Hot or Hot Mess: Evan Rachel Wood in Alessandra Rich at the Venice Film Festival

If you read this column regularly you will know that I rarely move from the fence. I like the fence. Plus, the deciding factor is always up to you. I like picking outfits that I’m not quite sure how I feel about. So here we are, another outfit of indifference.
Evan Rachel Wood wore this Alessandra Rich dress to the Venice Film Festival this week. The dress is almost a big-girl shirt dress, with a cinched in waist and full skirt with a thigh-high slit.

I absolutely love white dresses (despite it now being past Labour Day- please ignore that old rule!) and I love how this one is sophisticated and doesn’t have that bride-y look about it. But I’m still not too crazy about it. I’m not a huge fan of shirt dresses, maybe because I personally, can’t pull them off. I usually find them shapeless and unflattering. While this is neither shapeless nor unflattering, I’m just not sold.
I think this is a brave and unusual choice, but it is a strange juxtaposition of seeming a little casual on the top half and then incredibly elegant on the bottom half. Maybe it’s the material. I don’t know, I feel this will divide people. In some respects it’s perfectly old Hollywood, in other respects it’s a very posh men’s shirt.
The shoes I like, but not with this dress. There aren’t many black accents in the outfit and they seem a little too much of a stark contrast. Makeup I love, and while I see where they were going with the hair, I think it would have been nice to have had something a little more dramatic.
But what do you think, hot or hot mess?

If You Like This Expensive Store, You'll Love This Cheap Store
If You Like This Expensive Store, You'll Love This Cheap Store
  • 10614935101348454