Naomie Harris in Valentino at the 2014 NAACP Image Awards

Posted on February 24, 2014

Under the right conditions and on the right gal, a neckline that plunges low enough to give us some idea of how her abs routine is working out for her can actually work.



Naomie Harris attends the 2014 NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California in a Valentino dress accessorized with a Rauwolf clutch and H. Stern jewelry.

But this one’s not quite working. Almost everything here is gorgeous, though. The gold looks fantastic on her and the hair and makeup are soft and pretty. But a metallic lace gown is usually enough look on its own without needing to resort to focus-pulling elements like super-plunging necklines. We think a little bit of sexiness is a good idea to keep this from looking like a Christmas tablecloth, but this isn’t quite the way, if for no other reason than the super low neckline paired with a somewhat full skirt looks a little off to us from a proportions perspective. And we see the exact same issue in the picture of the model.

We also think a simple black bag would have been a much better idea.



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  • Diego!

    I think that cleavage is way too low. Either you get implants or raise that neckline like two inches at least. Apart from that, that is a great color on her. It’s a pitty it’s not working from waist up but I love that skirt. I don’t like at all her “I just got out of the shower” hair. Make up is fine. Clutch is OK, I guess.

    • anyalama

      “Get implants”? GTFO..

      • Diego!

        It’s my opinion and I didn’t ask for your reply or thoughts. So GTFO yourself.

        • It is absolutely not the kind of commentary we want to see here. Don’t do that again. Stick to the clothes and the hair and makeup. Leave your opinions of their bodies out of it, please.

        • VioletFem

          If her choices are to change into a prettier and more flattering dress or to surgically alter her body to “fit” into this dress, I vote she changes the dress.

        • teensmom99

          BTW, by posting you kind of did ask for replies and thoughts.

    • VioletFem

      This dress would look a lot worse on her if she had implants. Personally, I would like to see her diversify her neckline choices.

      • jen_vasm

        Her stylist is obsessed with plunging necklines, but Naomie is much more versatile to be so wedded to this one type of bodice.

      • SierraDelta

        I read “. . .accessorized with. . .H. Sternum jewelry.” Clearly more caffeine is required.

    • This is a neckline that really only flatter-chested women can get away with. I do not understand the “get implants” comment at all.

      • teensmom99

        This kind of neckline looks to me like it’s meant to have something else worn underneath-not that I think a cami would work with Valentino gold lace–but I always wonder with these kind of tops that expose too much (and end up being unflattering) if there isn’t an article of clothing missing like some special fabulous Valentino cami. I can’t imagine what that special fabulous Valentino cami would look like, but it just seems to be missing.

        • Julia

          I agree. I feel like necklines like this call for a necklace but 1) that might overwhelm an already very attention-getting pattern, and 2) there is a trend on the red carpet now to not wear necklaces. I don’t know if it could have helped this dress in particular, but I feel like for a lot of other low-cut dresses I’ve seen, a statement necklace would have been a great accessory.

        • MsMajestyk

          I vote for a bedazzled dickey!

      • Kent Roby

        I agree; I generally feel like the depth of plunge of the neckline corresponds well with the degree of flatness, which is why someone like Debra Messing can get away with a V down to her navel without looking porn-y. It always makes me think about the opening of Thoroughly Modern Millie where Julie Andrews laments that she’s not as flat as what was considered really fashionable in that day (therefore her long strands of pearls wouldn’t hang straight down).

        • I love that bit! Trying to get opera-length beads to hang straight over boobs is a challenge.

        • sojourneryouth

          I agree. If one has larger breasts, this kind of neckline makes supporting the girls difficult, and looks kind of trashy, since all you see is a shelf of boobs. Small or flatter chests can pull them off, but it doesn’t look good to see bony sternums and ribs either, so there is a fine line. Debra Messing is the perfect example of someone who looks good with a deep plunge. Naomi’s girls are a bit too big for this neckline, and while I admire how fit she it, seeing the divet of her abs is just not flattering.

        • kimmeister

          *runs off to buy long strands of pearls because I can apparently get away with it*

      • MissFern

        absolutely! it would absolutely indecent on a lady with implants (like this dude above has any idea what he’s talking about).

        i see where the uncles are coming from with the comments on the proportions being off, but i like the dress and she is one of the few women who can pull it off with grace.

        • Nia Long’s dress from this event being a good example (not that I know whether she has implants, but there was a low cut dress on a bustier woman where it didn’t do woman or dress any good.)

      • filmcricket

        Flatter-chested, yes, but there needs to be some softness there, IMO. I hate this neckline in general, but the only person I’ve ever seen pull it off in a way I liked was – amazingly enough – Lena Dunham. She wasn’t falling out of it but I wasn’t counting ribs either. Naomie defaults to it way too often and it’s just not flattering to my eyes.

      • SketchyCat

        Frankly, I’m LMAO at the thought of Naomie Harris changing *anything* about her body. She’s what I look like in my dreams…

      • marlie

        Exactly. She certainly has the body for this dress, but I wish she’d mix up her style choices.

    • marlie

      That’s really, really NOT “just got out of the shower” hair. Few Black women have hair that looks like that out of the shower. A couple of hours went into that ‘do, and it looks like it, too.

      • demidaemon

        Yeah. Neck up she’s pretty put-together, as per usual. The dress is just a total enh for me. And I don’t think I would like it on anyone, to be totally honest.

  • Gatto Nero

    Color is pretty, hair and makeup are fine, but yes — the proportions are off, and this sternum-baring trend is wearing me out. Plus you can see her undies.

  • Courtenay P

    dat face though. gorgeous.

    • SouthernGirlRena

      She is gorgeous! It is almost irrelevant what she is wearing. Her skin is flawless.

  • Glam Dixie

    This girl needs to explore some different neckline options. Sweetheart could be your friend Naomie.

  • moppet

    I’ve never said this before and it’s probably out of place here, but I really appreciate the racial, ethnic and gender diversity of actors/actresses/celebrities/c-list famewhores (Naomie Harris not being one of the latter) that you feature on the site. I’ve felt this way for a while, but it just popped into my mind when I noticed that you were featuring red carpet looks from the NAACP Image awards.

    More irrelevant trivia brought on by looking at the backdrop: When my dad first read about the network “TV One,” he asked me, “what is ‘Teevone’?” It took a bit of time to straighten that one out.

    Also, I think Naomie is making that imperfect dress work about as well as it could. She exudes class.

    • I’ve never said this before and it’s probably out of place here, but I really appreciate the racial, ethnic and gender diversity of actors/actresses/celebrities/c-list famewhores (Naomie Harris not being one of the latter) that you feature on the site. I’ve felt this way for a while, but it just popped into my mind when I noticed that you were featuring red carpet looks from the NAACP Image awards.

      I really want to second that statement in all the most positive ways. Thanks T & Lo!!

    • VioletFem

      Me too. This is basically the only fashion blog I read regularly (I do occasionally check out Fug girls during award season) for the same reason. Plus, I like that the editorials and the commentary usually avoids body snarking, which is sadly way too common on a lot of other fashion blogs.

  • Tatiana Luján

    There isn’t enough Naomie Harris in my life.

  • Frank_821

    What adds to the discordance is that we are seeing a peek of clearly superb abs. That peek is actually competing with the dress

  • What a face. I’m not a big fan of the dress but she’s doing the best she can with it.

  • @Biting Panda

    It needs to stop. Seriously. There’s showing your tits. There’s showing your side or under boob. There’s showing the delicate spot between the breasts of those not abundantly endowed with cleavage. But NO ONE wants to see that awkward bit of flesh below the sternum and between the navel. No one. Put it the fuck away ladies. Jesus,

    • AnneElliot

      Yes, but is it the ladies, or is it the designers? Don’t the designers set the trends? I think both are at fault.

      • T.Lo tweeted a Vanity Fair article about stylists today, where it specifically mentions designers getting pissed off because stylists ask for necklines to be altered “to create the plunging necklines that actresses desire”. Not that that is definitive, and I agree that both are at fault!

    • Erica

      Yes, I’m WAY too well endowed to wear the sternum look without looking completely trashy, but now the smaller ladies, who can get away with that, are taking it way too far down. It does look awkward–and no longer sexy or edgy.

  • tonibaloney

    I think she looks gorgeous, full stop.

  • VioletFem

    Yet another sternum bearing dress from Naomi Harris. Once in a while, it might be ok, but she is clearly in a style rut. Someone needs to introduce her to some other kinds of necklines. Her hair and make up are flawless.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t mind the dress. I this point I’ve come to expect midriff, sternum baring or a low back from Naomi. I don’t think she needs to dress this way, but it appears to be her MO. I do agree a black bag might have been better contrast for this look.

  • jw_ny

    I’m seeing the illusion of double cleavage with that depth of that plunge and those abs, and it also makes her look short waist-ed. Like pretty much everything else…overall she looks lovely.

    • Sunraya

      Me, too. A double set of breasts. It’s really weird and I can’t believe her stylist didn’t see it.

  • littlestars

    Her eye makeup is gorgeous – I’m going to try this look next time I go out. I never have success lining the waterline, though; it always looks a little weird, like this stark line floating below my eye. What am I doing wrong?

    • MilaXX

      Mascara on the upper lashes may help balance it out.

    • Lining the waterline on the upper lashes, and as @MilaXX:disqus said, mascara. My general rule is that if you think your makeup isn’t working, wait until you’ve got your mascara on before you decide – it’s more of a chore if you do have to take it off and start again, but 8/10 times it just needs the mascara to be perfect.

      • littlestars

        Thanks for the advice MilaXX and Alicia. I’ll have the whole eye done, mascara, eye shadow, etc, but when I do the waterline, it just never seems to blend well with the rest of the make-up. I’ve never tried lining the upper waterline, though – I’ll try that next time. I’m also wondering if black is just too stark (I’m really pale) – maybe I should try a brown instead. Either way, I guess I can copy the look of the shimmery gold shadow extending from the inner eye without the waterline (that’s the part I really like, anyway).

        • Glam Dixie

          The stark black may be the problem, I know it is with me, a fairly pale, natural blonde. It always looks too sharp, try charcoal or brown. Just experiment.

        • SouthernGirlRena

          A few years ago I started using the darkest eyeshadow in whatever combo pack I am using that day as a liner. Just get a thin flat angled brush. I like the look a lot more than when I was using eyeliner. It is softer.and blends easily.

        • alyce1213

          Yes, try brown or grey pencil. I’m also pale and gingerish and I can’t wear any black eye makeup. It’s just too harsh.

          I have to hunt for (true) brown or grey mascara, but it’s out there.

  • ashtangajunkie

    If anyone could pull off this dress, it’s Naomie Harris, but I hate that neckline.

  • Kent Roby

    I’m just thrilled that the dress doesn’t also have a high leg slit; this bit of exposure by itself doesn’t bother me so much. God, she’s gorgeous.

  • bellafigura1

    Eek, screams “don’t touch me,” which is a damned shame.

  • H2

    There’s something about this fabric in a full skirt that looks so heavy to me, almost like she’s weighed down. I think this fabric would be better for a shorter skirt and higher neckline.

  • TheLaurenJean

    My goodness, that’s a beautiful head. It’s a beautiful body, too, but you just aren’t getting the full effect of it in that dress, are you?

  • Alyssa

    I don’t really love this neckline on her, but she seems to prefer it. I think with a different neckline and a different clutch, this would have been killer! Her makeup looks stunning.

  • kt

    She should never wear a sleeved gown again. This is her silhouette (shoulders). And I love the color but through perhaps some trick of the lace, it looks see through and as though she is rocking a 70’s style lady garden. Youf

    • boldprint

      hee. lady garden.

  • formerlyAnon

    For once, my lack of interest in most ladies’ sternums and upper abs is over come by my admiration for how surprisingly well that fabric is working in this dress! I am seriously pleasantly shocked. It’s gold and shiny and lacy and looks like the best kind of Christmas ornament – and it’s GORGEOUS.

  • SugarSnap108

    My main complaint is that this neckline is starting to become an “of course” with her. Her head is gorgeous – of course.

    • MaggieMae

      Exactly. And at this point, I’m thinking she is the one who loves this neckline, & I’ve stopped blaming her team.

      She is such a beauty!

  • unbornfawn

    I am not a fan of these super plunging necklines, they usually take away from the sexiness of the wearer rather than adding to it, because they look awkward. She would have been much better off with a higher neckline that pushed the girls up and out of the top.

  • Leah Elzinga

    thin black belt + black clutch. Pretty sure that would’ve both helped the proportions as well as grounding the whole thing, no?

  • bertkeeter

    Hallelujah…Valentino does a plunging deep “V” neck gown…Loved the baby doll looks from last several seasons, but ready for some sex appeal from this dynamic duo!

  • Imasewsure

    I usually hate her RC looks but I almost love this… almost… too much plunge

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    She has a beautiful face but, the super low neckline is distracting me from looking at her lovely face.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    That is too plunging a neckline. The gold lace looks good against Naomi’s skin. I’m OK with the clutch-but maybe I’m being overly generous after the sad clutch carried by Kerry.

  • Dagney

    You guys are cranky. She looks beautiful.

  • julnyes

    If only we could get a different neckline out of her.

  • alyce1213

    I’ll weigh in as well that showing lower rib cage is too, too much. If the neckline were 4″ higher (closed), it would also be in better balance with the bottom.
    Otherwise, she’s magnificent.

  • Julia

    I look at this dress and all I can think is “Margaery Tyrell.”

  • marlie

    I love the dress, and I even like it on her, but just about every dress that Naomie wears has the same deep vee neckline. I just wish she’d try something else every once in a while. Her hair and makeup are gorgeous, though, and I like the clutch, too.

  • a_liking

    I actually love this, head-to-toe. for me this is one of the few instances when it definitely works! I partly it’s just that the broadness of her shoulders helps to balance it out.

  • kimmeister

    I’m troubled that the deep V neckline is combined with sheer fabric. That’s too much.

    Her face, however, is 98% perfect. Just needed to tweak the lipliner situation.

  • I wish her panties were a better match for her skintone. Awk…

  • Trickytrisha

    The dread sternum reveal.

    • I have nightmares about certain lady-stars’ scary sternums.

    • Gatto Nero

      It has become a cliche. Now I just hate all dresses cleaved to the waist. Hate them.

  • judybrowni

    Those abs things look like mini breasts. Ick. (Or are those her ribs?)

    Teats on the red carpet, I don’t think so.

    • LJCdoc

      Yeah, i think this would actually work much better on someone who had a crappy or nonexistant abs routine.

  • SophieCollier

    In the closeup, it looks like someone used the Photoshop clone brush to give her four boobs. Her abs look just like her mams there.

  • GillianHolroyd

    I wish she’d gone with a bright color; this shade of gold doesn’t have enough contrast with her skin so it looks a bit drab. Make up is perfection.

  • Prudence

    Someone get this girl a cosmetic contract because that face is perfection

  • Sunraya

    I’m confused – I looks like she has breasts below her breasts. I am really disturbed by this and think she needs to have a higher neckline. Out.

  • livesarah

    She’s stunningly beautiful, she looks immaculate, but her sternum is getting to be a bit of an ‘of course’.

  • demidaemon

    Speaking of abs, I was lucky enough to witness Usher’s abs on The Voice multiple times tonight and it was totally worth it.

    Oh, dress. Enh. It’s okay.

  • Crystal

    She is so attractive!