Fug or Fab: Keira Knightley


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There is a pretty idea here. And it might even be prettily executed.

But… I don’t know, maybe the fact that it might be her flesh under there, rather than a liner, is what’s giving this whole thing a strange surgical bent for me — or making it feel like one of those times when someone tells you not to Google “lung cancer” so of course you do and then the results give you nightmares for weeks and make you want to hold your breath anytime you’re in public JUST IN CASE.

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  1. currygirl
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    I’m more concerned about her makeup and hair. She needs to give up the Middletonian eyeliner for a little while. It makes her eyes look teeny! And the hair looks like it had been styled and then she put on a douchebag fedora and took it off right before the picture was taken.

    • ok
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      YES! I was just about to post something similar. Too “made up.” Dial down the Chanel foundation & powder while you’re laying low on the Middletonian eyeliner, Keira. You’re a beautiful girl with good skin…let it breathe.

      • Gine
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        Yeah, she really seems to love dramatic makeup, which is her choice, obviously, but it always seems like gilding the lily.

    • NYCGirl
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      Yes. I was going to say, “What dress?” because I was too busy not understanding her hair.

  2. Sheryl
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    I’m mostly concerned with how malnourished she appears!! I’m sorry to jump on the body-snark/annorexic train, but no way in HELL someone is naturally that freakishly skinny at her age. Her face is so sunken in it gives her an almost alien-like appearance. What a difference 10 extra pounds would make for her overall appearance—she’d look so much more sensual, natural and beautiful…wish she felt the same way.

    • megan
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      we talk about the clothes not the body! I’m about her age – not that tall but about that skinny and have always been like that (like her) and as I’m getting older its very hard for me to put weight in, my face especially! – as much as my hubby preferred me with a bit of chubbyness there.

      • elle24
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        Perhaps it’s more that we talk about the body ONLY in so far as how well the clothes suit it. And I think the problem with this dress is that it emphasises her flat-chestedness, sending out that freaky Keira’s-got-her-head-on-backwards-again vibe.

      • Kat
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        Yes, totally agree with the whole “head on backwards” thing. Also, despite the fact that I love cap sleeves, these make her look really broad shouldered. She just look weird in this picture. Maybe because she’s so tense?

  3. Kris M
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    I think that parts of it may be see through (the lace that looks like eye lashes). Either way it’s a ‘fug’ from me.

  4. Sandra
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    Scary medical photos all the way! This gives the impression of her having had her chest cracked open for major surgery. The tights are way too heavy for the dress.

  5. megan
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    I really like it! I might be a bit scared I would expose my self but its interesting & the tights and length keep it modest. As for the hair maybe it was really bad weather outside and she didnt have a comb!

  6. Melissa
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    Somebody get that girl a cheeseburger! Stat!

  7. Jessica
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    Let’s not get into that She’s So Skinny convo, please. It never goes anywhere good. Thank you!

  8. poppy
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    Is it safe to say she hates doing red carpets? She looks so tense and unhappy :(

  9. ceecee
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    It looks rather bib-like at first glance.

  10. Tara Misu
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    I love the dress it’s the heavy tights and fug shoes that bother me. Maybe there was a bit of static in the air so it made her hair fuzzy :D

  11. lilimarlen
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    I voted “pretty” but I actually think it’s both! And I say that in the best way possible. Then again, I think scary medical photos are awesome so… there’s that.

    • melanie
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      Yeah, same here. I voted for “scary medical photos”, but then I like scary medical photos, so it’s not really a negative vote all things considered.

  12. Jasmine
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    I would really like it– love it, even– if the side panel pieces were adjoined the the bottom of the dress. If it were just a sheer panel in the middle, rather than an upside down “T” shape across her midsection. It makes her look kind of stumpy the way it is, and we all know Keira Knightly is anything but stumpy. So close!

  13. ak
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    lilimarlen, I wanted a “both” option too. It’s both pretty AND scary. I don’t like scary medical photos, but I do appreciate a good sinister design, even if I’d prefer not to look at it too long.

  14. Colleen
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    I keep looking for silhouetted faces in the black scalloping. Optical illusions on one’s chest usually aren’t terribly flattering.

  15. roser
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    I’m in the both category. I want to remove the little shoulder pads, line the lace with a jewel color (ruby, sapphire, amber) and a sash or belt of some sort . Also – not tights! Also – less makeup and livelier hair. Also – she’s still frigging gorgeous. And also awesome in “A Dangerous Method.”

    • hippetyhop
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      I concur re the shoulder pads – it looks like she is hunching her shoulders right up. I like it otherwise. OK maybe lighter tights.

  16. Girlin
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    I really like the ensemble but agreed on the hair..literally just took off the hat and had no time to adjust! I think her eye makeup is not helped by her “frozen rabbit in headlights” expression….KK needs to relax!

  17. Katie Starfish
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    I really like the dress – but I think her black tights and widely-strapped shoes are too much – it’s too heavily black. Bare legs (or sheer nylons – don’t kill me) and more delicate shoes would balance it out better.

    • Rubee
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      My point, exactly! I wouldn’t have anything against black sheer tights instead of opaques… And the shoes are too heavy.

      • melanie
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        I do agree that the tights are too much for this dress. At first I thought she was wearing leggings.

  18. Miranda
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    I think a dress that emphasizes the shoulders like this is not the best for her. She already has those sticking-up, hanger-y shoulders that a lot of very thin people have, and this dress emphasizes them and makes her look even thinner (which is unnecessary).

  19. Gine
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    I sometimes get the feeling that Keira is itching to go full Goth–which I’d love to see, frankly.

    I think I’d be all for this if not for the tights, which are just too much, but in her defense, it was probably cold out.

  20. KT
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    I’m with those who say dial down the makeup. Though, am I the only one who thinks her shoes look like those Aerosoles everyone had in 1992? I actually like the dress, but the head and feet (and tights) aren’t doing it for me.

  21. Karen
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    It’s hard to comment on the dress (no middle ground “blah” poll option) when it’s offset so badly by the dreadful tights, invisible shoes, funeral home makeup, and her lugubrious expression. It’s just a downer of a photo, and doesn’t nothing to compliment either the dress or its wearer.

  22. Toy
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    …the lung cancer comment basically summed up well what I thought when I saw her. Even if it wasn’t flesh tone beneath the way the dress angles off makes her shoulders look wide, and not in a good way. – Dress Me Up Toy

  23. Belle
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    There’s something seriously wrong with her eye makeup. It’s making her look like E.T…

  24. val.
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    I think the dress is pretty cool, but the tights are ruining it. Maybe go with bare legs and different shoes. The makeup doesn’t bother me too much, but her hair is kinda frizzy, no?

  25. vandalfan
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    Heavy tights and opened toed-shoes- Fail. Heavy foundation, blusher, and eyeliner- Fail. Black lace overlay AGAIN-Fail, although if the liner was, as suggested, cobalt or raspberry or red, then you’d just have to fix the sides and seams. And finally, the “skirt” sure resembles bloomers.

  26. Lori
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    Tia-n-Tamara wore the same thing to the teen choice awards.

  27. anny
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    Between the lace placement and the moue and the tights, the phrase that occurs to me is …
    “twee vivisection”.

  28. Pumpkin3.14
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    She always wears this type of thing. Her makeup has always been in the same vein. Boring. At least her hair isn’t as severe as it’s been in the past.

  29. Teri
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    For some reason when I look at this, I keep seeing Winona Ryder in Black Swan.

    • emily
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      YES! That was my exact thought.

    • SG
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      Agreed. I’m also pretty sure one of the mowry sisters wore the same dress to the people’s choice awards. Not sure what to do with that.

  30. Mittens
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    Im more concerned about the tights. The outfit is to bottom “heavy”.

  31. Lion
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    The waist of this dress needs to go up an inch (but it is a good dress for a flat-chested lady). Tights have to go, they are too thick for the exposed skin on the top, bare leg – much better. Sandals (however pretty and velvety) are wrong for this outfit, replace them with full shoes, somethig boot-y even. If your hair is that un-exciting and un-shiny it has to go up. It looks like even she finds her Chanel bag a boring choice and tries to hide it. Little clutch would be much better.

  32. Sajorina
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    I love the dress… It is something I’d definitely wear, but I wouldn’t have done the tights with open-toed shoes! I like her hair, her makeup & her purse, but she should’ve gone bare-legged with knee-high boots! I still give her a FAB!

  33. Tessie Bee
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    I don’t like the tights, it kind of looks like the dress melted all over her legs.

    However, dress is amazing

  34. Flora
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    Who cares about Keira? Where are all the pics of Michael Fassbender?!

  35. Anouk
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    It looks like she modelled her Gothic Lolita look on Kimbra’s Settle Down music video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHV04eSGzAA. But those shoes….no. They’re making me sad.

  36. Nina
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    Too much makeup, so she’s in the “scary medical photo” category. And the lining from the sleeves down to her waist makes her look even smaller.

    And I know it’s the angle of the picture, but I swear I thought she was wearing culottes at first.

  37. Emily
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    I’m more turned off by the opaque black tights. If there had been just bare legs, to pick up on the flash of skin in the top, I think it would have worked better. I think. I don’t know for sure. Gah.

  38. Bambi Anne Dear
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    Tights? Yuk.

  39. karla
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    Is it weird that I think Tamera Mowry (at the People’s Choice Awards) wore it better?
    http://entertainmentrundown.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Tamera-Mowry-Peoples-Choice-Awards-2012.jpg

  40. Lori
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    She looks stiff and frightened. The dress, hair and makeup and terrible.

  41. Jenna Horko
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    I actually think Mowry wore it worse, so that’s one point for Keira. But really, I can’t focus on the dress, because the hair, makeup and sharp bone structure suddenly make her look like Michelle Forbes. And that just freaks me out.