Chloë Moretz in Schiaparelli Couture at “If I Stay” Premiere

Posted on August 21, 2014

At first glance, we were all, “Hey, this is kind of grown up and interesting.” But no, darlings. It’s not. It’s kind of weird, actually.

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It’s like she took a cute, girly dress … and put lingerie on over it. We don’t get it. What’s chic or pretty about a bodice that looks like it’s sliding right off you, giving the impression your boobs are too small to hold it up? What’s the point in taking a cute, girly graphic print and gothing the shit out of it like this? We’re all for juxtapositions in design, but there doesn’t seem to be much point to this one. Granted the “darkly naive” aesthetic is quite the cliche and at least this form represents a slightly different way of going about it (in other words, it’s not another “broken doll” look), but it just doesn’t look very interesting to us. In fact, it looks totally random, like two designs thrown together with no thought as to how or whether they worked with each other.

And it’s a shame, because we love the shape and the sense of dark drama on her. She tends toward fashiony or cutesy styles, but we can see her working a darker, witchier aesthetic beautifully if she wants to. It’s just that this one fails to get the job done. Whatever darkness or drama it’s offering is tempered by the overwhelming feeling of “HUNH?”



[Photo Credit:, Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images, IMAXTree]

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  • Coleen

    It looks like she put it on inside-out. Love the manicure, though.

    • Edie Rose

      I dunno.
      It kind of looks ‘dishwater grey’ to me.

    • styrch

      I thought the same thing about the mani.

      • Grumpy Girl

        I love the color too, and have pursued it previously. Mr Grump always responds to it with “what’s wrong with your fingers.” So, clearly it’s not a general appeal color.

        • kimmeister

          It is particularly unappealing in foods. I’m talking about you, cooked, pureed eggplant.

      • Freynika

        I agree. With all the beautiful, vibrant colors in the world, why choose grey? Yes, I know it’s also a color, but to quote Nina, it’s “aesthetically not pleasing.”

        • Jackie4g

          Grey’s OK if it’s flannel trousers you’re choosing.

  • Carrie

    The base dress is so cute that they should have left well enough alone. It’s like someone made the dress, decided they were embarrassed by it, and quickly threw that netting over it to try and hide it, thus only drawing more attention to it. I’d love to see it without the black though, it seems like it’d be right up her alley.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I agree. The underlying print is cute, girly, and there is nothing wrong with that, but the designer seems to have had second thoughts and mucked it up with that black net overlay. The overlay looks sloppy.

      • judybrowni

        And the visible zipper!

    • FuhUgh

      At least the neckline gives the illusion that she has a neck. Those high necks she has been favoring make it look like her head sits directly on her shoulders. So this is better from that perspective.

  • Kimbolina

    That zipper! Why??

    I think the print could have been cute by itself.

    • jen_vasm

      That zipper is a mess and the design concept is a tad random, but the frock in general does not bug me too much. Be honest, we’ve seen this girl in a lot worse. The fit is good, her makeup & styling are decent and the dress navigates the line between fresh teenager and sophisticated adult well.

      • demidaemon

        It is better than her usual offerings. Is it good, though? No, although, in this case, it is pretty much because of the dress, unlike her usual failings.

  • @Biting Panda

    I don’t mind the Dark Princess thing she’s go going on. I’m glad she didn’t go all gothy on the hair and make up, that would have been a tip over too far.

    • marlie

      I think she could have gone more “glam” with the hair at least, but I totally agree that goth would have been a huge mistake.

  • teensmom99

    I saw the Prada/Schiap exhibit a few years ago and the under-dress looks like the love child of classic Schiap and Prada. I don’t know where the netting comes from.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    This looks exactly like something that could have been done on last week’s Project Runway: you’ve been given some fugly fabric. Cover it up with black netting and call it transformed!

    • Djwilke

      Yes! It felt very PR to me, too. The heavy seaming is weird and unflattering. It is impressive when you can make a young starlet look, to use Heidi’s favorite critique, “sad” and saggy.

  • Grumpy Girl

    I do not like the dress, although I would think it could have a kind of fun Tim Burton-effect if it was in motion. The ray-of-sunshine smile just seems incongruous to it, though (which may be the only reason I give it any consideration). I wish she had brushed her hair and made it flat and shiny though. The bed head look with the straw ends just sends a witch-in-training vibe, but not in a cool way.

    • MoHub

      Yes. That might well be HBC’s dress with some wackier accessories and crazy hair. And HBC would not only have filled out the cups, she’d have overflowed them.

  • OMG, that ZIPPER!

    • StellaZafella

      Unconventional materials challenge…the bodice is covered in screen door mesh, that shit’s hard to sew straight.

      • Right on, Stella! I just cannot fathom why you would choose a white zip for that dress. It adds nothing to the design, if its supposed to be visible, and if its not, then A; the dress is too tight, and B; it should be black.

  • AlmostClassy

    I still love it, minus the weird part at the bust where the overlay does look like it’s falling down. The zipper is kind of dumb too. But I still like it!

    • tpalgal

      I agree totally – I love this dress and think it looks wonderful on her. It’s unexpected. I think I’d love it even more if the extra dark fabric didn’t extend up to the bust, just stopped right below it. And if the zipper wasn’t so wonky and noticeable. And I even think it would look good done in a grey netting. But I’m absolutely for it – it looks young and sassy and she looks beautiful.

      • Imasewsure

        There’s something potentially steam punk about it I like too but it’s not quite there yet. Still I like the direction for sure and I think she is adorable here even if the dress isn’t great.

    • AnguaVonUberwald

      Yep, I love it too. Really lovely and unusual.

  • charlotte

    Is someone going to unveil her like a walking work of art?

  • Anna

    Don’t understand what’s happening here at all. Low-key makeup and that bracelet are the only things I like, the went for a swim/air-dried hair is killing me.

    • smayper

      Love the bracelet too! It’s kind of sad in all that craziness, like a simply dressed, beautiful woman at New Year’s banquet at the Venus de Milo Providence. Thrown by Buddy Cianci.

      • Anna

        The bracelet looks so out of place, definitely calls for an entirely different outfit.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I do not like Chloe’s hair here-you’re at a premiere, dear, not the beach. When your ends are tatty, they look tatty. Hmmph!

  • gitchygitchymama

    i think it’s inside out.

    • MoHub

      If only.

  • Janet B

    Front and back, the bodice is a crime.

  • BLauDGaspode

    I think I love that print. Just wish I could really tell. I do like the shape on her, minus the sliding bodice.

  • yayito83

    this is ugly, the model looks pissed to be wearing it

    • tpalgal

      Models always look pissed. I think they’re hungry.

      • yayito83

        True, and the starving is not worth it!

  • Thomas

    I kind of like it actually.

    • deelup

      Me too. The hair is the only thing I’m not on board with.

      • decormaven

        Hair is LeAnn Rimes’ style- not good.

        • Wink

          THAT is who she looks like… LeAnn Rimes! I couldn’t think of LeAnn until I saw your post. Thanks.

    • alyce1213

      It’s odd — there are a couple of things that make me twitch (white exposed zipper, half-covered bust) but I kinda like it too. I love the way the skirt is constructed and the way it drapes and flows.

    • formerlyAnon

      Me too. It’s appropriate for a teenager, where it wouldn’t be for a grown woman.

  • Sophie

    I did like it better at first glance, but I do like the 5th picture, where she is looking over her shoulder. Probably because you don’t see the bodice in this one. The white zip is all kinds of awful.

  • Doll-heads as flower-buds? I think covering that print was a kindness. Covering it with an ill-fitting tulle bustier was not.

    • Anna

      Agreed. Not a fan of the print underneath.

    • Terri Ellis

      Agree!! Screaming heads on flower buds is creepy, not cute!

    • kimmeister

      At first glance it looked like decapitated heads surrounded by leaves. *shudder*

  • Denise Rambo

    Love the bracelet. That’s about it.

  • B_C_J

    She has bed head & the exposed zipper is ugly. The dress has two personalities – sweet country girl print superimposed with dark seductress – the two do not work together.

  • decormaven

    Gorgeous bracelet and mani. That exposed zipper gives me severe eye twitch.

  • lunchcoma

    Goth bridesmaid dress.

  • R.A.

    By the time I got to the end of the post I was trying to remember which of the Fanning sisters TLO was talking about. Then I scrolled up and remembered it was Chloe Moretz.

  • James

    I’m not awake enough for this but I’m afraid of going back to sleep cause I’ll have nightmares of flower stems that grow screaming girl heads.

    • alyce1213

      I see girls faces, sleeping (not screaming), growing as roses. I like a quirky little print.

  • Ruby_Wednesday

    It’s kind of Stevie Nicks about 1974. A top hat and a tambourine might take it all the way.

    • Imasewsure

      And 20 scarves of course…

  • ballerinawithagun

    Schiapp is rolling over in her grave!

    • Denise Alden

      God, I am so with you! I don’t have the answer, but this “re-invention” of the house is awful. It’s all so costume-y. I know Schiap had a bit of that bent, but there’s got to be a way to make her vibe modern, right? This sure as hell isn’t it.

  • MilaXX

    This dress had some potential, but just loses the plot below the waist. Cute this off at the knee and lose the white underskirt and we might have something. Also? Fix the stupid zipper!

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    I’m suffering flashbacks to Ms Paltrow’s ‘wrinkly chest’ Oscar dress from 2002.

    • Anna

      YES. It reminded me of that horrid McQueen too.

  • Sanglots longs

    Huh. Just this morning I was thinking that using boning in a visible application could be interesting. I don’t think this is the way, though.

  • suzq

    Couture doesn’t mean what it used to mean. I’m ok with the “ugly-pretty” aesthetic, but make it interesting. This is sloppy for no good reason.

  • Miss Atomic

    I think it would be a better look if it was a short dress. I love her hair/makeup here though.

  • Julie Ann

    I really like the way the skirt is draping in the back.

  • Latin Buddy

    Why does her lipstick look like it goes beyond the lips?

  • elemspbee
  • Joanna

    While I agree that the dress is generally problematic, I will say that that neckline suits Chloe very well. She has a shorter neck that seems to disappear with higher cut necklines, making her look like she’s shrugging all the time. This elongates her and really highlights that gorgeous heart-shaped face of hers.

  • I need a dupe for that nail polish, stat.

  • rebeemoon

    I think she looks beautiful–except for that zipper.

  • SewingSiren

    I think this is a nice change for her . It’s a bit mature . Maybe she should have done something a little different with her hair.

  • Imma Mäder

    the bodice looks like it was designed to flatten her boobs. as in, “women in the middle ages trying to flattenm her boobs to look like a man”. never a good look

  • Bill Craven

    Goth Little House on the Prairie

    • SewingSiren

      Yes. And yes. Maybe she should have worn disheveled braids.

    • enchanted216

      And I don’t think that’s a bad thing 🙂

  • belfebe

    Looks like a Project Runway challenge gone bad. Nina would have described it as “sad.”

  • marlie

    The sheer over pattern is what ruins the dress (that, and that awful zipper), but you can tell that it has an interesting shape and design. Also, I think this look might have called for some slightly more polished hair. Chloe’s makeup looks good, though, and I’d cut a b!tch for that bracelet.

    • Qitkat

      For a couture dress, that zipper is a real “fingernails on the chalkboard” isn’t it? For a regular dress it evokes the worst of PR.
      I actually somewhat like the black sheer overlay, but the bodice is rather unflattering as designed. I have a costume jewelry bracelet very near version in rhinestones that came from my late MIL, you can borrow it 😉 It’s very pretty, and well over 20 years old; is that what qualifies as vintage these days?

  • Mothra

    I has a sad.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    This does look like something a certain type of teenager would gravitate towards

  • PinkyK

    Very Marlyn Munster trying to fit in….

  • It’s also kind of ugly.

  • Mr. J.

    She looks frumpy here….but then, I don’t get her. Never have.

  • frannyprof

    Agree about the dress. Florence Welch, maybe? But I do love her hair and make-up.

  • Imasewsure

    She looks cute but that dress is a no covered by a bigger no

  • enchanted216

    I thinks it’s really cute, but I would like it better if the lighter fabric wasn’t sticking out at the bottom…:)

  • Judy_S

    Just gotta say, T Lo again give a really nice analysis of a really sad look.

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  • Vegas Girl

    I like that she takes risks, even if they don’t always pan out. I loved this boon, and can’t wait to see the movie!

  • kimmeister

    The only thing that works about the mesh overlay is the way it gathers at her waist, which does the work of a belt in visually cinching her waist.

  • Jacob Bowen

    That Grandma pattern is SO ugly so I’m glad she covered it…but it is still UGLY!

  • Adriana

    I actually kind of like it, except for the exposed zipper and the inch of dress hem peeking out from below the sheer fabric.

  • carrie

    It looks like she is playing dress up ion SJP’s wardrobe from Hocus Pocus. Looks too old for her and makes her dye job look cheap and drab.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I don’t hate this. I don’t love the doll head floral print, but I think it almost works for her.

  • Tee

    Are you sure it’s not a dress from Project Runway that sent someone home?

  • Yoshio

    I want to encourage her every time she doesn’t wear something that strangles her neck, so I’m giving this a muted nod of approval.

  • conniemd

    I don’t necessarily hate the sheer overlay, it just doesn’t seem to go with the dress underneath.

  • random_poster

    This is couture? I don’t even think this looks good on the model, so Chloe has no chance.

  • ljh

    This dress makes her look like a Jane Austen character who was dressed for a party and ready to go when word arrived that the Queen had died, and everything had to be draped in mourning.

  • jilly_d

    Her face looks really pretty, though, guys!

  • LibKat

    Oh, so much ugly today.

  • MaryMcClelland

    I have a question for T.Lo (a no disrespect question, obviously), but why the interest in featuring Chloe so often? I’m genuinely curious because I feel like she never really wears anything particularly interesting. Is it because she’s promoting something and happens to be around a lot, or are you intrigued by her particular style. Thanks! 🙂 PS I LOVE & ADORE your site.

    And man, what a shame about Chloe’s terrible dress, because the material underneath the black sheer is gorgeous! I love the print and colors – and it was a lovely color with her skin tone. What a sad thing to obscure.

  • I like the idea of the dress and the cut. But execution is off.

  • somebody blonde

    I don’t think she can pull off that skirt. The bodice might have been okay with some other bottom, but it’s just not working for her.

  • E. D.

    I don’t mind the top half, but it’s too much for a whole dress overlay. I don’t like the nail color at all even though I use a similar color (more blue-grey).

  • kat89

    Madonna, circa 1985. Only she would have worn fingerless gloves and tattered the hem a bit…

  • librarygrrl64

    I like the overlay and the ethereal goth/tea-party mashup of fabrics and colors, but the whole bodice area looks messy and ill-fitted.

  • Sherilyne Cox

    Needs fringe. Lots and lots of hand-made fringe.

  • formerlyAnon

    I kind of love it. For a girl her age (17?) I love it to death. Perhaps it’s the slightly-punk-girl-goes-to-prom that I like about it, which makes its odd bodice and ugly zipper look adequately home-made. Or maybe I’m just wallowing in the past, since it’s Joe Strummer’s birthday. (RIP.)

    I’m not sure, though, what I’d want her to do with her hair, but that isn’t it. Nothing dark and goth, though.

  • Michelle Lim

    With a few tweaks at the tailor, this CAN be quite an interesting dress. Yes, the droopy bodice has to go.

  • quiltrx

    I think I would kind of like it if it didn’t have the “corset of tulle”. Her face looks beautiful.
    I hope the film does well for her. I haven’t read the book, but it sounds like a good story.

  • Susan Velazquez

    I like the juxtaposition of goth and innocent florals but the florals underneath looks like the pattern for curtain drapes and the drop waist doesn’t look right.

  • Modeniete

    “She walks these hills in a long black veeeeeeeeiiiiil, she visits my grave when the cold winds waaaaaaaaaaiiiil….”

  • altissima

    Stevie Nicks circa 1982 wants her dress back.

  • Badriya Al-Badi’a

    I actually like it as styled on the model, in a dark Fae kind of way–she went too half-hearted with it, I think. Also, her shoulders are killing her lines. Spaghetti straps have no forgiveness for rounding forward.

  • mdcoon127

    i like it all. it works – she is 17 and doesn’t want to look like she put a dress on for a 30 something on…it works.