• Wed, Jan 8 - 9:19 am ET

Fashion Disaster: Kristen Wiig Looks Uncomfortable In Zooey Deschanel’s Dress From the Infamous Elle Cover

Screening Of IFC's "The Spoils Of Babylon" - Arrivals

Kristin Wiig rolled up to a screening for The Spoils Of Babylon last night wearing everyone’s favorite dress, most recently seen on Zooey Deschanel on the February cover of Elle. In the debacle that was the February Elle covers, the Valentino Spring 2014 dress was the only real high point. Seeking knock offs immediately, for a friend.

I love Wiig and find it hard to criticize anything she ever does, but despite being completely enamored of her and the dress, I think the whole look fell a bit flat. I’m not sure where things went wrong, and she certainly doesn’t look bad, but everything just seems a bit boring.

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Maybe it’s because I’m simply used to seeing the dress with slightly unruly hair (Deschanel’s Elle cover clearly left an imprint) but it seems like her glossy, side parted, stick straight bob could have offered more. It seems like Wiig’s stylist depended wholly on the dress to carry the outfit, and to borrow a phrase from every reality show based around fashion ever, the dress is wearing Wiig and not the other way around.

Screening Of IFC's "The Spoils Of Babylon" - Arrivals

On the plus side, it was a welcome surprise to see the dress worn by someone with fully formed knees, as Deschanel’s were sadly lost to a photoshop accident. I do think, however, that despite Wiig’s excellent human knee-game, she should have gone with different shoes. Cutting her leg off like that throws off the whole balance here, and it makes the proportions all wonky.

Wiig looks perfectly lovely, and the dress is a departure from her usual fare (what is it about January and people just really going for it?). I want to like it, but it’s just not happening. The most telling thing is that Wiig doesn’t look particularly comfortable, and although I’ve always wondered how on earth anyone manages to look comfortable on a red carpet, it’s really the only thing that matters when pulling off a bold look like this one.

Photos: Getty Images, Elle

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  • http://ThePeppercat.com/ Candace

    Maybe that heinous “spoils of babylon” backdrop has something to do with it. Whoever designed that clearly forgot it was going to be photographed, and that dress in particular was done no favors by it.

  • Joanna Rafael

    I love it! Sue me.

    • Julia Sonenshein

      I love the dress and want to wear it every day!

  • Samantha_Escobar

    What bothers me most is the seaming on the arms and, in general, the sleeves. I didn’t love it on Elle’s cover, but I really don’t like it IRL because the fabric looks uneven and is shaded funnily.

  • Lindsey Conklin

    I really like the dress, I just don’t love it on Kristen Wiig (although I love her).

  • Layla Corcoran

    It needed the vertical lines of the black bra straps that are present in Zooey’s cover. The horizontal-ness of Kristen’s slip + the collar makes it look wide and dowdy. Plus, her posing implies no body shape. Also, wrong shoes.