The Week in Celebrity Fashion, Part 1

There’s a lot of red carpet to cover, dear readers.

gown and shoes by Givenchy

Photo: PA/Landov

Another day, another refreshingly unique look from the fabulous Cate Blanchett. And though you can’t see them in this angle, know that the shoes she’s wearing are equally incredible, if not more so:


I’ve been judging bitches for my entire life, and I’ve been doing so on this blog for just over three years (my bloggerversary was just a few weeks ago). But I’ve never seen a shoe like this before. Kudos, Cate, for continuously bringing the much-needed intrigue and taking risks on the red carpet.

CATE BLANCHETT at the Dubai Film Festival
dress by Peter Pilotto, purse and shoes by Roger Vivier

Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty

Love. This is a dress that can go over-the-top really quickly, but Cate smartly stuck with black accessories and clean, fresh-faced makeup. I love the way the beading on the shoes is the same texture as the embellishments on the bodice, and the black-and-white sleeves are fucking awesome. There is no such thing as a basic black dress when it comes to Cate Blanchett’s wardrobe.

LESLIE MANN in Los Angeles
gown by Vionnet

Photo: Paul Marks/Broadimage

Love the orange beading, the proportions of the colorblocking, and the placement of the black waistband. It’s mega-flattering and elongates Leslie’s figure like crazy. It’s got some surprising elements without looking too weird, and though I’m not sure I’ll ever support that mesh pointy shoe, the styling was generally beautiful and interesting.

LUCY LIU in New York City
coat by Dolce & Gabbana, dress (underneath) by Roland Mouret, shoes by Stuart Weitzman

Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Lucy Liu owns a cape-coat with pockets and flower buttons, and I’ve never been more jealous of anything in the whole world. And if you think the accessories are a bit much, check her out once she’s lost the outerwear:

Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty

She was hiding a perfect little white dress underneath! Seriously, the different lines and angles and detailing on this dress are fantastic, and though I’d never personally choose an over-the-knee boot for pretty much anything, they look pretty epic on Ms. Liu.

KIRSTEN DUNST in New York City
dress and shoes by Christian Dior

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

The stars sure are getting use out of Raf Simons’s Dior coat-dresses, aren’t they? Leelee Sobieski, Marion Cotillard, and Jennifer Lawrence have all been seen in similar looks, and this navy, flare-skirted version is all kinds of adorable on Kirsten. Love the sheer stockings and the crazy delicious Dior shoes!

gown by Alexander McQueen, shoes by Jimmy Choo

Photo: David Davies/PA/Abaca

She’s going to be one of those obscenely lucky women who never gains a pound anywhere except her uterus, isn’t she? She’s going to be all skinny ankles and slender limbs as always, just with the pregnant belly. Some girls really do have it all.

dress by Ralph Lauren

Photo: Craig Barritt/Getty

While you anxiously await the return of Downton Abbey in the US (or anxiously await the opportunity to re-watch the season you already streamed illegally online), let’s visit our favorite housemaid Anna, who’s looking delicious in her Barbie pink mod dress. The stick-straight hair is a tad too severe, and I don’t love the shoes, but she’s looking better than her more famous co-stars, and that’s what really matters.

dress by Jonathan Saunders, shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood

Photo: Araya Diaz/Getty

Cute dress (great color, love the pockets), but darling, do take care of those roots, won’t you?

dress and shoes by Ralph Lauren

Photo: Craig Barritt/Getty

I love a good textured LBD as much as the next gal, but Michelle Dockery has so much red carpet potential, because she’s almost too beautiful to be real, and she’s got an elegance that you almost never find in stars of this century. And though she’s worn some cute dresses lately, she tends to never get the styling right. No jewelry and boring round-toed pumps? Lady Mary would surely not approve.

JESSICA ALBA in Los Angeles
dress by Christian Dior, shoes by Christian Louboutin

Photo: Jim Smeal/BEImages

I cannot get over how consistently terrible Jessica’s hair and makeup have looked for her last few red carpet appearances. Her rainbow of white-blonde to dark-brown streaks is a bad look for anyone, and her super-shiny painted-on makeup isn’t much better. The color of the dress is awesome, but I can’t pretend that a plain peplum dress that doesn’t even fit perfectly is some kind of red carpet masterpiece. And the taupe shoes don’t have anything to do with the strawberry-pink dress.

gown by Erdem

Photo: Nigel Waldron/Getty

Apparently, it is possible to wear a faux crop-top and look like a little old grandmother at the same time. I mean, is she seriously wearing a brooch? What is she, a Disney villain?

coat and shirt by Victoria Beckham, pants by Isabel Marant, shoes by Manolo Blahnik

Photo: Mike Marsland/WireImage

I have never understood why or how anyone poses in a coat draped over their shoulders like this. It’s a lovely coat, but either put your fucking arms in it or make David hold it while you get your picture taken. And Posh, what the hell is happening to the crotch of your pants? Did David borrow your slacks and stretch them out with his giant dong? Well, I suppose there are worse problems in the world.

OLIVIA WILDE in New York City
jumpsuit by A.L.C., shoes by Gio Diev

Photo: Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic

I don’t know who decided blue shiny shoes go with everything, but they were wrong, and should be fired from whatever positions of authority they currently hold. Also, after too many consecutive years of seeing jumpsuits on the red carpet, you’re going to have to try a little harder than this for me to be even remotely impressed.

NAOMI WATTS in New York City
dress and shoes by Calvin Klein

Photo: Marion Curtis/

The neckline of the dress is gorgeous, but things go downhill from there. The sheer overlay makes her look like she’s surrounded by squiggly lines, and the ivory fabric underneath isn’t laying nicely. The earrings are cute, but the shoes are boring and the color washes her out a bit.

ALICIA KEYS in New York City
gown by Azzedine Alaïa


There are dresses that are a touch too long, and there are dresses so stupidly long that they make the woman wearing them look approximately four feet tall. At five-foot-fucking-NINE, there is no reason for Alicia to ever look this stumpy. Whoever chose this dress for her was out of their goddamn mind.

BLAKE LIVELY in New York City
dress by Isabel Marant, shoes by Christian Louboutin

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

In case you were wondering whether Blake Lively ever stopped wearing micro-miniskirts with hideous ankle booties . . . isn’t it comforting to know that some things never change?

JAIME KING in Los Angeles
jacket, gown, and shoes by Rachel Zoe

Photo: Justin Campbell/Startraks

Oh, good lord. She looks like an elderly woman midway through trying to disguise herself as a Las Vegas cocktail waitress.

KATIE HOLMES in New York City
dress and shoes by Tom Ford

Photo: Amanda Schwab/

Why any woman alive would want her tits uncomfortably squished between two velvet panels is beyond me. This is one of the least flattering and downright ugliest dresses I’ve seen in quite some time, but at least this monstrosity wasn’t inflicted on someone with actual style.

dress by Catherine Malandrino, shoes by Christian Louboutin

Photo: Jimi Celeste/PatrickMcMullan/Sipa

Hey, who punched Kristen Stewart in both eyes? I hope it was her stylist, after Kristen flat-out refused to remove this hideous piece of garbage before making a public appearance. Seriously, dear readers, attempt red eyeshadow at your own risk only. Best case scenario, you look like you’re suffering from conjunctivitis, worst, you look like Kristen Stewart does here. But her adventures in unfortunate sheer dresses did not end here:

dress by Erdem, shoes by Christian Louboutin

Photo: Dave Allocca/Startraks

What a shame, because the makeup is actually stunning – by far the most beautiful it’s ever been – and her shoes are all kinds of fan-fucking-tastic, and totally out of her wheelhouse. (By that I mean, they’re FUN!) But though the bra underneath doesn’t bother me, the ginormous high-waisted granny shorts are just awful. They’re too tight, too short, too high, too wrinkled, and all-around unflattering. Add Erdem to the long list of designers who should sue Kristen for how terrible she’s made their designs look.

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8 responses to The Week in Celebrity Fashion, Part 1

  1. Favorite pingback notification ever. Also, I am genuinely a little shocked by how cheap Naomi Watts has made that dress look. I’m not sure what’s happening there. The fact that it’s more than an inch past her vag is really the only thing that convinces me she didn’t buy it at Forever 21.

    • democracydiva – Author

      I was hoping you’d get a pingback. Brooches and jade jewelry will forever be linked to Disney villains in my mind and in my posts. And agreed re: Naomi Watts. Sad, because her Zac Posen gown last week was so classy and glamorous.

  2. Livi

    Wow, this week started out amazing and ended up…well, you know 😉

    Btw, my fashion idol is now set in stone – Blanchett, you are officially the most stunning woman on the planet. Oh, and you got to play Galadriel – I would give up the dresses for those ears!

    • democracydiva – Author

      Cate Blanchett is truly amazing. I think she had better looks in 2011 than 2012, but I have a feeling next year will be a big one for our fabulous lady.

  3. molly

    I really dont get the hoopla that Cate’s dress caused in the fashion world. Its a bit too…something for me. I have to say though, this women does does have a gift from God that allows her to pull off some major fuckery.
    What the hell is Kristen wearing? That looks like one of my grandmothers bathing suits from the 50’s with some kind of awful apron over the top. I officially grant this Erdem looks from Kristen, worst outfit of the year. Gah.
    Can I just say how happy I am that Kate isnt one of those pregnant ladies who starts wearing maternity clothes before she even starts showing? I just have to ask, is there a reason that the slit is higher on Kates dress than it was on the model? You would think she would drop the slit rather than make it higher.

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