IN or OUT: Naomie Harris in Jonathan Simkhai at the 2016 Cointreau Creative Crew Awards

Posted on May 26, 2016

Naomie Harris attends the 2016 Cointreau Creative Crew Awards in London.


Darlings, as you take in the following shots, pretend someone other than Naomie Harris is wearing this. Pretend it’s … we don’t know … Lea Michele, maybe. Or Gwyneth. Someone you’re less likely to be enamored by.


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Because while she is undeniably beautiful and can make practically anything look spectacular, that is one tricky-ass dress, no?

No, really. We’re asking.


Naomie Harris’ Tricky-Ass Dress: 

IN or OUT?

As always, please defend your choice.


Style Credits:
Jonathan Simkhai Asymmetric Constellation Dress Featuring Wave Pattern Embroidery with Cutout Details from the Pre-Fall 2016 Collection
Milly Marble Box Clutch
Giuseppe Zanotti Strappy Sandals

[Photo Credit: Kate Green/i-Images/PacificCoastNews, Courtesy of Jonathan Simkhai]

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  • funkydonut

    OUT. She is charming as hell, but that dress is STUPID.
    (The shoes can stay, though. I’m a sucker for a silver sandal!)

    • Candice Jones

      it’s a shame, because she’s so cute and fun and she deserves better than this dress

  • Chris

    I think it looks great. It’s a tricky dress but it fits her like a dream and it’s lovely on her. IN

  • steph

    Out because of the cutouts, not needed.

    • conniemd

      Yeah I hated them too

  • Beardslee

    OUT. Ridiculous peekaboo detailing and an unfortunate fabric remnant was grafted onto what could have been a nice navy shift.

    • RL McGruder

      Yes! But I’ve got to say, I couldn’t look at the dress in much detail because I was completely distracted by the fact that her legs don’t match her arms and face. I don’t even think I can chalk that up to hosiery; WTF is happening?

      • Bridget Smith

        It just looks like lighting to me. Her legs are in shade; her face and arms are flashbulb-illuminated.

        • RL McGruder

          I’ll buy it!

      • Lily

        Flash contouring from the camera.

      • alisa

        Shadow + color bouncing up from that orange carpet, possibly…

    • kimmeister

      Not just any remnant; a remnant that turns it into an asymmetrical reverse-mullet dress.

      • That’s a lot of adjectives for one dress–which in and of itself should indicate that the dress is over-designed.

  • majorbedhead

    Out. It looks like she decided to lengthen the dress with her scarf and some thick-ass rick-rack.

    • (((Sunny Day☼)))

      “thick-ass rick-rack” made me think of PR’s Uncle Nick mocking Marla’s (I think) use of trim, his whole “Look! Look at my wickety-wack” as he does his faux runway. Made me giggle.

    • Spreecord

      We are of similar minds. My first impression was “oversized rick-rack napkin.” Out.

  • Karen B

    I can’t even notice the dress beyond the RBF/”Are we done yet” posing!

  • In. I can’t see her sternum in the thumbnail shot.

    (I guess I should scroll up an look at the actual dress.)

  • Audrey Lee

    Big out for me, for the dumb scalloping thing that’s happening. Her face looks perfect, the shoes deserve a better dress, and I’m gonna hate the hell out of that Spaniel Hair.

  • Out. Is that super wide rick rack? And gaps?

  • In_Stitches

    Did they poach Stella’s design team?!

    • Tierney McGuire

      Took the words out of my mouth…

    • Dane Dame

      I did a double-take on the designer’s name, because I was *certain* it would be a Stella dress.!

  • finisterre

    Those cutouts make it look like someone stepped on the hem. I could live with everything else. She’s lovely, though, and I love that blue on her. Dammit, just creeps IN. .

  • Scimommy

    In. Because she is Naomi Harris and it will take more than a tricky dress to make her look un-classy.

  • Suzanne Moore

    Out, out, out. The hem bugs me as do the cut-outs.

  • RedRaven617


  • 3boysful

    I will be the lone cheese and say that if the dress were a shift without the asymetrical hem, it would be cute and summery. With the change in fabric and the peep holes (which I don’t mind here), the handkerchief hem is an element too far.

    Hell, at least there’s no sheer.

    • tryinnottobetoojudgy

      We’ll be lone cheeses together (I’m Brie – hi!) . . . IN. I like this dress, tricky hem and all. I just plain love the graphic print and I don’t even mind the giant ric-rac – it’s kind of interesting when used sparingly. I’ve always been a sucker for a good navy and black combo when it’s well-executed and this appears to be. It fits her like a dream and looks great on her. You know, you can’t really separate the dress from the wearer (as the boys suggest in their post), because how often have Tilda, Cate and Zendaya worn things that would not work on anyone else and we fall all over ourselves loving it? I think this is a less extreme version of that – this dress may not be for everyone but she is wearing the hell out of it and looks great.

      P.S. That backdrop may be part of the problem for some – it’s practically seizure-inducing.

      • Eliza Jardine

        I’ll take a stand for the cheeses, too…call me Comté. I like the dress. It’s interesting, the cutouts don’t show off the good china (or any china for that matter), and I love her. IN.

        • tryinnottobetoojudgy

          Pretty soon we’re going to have the makings of a nice cheese plate. We need wine.

    • Bluenose Ghost

      Agreed! I held my hand over the hem to see if it works better cut straight across, and I was sold. And that white edging at the high neckline frames her face so well (it helps she has that whole swan-like neck thing going for her).

      • anniehall502

        IN – I agree about the neckline – looks great here. And I like the navy/black/white combo. The fact that the oversize ric-rac is black and only used in one location makes it work, and the cutouts are small and not on her waist or other bulge-inducing location. On Naomie, it all works.

  • Anna

    Judging from her facial expressions, especially in photos 1-3, she thinks it’s OUT and I don’t disagree with her.

    But hey, you’re at a Cointreau event so have some free cosmos!

  • Out. It looks like sticky back bric-brac was applied to add the bottom layer.

  • Sanglots longs

    I think it’s out. It’s not just asymmetric, it’s also out of balance. Too much weirdness happening at the bottom, not enough interest at the top.

  • tonyg

    Cafe curtains. OUT!

  • Mega rick rack. OUT.

  • The Versatile Chef

    I would call this an IN if there were a better shoe choice. What that choice would be is beyond me, though.

    • AnguaVonUberwald

      Yep, the strappy shoes definitely compete with what is already a complex look. Something simpler would be better.

  • random_poster

    Out. If there were no leg cut-outs, I’d like it a lot.

  • Vanessa Reyes-Weber

    Somewhere out there Julianne Moore is pissed. OUT.

  • Gatto Nero

    No. Out.

  • clatie


  • laura

    OUT. Hard as it is to ignore the wearer, WTF is going on with the skirt attachment thing? Also the clutch doesn’t go. Sorry, Naomie. Not even you, girl.

  • SLMW

    IN . . . because she looks great.

  • Shawn EH

    Forget the dress, how do I score some of that Cointreau? Oh, all right, IN, she’s cute.

  • Monabel

    I like it. The trickiness is mitigated by the severe color combination. The cut outs show no naughty bits.

  • greyhoundgirl

    Out because asymmetrical hem. Would it look good with a thin belt?

  • rissa42210

    IN. She’s standing in front of many bottles of product. She looks lovely. What are we really looking for here?

  • evave2

    OUT. I don’t like the stitched-on look of the bottom half.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t mind the tricky dress, but I don’t think the metallic shoe was the way to go. I would have preferred a black sandal. Still minor quibble IN

    • Coolekat

      Major no the the shoes. Black would have almost made the dress work.

    • SugarSnap108

      The shoes are definitely a wrong choice. Other than the cut-outs, I think the dress is fine.

  • BlairBear

    In because the overall picture on her is beautiful

  • DyanSwan

    I didn’t know that rickrack came in tire tread sizes.

  • Eva_baby

    In. Just. But I am gonna laugh at that black zig-zag detailing on the hem because it looks like it should be on Charlie Brown’s shirt.

  • JauntyJohn

    IN. It shouldn’t come together – but it does.

  • Samantha Klein

    I don’t really see a problem here. IN.

  • Aunt Kiki

    OUT. In if everthing is straightened out instead of on an angle and the gaps disappear.

    • Hugo’s Boss

      EXACTLY my thoughts.

  • stellavision

    Someone else was wearing giant rickrack recently. That’s a thing now? Enh. OUT.

  • ChelseaNH

    Out. Scroll-down fug.

  • Grumpy Girl

    It’s kinda cool how the asymmetry echoes the Cointreau label. I like it more here than I would in person or on anyone else coming to mind.

    • Snailstsichr

      Oh thanks – you gave me a reason to justify an IN! Also, love the shoes.

  • frannypaul

    She looks great. She can carry that dress. In.

  • Yoshio

    Ginormous rick rack? No, OUT.

  • Lily

    Cut about six inches from the middle so the rick-rack hits at her hips, then get rid of the body cut outs and you may have something here.

    Cute idea, great color on her, just bad execution here. Still, I’ll give her a slight IN.

  • MzzPants

    Out….hate the gap between the skirt and the giant ric-rac.

  • Kaonashi

    In. She elevates everything she wears and this is a cute summertime look.

  • joything

    That’s the biggest piece of rickrack I’ve ever seen. OUT. (Love NH, tho. DAT FACE.)

  • (((Sunny Day☼)))

    OUT for the tacked-on cooch-cover alone. Though that shoe choice is doing her no favors. All the visual interest is drawn to her feet by the flippery on the bottom of the dress and once you get there, she’s wearing shoes that look like they belong with any outfit except the one she’s wearing.

  • Tatiana Luján


  • Tigerfly

    Out! Not even she can pull off that scroll-down-fugery.

  • marlie

    I don’t hate the dress overall, but I don’t like the handkerchief hem. That bugs me more than the cutouts. I guess it’s a lowercase ‘out.’ I don’t hate it, but she’s done SO much better.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Out – it’s so ugly I thought it was a Stella.

  • tereliz

    I… kind of like it, fugly hem and all. Quiet “in”.

  • KT

    Why are we focusing on whether the dress is in or out? It’s all about the wearer and the context, of course. And even though it’s definitely a tricky dress – she’s somehow making it sing. In!

  • Kate4queen

    Out. It looks like someone accidentally sewed the lace tablecloth to the hem.

  • Janet B

    Horrible hem & weird cut out detail: Out.

  • Joanna

    It’s tricky, but terribly bland at the same time.

  • Belle239

    IN. She looks perfectly fine and actually the solid color is refreshing after seeing so many huge-flowered dresses of late.

  • samo_samo

    In…”Tricky” is the perfect description for this dress. It looks great on her because it fits well and her hair and makeup are on point. It may not be the greatest dress, she looks great in it.

  • Wink

    OUT. Waist up is lovely; waist down is awful.

  • GemFemme

    IN. It’s tricky but flattering. I hate the shoes though.

  • 1bruce1

    pretty colors, pretty hair, POISE for days = IN

  • barbarienne

    What is happening where the black wavy bit attaches to the white bottom tier? If it attached properly (you can’t convince me this is attached properly, I don’t care what the designer’s intention was), this dress would be fine. Not setting the world on fire, maybe a little odd in the proportions, but decent-to-good depending on the styling.

    But that massive sewing error (don’t try to convince me that was on purpose even though I know it was) at the bottom makes this an Out.

  • JulieAnnR

    Out. Pinterest fail.

  • Eric Stott

    that over sized rickrack detail isn’t good

  • Lee Stevens

    Out. Defense Ric rak

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    She’s awfully sad for someone surrounded by booze.

  • Shannyn Marie

    Out-It looks like something your trying to be hip Mom would wear to dinner the first night of her Caribbean cruise

  • Lurker

    OUT. J’Adore Miss Lady to the ends of the Earth.
    But NO 1 can sell a dress that looks like the designer ran out of fabric & found a tablecloth nearby. & BARELY tacked it on.
    Keep the shoes, the clutch & the gorgeous lady. BURN everything else.

  • Beto

    Out just for the cutouts. They’re too much.

  • SugarSnap108

    The dress is OK, but I think the shoes go well with it. And the cut-outs are unnecessary and annoying.

    But I’d be thrilled if Lea or Gwyneth wore this.

  • Imasewsure

    I think the dress would be cute enough with some cute flats…. I don’t love it but it’s the shoe choice really doesn’t work for me. I’ll still go IN though, if just barely

  • LeelaST

    IN! I really can’t see Lea or Gwyneth in this to help sway me (and they would.) But on Naomie it looks – I’m going to use the “F” word – Flirty! If we’re just voting dress I’d say OUT but there’s nothing about this image I don’t like.

  • Tea

    I think that if the white graphic panel was connected to the navy directly, instead of slightly separated and joined by a giant lacy rickrack trim, I’d really like it.

  • Greenlee Rose

    Its the shoes. They need a shorter dress.

  • SomeWankerSaid

    On the classically beautiful Naomi who elevates everything she wears it is lovely; drapes elegantly over her torso and ends in a fun fall of pattern.
    On one of your tacky-to-the-bone celebrities it would look like a ludicrous jumble of cutouts and senseless zig-zags.

  • SorayaS

    IN! She looks great. A tricky-ass dress which looks crazy on it’s own but inexplicably good on the wearer does not an “out” make. I don’t think the shoes are exactly right but the rest of her understated styling is perfect.

  • Robert Sanchez

    She’s making it work, but just barely. In.

  • Pollynation

    IN. Fun dress and just right for standing in front of dozens of bottles of liqueur.

  • baroquediva

    Out, the hemline is stupid. I was just looking a skirt with the same kind of hemline for myself and was figuring out if the tailor could rehem the long part.

  • Rhonda Shore

    IN. Love the funky maritime feel of this navy and white dress.

  • A_guy01

    In, but only just. The leg cutouts are unnecessary but she is pulling it off. Not sure about the shoes though.

  • carolina_dawn

    Out. Another dress with giant rickrack. Please tell me this is not a new trend.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Screw the dress, I just want a bottle of Cointreau

  • Sherri Priestman

    IN. She’s making it work. That’s why she competes at Olympic level.

  • tessa

    This is a dumb dress. The skin peeking through is just unnecessary, and the dress still would have been tricky but look chicer if the cutouts weren’t there. OUT

  • Jangle57

    out – hate the stupid rick rack trim – oh and hate the shoes too

  • alisa

    Wrong shoes, I think, but otherwise IN purely because she is magical.

  • Bellatrix Lestrange

    IN. Just cause she’s Naomie Harris and she has those arms 🙁

    Just like how if this were Lea Michele it would’ve been an Out from me irrespective of what she would’ve been wearing

  • cocohall

    What SHOULD one wear to the Cointreau Creative Crew awards? I mean, that is a helluva style brief – you will be photographed in front of a wall of Cointreau bottles – wear something that is visually interesting, but doesn’t overshadow the booze. She did pretty well, I think.

  • almondemy

    In because she could be in a burlap sack and I’d still be in love.

  • unbornfawn

    The dress starts so well. That dark blue is lovely on her and the fit is great, Then it all goes to hell when you get to the giant rick rack. That flounce is just bad. Interesting, yes. Ugly, yes. OUT.

  • PeggyOC

    She is in and she’s making that work, but that dress is out. Fugly and cheap looking.

  • Badriya Al-Badi’a

    I like the tricky-ass dress (its fluidity belies its trickiness) but the shoes are a tragic mismatch for it. So marginally in, I guess.

  • FuhUgh

    It’s IN on here. I am here for the giant rick-rack trim…

  • Ced

    I love the flouncy thing on the bottom but I’m not crazy about how it’s attached to the upper part. Still, an IN.

  • VCR1

    Naomie is an IN but the dress is an OUT. The hem is so weird. She’s just making it look good.

  • Lauren

    I JUST TRIED ON THIS DRESS. And my thought was, verbatim, “No woman alive could make this work.” Naomie, however, is proving me wrong and, no, I can’t picture Gwyneth doing it. But I think her sandals are too shiny…..Ha! This dress might call for the infamous Nudist in black. Or something strappy but simple in pewter rather than silver.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Out, that bottom section is completely unnecessary. I *love* giant rick rack so I would’ve made it a tad longer and ended it there. And not silver sandals.

  • poggi

    Yes, this is a litmus test of a dress, you’re a model or you’re not. She can do it, but you guys are right almost no on else could.

  • conniemd

    In. I don’t mind assymetrical hems. I don’t mind the napkin pinned on the bottom. I don’t get why there had to be holes, just pull the bottom up high enough to be covered by the giant ric rac. Why do I say In? Because it’s more cute than ugly.

  • karen how

    She’s magical – that dress is not good, but she’s making it work and she’s gorgeous.

  • Shouldercat

    Nope. Hem is too fussy in a way that doesn’t add positively to the overall design. Too bad as the top 3/4 of the dress are classic and understated.

  • Tom Markiewicz

    IN. She bizarrely makes it work; it looks great with her colouring, the poise is stunning… for something that looks like a Stella McCartney, she looks amazing.

  • alocin

    In. Love it, would wear the hell out of it with different shoes.

  • fromanotherplanet

    The white tablecloth bit was not needed.

  • LaSylphide

    Don’t care for the dress, but because it is the beauteous Naomie, who looks good in anything, and because the styling is good, IN.

  • somebody blonde

    IN. It is a tricky-ass dress, but she still looks good, so she’s pulling it off.

  • quiltrx

    OUT. The transitions from one part to the next are kind of sloppy and awkward. I don’t like the shoes, either.

  • NG

    Close the peepholes and it’s an IN. They’re not as noticeable in the lookbook photo, which looks much better.

  • Pterodactyl111


  • rubyclaire

    Borderline In. Fine for a product endorsement. Not really noteworthy otherwise.

  • that giant rick-rack situation is just butt ugly, no matter who’s wearing it.

  • Bowildhaze

    I would hate this dress if not for the way it offsets the bottles of Cointreau. So, take away the delight Ms. Harris, her citrusy liquored up backdrop and plop in Ms. Michelle or Goopster and this would be rather boring.