Kate Mara in Dolce&Gabbana at the 2014 Tony Awards

Posted on June 09, 2014

She looks like she’s starring in a goth Christmas pageant.


Kate-Mara-Dolce-Gabbana-2014-Tony-Awards-Tom-Lorenzo-Site (1)Kate Mara attends the 2014 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in Dolce&Gabbana.

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Kate-Mara-Dolce-Gabbana-2014-Tony-Awards-Tom-Lorenzo-Site (3)Dolce&Gabbana Fall 2014 Collection

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That thing is so heavy and over-embellished that it doesn’t even look like an article of clothing. It looks like a very intense craft project with sleeves. We would imagine that this probably looks kind of amazing in person. That’s a lot of sparkle and texture, after all. But we simply can’t get behind the heaviness and thickness of the shape. It needs a more defined waist and less aggressively designed shoulders, we’re thinking. Alternately, they could have made it more of a shift shape, with a less defined waist, raised the hem slightly and toned down the shoulders. Basically, what the first dress in the runway picture looks like. But this length and shape? Not working for us.

On the other hand, her head looks fabulous and impeccable.



[Photo Credit: MJ Photos/PRPhotos.com, IMAXTree]

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  • RussellH88

    It looks like she’s covered in tinsel.

  • Carleenml

    Fashion. Armor. There’s a line.

    • demidaemon

      It has been crossed.

    • Kent Roby

      Oh, Holy Knight!

  • Danielle

    From the Khaleesi line of Christmas wear.

    • conlakappa

      Christmas tree skirt? The symmetry of those circular shapes just looks odd. It really is a craft project gone horribly wrong.

  • boweryboy

    It also doesn’t help that she’s wearing a fall dress in the summer. I would be on board with this if she wore it around December.

    • demidaemon

      I don’t know how warm it was in NYC over the weekend, but she must have released about eight gallons of steam when they finally peeled this off of her.

  • MilaXX

    Her face looks great but this dress is awful. She looks like she rolled around in the junk drawer. This is the one look that looks better here on the blog than it did last night. When she walked out it looked so stiff & short. It was laughably bad.

    • leahpapa

      Agreed – howevah! Last night was the first time that I’ve noticed any family resemblance between her and Audreybot 3000. Maybe it was the makeup. (I also laughed when she and Kevin Bacon come on to present and said to the hubs, “You know, I would believe you if you told me that Hollywood cast them as a couple – that’s how distorted the perception of women over 40 is.”)

    • littlemac8

      I am self conscious about my small head and say the proportion of winter coats. The point is that severe up do makes her head look tiny (kind of like those shrunken heads) especially next to those gargantuan shoulders. Fail.

  • Miss Ruth

    Why is the love theme to “Bladerunner” suddenly Vangelis-ing its way through my head?

    • Imasewsure

      Vangelis… thanks… now I have the theme from Chariots of Fire going through my head… oh well boys in shorts, running fast… I guess that is something to thank you for after all…

      • Miss Ruth

        It’s my pleasure. Happy Monday!

  • lunchcoma

    Talk about For Models Only. No one with either shoulders or hips should be wearing this dress.

    • ktr33

      Not even for models, as evidenced by runway shot. How about, For Christmas Trees Only?

      • Trent

        Agreed. On the 6-foot models, this looks like a shift top in need of a skirt. At least on Kate it covers the good china.

  • Paula Pertile

    Someone needs to design hats with that little hook dealie on the top of ornaments for dresses like these.

  • alyce1213


  • Anna

    Exoskeleton made with shattered pieces of Christmas tree ornaments.

    • mlurve

      This just SCREAMS Christmas/winter to me. Does she know it’s June?

      • Anna

        Ah, but you see in December she’ll be wearing a chiffon beach cover-up and strappy sandals.

        • demidaemon

          Sadly but exactly correct.

      • AnneElliot

        Wasn’t that a Project Runway All-Stars 2 challenge? Make a dress out of Christmas tree ornaments? I vaguely remember Uli winning.

  • James

    Game of Tony Awards

    • smayper

      YES!! It could work as fabulous armor.

  • mickiemonkey

    Snuffleupagus’s slutty sister.

  • warontara

    Terrible and stiff. She doesn’t have the presence to pull this off AT ALL. I don’t know who would, really. Plus, the hair “style” looks like she’s headed to the gym.

    • Grumpy Girl

      That hair has got to go. I realize I sound particularly grumpy today in all my posts. Granted my hair looks like shit today too, but I’m not at an awards ceremony.

      • Carleenml

        you sound grumpy today because you are a girl of style and taste. today has been a trainwreck. Let’s all go out drinking and hope for better tomorrow.

    • scoobynacks

      I loathe that hairstyle. It’s her thing, I never like it, she has the same hair/makeup/expression and it’s like ‘we get it, you and your sister like to stand on the red carpet and look moody, congrats.’

      • smayper

        YES. She looks pouty and as if she can rule everyone, and she CANNOT.

  • kimmeister

    Wow, that dress must weigh fifty pounds!

  • Lizzy

    Can you imagine sitting on that?????

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour


  • Lilah

    It would still be problematic, but it would be MUCH better without the silver flowers.

  • Glam Dixie

    RuPaul’s Drag Race make a Christmas dress from the thrift store challenge.

  • Audrey Lee

    She looks like a WoW character. Tier45 armor for mages or something.

    • demidaemon

      If it was full length, you would be so on the money. Call Blizzard!

    • Alloy Jane

      This is totally slutty priest regalia LOL.

  • emilyaGoGo

    I’m sure this has already been said, but if there’s any one person who could wear this, it’d be Rihanna. What with her ability to pull off the warrior chic-vibe, it seems doable. But even then…. Tricky.

  • BlairBear

    Dolce & Gabanna for the girl who wants six nipples and linebacker shoulders

  • Gerry Coleman

    Sweet Jesus on a Breadstick!

  • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

    I am so glad you featured this dress today because last night it was one of my many ‘wtf?’ moments. So young, so pretty, so crazy shoulders.

  • Jecca2244

    i know this was their intention but it looks like medieval chain mail…paging Jon Snow. Jon, are you there??

    • smayper

      You know nothing, Kate Mara.

  • http://tvblogster.blogspot.com Boop

    Spoiler Alert to all House of Cards fans who haven’t seen the second season yet. Please don’t let your eyes wander. I’m about to give something away in the name of fashion……………………………….
    It was a Netflix binging weekend – and I just finished watching her get thrown in front of a train by Frank Underwood. All I could think of during her stint at the Tonys’ was – why wasn’t Zoe wearing this dress when the deed was done? Could have saved us a lot of eye pain. Too much…too much. She looks like a Mario Bros character.

  • kim bunchalastnames

    her … her chest is staring at me.

  • Ashleigh

    Dolce & Gabana played a cruel joke

  • Shawn EH

    Looks kind of quote unquote Chanel for D&G; I think I like it. And she ditched the horrid model booties.

  • AnaRoW

    The beading bugs me less than those black tissue paper panels glued to the dress.

  • ktr33

    Thanks gods I finally get to say “hot mess” today. It’s like everything from the xmas decoration box and the crafts box and the sequin box got dumped on a glue-covered t-shirt. The dress on the runway in front of this one would be kinda great without the monster sleeves. But I don’t see any way to redeem this pile.

  • YoungSally

    Someone suggested that she was channeling her inner Klaus Nomi

  • Zeee

    The first dress on the runway looks like she forgot to put on her pants.

  • TAGinMO

    “Congratulations! You are the winner of this unconventional-materials challenge.”
    -Heidi Klum

  • Noah

    Looks like something more suited to Kate O’MARA circa Dynasty.

  • FibonacciSequins

    If it had less aggressive shoulders and more defined waist, I could love it. But then it would be a different dress. This look like a Joan of Arc costume. What is it even made of?

    I never realized how much Kate Mara looks like Zosia Mamet.

  • DuBey2

    Her stylists did a great job with everything but the choice of dress.

  • MoHub

    Scary, scary eye makeup, and the shoulders look like ’80s redux.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    This is wearing her, instead of the other way around. It’s all too much- if you’re going to wear it, you have to have the pose and the personality to match.

  • Pablo

    That’s gotta be so itchy, also I don’t like the pull-back hair.

  • DominoEstella

    she’s only 5′ 2″ or so, that dress weighs more than she does

  • MartyBellerMask

    I hate this so much.

  • Frank_821

    As overdone as this outfit is, I prefer it on her than the model. The dress hem at least hits her at a preferable spot to where it does on the runway model

  • Miranda Neville

    For models only.

  • Ann VerWiebe

    The flowers on her chest made her look like “the boobs have eyes.”

  • gingerella

    I think she is overly ambitious in her choice of clothes, always. She’s attracted to edgy dresses, but she’s an All-American girl when it comes down to it. She needs to figure out what works first, and then start figuring out ways to add edge.

  • crash1212

    Everything from the neck up = fab. Everything from below neck = old Christmas tree skirt.

  • Introspective

    when its this eyesearing in the thumbnail there’s no reason to keep going. yet i did. and my eyes are annoyed with me for it…

  • Ezmartin

    Am I the only one who sees an elephant? All that is missing are some tusks.

    • mickiemonkey

      I see Snuffleupagus.

  • Gatto Nero

    The dress is eating her alive.

  • GillianHolroyd

    It’s like she was wrapped in inside-out duct tape and then rolled in broken Christmas ornaments.

    • ktr33

      I said very much the same — xmas ornaments and button box fell on a t-shirt covered with glue!

  • decormaven

    That dress is made of Scotch Brite scouring pads.

  • http://heartprintandstyle.com/ Vivi N

    This is fug. And it’s a top; not a dress. I’m convinced.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Falalalala lalalalaaaaaaaaa…

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    She seems to be taking advises from Rooney.

  • Ms_flyover

    This girl always makes me hum “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” I don’t know that I’ve ever seen her teeth. IN fact, I’m not sure she has them. She always looks like the most dour human on the planet, so it really matters little what she is wearing.

    Having said that, this dress is overwhelming her.

    • alyce1213

      I think her sister takes the title “most dour human.”

  • greymain

    about the head….is it just me or do all these women have gi-normous heads on skinny tiny bodies????

    • ktr33

      most celebrities have giant heads. just a thing.

    • TwiddlyStun

      Might as well face it, they’re addicted to thin.

  • smayper

    Awful. Step away from he glitter. And I am so sick of the raccoon eyes.

  • smayper

    There are little spiky bits sticking out from the awful sleeves. Raising the awful quotient!

  • Tee

    House of Lessage for Christian LaCroix circa 1986. It must look awesome in person. She’s simply too young to pull it off.

  • DagnyReardon

    D&G should go to prison for this.

    • boweryboy

      Burn! I see what you did there.

      • demidaemon


  • LadyVimes

    Hey now, she’s trying out for linebacker. Give the girl some slack.

    • alyce1213

      She’s a shoo-in as her family owns the NY Giants.

  • demidaemon

    That dress is eating her. Sorry, Kate, the embellishment monster has come and you are its dinner.

  • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

    Somewhere, a middle school art class is laughing its ass off.

  • Synnamin

    Oh. Oh dear. I had wondered where my grandmother’s ratty Christmas tinsel had gone off to

  • Man Dala

    She needs to smile a bit more often. She always look oh so serious.

  • smh4748

    The “goth Christmas pageant” line made me think of April Ludgate in the beauty pageant in S2 of Parks and Rec. Then I just pictured Kate Mara telling the press she likes “people… places… and things!” as I scrolled through, and it made these photos a bit less terrible.

  • Leah Elzinga

    I was SO READY to love “goth Christmas pageant” and then… *sigh* you disappoint me, Kate.

  • Milos Mom

    This dress is amazing. Unfortunately it is attempting to swallow her. It should have been modified from the runway to give her more of a waist and a wee bit less bulk.

  • saintebeuve

    I would happily attend, participate in, or stage a goth Christmas pageant.

  • judybrowni

    Too Much Dress for a tiny person.

  • livesarah

    She’s going for drama and hitting Ridiculous. Not only is that a bad dress for someone so petite, it’s actually just a monstrously ugly garment full stop.

  • e jerry powell

    Have I not said all of this about the D&G collections already?

    People, QUIT IT! Stop enabling Domenico and Stefano.

  • Ashleigh Morris

    I made an ugly Christmas sweater, complete with a dollar store wire/tinsel Santa sleigh attached, that looked a lot like this, only better.

  • AnneElliot

    Wow. That’s . . . bedazzled. And those are some serious shoulders.

    Also, why can’t ladystars STAND UP STRAIGHT ON THE RED CARPET???? This “little girl who needs to pee” stance is just annoying.

  • Alloy Jane

    The head is nice, but the dress looks like it’s covered in sparkly barnacles.

  • LambeeBaby

    Irrational dislike for both her and her sister.

  • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

    That ornamentation makes her look like a breastfeeding cat.

  • marlie

    This dress is hiddy. And it’s far too bulky and heavy on her.

  • kfizz

    For models only. Or mayyybe some starlet or pop star in a fashion editorial, but I can’t even imagine an example of someone that could work it.

  • Joey Melliza

    why couldn’t she pick the prettier one in the bunch

  • Trish Austad