Ellie Kemper in Honor at the “Sex Tape” Premiere

Posted on July 14, 2014

Darlings, let us plant our flags right here, right now. Let us come together as one people, united in our rejection of the egregious overuse of sheers in modern fashion.

Cast your eyes upon this latest transgression; the straw that broke T Lo’s back (metaphorically of course):


Ellie-Kemper-Honor-Sex-Tape-Movie-Premiere-Red-Carpet-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Ellie Kemper attends the premiere of “Sex Tape” in at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, California in a Honor dress paired with Jerome C. Rousseau ‘Taboo’ sandals and Effy jewelry.

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Ellie-Kemper-Honor-Sex-Tape-Movie-Premiere-Red-Carpet-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Honor Spring 2014 Collection

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A perfectly cute (if a little twee and dull) dress, ruined by inappropriate sheerness. We realize the sheer part’s the only thing that brings any real interest to a fairly standard dress, but in response to that idea, we merely point silently at that screwed-up collar, which encircles her neck like a wreath. Man was not meant to tamper with these fabrics in this way. It’s not natural.

Also: GIRL. Get the HELL out of those shoes before you hurt yourself. They’re ugly and they’re collapsing around your feet.




[Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa/PRPhotos.com, David Gabber/PRPhotos.com, IMAXTree]

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  • James

    It’s like she has floral bunny ears around her neck. It wigs me out.

    • Man Dala

      I agree, that’s plain ugly.

  • MilaXX

    I’m not a huge fan of sheer clothing, but I think this is more of a GTNYD. Neither this shade of yellow, nor that milky white sheer fabric work with her skin tone. I think it may need a person with a darker skin tone to make more of a contrast between the fabric and the wearer. The shoes just take the size too big thing to a new level. It’s apparent the only thing keeping them on her feet are the ankle straps. Even then, one wrong move and she’s sliding sideways.

    • kimmeister

      Not to mention that silver doesn’t particularly go with the colors of the dress.

    • Janet B

      Those shoes, even if they fit, no.

  • Judy_J

    inappropriate sheerness….perfect description. And those shoes are hideous with a capital H. And they don’t fit! What’s the point?

  • Gatto Nero


  • Noah

    Every girl’s dream: Standing on a red carpet in a sheer dress with the words “SEX TAPE” emblazoned behind her.

    • demidaemon

      Truly. One day, I hope it comes true for everyone, all genders and orientations, to experience this monumental event in their life. *sheds a tear*

      • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

        Thank GOD I turned into a bitter old celibate polar bear right before all that Facebook oversharing fuckery happened to society.

        • demidaemon


  • demidaemon

    I’m surprised it took this long. But, yes, this is an egregious use of sheer. SO DUMB.

  • Rhonda Shore

    The sheer in the Freida Pinto dress is worse than this. Because at least this is an overall flattering dress. The shoes are awful though.

    • Imasewsure

      Au contraire my sister BK… this one is worse because floating (ugly) collar… Freida’s dress was worse overall on her but at least the sheer wasn’t breaking anything up…. minor distinctions though… both sheers are bad… shoes are worse!! 🙂

  • Introspective

    Blah (dress) with a dash of fug (sheer bits) & a side of wtf (shoes)

    Go home and try again hon.

  • I actually like this dress quite a lot (moreso on the model than on Ellie). I hate sheer as much as the next person but as long as the skirt isn’t see-through at this point I’m generally ok with it.

    • conniemd

      But think how much better it would have been as a strapless sundress without the sheer or the collar fit for a Catholic school uniform.

      • Violentcello

        Or if we’d kept the collar and made a cute little shirt dress. That sheer ruined everything*!

        *Except the smile. Heck of a grin that girl has.

  • Nika E

    Girl, no.

  • Kbear

    This dress was made for Taylor Swift. The shoes were not made for human feet.

    • I was thinking either TayTay or Zooey needed this dress. Certainly not this actress.

      • ceceliadid

        Tay Tay would demand that the sheer panels and stupid collar get ripped off this thing before she put it on.
        Then she would demand a cute empty handbag and a pair of not quite perfect, but better, shoes.
        Then she’d rock it.

  • marlie

    Those shoes are WAY too big. Without the sheer and the random collar, this would have been a perfectly fine summer sundress.

    Also, anyone else mildly annoyed that Cammie is on the poster in her underwear, while Jason Segel is in PJs?

    • FibonacciSequins

      Count me in with the mildly annoyed set.

    • conniemd

      Exactly what I wrote about the dress before I saw your post. Would have been a fine strapless summer sundress.

  • smh4748

    She’s got beautiful eyes, and I don’t think this makeup really highlights them–in fact, it seems to obscure their beauty. Tis a shame.

  • FibonacciSequins

    Her toes are hanging onto those shoes for sheer life. Ellie deserves better.

    With you – actually ahead of you – on the sheer rejection, TLo.

  • Mothra

    I love the print. It could be a cute summer dress with some interesting details (leaving out the sheer.) and some other shoes. Maybe a plain old platform wedge sandal thing in green linen or some such simplicity. It is too bad that the fabric is either so shiney or the pictures aren’t that good because it seems like there’s blowback flash on the dress? Also, does she own a hairbrush and a mirror? If not, maybe we could do a kickstarter to send style kits to some of these people.

  • SewingSiren

    Cute and seasonally appropriate. And yes the shoes are a no.

  • Lisalady161

    Make it a strapless sundress and get her some decent black sandals and I’m sold.

  • Glam Dixie

    I am imagining this dress with a halter neckline and I’m going to forget I ever saw it like it is in those pictures. She is adorable.

  • BlairBear

    Honor’s motto is apparently basic and pretty with one really fucked up detail, see the leather boob mask on Zosisa Mamet

  • FibonacciSequins

    I just realized there are two different types of sheer fabric on this dress. The white abstract pattern on the dress come from a greenish yellow sheer layer. That’s sheer overkill.

    • marlie

      Oohh. No. That was way unnecessary.

    • Janet B


  • Danielle

    I really enjoy the headsuit. We’ll just pretend we didn’t see anything from the neck down.

  • boweryboy

    The sheer in this case is unnecessary and kind of silly, but I’m shocked that Li Bingbing’s sheer-osities wasn’t the straw that broke TLo’s back.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    All this dress needs is a pair of scissors, because without that sheer stuff and the collar it’s pretty cute.

  • Jane Duff

    Pretty dress, but speaking of sheer…why do movie promoters insist on Cameron in her undies while her flubby costar is fully (if daggily) dressed??

    • Darcy H

      Because feminism is a dirty word.

  • bassfemme

    I LOVE a twee floral summer dress with a Peter Pan collar. This has such potential- the color, the silhouette, the print are some strong parts. It falls apart with the sheer- if it doesn’t match the skin tone, then it clashes. From out of this sheer comes the collar- the main focal point. This collar has no roll to it and sits on her neck like feuding relatives during wedding pictures.

  • MaggieMae

    I wish someone would’ve tackled her and not let her leave the house in that dress (or those shoes). Ellie Kemper, you are too good for that outfit.

  • alyce1213

    There are so many better things the designer could’ve done with the top of that dress.
    That may be one of the very worst shoe atrocities I’ve seen on this site.

  • Qitkat

    Now that’s just stupid.

  • smayper

    Does that collar remind anyone else of a Chippendale dancer’s getup?

    • Qitkat

      NOW it does!

  • Synnae

    Have you guys decided to install a Monday Fugday now? Just to make going to work even worse?

  • decormaven

    Good grief, she dug those shoes out of the stylist missionary barrel. We know you wanted to kick it up a notch for the RC, but putting on a pair of too-big silvery sandals isn’t working here.

  • I dunno. I think it’s actually a moderately cute dress in a very bad color. The shoes, OTOH, are hideous.

  • cocohall

    She’s a good little actress, because doesn’t she look happy and comfortable despite her peculiar collar and the escape hatch shoes? I have to say I admire her for saying “Oh Fuck it – I know the shoes are three sizes too big and the dress makes me look like a six year old, but I am going to SELL IT!”

  • The dress is adorable (if not quite her color), but the sheer is barfy.

  • Richard

    I wonder if they put a white fabric instead of the sheer?Or another solid color? I like the idea this is headed in, but the sheer doesn’t work. Also, I think if they made the collar a bit smaller, it would look better. It’s a cute dress in theory that needs some alterations to make it actually cute if that makes sense.

  • Janet B

    The skirt doesn’t need to be hemmed up.

  • evave2

    What is this, illusion netting day? First Frieda Pinto, now this. Both of them look wrong wrong wrong in the illusion netting. Period. What is with the designers? If this is a new trend I think I will be staying home for a while.

  • Jacob Bowen

    That collar seems to be a weird shape and poorly constructed because it does not look right. And the sheer on the back just looks plain STUPID.

  • IAmJ

    Starting a prayer chain for her pinky toes.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    This dress is like a Playboy bunny turned into a Stepford wife. Not a look that we needed or wanted.

  • Anna

    Inappropriate sheerness over Grandma’s kitchen wallpaper. Ick. Nast.

  • quiltrx

    This looks radioactive and ugly. And those shoes are death traps, unsafe at any speed.

  • Dagney

    Rules for being a lady starlet:

    Wear shoes that fit.
    Get a tailor and be nice to that person.
    Get a makeup artist and be nice to that person.
    Get a stylist who knows how to dress YOU, and be nice to that person.

    • NBG

      These rules easily apply to the boy starlets as well. Except add “Shave right before events or learn how to groom your facial hair properly.”

  • Alloy Jane

    Her head looks great. Shame about the rest.

  • Innuendo

    From the front page thumbnail I thought maybe she was just wearing a collar and no top, which would have worked with the “Sex Tape” theme. Those shoes are horrible.

  • Wink

    Not her color.

  • StrandedFashionista

    What’s weird to me is that she’s wearing this twee dress to the premiere of a movie called ‘Sex Tape.’ The venue doesn’t suit the look.

  • rhône

    the shoes and the collar both made me want to yell at her, but…i really like the sheer?? i have no excuse. sheer anything has been on my irrational love list for the past year, even here where it’s applied kind of minimally and unconventionally. also i adore ellie kemper. <3

  • livesarah

    You’re right, this is awful. A sad waste of lovely fabric. And the fit/tailoring is so good from the chest down. What a shame.

  • Columbinia

    Floating collar effect evokes the Playboy Bunny, but in a kitchen apron print. It looks like unsuccessful home dressmaking.

  • But her make-up is a personal best! And that’s all I got.