Karen Gillan in Thom Browne at EW & ABC Upfront VIP Party

Posted on May 15, 2014

Sweetie, we know your hair’s at an awkward stage in its regrowth and your options are limited, but we think it’s safe to say that this is not the way to go right now:


Karen-Gillan-Thom-Browne-EW-ABC-Upfront-Party-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Karen Gillan attends the Entertainment Weekly and ABC Upfront VIP Party held at Toro in New York City in a Thom Browne dress paired with a Lee Savage clutch, Christian Louboutin shoes, and rings by Vita Fede and AS29.

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Karen-Gillan-Thom-Browne-EW-ABC-Upfront-Party-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Thom Browne Spring 2014 Collection

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Spike it, slick it back or part it boy-style and slap on a huge pair of earrings. These are your options right now; not this weird “Hermie the Dentist” hair.

This is why you have to take Thom Browne runway shows with a massive grain of salt. The end product is always going to be more real-world appropriate than whatever vision he has walking that runway. Love the dress on her. Not so much on the shoes.

We were surprised to hear she signed on for an American TV show after leaping from Doctor Who onto the big screen, but in the end, we think it may be the smarter move for her. Her kind of quirky is going to play very well on American TV, we think. Some actors have an intensity on the small screen that doesn’t always play on the big screen. We suspect she’s like that.




[Photo Credit: Jennifer Graylock/INFphoto.com, Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images, IMAXTree]

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  • ♕ Natalie ♕

    loved that Thom Browne collection when it came out. I loved the show itself but I could see that the clothes really worked. The hair is off of course but overall i think she looks great.

    • Corsetmaker

      Agreed… all you have to do is strip the catwalk theatrics away and you have some gorgeous clothes. The shows are just that, shows 🙂

      • random_poster

        I bet the models had fun during this show.

  • Violina23

    I’m kinda loving the dress, but that runway gettup is really kinda freaky…

    I think I saw an ad for her new show this morning “Selfie”? With Harold from White Castle? I’ll have to go and google the premise, because I am NOT getting ANY sense of what it’s about from the 5 second spot with their faces on it 🙂

    • It’s a modern-day My Fair Lady, basically. Social media-addicted girl has an image problem and hires a PR guy to make her more likeable.

      • Violina23

        Hmmm, could be cute, or a total train wreck…

        • Jackie4g

          Well, someone had better do something about the social media-addicted. Some of these folks really don’t function in an eyeball to eyeball conversation. Maybe if the situation is televised it will have some influence?

      • CT14

        Modern day My Fair Lady with old fashioned sexism on full blast.

    • Loramir

      The show sounds kind…meh. But her and John Cho? I might give it a try just because it’s them.
      The hair isn’t my favorite (though I don’t hate it, somehow. Maybe because I just came from the Gaga post.) but the dress is cute!

      • formerlyAnon

        My take exactly. Except I will probably intend to watch it and forget and so if it is as short-lived as the premise promises, I will miss it altogether.

      • julnyes

        This better not interfere with his Sleepy Hollow duties!

        • not_Bridget

          He only needs to show up on Sleepy Hollow occasionally;he’s not a regular. But he did appear in a surprising number of episodes for a character who died in the pilot…

    • Anapestic

      You can find the entire trailer online, but do yourself a favor and don’t. Hopefully when Selfie is canceled after six episodes, someone will give her a show that’s worthy of her.

  • Glam Dixie

    The hair is awful, but her makeup looks good and the dress is cute. I wish she had worn the shoes the model is wearing. They are so weird they’re cute.

  • She should have stuck with the runway styling!!!!!

    Right? Anyone….?

    • mlurve

      Joker chic!

      • 3boysful

        I burst into horrified laughter when I got to the runway photo.
        The dress looks like he was inspired by fan dancers.

  • I forgot how terrifying Thom Browne’s runway shows are. That dress looks gorgeous on her, though.

  • katiessh

    is this the girl from selfie? So, her hair on that show is absolutely a wig, yes? I think her show is going to have a short shelf-life, although I am a massive john cho fan. But the trailer didn’t make me laugh, and the selfie makes me cringe every time I see it

    • FibonacciSequins

      Yes, it’s a wig. She did have long red hair while she was on Doctor Who, but she shaved it last year for a film (I mean literally shaved it). Still growing back.


    Please promise me this will not be a thing. One scary combover is too many for this world.. 🙂

  • Scimommy

    After Karen’s wholesome adorableness I was *not* prepared to see that model. Yikes. Must go look at kittens & puppies now.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    I saw a teaser of her new show. As a non-american, I don’t know if she nails the accent, but she was hilarious if only because of her face expressions, so I’ll give it a try.

  • Sarah

    Cute dress! I actually would buy those shoes in a hot second, but I see how they’re not doing much for her look. Her hair is a modified Cammie Diaz TSAM. No bueno.

  • jilly_d

    Hermie the Dentist *snort*

  • StarburstLady

    Have you seen the preview for Selfie, though? It’s like TV producers were like, “I know George Bernard Shaw was trying to point out the flaws of trying to remake women and the lower class into something the upper class can control more easily, but let’s just ignore all that and pretend that changing for a man is a good thing, ok?”

    • CT14

      It’s so horrible!

      I like Karen and John Cho, and this is just the absolute worst. It makes me sad. They deserve so much better.

  • Danielle

    From the neck down I’m in luv. Can’t with the Trump hair.

  • Hate the whole thing. Just a giant ‘Yuck!’

  • majorbedhead

    Hair aside, the dress is gorgeous on her. Those shoes look a bit orthopedic for Louboutins, though, don’t they?

  • FibonacciSequins

    That looks like something died on her head.

  • Garcia Loca

    The runway look made me snicker at work. So now people know I’m goofing off. Damn you, Thom Browne!

  • GenieinTX

    It may be my Karen and John Cho love bleeding over, but I thought the trailer for Selfie looked cute overall. I’m a bit worried that I might hate Karen’s character, but I assume they will make her likeable somehow.
    Dress looks great on her. Hair, oh my Karen. Just no. She’s been hanging around with Matt too much and his crazy hair.

    • FibonacciSequins

      I didn’t hate the trailer as much as most people seem to, same reason – Karen and John are both very likable. I’ll give it a try.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I cannot figure out that hair and I’m giving up before my brain explodes. Love the dress.

  • marlie

    This dress translated pretty well from the runway to the red carpet. I like it a lot, and I don’t have a problem with the shoes. Her makeup looks really pretty, but that HAIR? Nope.

  • SugarSnap108

    I can’t comment. Too freaked out by the model. Hold me.

  • Pepper Collins

    I’m still laughing at the models makeup and hair!

  • Great dress, bizarre hair. Oculus was not great but it was my first experience with Miss Gillan and she was trying her best to sell it. She did seem oddly suited to television, but then the movie only had enough story for an hour-long episode of something (and featured another genre TV heavy-hitter, Katee Sackhoff.)

  • decormaven

    Gotta laugh about the transformation of that look from the RC to real life. Here, it is just ok, paired with nothing special shoes and plebian hair. She needs a better look for garnering new fans.

  • dalgirl

    I can’t even think after looking at the runway photo. That wig looks like it’s made from what I empty out of my vacuum cleaner.

  • MoHub

    Watch out, Karen! There’s some kind of weird rodent sitting on your head!

  • Alyssa

    I love that dress…I would not mind at all if it jumped into my closet! I empathize on the hair…growing out short hair just plain sucks some days.

  • random_poster

    I like this dress for it’s boldness. It’s not your typical print, and looks great in that far away shot–not so much up close. Her hair is awful.

  • MilaXX

    I haven’t heard any good reviews of her new show. I love the dress on her, but agree the shows are lacking. The less said about the forward comb over, the better.

  • hmariec19

    My thought process as I scrolled down: Ok, so her hair is a little fucked up but that is a really cute dre… WHAT IN THE SWEET SHIT IS GOING ON WITH THAT MODEL?!

  • Qitkat

    She’s being eaten by a giant alien birdthing.

  • Grace Armstrong

    I really like Karen Gillan and I absolutely adore John Cho, but the trailer for Selfie did not do it for me. I want better for both of them. I hope that the show will be better than the promo makes it look.

  • Joey Melliza

    Neck to Knees —- eyelovet!

  • kimmeister

    I’m floored by how much I like this RTW version. I even like the shoes here, because I feel like the curved shaping around the T-strap sort of references the scallop design on the dress. The hair is completely baffling though. It’s like she plunked a hen’s butt on her head.

  • Gatto Nero

    The hair is modified Christian Siriano, in his PR days.
    I know I’m in the minority here, but I’m not loving the dress.

    • demidaemon

      To me, it’s just an enh, mostly because I can see the threads erupting from the embellishment and it looks cheaply made.

  • Imasewsure

    “Hermie the Dentist” gawd I love you guys but now I’m going to be singing “Why am I such a misfit” for the rest of the morning…
    As for the dress, not loving the length but the dress is cute and interesting

    • demidaemon

      Weirdly, Hermie was one of my favorite characters in Rudolph, next to Cornelius, of course.

  • RedRaven617

    Relative to the runway version, I think she did pretty well.

  • Just read the premise of her new show – modern day My Fair Lady with Henry Cho as Henry Higgins.

    I will be watching – it may be a car wreck, but a car wreck filled with talent.

    • formerlyAnon

      I don’t know enough to say *who* ought to write it, but unless the writing is great, you may switch “may” for “will.” I am tired of watching decent actors (both genders) struggling under the weight of horrible characters and/or writing and/or basic premises in sitcoms.

      • demidaemon

        No kidding. I would put more onus on the writing, because so much of the humor, at least that I’ve seen in recent clips and shows, is just not funny. In fact, it often seems purposely unfunny. I remember when the humor would emerge from the characters and situations, with good one-liners, rather than these tremendous efforts to be funny.

        This makes me sound really, really old. Yet, if you look at any sitcoms pre-2005 (I am being forgiving here with my dates) that had laugh tracks, they (mostly) still stand the test of time. Not so much today, except for many of the shows that have given up the laugh track format, which seems to free the writers from whatever it is they are trying to do.

        Or, no one can write comedy anymore, which I really, really hope isn’t the case.

  • lynnlee

    I like it all but the hair. Love that clutch.

  • Mrs. C

    All I see is “hair” fascinator and “jazz hands” dress.

  • BLauD

    She’s adorable, but that hair! Oh deary, deary me.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Her head looks like a chocolate chip melting.

  • Shelby

    I would commit crimes for that dress….

  • crash1212

    Well, after seeing the model, I don’t think we can complain too much – but – that hair is just silly. Wonder how they even got it to DO that? Moving on – cute dress, dreadful shoes. Excellent girl.

    • I have the same question about the combover of Donald Trump. And I have spent more time than I would have liked watching him on the Celebrity Apprentice to figure out just wtf is going on and how that hair exists in an environment where we have gravity.. Lucky I liked the celebrities, so it wasn’t a total waste of time.. 🙂

      • demidaemon

        I have a guess: Industrial strength hairspray + glued on toupee.

  • KayEmWhy

    Girl, take off that dress and give it to Helena B Carter RIGHT NOW!

  • formerlyAnon

    She’s so cute, I don’t mind the hair. Don’t like it, but don’t mind it. Cute dress. Show sounds awful. Hope it isn’t, or she gets a boost from it anyway.

  • Violentcello

    I love everything from the eyebrows down. I’m just glad she didn’t take any inspiration from the runway look.

  • How does one even get their hair like that? Did she borrow some anchorman’s bad toupee?

  • SistaT

    I know I should be talking about the ensemble but all I can do whenever I look at her is, “*sigh* Oh, Amy Pond. You’re so lovely.”

  • Super_Red

    oooooooh, I hadn’t heard she’d signed on for an American show! Very excited! …. About everything but her hair, at least. Yipes. I kind of want to see it from the back, because for the life of me I can’t figure out how they accomplished… whatever *that* is.

  • Melanie

    I suppose she looks better than the runway model in this dress.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      The Joker makeup on the runway is giving me hives.

  • Fuchsiaforever

    The dress is awesome. I don’t understand the hair. Wtf is going on with the weird rooster crest?

  • Anna

    I want Karen as my best friend. She is adorable even with the hair.

  • nannypoo

    I hope that model was paid well.

  • Tracy_Flick

    She’s so adorable that her dress wants to eat her up.

  • Pterodactyl111

    Dress is super cute, though.

  • Fabric treatment somewhat unique….but not with very interesting results! Just a tad basic / dowdy?

  • She can do whatever she wants to her hair and she’ll still look a bajillion times better then the model. She looks cute. Love the dress!

  • quiltrx

    So I snorted iced tea through my nose at the “Hermie the Dentist” hair remark! Right on point.
    I understand their eliminating the humps and bumps from the runway version…but this was one of my (few) favorites from this collection, and I think the closeness/fullness of the motifs was kind of what made it. I certainly wouldn’t call Karen’s version boring, but it loses a lot of the magic.

  • gefeylich

    God, I loathe her, but at least it’s not her usual crotch-level mini. This dress looks like ass on her, too. So – no taste, no real acting ability, so: why does she keep getting jobs? She’s the English Blake Lively, only with terrible dress sense and hair.

  • I love that dress! Do you think she was trying to mimic fan-type thingies with her hair? It’s definitely a wacky, and not in a good way, look for her head.

  • WendyD

    I just adore Karen.