Monday, November 05, 2012

Jessica Chastain And Kylie Minogue In Stella McCartney

Cutout dresses and illusion panels are more popular than ever, and it seems like no one loves them more than  Stella McCartney. Her collections in recent seasons have been full of them, which sent these dresses to red carpets everywhere. The most recent example of such Stella McCartney dress is the yellow lace one from the designer Spring 2013 collection worn by the gorgeous Jessica Chastain for the after-party of the Heiress Broadway premier. I like the lace and love the color, but the weird asymmetric cutout is a major OCD trigger and makes the dress look off-balance. 

Just about everyone on the Blogsphere hated the dresses Kylie Minogue and Anne Hathaway picked from the same Stella McCartney collection. I actually like Gingham (at least in theory or for retro table cloths), and prefer Kylie's version over the other ones. It's more balanced than the yellow lace and certainly less awkward than Anne Hathaway's strategically-placed cutouts (for her July appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon). It's kind of hard scolding someone "my eyes are up here!" when one wears a dress with this particular focal point.

The other problem with large illusion panels is that a zipper that looks good in them is yet to be invented. Also, photos of Kylie from her back show some bunching and creasing in the mesh fabric that gives the unfortunate appearance of extra skin.

A much more successful illusion dress was the celebrity favorite from McCartney's Evening 2012 collection. It came in several versions- long and short, black like Gwyneth Paltrow's or blue, with or without white panels. As you can see on Brooklyn Decker, these dresses have somewhat of a construction problem. They photograph well from some angles, but if you're the sister of the bride or something I'd advise you to pick another designer and/or style.

Photos: Zimbio and Just Jared.


  1. The yellow dress is totally unflattering--not enough contrast with her skin color, and it doesn't do a thing for her figure. Checks--mixed checks? Ugh. And Gwyneth is always a mess, but at least it looks like she did something about her saggy breasts. (Disclaimer: Gwyneth's personality makes he utterly unattractive to me.)

  2. just reinforces my view that stella mccartney can't design worth a damn. i have YET to see someone look fantastic in one of her designs! it's been YEARS! when will people wake up?!


  3. Any of these design elements can work separately, but bold patterns, cutouts AND asymmetry all together in one dress are too much for the eye. It looks like the wearer and designer are trying too hard. ~~nozknoz


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