Julie Bowen in Marchesa at LA Modernism Opening Night

Posted on April 29, 2014

Julie-Bowen-Marchesa-LA-Modernism-Opening-Night-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Julie-Bowen-Marchesa-LA-Modernism-Opening-Night-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Julie Bowen attends P.S. ARTS Presents LA Modernism Opening Night at 3LABS in Culver City, California in a Marchesa dress from the Spring 2013 collection paired with Christian Louboutin shoes and a Jimmy Choo clutch.





[Photo Credit:  Jason Merritt/Getty Images, IMAXTree]

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  • RussellH88

    It’s pretty good, considering her history. But I think it’s a pretty drab dress.

    • Yeah, what an awful color for this kind of fussy dress. Imagine it in a jewel tone.

      • jspark

        Yeah the belly strip actually provides some zen relief. I’m thinking this is for models only.

      • conniemd

        When I think of wearing lace (which is almost never) the last color I would pick would be gray.

    • Kent Roby

      I agree, it’s pretty good FOR HER, yet it’s a single rhinestoned broach from Mother Of The Groom.

  • @Biting Panda

    Marchesa, you say?

    No shit. I say.

    • BrooklynBomber

      ♥ I went into this with an open mind, really, I did. Yes, it’s Marchesa, and, yes, I despise Marchesa, but every once in a blue moon there’s something decent. This is not one of those times. I even like the shape of the top half, but, still, it’s a mess.

  • VicD

    It’s kind of a Frankendress, but I like it for her. Especially appreciate the adjustment that keeps it from being an open midriff style. It looks much more cohesive with the additional lace inset. I don’t even mind the shoes, except that they are too big.

  • julesj

    Looks like she modeling her car.

  • LipstickForPigs

    Needs better hair.

  • Twigg

    Was it a fancy toga party?

  • Stella Zawistowski

    Ooh, no. As modeled on the runway, although it’s got that fussy Marchesa feel to it, it also has a lovely sari-like quality. With the extra lace, the fussy takes over.

    • I agree. I liked the bare midriff.

      • Sarah

        Yeah, the midriff and the fall of fabric in the back that gives that swathe on the front some reason to be there, and also there are some very poorly done basting/tacking stitches on said swathe. On Julie, we have a jury-rigged back and a huge honking metal zipper, which is a major flaw to my eyes. It is also about six inches longer, and I’m not feeling that length either.

    • Gatto Nero

      The bare midriff adds focus and sharpens the lines. (The color is also so much better against the model’s skin.)
      Without it, the dress just becomes muddled.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Marchesa is the design equivalent of Lea Michele’s “of course.”

  • ashtangajunkie

    I’m a broken record this week and it’s only Tuesday…But Jesus, ladies, do your hair.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    On the model it’s a bit more “sari”..on Julie it’s a bit more “sorry”…

    • littlemac8

      I love her so much! Someone please step forward and help her dress herself and maybe hair and makeup too!

  • Capt. Renault

    A solid Meh.

  • kaybee

    She should’ve gotten rid of the sleeves if she was going to add that extra lace.

    And yes, definitely needed a different head of hair. Geez that’s some awful hair.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Editing is not a word in the Marchesa dictionary.

  • Laura Abrahamsen

    I don’t love the gray on a brown-eyed blonde. I think I might like it a lot better in a different color. Suggestions?

  • decormaven

    If colored polish were ever appropriate on the tips and toes, this would be it. Color would really help accent the swath of metallic in the dress and bag. An observation: that’s a very, very tight grip on that clutch.

  • Gatto Nero

    I read “Marchesa” and started sharpening my knife.
    The version on the model is a bit better because the skin breaks up all that fussiness. The one on Bowen just looks like a mess of layers and knots.
    And that hair.

  • Constant Reader

    While I have several quibbles (the hair, the clutch, the shoes) I’m willing to give her credit for looking a lot better than usual. She’s one of the stars (Malin Ackerman being another) who frustrates me because it can’t be that hard to look good if you start out blonde and gorgeous and have a lovely figure, yet Julie somehow misses the mark most of the time. Definite improvement here.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    Adding the panel on the stomach kills the illusion of a sari that the dress was supposed to have.

    I really don’t understand celebrities who choose dresses with cutouts or that showcase their stomachs, only to have them altered until it’s not the same dress anymore.

  • Sarah

    If you have to change the entire essence of a garment to wear it yourself, then perhaps you should get a different garment. I like the color. That is all.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    I give myself a solid chance of recreating this dress with some “over the hill” party table cloths and a stapler.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t like the shoe, but the dress is okay.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Marchesa strikes again.

  • marlie

    There are so many things wrong here. Cheap-looking lace, it’s sloppily wrapped around her body, it’s hella unflattering (saggy butt? really?!?!), and wrong, wrong, wrong nude shoes. Oh yeah – and casual, “daytime” hair and makeup.

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      The saggy butt is so bad. It looks like she has a full diaper.

    • Sarah

      Not only wrong shoes, but way too big wrong shoes.

    • zenobar

      Those shoes are a crime.

    • Julie

      All the likes for “hella.”

  • Danielle

    If you’re going to insist on a nude shoe, at least make sure it’s somewhat close to your skin tone.

  • Imasewsure

    Her head looks great and I love the shoe but that dress is awful awful awful (on her and on the model where it just looks like a bunch of ugly lace wrapped around her body)

  • Anna

    Oh, how do you solve a problem like Marchesa.

    I actually like it as is on the model, all the extra drapery is awful. She looks like she’s fighting with it in the first shot.

  • GillianHolroyd

    There’s nothing like a thin white stripe down your spine.

    • Constant Reader

      I think it was Coco Chanel who said that. 😉

  • Chuck Barthelme

    Looks like she wrapped herself in a tablecloth. It’s doing nothing for her figure at all, and it’s just kind of dowdy. It’s not horrible, but it’s not great either.

  • Tracy_Flick

    When my shower curtain starts looking like that, I throw it away and go get a new one at Target.

    • malarson2

      LOVE your name and your avatar. Love.

  • Denise Rambo

    My God she has ugly hands – and she could use a pedicure.

    • SusannaGA

      Her need for a pedicure is fair game, but criticizing her “ugly hands” is a bit mean. She’s a beautiful woman — how much perfection is necessary?

  • clatie

    why is she posing in front of a car? because she matches it? is it the biggest accessory ever?

  • Nancer

    That dress is… tricky.

  • Pablo

    Honey I can see your black undies.I it doesn’t matter how much more fabric you put in the dress if it’s see-through, It isn’t going to be demure

  • Cheryl

    I don’t hate it, but like the model’s version better. I like the sari referencing on it, that I’m not seeing on Bowen’s version. Also, the zipper on the back looks sewn in terrible, there is a gap where it missed completely. This isn’t Joe Fresh or H & M, one would think a little more care would be taken for a designer piece. All of us, that are old enough to have take sewing in Home Ec, would have never got away with that.

    • Kitten Mittons

      That is awful, didn’t notice the poorly sewn zipper at first glance.

      The execution overall is pretty bad. Not loving it or the styling anyway, though. Let’s just start all over, shall we?

  • Looks like a horrible battle between a mother of the bride dress and a pair of lace curtains.

    • conniemd

      And the tablecloth stepped in and beat them both.

  • MannahattaMamma

    MESS. Oh that zipper! On a dress that expensive, that’s the zipper? Plus why wear a dress the same color as the car you’re standing in front of? Is she shilling for Range Rover or just a happy accident?

  • BLauD

    What? What? What? What?


  • OY! If I was ML …I’d send her an apology!

  • Jacob Bowen

    Ugh, not a huge fan of the dress without the midriff showing, but at least her face and hair look great.

  • B_C_J

    This is a case where the model’s version is better. The reference to a sari is clear & actually a nice interpretation of it. (It helps that I like lace.) Ms. Bowen’s version has too much added fabric & as a result the sari references& the lines of the dress are obscured. The zipper is an abomination.

  • H2

    The color is blah and the bare midriff is essential to break up the fussiness of the dress. It also seems like it isn’t hanging quite right. Her hair is pretty blah.

  • Drunken Housewife

    She lost the sari references and turned this into a fussy lace dress. The original was gorgeous.

  • SophieCollier

    A mess of a dress. Looked all right on the runway, but the alterations make it look like a window sheer stapled to a lace dress.

  • EEKstl

    I am actually LOLing that even when a ladystar shoe is metallic, it’s nude!

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I didn’t think this was so bad until she turned around. That zipper, that lining, yikes.

  • Wink

    Both versions are awful, but Julie’s is the “awefullest”! (Yes… that’s the new word to describe it!)

  • BlairBear

    Who looks at a grey dress and thinks hmm that’s a bold color better go with a nude shoe. Also an of course for Marchessa, for her, and for the fungus growing on this moldy dress

  • MissusBee

    What Maria would have made if she had been staying at Miss Havisham’s house.

    Claire is pulling it off better than the model as her cool colouring, plus the fact she looks ALIVE, makes it less shroud-like.

    Seriously, the gray is lovely on her.

  • JP


  • MarissaLG

    It looks like she got tangled in some cobwebs before coming to the party.

  • boweryboy

    This makes more sense the way it’s presented on the model (and just barely at that).

    Adding the modesty panel over the midriff makes it look like Julie threw on a lace t-shirt and then wrapped some curtian sheers around the rest of her body. After typing that I realized I pretty much summed up Marchesa’s aesthetic…

  • Another dress ruined by the addition of…………drumroll please……….more LACE!

  • 3boysful

    My, that is an ugly frock.

  • crash1212

    Nope. Not having any of it. Go home and start over…and burn that dress and those shoes while you’re at it.

  • alyce1213

    It’s a fussy shroud. She’d better to stay away from Jewish cemeteries — they might mistake her for the deceased.

  • I don’t hate this dress as much as everyone else does, but probably because she’s covering her scary sternum. Must give credit where credit is due.

  • Clydette Wantland

    Not many people can pull off wearing a Marchesa dress, including her.

  • Mousentrude

    Clearly in the minority, I LOVE this dress, altered or not. If the wonky zip were sorted out I’d happily wear it myself. Shoes are bloody awful though.

  • Lori

    The dress is ugly, too tricky by half and has that icky air of cultural appropriate clinging to it, plus the color does nothing for her. Even with all that horror I think the shoes may be worse than the dress. WTH? They’re ugly, and they don’t remotely go with the dress.

    • boweryboy

      The entire Marchesa spring 2013 collection was inspired by India, so the cultural appropriation is intentional – and fugly.

      • Lori

        Yeah, I remember that it was intentional. That doesn’t make it any better though. Especially when, as you say, the collection is fugly. It was just a bad thing all around.

    • alyce1213

      Ah — the question of cultural appropriation v cultural inspiration (which has been happening forever in fashion). I find this inspired, not appropriated, but I object more to that fact that it’s very ugly and not well executed.

      • Lori

        It’s true that it’s an ongoing debate. I found this collection on the wrong side of the inspiration/appropriation line. This dress is a good example. The shape is just too on the nose. The weird fabrics feel less like evidence inspiration than adding insult to injury. I’m sure my general lack of patience of Marchesa influenced that assessment.

  • kmk05

    Oh no. On the model, the two pieces and the over-the-shoulder draping create an interesting sari vibe which is completely lost on Julie Bowen. They tortured that fabric into another dress entirely.

  • Mothra

    what’s up with the back? I think it is missing a few clothes pins.

  • malarson2

    I literally stopped watching that show because her breastbone was stressing me out. Seems like she’s gone out of her way to double-cover it up in these pics. But I know it’s still there.

  • FibonacciSequins

    What’s with all those purplish marks on her hand?

  • GeoDiva

    Metallic grey lace with nude shoes? I don’t think so!

  • ovarB

    I wish the dress was a bit more in line with the color of the runway version. That little infusion of color on the heinous tulle draping would tone down the “hein” just a touch. And I just hate how the life is sucked out of a garment once it is taken off the runway. So much thought is give to the textile and how to make it sing in a garment. Textiles deserve to be pampered!!! Julie’s dress looks like it was pulled out of a stuffed garment bag, shook out a touch and then handed to her to wear.

  • Is she reeally short? That hem is way too long on her compared with the model. I actually like the dress though.

  • demidaemon

    This looks like crumpled tissue paper turned into a dress. That said, it does look good on her. I am conflicted.

  • LambeeBaby

    The color is awful, the dress is too long and the shoes are not right for the dress, but her face looks pretty. It’s a shame because the look has potential.

  • Columbinia

    Visible zippers smack down the backs of sheer gowns just don’t do it for me. What ever happened to the side zipper?