Rashida Jones in Valentino at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Posted on March 04, 2014

We’re surprised at how good this looks on her.


Rashida-Jones-Valentino-Oscars-2014-Vanity-Fair-Party-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Rashida Jones attends the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in West Hollywood, California in a Valentino dress accessorized with Christian Dior earrings and an Ana Khouri bracelet.

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Rashida-Jones-Valentino-Oscars-2014-Vanity-Fair-Party-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Valentino Spring 2014 Collection

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It takes a certain kind of lady to work the Valentino House’s late fascination with Medieval-inspired clothes. A lot of the spring ’14 line just looks difficult to wear and not-for-the-masses, to our eyes. In fact, the only lady star to truly WERQ these Valentinos was Florence Welch.

It never occured to us before, but Rashida actually works well in that sort of Florence Welch wheelhouse. They both tend toward funky, difficult-to-wear clothes with a slight rocker-chick edge (stronger in Flo than Rashida, to be sure). They’re both working a Boho Glam aesthetic. It’s just that Flo’s is so Euro-flavored and Rashida’s is more American sportswear-based. We guess that’s why it surprises us that we like this so much, because there’s nothing remotely American about this style of dress. Still, it comes alive on her. The colors are singing and we’re loving the styling, even if it is fairly close to the runway styling. That hand jewelry is crazy (in a good way), but we don’t think it goes with the look.

Still, good for you, girl. Maybe you should take more pages out of Flo’s style book.



[Photo Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images, KM/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES, IMAXtree]

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  • SewingSiren

    Yes. I love this. Unexpected. I am so glad she didn’t wear the jacket. My only bad mark is that I see what looks like a dress shield at the underarm area.

    • I think that’s a seam, but it totally looks like a dress shield.

  • MilaXX

    I would never have pegged this to work on her but I like it. In fact I like everything about the styling, hand jewelry included.

  • gabbilevy

    Needs a belt. But yes, this is good.

    • MilaXX

      I go back and forth as to whether a belt would make this look granny or not.

    • Kathy Charbonnier

      Totally needs the belt!

    • For sure. The waist-stripe in the fabric isn’t quite doing it. It at least needed to be nipped in a touch at the waist.

  • Scimommy

    Of all the ladystars who routinely flub their RC appearances, Rashida upsets me the most (because I obviously don’t have enough things in my RL to upset me, like my kids and my job.). She has so much natural beauty but the clothes she wears usually obscure or overshadow it. That said, this is definitely HER dress. I love it on her. But now that she has the right dress, she chose to uglify herself by wearing that hairdo. Why, Rashida, why???

    • DTLAFamilies

      (because I obviously don’t have enough things in my RL to upset me, like my kids and my job.)


  • ballerinawithagun

    Love the Klimt inspiration this collection. I don’t care for this cut on Rashida. Princess seams would have been fabulous on her instead of the bodice and skirt. The lovely gussets and godets could have still been deployed in the princess seams. I know Valentino was trying to make sure everyone would see the tulle detailing, but I would have preferred the tulle in black or a very deep (almost black) purple.
    She looks happy and beautiful!

  • Alyssa

    Very unexpected, but I adore this on her. I love the makeup…she normally messes up really bad on hair/makeup. I love the hand jewelry, and will take it now that she’s done with it!

    • Dam_Angel

      She looks best with bangs this length.

  • cocohall

    My kingdom for a belt! On the runway the jacket trim helped define the waist. Here she looks beautiful, but a bit of definition about the waist would have helped. It makes her look a bit thick through the waist which she is not. The colors are fantastic on her. Way to go Rashida!

    • demidaemon

      Exactly my quibble.

  • kmk05

    FAB, even though the shape around the waist may be questionable. Even Florence Welsh would have had difficulty pulling off this colour palette. Love the jewellery and the strong lip! Unexpectedly great.

  • RussellH88

    I kinda hate it. Maybe if it had a belt it could sway me,

    • AnguaVonUberwald

      I agree, it is kind of terrible. Not understanding the love.

    • Julie Chase

      I agree-I think I would like this better if it was short? That’s a LOT of fabric.

      • Grumpy Girl

        that was my thought, too–if only this was closer to knee-length. But I also dislike the see-through stuff on the arms; that just looks kind of creepy to me.

        • FrigidDiva

          I’m really just tired of it in general. Beyonce wore the sheer sleeve thing, Taylor Swift’s dress at this party has the sheer sleeve thing and so did Jennifer Lawrence. Someone make it stop!

    • Morales Mike

      I agree. Totally obliterates her shape and makes her frumpy beyond her years. Not understanding the love for it.

    • Kent Roby

      I love the bodice, but the continuation of the design down the full skirt is just too much for me.

  • princessricky

    is that… color.. on her… lips??? fellow kittens, my thirst is quenched!!! (for now)

  • Danielle

    The more I look at it the more I like it. The hair is boring.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Can we start a petition ‘Bitter Kittens for Belts’. Honestly, Hollywood.

    The belt would have helped break up the pattern and define her waist. I too, am shocked at how well she is pulling this off.

    • demidaemon

      It’s the new “No Neck Jewelry Ever” accessory strike. We just can’t have all the nice things at once, apparently.

      • Jessica Freeman

        Honestly it seems necklaces and belts have all but disappeared in a world where they are desperately needed.

        • demidaemon

          I know. I’ve started to wonder if there should be a pound for lost belts and necklaces, where each one sadly looks at you with glimmering finery, waiting for its perfect outfit.

          • SierraDelta

            You have the best ideas about the proper redistribution of Hollywood accessories!

          • demidaemon

            Why thank you; I do try.

  • @Biting Panda

    This has nothing to do with dear, sweet, style challenged Rashida, here. But I think my fellow Bitter Kittens would find this amusing.

    I am a plain tops kind of gal. I don’t do patterns. But almost every day I wear a fun, visually interesting necklace and coordinating bracelets and/or rings.
    Plain wardrobe, funky jewelry, that’s my M.O.

    Well, today the kids were being little apes and I barely got us out the door with all clothes on right body parts. It struck me, that I wasn’t wearing any jewelry. None. Unacceptable. Since I work at a living facility with amenities, I popped right into our slightly overpriced sundries shop and purchased a long, beaded necklace. Because I would rather shell out $14 than be without accessories.

    Ok, Rashida, you look lovely. That is your color pallet.

    • Sarah

      Ha I feel you! I went out without rings yesterday! I cleared an inch of ice of my car, kicked it in 4WD, and headed off to work, which wasn’t canceled when I left. Halfway there in heavy sleet & snow, my boss called and told me to go home, because they decided to shut ‘er down for the day. I battled my way home, slipping and sliding everywhere, and was totally relieved that I got to turn around because a day with NUDE FINGERS would have been awful.

      • marlie

        I’m ok without rings, but I feel naked without earrings, even if they’re tiny.

        • Sarah

          My fingers are perma-dented from the many rings they sport. Earrings never come out, so I’m always safe there. Nude fingers AND ears would be positively obscene!

        • kimmeister

          A lot of people are like you. I’ve been accused of being incomplete in my attire for not having earrings on, even though I had on a bracelet, necklace, and ring.

    • mlle

      I was out of town for the weekend and packed multiple scarves and earrings so I could add interest to my neutral, not-so interesting outfits. I also brought extra shoes, just to be safe when it came to options… and I still managed to fit everything in a smaller bag than my boy.

    • marlie

      I’m not afraid of pattern, but I’m all about the accessories, particularly when it’s past laundry day, and all you have clean is the “boring” stuff.

      • SierraDelta

        My husband promised to wrangle one of my carry ons on a recent flight. When we deplaned, I was HORRIFIED to realize that he had left it behind on the seat! I started hyperventilating and waving my arms and making high pitched wailing noises, so he scrambled to find a kindly flight attendant who could be persuaded to go back on to the plane to retrieve it. To this day, I don’t think he fully understands that that carry on (full of necessities, such as scarves, belts, clutches, jewelry, gloves, and chocolate) would cost boatloads more money to replace than the suitcase full of the boring stuff waiting at baggage claim.

  • decormaven

    Disqus is eating my posts! One more try- the makeup is different for her, but it’s appropriate for the look. Something about this reads “gypsy” – maybe it’s the hand jewelry? Tambourine with ribbons next!

    • suzq

      I know her make-up artist and she would be so happy to hear that!

      • decormaven

        How great! This was a good look for Rashida- props to her MUA.

    • zenobar

      It’s eating mine too. I was starting to feel a little paranoid.

    • Sarah

      Ate mine too. I like Gypsy inspiration!

    • Mine too. I posted something VERY FUNNY (may not be entirely true) and it has gone and I don’t have the heart to try again.

      • Sarah

        Oh, yeah – mine was frikkin’ HILARIOUS.

        • Kent Roby

          I posted one of those once-in-a-lifetime so-funny-you-can’t-catch-your-breath on-point-yet-timeless comments that was sure to set the twitter worlds on fire, but it was lost, too. And I was so looking forward to the certain validation directly from my Uncles, that it was the BEST POST EVER. Darn disqus!

      • zenobar

        I believe you!

      • SierraDelta

        Bitter Kittens never lie about levity.

    • mlle

      It’s been eating mine too. I’ve resorted to ctrl+c before I hit post.

  • LeelaST

    Simply beautiful fabric and deceptively delicate. But the style makes her look very thick through the mid-section. I love the side photo.

  • Kathy Charbonnier

    Anybody else think she’s ready-ing for a fight with that gold thing around her knuckles?

    • FrigidDiva

      I thought she’d been trying to put on a bracelet and it got stuck on her hand so she just left it like that.

      • kimmeister

        I’m confused how it’s staying there. I thought there might be something tiny that loops around one of the fingers, but no such thing is visible.

  • AmeliaEve

    Because of who she is, I am reading the little square motifs as glammed up kente cloth. This makes me feel like it’s the “cool” music teacher’s Kwanzaa dress for the winter concert.

  • suzq

    While a belt would have been helpful, the outfit is designed not to be worn with one. There’s fancy detailing at the waist that is very beautiful. It is someone like me, who has long since lost her 26″ waist, who should not be wearing that dress. Rashida looks fine.

    I know her make-up artist, so I’ll offer no opinions, because I’m biased, but the hair is really lackluster, considering the outfit.

  • Laura Renee

    LOVE! She looks so great. Though yeah, a belt would have helped.

  • She is like a live, walking Klimt painting. I’m loving the look.

  • Capt. Renault

    True fact*: It’s made from gold records that Quincy won.

    (*Not true at all.)

  • Little_Olive

    Great top. Bad bottom.

  • JaymeKay

    “Darings! Welcome! Come in! Have you heard dear Stevie’s latest album? It’s caller Innervisions.”

  • marlie

    I *LOVE* this. I think it’s a personal best for Rashida! This totally suits her, and I like the simple hair and bold lip with it.

  • Joanna

    I think that lip color really is the tie that binds the whole look together – I know going matchy with your makeup and clothes is a bit frowned upon, but here, it works for me.

  • SketchyCat

    I would have thought this dress would overwhelm her, though I do think it veers dangerously close to a case of the dress wearing the gal. Regardless, I’m pleasantly surprised by how well this works for her. Loving the rich color palette.

    I’ve seen several stars in dresses from this collection, and I’ve decided it should be called “Dresses that Obliterate Waist Definition” by Valentino. Or maybe “Waists: Who Needs ‘Em?” by Valentino.

    Having recently binge-watched Twin Peaks for the gazillionth time, I’m once again struck by how much she looks like her mother.

    [In other fashion-related news, Katy Parry wore once of the Moschino McSweaters in Japan. Congrats to the BK who called it! :0) ]

    • TAGinMO

      Whoa…I knew Quincy Jones was her dad, but I didn’t know until Googling just now that Peggy Lipton was her mom. Good genes.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Scout Finch from “To Kill A Mockingbird”. All grown up.

  • ashtangajunkie

    This might be the first time I’ve ever actually liked her hair. She looks good – these are definitely her colours.

  • CupcakeTrudy

    LOVE! Maybe her best yet. And she looks so happy!

  • smh4748

    I liked it more the longer I looked at it. Her makeup is great.

  • Mothra

    When did she start looking so old? I don’t like anything about this look. It is a little dowdy and she looks like someone’s auntie.

  • stubbornthoughts

    Fuchsias and purples are amazing on her. I’m seeing those colors really pop in these pictures. Great face, too!

  • jw_ny

    I don’t really like the dress…too much and too busy of a pattern. If there were some solid areas I may like it more because the pattern and colors are not bad. Her big hoop earrings bug me more though…too much for that dress.

  • Gatto Nero

    The colors and pattern work well on her, though the dress makes her look a little blocky — maybe the placement of the waist?
    But this is better than she’s done in a long while.

  • teensmom99

    Finally–Rashinda is wearing something that brings out her incredible beauty.

  • MarissaLG

    This is a total WERQ for me. She looks beautiful and chic and bohemian. Love it all around.

  • Aidan B

    LOVE this on her! What a pleasant surprise! She should work with this color scheme more often.

  • charlotte

    Has she always looked so much like Sophie Marceau?

  • majorbedhead

    I guess I’m in the minority here, but I think it looks like a 70s muumuu. I think there’s a picture floating around somewhere of my mother in something with a similar pattern at a cocktail party. Although my mother’s was probably polyester and came from Sears, but still….

  • I love her, and think she looks fabulous in this dress. I will come out and say that I think she looks stunning in many other looks that seem to get unfairly panned online. I’m a staunch supporter (‘staunch’ said with a Little Edie accent, mind you.) Sheeds is the shit.

    • Imasewsure

      You are definitely going to stay in the BK minority if you say that she looks great in “many other looks” but sometimes she does look amazing so you have us there at least…. She is adorable always… her fashion choices??………

      • demidaemon

        That’s how I feel. I’m a Rashida supporter in all things not fashion, but her fashion is like a no-hitter baseball game. Generally.

  • Imasewsure

    I want to dislike this because it’s kind of an ugly dress… but I can’t… she looks cute and I definitely think she should pin some Flo pix on her fridge for future reference!

  • dickylarue

    Mrs. Roper! As I live and breathe!

  • KinoEye

    I’m also stunned by how well she’s working this. The colors are magnificent on her skin. This is the best I’ve seen her look in a long time. But I wish it didn’t seem so heavy towards the bottom. Maybe taking this up to just below knee length would’ve been a good idea?

  • ShaoLinKitten

    It’s hideous. IOW, OF COURSE. It’s Rashida.

  • AnneElliot

    Sorry, I just can’t get over how hideous the print is — or is it embroidered? Anyway. I think I could manage the top with some skinny black pants, but as a gown, it’s just too much. Sorry, Rashida.

  • amaranth16

    Perfect colors for her.

  • AlisonS

    I spent this whole post yelling in my head “It needs a belt! My horse for a belt!”

  • alyce1213

    Personal best. Girl, this is your dress.

  • Kate4queen

    It’s definitely her dress. 🙂

  • Jean Beaton Leavitt

    Love the knuckle bracelet, hope to see it again.

  • GeoDiva

    Make it sleeve-less and it’s a winner!

  • Farthingale

    Ship this to Ehrmengarde.

  • Trickytrisha

    The Book of Kells by way of Andy Warhol in the Alps? Whatever it is, I adore this dress and this woman.

  • Lilyana_F

    This is gorgeous on her, I agree. The only thing lacking for me is a bit of a definition in the waist area. Maybe a belt of some sort, or the pattern could’ve given that illusion somehow. Oh, I don’t know, I’m nitpicking, she looks very pretty.

  • demidaemon

    Attagirl. She looks ravishing. My only quibble is that it needs more waist definition. The mock belt isn’t really doing it.

  • webslice33

    NOPE! that is hideous! it’s like a friar’s costume or something

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I love the darker lip color and those earrings are fab.

  • Wow! Serious surprise–she looks happy and comfortable, too.

  • Gina Mondzelewski Small

    God, really? The pattern is kind of cool but everything else about this is hiddy. And what’s up with the Lily Tomlin hair? Epic fail IMO.

  • LOVE! Love the ring/bracelet thingy and LOVE the colors on her! Very “Klimpt-esque”! The real question is: Why is she at the Oscar party?

  • dschubba

    Personal best.

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    This is a vast improvement for Rashida! I hope this encourages her to continue in this vein.

  • livesarah

    I don’t like the sheer bits on the dress, but if that was all-over embroidery or print, with a different dress (the cut seems to make her look blocky?) it would be perfect for her.

  • supri_supri

    Love. Want the earrings so badly. She looks like Rhoda’s quirky little sister.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Agree with “needs more waist definition” but wow the colors looks great on her and her hair and makeup is the best I’ve ever seen.

  • Shawn EH

    Those hoop earrings and that shade of lip really solidify the look; for once her too casual hair is fine, because everything else is so fancy!

  • peachy

    well it’s definitely an improvement for Miss R. overall though, i dunno… not crazy about any of it for her except the fantastic hues of the dress.

  • Rosmery Soazo

    me encanta este looks, es precioso.