Carrie Underwood in Claire Pettibone at the TIME 100 Gala

Posted on April 30, 2014

Still a bit tapped out after that Mad Style post, darlings. Have some Country Barbie while we recover.


Carrie-Underwood-Claire-Pettibone-Time-100-Gala-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Carrie Underwood attends the 2014 Time 100 Gala held at the Frederick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City in a Claire Pettibone dress paired with a Swarovski bag, Vincent Peach earrings,  and a Bavna ring.

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That is strictly a For Models Only dress. Runway gal is just barely making it work and she has ten thousand pounds of rose petals at her feet helping her out. A standard red carpet provides no such boost for Carrie, unfortunately. A shame, because this is slightly outside her usual sparkly, colorless wheelhouse.



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  • ninamadeleine

    Pretty, but I want to pull those straps up about 1-2 inches

    • Agree. An inch or two higher, and a better fit in the bust, and this dress works for her.

  • For models and Dita von Teese.

    I’d like someone to distract Carrie while I steal her earrings, please.

    • kmk05

      It’s the neckline and shape of the bust.

      • Yes. There is not a thing wrong with Carrie’s boobs, but this dress isn’t their friend.

      • BerlinerNYC

        Exactly. It just needs a tug here and there. It’s not like she “doesn’t have the figure” for it. Also, I’m not crazy about the way she laid her hair down to cover one half of the bust. Carrie, girl, don’t resort to hair-as-camouflage—just make some adjustments with safety pins or something!

      • demidaemon

        For me, it’s that sheer overlay over a hideous underskirt.

        • holla

          yes I think it needs someone with super tiny waist to make it work.

    • Sarah

      I would like those earrings, also. We can have joint custody, because I don’t have many events I can wear them to.

      • That would work. Meeting half way to hand them over would be fun too.

  • Melanie

    I think it could work if the boob area could either be taken in a few pleats or the straps adjusted.

  • Sarah

    I like it, but I want the sheerness to be lighter, not black. I think it looks a bit like she got caught in some gloomy Victorian drapes, and if it were silvery grey like the dress, it’d be more cohesive.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      If the sheer were light, that could have worked better. Now, can we box this up and send it to Dita to see how she could sell this?

  • Danielle

    That dress is For Dita Only.

    • decormaven

      Would love to see her wear this dress. She would shut it down, for sure.

  • Anna

    She’s on my hate list so I’m biased, but Carrie to me has always had a talent for making expensive clothes look cheap. She’s not tacky, per se, but it looks ethereal and romantic (and almost even Lady Galadriel-esque) on the model, but on her it’s Macy’s prom department. It also looks too big in the bust. Bah, OK I clearly need more espresso.

    Would love to see this on Dita von Teese as @foodycatalicia:disqus mentioned.

    • Sarah

      It’s the makeup. If she could just do a fresher face once in a while, I think she’d look less prom-y.

      • Anna

        I agree. Her hair and makeup always look prom.

        • Kitten Mittons

          Better hair and makeup might help, but I think this dress is just flat out serving up Jessica McClintock from 1998. I had a very similar JM dress for May Crowning somewhere around that time. Embroidered fabric, overlaid with more embroidered flowers took it straight to Macy’s for me, too.

          • Anna

            So true! (Again irrational hate speaking) Carrie always serves up Jessica McClintock to me whenever I see her on the red carpet.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Yeah, that sounds about right. My favorite of her looks are when she’s out and about. I can’t think of anyone that wears short shorts like her. Dem Legs. Which probably fuels my irrational hate, if we’re being honest here.

          • Anna

            True, she does do casual much better. My irrational hate will always find something to criticize though (her hair and makeup) ;-).

          • Kitten Mittons

            You could also go after the lack of jewelry and that clutch, if necessary. You know, just to work out some frustrations.

          • Anna

            I do like the earrings, but yeah I was already cranky to begin with and whenever I see her, it just escalates from there.

          • Kitten Mittons

            We all have those people.

            Since we’re both cranky, why don’t we have some more strong coffee, polish off my son’s Easter candy, and take turns holding Charlie’s rat bashing stick?

          • Anna

            HAHAHA, that is a splendid idea.

          • marlie

            I finished off the Easter basket that I made for the sweetie yesterday (it’s his fault he left it with me), so I’m on board too. Needs. Sweets. Now.

          • Kitten Mittons

            The day after Easter, I separated out all the crap candy, and brought it into work. Now that we’re almost out of the good stuff at home, I’m eyeing up the peeps and off-brand ring pops in the office kitchen. And I hate that stuff! Sugar coma withdrawals.

            ETA: Totally his fault. If he realizes it’s his fault, though, he’s a keeper 🙂

          • Sarah

            I left my dark chocolate bunny at home after eating only his head and tail. His torso is now gone. I am owed a bunny torso, I say.

          • formerlyAnon

            You are owed a compensatory entire bunny. Pain and suffering, my friend. Pain and suffering.

        • alyce1213

          Prom Queen.

      • NeenaJ

        Exactly. My four-year-old self would have loved her!

  • Lilithcat

    That dress is gorgeous from the waist down. Loathe the bustline.

    • Stella Zawistowski

      Agreed. It’s two different dresses. I dig the bottom dress, but not the top dress!

  • gayle

    That dress is some awful wallpaper and curtains.

  • RussellH88

    I think it’s the kind of dress that only works in a fashion show, with the music and atmosphere around it. It does have this ethereal and romantic beauty to it, but I think it only gets that if it’s part of a runway.

    It doesn’t translate to the red carpet.

    • marlie

      Movement. This dress need movement to have any sort of interest.

  • @Biting Panda

    I like it. Better support for the girls, and a pretty up do, and we’d be in business.

    • leahpapa

      I think it’s an attagirl for her; it’s less honky-tonk and pageant-y than what you see on a lot of country stars. The bust could use some tailoring and I think you’re right about a loose chignon, but I think some positive reinforcement is in order here.

  • SewingSiren

    I can never get past the heavy, heavy, old fashioned pancake make-up she wears.

  • MilaXX

    Her makeup is far too heavy. Who is troweling on that much foundation on a young woman? I’m not sure the dress is truly a FMO, but I do think you need to be model tall to really make this dress sing.

  • AthenaJ

    I think this should have been a GTNYD post.

    • Imasewsure

      I think it’s appropriately FMO so the GTNYD probably is redundant…. kind of an IMO “in motion only” dress for sure though

  • largishbearishAtlish

    mid-level price pan-asian restaurant room divider curtain fabric.

    • Kitten Mittons

      That is fabulously specific, and totally on point.

  • juniper

    I don’t see how a sheer black drape with who-ha embroidered grandma floral over duvet fabric is fashion.

  • ballerinawithagun

    I love the way the abdomen area looks; the florals are stunning right there. I think if the embroidered tulle would have been cut exactly the same as the skirt this would have been a great look for Carrie. The full effect of the florals would have been more evident instead of just a messy mass. Yes, the bust needs to be fitted.

  • Cortney Dean

    We all know she is tiny, but those roses at the waist/hip really add a lot of visual weight/volume so it certainly isn’t doing her figure any favors.

    • cocohall

      I thought the same thing. Any dress that makes her look thick and hippy would put any regular gal into “wide as a couch” territory. Because she is a little bitty thing.

  • Mary Lauer

    I like the dress, but if it barely works on the runway as TLo said, how is it gonna work when styled to the LCD level of Ms. Underwood?

  • Mothra

    What a pretty dress and yet she wears it like a potato sack. The earrings are nice though.

  • alyce1213

    I love the dress. Maybe it would work better on her of she did something better with her hair. And makeup.

  • ashtangajunkie

    The dress is gorgeous, but she’s boring and makes the dress boring just by wearing it.

  • ktr33

    So I looked up Claire Pettibone, and she’s a bridal designer. So, yeah, Carrie and everyone else, no wedding dresses on the runway, bc they look like wedding dresses.

    • demidaemon

      This is pretty ugly for a wedding dress. i would recommend it to no bride ever, unless their goal was to give their MIL a conniption fit.

  • j regan p

    Also, the print looks like upholstery fabric (‘Richloom’). I covered my rocker cushions in it…

  • sherrietee

    She has grandma boobs here. The least they could have done was tailored it properly to her tits.

  • NMMagpie

    That massive rose and its placement is driving me nuts.

  • marlie

    It’s official. I hate Country Barbie. Barbie hair, Barbie makeup (flesh-colored lipstick, UGH), and Barbie posing. The bodice of the dress is fine, but that sheer black overlay thing totally kills anything that could have been said positive about the dress.

    • Anna

      She ALWAYS wears that peachy/flesh-coloured lipstick. And WAY too much foundation. Whenever I see her, I always think, “WHO requests this hair?!?” It’s either some kind of sideswept style or half-up/half-down with all these ridiculous tendrils all over the place.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Tough dress to pull off. It makes her look thick and shapeless and droopy in the boobal region. Tough dress.

  • somebody blonde

    I think it’s almost working- it’s just the bust that’s a problem for me.

  • Wink

    Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift really should stop “shopping” in grannies’ closets. There are florals. Then there are oh-hell-no-FLORALS!

  • Cottage cheese boobs? Nothing will make this work.

  • Kent Roby

    Just pull a cord and Carrie will present her vejayjay in 3 acts.

  • Jessica Freeman

    This is a strictly for the “to be burned pile”. The lace sheer over the lace is not working for me.

  • flamingoNW

    I’d like it if the top fit better

  • FibonacciSequins

    I was open to the idea of liking it when I saw the bodice (I think the neckline flatters Carrie), and then I scrolled down…it looks like she’s caught in yards and yards of cobweb.

  • sagecreek

    Oh, dear. That print could really have worked…but it didn’t.

  • oatmealpie

    This create boob droop where there was none.

  • ElectraWoman

    The top half won’t do any favors for anyone’s bust line, and the bottom half is garden fairy. Might have worked on Cate Blanchett in Lord of the Rings.

  • formerlyAnon

    I have rarely seen anything so dreadful. That is the most home-designed-and-sewn (possibly by 10-year-olds) awkward thing I’ve seen.

  • lunchcoma

    I…don’t hate it? I actually think it could be fine if it were worn by an edgier woman with edgier styling.

  • Qitkat

    I think this could be beautiful…as a bridesmaid dress, a little different from the usual. But it looks so limp here on Carrie, needed crinolines or something…attitude?
    And there are those dreadful black lined eyes again. 🙁 🙁 🙁

  • Gatto Nero

    On the model (with her styling), this has a vintage vibe that sort of works.
    On Underwood it just looks boring and dated.

  • Pound of Salt

    How many TLo posts start with them saying how tired they are? Aren’t we all, dears.

  • nannypoo

    I want to like this but, sadly, I do not.

  • Jean Beaton Leavitt

    The dress matches the background how often does that happen?

    • makeityourself

      Yes, bonus points to Ms. Underwood’s stylist.

  • icm

    Never been a fan of dresses that are all puckered and wrinkled just under the breast.(proper sewing terminology evades my brain at the moment.)

  • anotherkate

    I really enjoy this from the waist down. Waist up it’s boresville, and oddly shiny. (that last phrase is actually how I’d describe Carrie Underwood herself…)

  • msdamselfly

    Gorgeous dress

  • BrooklynBomber

    Move over, Marchesa!

  • Ashleigh

    omg that’s hiddy

  • LadyVimes

    I like the idea of the skirt, but not the execution for some reason. And the bodice definitely does not go with the skirt. At all.

  • rebeemoon

    I actually think the black sheer overlay is what makes this dress interesting.

  • quiltrx

    At first glance this is a gorgeous dress…then I sort of get a ‘sagging’ impression the more I look. I think it needs some underskirts to hold it away from the wearer a little. As it is, with that bodice, it comes off a little “nightgown with overskirt,” which definitely puts it in the Almost category.

  • demidaemon

    Yeah, this is a pretty ugly dress. Nope on this one.

  • Vtg Fashion Library

    Looks like Maria’s been making clothes out of curtains again.

  • I think that’s a dress which only photographs well in certain lighting…which is NOT the blinding glare of 500 camera flashes.

  • NBG

    This dress could have been vastly improved with better fit up top. Plus, the mermaid hair is ridiculous with that neckline.

  • xmixiex

    This dress is confusing me. At first glance- I like it. But something is off, something about the neckline, but I’m not quite sure what would make it work. Huh.

    Her skin is to die.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    Hair doesn’t go with the look and this is some serious DROOPY BOOB syndrome, but I think the dress (boob issue aside) is gorgeous and a nice departure for her.

  • Vee

    Gathered boob cups, ew

  • Nicole Walraven

    love the skirt but sad boobs are sad 🙁
    on a side note, is anyone else having trouble with broken images? this is the third day where at least one picture in every post is broken. i’m trying to figure out if its my browser or the blog. since i’m having no problems elsewhere, i’m assuming its the blog itself, and if others are having the same problem, maybe a heads up to the Uncles is in order.

    • Trist

      I’m not having any problem viewing the photos. I’m using Chrome on my imac.

      • Nicole Walraven

        i’m using chrome as well…i guess its on my end, but its strange that i’m not having issues anywhere else. the internet gods don’t want me to judge celebrifashion?

  • mdcoon127

    I think it works on her. And a welcome change from the spangles. I like it.

  • johnny sudeste

    boob to boob distance factor not to code.