Christina Hendricks in Vivienne Westwood at “God’s Pocket” Photocall

Posted on August 05, 2014

It’s a shame about the pulling and wrinkling, because this works really well for her.

Christina-Hendrick-Vivienne-Westwood-Gods-Pocket-London-Screening-Red-Carpet-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Christina Hendricks attends photocall for “God’s Pocket” in London in a Vivienne Westwood multicolored striped dress paired with Jimmy Choo heels.

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It’s even more of a shame because Vivienne Westwood’s aesthetic is tailor-made for the woman with curves and yet this dress fits her terribly in the bust (and gives her a titscrepancy) and is pulling across her hips. A little bit of letting out in both areas would have made this look perfect. The colors look great on her, the stripes are very flattering and that neckline looks better on her than we would’ve predicted.

We’re not sold on the metallic shoes, though. And the wig looks pretty wiggy.





[Photo Credit: Getty Images, Vivienne Westwood]

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  • RussellH88

    I Know it’s a Westwood thing, but this material does seem awfully ruffly and wrinkly. I’d constantly be trying to smooth it down all night, you know, if I wore dresses, specifically Vivienne Westwood dresses.

    • MarissaLG

      She looks like a poorly wrapped present.

    • evave2

      Do you think it’s a “feature” of the dress because the model looks a little wrinkled and like her left breast has been flattened?

      I LOVE the print; I love the slant of the print. I think the purse reads more nighttime than daytime. And I don’t like the metallic shoe particularly but I really can’t make it out that well (but what she wore is LOADS better than the model’s shoe).

      I like the actress, and I appreciate her full-figure. I find myself WANTED her to look fabulous all the time.

      Is it just a wrinkly material?

      • MoHub

        The model’s shoes are a crime against humanity.

      • demidaemon

        Exactly my thoughts, although “wrinkly fabric with built in titscrepancy” doesn’t sound like a great design or selling point.

    • demidaemon

      Agreed. It’s not looking particularly forgiving, even in the model shot.

  • Karen Belgrad

    It pulls and wrinkles on the model too, so clearly a design/material flaw. The colors look great on her, but it’s giving off a “last Christmas gift wrapped” vibe.

    • Wink

      A less shiny and wrinkly fabric would have made this so much better. Still, it’s one of her better looks of late.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Totally agree on the fabric issue. I do like the overall direction of this dress tho…. compared to so many fussy/prissy way-complicated tops. She needs to stay in this lane with the color and shape and keep tweaking the fit.

    • Kent Roby

      I was about to say the same about it pulling on the model.

    • kimmeister

      Examining the model more closely made me notice the epic combover they put on her.

    • I’m always interested in what materials high-end designers use. It looks like taffeta, but isn’t that considered an “unfancy” kind of fabric? From what I remember from a dress my aunt made out of taffeta that had the same look as this (except it had PUFFY SLEEVES, omg) was that it made noises when I walked and I felt like a birthday balloon.

      • Qitkat

        I think it’s taffeta too. I had a favorite “fancy” dress in 5th grade made of taffeta. Navy blue with full skirt and tiny painted pink, blue and white polka dots. I LOVED the sounds it made when I walked!

        • conlakappa

          Yet didn’t when you twirled. Maybe one should just be constantly twirling in taffeta!

      • Jackie4g

        It’s a silk taffeta, cut on the bias.

      • scoobynacks

        You got to wear a dress with puffed sleeves? Nice. I shall call you Anne Shirley…or Cordelia if you prefer. 🙂

    • ChaquitaPhilly

      Yeah, somehow it’s just a “wrinkled design”.

    • StellaZafella

      The fabric is a good design but it doesn’t drape…should have been a knit, or perhaps cut on the bias, still that’s Westwood’s mistake, not the wearers.

      • Jackie4g

        Yeah but then it wouldn’t have the iridescence of the silk. It is already cut on the bias, it’s just too tight on Ms. Hendricks.

    • MoHub

      I’m thinking feature rather than flaw.

    • melisaurus

      Vivienne Westwood often creates intentional wrinkling which is quite different on the model than with Christina who is wearing a size too small. It is definitely a challenge to find clothes that fit when your waist is very small. If you can’t take in the waist then you have to choose between too big for your waist size or too small for your boob size. This is why she always looks so great on Mad Men is the clothes are tailored. In real life and rented dresses that doesn’t happen often for her.

  • @Biting Panda

    Too gift wrappy.

    • halleygee


    • Judy_J

      I thought the fabric looked like gift wrap, too.

      • conlakappa

        Or that mysterious-tasting ribbon in Grandma’s candy jar at Christmas.

  • Anique Ashraf

    ahhh titscrepancy returns!

    sidenote: gorgeous, unusual colours, though.

    • StellaZafella

      I have a tie in those stripes…I bought it in 1983…
      the colorway is very flattering on a red head in any era..

      • Janet B

        Very much a mid-80’s palette. I remember a friend with a “Cosby” sweater in similar colors.

  • Carrie

    The fabric looks so cheap! Shame, because the color and cut could be so flattering.

    • FuhUgh

      Yes, love these colors on her.

  • Frank_821

    This is clearly a bad design. The material is the issue. It looks stiff and unforgiving. If it a tiny bit of elastin in the weave, it would fit much better

  • Mothra

    It is even pulling and wrinkled on the model. Perhaps that is a feature, not a bug. But it does look pretty good on her if the fit was just better somehow. Also her eyes and her smile never seem to match up in any of the pics. she’s either got crazy eyes and an “omg is this not over yet?!” or a cute smile and eyes that say “omg is this not over yet?”

  • Glam Dixie

    I can see this style (if it fit) working like gangbusters for her. She looks really good in it despite the pulling.

  • Noah

    That’s quite possibly the best color scheme she’s ever worn.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    Christina should live in Westwood and it’s a goddam shame she picked this errant failure of a garment.

  • TrixieConQueso

    Let’s talk Wigs. WHY? So many great hair extensions now that can be weaved in with your own hair. I should know. And I say this with love cause I adore her.

    • @Biting Panda

      Mmmm, I hear you, but as a lady with super fine (sadly nearly thinning up top) hair, I could never imagine going the extensions route. I couldn’t handle the aggravation and the maintenance. Now, I do think she could step up the quality of her wig game, but I understand her desire to have her own hair for real life and her “working” hair for photo and screen.

      • TrixieConQueso

        And I hear you… But the clip-in types are more workable these days. But yes, still difficult if the hair is thin on top. Sigh. Maybe a higher quality wig? I am going to have my friend Raquel call her…;0)

    • Leah Elzinga

      It’s possible that wigs provide more options and are faster than weaving in even temporary hair pieces.

    • MilaXX

      Wigs are kinder on the natural hair. Extensions can pull and cause permanent damage. One only has to google “Naomi Campbell hairline” to see the damage over using extensions can cause.

    • She has to dye her hair once a week during Mad Men production, which will jack your hair up (and kill your scalp)! I’m pretty sure they also use falls, donuts,rats and other such stuff on set.
      As someone who dyes her hair once a month, I can’t imagine the damage weekly upkeep can do! I’m happy for her that that’s over… but I am making an educated guess that she will still have to dye it all the time.

      • stonecoldcuddlewhore

        Man, fellow hair dye-r once a month here (and I’m not that old, just stubborn greys!). I feel SO BAD FOR HER re: weekly upkeep! I would go nuts.

      • alyce1213

        Yikes, really?? Once a week? Not just root touch-up? That’s gotta kill her hair.

        • Right? I read it somewhere online… maybe here?
          I can’t stand the smell from monthly touch-ups, much less the burning and end breakage. I’d wear wigs all the time if my budget and local climate would afford it. 🙂

  • That is Her Lip Color, though.

  • Kitten Mittons

    This is so. damn. close. I love the colors and the silhouette, and I love where she went with the accessories. There was no way it wasn’t going to wrinkle and pull, given what it’s doing on the model when she’s standing still for a photoshoot specifically designed to show off the garment in its best light, so I can’t blame Christina one bit for that.

    I would have chanced it too, I think. I love that dress, and I love it on her specifically.

  • Leah Elzinga

    I am actually loving what reads to me as a bronzey metallic shoe. I only wish I was seeing this mid fall/late winter rather than now. HomeOfficeGIrl commented about her staying away from fussy/prissy and I love the idea of her embracing strong colour and pattern to express her girly side, rather than lace and flounces and ties (oh my!)

  • kimmeister

    I’ve just sent this picture to a coworker who is shopping for a dress to wear to a wedding, and who has a large bust and narrow shoulders. This neckline & shoulder treatment are great for balancing out those factors.

    I love the shoe and clutch choice.

    • demidaemon

      That’s really awesome of you!

  • Little_Olive

    Hm. It doesn’t bother me that much; I thing it would look weird if it were super-smooth, and I gather it looks way better in movement. Or maybe I just like the colors and design idea so much for her I’m willing to give the flaws a pass.

  • imspinningaround

    Yet again, another case of beautiful fabric tortured into a bizarre shape by Vivienne Westwood.

  • decormaven

    I’m on board with everything, just wish it had been fitted better. A sharp tailor/seamstress could have made the adjustments to make this sing on her.

  • ashtangajunkie

    This is so close to fabulous it kills me.

  • anonylind

    She looks terrific in COLOR. She defaults to black so often, but this just shows how flattering real colors are on her.

  • I have a dress I inherited from my mom in these almost exact colors (if there’s another bitter kitten meet and greet, I’ll wear it because it’s FABULOUS) so I’m automatically inclined to like it. Mine fits better though, and isn’t made of taffeta, which always tends to be a fit bummer.

  • Kim Elmore

    She’s breathtaking

  • MilaXX

    If only they had gone up a size. I like this look and I’m okay with the gold shoes. Not crazy about the wig, but the makeup looks great.

  • NBG

    Great colors on her. I love it when she goes bold.

  • boweryboy

    It’s hard to tell with Vivienne Westwood if the pulling and wrinkling is deliberate or the cause of bad fit. In any case, she looks much, much better than she did in that hideous jumpsuit.

    • Gatto Nero

      Yes (I should have read down before commenting). Westwood uses a lot of draping, sometimes not very effectively.

  • PastryGoddess

    Didn’t Emilio use this same color palette when he lost PR many moons ago?

  • Qitkat

    I think the dress is designed wonky (if not a fashion term, it should be) to begin with. Christina’s fuller figure just takes it beyond the wrinkly mess on the model, and puts the wrinkles in different places. It’s the fabric’s fault, as well as the design. Great color palette though.

  • NMMagpie

    Those colors are stunning on her. She making this work, whatever its flaws.

  • Gatto Nero

    Great colors and silhouette on her. Westwood uses a lot of (sometimes random) draping that lends itself to pulling and puckering, though. Just sitting in the limo could have caused these wrinkles. But easing the seams slightly in the bust and upper thigh areas would have helped.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Agree that there are some fit issues but this is DEFINITELY her silhouette. Love the diagonal stripes, love the colors. IMO this is one of her best looks ever. It’s got that Madame X vibe.

    Just keep her away from the drapey. frilly, black lace, Stevie Nicks wannabe stuff.

  • I do love how she looks and I’m hoping (OK, possibly being delusional) that when she walked around the event and chatted up the press, guests, etc., nobody noticed the wrinkles, they just noticed she looked stunning.

    I’m still curious: how do you know this is a wig?

    • Nancer

      I was wondering about the wig too! For the life of me, I can’t tell….

      • kittentoes

        She has said more than once that she has very fine, thin hair; and that she often wears a wig.

        • Nancer

          Ah! Thanks for the info.

  • LJCdoc

    It’s a real shame, because that’s really her dress. There’s pulling and wrinkling even on the model, so I’m not sure it can be salvaged.

    • Lori

      I can’t lie, when it comes to Westwood I often have trouble figuring out which pulling an wrinkling is part of the design and which is a fit issue. Some of it on Christina is definitely caused by it not fitting properly, but I had to look twice to sort it out.

  • Trickytrisha

    That’s a gorgeous fabric that seems too stiff for the design. No matter, Ms. Hendricks is as lush as they come, and truly beautiful to boot.

  • Tracy_Flick

    Those colors look AMAZING on her.

  • Jeff Warhurst

    I hate the fabric. It reminds me of drapes at a mid-90s luxury hotel.

  • FibonacciSequins

    The dress might render better in a different fabric. Something that has body but a little more give. Maybe a linen blend? I like the colors and texture a lot, as well as the silhouette. The shoulder treatment and draping of the neckline really favor Christina.

    Don’t love the shoes, like the wig shape but it just doesn’t look that natural. Great makeup.

  • evave2

    Was the dress designed with titscrepancy as a feature? And it looks pulled on the model’s midsection too.

    I agree the fabric is great and the dress is just about 1/2″ from fitting wonderfully.

    BTW, are you sure that’s a wig and not her hair? I always thought her hair looked that way because it always looks that way. She has such luminous skin. That is the first thing I see when I look at her.

    I first remember seeing her on Firefly, and noticing that she is one of the few zaftig women out there who look real as zaftig.

    Yesterday I was thinking she really did look like a couple with John Slattery. She knows how to look WITH somebody she’s acting with.

  • SewingSiren

    The fit is not quite there, but the diagonal stripe is fantastic on her. I think this is one of her better personal appearances .

  • Columbinia

    This would be her perfect dress if it fit right.

  • alyce1213

    I like this on her — the colors, shape and diagonals are all right. The dress creates titscrepancy (on the model as well), but that’s all I’d fix. She got the shoes right this time. Taffeta is so Westwood.

  • Tee

    Close enough for me. She’s sooooo pretty.

  • MoHub

    The way it’s pulling on the model, I’m guessing the the crinkles are a deliberate design feature. It just doesn’t read as well on a woman of Christina’s voluptuousness.

  • theblondette

    Hmmm… People always say Vivienne Westwood is built for the curvy lady, but it’s really only built for a certain KIND of curvy lady, which is actually pretty small. (I remember trying on a Westwood in a UK 14/US 12 and it, like many designer clothes, came up more like a UK 10-12, and could not deal at all with my knockers.) I wiiiiish Christina would see a tailor and get all her clothes adjusted to her gorgeous shape.

  • Pablo

    I actually loved the metallic shoes.

    • PinkyK

      Me too.

  • paintedfish

    i just did sad little “awww” when I saw Philip Seymour Hoffman’s name on the poster.

  • Holy crap! This is the exact same design/fabric of the futon my parents bought back in the sixties that lived in our furnished basement. I wanted original airings of Mary Tyler Moore sitting on that thing!

  • Martha Anderson

    look at the hem and the pulling on the runway model

    this is just a strange design in an unforgiving fabric

  • marlie

    Almost but not quite, miss Christina. A shame, because that dress is gorgeous.

  • livesarah

    The colours are wonderful on her, but that dress doesn’t rate at all.

  • SoAnnaPropriate

    Pretty good for Christina. I usually feel like she should look better than she does, and that it’s the clothes fault that she doesn’t.

  • deech_sea

    Agreed on the pulling and wrinkling, but I still like it.

  • OffToSeeHim

    Is that really a wig? How can you tell? God you guys have sharp eyes!

    • scoobynacks

      In this case I’d think it was a wig just from looking at it (and not a good wig), but Christina Hendricks wears them regularly because her hair’s so thin.

  • oohsparkley!

    I love it. Yes there are a few wrinkles, but still a win. People say it looks like gift wrap (shower curtains, couch, drapes), like that’s a bad thing. In my book if it’s pretty or cool, it doesn’t matter if it reminds me of gift wrap, etc. A lot of design effort goes into designing nice gift wrap, etc.

  • Trishington

    Fix the fit, scrap the shiny fabric (but keep the stripes and colours) and it would be a winner. It’s the ideal shape for her.

  • JynxTheCat

    I Loathe the colors the angle of the stripe the width and consistency of the stripe and the fabric. UGH. Shapes nice though.

  • Really, I’m quite surprised I like this. A) It’s Vivienne Westwood (ew.) B) It’s Hendricks whose not quite known for great styling.

    Everything does come together nicely. (Except for her hair.)

  • e jerry powell

    Up a size and this would be money.