Padma Lakshmi at the Derek Lam & Jamie Wolf Black and White Jewelry Launch

Posted on April 17, 2014

Padma sweetie? Not even you could make this work.


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That’s the problem with beautiful people. No one has the guts to say “THAT LOOKS AWFUL. ARE YOU NUTS?” when they come out of their dressing room in a crop top and overalls, thinking they fart ice cream.

And this should answer the question once and for all as to why we’re not stylists. We’d constantly get fired for being bitches.





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  • TheLaurenJean

    Overalls will never be upscale. Never ever ever. I don’t care who makes them or how much they cost, it’s never gonna work.

    • kimmeister

      I had a pair of hot pink Ralph Lauren overalls back in the day. Still looked like a neon bumpkin.

    • Aidan B

      Stop trying to make overalls happen. It’s never going to happen.

  • Dagney

    she looks like a tweeker.

  • Scimommy

    I am constantly seeing overalls in department stores now and having weird flashbacks to the 90’s. I didn’t wear them then, but they were all over my college. Padma must be feeling nostalgia for her 20s.

    • kittentoes

      I’m feeling like this now. Went out to the mall the other night and everything was stuff I had thrown out by 1994. It was very discombobulating.

      • melisaurus

        I was only 6 in 1994 so I don’t if you can imagine how confused I am at the mall right now. Now I understand what happens when people stop being trendy and only wear things that were cool when they were 23. I keep wondering when everyone is going to realize that 2010 was the best… ?

        • Sophie

          Oh yes, let’s wear what we wore when we were toddlers, it’s a great look.

    • French_Swede

      Overalls were also popular in the late ’70s. Every twenty years maybe? Ugh.

  • BlairBear

    if this was a jumpsuit/had covered sides and didn’t have that shirt I would kind of get behind this. I like the pants and the leather straps

  • Myra Amler

    Still chortling over farts ice cream

    • kimmeister

      The logistics of that would . . . be awfully messy.

      • Myra Amler

        At least no brain freeze.

        • twocee

          Would it be butt freeze instead? (yes, I’m feeling 10 today)

  • NMMagpie

    If I were wearing that, I’d be standing in the corner, too.

  • Evan

    “I’ll have a caramel frap and a croissant please. Wait, you don’t work here?”

  • demidaemon

    WTH? Really, WTH? Padma, you are so cute in colorful dresses and tops with pants. But…but, I just can’t with this. I think you smoked a little too much ganja before you put this on.

    And, really, TLo, more stylists should be bitches if this is what they are letting go out with their names on it. FOR SHAME.

  • marlie

    I’d hire you guys *because* you’re bitches. And I say that with love.

    Burn it all, Padma. Burn it. Except for the shoes. Send those to me.

    • random_poster

      Knowing that their bitchiness comes with an end-goal in mind, i.e. turning out the WERQ, would make that a worth-while hire indeed.

  • Darcy H

    To be fair, if anyone *could* make this work through the pure power of FACE, it would be her. Alas, this will never ever work.

    • marlie

      Seriously. Those cheekbones could cut glass.

      • Darcy H

        It took me a minute to notice the clothes because I was just sitting here like “DAMN girl.”

  • teensmom99

    Fart ice cream is the perfect update of my 92 yo father’s favorite expression “31 delicious flavor girl” for someone who thinks her shit comes in 31 delicious flavors. And I have to add that this had to be very ugly to look bad on Padma.

  • Lori

    They might fire you for being bitches, but they’d soon hire you back because you’re right. Every part of is hiddy and someone should have told her.

  • This looks like the sort of thing Nicole Scherzinger would think was a good idea.

    • marlie

      And that’s not the kind of thing that *anyone* should aspire to.

  • JasmineAM

    Rihanna would rock the shit out of this.

    • Evan

      Probably, but only because she has attitude for days.

  • hughman

    “Do you like these overalls? I got them out thrift shopping with Taylor Swift and Katie Holmes. HA! Made you look. They’re actually Derek Lam and you’re too fat to wear them.”

  • This is why the middle school girl in my loves Paula Abdul – she wore craaaaay shit in the day. That only a middle schooler would ooh and aah over.

    The stylist and Padma were obviously confessing their crushes on MC Skat Cat while coming up with this.

  • BrooklynBomber

    I hate to play the “you’re over 40” card, but. . . you’re over 40! For god sake. Give that to Chloe Moretz or some other toddler.

    • Sarah

      I was literally going to type that she looks like a toddler that took a bite out of Alice in Wonderland’s growing-big cake. A toddler with a very sculpted face, but still.

    • kduffin7

      Over 40 myself, I am so careful not to wear age-inappropriate clothes whilst still remaining stylish. And I would have been careful with this outfit over 20.

    • kimmeister

      I saw a 40-something acquaintance of mine last night with her hair half pulled back with a claw clip, but instead of a claw, they were pink plastic flowers. I soooo wanted to pull her aside to give her that card.

    • MilaXX


  • amanda lynn

    Ready for my strange thought? She looks, to me, like a mermaid. Well, the way a mermaid would look if they existed. Stunning, mysterious, and beautiful.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    Is she switching from cooking shows to home renovation shows? I hadn’t heard.

  • Sam Smith

    The fact that I can recall seeing her in overalls more than once makes me think that gal just likes overalls.

  • Judy_J

    I’ve often thought Padma made questionable fashion choices. This is definitely one of them.

  • deelup

    This is giving her crazy proportions that I don’t think are real for her. As in her head looks enormous, sat on top of diminutive shoulders and a tiny body. Is the outfit doing that or the camera angles? If it’s the outfit… sweet jesus.

  • DesertDweller79

    Flashback to 1993! Wooo!

  • Danielle

    I have to wonder what the jewelry looks like to warrant such an outfit…

    • kimmeister

      Apparently black and white!

  • LeelaST

    Terrible outfit – I’m pleased! PL is one of my IHs. Stopped watching Top Chef because of her. (Well, her and the stupid choices the judges made.)

    • Jackie4g

      Stopped watching Top Chef because of Padma, too. On my IH list as well.

      • LeelaST

        YAY! Thought I was alone.

        • Lori

          You’re not alone. She’s one of my IHs too. So much so that it gives me a perverse kind of pleasure to see her in such a terrible outfit.

  • DagnyReardon

    Maybe she’s working the pitt stop at the Indy 500. It’s only a few weeks away.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    This reminds me of an ancient episode of Green Acres. The men of Hooterville think that Oliver should wear overalls like all the other farmers instead of his lawyer suits that he usually wears. His wife, Lisa, has her dressmaker make him a pair. They are Italian silk with mink straps and gold buttons. He looks so ridiculous in them the townspeople beg him to put his suits back on.

    • kimmeister

      It was really named Hooterville?

      • Lori

        Yes. Same with Petticoat Junction, which was set in the same TV “world”.

        • MilaXX

          I used to love those shows!

          • Wendi126

            Yes! Billie Jo, Bobbie Jo and Betty Jo!

      • Jacqueline Wessel

        Yes! But Oliver’s wife, Lisa (played by Eva Gabor, Zsa Zsa’s sister) pronounced it “Hootersville”.

  • KinoEye


  • Tricia Rose

    *water spurt* Fart Ice Cream! Love it!

  • decormaven

    Why is she in the corner? Why such a stark background and why the overalls? Too many questions, and not enough interesting food for thought here.

    • Wink

      I thought the same thing about her standing in the corner. She must have been instructed to “go stand in the corner and think about the consequences of wearing that horrible outfit.”

  • Kara Keenan

    Let’s stop trying to make overalls happen, designers.

  • Jackie4g

    Not good. Seriously not good.

  • a_liking

    looks similar to something my very hip mid-20s sister would wear. but her overalls would be less… futuristic.

  • lunchcoma

    When an actual model can’t make an outfit work, you know the design is hopeless.

  • MilaXX

    Padma is a very beautiful woman, but that is an outfit for a 20something.

    • Linderella

      A 20-something with taste issues.

      • MilaXX

        Perhaps, but the right 20 something could make this work. A Disney kid like Zendaya Coleman (SP?) who’s tall and lanky might be able to sell this.

  • Aidan B

    I will never cease to loathe overalls with a fiery passion. They belong on farmers and babies; THAT’S IT.

    • Bonnie Blue

      I agree…*no one * should wear overalls except a farmer, and even for them, it’s optional.

    • DeniseSchipani

      I get into arguments with friends of mine who find women’s overalls “cute” — and I insist the same thing. Toddlers and farmers, people. Toddlers and farmers. End of discussion. Even worse: Maternity overalls. Gak.

      • FrigidDiva

        I would love someone to explain maternity overalls to me. I had to pee every 30 minutes the last few weeks of my pregnancy. I can’t even imagine trying to get to the bathroom and having to go through the whole routine of getting out of the overalls and then having to get back into them when you’re built like humpty dumpty.

  • kipper


  • msdamselfly

    Too much black!

  • Linderella

    Not to mention there appears to be a loose thread (or…?) hanging on the left side. Please tell me that’s a piece of dangling thread and not some bejeweled thingamabob intentionally placed. Because if it’s that, I’m going to have to vomit a little.

    • wisdomy

      I think it’s a zipper. Sorry.

      • Linderella

        I think that may be worse.

        • wisdomy

          Yeah, so did I.

  • roche

    Thanks TLo. Both for the phrase “farting ice cream” and for answering the question about why you guys aren’t stylists.

  • An editorial look if there ever was one. It looks interesting from the side but horrible at any other angle. Not for real life.

  • cocohall

    Is she going to a yoga class for mimes? What IS that? But can’t deny she has a fantastic body. Which begs the question – if you can look so good in so many things with your perfect little figure, why the F*ck choose this?

  • Miss Ruth

    I loved my Old Navy shortalls — had three pair — until it finally dawned on me that I looked like a pudgy hillbilly. And yeah, not even Padma can rock this look, especially with the tragic crop top (she did miss a fabulous opportunity to sport a rib tattoo there).

    Oh, and Uncles, you always say you’d never be stylists, but suppose if you offered to style someone as a fundraising event — that is, having the BKs bid for the honor and the proceeds go to a worthy cause — I bet you’d make a frillion dollars.

    • Coolekat

      Great idea!

      • Miss Ruth


  • largishbearishAtlish

    oh GOD NO.

    my (straight friend) adors her (secret crush 101) even HE work be turned off by this…is that top made of shelf paper?

  • LadyVimes

    She didn’t want to get her expensive crop top dirty so she covered it with an even more expensive bib. Logic.

  • MW

    If it’s a jewelry launch, isn’t she supposed to wear some?

    • formerlyAnon


      Listen to you! Logic! Adorable.

  • I feel crazy! She looks amazing, give me one in every color!

  • ScarlettHarlot

    This is so silly, it would be more fitting on Miley Cyrus.

  • snarkalicious

    Honestly, I think Padma looks disastrous 80% of the time on Top Chef. Not sure who decides what she wears on the show, but her outfits are usually unflattering and awkward, making her look much heavier and dowdier than she is – and obviously, she’s gorgeous. Maybe the same stylist is to blame for this ensemble?

  • clatie

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA gasp gasp ha ha ha HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Stop it, you’re hurting me. HAHAHAHA

  • quiltrx

    I totally don’t understand this. I mean *at all*. Where is the jewelry for this jewelry launch? Why does a crop top have a side zipper?
    And the words “tight, skinny overalls” should never, EVER be put together like that. Ever again.

  • Resl

    She has the most amazing cheek bones.

  • swissgirl

    Her face looks very weird and worked on. The whole concept is kind of discomforting.

  • This is 90s in the worst possible way. It looks like Empire Records threw up on her.

  • Anna

    Padma’s facial expression = “OshKosh B’Gosh!”

  • d4divine

    I agree…also isn’t she a bit old to even attempt this look…wow…

  • Clash D

    The Apron Jumpsuit.

  • Scott Cooper

    Well, she’s a couple decades too old for it. Elle Fanning could make this work.

  • AnneElliot

    It is a sad fact that if celebrities had stylists who were bitchy enough tell them the truth about how they actually looked, they wouldn’t be ridiculed on the internet.

  • Vee

    Hate the shoes, her face looks underdone and I think she should stay away from matte blacks. She looks washed out, yellowy kinda.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    I don’t get Padma at all. She is seriously gorgeous, but cannot dress herself at all. Even on Top Chef, where she must have help, she consistently gets it wrong.

  • FrigidDiva

    I had a pair of purple corduroy overalls when I was in 5th grade and I thought I was hot stuff. I think I also had a pair of short-alls that same year. I look back on those pictures and cringe. I can’t imagine what would inspire a grown woman to wear overalls. Also, what is that shirt made out of? Neoprene? It looks ridiculously stiff, and I’m thinking that’s why there’s a zipper on the side.

  • This is what the TeleTubbies wear when they want to break of out their “Child Star” image, ala Miley.

  • formerlyAnon

    Skinny, lanky, people under 23 can get away with overalls in the right setting. Overalls over midriff-baring tops should be confined to teenagers.

  • letter_M

    God of all the things she could wear….THIS?! Maybe shopping for children’s clothes has started to rub off on her.

  • Jeanettesca

    I haven’t seen pictures of her in a long time. Has she had some work done? She’s looking a bit strained and tightened.

  • shelley514

    “fart ice cream” LMAO, ROTFL. I can’t this morning . . . .