Toronto International Film Festival: Keke Palmer, Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, Trace Lysette and Madeline Brewer at the “Hustlers” Premiere

Posted on September 09, 2019

Like their superstar co-star, the poledancing ladies of Hustlers opted for some tacky-sexy frocks for the film’s opening poledance. This is the one time outside of a Drag Race recap when we’ll applaud a dress for being loud, tight and too-small.



Keke Palmer in Roberto Cavalli

When a gal wants something tight, slinky and sparkly, a gal could do a lot worse than turn to the Cavalli rack. This does something none of the her co-stars managed: it’s sexy, glamorous and actually pretty chic in a disco sort of way. The illusion fabric holding the sleeve to the bodice is admirably well-matched, but it look awful in closeups. We’d have rather seen a laceup effect. Other super-minor quibble: the earrings are lovely but perhaps a skosh too tastefully demure. A dress like this calls for some attention-getters.




Constance Wu in Georges Hobeika Couture

Oof. We did say it was okay to show up looking tacky-sexy so we’ll give her some leeway here. Much as we dislike giant bows on dresses, we think the basic idea here is sound. It’s the proportions that are so awful. The skirt is way too short and the slit is way too high. Once again, kudos on some well-camouflaged modesty panel, but the plunge is so massive you can see the top of her shapewear. There’s a way to do tacky-sexy and not look a mess, girl.



Lili Reinhart in Rodarte

Like we always say whenever we hand down a ruling from on high, we just hate having to hand down rulings from on high. But if you really want to carry a round a short, easy-to-remember truism that will aid you in your goals to become a more stylish person, here goes: Giant fabric flowers rarely work but they absolutely never work in combination with a big-ass metal belt buckle spelling out the design house’s name. There’s no point in assessing the rest of this flamenco-bridal combination because those two elements are so wrong that they tend to overwhelm everything else.


Trace Lysette in Oliver Tolentino

Serving Sexy Wonder Woman realness and we’ve gotta say, crushing it against all comers. It’s a spectacular look, but the skirt feels almost tacked on.




Madeline Brewer in Julie de Libran Couture

Like Keke’s look, this one’s got a darkly sexy, vaguely Studio 53 vibe that works well for her. We’re not a hundred percent on the design of those sandals, but they’re unexpected and eye-catching, which is just what the look needed.




Style Credits:
Keke Palmer: Roberto Cavalli Dress | Maxior Earrings, Bracelet and Ring | Giuseppe Zanotti Shoes
Styled by Scot Louie | Hair by Hos Hounkpatin | Makeup by Jose Corella

Constance Wu: Georges Hobeika Dress from the Fall 2019 Couture Collection | Gumuchian Rings
Styled by Jill Lincoln + Jordan Johnson | Hair by Kiley Fitzgerald | Makeup by Molly Greenwald

Lili Reinhart: Rodarte White Eyelet Rosette Dress and Belt from the Fall 2019 Collection | Christian Louboutin Shoes
Styled by Brit ELKIN Hines | Hair by David Stanwell | Makeup by Robert Sesnek

Trace Lysette: Oliver Tolentino Gold Chainmail Dress
Styled by Christina Joy Pacelli | Hair by Gui | Makeup by Mahfud

Madeline Brewer: Julie de Libran Dress from the Fall 2019 Couture Collection
Styled by Emma Jade Morrison | Hair by Giannandrea | Makeup by Misha Shahzada

[Photo Credit: Hahn Lionel/ABACA/,,, Courtesy of Julie de Libran]

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