You get jaded over time as a fashion blogger. Styles change, points of view shift, and over time, calluses build up on your sensibilities. Things that would have had you in the past shrieking over their hideosity instead get measured, even approving responses. Such is the case with Rose’s dress here.
Rose McGowan attends the 2011 UNICEF Ball presented by Baccarat in LA in a Dolce & Gabbana dress paired with a Judith Leiber clutch.
It’s not that we think this dress is ugly, but we can’t decide if it’s fun and pretty in a conventional sense or if it’s just a bit gloriously and deliberately tacky. We’ve looked at so many damn prom dresses and lingerie-inspired lace dresses that a lingerie/prom hybrid (with the extra added bonus of FLOWERS!) doesn’t even seem remotely odd to us anymore. But we still have moments like this, where we legitimately can’t figure out if we like something or not. Great colors; great shape; very flattering – it’s all good on those fronts. But it’s yet another dress that looks like a slip repurposed into a gown. We should hate that on sight, but the color and the embroidery go a long way to mitigate it.
What’s really making this look tip over into the IN side for us is the person wearing it. She’s about as well suited as anyone could possibly be for this dress. In fact, we imagine no one else would ever want to wear this dress in the future. “Oh, that Dolce & Gabbana with the embroidered flowers? I can’t wear that; it’s Rose McGowan’s dress.” Maybe this works for us because it’s the converse of our favorite fashion dictate: Girl this is SO your dress that no one else should be allowed to wear it.
As for styling, the purse and jewelry is wisely low-key, but we’re not digging her makeup. Kittens make the call:
IN! I love a sexy + girly look!
OUT! This dress looks like it was put together with a glue gun.
Viola Davis’ housecoat and bad wig getup was sharply criticized by a disappointed commentariat, voting her a big ol’ OUT.
[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos]