Vera Farmiga in Prada at the “Bates Motel” Season 2 Premiere

Posted on February 28, 2014

We don’t know… this is just not working for us.



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The color looks great on her, but the shape is awful. The accents at the neckline take it straight to “ice dancer” and the detail at the waist isn’t remotely flattering. We think we’d have liked this more if it hung straight down, like a shift. Of course for that to work, she’d have to set those accessories on fire and start over.  We have no idea why anyone would pick a champagne/gold/black color scheme to pair with a bright red-pink dress with silver accents. How does that work?  The stylists of Hollywood are reaching peak exhaustion this week.


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  • Can my “one change” to Saorise’s dress from yesterday be “swap it to this one” please?

  • Glam Dixie

    I honestly can’t think of a single thing that would save this except for going home and starting over. I hate all of it, from her hair to her shoes.

    • Rhonda Shore

      It’s hideous in so many ways.

    • EveEve

      Makeup is nice, but not the hair or nails. And the pumps are killer, but not with that dress, or hair, or …anything else…
      And I would like to add that it’s refreshing to see an engagement ring and wedding band on the red carpet with nary a monster diamond to be found.

      • marlie

        I notice – and appreciate – the “real person” rings, too.

    • what not

      Me too, and it makes me sad because I think she’s just so beautiful. But boy, does this not flatter her in any way.

    • Sunraya

      And her nails look like mine. But I do silversmithing and pottery, and have to have short, unpolished nails. If I were an actress, in a dress that costs more than my mortgage, I would have my nails done.

  • Tracy_Flick

    That dress is adding so much volume, and her hair looks like a terrible mistake was made involving a blender. Or perhaps an in-sink disposal. The accessories would be great with a different dress.

    • demidaemon

      The hair! Let’s just say this look did not start well and ended worse.

  • sienna elm

    not sure if it’s the way the fabric is draping or a print, but the red striping over the pink is being completely repeated in the shape of her hair. It bothers.

  • JasmineAM

    Is that a patch of day-glo spray tan on her foot?

    • schadenfreudelicious

      Looks like an unfortunate self-tanner missapplication…

  • filmcricket

    Agreed that they don’t go with the outfit, but on their own I love those shoes.

  • Jessica Freeman

    That is one expensive cheap looking dress. The red sheer is turning pink in some spots with the white lining. I also think remove the jewels from the chest area, leave them just around the waist and neck. I do love the shoes, though.

  • bertkeeter

    PRADA for KMART?

    • My thoughts as well, as I know the “joy” of wearing a homecoming dress bought at KMart.

      • bertkeeter

        HA! Right?

  • Nancer

    Totally agree that the shoes don’t work with this, but those shoes would really work – for me!!!! I love them! Put them with a simple black cocktail dress and BAM! :]

  • @Biting Panda

    She’s got that Julianne Moore thing happening. Such a talented actress, involved in Hollywood enough to stay relevant, but enjoying real life too. Also tragically, nearly always a fashion victim, blinded by her own artsy, earthiness.

    • demidaemon

      If I put them side by side, I think Vera has a slight edge, just because this is about ten times better than Julianne’s constant awkwardness.

  • Chris

    Are you sure the tag on that dress doesn’t say “Deb” not “Prada”?

  • Erica

    Pretty lady in an ugly dress. Vaguely depressing, actually.

  • MilaXX

    That’s an ugly dress. I’d keep the accessories and burn the dress instead.

  • formerlyAnon

    Her hair looks like mine would if mine were even thinner and my hairdresser had been having a very, very bad – possibly overmedicated – day. She PAID for that?

    The shape of the dress is unflattering and she needs the tone-evening effect of hosiery.

    • Pennymac

      Right? That’s an Edward Scissorhands doo, for sure.

  • Methinks a manicure is in order. I love the shoes, but not with that dress. And the dress isn’t even Davis/White ice dancer quality. It’s Tonya Harding circa 1994.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    The first word that comes to mind is “dowdy” (the dress not Vera), even with the bling.. just needs a pair of those SJP grandma shoes to complete the look…

  • KayEmWhy

    It’s a bedazzled schmatza.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Vera raided Maggie Gyllenhaal’s designer schmatta collection, and this is the sad result.

      • KayEmWhy

        Looks like it.

      • Sunraya

        I love the word “schmatta”! What, exactly, does it mean?? I want to add it to my vocab!!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I borrowed it from someone-actually I have to look it up!

        • Lulu

          Lol, it means ‘rags’ in Yiddish.

  • frannyprof

    I’m coming off my winter olympics high, so “ice dancer,” at this point, isn’t a bad thing to me. HOWEVER, the shape is wrong for her. BTW, did anyone else watch the Lipinski/Weir juggernaut??? Have the BKs already had this discussion?

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Lipinski and Weir for prime time ice skating coverage-it should happen!

      • marlie

        They’re doing red carpet commentary at the Oscars for “Extra” (I think. Whichever one Billy Bush is on). I’d watch, just for the two of them.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Oh, fun!

        • Sunraya

          What does Tara know about the red carpet? Now Johnny, I would watch him. Perhaps I am just a BK over Tara’s snatching the gold from Kwan, but I don’t like her.

          • marlie

            They had great chemistry as commentators for the Olympics, so I guess that’s why Extra wanted them. Besides, he has just as much (NO) red carpet experience as she does. Also, that hasn’t stopped other networks from having people like Kelly Osbourne and Juliana Rancic as commentators on the red carpet, and neither of them have any fashion cred OR taste (in my opinion).

  • nannypoo

    And the hair – good grief.

  • VicD

    ooooo, the word that comes to mind is dowdy

  • marlie

    This looks cheap (Prada?!?) and juvenile. I lurve the clutch and the shoes, but they don’t go with this dress at all.

  • Dowdy. How is it possible for a red dress to be dowdy?

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Think of this dress as a younger Mother of the Bride who thinks she’s being hip, and you get dowdy.

      Speaking of the celeb stylists, do you think they get packed away to a posh retreat to recover from the awards season?

  • AmeliaEve

    It’s like a big red rectangle with sparkles. Anything to break up the boxy shape would improve this – lower the neckline or cut in the shoulders or even add a fluttery sleeve. The fabric is pretty…

  • Emily Smith

    This is both twee and aging at the same time which is, quite frankly, kind of impressive.

  • Imasewsure

    Head to toe awful (and painful at the toes for sure)

  • Cyprienne Zed

    Yikes, she looks so much like Detox from RPDR in the thumbnail image. #sorryboutit
    Just a bad bad look. But I want her shoes on my feet right now.

    • Jacob Bowen

      Yes, and Detox would dress better….

  • beebee10

    She is a super talented and smart actress who probably doesn’t get a lot of choices fashion-wise. Her hair looks sad to me and contributes to the droopy feeling of the look.

  • Kelly

    Badly-applied bronzer, smooshed toes, sad hair, and unflattering, skating-costume dress (it’s more than just the jewels; the whole chiffony thing says “figure skater” to me). No wonder it’s not working for you, guys.

  • French_Swede

    Maybe she’s pregnant?

  • Lilithcat

    That’s a prom dress, right? Junior High?

    But I love the shoes. She just needs to pick a dress that works with them.

    • Sunraya

      I don’t know, my first prom dress was more elegant that this, and my second was a lot more sexy!!! Sad prom dress!!!

  • Danielle

    This is the time and venue when those weird Prada face-dresses would have been appropriate.

  • Dagney

    Hem. Line.

  • Project Runway “Real Women” challenge bottom three.

  • Alyssa

    That fit is not flattering her body in any way…adding bulk where I’m sure she doesn’t have it!

  • decormaven

    Please let the referenced “Those Who Kill” take this dress out back and burn it. Unfortunate outfit choice.

  • Garcia Loca

    For a red sheer dress with sparkles, and accessories that cost more than my car, this is so frumpy/dumpy.

  • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

    Spotted in the window of a bridal shop circa 1966. WHY are her feet sweaty? And what has she been doing with her hands?

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I agree. This could have been a great look, but the shape of the dress is terrible. If only it were shorter and more fitted, a sheath, I guess. And the purse and shoes are all kinds of wrong. The makeup is a little too heavy and the hair needs a quick flick with a brush. Geez, other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play, lol.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Is it wrong that I think of veal parmesan whenever I see her name?

  • Gatto Nero

    The dress makes her look shapeless. She should have blended the tanner more evenly around the feet and ankles.
    But her face is pretty.

  • Lilyana_F

    She’s so pretty, it’s a shame someone did this to her…

  • Akemi


  • Trickytrisha

    Just.. oh dear.

  • OhSheila

    She looks fat. Which would be fine except I’m fairly sure she ISNT in fact, fat. That waistline has to be the weakest cinch in history.

  • E. D.

    I think more of a halter neckline would be better.

  • And uneven faux-tan.

  • Shawn EH

    Mad Men dress with athletic hair, not a great look. She’s trying to work on her gothic side to fit the creepy role, but she misses usually.

  • PastryGoddess

    What’s the point of accenting the waist if it doesn’t do anything for the wearer.

  • sagecreek

    Oh, dear. That’s very JC Penney Holiday Collection.

    Did she spill a little Q-T on her foot? Boy, that takes me back 🙂

  • butterflysunita

    I know she is a beautiful woman with a great figure. So why am I not seeing that in these photos? I think it’s the dress–please burn it.

  • SierraDelta


  • RuthGo

    It just makes her look so thick around the middle and I’m sure she’s quite slim.

  • Sunraya

    As an actress, unless you really don’t give a damn, ala Streep, Keaton, Jodie Foster and some others who have earned that right, your appearance is your paycheck. It is a huge reason you get hired for your work. So why do so many of these women make such huge missteps??? From terrible hair, to ragged fingernails, to dressed and gowns that do not fit (no excuse, these dresses and gowns can cost tens of thousands of dollars, get them fitted, dammit!!!) to shoes that, again, do NOT fit (buy the shoes, you can afford it, write the cost off) these women make really horrible mistakes!! How hard is it? I am beginning to think many stylists got their clients from who they know and not what they know. Me? I have learned more from the Uncles on this site than I would ever have learned from a 4 year degree. Let’s just send them a checklist, shall we?
    1. Hair up or down – they always mess this up
    2. Does the gown fit? How is the color on you? Do you feel beautiful in it? If no to any of these, take it off.
    3. Nails, makeup should be done professionally. Kate Middleton, SJP – I want to wipe that eyeliner off of them!! Makes their eyes small and squinty and raccoon-y. Even I, a 52 year old teacher, know to line above or below. Not both.
    4. Shoes and bag – here’s where there seems to be disagreement. So many stylist love matchy-matchy. Me, I love to use the opposite colors on the color wheel (except red and green) or the triangle on the color wheel. They need some lessons, these stylists.
    5. Borrow some jewelry. Really. It will dress anything up, unless the dress is already really blinged out.
    6. But a full length mirror and look into it before you go out. Tanning crap on her foot??? Are you kidding me?? These things should be caught before she steps out of the house. Look head to foot and back again. Not too hard.

    I am sorry for the rant, but for years I have seen women who should dress well, dress poorly. They should hire you guys. That’s what I would do if I were to become rich and famous, or run for Congress. I may be giving you a call!!!

    • demidaemon

      Every stylist should take this list as their go-to. Or, you know, just get schooled by you.

      • Sunraya

        Thanks, but I think these are things that those of us who read this blog for a while all know, right? And yet, professional stylists mess these basic things up. Maybe they miss the forest for the trees?

  • Columbinia

    Who did this to her? The dress, the hair ….