Kristen Bell in Naeem Khan at the “Veronica Mars” Premiere

Posted on March 10, 2014

We were gonna call this a Girl, That’s Not Your Dress entry, but it appears upon closer examination this might have been her dress under the right circumstances.



Kristen-Bell-Naeem-Khan-Veronica-Mars-Premiere-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Kristen Bell attends the premiere of “Veronica Mars” during the 2014 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas in a Naeem Khan ‘Garden of Paradise’ beaded cropped t-shirt with black taffeta ruffled skirt.

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Kristen-Bell-Naeem-Khan-Veronica-Mars-Premiere-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Naeem Khan Spring 2014 Collection

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Girl, That’s Not Your Alteration. Why is the top so much shorter on her than on the model. At first we just thought it was because she had a longer torso than the model, but that’s insane because most models have giraffe torsos.  And besides, you can tell from looking at the pattern that Kristen’s version is more cropped than the runway version? Our question is… why? This could’ve been pretty darn cute on her if someone hadn’t fooled around with the proportions. We suspect there was some overcompensating for the fact that she doesn’t have a giraffe torso herself, but they took it too far. A shame, because this style really suits her.



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

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  • shinobi42

    “Girl, why did you let them do that to your dress?”

  • kimmeister

    She also shortened the sleeves, because she doesn’t have giraffe limbs either. The way it’s altered makes it looks like she has a little bikini top made of unicorns (or whatever those things are on her boobs).

    • Lucía Gavello

      That sounds like something Courtney Stodden would wear… and that’s definitely NOT GOOD.

    • Domo_Konnichiwa

      I think instead of unicorns those are kangaroos with impala heads. Flamboyant headgear included.

    • Some sort of dinosaur?

      • StarburstLady

        My vote’s for llamas.

  • Carrie

    Agree 100% I love the cut and the color, but it got so cropped it looks like she’s wearing a kiddie version of the top.

    Close, but a definite miss.

  • lunchcoma

    Sounds right. The more I look at this, the more I can imagine it being really cute.

  • Nikko Viquiera

    The colors are lovely. But that’s it. In other news, anyone else excited about the Veronica Mars movie??Anyone?

    • ElaineMarie34

      Absolutely! First review (Alan Sepinwall’s) is very good. I just watched all three TV seasons and cannot wait to see the film. It’s my saving grace in the unemployed, no-money doldrums (along with Tom & Lorenzo, of course). The dress is cute, the over-altering is a tragic flaw, because Kristen is just the best.

    • MilaXX

      I’m interested but not excited. I can’t remember why but I gave up on VM during the first season. I’m mildly interested in seeing the movie so I’m contemplating binge watching to bring myself up to speed.

      • Lucía Gavello

        I must confess I didn’t watch Veronica Mars when it aired (I’m not even sure when it aired in Argentina) but I love Kristen Bell so I watched a few chapters when I heard about the movie and ended up binge watching the whole 3 seasons in two weeks… I have a serialised TV problem. Point is, I loved it, and it kind of made me feel like a teenager again which is good when you’re close to 30. Also, I’m on team Logan.

    • sagecreek

      I’m very amused, because my (male engineer) husband’s grouchiest (male engineer) colleague is all excited about it. Just goes to show you never know about people, right?

    • amf0001

      So excited! We keep watching the trailer squealing. Cannot wait!!

    • Karen Belgrad

      I have my tickets for 7:15PM on Friday 🙂

      • jayetyler

        Me too! Same time/date. Dragging poor husband along (he’s never seen an episode) so hoping he’s not too lost/bored.

    • Julie Chase

      In response…AIEEEEE!!

      My husband finally caught up this weekend, and we have a double date with my sister this Sunday.

      Oh, and I love the colors of the top. Just not the resulting baby waist.

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      I so am .. I was one of the multitude of backers on Kickstarter, so I have my official VM kickstarter T-Shirts and stickers and I’m ready to go!

    • filmcricket

      Has she been on Craig Ferguson yet for this? I know she’ll pretty much go on for no reason at all, but I was hoping there’d be an appearance for the VM movie. And yes, very excited.

      • Felicia Zuniga

        Kristen hasn’t done Craig in almost a year and a half. Which doesn’t really mean anything, but the fact that she’s done a few media rounds since then and had been on the show 8 times from 2011 on but nothing after mid-2012 kind of makes me think she’s not doing Craig anymore for whatever reason.

        • I looked at his listings (Why is this startring to sound like a Craig joke?!?), and she is on his show tomorrow night.

          • Felicia Zuniga

            I’m glad she is because I genuinely enjoyed them together. It just seemed like maybe they’d had a falling out or there were some sort of orders from somewhere that she not do the show anymore. For a bit it seemed like she was on at least once a month and then something like a year and a half with no appearance.

          • I wonder if his wife was uncomfortable with how comfortable they were together? Bell acts flirty and touchy-feely (Did you see the pic of her grabbing Hansen’s and Dohring’s bums at Veronica Mars premiere?), but I don’t think it means anything other than her being silly and having fun. I took a peek at their Twitter accounts. She follows him, but he does not follow her. I’ll be curious to see how they interact during this latest appearance on his show!

    • Alyssa

      Super excited right here!!!

    • WendyD

      Another Kickstarter backer here, SO EXCITED! Driving 2 hours for the movie on Friday night. TEAM LOGAN! 🙂

  • hughman

    “This one, oh Mayan Priest, may not be a virgin. Perhaps she could just serve cocktails during the Sacrifice.”

    • Miss Ruth

      Well played, sir/ma’am. Well played. [slow clap]

  • Glam Dixie

    That skirt looks like it came out of a bag at the party decorations store and the top has weird boob eyes going on. I don’t care how you alter it, I still won’t like it.

  • Gatto Nero

    Better to have left the top (and sleeves) at the original length and hemmed the skirt a few inches. That huge expanse of rumpled black fabric is awful.
    Or better to have skipped this look altogether.

  • MilaXX

    She should have did a Rhianna with this look. Keep the model’s top and put on a pair of jeans with it. I’m not liking that Ms. Kitty ruffled skirt at all. I doubt Kristen feels as confident enough as Rhianna or even Kerry Washington to show a bit of belly so I’m still thinking this is a GINYD .

    • SouthernGirlRena

      I agree. The top is cute and orange is definitely her color. The dress/skirt/whatever that is is awful. It looks like an unconventional material challenge. If it were truly made of trash bags I would be impressed but since is is probably made of fabric someone picked out on purpose, I hate it.

  • Evan

    Reminds me of a Piñata. I’m just glad somebody’s wearing bright colors though after that colorless Oscars.

  • Trickytrisha

    Not only are the proportions wacky, the backdrop is clashing like mad with the dress. Makes for a rather epic eyesore.

  • sagecreek

    It’s actually a very Austin top, but the shortening was disastrous. Also, whoever down below (Oops, sorry, I mean MilaXX) said she should have paired it with skinny jeans was right on the money.

    • MoHub

      I was thinking high-waisted black cigarette pants.

  • I feel like she’s going to serenade us all with a Linda Ronstadt song and then take our margarita order.

    • Kitten Mittons

      Clearly “Poor Poor Pitiful Me”.

      Such a couldabin. Love the colors. I really don’t like that skirt.

    • Alyssa

      At least after Frozen, we know she can sing!

  • KinoEye

    I love, love love the colors in the top. This look would’ve worked wonders for her if the alterations weren’t so tragic. Look at how her eyes pop!

    • butterflysunita

      The colors are beautiful. The patterns and colors are very typically South Asian.

  • alyce1213

    Taffeta is very tricky. Her skirt is a wrinkled mess — maybe not the best choice for SXSW, like, do they have a steamer behind the step and repeat?
    Pants. And the top as designed.

    • Sarah

      I was thinking similarly – at least a pencil skirt instead of the taffeta.

      • Pennymac

        I thought taffeta was declared out of fashion in 1910?

  • kmk05

    It actually looks like the kiddie version, which is a little strange. I mean, everything is smaller (sleeves, the top itself, as well as the amount of beading making up the pattern). It fucks up her proportions, unfortunately.

  • Miss Ruth

    The backdrop isn’t doing her any favors, and the cropping of the top makes her upper half look like a piñata.

  • peachy

    agreed 100% TLo. I went back and forth trying to figure out wtf happened. can not imagine why the alterations went in this direction. i’d have been more inclined to put girl into a pair of high waisted spanks to cinch it in for more contrast btween waist/torso and the wider crop top. her waist would’ve looked soooo tiny! (not suggesting she is not tiny otherwise….just a styling thought.)

  • Vicky

    Love the top, the skirt looks a little weird. I’m not feeling the lip colour– too orange. Now that I’m thinking about it, who would ever wear orange lipstick in the first place, and why do her lips match her top? So many questions, so little time.

  • Mothra

    The skirt looks like it is made out of raffia. And I’m not digging that hair. Her hair should be funner for a fun dress.

  • LJCdoc

    yeah, shortening the top revealed too much of that weird cummerbund thing, which really never should get displayed, because it’s heinous.

  • decormaven

    That skirt looks like bunting from a parade float. The top is cute, but as the dear uncles said, it’s been mis-altered.

  • @Biting Panda

    She didn’t call me first. As we are besties, I would have shot it it straight with her. Tsk.

    • Jacob Bowen

      I’m SO sure you would have told her this makes her look awkwardly wide in the bust area!

  • butterflysunita

    That top is gorgeous–but yes, she ruined it with the cropping.

  • another_laura

    Is there no tailor in Hollywood who could do this properly? Maybe there is just no tailor in Hollywood, period?

  • formerlyAnon

    I still like the dress on her, though it does look a bit ill fitting.
    It also hits the mark really well for a mid-afternoon film premiere in Austin.

  • GeoDiva

    She’s just too short to wear this dress. Otherwise it is cute.

  • Tracy_Flick

    Are those…. goats?

    • I think they’re dinosaurs! The five your old me is squeeing so hard (and the current me too.)

    • sleepycat

      Llamas, I think

  • Bozhi

    On the model, the shirt hem and sleeves are the same length, and it looks great that way. I don’t think she could have worn the sleeves that long. In fact, on her version, the sleeves are even shorter than the hem of the shirt. That is just not her dress.

  • I LOOOOVE THAT TOP. Sequined dinosaurs? COUNT ME IN. I love how cha cha this outfit is. I’d wear it.
    ETA: But yeah, bad proportions here.

  • Charles

    With the top being cropped more on her version it looks like she’s wearing a cumberbun (the material does not help me thinking that).

  • quiltrx

    Not sure what NK was thinking with this one anyway, but the alteration to the top really makes this god-awful on Kristen.
    And that skirt doesn’t photograph well AT ALL. Chintz shower curtain.

    • Pennymac

      Yes! Skirt fabric is horrible! And the ruffle on the bottom of the skirt is a bridge too far.

  • sleepycat

    the only thing I like about this dress is the fact that the model doesn’t have a unibrow because I get Frida from this

  • Jeannie Shmina Greenwald

    Not a fan of the updo in this iteration and why did she match her lipstick to the orange in the top? No. She’s beautiful, though. Just love her Jeannie on House of Lies. Great name, too. 🙂

  • Vtg Fashion Library

    Scroll down fug.

  • elemspbee

    agree with T’Lo. I saw this on tweet and now after seeing the before f’ed alteration, this would’ve been super cute on her.

  • MzzPants

    By making the sleeves shorter than the bodice, they ruined that lovely line of trim. A shame, all around.

  • mmebam

    Love her lippy!

  • Gurl, no. My work is done here.

  • d4divine

    She’s too short for that dress

  • SewingSiren

    The black polygon on the background right at her waist level is not helping the silhouette , at all.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I wish the skirt were made of a different fabric *it just doesn’t look expensive* (said in Nina García’s voice).

  • marlie

    Totally agree about the proportions of the top. They should have kept the top as-is on the runway version, and perhaps shortened the skirt a little. Or switched it out entirely, because I’m not really a fan of the bottom half.

  • MarissaLG

    I didn’t think a scrolldown fug could start so high up.

  • Danielle

    Because boobs.

    • Candigirl1968

      Yes! The first thing I said to myself when I saw TLo’s question was “boobs.”

  • Shawn EH

    Girl, that’s not your bolero.

  • allcapsERINN

    “Girl, that’s not your step-and-repeat backdrop.”

    It has a NASCAR vibe that’s clashing with that dress. I have lost the ability to judge anything in front of that thing.

  • Alloy Jane

    Black taffeta ruffled skirt. That’s your problem. If the top had been a dress I could see this working.

  • Tad “bridge collection” circa 1986.