Chloe Sevigny in Rodarte at “The Wait” LA Screening

Posted on February 04, 2014

It’s been ever so long since we checked in on Chloe’s long form performance art piece entitled “The Many Women Inside Me: The Sevigny Experience.”

Let’s see who she is this time, shall we?


Chloe Sevigny attends the screening of “The Wait” at Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles, California in Rodarte.

Rodarte Fall 2012 Collection


Darlings, meet Ermengarde.

Ermengarde is, if you ask her (and even if you don’t), the following. A vegan. A woman. An art gallery owner.  Wife to a Fortune 500 CEO. But totally different from those “other” CEO wives. A poet. A thinker. A gardener. A locavore. A lifestyle blogger. A restorer of old things. A fashionista. And most importantly of all, a mother.

She’ll say it to you exactly like that, with the periods and the parentheses and the scare quotes and everything. Out loud. Her real name is Ann. She has no friends.



[Photo Credit: Angela Weiss/Getty Images,]

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  • Sarah

    That dress is super top-heavy. And thank goodness our girl knew better than to put the weird hoofy holster shoes. Even Ermengarde is smarter than that.

  • @Biting Panda

    Bless Ermengarde! (And Ann)

  • Ashley Vice

    Why does her hair always look terrible?

    • formerlyAnon

      Because her hair is not naturally great, but she’s not willing to have it augmented and professionally styled daily?

      (I am surrounded by women who do their own hair every morning. It starts out better than this, but by 10 a.m. the droop toward shapelessness has begun. Looks like this by noon. A good cut can’t save everyone.)

      • Ashley Vice

        I’m a regular woman, don’t augment my hair, and I would never go out looking the way she does half of the time. Often her hair is dirty on top of being cut poorly and having garish roots–just seems lazy. If you’re going to wear that level of fashion, you should at least try.

        • Rhonda Shore

          Her hair could look a lot better than this. Professional color for starters, with more lowlights, less roots. And even I have a product — that isn’t even that expensive — that makes hat hair look fabulous immediately. Also, that lipstick is not the right red for her.

          • Nexli B

            Please Rhonda share with those of us not in the know what is said magical product? Because nothing I have ever tried has made my hair – very similar to that hair – fabulous instantly. Please help me.

          • Rhonda Shore

            It’s Aquage transforming paste. Start with a pea sized blob…a little goes a long way. And despite what the directions say, use it on dry hair — it doesn’t work well on wet hair at all. I also found another product that i’ll have to check the name of when i go home, but it’s a volumizing powder that you sprinkle on the roots of your hair and it gives it serious lift. I use it as a dry shampoo when i’m too lazy to wash my hair those are the days i get the most compliments…and instead of just saying, thank you, of course i say, “are you kidding, my hair’s filthy!!!” ha ha

          • Rhonda Shore

            isn’t it sweet how, besides providing a super-entertaining blog, T-LO bring the people together? I’m thinking these book signings might result in new meetup-type groups!

          • Sue Shea

            rhonda, just say thank you! own it! you’re fabulous! and thank you for the styling tips. 😀

          • heartsleeve


      • jspark

        I think she is in denial about her face. That hair looks good on a lot of actresses, but she is not one of them.

  • BayTampaBay

    She looks better than the model.

  • LipstickForPigs

    That waistline makes her look the pregs.

    • Nicole Little

      Thank you. Yes.

      • shirab

        Coming here to say the same thing. Great maternity dress! Unless you’re not pregnant.

        • Rhonda Shore

          it’s reminds me a bit of Laura Ashley.

          • Sue Shea

            i was feeling laura ashley / little house on the prairie / holly bobbie? ETA someone below hit the nail on the head: SISTER WIVES.

          • AnneElliot

            My first thought was Badass Sisterwife, that is, a Sisterwife who secretly wants to be a badass; hence, the shoes, showing just a little rebellion. But I’ve never watched Big Love so I don’t know if that’s actually possible.

        • pookiesmom

          It even makes the model look pregnant. WTF?

  • sagecreek

    She stole Mayim Bialik’s dress!

    • Constant Reader

      Actually, Mayim might look rather nice in this if she wore it in the correct size (unlike Chloe’s that is too big) and with shoes that didn’t stumpify her legs, and she ditched the pockets, and … you know, maybe it can’t be saved.

  • leahpapa

    Rodarte in general often seems amateurish and smug in a way that’s meant to convey some superior class-based appetites and knowingness but in reality is just vacant and ugly (sorrynotsorry, Anna W.). In other words, it’s exactly what I’d expect Chloe to wear.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I’ve never understood the love for Rodarte. Perhaps Anna W. gave the line her imprimatur ’cause Anna just likes messing with us proles.

      • leahpapa

        Yeah, I sometimes think she and Miuccia (and, increasingly, Jenna Lyons of J Crew) gaze down at us, ice clinking in their glasses, and cackle, “Can you believe we got them to WEAR that shit?! And PAY for it!”

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I can picture that trio doing that!

        • Little_Olive

          Not so well informed to weigh in on J Crew, but omg the other two. And can we throw Peter Pilotto in the mix? The emperor’s new (designer) clothes.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            By all means let’s add Peter Pilotto to our unholy coven of designers. Maybe that could be the next season of American Horror Story: Fashion Wars

    • Aurumgirl

      That said, this is the least ugly Rodarte dress I’ve ever seen.

  • appliquer

    The dress is wearing her.

  • That lipstick shade should be eradicated from the planet as a matter of urgency.. 🙂

  • I can’t help but wonder if the workmanship on a frock like this is so amazing in person that it blinds the wearer as to just how awful the dress actually looks on. This is just wrong, heavy, frumpy, and even the pockets can’t save it.

  • Very Chloe. And very Ermengarde.

  • marlie

    I hate this dress. It’s aggressively ugly. The shoulders are too wide and bulky, the print looks like old curtains, and the fit is terrible. Plus, I hate the boots, and her lipstick is too orange.

    • amanda siegelson

      i’ve never used the words, “aggresively ugly” together before – but i plan to for the rest of my life! how fantastic! the words, i mean – the outfit is one hella stink.

      • marlie

        I can’t take the credit for it. I heard the phrase years ago, but it’s totally apropos sometimes, particularly when the ugliness of an outfit is so bad that it practically slaps you in the face.

    • Anna

      I’ve struggled and struggled to organize my thoughts and form a coherent sentence about this dress. Aggressively ugly is perfect!

    • CelandineM

      The bodice looks like it’s cut for a man’s shoulders, but no drag queen in her right mind would touch this with a ten foot poll.

      • Anna

        My mom had a bunch of these sweater dresses in the ’80s, along with the accompanying mega shoulder pads.

    • Little_Olive

      Thank you. I don’t know why sometimes I can’t muster the energy to hate something that TLo has not criticized heavily… anyway, this is awful. Amateur awful. The ¿embroidery? ¿print? makes me sad. The fit makes me angry. The dust ruffle bottom makes me furious. Gallery owner is not what I’d pin this to.

      • marlie

        I don’t mind disagreeing with TLo. Sometimes it’s more of an “enh, I don’t see it,” but when I actively dislike something, I don’t have a problem saying so. You’re allowed to… we’re all friends here. 🙂

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Eh ma god, Ermengarde!

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    The dress is making Ermengarde’s bosoms look sad. Sad boobs.

  • lobsterlen

    Did Chloe steel this dress from the Big Love costume department?

    • Constant Reader

      That was my first thought: sister wife.

    • Sue Shea


  • lobsterlen

    “A gardener. A locavore. A lifestyle blogger. A restorer of old things. A fashionista. And most importantly of all, a mother.”

    I bet Ermengarde and Gwyneth Paltrow are best friends.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      They’ll be hosting an artisanal seed exchange this spring, complete with recipes.

    • Heather

      I think Ermengarde WANTS to be Gwyneth’s friend. Gwennie’s not having her poseur BS.

      An aside: you know those things that terrify you so deeply that you HAVE to look at them? A friend of mine does that with blogs written by Ermengarde types.

    • formerlyAnon

      If so, I like Ermengarde’s style better. Gwyneth should be concerned about that, but neither of them answered my text about doing coffee.

      • Danielle

        They probably don’t have cell phones. Radiation exposure and all that. Have you tried smoke signals?

        • lobsterlen

          Yes! Smoke signals from their backyard brick pizza ovens that were built by actual Italian craftsmen. You know like what they did for the National Cathedral with the marble sculptors. You just can’t find that kind of craftsmanship here.

          • Sue Shea

            when i read about gp’s backyard brick pizza oven (in one of her cookbook’s) i full on threw up. does she not know that real people do not have them? i really don’t think she understands that.

  • Jessica Freeman

    That is an odd waist line…its making her look pregnant from some angels. Chole, never change.

  • cocohall

    I woke up in a crummy mood and the scroll down literally made me giggle. So points for comedy. Unintentional as it may be. I bet the material is gorgeous in person but photographs horribly. Or she is headed to an audition for Little House on the Prairie remake and won’t have time to change after the screening.

  • jw_ny

    That dress is so ugly it’s funny…wtf!? I think Chloe enjoys getting this kind of reaction.

  • gabbilevy

    Ermengarde is the woman Goopy Gwyneth is imitating without much success, because she won’t fully commit to really getting into the … um… weeds.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Ermengarde is Goop?

  • Jangle57

    Wow that is one ugly dress paired with the 1890 shoes – why you’d have the perfect outfit if Carol Burnett wanted to spoof on Little House on the Prairie (ala Gone with the Wind) – yes, I know, I’m showing my age….. oh and burn that lipstick

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Chloe’s latest alter is wearing Amish chic.

  • SewingSiren

    I want to be her.

  • decormaven

    The orange lipstick detracts from my ability to fully focus on the fashion. It’s definitely not her best look, but I bet Ann doesn’t give a fig for my opinion.

  • formerlyAnon

    I kind of love her smile/smirk, and I think this probably looks better in person.

    However. She is not the type (is Ermengarde? Don’t thing so, not sure.) to wear “pregnancy rumor” dresses and that’s the major thing this has going for it in photos.

  • colorjunky

    Is she a cutter too?

    • Qitkat

      I read this as “clutter,” and immediately decided that Ermengarde is also a secret hoarder. This is why she has no friends, no one is ever encouraged to set foot in her house. Poor Ann, you need some bitter kittens in your life.

  • TigerLaverada

    I laughed out loud when I scrolled the pic down and got to the ruffle at the bottom. She is ever entertaining, whichever persona is on display.

  • Kate Andrews

    She’s got a new show coming to A&E. Something about serial killers. Anyway, I hope we get to see more of Chloe’s alters as a result.

  • AC Simons

    So glad to have Chloe and a new alter grace us with her presence. Awful shoes and unflattering dress, but she looks happy/smug.

  • MilaXX

    lol I’ve missed Chole’s alters.

  • I would have seen this had I walked one street over home last night. Damn it!

  • Laura Renee

    Lol, A+ description, guys.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Such an accurate precis of this schlubby, but expensive, get-up (and facial expression) that I am aiming huzzahs southward at you, Tom and Lorenzo.

  • Constant Reader

    She bugs me. Her constant smirk makes everything she ever puts on her body more annoying. And this dress didn’t need help in that department.

  • Paula Pertile

    I like it. I might be having an art school nostalgia moment.

  • KinoEye

    Ahahaha, had me laughing at “The Sevigny Experience.” Ermengarde killed me. That said, looks like she’s traveled back in time to a 4 Non Blondes concert.

  • Imasewsure

    A Locavore… a mother… hilarious but alas we all know this woman…
    That dress… I can’t believe it is a real designer… and from 2012 not 1992… scary ugly
    But so excited that Chloe has a new show since this will bring her out in to our world (and our judging) more often! 🙂

    • lobsterlen

      “know this woman” honestly, sometimes I am that woman.

      Now I must get back to organizing my seeds for the native plant sale I am organizing for spring to benefit cute birds.

  • ojosazules

    It seems an odd thing to say about someone who is many, but that is not her dress.

  • Judy_J

    Ermengarde is also a woman who likes her dresses to be a size too large so that she looks like she’s lost weight.

  • Nika E

    Its typical Sevingy. Meh *shurgs*

  • Deb_Lynn

    Is her middle name Gwyneth by any chance???

  • Diego!

    I thought she was pregnant when I saw these pictures… What can we say? She looks… fine I guess. Nice boots Chlöe!

  • And her children are called Lotus, Avatar and Jack-Fleur.

    • alyce1213

      I’m going to be laughing at that all day, especially Jack-Fleur. Thanks.

  • KT

    This isn’t even a doppelganger to me, this is just pure Chloe Sevigny.

    But that’s not as much fun, is it?

  • AceOn6

    What’s with all the Rodarte lately? I don’t think anything in the Fall collection is new or interesting. Move on folks, nothing to see here.

  • AzSportsGirl

    and she’s kind of pissed that Gwynnie totally stole her life for GOOP. And she simply must insist on the anonymity of her children Wave and Agate.

  • Alyssa

    Ermengarde seems to me a lot like how Leelee Sobieski seems to views herself

  • Sunraya

    You just kill me!!! I was trying to figure out what she looked like, but you gentlemen nailed it!!! I must say, she always looks somewhat messy or dirty, like if you look, you can see the dirt under her nails from her chemical free, completely composted garden.

  • trisker

    You had me at “Ermengarde”!!

  • Sif

    “The Many Women Inside Me”. LOL

  • boweryboy

    Rodarte: bringing the ugly one dress at a time since 2005.

  • MzzPants

    Soooo….she’s Gwyneth Paltrow?

    • Shawn EH

      Nailed it.

    • kittentoes

      I was just about to mention GOOP.

  • judybrowni

    Give Ermengarde some credit: she, at least, didn’t sport the ugly sweater sandals which were inflicted on the model.

    So Ermengarde has boundaries.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    This dress looks like it would be perfect for a child.

  • Gatto Nero

    The dress is too long (see length on the model) but … why bother.
    I kind of like the cute/ugly boots.
    Ermengarde. You kill me. Truly.

  • queeniethebold

    Dying dying DYING! How i have missed Emengarde, in all her various guises/personifications, and TLo’s commentary on her (them). This couldn’t be more perfect. A locavore. Dying!

  • demidaemon

    Oh, Chloe, how I’ve missed you. Also, that is so TLo’s next book title.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I would like to add something to the “Be Me Do Me” equation just for Ermengarde. Be Me, Do Me, Throw Me in Front of a Truck. Guess which one Ermengarde gets?

  • bertkeeter

    Looks like a street walker out of a German “film noir” sort of depressing movie…that I won’t be going to see!

  • hmb

    Her hair looks wicked healthy.

    • pdquick

      Oh, honey no. Her hair looks unwashed.

  • quiltrx

    LMAO, I got SO excited when I even saw her name! Awesome.
    And who, please tell me, buys a dress that makes a non-pregnant woman look pregnant, simply by the shape (and existence) of its underboob seam.

  • SierraDelta

    Ermengarde made a common beginner’s mistake when she selected mushrooms for her organic vegetable garden. She pointed to the enokis told the man at the farmer’s market “enokis,” but he was psylocybin ‘shrooms instead, and enjoyed them in a pretentious composed salad earlier today

  • ItsDicey

    Poor Ann.

  • pdquick

    Oh, God. Please somebody, let her eat.

  • julnyes

    I came very close to a coffee spit take with that last line. Bravo!

  • MoHub

    Add some worsted hose, and she could be one of the kids in The Music Man.

  • H2olovngrl

    Funniest ever.

  • Sunshine16