Kerry Washington in Hellessy at the 2015 GLAAD Awards

Posted on March 23, 2015

Don’t let this “serving Diana Ross in Mahogany” opening picture fool you, darlings. It’s a deceptively great shot, but it doesn’t tell the truth.

Because the dress? Is a mess.

 

Kerry-Washington-2015-GLAAD-Awards-Red-Carpet-Fashion-Hellessy-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Kerry Washington attends the 2015 GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills, California in a Hellessy dress paired with a Anya Hindmarch clutch, Charlotte Olympia heels, a Chimento ring, and Dana Rebecca Designs earrings.

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Kerry-Washington-2015-GLAAD-Awards-Red-Carpet-Fashion-Hellessy-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Hellessy Fall 2015 Collection

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Kerry-Washington-2015-GLAAD-Awards-Red-Carpet-Fashion-Hellessy-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (6)Anya Hindmarch ‘Crisp Packet’ Clutch

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Oof. Honey. You’re a tiny little sample-sized thing, but unfortunately, you have to be model-shaped for a dress like this to work. It really does look pretty great from the back, and we especially like the color combination for her. But from the front, the bodice looks like it’s collapsing and she looks like she has no waist at all.

Actually, the more we look at it, the more we realize the reason it looks bad isn’t because it doesn’t suit her shape, it’s because it doesn’t suit her height. The bodice looks much, much shorter on her than it does on the model, which may be way it looks like it’s collapsing and it visually thickens her. A shame, because while this is a tough color combo to pull off, it’s one that looks amazing on her.

We didn’t mind the “crisp packet” clutch the first time we saw it, but we like it a little less each time someone hauls it out. It’s a clever and eye-catching bag, but it has nothing whatsoever to do with the rest of the outfit. That’s the problem with tricky or witty accessories. They’re often very hard to integrate with an outfit.

 

 

[Photo Credit: Getty Images, Hellessy, farfetch.com]

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