Rosario Dawson in Ermanno Scervino at the “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For” Premiere

Posted on August 20, 2014

Literal, verbatim T Lo reaction to the following: “OH, JESUS CHRIST WHAT THE?”

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Welp. You can all put a pin in this one. We have a feeling you’ll be seeing it again when it comes time to compile our end of the year red carpet lists. If you’re playing the T Lo game at home, use this time to guess whether this will wind up on our BEST dressed list or our WORST dressed list!

(spoiler: it’s horrible.)

Look, we get it. If there’s a time and place to show up in leather lingerie (aside from a fetish party, that is), then a Sin City premiere is probably it. And we wouldn’t be surprised if someone in attendance told us she looked hot to death that night. But there’s NO WAY a dress like this is going to photograph well under the light of a hundred flashes. From straight on, she’s all belly and nipple. It doesn’t help that it’s just too tight on her and doesn’t give her the support that bustline requires. We hate to say it, but she looks sloppy.

And the shame of it is her face and hair look great. That’s just a Bad Dress. Officially.




[Photo Credit: Getty Images, PacificCoastNews]

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  • Nikko Viquiera

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. This makes me sad and angry because we all know how hot she is and here she is with a dress that make her look like she has a beer belly. 🙁

    • Dino Bonačić

      I don’t get why anyone would put THIS on a human being.

      • demidaemon

        I can see it’s limited use value in the privacy of your own home where it would only be on for .2 seconds anyways. But that’s about it. Not a going out dress at all.

        • Lisalady161

          But it would take you at least an hour to get into it! A dress that tight is sewn on.

          • Sophie

            And it would take far longer than .2 seconds to peel it off, would that improve its use value? I’m not sure having to take out the seam-ripper would put/keep anyone in the mood.

        • FridaStaire

          The poor darling. It screams mid life crisis to me.

    • sundaynightaddict

      The parade of clothes that don’t do her justice is neverending with RD. At this point, I have to assume that she just has shitty taste that can’t live up to how fierce she *should* be with that face/hair/body.

      • annla

        Butt darts!

    • Beto

      Wait, isn’t she pregnant? From the pic I immediately thought of that.

    • livesarah

      Exactly my reaction when I saw these 🙁 Just look at her beautiful, beautiful face. She is my favourite actress, and seems so awesome. But no sense of style at all!

  • Dany

    That dress looks like someone skinned Batman and Miss Havisham

    • smayper

      That comment gave me a loud snort. Points for comic book plus Dickens!

  • FibonacciSequins

    Leather lingerie as evening wear? That’s a first, for me. Please let it be the last.

    • Kaytee

      I”m with you – since it should have been a never, let’s hope it is a last – and darts on the butt – Holy Mother of Pearl!!! to quote the uncles.

      • kimmeister

        What in the world? I think this is the first time I’ve seen horizontal (or nearly so) butt darts. Bizarre!

        • Kaytee

          My point exactly – butt darts – what the ???? Someone below mentioned swampass, swampbody must have been the issue. Poor girl

    • MoHub

      Isn’t “leather lingerie” an oxymoron? If not, it should be.

      • Sarah

        There are plenty of people who would disagree, I’d bet. Although, if we’re lucky, they’d keep that stuff behind closed doors where we wouldn’t have to see it.

        • demidaemon

          I said something similar above.

      • Kent Roby

        There are pictures of my mom (who was the most wonderful woman in the world) looking stunning in her teens wearing a one-piece LEATHER swimsuit (for professional photos)! It cracked me up knowing that she could not get anywhere close to water in it!

    • MoHub

      And I’m thinking those panels look like a sprung corset.

    • conniemd

      The dress would make a great “anniversary” gift to a wife/girlfriend from Victoria’s secret. But no woman should be caught wearing that gift on a red carpet, let alone anywhere in public – except Rihanna of course.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Rihanna is probably the one woman who could wear this and we wouldn’t be giving it a collective NOOOOOOOOO.

      • Kent Roby

        I could see Laverne Cox wearing this (with fishnets), but I hope she doesn’t (I hope she keeps with her new more-polished look, so pretty).

  • imspinningaround

    The shots where she’s looking over her shoulder are nice. Her head looks awesome and some of the less flattering aspects of the dress are minimized when she’s turned perpendicular to the camera.

  • Kitten Mittons

    I can honestly say that leather lingerie is not something that had occurred to me until today. So there’s that, I guess.

    She rocks the undercut so well, it really makes my prissy self jealous.

    • Natalie Dormer and Rosario are two of the only women in the world who would make me consider liking the undercut.

      • Kitten Mittons

        She’s evil that way, because it makes me want one, and I would look so completely ridiculous. And it would take forever to grow out and look normal. Quit messing with my brain, Rosario.

        • kerryev

          I had that hairstyle at 15 or 16 and my memories of growing it out jump straight from styling the short part with a wet washcloth when it was about an inch long to cutting it all into a chin-length bob. I’ve completely blotted out the middle, probably for good reason.

          • Sarah

            Me too. I think there was a sort of middle era where I cut the top shorter to meet the slowly growing out undercut, and I looked like a shaggy mushroom.

          • Kitten Mittons

            This will help put those ridiculous thoughts to bed in my brain, thank you.

          • Constant Reader

            Yep. I had the short on one side, chin-length bob on the other haircut back in the 80s. THAT was ugly growing out.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          When you look at Rosario rocking that undercut so well, it does play havoc with one’s brain. Then, you turn away, and come back to earth.

          • Kitten Mittons

            All I have to do is pull out the pictures of the time I got a pixie cut, and I’ll come back to reality, no worries.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I have always had a round face, team that with absolutely straight hair, which Mom, God love her, saw fit to have me get a pixie cut one year.Did.not. work.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Yeah, it was bad. Really really bad. We do not speak of it.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Some things are best not spoken of. In that I would include my senior photo from high school, for which I had a really, really awful permanent-picture a 17 year old with the hairstyle of a 60 year frump.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Ohhhh, perms. I have many memories of home permanents with my mom, done while my dad and brother were hunting so they wouldn’t complain about us stinking up the house.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            My mother took me to her hairdresser for the perm, and that of course explains why I got the older woman’s perm. Those things really stank, didn’t they? It’s a wonder we have hair!

          • Kitten Mittons

            Truly. “Mom, it’s starting to burn…”

            “Takeitout, Takeitout, Takeitout, Takeitout!” and frantic unrolling of tiny rollers.

            And yes, they smelled awful, like wet dog with chemicals mixed in.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Gawd-those tiny rollers. As I said, it is a wonder that we have hair.
            BTW-my mom proudly displayed my senior high school photo(which was also delicately tinted-bleahh) for years where everyone could see it. When it fell off the china cabinet and the glass broke I was so happy(I swear, I had nothing to do with that)

          • Kitten Mittons

            What a shame 😉
            My mom stills shows off my kindergarten picture with my permed ‘fro. She’s shown it to every guy I ever dated. Still, better than the awkward pixie cut tween years.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Bless our parents-they always think we look great!

  • Anna

    *snort* “Resort Collection,” that’s “Temptation Resort,” right?

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      The Sandals collection, n’est pas?

  • random_poster

    “From straight on, she’s all belly and nipple.”

    Yep. Nothing is flattering.

    • MartyBellerMask

      How freaking cold is that room, when she’s wearing LEATHER, and you can still see the headlights are on?

    • sojourneryouth

      I really don’t understand how she put this on, looked in the mirror, and didn’t see how tight and unflattering this dress is overall, but especially at her waist. This dress makes her look pregnant and starting to show!

  • FibonacciSequins

    Is her shaved hairstyle new? I can’t remember. She rocks it.

    • demidaemon

      I think she’s had it for a while, but man, the upkeep must be annoying.

      • sweetestsith

        It’s actually super easy to keep up. 5-10 mins with a set of clippers ever few weeks and you’re good to go. I keep the sides of my wifes mohawk trimmed without issue and I don’t know shit about hair! Waaaaay easier to keep up than a pixie cut. Which makes me sad, I loved having short hair, but the pixie was a bitch to maintain.

        • demidaemon

          Hmm, I imagined it would be more annoying. Maybe I was just having a visceral reaction to shaved hair.

  • MoHub

    I guess this is the slip dominatrixes wear under their dresses?

  • Boulderista

    This deserved a GTNYD – leaving the open question of who’s dress is it? Angelina? Victoria Beckham? ???

    • @Biting Panda

      Sadly, yes, bones and boobs are all you want to put in a dress like this. Any kind of curve and flesh just makes the wearer appear to be encased like a sausge.

    • Imasewsure

      More like Jenna Jameson’s dress (or whoever is the new Jenna Jameson)…. it would be a cool, relatively tasteful outfit for a Vegas porn awards banquet

    • MartyBellerMask

      Stella Barbarella

    • Paula Patton. She’d look equally shit but she’d be exuberant about it.

      • demidaemon

        Pretty much. Or your local dominatrix.

    • conniemd

      Rihanna, I’d say. I don’t think JLo would go the leather negligee/Victoria’s Secret route.

  • charlotte

    That dress shouldn’t even exist.

  • @Biting Panda

    Tragic. Biker funeral, kind of tragic.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      Gemma would totally wear that to Tara’s funeral on SoA.

  • frannyprof

    Halle Berry’s worn this same look a zillion times and looked infinitely better in it. But I love Rosario’s face here. Tired of the hairdo, but guessing it’s for a role? I hope?

  • Carrie

    Convinced she must have been looking in a funhouse mirror to think that this was flattering, let alone sexy.

  • Peri7473

    Ass darts??? (probably not the first ones out there, but I just never noticed them before) Ass darts!!!!!

  • Sarah

    That is one hiddy piece of clothing – and I’m using that term loosely, believe me. The disparate textiles are driving me crazy – either that’s some ultra-thin leather, or some industrial strength lace. Or both, I guess. Whatever it is, it’s an unholy union that should never have been conceived.

  • The swampass will be strong with her at the end of the night.

    • kimmeister

      I’m impressed that she even got into it in the first place. I suspect lube was involved.

      • Kristi Mitchell

        Ha ha – that reminds me of the friend’s episode where Ross tries to put on leather pants with lotion and baby powder lol!

        • sugarkane105

          “The lotion and the powder have made a PASTE!”

          • Anna

            LMAO, I’d forgotten about that episode! “If the paste matches the pants, you can make yourself a pair of paste pants and she won’t know the difference!”

      • PAM.

    • MoHub

      Sponsored by Summer’s Eve.

      • Anna

        And Body Glide!

    • Leah Elzinga

      OMG. The CHAFING that must be going on! Her poor nipples.

  • MaggieMae

    This blog has given me an appreciation for the importance of “photographing well under the light of a hundred flashes”. At home in the mirror, she probably thought she was killing it.

  • Kim Elmore

    Somewhere Stevie & Don are laughing &/or crying
    Give to me your leather…
    Take from me…
    My lace

    • MoHub

      This is probably why they wound up hating each other.

      • enchanted216

        I don’t think that’s true. Why would you say that?

        • Sarah

          They were together on and off for about two years after she broke up with Lindsey Buckingham. Stevie became pregnant, and it is generally acknowledged by both that Henley was the father. She chose to not carry the baby to term, but was offended by Henley’s easy capitulation with that decision. Stevie’s song “Sara” is dedicated to the baby. He became distant and emotionally unavailable after that, and they broke it off.

          • enchanted216

            No one knows more about Stevie Nicks than me. My comment was to MoHub. They don’t hate each other. I saw them a few years ago in tour together. They are friends.

          • Sarah

            Okay, sure. I wasn’t trying to imply you don’t know stuff about Stevie Nicks. I can also clearly see that your comment was to MoHub, but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t put in my two cents about what I thought MoHub might’ve meant. Glad to hear that they’ve gotten over their differences, in any event.

  • As tragic as this poly-pleather is, her assets are undeniable.

  • Violentcello

    I was so struck by her beautiful face, it took a while for the dress to register. And then ew.

    • MoHub

      May I say how much I adore your username?

      • Violentcello

        Oh, thank you!

    • Mr. J.


  • alyce1213

    “Leather” ‘n’ lace. How original.

  • PinkyK

    No honey, the spanx go UNDER your dress; they are not a dress….

  • Her glorious head deserves so much better here.

  • Lori

    “If there’s a time and place to show up in leather lingerie (aside from a fetish party, that is)”

    There isn’t.

    • demidaemon


  • JauntyJohn

    Right venue for this, even the right person, in a way.
    But the fact is, it’s just completely unflattering.

    Rosario, sweetie, you deserve SO much better.

  • stellavision


  • Janet B

    If the garment actually fit well, I’d roll my eyes and give her a pass.

  • Kristi Mitchell

    It’s like her nipple is staring at me. If I move from side to side, I can see it following me. Dress is awful, from the front it makes her belly appear larger, her waist disappears and her boobs look smaller. NOT the look she was going for I’m guessing.

    • Kitten Mittons

      I keep wondering if the nipple is built into the leather. That is to say, did they fabricate a nipple out of the dart? Because how could her nipples be poking through the leather? Fabric, sure. Leather? Those are some industrial strength nipples.

      It has to be the way the garment was made, right? Which makes it that much worse.

      • Sarah

        I’d say it is. If you don’t finish a dart *just so*, you run the risk of a little buckling at the end of it – a “poufy spot” if you will. The thicker the fabric the harder it is to get that poufy spot to lay down flat. Since it’s leather, and poorly finished: Voila! Built-in nips.

        • demidaemon

          Just confirming that this was meant to be a fetish dress and Rosario got her wires crossed about what event she was attending this evening.

  • FrauKrissie

    “Resort Collection”? That must be one hell of a resort.

    • Constant Reader

      The Last Resort.

  • boweryboy

    The fashion goddesses in heaven are silently weeping.

  • Fetish wear…she must have been going to a fetish wear convention later, right?

  • Kirstin McAulay

    Shouldn’t that dress be writhing on a car bonnet in a hair metal ban video (whitesnake especially!)

  • Valdri8

    It looks like a maternity dress- a leather maternity dress

  • marlie

    OMIGOD. This is AWFUL. Just… nipples. All I can see are nipples. Also, it’s too tight, and that’s causing all of the other fit issues.

    ETA: And the clutch has a TASSEL. OMFG.

  • Imasewsure

    I think this one will get bumped off of the list by year’s end but it’s got a spot near the bottom at this point… Gurl has lost her style mojo for sure this year

    • decormaven

      Yes. I knew it would be a trainwreck before I even scrolled down. She’s beautiful, and needs to change stylists pronto.

  • It all boils down to the taste and esthetic in the details. This “almost” made it! Compare it to Valentino Garavani’s take years back on Liz Taylor in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”… Yep…taste and esthetic!

  • That’s a bad dress, indeed. The more I look at it, the less it makes sense – especially the midsection.

  • bayusc

    I’m almost positive that JLo or Halle Berry has already worn this exact dress…

  • MilaXX

    All I can see is a reimagining of the episode from Friends when Ross wore those leather pants. Who’s cutting her out of that at the end of the night?

  • WinterSantiaga

    I actually kind of like it…. Her head looks perfect and I don’t think her breast need any support. But I do not like the way the lace cut-outs frame her stomach, that just looks weird.

  • ashtangajunkie

    How disappointing that “Rosario Dawson in a leather dress” is not the hottest thing I’ve ever seen. How is that possible?

  • gitchygitchymama

    i appreciate how the mid- lace insets only enhance her lack of waist and hip shaping. Did she borrow this from a dude?

  • Terri Terri


  • ShaoLinKitten

    That dress is a tit bit nipply… is anyone else hearing Stevie Nicks and Don Henley singing, “Give to me your leather, take from me, my lace…”?

  • B_C_J

    I think this is a thinner fabric that is imitating leather hence the visible outlines of her breast. Regardless, the fit of the dress is completely off. It’s way too snug. A better fit might have made this dress acceptable although I am not sure about all of the lace deployment.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    From all the pictures I have ever seen of her, I think she gives the best over the shoulder glance in the entire game.

  • suzq

    How much baby powder did it take to slide her into that dress?

  • Tracy_Flick

    Little Whorehouse on the Prairie.

  • elemspbee

    yaix another not pretty

  • demidaemon

    Not flattering, at all. 🙁

  • somebody blonde

    Oy, what an ugly dress. It’s a testament to her charisma and beauty that she still manages to look pretty hot in it.

  • dorothea_brooke

    The purse looks like a giveaway for Opium perfume. And my husband would look at this and say “I don’t see what’s so bad about it.” Straight dudes, gotta love em.

  • KT

    Her recent style choices veer from “hottest senior citizen at the nursing home” to “I get paid to spank people.” That’s range, you guys.

  • quiltrx

    Geez, what an unflattering design! The *idea* is totally character-appropriate…but man, this dress is a waste of leather.

  • Jacob Bowen

    This dress makes my skin crawl. Ewwwwww

  • cocohall

    I love you Rosario, but dear girl, even Rihanna would have a hard time making this work. Rosario’s body is fantastic, but why would someone with her credentials want to look like she’s left her corner unattended? This is pure hooker wear, dear.

  • GemFemme

    Are those butt darts on the back? Good grief!

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    With that gorgeous face and hair, it is so wrong that Rosario or her stylist chose this dress in a size that is so unforgiving. In addition, yes, a Sin City movie premiere is the venue for sexysexysexy looks, but this is a caricature.

  • kim bunchalastnames

    also? visible foundation garments should either fully line anything like this, or dispensed with. that’s from my new book, “the happy hooker 2014: the cybersex edition.”

  • ktr33

    Shoulders up, gorgeous; from shoulders down, Maggie the Cat’s slip, in leather, but it’s not a slip, it’s a dress.

  • pdquick

    Flashbacks of Anya–asymmetric haircut, no sleeves.

  • Kent Roby

    She looked SO pretty on Jimmy Kimmel a few weeks ago; this makes me sad.

    • i thought at first you said IT looked good on jimmy kimmel, thinking you meant the dress. now that would be something to see…

  • Lily

    I actually like the IDEA of this kind of dress, but agree the execution is off. Neckline too low, too tight across the belly, but I love the transition from the leather to lace at the hem.

  • is that a rubber slip?

  • amanda lynn

    Girl. You’ve already played Mimi in RENT. You didn’t need to take home the wardrobe.

  • LibKat

    Take that atrocity back to the porn superstore and start over. It’s really too bad because her face looks great.

  • Melanie

    never thought i’d say this about anyone but…i like the skrillex hair on her.

    • CatLady

      Yeah, she might be the only person on the planet who can pull that off.

  • librarygrrl64

    Way to take a beautiful body and make it look…not…

  • VioletFem

    She’s too pretty for this dress.

  • Michelle Lim

    Oh no honey…NO NO NO. Did she have a mirror to look at before heading out the door???