Jaime King in Versace at the “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For” Premiere

Posted on August 20, 2014

We’re really feeling this kind of dress for Jaime. She can make something like this look tacky-fabulous, instead of just plain tacky, which is how it would look on most other wearers.

But we think she got both the top and the bottom of the look wrong.

Jaime-King-Versace-Sin-City-A-Dame-To-Kill-For-Movie-Premiere-Red-Carpet-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Jaime King attends the premiere of “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For” at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California in a Versace dress paired with Monique Lhuillier pumps and Jennifer Fisher jewelry.

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Jaime-King-Versace-Sin-City-A-Dame-To-Kill-For-Movie-Premiere-Red-Carpet-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (5)Monique Lhuillier Fall 2014 Collection

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Maybe this sounds too expected, but we’d have suggested getting that hair as flat-ironed and Donatella-like as possible. Donatella essentially designs for herself (inasmuch as she actually designs anything) and most of the Versace brand looks best when the wearer is styled like her. This is something Lady Gaga’s always understood about how to wear Versace and make it look fabulous. Jaime’s got some dramatic and enviable brow action going on, and we tend to think a top knot is the worse way to frame them. Also: tone down the blush and play up the lips.

On the other end, we immediately disliked the shoes and actually exclaimed “GOD, no!” when we realized they were Monique Lhuillier. Not that there’s anything wrong with her designs, but she’s stylistically and tonally so far off from Versace that it seems strange to us to pair them together. Besides, if any dress called for a gold metallic gladiator sandal, it was this one. Seeing that witch toe pointing out from under the hem just doesn’t look right.

Sure, we’re essentially recommending that she replicate the look book, but Versace is extremely specific in how it should be styled and who can get away with wearing it. You deviate from it or try and interpret it, and it simply doesn’t work as well. Come on, that model looks amazing and there’s no reason Jaime can’t look equally as good in the same dress.



[Photo Credit: Getty Images, Versace, Monique Lhuillier]

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  • For once, a Versace dress isn’t making me instantly have gag reflex issues. And I do think her hair should be smooth, and polished looking. The shoes don’t bug, simply because I can’t really even see em.

    • Dino Bonačić

      I think it’s about the wearer, but I agree on the shoes!

  • Anna

    I thought this was Nicole Richie at first.

    And then all I saw were Giant Gold Versace Zippers.

  • Vanessa Reyes

    I agree with TLo…I think she should have replicated the look book. If not so much the shoes but for sure the hair.

  • kmk05

    Her face and her accessories are fabulous. All the rest (the dress, the topknot and the shoes) can go.

  • Glam Dixie

    I don’t mind the hair nearly as much as I do those shoes, those are a needle scratch, but she’s pretty close to making the bun work for her.

    • KiP07

      I thought so too! I think the earrings make that topknot almost work. Also, “needle scratch” is the best way to describe the shoes with this outfit.

      • demidaemon


    • carrie

      I love the hair and jewelry. The only miss for me are the shoes.

    • kimmeister

      I see why she went for an updo – to better showcase that interesting neckline!

  • I think she should have pulled the zipper down an inch to emphasise that it *is* a zipper. Um… just like the model. So yeah, go with the look book.

    • Kent Roby

      I agree. Seeing Jaime I was going to comment that the medallion hanging at the top of the slit makes it look like a big zipper, then I realized that it IS indeed a big zipper after seeing the model. Zippers have been way overdone, but I actually like the tacky fabulousness of using a zipper on a leg slit, that makes it just a bit different than what we usually see.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    WOW!!! Zippers on a dress!!! That is so ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ…

  • papillon

    I agree that the model looks great. The gold of the zipper looks really cheap for some reason.

    • Kent Roby

      As Dolly says “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap”!

  • In_Stitches

    Yeah, the dress could have worked, but she really dropped the ball on the details. The hair doesn’t suit the dress or her face, her earrings look like chop sticks, and the shoes really don’t work. I get why she went with them as the lines are echoed through the neck, but the end results just aren’t there.

  • cmb123

    Jamie looks fierce. The hair doesn’t bother me but the shoes are all wring. A shame, really – this could have been a WERQ

  • Alison

    Those shoes are a giant WAH-WAHHH. Total missed opportunity to go for something really fabulous.

  • Violentcello

    Put Jamie King and Jamie Pressly in a room together and I still won’t know who’s who. I’m going to assume that’s not just me, because I just googled them and they look EXACTLY the same.

    Anyway, I actually like the top knot. I don’t have a defense for it, I just do. (Kinda dig those earrings, too.)

    • Kitten Mittons

      I like the top knot, too, in this instance. I do agree that some gladiator sandals would look great on her, and a huge improvement over the sad booties.

    • Imasewsure

      I always think “Jamie/Jaime looks really odd somehow” until someone points out that there are two of them and then I remember that I am thinking of the other one… every single time… and I still don’t know which is which (don’t like the top knot or the earrings though.. on that we disagree!)

    • alyce1213

      It’s uncanny. But in a room you can tell, because this Jaime is taller.

  • Thomas

    Nope. The giant Versace zipper slit still looks ultra tacky to me.

    • Glam Dixie

      There’s simply no getting around it, the gold zipper is tacky. Jamie’s job is to try and elevate the look a bit and she is kind of pulling it off for me. It’s not a werq or anything but imagine what JHud would have done with this.

      • Imasewsure

        This would have been a great JHud dress… wonder if that neckline is too hard to pull off for the ample ladies though? And maybe a bit mature? Either way JHud is contractually stuck with that other (now) tacky brand so no Versace options for her…

        • Imasewsure

          OOPs I was thinking of JLaw… hmmmm I don’t think this would be all that special on JHud though… oh well… maybe

          • demidaemon

            In white for JHud, maybe.

          • Glam Dixie

            No, I don’t think it would have been special on JHud at all, I think she would have tackified the hell out of it with tons of chunky gold Versace jewelry and thigh high gold gladiator boots or some such nonsense. I guess the point I was trying to make (poorly, it seems) was that Jamie here was making this tacky ass dress a little less tacky and Jennifer would have worked it to it’s fullest tacky potential.

          • Imasewsure

            Phew…. that makes more sense…. this dress (in white) on JHud with tasteful styling would be a huge improvement while still staying within her (sadly) tacky wheelhouse… but she would never be able to rest on this dress alone (5 inch gladiator boots for sure!!) … oh JHud!!

  • Dany

    Is that a Zip Slit? God, NO. Just, NO.

  • stellavision

    I do not understand those shoes. I do not understand why THAT is the part of the foot the designer thinks should be showcased.

    • kimmeister

      Uh, maybe because that part of the foot doesn’t tend to get corns, bunions, or blisters?

  • MaryMcClelland

    She looks fabulous, simply because she is selling this! Although, I’m not crazy about the hair – too severe for an already severe dress. And – Off topic – but does anyone else LOVE her in Hart of Dixie?

  • decormaven

    My vote is for round gold earrings to play off the motif of the zipper pull. Flat ironed hair def would have been a better choice. She’s working this look, though.

  • hughman

    That zipper looks like she’s trying to wrestle her way out of a sleeping bag.

  • Imma Mäder

    ugh that zipper is ever so tacky.. but I actually like the head as it is.

  • AGREE, AGREE, AGREE! This blonde Versace model is a killer in all the VERSACE pics! LUV her!

    • BayTampaBay

      Only certain people can wear VERSACE and that model is an example how it is properly done..

  • Emily Wilson

    It would be interesting to see her hair done with a polished wave to replicate the neckline. Whether straight or wavy, she needs to rip her hair out that tight bun.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    For me, this has Gwyneth written all over it. Including the need for flat ironed hair.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I can see Gwyneth actually wearing this well.

      • Anna

        Agree, I actually do think she could pull this off. She’s already worn something similar (I think it was Anthony Vaccarello) that had a MUCH higher slit. The model’s hair is also very Gwyneth.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Although I snark about Gwyneth, she does pull off this type of dress really well, and yes, that hair is very much her look, too.

  • quiltrx

    The dress is perfect for her and in context with the movie and her character.
    But the pinhead bun really bugs.

  • Tacksville, just her calling.

  • alyce1213

    Tacky. I don’t like anything about this — not the dress, hair, makeup, or shoes.
    She’s posing her face like the little girl on the Special K commercial who’s trying to push a box of donuts on the lady.

  • Imasewsure

    Even a plainer gold or black heel would work here… also what is the point of the zipper if you don’t zip it down an inch or two for effect…. no comment on the awful top knot… our dear uncles have covered that well already

  • boweryboy

    I love the neckline and the gold cuff. The rest is off-the-strip Vegas showgirl tacky. A giant gold zipper slit? C’mon!

  • marlie

    I don’t mind the topknot as much as I mind the yellow color of it. That its totally Jaime’s dress, but the shoes were also a misstep – they’re too complicated for this dress. This dress totally called for strappy sandals or something.

    • Clash D

      I call for gold strappies.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t mind the hair although I agree flat ironed was the way to go, but that she is completely wrong. Even if she didn’t want to do a literal interpretation of the models look with a gladiator sandal, this was not the time for a pump. The ubiquitous naked sandal would have worked just as well.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I don’t hate the topknot here, but I am pretty sick of seeing topknots in general. This is definitely her dress, but it fell down in the styling.

  • Jessica

    Someone give her a burger!!

  • thimble

    It looks a bit better with the zipper a bit closed, like in the lookbook. It now loses the angular feature of the zipper

  • demidaemon

    It’s definitely an almost for me. I don’t dislike the hair (I think it really shows off those fabulous earrings), but i definitely agree that the shoes are a fail.

  • oohsparkley!

    It’s a total werq for me.

  • Lilithcat
    • marlie

      That’s insane. Thank you for sharing.

  • evave2

    Does the side of the dress actually Zip? That LOOKS like a big zipper but I bet you can’t move if you zip it down.

    I LIKE her hair that way. I LIKE her makeup.

    Why is everybody using sheer plastic in their shoes now (well it seems like everybody)? Next some numbnutz will have thick plastic heels with goldfish in them…

  • cocohall

    From the thumbnail my split second reaction was that is some fierce drag queen realness happening. But no, not a drag queen, one of the Jamies that I ALSO have a terrible time remembering which one is which. OPEN NOTE TO THE JAMIE PUBLICISTS: please put down your weapons, call a truce, and stake out some different sartorial territory for these two gals so the public can attempt to tell them apart. I would assume it might even help them get more work. As it is, this girl looks like she is prepped for battle. The look is so forced, it almost looks like armor. If you are going to wear this sort of dress, perhaps offset the Donatella with some sort of whimsy in the jewelry.

  • DeTrop

    Those shoes with that gown – NO!

  • Stubenville

    The design of the bodice makes her chest look weirdly unbalanced.

  • DesertDweller79

    I effing love the shot of the model. Her hair, the way she has the zipper positioned on the slit, and those jaw dropping zipper gladiator sandals. That is incredible. If Jaime King had shown up looking like that I would have so loved it.

    Otherwise, it is just okay. She definitely needed the ironed flat hair. Shoes can go either way. But, wow, those zipper sandals on the model are just on a whole other level.

  • kim bunchalastnames

    if she’d pulled the zipper down just a bit, like the look book, it wouldn’t be quite as … iono. skeezy.

  • Clash D

    I actually don’t mind what’s going on, on top…it’s the gold trim and gigantic gold zipper that make the dress look icky. Neither the shoe nor the boot look flattering with this outfit.

  • Sophie

    If the slit has a zip, I’d like to be able to see it and realise it actually is a zip. Otherwise, what’s the point? I also guess she chose those shoes because they reminded her of the neckline. I like the earrings. Really, the worst thing in this is the topknot IMO, I just can’t see it as chic.

  • JynxTheCat

    That sint her hair in that bun she got nothing to flat iron.

  • MannahattaMamma

    is anyone else seeing Kim Cattrall’s younger sister?

  • Pterodactyl111

    The slit is a zipper?? I kind of love that.