WERQ: Kiernan Shipka in Christian Dior at the Vanity Fair’s “Young Hollywood” Event

Posted on February 26, 2014

We don’t even like sheer skirts over minis. In fact, we hate them, but our imaginary niece is all grown up and wearing Dior. Even better, she’s pulling it off like a pro.


Kiernan-Shipka-Christian-Dior-Vanity-Fair-Young-Hollywood-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)“Mad Men” star Kiernan Shipka attends the Vanity Fair’s “Young Hollywood” event in Los Angeles, California in a Christian Dior dress paired with Christian Louboutin pumps.

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Kiernan-Shipka-Christian-Dior-Vanity-Fair-Young-Hollywood-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Christian Dior Fall 2013 Collection

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On a more grown up gal, we’d probably say no to the yellow shoes, but with Kiernan, they’re the exact right touch to keep this in the realm of young and age-appropriate. It’s all about the whimsy, darlings. The young just have an easier time of pulling that one off. It’s not that we think an adult can’t wear this dress; it’s just that she’d have a challenge styling it for herself. With Kiernan, a pair of banana yellow pumps is all a baby fashionista needs. You WERQ that whimsy, girl. Snaps of anticipation for what you’re going to do next.

If you told us she was Jon Hamm’s daughter, we’d have no reason not to believe it.



[Photo Credit: Angela Weiss/Getty Images, Michael Buckner/Getty Images, IMAXtree]

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  • Dave

    Woah, woah, woah. She is Jon Hamm AND January Jones’ daughter. (She really could pass for it.)

    • Aidan B

      Right? It’s startling!

      • Agent Sculder

        Seriously. It’s quite scary how much she looks like their combined DNA. That was some seriously felicitous casting when she was chosen for the part of Sally Draper.

    • SylviaFowler

      The only January-esque thing I see about Kiernan is the blonde hair. Her eyes and brows look so much like they could be Hamm’s, though.

  • M_E_S

    I can’t even think of anyone else who could pull this dress off. I envy Kiernan her future ability to look back and not be horribly ashamed of her childhood clothing choices. She is AMAZING.

  • @Biting Panda

    Super cute.
    Though I predict a bit of pearl clutching over this one.

  • Wendi126

    I love it and she’s just lovely…I do think the shoes are too adult for her..not the color or shape, but stilettos on a 14 year old bug me. I wish she had worn a heel more like the one on the dress.

    • kimmeister

      I was just thinking how age appropriate the print-shoes were too!

    • Kate

      I fear for her poor, developing feet. An adorable kitten heel would have been better – even in the banana yellow. She’s a lovely young woman.

  • Anna

    This dress is for Kiernan only. Can’t imagine this one on the other Dior spokesladies. Well, not without cringeing and/or laughing anyway.

  • chrissybee

    Shouldn’t she be going through an awkward stage at 14? Oh wait, what if this IS her awkward stage?

    • Evan

      She’s only 14? Could’ve fooled me! She comes off as really mature for her age.

    • Cz

      If this is her awkward stage, I want a refund on mine.

      • Eovaai

        My 14-year-old awkward stage was horrific. This just isn’t fair!

        • Karen Belgrad

          Mine involved Motley Crue t-shirts and acid washed jeans… I demand a do-over!

      • Yeah, I wouldn’t have looked anywhere near as cute in this dress at 14.

      • kimmeister

        Mine involved significantly more braces and acne. What the heck?

      • Introspective


    • Then Lupita better enjoy her fashion fame now. No one else is going to have any once Kiernan is an adult.

      • pookiesmom

        I like to think there’s plenty of room in the world for at least two fashion goddesses. 🙂

  • understateddiva

    I prefer the runway shoes, possibly for the first time ever.

    • Violina23

      Signs your 4-year-old is a wee bit too obsessed with the frozen soundtrack…. I might have just heard your comment in Kristen Bell’s voice “For the first time in for-everrrrrr”

      • MK03

        Hell, I heard it in Kristen Bell’s voice and I’m…well, a fair bit older than 4.

      • Alyssa

        I must confess…I may listen to the soundtrack even when my 5-year-old isn’t with me…like at work. 🙂

  • Evan

    Wish the shoes were Roger Vivier to complete the theme. I also think her eyebrows would look better with her hair a darker color, but it’s not like they look bad now or anything.

    • fursa_saida

      Lately I keep wondering if she’ll go brunette after Mad Men is over. The blonde is looking a little half-hearted, somehow.

  • marlie

    Adorable, and I don’t even like the dress. I’d rather the sheer part just be gone altogether, but I like the color of the shoes.

    • Sarah

      I agree – don’t see what’s wrong with a regular minidress, but I guess it is trying to be more innovative. It sort of looks to me like she got caught up in some mosquito netting while wearing her cute sheath minidress and yellow whimsy-shoes.

    • Meg0GayGuys6

      I agree about the sheer part. I scrolled up to see if it would have been too short without it, and I don’t think it would have been on her. My high school rules apply- it’s all good if it’s past the fingertips 🙂

    • SierraDelta

      Not wild about the sheer part, but I can *almost* accept it because of the shoe hovering just above the hem.

    • what not

      Same here: She looks adorable, and simultaneously that dress is ugly. I could go to Nordstrom Rack and buy a set of toiletry bags with that print, one of lipsticks, and one of margarita glasses.

    • Spreecord

      I don’t think I can ever agree that a sheer-over-mini constitutes a WERQ for anyone, but I sill want her to come to my house and teach my 12 year old how to dress. I’d do it, but my adolescent style was basically just a walking advertisement for Disintegration, so I’m probably not the best qualified.

  • imspinningaround

    Her people were right to hem it, but the proportions are off now. The shoe print by her right knee is too close to the hem now and the print looks out of balance.

    Still. Leg Day. Respect.

  • enchanted216

    Very cute. Hate the shoes.

  • mommyca

    She is so gorgeous… Growing up so fast! The yellow pumps wouldn’t be my choice, but it’s her, so it’s all good… 🙂

  • Violina23

    Nope, can’t get behind the sheer, but everything else is perfect.

  • Tracy_Flick

    That dress reminds me of those dumb miniature shoes my grandma used to collect. Bah.

    • Evan

      My mom collected those and I love those shoes! Why you call them dumb?

      • Tracy_Flick

        I guess I just saw them as the ultimate dust catchers. At least a Hummel figurine is supposed to evoke some kind of emotion, but a powder blue shoe encrusted with lace and crystals? Love of… tackiness? Maybe it was Grandma’s selection of shoes.

        • Evan

          Well they are the ultimate dust catchers, I’ll give you that. But then again, all knick knacks are.

  • GeoDiva

    Too cute! Only she can pull this dress off!

  • Tanya Wade

    She gives me hope for the future.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    She is perfection, (and i covet those brows!), my only quibble would be it looks a bit ill fitted at the bust, that side shot looks a wee bit “gaping” for one so young…also, she and Emma Watson need to play sisters immediately…

    • KinoEye

      Right? I’d go see that one in theaters.

    • littlemac8

      I don’t think it fits at all. The first things I noticed were the bust and armholes and I also think it would be shapeless through the torso if she didn’t have her hand on her hip. She still looks cute but I don’t think this is doing anything for her – her natural adorableness causes me to give her a pass.

  • BobAKABuffy

    Betty’s been riding her so hard that it’s paying off!

  • Miss wks

    That is SO her dress. I just love it and her…

  • Jacob Bowen

    I definitely didn’t understand that those are shoes…I thought the blue one was the dolphin was 5 year old cousin would draw if asked to.

  • jilly_d

    eyack. no. I’ll respectfully disagree on this one, boys, for two reasons: A, that dress is fug, even without the hideous sheer overlay; and B, ANY amount of sideboob is too much sideboob for a gal as young as her.

  • Eva_baby

    Really? I am not feeling this at all. That swish of fabric is making my eye twitch.

  • alyce1213

    I can see why she wanted to wear this, it’s feminine and fun.
    My only quibbles are:
    1) the low armhole, which shows a little side boob when her arm is akimbo
    2) I still want her in a lower heel — not more than 2-1/2″.
    I’m very strict.

    • livesarah

      Wow… I’m getting old and all, but if that counts as sideboob…

    • marlie

      OK, I noticed the almost-sideboob too, after I looked at the pictures again, and it bugs me a little as well. Glad I’m not the only one.

  • Imasewsure

    I guess the sheer keeps it from being too mini but I would have preferred it as just a cute little white mini… not feeling the shoes but thankful that they are not boring little white and/or black pumps. Good effort. Fun look (with quibbles)

  • MK03

    I really, really hope she has a good team. I don’t want to see her become another head-shaving, quickie-Vegas-marriage teen star statistic.

    • Agent Sculder

      I don’t think that’s in the cards for Keirnan. I remember reading an article about her some time ago where it was rather casually mentioned that her family is independently wealthy and her “team” is basically her mom. She seemed pretty eager to keep her kid as “normal” as possible. I suppose things might have changed a bit since then, but I tend to think her mom is very careful about keep her look age appropriate.

  • KinoEye

    Major gay gasp. The eyebrows. The hair. The dress. The girl. Speechless. She has Jon Hamm’s eyes.

  • DominoEstella

    no.. it’s ill fitting and those shoes suck.

  • Judy_J

    Love it. Just wish she would buck the system and ditch the “pee pose.”

  • TheAutisticStepmom

    I hate this. Side boob?

    • Gatto Nero

      The dress is too big for her.

    • SierraDelta

      Side boob?! Go to your room right now, young lady, and put on proper undergarments and a sweater.

  • MilaXX

    Very cute, but I still hate the sheer piece.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    I HATE THIS LOOK. The invisiline hem sheer thingy – no no no. Someone send that trend away.

  • I can’t give her enough snaps, but there’s always the teeniest tiniest part of me that’s concerned how much couture only works on very young teenagers. Probably just my bitterness over reaching this advanced age without ever having worn Dior myself.

  • Michele Sacks Lowenstein

    Sorry I think the look is too old for. She just turned 14. I do think it would look good on Jessica Pare, however.

  • livesarah

    Might’ve been a WERQ without the sheer, but that hem is distractingly hideous.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I can’t think of anyone else who could wear this dress and look so cute.

  • Gatto Nero

    Not wild about the dress — which is also too big for her (see underarm gap) — but the yellow shoe is just the right touch.
    However (and maybe I’m being a prude?), the heels are just too high for a 14-year-old.

  • SierraDelta

    It works on her because it’s a kid’s dress, albeit a phenomenally expensive kid’s dress. Only a kid can get away with wearing this without looking weirdly juvenile.

  • French_Swede

    We need to give her mother snaps for keeping her daughter in age-appropriate attire. Miss Shipka is never in anything too juvenile or too *mature*. I’m sure she has a stylist, but lets be honest … Mom has the final word on what her fourteen year old daughter wears.

  • kmk05

    Uncles, no. She’s WERQing the shit out of this, but that dress looks like a horrible, cheap mess. She deserves the WERQ, but it’s only because everything else is working x10000000.

    • marlie

      Sort of like Lupita Nyongo… her presence elevates what would otherwise be a boring or downright ugly outfit to “OK” or even a “WERQ.”

      • kmk05

        As usual, you’re 1000% right. They both have the power to ‘transcend’ the clothes, if that makes sense, so it’s their perfect faces wearing the dress and accessories, as opposed to the other way around.

        God, I can’t even look at that dress *shudders* It looks like a terrible crafts project, and I can just feel that cheap sheer fabric giving me shivers. It’s made even worse by the fact that it’s Dior.

        • marlie

          Thanks! 🙂

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I so want Christian Dior to rise from his grave and kick the shit out of the current leadership at Dior.

          • boweryboy

            Some one needs to.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I’d be happy to do so, but a spectral Christian Dior would have so much more impact

  • E. D.

    Hate the hemline, but great otherwise.

  • 3boysful

    The makeup is perfection. For some reason, the blush is really calling to me.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    She’s so striking, I hope she never gets rid of those glorious eyebrows.

  • Blair Sylvester

    That sheer bit really doesn’t work for me and wish the dress wasn’t so shapeless on her , but I love her and I love that she had the balls to go for a bright colorful shoe

  • sagecreek

    This is why Cobie went and got smashed — even in this very questionable dress, KS still wiped the floor with everybody else there.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I’m with the rest of the BK’s who are not loving that sheer panel. It kills the WERQ for me.

  • Capt. Renault

    Are those shoes on the dress Andy Warhol shoes, or just hommage à Andy?

  • msdamselfly

    Not liking the look at all

  • B_C_J

    The dress is too large & therefore shapeless. The sheer skirt is just plain ugly.

  • Lilithcat

    I’m not a fan of sheer over mini, but somehow this works.

    And aren’t the shoes (the ones on the dress) Warhol?

    • Shawn EH

      They certainly evoke his illustrations, what a cute idea for a dress!

    • schadenfreudelicious

      The Dior clutches with the Warhol shoes are on them are quite lovely…

  • Anonymous

    I really like this look, but I think it also seems like it’s made to be observed in motion. That sheer fabric looks so light and flexible on the model, while when Kiernan is standing still, it looks a little more stiff and almost bulky.

  • jw_ny

    She does look fantastic and deserves the werq, but with that whimsical dress design, I’d like to have seen a shoe that teetered on over-the-top fab. That yellow shoe teeters on safe, imo.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I.just.can’t. give a WERQ to a sheer overlay-sorry, I cannot approve of this. As Lady Bracknell might have said, to approve this might leave me open to comment.

  • I love love love Kiernan, but I do not like this dress. And those are the Andy Warhol shoe illustrations, right? It bums me out to use such beautiful art on such a weird curtain of a dress. I wish they’d just made the actual shoes.

  • decormaven

    Love the shoe detail on the dress- she’s WERQing this to perfection.

  • nannypoo

    It’s adorable, but it would be even more adorable without the sheer overskirt. There’s no reason the sheer part can’t end at the same point as the rest of the dress.

  • Chickadeep

    That dress—inspired by those old Andy Warhol shoe illustrations? The proportions are a bit funky but she looks adorable, as always. The yellow shoes are a quirky but totally-acceptable-for-a-14-year-old choice.

  • bertkeeter

    That dress doesn’t even work on a kid!

  • suzq

    This is a nitpick….the dress needs a dart on each side of the bust at the armhole.

  • CommentsByKatie

    Love everything about this. This girl is amazing. I have to disagree with some of the comments about getting rid of the sheer overlay…if you did that, it would be more of a traditional dress, yes, but it would lose that funky elegance, that nod to the 20’s, that is making the whole thing work.

  • Brittany

    She is so beautiful. Please for the love, never, ever mess with those glorious eyebrows, Kiernan.

  • lojoso

    The arm holes could have been made a bit smaller.

  • TheDivineMissAnn

    I just adore this kid. Does that make me weird?

    • PowerfulBusiness

      Not at all. I thought she was the most adorable little actress when I first saw her on Mad Men, and now I feel like some proud parent to see her grow into a very smart, fashion-savvy young woman. So…I’ll be weird with you.

  • quiltrx

    I still will never be a fan of the longer-sheer-overlay-dress….but I think this one works a little better than most because of the flare at the bottom of the sheer, instead of hanging there like a dry-cleaner cover. She looks cute and looks like she’s enjoying herself.

  • Laylalola

    Nah, not out but it’s a miss.

  • Lilyana_F

    Not my favorite dress, but girl has great instincts, I’m really excited to see her style evolve in the future 🙂