Kate Mara on the “Late Show with David Letterman”

Posted on February 19, 2014

We wouldn’t classify this as Coat Porn, but there’s something a little “Walk of Shame Ain’t No Shame in My Game, Bitch. I’m Just Catching a Cab here” about this look.

What? We’re no slut-shamers, darlings. We’re just saying. There’s something a little “next morning chic” going on here:


Kate Mara at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City for an appearance on the “Late Show With David Letterman” to promote “House of Cards” in a Roland Mouret ‘Zonda’ sleeveless dress paired with Bionda Castana ‘Daphne Bis’ pumps.

Roland Mouret Resort 2014 Collection

Something about the windblown hair, relatively underdone face, very wrinkled cocktail dress, killer shoes and simple coat read “heading home” rather than “heading out.” We don’t know… we kinda like the look. It tells a story, even if it wasn’t supposed to. She looks like she’s shooting an ad campaign.

We’ll tell you what: It’s the only way that dress looks chic to us – covered up like that; giving you only a hint. On the model it looks like a big ol’ nothing.



[Photo Credit: Kristin Callahan/ACE/INFphoto.com, style.com]

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  • Latin Buddy

    I’m as queer as a 3 dollar bill…can someone explain to me the (assumed) feminist argument against “slut shaming”? I’m genuinely interested in the rationale (I suspect it has something to do with a woman’s agency to be as sexually active as she wants to be; defying a man’s notion of permissible female behavior…but then I answer, I’d likely call a man a slut in the same way I’d call a woman one…)

    • Karen Belgrad

      That’s one part of it.. that very few men are called sluts for being as sexually active. The other part of it is the rape culture that blames a women for what they were wearing, how they were acting, or where they were when an assault took place. There’s more to it, but reading some of the op eds on Steubenville and Daisy Coleman will also give insight. Hope that all made sense!!!

    • muzan-e

      Some of it’s just a matter of possession. Like that old saying: “In the living-room, a lady; in my bedroom, a whore”?

      The idea being – in part – that a woman’s sexuality ought to be an extension of her lover’s desires: willing and wanton when and where he wants it, and otherwise utterly nonexistant.

    • “I suspect it has something to do with a woman’s agency to be as sexually active as she wants to be” – pretty much, yes. Women are still condemned for behaviour – or even the appearance of behaviour – that goes unnoticed in men.

      Also, I suspect that when you call a man or woman a slut you aren’t judging them. Maybe teasing, maybe admiring, but you don’t come across as the sort of person who would think negatively of someone for being sexually active!

      • marlie

        Behavior that goes unnoticed – or even *applauded* – in men.

    • seelebrennt

      why do you have to call anyone anything for engaging in sexual activity to whatever degree they wish?

      • muzan-e

        Oh, I dunno. I have been known to occasionally call my husband a delightful slut. Believe me, between the two of us this is a term of utterly wholehearted approval. *grins*

        • seelebrennt

          totally fine between two people who are on the same page about it. i’m talking more about slut shaming, which really entails the judgment of strangers/people with whom you aren’t in a relationship.

    • MilaXX

      It’s judge-y and quite often comes with a double standard.

      • demidaemon

        True. It also gets a bit funky when you start parsing out all the different groups where slut-shaming is used against them. About the only people who can escape unharmed are straight men.

    • fursa_saida

      The points, some of which have been covered already, are these:

      1. Men are congratulated for having lots of sex with lots of people; women are insulted and demeaned with the same idea. That’s bullshit and it plays into the whole Madonna/Whore complex, and the idea that women are meant to be saving themselves for men; that a woman can be “ruined” or worthless due to her sex life.
      2. It assumes that we know something about a woman’s sex life and personality based on anything from her clothes to her speech to some small amount of information, and that we have a right to discuss it and identify it as a good or bad thing.
      3. It reduces a woman to her sexuality. Usually–and this is different from what you described between you and your husband!–when someone calls a woman a slut or slutty, it immediately dismisses anything else that might be true about her. She could be a genius mathematician, but what we’re really worried about is how slutty she is, amirite? She’ll never get any respect if she never learns to keep her knees together! She should know better. Except, no, the person thinking this way is the one who should know better.
      4. Similar to 3, it has a lot of worrying implications regarding consent. A slut is often implicitly suggested to be a woman who wants it all the time and who will never–can never–say no. You know she wants it; she’s just a slut.
      5. It’s ultimately a method of control. As long as “slut” is used as a threat against women, it can be used to limit women’s sexual behavior, dress sense, movements (as in where they go, when, and with whom, but also even in terms of the way a woman walks), what she feels comfortable saying. If you step over the line and are declared a slut, then not only are you considered trashy, mindless, and constantly gagging for it, but there will be little sympathy if you are sexually assaulted or raped. Being a slut is asking for it.

      But all kinds of problematic language can be very different when you’re talking about a close personal relationship where everyone is on the same page. I might use the word “bitch” with some of my female friends in a way I would never accept from a stranger or a man. Another woman might accept it from some very close male friends but not from some less-close female acquaintances. So when you’re in the position that TLo are, here, where they’re broadcasting to a wide audience, it’s best to err on the side of being sensitive.

      • kt

        I wholeheartedly agree, and I think the “slut-shaming” aspect is where it gets aggressive. As in sluts are pathetic/sad/desparate/lack self worth; whereas a whore will do it for money, a slut will do what she/he’s told. And it really feeds into the whole: “that b*tch wanted it” piece of rape culture. It is less sleeping around and more the motivation and perceived value of the person doing the sleeping.

    • Anna

      One of the best essays I’ve read on the subject is a piece by Sarah D. Bunting on Tomato Nation. To me, “slut” is intended to hurt and its specific purpose is to condemn a woman for her sexuality. I can call a man an asshole or a pig, and it could be a similar sentiment. But his offense could also be anything. Asshole could be applied to a guy cheating on you. But it could also be applied to anything from the guy who cut you off on the highway or any other kind of disagreeable behaviour. “Slut” is very specific and very clear.
      And to go back to the cheating example, the man and the woman involved aren’t held equally accountable for both fucking up. She spread her legs for him=she lured him in=slut.

      • filmcricket

        That essay is fantastic, one of my favourites. I still recommend it to people.

      • what not

        I just want to say that I’m currently interspersing reading T&L and listening to Extra Hot Great–which means a double dose of Sarah D. Bunting, courtesy of your mention. Love.

  • I am loving that hair – I have not seen that particular ombre effect before that I recall. Gorgeous. 🙂

  • Heather

    I really like her shoes.

  • Stella Zawistowski

    The dress looks like it was stapled together (at a thousand dollars per staple, most likely).


  • Columbinia

    Love the shoes.

  • I’m never gonna stop grumbling about every brunette in Hollywood getting bleached into straw. I do love how she makes the whole ensemble look casual, though.

  • jw_ny

    She sure knows how to work the wind.

    That dress is a lovely color, but really does look better with the coat over it.

  • It does look a bit morning-after-the-night-before. And that does seem to be a pretty short skirt for sitting down in.

  • Mothra

    I’m ready for that ombre hair business to be over.

    • MilaXX

      If hers was darker shades of brown I wouldn’t hate it as much. She doesn’t have the coloring for blonde hair.

    • Danielle

      That’s a terrible deployment of ombre, too.

  • Mismarker

    Zoe Barnes! Love that blue on her.

  • filmcricket


    Well, she is looking for work, so she needs to make sure she gets noticed somehow. Borrowing Solange’s wind machine is a good start. Love the shoes.

    • gabbilevy

      It has been TOO long since Solange’s wind machine made an appearance, and here it is, twice in one day (Cathy Cambridge had it earlier)!

    • YoungSally

      Thank you — so I didn’t have to write it.

  • marlie

    I can’t get past how horribly bad her dye job is. The dress is rather boring, though in a pretty color. And I love her shoes.

  • JauntyJohn

    I have pulled shirts our of suitcases with exactly that same wrinkle pressed into them.
    Not a fan.
    Coat’s cute enough.

  • nannypoo

    Bad hair, cute face. I do not like that dress but I love the shoes.

  • MilaXX

    Girl, that’s not your hair. That color does nothing for her. Please be for a role. hate the dress, but I agree the picture looks cute in an ad shot kind of way.

  • ovarB

    With it being so cold and dry, all I can think of when I see that wonky fold/crease/pleat at the waist is STATIC CLING!!

  • Gatto Nero

    The dress, with all the pointless seaming and random cowl, looks overworked and underdone at the same time.
    What is with the ubiquitous ombre hair lately? This is not a good look.

  • KinoEye

    Miss Kate’s coloring was made for a rich, chocolatey brown. Not this blonde mess. On a related note, this struck me last night when I was finishing up American Horror Story: Asylum — doesn’t she look like she could be Betsy Brandt’s younger sister?

  • Imasewsure

    Love it and always applaud the Walk of NO Shame! Those shoes are killa

    • marlie

      The walk of “why the hell is it your business where I’m going/coming from?” Which actually applies at any time of the day or night. 😛

  • formerlyAnon

    The hair is the offender here. It’s awful. As presented here, no matter whose head it’s on, and particularly does not work well with her coloring/makeup.

    Shiny blue cocktail dress will never look right on the street in daylight.

  • deelup

    It’s a little more walk of shamey, cause it looks as if she could be wearing the man’s tux jacket.

  • kimmeister

    I’d love the shoes more if some of the light blue blobs didn’t look like hearts.

    • Qitkat

      Yeah, amoebas are so much better 😉

      • kimmeister

        Paisley basically looks like amoebas to me. The print is indecisive; be hearts, or be blobs, just not both.

  • Snailstsichr

    Her hair looked 100x better on the show.

  • Daisy Walker

    I can’t get past my issues with her head to even look at the outfit. That lip color (or lack thereof) is horrible and seems to match her hair color. Maybe that’s not it, but something is off, north of the neck.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I’m not sold on this Mara yet. Killer shoes are not enough to convince me.

  • Sofia Bentivoglio

    the hair is awful, the shoes are to die for and the dress looks good on the model, imo. her smile is sexy sly and it’s too bad the entire ensemble isn’t worthy of it.

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  • E. D.

    Hate the hair color. I hate ombre.

    • Yeah, I really hate what her colorist did. It’s too bleached out at the ends.

  • quiltrx

    That hair has GOT to go. If this was supposed to be ombre, it just looks like “I can’t afford to get my hair bleached right now.”

  • GorgeousThings

    Love the dress/coat, love the shoes.
    HATE the hair.

  • Qitkat

    Now this is hair that needs changing.
    OTOH, I love the narrative you’ve spun.

  • poggi

    In that last picture, I swear she’s saying, “Look at my feet, look at my feet, look at..”

    I will. Those are great shoes!

  • On the model it is this side of David’s Bridal New Spring Collection: Slutty Bridesmaid.
    But I like it on Kate. But probably because of TLo’s story.

  • GinnyThePainter

    I’d throw her in front of a train to get those shoes.

  • MM4321

    Girl, blond is not your hair color.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    The dress looks like something Leighton Meester would’ve picked a few years ago (and would’ve granted her a “worst dressed”), but Kate’s wearing it just damn fine.

  • Pablo

    Whatever, she looks fabolous

  • Alyssa

    Love the shoes!


  • Michelle Gennari

    She’d be a good Peter Pan. 🙂

  • Sabin

    That dress looks like what happens when my wholly inadequate sewing skills attempt slippery fabric.

  • Maybe it’s my IDFH (Irrational Dislike For Her) flaring up but I am not feeling it at all.

  • All I see are pretty shoes and the chick on HOC who bugs the crap out of me.

  • sunflower

    I like her auburn hair better, but I wonder if this is for a role. I prefer to call it the Stride of Pride 😉