Shailene Woodley in Zuhair Murad at the “Divergent” Berlin Premiere

Posted on April 02, 2014

Let’s just get our contractually obligated “Yell at Shailene” post out of the way for today so we can all heal and move on.

But what’s this?


Shailene Woodley attends the premiere of “Divergent” (“Die Bestimmung”) at Sony Center in Berlin, Germany in a Zuhair Murad gown with pointy padded shoulders and gold embellishments.

Zuhair Murad Pre-Fall 2014 Collection


Can it be that T Lo feels no need to yell? Can it be that Shailene and/or her people figured out that when you put on a super-expensive high-end gown that someone lent you to wear in order to promote yourself, that it behooves you to dress up the hair and face so that you look polished and appropriate? Can it be that just slapping on a noticeable shade of lip color and putting  a little bit of product in her hair, being the bare minimum of what T Lo asked for, nonetheless fulfills all their requests? Can it be that she looks great, with only these very minor adjustments to her own style?

Yes. Yes, it can. We’d say she’s learned her lesson but after so many years of doing this, we feel safe in predicting another half-assed look in her near future. But for now: ATTAGIRL.





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  • Vicky

    I oooooh’d a little. She works those weird shoulders– love it.

  • abfidy

    LOVE that dress. It’s so Kate Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story.

    ETA: With Joan Crawford’s shoulders of course.

  • Jen

    praise the lord. it finally happened.

    • tereliz

      Except that I saw another pic of her in this dress and she’s not wearing any shoes. So you might want to hold back on the hallelujahs.

      • demidaemon

        I knew it was too good to be true!

  • Grumpy Girl

    This looks lovely on her. I would have nothing at all to say, if it weren’t for her being so half-assed most of the time.

    (I would love to see her with some funky hair sometime though–albeit not with this dress.)

  • HVM

    A personal best and her smug smile shows that she knows it.

  • lexilexi

    I love the way it fits her in the bust. Kind of like it’s molded to fit her. This is a wonderful look; she is tall and lean and young and pretty. She should be able to pull this off all the time.

    • Leah Elzinga

      but seriously, how IS that attached to her? tape alone doesn’t seem enough. could it be glued on? is that a thing? cause that’s a little crazy, no?

      • lexilexi

        I think it has illusion netting. The best example I’ve seen. In the first photo you can see what (I think) is a very faint line under her neck… what do you think?

        • Clash D

          All i know is that I’ve been staring at that rack and nope, I don’t see the illusion netting.
          I should probably stare at it a little longer, just to make sure.

      • tereliz

        I think it must be taped because the plunge looks a tad asymmetrical.

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  • Wendi126

    I see one gold earring on left lobe. Did she lose the other one? Did she forget to put it in? Is it a statement? I need answers

    • SugarSnap108

      I just finished bitching about her lack of jewelry. But yes, it looks like she managed an earring, then possibly gave up?

    • jw_ny

      you know the one rule…take off one item before you leave the house. It was either the earring or the dress…. 😉

    • Kayceed

      You know I’ve been noticing the one earring trend for a month or so, but usually deployed with a big, statement piece, not a little bitty stud. As to why…?

    • kimmeister

      My boss just informed me that I had only one earring on. I’m pretty sure the other one just fell off somewhere on the way to work. I doubt that’s what happened here.

  • MilaXX

    Great step up! ATTAGIRL!

    • Rhonda Shore

      it’s amazing what a bit of lipstick does!!!

  • FrigidDiva

    She looks fabulous and as far as I know Hell hasn’t frozen over. See, Shailene? You can look pretty and still be a crunchy granola girl at your roots. Now, put on some jewelery and really blow our minds.

    • CakesOnAPlane

      …but just not that damned gold circle necklace you’ve been wearing with everything up until now.

      • kimmeister

        She might even still be wearing her granola anklet, but we can’t see it under that fabulous dress.

  • SugarSnap108

    Best I’ve ever seen her look, by miles. But no jewelry?? Just one killer ring, something. It’s not that hard.

  • jw_ny

    oh we know she’s going to come out with something half-assed in the future…she’s a rebel and all ya know, but for the time being I’ll just appreciate this, because it’s near perfection. 🙂

  • @Biting Panda

    Well played Miss Lady.

  • And let us not forget the employment of a good deal of dress tape. She does look smashing.

  • KateMaryC

    Okay, but the one time when that damn gold necklace would actually work with something she leaves it at home?

  • gayle

    Definite attagirl, she is slowly getting the hang of this.

  • imspinningaround

    The dress is HOT (like doing weird stuff to me hot) but her makeup queen needs to dial back the pressed powder.

  • Anna

    Don’t know how long she’ll keep this up before she shows up at an event in a bikini top and cutoffs, but I’ll take it. Girl is turning it out.

    • demidaemon

      I give her a maximum of one appearance before she goes back to WTF. Considering she has multiple movies coming out in the near future, expect to see a lot of her.

      • Anna

        True, she has plenty of future opportunities to bestow all kinds of the WTF-ery for our senses.

        • demidaemon

          Add to that her questionable hair situation, and we’ll have judgmental opportunities for the ages.

          • Anna

            Yes, this is Shailene’s gift to us all. The WTF that keeps on giving, if you will.

          • demidaemon

            Obviously, (having seen the Nicole Kidman post), Shailene is campaigning for a Nikkie.

  • Danielle

    I was prepared to hate whatever it was she put on, but this is stunning and chic as hell. Personal Best?

  • ScarlettHarlot

    Brava! Brava! Attagirl, indeed! (Though maybe some jewelry and nail polish, next time? Ok, ok, that’s probably asking for too much.) Where’s Henry Higgins to sing by George she did it!

  • Jessica Freeman

    She looks fantastic.

  • WendyD

    I love the dress on her and yet I can’t unsee a fancy baseball.

    • Hottest 108 stitches ever.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Absolutely hilarious. Can’t unsee it now.

    • ovarB

      I thought the same thing and thought perhaps it was a nod to MLB opening day.

  • Jecca2244

    i wonder if her new stylist finally told her people that if she was dressing up her body she had to dress up her face and hair.

  • B_C_J

    She looks incredible. This is her dress & the added effort that was put into her hair & makeup make all the difference.

  • LilyVanessi

    Baby steps. But at least she made the first one. She looks great.

  • Judih1

    She looks great, but it seems like the dress is wearing “her ” versus the other way around. It is like she looks good, but doesn’t own this look like a Rooney sister would.

    She looks uncomfortable as in “out of my natural habitant uncomfortable” not the one must suffer for fashion uncomfortable.

  • It bothers me that her face is a shade whiter than the rest of her, especially in that last shot.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    I am so sick of looking at this girl.

  • MartyBellerMask

    Oh, I really love this.

  • Constant Reader

    This dress could have gone in a ridiculous, costume-y direction, but the sleek hair and classic-but-elegant makeup keep it right where it should be. She looks elegant and gorgeous.

  • Kent Roby

    This can not be our Shailene; this girl is stylish and polished. The real Shailene must have skipped the premiere, and is probably running around in outfits that Kei$ha rejected. Regardless, this Shailene look-alike stand-in looks awesome.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Stepford Shailene.

  • DTLAFamilies

    Who knew lipstick and Frizz Ease could work such wonders?

  • Sam Smith

    Like this look, she looks great. Just read Divergent, pretty horrible stuff but I read it.

    • Shawn EH

      I tried it in the grocery store, couldn’t get past the first page. So, conforming is bad, then?

      • demidaemon

        I saw the whole series at Walmart last weekend and successfully avoided it. Thankfully, apparently to the BK Review Corps.

  • msdamselfly

    Hair and makeup made a huge difference

  • elemspbee

    Emma Watson’s dress.

  • Kitten Mittons

    I gasped when I saw this. She is killing it. More importantly, she looks comfortable and confident. See? It really didn’t hurt all that much, Shailene.

  • sagecreek

    Now that’s better!

  • Slade Thunderdragon

    I think it’s a WERQ.

    • colleenjanel

      I’m not sure I’d go that far. She put on a striking dress and some lipstick. That’s not too difficult. But the attitude isn’t there. Let’s not lower the bar on WERQs.

      • demidaemon

        Agreed. baby steps, people.

  • EveEve

    Can it be that she or her handlers read TLo, got the message and felt the need to step it up? How else to explain the sudden sophisticate?

  • Victoria Anzalone

    Love it!

  • Shug

    Love, love, love that dress. Gawd, I need more red carpet engagements.

  • She looks amazing. Foundation is crazy light on her though.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Serving up “Dynasty”. In a good way. 🙂

  • KinoEye

    Lipstick!!! YAY! She looks great, but again, I’m not sure that dress is 100% her style. I’ll still take it over the series of tragedies she’s been sporting lately.

  • Miss Ruth

    Way to step up, Harmony Moonglow! I’m almost getting a whiff of Emma Watson Creamy Flawlessness from this look. I think she’s wearing it better than the model (who, with the weird pose, manages to look like a really pissed off pack of gum).

    But, yeah, I’m expecting we’ll be back to paisley jodhpurs in the next day or so.

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    she is serving up1980’s Dynasty Realness and FACE. attagirl indeed.

  • That dress is chic as hell. And she did her hair and make-up right. Brava!

  • rkdgal

    Serving Emma Watson realness.

  • marlie

    BAM. This might be a WERQ for her. Attagirl!

  • Not loving the dress. In fact, I thought the description read: ” … a Zuhair Murad gown with poorly padded shoulders …” to which I was going to agree wholeheartedly.

    • Shawn EH

      It might really be more of a Helen Mirren dress.

    • KinoEye

      Haha! I didn’t notice the description before, but how odd that it specifically mentions the padded shoulders. They’re not just any padded shoulders; they’re pointy!

  • ojosazules

    Europe has had a sophisticating effect on Shailene.

  • prisma

    I just imagined how my body would look in this dress and it made me laugh. She looks amazing.

    • prisma

      ETA: It looked like they used something more substantial than boob tape. Spray glue?

  • suzq

    Very nice. Has the world figured out what designers mean by “Pre-Fall”? It has sleeves, so it can’t be Summer. Pre-Fall in DC last year featured hot, steamy days in the 90’s. Not sure this dress would have been the thing.

    • demidaemon

      I used to think Pre=Fall meant winter, as everything else had an actual seasonal counterpart. (Resort is summer, and the other two are obvious). Now, I’m not so sure.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    It’s amazing what a little lipstick can do for a girl.

  • LeelaST

    Totally dislike the slit to the navel bodice but she looks amazing! Gorgeous gown.

  • quiltrx

    Wow, she looks wonderful! She does look a bit uncomfortable, especially in the first pic…I’m sure she was wondering when the adhesive was going to let loose and show everyone her bits.
    I think a diamond bracelet is all I would add. Good job, girl.

  • CherHorowitz

    Has anyone noticed two of her nails on her right hand have chipped blue polish and the rest have nothing? What the hell?

    • demidaemon

      Obviously, the manicure was a step too far.

  • alyce1213

    Wow. I see why she chose this dress to step it up — it’s not fussy or frilly or twee, it’s strong, cool, and shows off her body to perfection. Great makeup, too. Big ATTAGIRL!
    It would be a WERQ if she’d worn some jewelry, but that’s the next lesson – Sparkle, baby.

  • kmk05

    Her breasts defy gravity in the best way. Ah, to be 20 again (even though mine were already sagging then). She looks amazingly statuesque, and the face and hair perfectly complement that dress.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Not feeling the love for the gown. She’s doing her best with it and someone has styled her, but the gown itself is just not making me go, “Wow.”

  • littlevase

    She looks great, cannot hate.

  • unbornfawn

    That’s done. Now let’s teach her to accessorize.

  • ChaCha_70

    So much better!

  • kcnitch

    She looks so polished here, and that is some fabulous illusion netting. I *think* I can see it at the neckline.

  • kimmeister

    The background in the last picture makes it looks like she has deformed wings.

  • Claudia Berry

    Her face and her chest are two different colors.

  • Lilak

    ZIP-a-dee-doo-dah! My oh my …. ! (etc.)

  • TLJezebel

    She looks so tall and regal.

  • formerlyAnon

    Not only is this THE BEST I’ve ever seen her dressed, this is the first (yes FIRST) time in memory that I approve the slash-nearly-to-the-navel neckline. It truly helps make the dress the success that it is. (And yeah, probably helps that it displays a very limited amount of breast.)

    This member of the cranky, prudish old lady contingent enthusiastically approves of this neckline that airs sternum-and-more. Write it down, you may not live to witness the like again.

    • demidaemon

      Dutifully noted.

  • Avray

    She looks great. But she doesn’t look any better than any one of a hundred women I walk past every day. And they are not getting paid to pose for cameras. Sorry, Shailene, this is your job. Like being a journalist (or anything really), if you expect to make money out of it, it helps to be better than the dabblers.

  • I wonder why the hell she saved her best look for Berlin?

  • Dagney

    And THAT is the power of a hairbrush and some Aqua net.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I’m just so happy her nipples aren’t showing through…it’s what I would expect from her.

  • Jenna621

    Her face is five shades lighter than the rest of her body. Everything else is flawless.

  • Sophie

    Love this lipstick on her. I’m not sold on the neckline, but I guess it needed to be dramatic to fit in with the rest of the dress.

  • merciblahblah

    Amazing and gorgeous. Love love LOVE this dress on her, and that lip color is divoone.

  • Qitkat

    Tuscan column simplicity. Tall, elegant, and understated.

  • MyFavoriteColorIsGlitter

    Hands down the best she’s ever looked! That dress is killa and looks fab on her. Brava, girl! PLEASE keep it up!!!

  • lundibleu

    Ooh, I likey. Now, Shailene, go find a ladysuit with a jacket with that silhouette and give that a shot.

  • SierraDelta

    Jewelry will neither harm you nor corrupt your immortal soul, Shailene.

  • NBG

    Serving hair, face, and shoulder pad…all in a good way. Huh. Imagine that.

  • Stunning gown!

  • demidaemon

    PIGS CAN FLY! She looks great here, and I have no quibbles. For now.

  • SusannaGA

    She looks like an art deco figurine. Striking silhouette.

  • SorayaS

    ATTAGIRL indeed!! Personal best- she does have issues accessorising doesn’t she?

  • FridaStaire

    and…she looks confident. At last!

  • Kelly

    She does look pretty good. But. . illusion netting? And please, please, please don’t tell me that giant shoulder pads are making a comeback. Wasn’t Alexis Carrington punishment enough?

  • KES4K

    Sooo…she went from no makeup, to a face that’s a noticeably different color than her neck. C’mon, girl, there’s a halfway point!

  • She looks AMAZING!

  • RuthGo

    She looks really really great in this dress. I wonder if she should puruse Zuhair Murad’s whole line.