In or Out: Elizabeth Banks in David Koma at “The LEGO Movie” NY Screening

Posted on February 06, 2014

Is this working for any of y’all? We’re asking.


Elizabeth Banks attends “The Lego Movie” New York Screening held at AMC Empire 25 in New York City in a David Koma paired with Jimmy Choo shoes, a Rauwolf clutch, Jack Vartanian and Graziela Gems.

David Koma Fall 2013 Collection


It’s … eyecatching, sure. But we have visions of frantic Project Runway contestants ripping wallpaper off a wall and carpet padding off a floor in order to find enough materials to make a dress. It’s all kind of stiff and weird-looking. And that waist is just ridiculously low. We use the term “waist” rather freely, since this dress seems to think women’s waists are exactly in line with their crotches.

But maybe we’re being cranky. Maybe this is fun and lively and you’re all going to yell at us for criticizing. Let’s hear it. Sell it to us, darlings.




Bitter Kittens make the call:

IN! She’s Effie Fucking Trinket, bitch!

OUT! I’m itchy just looking at this stiff thing. Wait, that came out wrong.









The Bitter Kittens could NOT get behind Diane Kruger’s Blanche Deveraux pajamas, roundly voting them OUT.






[Photo Credit: Jennifer Graylock/,]

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  • Emily Giovanni

    Like the dress! It is interesting and kicky. Not so much with the hair.

  • I think that she’s trying to echo her lego minifig (Look at the them together. Or maybe that’s just me?) But she should have worn the dress with the extra rufflage like it was presented on the runway, which put the waist in the right place, instead of it being a ubershort mini with a ruffle.

    • Yes, I was just about to post this very thing. I think her premiere outfit that was on the Whiteboard the other day also evokes a certain Lego-ness, with the geometric shapes and dots and whatnot. Unfortunately, Lego in general doesn’t lend itself to the most flattering silhouettes, but I think she’s doing an interesting take on the dressing-for-the-film thing.

  • Lucía Gavello

    Out, I don’t have a problem with the materials but I like the runway version much better. This seems awkward and surprisingly boring.

    • Dam_Angel

      Agree, out. It was shorter on the runway model and looked more balanced. Plus she needs a brighter lip color.

    • Rhonda Shore

      My thoughts exactly.

    • MoreShoes

      I really like the runway version. Long sleeves, see through. The alterations didn’t help. OUT

  • PlethoraofBooks

    I love it personally! Big IN from me. Though not as IN as her appearance on the TODAY show – she looked AMAZING there.

  • hyperionic

    IN. I actually think this is really cute on her. Even with the fishtail ruffle.

  • kayleymaybe

    Like the runway version better, but I still think it’s cute. IN for me.

    • AC

      Agreed. My thoughts exactly. IN but runway version way better. Love the color of the ruffle.

    • Mousentrude

      I prefer the runway version as well, but this is still IN. I’ve surprised myself by liking it, despite the cheap looking upholstery fabric of the ruffle.

  • Diego!

    It’s very interesting though the model is wearing a darker skirt version. I’m gonna say IN. KILLA SHOES!!!

  • Patrick Cleary

    I like it! Very cute and different, and it somehow seems to go with the Lego theme.

  • Here is the one thing I like about this – this red carpet is not being conducted on the surface of the sun like the previous Lego one. 😉

    The dress is a hell no. The makeup is not great, and the hair seems a little crispy for my liking.

    I dont understand the shoes at all. Why do they need the anklet strap?

    How could you have posted this before we are all sufficiently caffeinated to deal with.. whatever this is? 🙂


    • another_laura

      I share your pain, grumpy kitten! There, there, read another chapter of Everyone Wants to Be Me or Do Me with a nice cuppa. You’ll feel better!

    • kimmeister

      The ankle strap OFFENDS, for sure.

  • Kent Roby

    I like the runway version much better, but I still give it an “IN” (barely) because it’s still an interesting look, and she always gives us a nice variety of RC looks. Just the addition of a belt would make a world of difference, even in her altered version.

  • pookiesmom

    I like this. IN.

  • Jessica Freeman

    OUT. The pattern not matching is making me all sorts of twitchy. And the skirt part is just a touch too twee for Elizabeth’s style.

  • carnush

    It’s weird but I kinda love it. It works for promoting a Lego movie. The silhouette is very playful and the blue color is lovely. IN!

  • clatie

    Not really. looks like a mistake.

  • YoungSally

    Pattern — by Hot Wheels

  • procrastinatrice

    The runway version is amazing, I really love it. This version is not too shabby either. Works particularly well from the back. Partly because we can’t see the bad make up job. Killer shoes help. IN!

  • Laura Renee

    She’s been making some strange choices, all right. Her dress on The Daily Show earlier this week was pretty odd, too.

    Love those shoes, though (aside from the anklet strap).

  • filmcricket

    I was all set to like this until the skirt. It’s not the shape (which I quite like) so much as the colour – I realize it’s just a continuation from what’s underneath the bodice, but it’s a bit too much of a difference for me. On the other hand, I hate shooties. On the other other hand, if you have to wear shooties these are a pretty good pair to pick. On the other other other hand I don’t care for the jewelry. Sigh. Lower-case in, I guess.

    • Janet B

      I take all of your reasons and give it an OUT.
      She looks a bit like her character, but it doesn’t work for me.

  • AnguaVonUberwald

    I love it, IN.

  • Lilyana_F

    Out! The model version is way better.

  • I really hate the shoes – having an ankle strap with all the rest of it is a step too far. I love the dress but I think it is a touch young for her – maybe send it to a Fanning or one of the Disney girls that I can’t tell apart. OUT. Sorry Elizabeth. Love you!

  • OhSheila

    OUT. Not very far, I’d put it back in if she wore the plastic peplum, as the model has. I appreciate the editing of the sleeves.

  • Anna

    I finally had to IMDB this Lego movie, I wouldn’t have known there was a Lego movie coming out had it not been for my favourite blog. And it’s actually got a cool cast (yay Liam Neeson, Charlie Day and Allison Brie!).

    As to this dress, if I was Elizabeth Banks, I would’ve pulled a ladystar hissyfit to get the runway version. I love the runway version. I’m getting sequined tank top attached to a dust ruffle from the one she ended up with.

  • ginnyt20

    It’s cute, but the runway version it cuter.

  • jw_ny


    The top is interesting (fabric and pattern), but the flared skirt is a bit too precious for her. I’m ok with a dropped waist when deployed correctly…this is not one of those times. Those shoes are oh so wrong for the skirt too…too focus pulling. I love the outfit as on the model tho.

  • NBG

    OUT. I have yet to see an outfit where that fabric actually works. It looks like someone cut the skirt pattern out of a motel room comforter.

  • GorgeousThings

    I think she was going for something that nods to the click-em-together-and-have-fun nature of legos. I do like the certain aspects of it, but …

    It reminds me of a dress I had in the 80s. That makes it an automatic OUT, I suppose.

  • mjude


  • altalinda

    Out. She needs to go up a size. The runway version with the long sleeves would have been season appropriate and kept the underskirt from flaring out. Maybe dark tights and booties? Or would that make it too bottom-heavy. In any event, the way her skirt is flaring and the bare legs make me chilly just looking at her.

  • yethica

    I think the runway version is actually way cuter, but then again I am a hater of the mini mermaid skirt…

    • marlie

      I think I’m the only person who prefers Elizabeth’s version to the runway one. {ducks}

  • Jangle57

    I would have preferred the runway version too. What she’s wearing has looks like it has competing grays/blue grays that I find ugly, hate the shoes, her hair looks like hat hair and it’s freaking cold here on the East Coast and she’s wearing a sleeveless dress in NYC?????? Maybe the cold and snow and ice is making me cranky but this is a big old OUT for me.

  • Fraught

    That’s not a dropped waist; that’s a flounced hem, right? I like the Lego quality of the top, but the contrast between that and the light blue hem is too disjointed.

    • Lupe Torres-Cater

      Thank Jesus, Fraught!! I thought I was going crazy. Every time I read something about the “waist” I was screaming in my head, “that’s not the WAIST, it’s a flounced hem!!!!!” Then I popped a valium and settled myself down, because, well, you know….it is only fashion. But seriously, the dress has a fitted natural waist just where it should be, with a kicky flounced hem to boot. Total IN for me. Don’t love the herr and face, but she looks adorable and appropriate for the movie.

  • misstressofsylar

    She looks amazing. Although I might be a tad biased as I’ve just finished S4 of 30 Rock and she was fantastic as Avery Jessup.

  • It’s cute and elegant. IN!

  • jen_vasm

    Wow. First I kind of liked it but on second glance,it lost its charm. Granted, the shoes are just a bad move from the outset. The seam matching on the bodice appears somewhat random and the armholes are a little sad. I like the runway version more, but it might have real world issues.

  • VioletFem

    OUT. The runway version of this dress looks better. Also, the style of shoes is too busy for this dress; she should have gone with something simpler.

  • gabbilevy

    Didn’t like that weird pattern when Maria Sharapova wore it, don’t like it much more now. Sorry, girl. She’s Effie Fucking Trinket, but it’s still OUT.

    • Herr Meier

      it looked much better on Maria cause she has longer legs and colour looked more fun

  • Pepper Collins

    IN! The shoes are not so great, though…

  • rkdgal

    IN, because it matches her minifig AND because she was fun on the Daily Show the other night.

  • sagecreek

    Oh, OUT. Just awkward all the way thru.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    I like the runway version better. Cutting off the overlapping part of the dress near the base was a mistake. Looks like a blue ruffle was just added as an afterthought.

    • Anplica Fiore

      I agree. I could also see this more as a gown with a longer skirt, but the proportions here just make it out for me.

  • Kate Andrews

    I sorta like it. I definitely like the top of the dress.

  • lizajane1776

    This is a scrolldown WHA? for me. Interesting embroidery, great for a Lego movie being bold and graphic. But then I got to the skirt-needle scratch!
    But because her ass looks that great, a lower-case in from me.

  • colleenjanel

    IN … I kind of love it.

  • deelup

    The Lego Movie has had the worst photo op backdrops. It hurts all of these critiques. IN. Love the shoes.

  • I like the runway version better.

  • Badriya Al-Badi’a

    Out, the 70s called and wants its wallpaper back.

  • lunchcoma

    Out. It’s not that cute, it doesn’t fit, and I KNOW that she can do better. On someone who usually struggles, it might have earned an in.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    I don’t love the dropped waist, but I would still give it an IN. It’s eye catching and looks venue appropriate.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    The print is venue appropriate, but the shape is just dorky. Out.

  • BayTampaBay

    IN! I like the dress and it is fitting for a “Lego” Movie poledance.

    She does not look bad in any way IMHO. I’d wear that dress but would would style with different shoes/

  • appliquer

    Out – the model’s version is much better.

  • In_Stitches

    It’s a great little dress that fits and flatters-what’s not to love? Oh, right…the hair. She always misses with the hair. Still, it’s a total IN.

  • I wish the fabric on top had just continued into the skirt. That blue piano dust cover is a total disconnect for me. Sorry, Lizzie… OUT.

  • cocohall

    The pattern references the actual Lego pieces and the colors reference her character. Clever, and I think she looks cute here. Maybe it is a little stiff, but hey it is for a LEGO MOVIE. I saw her promoting it on the View yesterday and she was adorable talking about how much she liked playing her character and how much her two little boys love all the free LEGO toys. And Barbara W. did the unthinkable and forced her to talk about PSH in which she showed herself to be a loyal and caring colleague . Full stop. Class Act.

    • MilaXX

      It’s getting *really* awkward how the press is asking any and everyone who spent 5 minutes with PSH how they felt about his death. It’s tacky and demeaning not only to PSH, but also the actor/actress there to promote a film.

      • cocohall

        I agree. It was obvious they made Barbara the Serious Journalist ask the question so she could hide behind her “I’m just a reporter doing my job, asking the tough questions” facade. In the midst of an interview about a Lego movie. It was just jarring and inappropriate. By all accounts he was a lovely, shy man and a total professional. Let it rest.

  • HM3

    Awkward, and OUT. I would’ve voted it in if it resembled the runway version.

  • KinoEye

    I think I’d really like this if it didn’t have a dust ruffle made out of one of my dish towels at the bottom. OUT.

  • marlie

    It’s IN! I think the dress is fun and eye-catching. Not everyone could pull it off, but Elizabeth is making it work. I wish she’d toned down the shoes, though; there’s already enough going on with the multiple patterns and textures in the dress.

  • MilaXX

    OUT! The model’s version is much better and makes more sense at a NYC screening.For some reason the shoes also bug. They pick up the circles in the dress a little too much, giving it a super matchy feeling. Hair just loos sloppy.

  • tereliz

    IN! It makes more sense in the real world than the runway version. It’s not a drop-waist to my eye, it’s a shift dress with a trumpet flare.

  • OUT. I do like the skirt of the runway version, though.

  • sienna elm

    Love the runway version – it looks awful here. So…out.

  • Raymond Dnomyar

    The runway version is so much more striking and beautiful, Elizabeth’s seems very stripped-down and awkward. The ankle strap on those shoes seems like an afterthought and the shoe as a whole seems to clash with the look.

  • crash1212

    OUT. Hate it. All of it. Hate the runway version. This is a go-home-and-start-over situation to me. GHASO.

  • StarburstLady

    I don’t think this is working– that dress is just too odd. The ruffle flair looks like a total afterthought. I do like how she’s styled it, though– I like the shoes. But I say No to this dress.

  • 3boysful

    Eh. I don’t like the fabrics together, and the dropped waist isn’t dropped enough. Proportions are awhack.

  • Danielle


  • The dress looks somewhat better in motion (last photo of the 4 at the bottom strip) but not enough to save it, and those shoes are revolting. OUT.

  • SugarSnap108

    I have nothing new to add, but that’s never stopped me before. The runway version is soooo much better.

  • lobsterlen

    Out. Needs the sleeves.

  • boweryboy

    OUT. I like the silhouette, and a dropped waist can be cool and fun if done properly. My quibble is it’s all rendered in heavy stiff fabrics with competing textures. Even though I’m a sucker for a princess seam the fact that no attempt at all was made to line up the pattern is making me dizzy.

    • I thought they did a pretty good job on matching the patterns, except right on the waistline.

      • boweryboy

        Really? Maybe it’s that awkward center panel that’s bugging me the most.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    2.0 from the Russian judge…OUT

  • nowlo

    Out. Shoes and dress are both really busy. She looks kind of uncomfortable, which is a dead giveaway that the outfit isn’t working.

  • RussellH88

    I prefer the runway version. This version seems a bit frumpier.

  • almondemy

    I say the Dress is IN, but I am not feeling the shoe-pairing. I don’t think I have an alternative in mind, but still…

  • amber.

    what the hell did she do to that dress? the runway version is so great & this…. hello? what happened.

  • MaggieMae

    IN for the runway version, OUT for this awkward ill-proportioned version.

  • Jen

    I really like the runway version, why strip it down?

  • SophieCollier

    In. It’s cute and different and Lego-appropriate.

  • I like it. The hair and makeup don’t work at all, but I like the interesting texture and I love the blue. Also, that clutch is cute as shit.

  • Lilithcat

    I like the concept better than the execution. The proportions are way off.

  • lalahartma

    In. It’s fine.

  • MzzPants

    I’m giving this a ho-hum IN. Could have been a whiteboard entry.

  • Nexli B

    I like the pieces individually, but everything together is just not working quite right. Out.

  • ChelseaNH

    Out. The proportions are wrong; the model’s version is much better.

  • CLoverleaf

    In for me! Cute and original.

  • While I haven’t had enough coffee and can’t elucidate why, I really hate this and think it looks dumb, so I’m just gonna go ahead and give it an out.

  • Kelly Sowers

    IN. It’s adorable. I like the runway version better, but still, adorable.

  • Too bad she didn’t get the runway version of the dress. It’s so much better and would have looked great on her. Sadly, it’s like she got the knock-off Rose Art version instead of what she really wanted, the Brand Name Crayola version. Now, I must go and weep for the sad Christmas memories I just invoked in myself.

  • Sara__B

    In. The dress works well for the event. I wish she’d done something different with her hair, though.

  • CatherineRhodes

    OUT. Although I like the runway version.

  • rissa42210

    OUT. The runway version was fine, but it got really wonky on Effie. That middle part on the hair, too. No, girl.

  • Imasewsure

    Out but I love the top part and even the shoes with this. Hate the skirt

    • Imasewsure

      Wait I am reconsidering. I didn’t read that this was the Lego premiere again… I have to give her an IN since the rest of her cast mates have been so awful… she gets a “In By Association (with Outs)” from me now

      • Gatto Nero

        So you’re grading on a curve?

        • Imasewsure

          Yes I think for this movie, it makes sense. Although she also looks a bit juvenile so maybe I am giving her too much credit… oh well, still a muted IN I guess….

  • Shawn EH

    In! Totally Effied-up!

  • allcapsERINN

    Hated it, then looked at it some more and decided I kind of love it.

  • Gatto Nero

    Um, no, not on any level.
    But at least she lined the bodice.

  • Michelle Gennari

    I think I like the “with sleeves” version better.

  • kcnitch

    In! It’s interesting, and I think she looks cute.

  • LadyCelia

    I went from, “” to “Oh God no” with the scroll down.

  • kategs

    very in. I think she looks terrific!

  • acevedob

    The runway version works. This one doesn’t. Out.

  • JauntyJohn

    IN. I think it flatters her, and that silhouette is fun and flirty.

    Also, try as I might (and I’ve tried) EVERY time I see her my very first thought is, “Oh! Parker Posey went blonde.”

  • Harry

    Oh geez, well I don’t know. The runway version is for sure much better, and I think it says something that right when I saw her in it i thought “I need to see the runway version of this dress.” that’s not a good thing. I don’t understand the altercations. The print is great, but the “waist” is awful, it makes her hips look much bigger than they actually are. I’m scratching my head because Banks would have rocked the SHIT out of the runway version…makes me believe the altercations were not her choice because bitch can rock the fuck out of a sleevless fun print

    • Harry

      Also the clutch is a big ol’ throw away, ughhh clutches….can anyone ever pick the right one? It hurts to write, but this is an OUT from me

  • mlle

    It’s more effort than I would put into an outfit for a screening at a dingy theatre in Times Square, but the abrupt ruffle, the jogging hair, and the weird ankle strap on her shoes = out.

  • random_poster

    In. It’s interesting and playful. I prefer the runway version slightly more, but that one still has problems.

  • trisker

    IN. Funky, sure, but fun — it’s the LEGOS MOVIE!!

  • Aurumgirl

    The model version is so much better.

  • mickiemonkey

    Jane Jetson wants her dress back.

  • elirt

    I love it!

  • snarkykitten

    yuck. the top is okay but the bottom is so omgwtfbqq

  • frannyprof

    Out. I like her pantsuit for the LA premiere way better.

  • demidaemon

    Umm, no. If It had just been that mismatched pattern, I could MAYBEE get behind it. As is, that vinyl mat plastic crap at the bottom ruins it. OUT.

  • Julie Chase

    In! She looks lovely. I like the version on the model better though.

  • SouthernGirlRena

    I’m going without Out. I like the one the model is wearing.

  • Kelly

    No. Even for Effie T, it’s kinda strange. She should have gone with the model’s version, which is also a bit odd, but in a better way — the carpet-padding skirt is less incongruous.

  • formerlyAnon

    Huh. Hate the shoes, the flounce is awkward, I don’t really like the boldness of the pattern with the namby pamby baby blue. OTOH, it’s cute, very appropriate for a Lego gig and fits. On a very young person with darker skin, I think it would hands down be an in.

    Talked myself into out. A conflicted, borderline, lowercase out.

  • Adriana

    Like the dress, LOVE the shoes. IN.

  • NOPE.

  • traceyishere

    Shoes are so wrong, the eyelashes are too much and the lip is not enough.

  • Out. The flared skirt is a scroll-down fug.

  • Sabin

    Reminds me of my grandma’s Nebraska hips. Which I unfortunately inherited. So I’ve got to give this a very wide Out.

  • OUT. why couldn’t she stick with the runway version? other problems aside, at least the proportions are better.

  • melanie0866

    IN! That’s not the waistline; it’s a mini with a ruffle. It’s cute. COMPLETELY OUT OF SEASON FOR WINTER IN NEW YORK, but I’m starting to think I’m the only one who cares about such things.

  • Natalie

    Chop it off at the waist (her REAL waist) and turn it into a cute blouse, pair it with some skinny black pants. THEN it would be cute.

  • AmeliaEve

    In. I actually like this better than the runway version. And I was not reading it as a low waist as much as frill at the hem. I like this better than the runway version, and I think it suits the occasion. It would totally work as a Peg People silhouette. I don’t love the hair, but mostly I hate her lips. Not only is that color lifeless, it looks cracked and uneven.

  • Sara Hottman

    The patterned shoes with the patterned dress are a little much, and I wish she’d kept overskirt deal. However, she still looks cute. In.

  • E. D.

    I like it in general. The idea for strappy/cutout shoes was right, but not those shoes.

  • somebody blonde

    In. I think it’s adorable.

  • maretha2

    IN. I think it looks fun, and I like her shoes.

  • Constant Reader

    OUT. The dress looks stiff and awkward, I dislike that the black rainbow part looks like flocked wallpaper, and I hate the matchy accessories. (Geez, I’m cranky this evening! I blame it on sore muscles from shoveling snow.) She looks very pretty from the neck up, though.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    OUT. It looks way better in the runway version. This one is neither here nor there. It needs to commit.

  • Slanted & Enchanted

    OUT. I do love it on the model, but the changed proportions are all kinds of wonky on Ms. Banks.

  • elemspbee

    OUT. This one is staying on the rack if that look on Banks have anything to do with it. The runway better would look better on a teen actor like _________ fill in blank.

  • kerryev

    I’m glad the aprony thing is missing but it’s still out. My first thought was Nina Garcia calling it ‘tricky’–all the placed rainbow edges and the not-quite matched seams, maybe?–on what has become a pretty generic sheath with a big matelasse ruffle.

  • Carly Clement

    Although I love her fashion choices most of the time this is an OUT, It is just too stiff and the proportions are just off!

  • KT

    Nope, it’s awkward. Kind of digging the version on the model, though. And I actually quite like those shoes.

  • LeelaST

    OUT. Maybe a belt at her “real” waist would make a difference? But that doesn’t solve the “framed rear end” issue. Hate the shoes and with this top I really hate them.

  • Joanie

    I like it. She looks fresh and the dress is kicky and has the geometric details that play nicely against the Legos.

  • understateddiva

    Out. If I saw it individually, I might like it ok, but her style bugs me. I feel like she’s always wearing something that’s clearly “fashion-y” but in an obvious way, never exhibiting real style.

  • lesmaha

    Out. I like the pattern, but not the blue skirt.

  • sharonimus

    Out. Not a fan of anything going on here. Though I do echo feelings of like re: the model version. Her hair takes the cake with BUG.

  • CT14

    Scroll down fug. The skirt flipping out on the bottom is bad.

    Now had she gone full Effie with hair and makeup, she might have pulled it off.

  • conniemd

    out. model’s version better.

    • J. Preposterice

      right? the version Banks is wearing looks like a forever21 knockoff of the runway dress.

  • Sunshine16

    runway version much better, I gotta say out!

  • Sara McDarby

    Out! Awkward and doesn’t really fit well. Also, was way more interesting with long sleeves.

  • Out. They eliminated all the interest in translating it for the red carpet. That hair is a straight up Saturday tub-scrubbing mess.

  • velomango

    I think it’s v. cool-looking, and I want to wear it. And one thought – the advent of PR has understandably caused us to use it as a reference somewhat frequently. So, when things look handmade or crafty (which isn’t always a bad thing) we revert to the “omg, it’s such a PR look” (I purposely use “we” here, as I do it too.) However, if PR had never come to pass (which would be tragic, but let’s imagine), then how would we refer to handmade/quick-and-dirty/derivative/crafty looks?

  • Kikishua

    I really like it, but would like it more if the ruffle was black or dark grey – I know it’s the same material as underneath the swirls, but that part makes the colour subdued to the extent that the contrast with the fabric on it’s own doesn’t work for me.

  • Pterodactyl111

    IN. Not the greatest, but still fun.

  • Sara Hinkley

    The problem is the carpet, I think.. Against a red carpet and a simple background the outfit would sing, but with this it’s weird and busy and off-putting.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    I can’t exactly tell you why, but I like it. IN!