter

    absolutely Be Me!

  • Alexis Peñafuerte Wenceslao

    Not me. Accessories are not working.

  • Vanessa

    Congratulations on the launch. I think my favorite life lesson from your excerpts is: “when you hit rock bottom, dress like you’re here to pick up your award.” I plan to use this as a mantra for quite some time.

  • Hallie

    Be me!

  • Sam Erin


  • Judy_S

    Be me, because I’d love to. That dress looks like fun.

    I do think there is another category, though (maybe for the next book) which is “be seated next to me at dinner/on a long plane ride.” For the very rare situation in which someone looks like a person you’d like to talk to.

    • marlie

      I could seat a whole dinner party with people like that. Helen Mirren and Emma Thompson would be at the top of my list.

      • Me too, except my list would be so long, it would need like a ballroom full of people or smaller intimate dinner parties for 365 days of a year. We could call it the year of dining fabulously. 🙂

  • Lori

    Be Me!

  • Constant Reader

    BE ME. How I’m judging this is: none of the desperate and famous for bodily over-exposure stars (and star wannabes) would be caught dead in something with this much coverage and lack of spandex. Yet she looks gorgeous and sexy.

    Just showing my work… 🙂

    • marlie

      You mean, you CAN be sexy and eye-catching and not almost naked?!?!

      • Constant Reader

        Crazy, right? Who knew?

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      yes, gorgeous, fun and sexy without boob windows or showing off the good china-it can be done.

  • Jangle57

    Be me without a doubt

  • CB

    Be me! Also, I thought the description said that she was wearing Jessica McClintock jewelry.

    • marlie

      *Every time* I see “Jessica McCormack,” I have to re-read and make sure I didn’t see McClintock.

  • carolynmo

    I love this dress; definitely Be Me. My book is arriving today, perfectly timed for the snowstorm. I will build a fire, get a big glass of wine, and immerse myself in TLo greatness. Yea!!

  • SugarSnap108

    I love it. Yes, the clumpy lashes are…not good. But her beautiful face makes up for it.

  • rebeemoon

    I don’t care. I just want to BE in a parallel universe, one in which the years and pounds drop away so that I can wear this fabulous dress. Can I DO that?

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I’m right there with you, wanting that parallel universe.
      Love the flapper flirtiness of this dress.

      • Constant Reader

        I’ll join you in that parallel universe. I propose that there, by a miracle of the particular dimension it’s in, snacking on cheese makes you thinner.

  • colorjunky

    love everything but the hair and lashes. hair should be more coiffed, perhaps un peu 20’s

  • boweryboy

    It’s a Do Me dress, because if I wanted to be a flapper I would pick something a bit more fabulous than this.

  • decormaven

    Be me, definitely.

  • Be me! I want to.

  • Samantha Klein

    BE ME. And I’d look terrible in that dress.

  • MilaXX

    Be me. I like everything but the lashes. She just looks so pretty.

    • ovarB

      Looks like she tried to do them herself.

  • melanie0866

    BE ME. And I would wear it to do the cha-cha on Dancing With the Stars.

  • 8daysaweek

    Love the idea of the dress and definitely think it’s a “Be Me.” I’m also thinking it might work better in motion than in pictures. When there is more definition to the layers, like on the model, there’s a whole different look to the dress.
    Those eyelashes though. Girl, no.

  • Kathleen

    Be me.

  • smayer

    Be me! If it were shorter, then it would be do me.

  • Danielle

    Can I pick both? Because I want to be her AND do her.

  • AlexisPayne

    Be Me!

  • She can werq fringe, which makes me want her to do a Tina Turner biopic – even though Angela Basset was the definitive Tina.

  • Randy Noak

    Be me to me.

  • Bernadette

    Be Me all the way!

  • Joanna

    Be me. But I really dislike the hem on that dress – too busy with everything else going on.

  • zuzu

    I would not be able to resist shimmying all over the place in a dress like that.

    • There’s a wonderful old (1920’s?) song that starts: I wish I could shimmy like my sister Kate/She shivers like the jelly on a plate

      Sister Kate was wearing a dress like this, I’m certain. And it’s a DO ME for sure.

  • ovarB

    Be me!! Is this actually an exercise is self affirmation?? LOL!!

  • unbornfawn

    The way she is gazing off into the distance, says, Be Me.

  • JauntyJohn

    Be Me. That dress has so much fun action going on it’s practically a verb.

  • empath

    Be Me. She is gorgeous with wafts of self confidence that permeate the pictures… and Naomie has the audacity to achieve the red carpet paradox of comfortable yet pretty yet sexy yet modern at the same time.
    I do agree that the eyelash clumps are the only miss.

  • Luv2Birdie

    If one wishes to be Wilma Flintstone, then I guess it’s a BE ME dress. Cute, but, I’m not loving it.

  • vitaminC

    Oh dear, I just can’t get behind white skin colored sheer panels. Her bodice looks like it was pieced together with bugle beads and my chapped lip shed skin bits. We can launch people into space but we can’t match illusion netting to different shades of skin? WTF?!

  • KT

    Ohhh I’m just going to say it — I love you TLo, but I’m struggling with the whole “be me or do me” concept. I worry that it basically boils down to “Pretty/cute/quirky look = be me. Sexy/fierce/sultry look = do me.” I get that it’s a part of your book and you’re doing some cross-promotions here, which is fine, but this is not that novel of an idea, and honestly it’s a bit… reductive. I’m probably in the minority here, but I personally enjoy discussing the look as a whole, rather than filing it into one of two categories.

    • “I personally enjoy discussing the look as a whole, rather than filing it into one of two categories.”

      I guess I get what you’re saying, but this is no more reductive than the “In or Out” and “YEA or NAY” posts we’ve been doing for over 6 years now. In fact, it’s modeled exactly on those posts.

      • KT

        Fair point, though I feel like there is more subjectivity to the “In or Out” and “YEA or NAY” posts, as opposed basically identifying whether something is pretty/cute/full of personality or sexy/FIERCE. I think that’s what’s irking me. But of course there will always be room for debate, so I get it.

        • KT

          Also, I feel bad for shitting on your special day 🙁 Happy book launching day!!!

  • LJCdoc

    She looks great, but I couldn’t give a rip because I just got my download of your book & I’m so happy I could spit!

  • Be me.

  • trisker

    BE ME. I know I want to be her right that minute!

  • rissa42210

    It seems like a pretty clear BE ME to me. Sure, she’s attractive, but it’s not screaming sex. Those lashes. Those lashes are going to cause some drag queens minds to combust. Not loving the shoes, either, but it’s better than the model.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I think the dress wants to be a DO ME dress, but Naomie here is working it in a BE ME kind of way.

  • Kelly

    That self-confidence and clear sense of ease and enjoyment says “be me.” I love this whole look.

  • Melanie

    she’s working it like a “be me”, but i have to say that the dress is failing to live up naomie’s expectations.

  • Maya

    originally i thought it was a do me, but after another look i’m going with be me dress.

  • rosie5215

    It’s “Be me”, but more like “Be me, the #1 ranked US figure skater in Sochi 2014!”

  • MissFern

    Be me!

  • MzzPants

    Be Me.

  • Akito

    Be me. Gorgeous.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    She’s thinking Do Me. Because I would.

  • BE ME! Even though I hate it when my lashes get away from me like that.

  • LaSylphide

    Oh god, I love fringe! Totally Be Me.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    BE ME! And yes Naomie, I do want to be you. Thanks for asking!

  • mickiemonkey

    Oh yes, Be Me. The shoes are killah’.

  • nycfan

    Be ME

  • Trickytrisha

    Beme, I guess.

  • Gatto Nero

    For me it goes a bit too Latin dance competition.

  • paginatrix

    It’s a do-me dress, and she’s gorgeous.
    Not dress-related: I wish she’d find something else to do with her hair.

  • ChelseaNH

    “You want to be me because everyone wants to do me”

  • demidaemon

    I’m going to say BE ME, because it just doesn’t have the shake and shimmer of the model’s look.

  • Shawn EH

    I’ve wanted to BE HER since she shot James Bond.

  • KaileeM

    Be me! Because I’d love to twirl in that dress. And I’d also love to be able to pull off that shade of yellow.

  • Guest

    Be me. Easily.

  • Natalie

    My first reaction was “I want to wear that!” So I’m going to go with a strong “BE ME!” for this one.

  • little_miss_strange

    Definitely a Be Me dress. There’s sexiness but also classiness. And power.

  • Be me!

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I would be Naomie Harris any day in any outfit. This one is kicky. I’d be her in a sec in this one.

  • pookiesmom

    It’s a “boo me” dress!

  • MissusBee

    Shoes: space goddess.
    Dress: lampshade.


  • Danielle West

    Be me because I totally want to be her.

  • shaziz

    Girl needed her lash extensions filled in. but otherwise FIERCE. LOVE the shoes. WERQ.

  • Terri Flynn McGinty

    Be Wilma Flintstone.

  • Pterodactyl111

    BE ME. I want to be her.

  • AnneElliot

    Be me!! Absolutely. Her legs look gorgeous. But those eyelashes are making me twitchy.

  • quiltrx

    Be Me! Because who doesn’t want to rock the fringe?
    (is it me or does something about this neckline make her neck look really short? Or is it short for the rest of her, and I just never noticed?)

  • Be me!

  • Super_Red

    I, too, have always wanted to be a figure skater, so I’m gonna have to go with “be me.” I can’t get past how much I dislike this dress. Aside from the clumps, her face looks great though. Seriously though…. any second now she’ll start spinning, right?

  • AmeliaEve

    Be Me. Just a little too ladylike for a Do Me, and in danger of making her look like a chorus girl in a revival of The Boyfriend. She is carrying it well, though.

  • irielle

    Be me!

  • Frenchie_M

    Do me dress, Be me face.

  • Samantha

    I’m gonna say BE ME but mostly because I want it!

  • Laura Livingston

    Great Gatsby! Do me now!

  • somebody blonde

    Be me! This is more an “eat it, bitches” dress than one that gives the men vapors.

  • TheLaurenJean

    Be me all the way.