Lucy Liu Style Double Shot

Posted on April 30, 2014

It’s been kind of dreary and weird on the celebrity style front. The fashion equivalent of a rainy April week.

We all need a double dose of some Lucy in our life right now. She’s a lady who never fails to put the effort in and wind up making a statement.


Lucy-Liu-Dolce-Gabbana-Proenza-Schouler-David-Letterman-Tony-Awards-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Lucy Liu outside the studios of “Late Show with David Letterman” in New York City in a Proenza Schouler dress from the Spring 2014 collection paired with Giuseppe Zanotti cut-out booties and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

Lucy-Liu-Dolce-Gabbana-Proenza-Schouler-David-Letterman-Tony-Awards-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)

Lucy-Liu-Dolce-Gabbana-Proenza-Schouler-David-Letterman-Tony-Awards-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Proenza Schouler Coated Pleated Textured-Satin Dress 

Lucy-Liu-Dolce-Gabbana-Proenza-Schouler-David-Letterman-Tony-Awards-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (4)

Lucy-Liu-Dolce-Gabbana-Proenza-Schouler-David-Letterman-Tony-Awards-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (5)

We can’t say we like it -not even a little bit – but it’s high-impact, you’ve gotta give her that.  The shoes are pretty killer. She’s like J Lo in that she always knows how to punctuate a look with the right shoe. But that skirt is pretty crazy-looking. The whole thing looks like the winner of a Project Runway unconventional materials challenge, like it was made out of post office supplies or roofing material or something. Still, like we said, she dresses to turn heads and she got the job done. Keep the shoes and find a pair of jeans for them, Lu.


Lucy-Liu-Dolce-Gabbana-Proenza-Schouler-David-Letterman-Tony-Awards-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (6)Lucy Liu attends the 2014 Tony Awards Nominations Ceremony in New York City in a Dolce&Gabbana temple print dress paired with Saint Laurent black pumps and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

Lucy-Liu-Dolce-Gabbana-Proenza-Schouler-David-Letterman-Tony-Awards-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (7)Dolce&Gabbana Temple Print Dress

Lucy-Liu-Dolce-Gabbana-Proenza-Schouler-David-Letterman-Tony-Awards-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (8)

Lucy-Liu-Dolce-Gabbana-Proenza-Schouler-David-Letterman-Tony-Awards-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (9)

This looks like something Carrie Bradshaw would have worn circa 1999 – and bitches? That’s a compliment.

She fills this out so much better than the model does. Loving the jewelry choices and the fact that she went with the classic pump here. Let the graphic and the body-hugging silhouette do the work here. No need for tricky shoes or crazy jewelry. Pure confident style. Very “Everyone wants to be me.”





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  • Emily Rose

    I dream about waking up one day and being lucy liu.

    I don’t even hate that first look. Not so big on the tan swatch but I like the pattern generally.

    • elemspbee

      i do too Emily Rose!

    • Kent Roby

      I want to see her do a Wonder Woman spin in that skirt!

  • sarajgh

    If you see the original Proenza Schouler runway designs, there is no random black patch in the middle. I think it’s completely unnecessary, idk what was the point of adding that. She looks great though.

  • @Biting Panda

    I think I might worship her.

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      Go ahead and commit to it.

    • Pablo Ulloa

      so do i…. anyone getting a “Victoria Grayson” kind of vibe from the second look?

  • another_laura

    I caught her on Letterman, and that first looked worked really well on screen, I thought.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      Yes, and Dave really liked it, too. He said it was gorgeous and complemented her twice.

    • Qitkat

      I didn’t see it, but my husband said she looked lovely, especially sitting down, with the skirt spread out, catching the light.

    • marlie

      Despite the fact that I don’t like the dress, I can see how it might work really well as a sit-down interview dress. Someone at least had enough sense to put her into something that wasn’t too short or tight.

    • MsMajestyk

      I agree, it was a good on screen dress with the way the metallic parts were broken up with the pleats open. I didn’t notice her clodhoppers at the time, I must have been distracted with her general awesomeness.

  • alyce1213

    #1’s okay, a statement, but the shoes are too much, too heavy and not flattering her legs.
    #2 I like very much, it’s beautiful on her and certainly better than on the model.
    I’ve missed her.

    • Aleoconn

      If you want to see more of her she’s in Elementary right now, which is a fantastic show.

      • alyce1213

        I’ve watched, from time to time only, and I like it. I’ve missed her here, in pretty clothes.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Oh, I hate those shoes. I’d hoped we were done with that style.

      • Lower L

        I’m with you. That picture with the frontal view of them made me think of Gene Simmons.

  • Sarah

    I actually don’t hate the first dress, but I don’t like the shoes with it. Something with thinner straps is called for there. I like the second dress with her hair covering those big focus-pulling black straps way better. Also, her bracelet is nice in that look.

    • lizajane1776

      Probably the first time that the cocker spaniel hair has improved a look.

      • conniemd

        Yes, usually we bitch when the cocker spaniel hair covers the neckline so we can’t see the details. I was really happy that the hair covered the ugly black straps. I kinda gasped when I saw the model dress. The think black belt helps a lot too.

  • charlotte

    Scrolldown too bad.

  • Be Arthur

    O Domenico e Stefano! Mi piace da morire! Gorgeous dress, made even better by Lucy Liu. Lucy, please send it over when you’re done.

  • Shawn EH

    1st one is creative, 2nd one simply flattering: the many shades of black and white!

    • Isabel

      But 1st one make her look fat and I know she isn’t like that 🙁

  • Anna

    God bless this fabulous woman. Even when I’m not crazy about what she’s wearing (first look), she still manages to look incredible overall.

    I wanna be her in the second look, and also want and will pay top dollar for a vial of the unicorn tears or whatever she’s drinking. I keep hearing “ma’am” more often than I’d like these days.

    • Sarah

      That ma’am shit is frikkin’ irritating. I cut off my “alternative” hairdo a few years back, and immediately got “ma’am-ed” all over the place. Perhaps I should go dye my hair a trendy lavender for a more youthful appearance. (NOT.)

      • Qitkat

        Oiks. Even though we’ve never met, I cannot picture you in lavender hair, especially not after the horrendous look Nicole Richie is sporting.
        Ma’am, sigh, I am of the age, but it still rankles, unless you are in the deep south.

        • Sarah

          I know – I’m FROM the south, but it was such a very noticeable thing wherein I was never called ma’am, and then I was. I still have tattoos and multiple jewelries, so I don’t probably look like the Dreaded Soccer Mom that I think people mean when they say that, but on the other hand, like Annie Potts in Pretty in Pink, there’s nothing really that wrong with that. And no, I would NOT dye my hair lavender. Ever.

          • demidaemon

            Thank you, Jesus! 😉

        • Kitten Mittons

          That is the very reason I moved to the deep south. Now I’ll never know if they think I’m old because I’ve been getting ma’am-ed since college.

          Plus, you get a nice mix of sugar, baby, honey, darlin, sweetie, beautiful, and dear on a regular basis. Depending on the situation, it’s nice in an old-fashioned way.

          • conniemd

            When I turned 50 I noticed that I got all the honey, sweetie appellations from sales clerks, waitresses, etc. It was weird. And I live in the northeast.

          • Kitten Mittons

            That is strange! I’ve noticed it more as I’ve gotten older as well, but I think for me it’s that I’m just not as shy with folks as I used to be.

          • Qitkat

            You’ve made a good point. I like the others better than ma’am though. What state? My folks were both born in Alabama, so lots of relatives there, once upon a time. My mom used to say darlin’ so I have fondness for it.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Louisiana. I grew up in Colorado, but I’ve been here since I was 18.

            I live in the New Orleans metro area, which is such a unique place of its own, it’s barely southern in a lot of ways. But they definitely love their little pet names for people. I have a fondness for hearing them as well.

          • Qitkat

            I’m hoping to visit New Orleans later this fall on a ‘girl’s (long) weekend’ with my best friend. Neither one of us has ever been there. The food! The music! The architecture! The accents 🙂

          • Kitten Mittons

            Oh my goodness! So. Much. Fun. You will have a blast.

            The later you come in the fall, the better. It doesn’t often cool down here until October. Even so, it’s easy to have a good time down here. Let me know if I can provide any info for you!

          • Qitkat

            Thanks! I will have to remember to pick your brain later on this year. Would definitely appreciate that.

          • butterflysunita

            I grew up in New Orleans! Though now live in NYC. Lot of Southerners here.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Cool! What part of New Orleans?

            I love NYC! Haven’t been in quite a long time. A friend is moving to Brooklyn soon, and I’m already planning a trip to visit.

          • Sarah

            I use darlin’! I also use sweetie. All kids are “sweetie” or “sweetheart” or “darlin'” until otherwise determined.

      • ballerinawithagun

        What was your “alternative” hairdo? Shaved on one side, long on the other?

        • Sarah

          I had shaved underneath, long on top from 14-16, then I dyed all of that maroon, then I grew dreadlocks, which I had for 13 years, and were about top-of-thigh length. Had to cut ’em off for professional reasons, and now I just have super-curly red.

          • Qitkat

            Someday your kids to come will really enjoy seeing pictures of their mom in all her crowning glory variations. They will be amazed.

          • Sarah

            Hope so. Thanks 🙂

      • tallgirl1204

        I don’t mind ma’am, but I grew up saying and hearing it, so it doesn’t bug. My husband, who is still traumatized by his time in the military, refuses to say “sir” and hates hearing it. So I can see how ma’am could bug– I don’t hear it as “you old lady,” though.

        • Sarah

          I ma’am and sir everyone, unless they seem way younger than me, then it’s sir and miss. See my other comments for why I think it rankled – it was a very abrupt shift I wasn’t ready for, I guess.

      • demidaemon

        PLEASE ANY COLOR THAT IS NOT IN THE PURPLE FAMILY IF YOU MUST. Sorry, but caps were necessary there. 😉

        • Sarah

          NO PROBLEM I WOULD NEVER DO IT. To be clear, I am not at all upset by novelty hair colors (although I don’t care for the look of Katy Perry’s acid green either). More power to any and all people who want to express themselves! I love it.

          • demidaemon

            Me neither. I just think purple is a might overplayed and really only works for pale people in certain occupations. It’s just a little tired at this point to be jumping on that bandwagon, if you get what I mean.

          • Sarah

            You said it. It just always manages to make folks look ghastly, IMO. I do like that navy that some company has been advertising in their commercials – I don’t think it’d work for me but it is pretty badass looking.

          • demidaemon

            My mom is actually planning to do something similar to her hair this summer, by dyeing parts of her hair a deep blue that will mix in with her natural hair color. Something subtle. I think we saw pictures of it in our hair stylist’s look book or a Vogue at the hair salo. I can’t remember which. In other words, don’t completely discount the navy. I bet it would read as black or a similar color, too, depending on the lighting, which might give you that “Oooh” surprise factor every once in a while. And, as a librarian, I bet you have some hair freedom with your job. 🙂

          • Kitten Mittons

            Your mom sounds awesome.

          • demidaemon

            She is, although she doesn’t always quite realize her awesomeness. I show her posts from this site every once in a while, but she hasn’t yet jumped into the deep end of TLo, unfortunately.

          • Kitten Mittons

            I will keep praying, then.

          • Sarah

            Little bit. Believe me, my haircut is probably the craziest out of all my immediate coworkers. And that’s because: Bangs! Color! Texture! Shape!

          • demidaemon

            Awesome! You can be the poster woman for changing stereotypes of librarian fashion everywhere!

      • Anna

        It’s bizarre, sometimes I still get miss and other times I’ll get ma’am (which one is it people?!). I guess it really bugs when I hear it from someone who seems older than I am. I work in a very corporate environment and I notice I hear it more often when I’m in my work clothes, so I guess context/how I’m dressed has a lot to do with it.

        • KinoEye

          I’ve discovered I am a chameleon when it comes to age. If I’m dressed down and wearing glasses and not much makeup, it’s assumed I’m still in high school. If I’m all done up, people think I’m at least my age or a little older. Unless I’m working at the local high school for some story — then, I’m mistaken for a student and asked why I’m not in class. Apparently people who talk to me on the phone think I’m in my 40s. It’s a tossup, really. But I’ll enjoy being mistaken for a high schooler while it lasts.

          I always call people sir or ma’am, it being partly a southern affectation and partly out of politeness. I always hope I don’t upset anyone by doing that. I’ve been ma’amed before though, and it is a little strange.

          • Anna

            I hear you. I actually started hearing the “ma’am” in my mid-twenties, and yes it was dependent on how I was dressed. I’ve worked in a variety of places, but noticed it more at the very corporate jobs. But when I’m dressed more casually, I hear “miss.”

            After I turned 30, I got so excited during the increasingly rare times they’d ask for my ID at the bar or the liquor store. I don’t care if they’re doing it because they’re just following procedures, NOW I take it as a compliment.

  • mjude

    i think she is fab even when i don’t like something she is wearing. the shoes in the first look, are way to clunky for me.

  • FibonacciSequins

    She’s killing it in the second look. The first is too gladiator for me. I like the silhouette, needs a different fabric with different shoes.

    • marlie

      THAT’S it with the first look… it’s a bit Xena, Warrior Princess.

  • Gatto Nero

    The Proenza Schouler dress looks oddly plastic — so stiff and shiny. Killer shoes, though.
    The second look is perfection.

  • LeelaST

    The first look is giving me goth wonder woman. Love the second look.

  • The first dress is made of satin? The bodice looks heavy and it’s not that flattering. The second look I LOVE, minus the hair.

  • Bexxx

    Really? I HATE those first shoes. They are offensive. They’re almost halfway decent from the side but head-on they are heinous. Her curves, on the other hand, are beyond amazing. Bam.

  • gloriana232


    There has to be a (fabulous!) painting of her somewhere, getting older and older, except in this case, because it’s Lucy Liu, even the painting version only looks, like, ten years younger than she actually is, instead of the TWENTY YEARS YOUNGER SHE LOOKS ALL THE TIME.

    • holla

      there is a giant prop painting of her, well her character, on Elementary. Moriarty painted a portrait of Watson. It’s like 6ft tall.

      • gloriana232

        OMG. You’re right. This is my headcanon from now on.

  • Mothra

    I love the first look til she turned and then it was clear someone poured a latte down the side of the skirt. Not a fan of those clunky shoes though. The second look looks SO MUCH BETTER on her than the model. That little black belt pulls it together. Although it also looks very much like something you could get a Lord and Taylor with that little belt, but still, a nice look.

  • KinoEye

    The second look is gorgeous. I was on board, but not loving, the first look until I saw the shoes. They might work with another outfit, but my first thought was “torture devices” followed by “bear trap.”

    She will never not look gorgeous, no matter what she’s wearing. Her hair is to die for.

  • Kitten Mittons

    I’m not in LOVE with the first outfit, but I’ll say that I definitely like it more than Lizzy Caplan’s attempt at tricky fashion. It’s interesting, and I keep looking at it. Styled perfectly.

    I am totally in love with the second dress, and I need it right this minute. She normally nails the styling, so I’m surprised that I’m not crazy about the loose hair and standard pumps. But she still looks like a knockout.

  • Danielle

    I have that second dress as wallpaper in my guest bath, but I’ll be damned if I don’t want to take her for a gondola ride and feed her an assortment of grapes and cheese.

  • juniper

    Are there always nominations ceremonies for award shows? Has this always been a thing? It doesn’t compute.

    Oh and Lucy looks killa. Fashionista knows how to chicly werq the be me life style.

    • Kimbolina

      Yeah, basically a few people have to wake up at the ass crack of dawn to announce the nominations.

      • MilaXX

        Lucy came from a night shoot and only had 2 hours sleep before making the announcement.

        • Kimbolina

          How does she look this good with basically zero sleep?! She is otherworldly and I want to be her when I grow up.

          • demidaemon

            It’s MAGIC.

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  • E.Nelson

    If the bodice on the first look was simpler I think it would be a different story – I think the skirt is rather gorgeous actually – and I’d imagine the colors playing off each other in it look luminous in person. Not loving the bodice though, no matter which way you stack it.

    Second look is flawless. Kthx.

  • JP

    The second dress is amazing, especially on her. The first? Well, I’d like it more without that weird bronze panel on the one side, but that shoe? I just can’t, not with that dress.

  • Coolekat

    On the second as worn by Lucy, the eye doesn’t see those black straps, which I find very distracting on the model.

  • LadyVimes

    Hate the first dress, love the second, but I wish the belt was just a smidge wider. Those shoes with the first outfit are awesome.

  • Qitkat

    Seriously, does anyone know if that D&G print fabric is available anywhere? I wants it so bad.

    Lucy Liu is such a true Pretty Woman, and thank goodness, she knows where to stop with eye liner.

  • ballerinawithagun

    I’m imagining those shoes cut below the ankle, remove that top strap and the blocky front part and they still would be fabulous but much more flattering to her legs.

  • tallgirl1204

    I had more-or-less that first dress in 1977. Sort of late-disco-era. However, my stripes matched. Can no one see how cheap un-matched stripes look?

    • CanIbeFrank

      first thing I noticed! Plus, I think the neckline is too high–it’s awkward. If you’re going with a V-neck, make it a proper V!

  • kimmeister

    Standing Ovation for her judicious belt deployment!!!

  • shopgirl716

    Hate the shoes on the first look. I think they cut off her legs and make her look shorter. Love, love the second look.

  • lunchcoma

    Quite lovely, all around, but I don’t understand why people insist on pairing heavy shoes with flimsy dresses. Just because both are stylish doesn’t mean you should pair them.

  • ashtangajunkie

    You know what else Lucy Liu always knows how to do? Properly deploy a ponytail. Hers is always polished and perfect for her outfit.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Really liking that second look, and after looking at Nicole Richie, I appreciate the effort that Lucy Liu puts into her appearance.

  • crash1212

    That first look gets the job done, as you say, but that last look is killer. I love that dress and what she did with it is SO much better than what’s on the model. Nicely done!

  • coco ebert

    I love her clothes on Elementary.

  • rebeemoon

    I saw her on Letterman in that dress last night and it looked great. Even Dave remarked on it—in a good way.

    • GeoDiva

      I saw her on Letterman too. The dress looked so different on TV. Had no idea there was gold panel on it. It just shimmered in all the right ways.

    • MilaXX

      I liked it then as well but I couldn’t see the gold bit. That’s what ruins the dress for me.

  • quiltrx

    Love that her hair in the second look is covering up the worst part of the dress, the weird straps. That print is terrific and looks great on her.
    I actually like the first dress, EXCEPT that dull-black triangle at the waist. That’s just weird. And the shoes are awesome but SO not for that dress!

  • marlie

    Totally thought “unconventional materials challenge” with the first look, even before I read the commentary. And I hate the shoes. HATE. As for the second look, very pretty and classy and ladylike. And the dress looks so much better with the belt.

  • demidaemon

    Love the second look. The first one has the needle scratch effect between the shoes and the dress.

  • unbornfawn

    The second look is so much better. Love the graphic and the little belt helps.

  • MilaXX

    Not crazy about the first look but like you said, she’s making it work. I like the second look because it not only looks better on her than the model, it also clearly says “zit his is my serious but still artsy look.” She wore the second dress to announce the Tony nominations.

  • Malia C.

    She so often (I want to say “always” but I’m not that confident) wears little booties on Elementary that I was starting to wonder if she had a personal or physical aversion to pumps or heels, like she’s wearing here. Regardless, she looks fabulous – another actor who seems to not only defy age, but get better looking with it.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I LOVE both looks but despise the first shoes from the front. That second dress is BEAUTIFUL and I really like the straps (for some odd reason) but her hair provides that bit of black that I feel balances all of the white in the dress.

  • formerlyAnon

    The first dress plus shoes give a stocky impression. I think it’s the shoes as much as the dress. The second dress is a triumph.

  • elemspbee

    The first outfit–if that skirt part was shorter, like it is on the model, it works, i think. That 2nd dress–yes the print is quite 15 years ago. luv it.

  • Annistella

    Yup. Puts the effort in, smiles and looks like a star. Should be more famous than she is. Unlike say, the Kirsten Stewart school of studied ‘please dont look at me’ (but I really want you to look at me).

  • mmebam

    I’d happily settle for being near her.

  • If she wanted a dress that gave her a “pidgen breast” she got it!

  • Debb

    Wearing shoes that go up to the ankles make her legs look short. The first dress would look better paired with more suitable shoes. Agree the second dress she fills out so much better

  • malarson2

    She KNEW that first dress was going to kill on Letterman. On television. And it did. She wore something very beautiful and daytime for the Tony noms and it totally worked, too. She knows what she’s doing. Dressing FOR occasions. Plus, she’s gorgeous, interesting, her figure is ridiculous, and her freckles are a major asset. Also, we just watched “Kill Bill’ and in it she kicked ass in a room full of men. Every sweet young thing 26 and under right now in Hollywood and NYC should be looking to her. She KNOWS what she’s doing. Nothing better looking than that.

    • demidaemon

      Excellent points.

      • malarson2

        Thank you, you small, partial, little demon (am I interpreting your cool name properly?).

        • demidaemon

          Indeed you are! 🙂

  • I love the second one – a dress that looks like an apron on the model goes all va va voom on Miss Lucy. I never really thought of her having those curves before!

  • Judih1

    I disagree with the second dress. I like the longer length on the model and wish she had done something different with her hair.

    • AnneElliot

      I agree about Lucy’s hair. If she’d worn it up, the impact of the straps against her skin would have been more dramatic. Still looks great though, I love how she added the belt. I kind of like the first dress — the shoes, not so much. But she still looks like she could kick your ass. In a good way.

  • Clash D

    The gladiator heels with the first look is a bridge too far for me, I like the second look but not the makup, imo not enough eyeliner on the bottom lid and the make up makes her eyebags look huge.

  • kat89

    I need those shoes from the first photo. Can’t find them online anywhere!

    • Malia C.

      I have tried every keyword search in an attempt to help you and I’m coming up blank too. Unfortunately, I *am* finding lots of heels I want to buy for myself!

    • Qitkat

      I found them for you: Giuseppe Zanotti Studded Gladiator Platform Sandals. Not available because from 2009. Apparently she only wore them before the show, and changed into a different pair when she went on air for the interview. Also unfortunately, I can’t actually find a page that actually shows them for sale. Info is from this link:

  • SuzBald

    I think she looks amazing – agree with all who love how she makes the dresses look so va-voom!

  • MarissaLG

    Second look is MAJ. First look is MEH.

  • Liz

    Dress #1 is not flattering to her at all. Love the look on her face in #2, she knows she’s killing it.

  • julnyes

    She is lovely and talented and I like her quite a bit 🙂 Oh and the clothes are nice. She rarely makes a public appearance misstep – the lady has style.

  • BlairBear

    Victoria Grayson is going to put out a hit on poor Lucy for getting that Dolce before she did

    • Dan_In_NYC

      My very first thought was “Victoria Grayson would cut a bitch for this look.”

      • BlairBear

        Haha great minds

  • decormaven

    While I’m not as fond of the first look as the second, I bet the fabric in Look #1 was great on camera. That second look- that’s my favorite this week. She is a boss!

  • kim bunchalastnames

    LOVE the d&g.

  • Jessica Goldstein

    Lucy Liu is also not afraid of a print, which makes me adore her even more. Love the D&G on her, and think her addition of a belt helps out the look. too.

  • Darcy H

    LOVE that she added a belt to the second one and that she used her hair to cover those weird straps. Totally killing it.

  • Kitten_Mittens

    Lucy Liu is my fashion spirit animal.

  • Saturnine

    She makes me happy whenever she shows up. I love Elementary, in equal parts because of her coolness and Jonny Lee Miler’s hotness.

  • katiessh

    Is saying she dresses like carrie bradshadaw circa 1999 a compliment? Coz I remember a hella ugly clothes that woman wore

  • Lily

    What is it with these twee actresses putting on clunky shoes that give them Clydesdale feet. Total distraction.

  • SLeighH

    Why is that second dress not in my closet right now?! Love. It.

  • johnny sudeste

    the model rocked the first look but Miss Liu rocked the second.

  • JynxTheCat

    She is a cool breeze.