Everyone Wants to Be… Kate Winslet in Safiyaa at the “Divergent” Los Angeles Premiere

Posted on March 19, 2014

We’re back to Messy Kate – and we kind of love that.


Kate Winslet attends the premiere of “Divergent” in Los Angeles, California in a Safiyaa dress paired with an Alexander McQueen clutch and Ana Khouri jewelry.

Safiyaa Spring 2014 Collection

Back when she was poledancing like crazy for her Oscar and Emmy, we found ourselves bemoaning her style transformation, loudly and often. Long-time fans of hers, we were disappointed to see that she furiously scrubbed herself of all her quirkiness and presented a ridiculously polished and laminated version of herself to the public. It inspired us to intone, “In order to win the Oscar, one must become the Oscar,” a T Lo Zen koan that later wound up inspiring an entire chapter in our book. We suppose we should be grateful to her for that. So, thank you, Kate. But we still didn’t love that period, when you were serving up DIVA and we kept asking “Hey, wheres our fun best friend?”

We’re not saying she can’t look polished and perfect if she wants to. It’s certainly a goal worth shooting for when you’re an actor making public appearances. But in a manner similar to, say… Lea Michele and her burning need for everyone to tell her how hot she is, Kate’s Grande Dame act simply wasn’t playing to her strengths. Thankfully, she appears to be putting that act aside for the moment. When she showed up at her Walk of Fame ceremony looking ready to hit a bar for afternoon drinks once the picture-taking was done, we wrinkled our nose slightly at how underplayed she was, but secretly thrilled to the idea of afternoon drinks with Kate Winslet.

Maybe it’s the postpartum glow (or more likely, the postpartum don’t-give-a-fuck-about-looking-perfect-right-now), but we like the effect here, even though we think the red is too harsh, the sleeves are awkward and the hair a bit too beachy. It’s the combo of a really pretty face and just enough effort on everything else to get the job done without looking too fussy or plastic. That’s her look. We could recommend some changes here, but we’re just happy to see she’s not shooting for “GODDESS” at the moment. This feels more her – and more confident over all.


[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PRPhotos, Izumi Hasegawa/PRPhotos, Juan Rico/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES, ER/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES, safiyaa.com]

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  • SewingSiren

    All good, Except the hair. Which is very bad.

    • Seconded.

    • alyce1213

      Especially from the back. I’m fine with tousled, but that’s just nasty. The color too is harsh as well.

  • Stella Zawistowski

    The dress is great except for those silly little slashes up top, which wouldn’t look so bad if they weren’t made of such cheap-looking fabric. No wonder she wants to cover them with her hair!

    • tereliz

      It also looks like they’re preventing her from wearing a supportive bra. I’m not wild about the fit of the dress, but something about her face is just so lovely that I don’t care. Must be that glow.

      • Gatto Nero

        I don’t think they’re sheer panels, though — they look like some kind of semi-metallic fabric.

  • lundibleu

    She looks fab, but I think she’d look that wee bit better with her hair pulled loosely back (not tight like the model) to allow the slashes to be seen. I like the look of the sleeves, but they’ve been made too small. A bit more fabric there and they wouldn’t look as awkward.

  • @Biting Panda

    As a person addicted to this blog, sometimes it pains me when you say it so well. Because, all I can really say is, “Yes. This.”

    Now, let’s go drink breakfast.

    • ecallaw1977

      I could often say the same thing about your comments.

    • Sarah

      Yes, ^^^THIS^^^

    • SierraDelta

      And lunch. . .

  • Judy_S

    “the combo of a really pretty face and just enough effort on everything else to get the job done”–yes. Somebody has to do. Thank you, Kate, and thanks T&Lo for saying it.

  • Wendi126

    All I see are nursing boobs yearning to be set free

    • jen_vasm

      A better bra would do wonders here.

  • Okay, I know I’m probably gonna hear about it for this, but, that dress is too tight.

    • SewingSiren

      She almost always looks power packed into her gowns.

    • barbarienne

      Less about the tightness, I suspect, than that the dress isn’t fitted to her. If it were half a size larger it would smooth the wrinkles across her waist, but it would go too large on top.

      This is not an uncommon problem for women who have curves, alas. This is why separates are my friends.

      • It also serves as an example of the hazards of what I call BFS (Borrowed Frock Syndrome) Sigh. So few alterations are permissible, and in a knitted dress of this sort, flat out impossible.

        • barbarienne

          You have perfectly articulated 90% of my issues when ladystars don’t look as awesome as they can in their borrowed clothes: no alterations, or inadequate alterations (e.g., the sorta-tacked-up hem).

          • What continues to puzzle me is why designers, whose reputations depend on the appearance of their clothes would permit them to be seen in a less than perfectly turned out way. How does that positively serve their business? Does the presence of the star wearing the unaltered garment really offset that bad fit?

          • formerlyAnon

            YES. YES. YES. THIS.

            I suspect it is because we look at it with the micro-focus of individuals & designers look at it with the macro-focus of the larger business – once altered, the loaners are a bunch of “special cases” not just a bunch of sample sizes. Which seems like cutting off one’s reputational nose to spite one’s face (or something), but what do I know?

          • Carleenml

            I’m guessing yes. It does.

          • cocohall

            Even as a loyal BK, I’m often not that focused on the the issues of fit when I first look at the photos. I tend to take in the gestalt of the look. After reading my fellow kittens’ comments, I’ll go back and say, yup, those seams are wonky or the neckline puckering is dreadful. For people who do sew and know construction, I’m sure these sorts of things are impossible not to see. But the majority of people looking will just not notice or care. As for the designers, all publicity is good publicity. And often just getting a celebrity in their clothes in the whole point, so they can use that “name” to leverage the next person. And each starlet is probably vain enough to think, well SHE might have fit issues, but I won’t.

          • I must own that as someone who does sew and understand fit, its unlikely I will miss such things on first glance. And still, I fail to see why it serves either the actor, or the designer well, to be seen not looking perfectly turned out. I suppose they assume people just won’t notice or care.

          • Kent Roby

            Heck, I made a costume for someone once where they junked it up with so much crap afterwards that I made them promise not to tell anyone that I had anything to do with it!

          • You too, huh? I have more than once denied having anything to do with the making of a costume I’d done, for that very reason.

          • barbarienne

            I design books and I’ve done the same (pulled my design credit off a book) after an author or editor insisted on screwing with my design and making the book ugly.

          • Jackie4g

            I’ve done the same.

          • cocohall

            Exactly. And you, my dear, have the fashion equivalent of perfect pitch. In the music world, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift would never sing live, because they are almost always flat. Yet they hit the stage at the Grammys and the VMAs and most people still enjoy what they do. (Not my husband; he has ears like you have eyes and it makes him nuts!)

          • I’m really quite flattered, cocohall. Thanks.

          • cocohall

            You are very welcome! You and few other BKs routinely make comments about fit and construction that blow me away. I think, “They can tell ALL that from a few shots on their computer screen?” I learn a lot from this blog because there are a lot of very sophisticated, talented folks who comment.

          • fursa_saida

            I have ears like your husband’s, and lord is it a burden sometimes. (I don’t have actual perfect pitch, thank god, but I have excellent relative pitch and when a singer is even a little off relative to the music/other singers it is physically painful to me.)

          • barbarienne

            But the viewer will still react to those imperfections, even if they don’t know that’s what they’re reacting to. “It’s okay…” is often what someone will say to a beautiful person in a lovely gown that just doesn’t quite fit, or has slightly wrong proportions for the wearer.

          • cocohall

            I think it is the difference between “She looks good” and “She is perfection!” Many people can tell the difference, but can’t pinpoint the details that MAKE the difference. If you are someone who can, it must be a bit of mixed blessing. Because there is often so much that offends visually, and you know with a tweak here and tuck there it WOULD have been perfect!

          • Sunraya

            Yes, just like we all liked Amy Adams’ Oscar gown because it was tailored to perfection. Often, I note something’s off and after someone points it out, I notice it.

            Having said that, I love that Winslet actually has curves like a healthy woman. Far too few of these in Hollywood nowadays.

          • Kent Roby

            I double the “Yes, this” response; this has always befuddled me as well.

        • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

          See, my feeling is, you have a ton of money. Why not just buy the dress and get it fitted anyway? And if you get caught wearing it again, so what? Or give it away to a charity for the tax right off, or sell it to a consignment shop.

        • EveEve

          Totally agree. HowEVUH, Miss Kate here just had a baby in December. She is 38 years old, and it is her third kid. A dress that may have fit perfectly well two weeks ago, may not fit this week. That’s just the way it goes. Up, down, up, down. And that kind of draping isn’t so easy to alter. She probably should have left it in the box, but may not have had much of a choice. I give her a lot of credit for showing up without any (visible) spit up or nursing bra leakage; though I suppose that’s what assistants are supposed to watch for.

    • Carleenml

      agreed. she’s smoking hot but she’d be more smoking hot with a little more room around the ribcage.

    • MartyBellerMask

      All you’re “going to hear” is that you’re right. It is too tight. I think her choices are kind of limited at the moment, so I guess she’s working the idea that a tight designer dress is better than whatever fits from her closet?

  • PlethoraofBooks

    Throw that hair (even in the waves) into a messy-esque bun, and I would have liked this so much better. But girl, your hair looks fried. Fire your hair stylist and find a new one.

  • formerlyAnon

    This is successful in a way that the Walk of Fame ensemble was not. I might suggest a bit more ease in a seam her or there, but mine is not to reason why (since one can certainly find several not-small nits to pick). I’ll just attribute it to her “feeling it” (ETA: Feeling the “Be me!” in other words) while she did not seem to be feeling much but a desire to be getting through with things and outta there in those photos.

    Good for her.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I can’t even lie, I’ve always wanted to be Kate. I do wished she tone down the brightness of the blond, but she looks fantastic.

  • MilaXX

    I like it too. In fact I don’t mind this look at all. The only thing I would change is the hair. Not loving this too yellow beach look.

  • zenobar

    This woman gave birth not four months ago. No matter how much assistance she can afford, this is an exhausting period in a mother’s life, when the “I’m a beautiful, life-giving goddess!” glow has worn off, and the “I’m never actually going to sleep through the night again, am I?” feeling takes over.*

    God bless her for even showing up, in red carpet drag no less, looking like a luscious slice of red velvet cake.

    *Or maybe that was just me.

    • formerlyAnon

      Not just you. I think one of the reasons I like her here is she’s not presenting the perfect plastic facade.

      • Constant Reader

        Me too. And yet, still gorgeous.

      • RedRaven617

        She was on the Ellen Show yesterday and was totally charming, not to mention hysterically funny. She mentioned that she was on a quick 48 hour trip away from her new baby and how much she missed him.

  • carnush

    I adore this look and I adore her. I’m tempted to change my avatar to Marianne.

  • She is beautiful but the magpie within me asks.. would a few Swarovski crystals kill you, Kate? 🙂

  • mlle

    Do ladystars take classes in walking in those long gowns? Quibbles about fit aside, the hem never seems to get twisted and caught up in her ankles the way I’m sure it would if I tried walking in it.

    • They do indeed practice wearing such things. Part of being an actor is learning to inhabit your clothes with ease. When I was in theater scholl back in the dark ages, we would all practice moving in our costumes, if they anything other than normal street wear.

  • Richard Banger

    She’s dressed and made up like “Don’t you dare photoshop me!” Kate, but she’s still posing like “I’m here to pick up my {insert award name here}” Kate.

  • deelup

    I’m all for the not perfectly polished, relaxed, possibly a couple of shots already post partum look. I just don’t get why you’d do that in a dress that doesn’t fit a bit better. That dress must be making it hard for her to even breath which totally negates the, “I’m relaxed and being me” vibe.

    • Loramir

      Exactly. I love that she tends to look “real,” even when not a few months post-baby. But I do wish she’d wear dresses that don’t look like she’s been vacuum-packed into them. I love that she has fabulous curves, and while she clearly likes to go for the sexy look, it’s definitely possible to be sexy and form-fitting without being skin-tight–moreso, because you’re not highlighting every single wrinkle and bulge. And while I think she looks better with her hair loose, it does conflict with the shoulder details on the dress.

  • fringebenefit

    I actually love the free-to-be hair on her, but not with that rigid dress, which is Barbie-gone-wrong.

  • nannypoo

    Beautiful face, but her hair is a mess.

  • MartyBellerMask

    Why have those interesting elements near the shoulders if you’re going to cover them with your hair? Honestly, I didn’t even notice the sheer parts til I saw the runway version, then I scrolled back up. I’m guessing she probably doesn’t like them and is covering up on purpose. The front sheer panels are okay I guess, but the back ones are really bad,

  • Sam Smith

    The cutout details get lost in the messy hair.

  • I was really surprised when I scrolled down to the model’s picture and saw those slashes. Had to go back and see if her version had those details. Which means her hair is wrong for this dress.

    • Vanessa Reyes

      I did the same thing. I didn’t notice the slashes until I saw the model. It’s as if they blended in with her hair. Hate the darts/slashes in the back. They are like arrows indicating “look at my butt!”

  • Lilak

    Yes, a pity about the fabric used for the pointy panels. Fine, I guess, that the messy hair obscures it in the front, but eek what a confusion in the back.

    And speaking of the messy hair … I wish it weren’t quite so limp and volumeless: (1) on general principal, and (2) if that were adjusted, I believe the head-to-toe balance/proportions would align better.

    (Nit-picking, though — the woman looks pretty darn great!)

  • teensmom99

    I’m sorry, I can’t with the hair.

  • marlie

    I really like this! My only quibble is that her hairstyle obscures the most interesting element of the dress. Well, and she could use a teensy bit more support in the bust. But this is typical Kate, and she’s rocking the (fabulous) body that she has.

  • Alyssa_T_Robot

    i love the fourth picture with her toothy grin. she looks fab and also i love huh.

  • Kitten Mittons

    I like the messiness of the hair, but it does obscure the design up top. The hem is a tad long, too. Otherwise, she looks amazing!

    Ever since Kristen Bell put a burrito in her purse, I am constantly wondering about other purse contents. She’s a new mom, so I’m thinking:
    1. Nipple shields
    2. Granola bar
    3. 1 cigarette in case she gets tipsy (no judgment)


    Gorg. Just don’t like the detailing of the dress competing with her hair.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    Just to be clear, though it’s clearly a “be me” look, I’m seeing “do me” written all over her. Of course, that’s probably just my libido projecting. Because I have had a crush on her for a while.

  • Danielle

    I ALWAYS want to be her, uncles.

  • VicD

    Too tight. I didn’t realize those were cut outs in the dress until I saw it on the model – thought it was just her hair being untidy. I’ve got to go with GNYD. This is shades of Christina Hendricks not knowing how to dress her figure.

  • Tanya Wade

    That is one gorgeous tomato. I am in love all over again. Come back, beautiful, curvy messy Kate. The Mai Tais are waiting at the bar…..

  • numenah

    I love her so much but I can’t with the Darryl Hannah hair.

  • StillGary

    It still could be a calculated look — I have an 11-year-old, so yeah, I had to read Divergent (SPOILER ALERT!) and Kate’s a baddie. I can’t remember when she’s played a villain before. ANyway, if you’ve seen the trailer, baddie Kate is very scrubbed and polished — very muck like awards-season Kate. So I interpret this softer look to say: “HA HA, I AM AN ACTRESS!”

  • jw_ny

    oh..that messy beachy hair…looks like she just survived the Titanic all over again. Not loving how bleached it is either. However, I gotta give her credit for juggling the pole dance, walk of fame, and the new mom thing…looking as good and put together as she does. Guessing she can’t wait to shed that gown and spanx. 😉

  • Ron Zank

    I like the messy hair covering those silly gold Star Trek-inspired insets on the shoulders. She would look better in a darker, less tomato-ey red, but she’s fab as always.

    • I like the messy hair, too, but if you’re going to wear a dress with silly gold Star Trek insets, you gotta SHOW the silly gold Star Trek insets!

  • Emily Smith

    So I know she’s probably got like four things of shape wear on under that dress, but how does she managed to be so full figured with such a flat stomach? This perplexes me. I too very much prefer this version of her to the highly polished one.

    • pinkxxa

      My guess is she carries her weight evenly which is a great, great thing. My mom was a shapely lady in her young days when she was super thin and then when she gained weight after 3 kids and thyroid issues (around a size 14) she kept the same shape with a bigger butt and a pretty flat stomach. Kate has the added help of shapewear so… super flat.

    • MilaXX

      Because contrary to popular opinion a curvy gal can indeed have a flat stomach. Of course the spanx is helping but it’s possible to be a 14 -16 with curves and a flat tummy.

      • Emily Smith

        I know that it’s possible I just don’t think it is for my particular height and shape so I always seethe with envy at people who manage it!

  • sandy

    I really like her.

  • halleygee

    Wow, that is some Florida-panhandle-spring-break-hair.

  • Kate Andrews

    Hot mama! I too like this, even if the hair is a bit too beachy.

  • Joanna

    I’m ok with the hair, other than the color being a shade too light, but I LOVE THIS DRESS ON HER. Va Va Va VOOM, lady!

  • stubbornthoughts

    THIS is a normal sized woman, Hollywood. She looks incredible.

    • KateWo

      I agree! Her body looks amazing, I hope she keeps it. Not that she looks bad smaller, it’s just nice to see. I’m envious!

  • ScarlettHarlot

    Yay! I love “I do what I want” Kate so much more than Ice-Queen Serious Actor Kate.

  • Truthiness2U

    She needs to go back to the red. Seriously, the blonde just doesn’t work for her (or Nicole Kidman, for that matter). The hair itself is looking a bit damaged/dry. And sure, she needs a good conditioning…stat. But a lot of this could be solved, by going back to red. Oh and it’s so much more flattering with her skin tones. No idea why people like Kate think they should be blonde…and so blonde. It’s weird.

  • quiltrx

    Girl, that’s not your hair color. I hope that’s for a role.
    I’ve always loved her. Very talented actress, and I love that she’s never apologized for having curves…or for who she is.

  • Ok, I’m a complete sucker for PR spin, but this actually does a great job of making her look more relatable. Granted, I didn’t have a full household staff and I certainly didn’t have a job with a ‘look fantastic’ clause, but when I had a four month old I still called it a good day if I got a shower. Kate coming out looking fantastic but not polished hits just the right humanizing note. Brava.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    She looks much more at ease in this dress, along with the casual hairstyle. I too like this Kate much more than the “I’m a serious actor” pose that she took for her Oscar poledance. Welcome back, Kate, let’s put our feet up and open a big bottle of bubbly!

  • surfergirl70

    She needs to go up a size in that dress. Other than that, great look.

  • decormaven

    Not exactly a fan of the dress- those cutouts evoke the Buffalo Bill collection- but that color just sings on her. Wish she had worn something equally vibrant for the Walk of Fame photo op.

  • bluefish

    Meh. Don’t like the hair, really don’t like the sleeves and the golden spikes. Do like to see her looking relaxed and happy.

  • Alloy Jane

    The dress is a bit snug up top, I’m surprised she isn’t leaking they look so smushed. Wish the hair had been up and less home-bleached. Actually, her hair looks like one of her kids attacked her head. Yet she still looks hot. Good for her.

  • judybrowni

    Okay, I now have an excuse for bed-head long crunchy over-bleached hair.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I understand makeup is the reason, but she is GLOWING. That hair is a bit too bleached, but I would be willing to overlook it if the pulling across the crotch wasn’t happening.

  • Laur.

    Her terrible hair makes me love my terrible hair even more!

  • FridaStaire

    Hair crime!

  • Sophie

    But the hair obscures the interesting details of that dress! Really not sold on anything here, except maybe her attitude. Which isn’t enough.

  • OffToSeeHim

    I wish she was getting a little more support under that dress, but since I was still wearing my pajamas all the time at this point after each of four babies, I have zero credibility on this subject. I think she looks great.

  • Sally Spannagle

    She is soooo beautiful… my ladycrush.

  • altissima

    It’s a pity her hair obscures the main interesting detail of the dress.

  • Clash D

    What a waste of a dress when your hair is covering the very details that make it look interesting.

  • dmkava