Fug or Fab: Padma Lakshmi

I simultaneously think this is fantastic and want to use her to wrap birthday presents:

I mean, it’s just so festive!

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Comments (35):

  1. Willow

    I imagine this is what people used as a picnic blanket in the 70′s?

  2. Kate

    There is no way I could pull that off, but on her it looks SO RAD.

  3. Sara

    *sigh* I wish I looked like that.

  4. Gigi

    I also want that print in napkins, curtains and throw pillows. Pretty!!

  5. Mrs. Julien

    I bet it’s beautiful when it moves. I mean the dress. She is too though.

  6. LoriK

    She consistently rubs me the wrong way and I still love this dress. If there was any hope in hell that I could pull it off I would want it for my very own.

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  8. An Onymous

    I wouldn’t use Padma Lakshmi for wrapping someone’s birthday present. That would look funny. Unlike that dress, it looks fine to me.

  9. Sajorina

    I LOVE IT!!! I WANT IT!!! Now, I feel like celebrating something…

  10. Carol

    The fit makes the dress … it’s perfect and it’s the reason she can carry off the print (although the incredible figure helps too!)

  11. Christy

    Sigh. Even her toes are stunning.
    This dress makes me happy happy happy.
    I want it and a strawberry daquiri, STAT. I mean, PLEASE.

  12. Anne B

    I think it’s beautiful. Is it a madras print?

    Very hot now, I think.

  13. vandalfan

    I think it’s beautiful as a dress, OR gift wrap or matching curtains, place mats, napkins, dust ruffle, and throw pillows. Seriously. The print is as fabulous as her figure.

  14. Cecily

    Honestly, I think this is one of the prettiest dresses I’ve seen on this site. It helps that she has a terrific figure for it. LOVING!

  15. Mrs.Capers

    I’m not even sure how this could possibly be fugged, when it’s so clearly fab all over!

  16. Sandra

    Grand slam home run! She looks great. The color and the design features work together and there isn’t an excess of either. It’s perfect for her skin tone.

  17. Molly

    My bestie has got fringey curtains that look EXACTLY like that. I’ve often wondered how they’d translate to apparel- and now I know. Unfortunately, I am not PL, and would look absurd in it.

  18. Jon

    Wonderful dress… just wish it was a different (solid) colour.

  19. kh

    Dress is fine..


  20. Mary McCutchen Pate

    If that pattern were on another dress in a different style, it would probably look awful. But *this* dress looks so floaty and pretty and fits so well!

  21. pinkcheese

    The drape excuses the pattern; it’s fabulous!

  22. Amber

    I want the dress (well, only if I can have her body as well) AND I want wrapping paper in that same pattern.

  23. exquisite red

    This is called getting away with it, because you are just that gorgeous. On many others, fug, but FAB on her!

  24. fritanga

    She looks gorgeous. She’s lost the pregnancy weight, her hair and skin look fabulous, plus she has character now! The dress is just a lagniappe.

  25. Bambi Anne Dear

    Beautiful fit, shape and fall. It is a touch bright, but hey, she looks bright and happy and she has a flower behind her ear.

  26. Katharine

    I bet it’s sari fabric — that’s what it looks like in the closeup — and it is BEYOND FANTASTIC, beautiful design and the colour(s) suit her like anything. I’m sorry — I don’t think there’s a “fug” option here.

  27. Mongerel

    Dang.She looks terrific in this perfectly fitted and festive dress. Check the smile: She knows. When you look this good, you can’t help but to radiate a little. Brava.

  28. wtfnyc

    Anybody know who the designer is? I desperately, madly, deeply want this dress. LOVE!

  29. Katharine

    @wtfnyc: Vintage Bob Mackie, apparently, according to Google.

  30. qwertygirl

    The thing is, Padma could show up in ACTUAL gift wrap and I’d still love her. So I’m biased, but I do think this looks just smashing on her.

  31. Mary

    Man. I love this so much that when I saw it again today, I wanted to vote for it again!

  32. Carolina Girl

    This is really pretty and she looks lovely. Bonus points for brushing her hair.

  33. Gretchen

    One of the reasons I watch Top Chef is the see what kind of crazy outfit Padma is wearing, and some of them are really out there. But she always rocks it. As the saying goes, she could make a potato sack look like a million bucks. Is that how the saying goes?

  34. Annabeth

    Fabulous dress and look. The pattern could easily overwhelm, but in a gown so simple and so exquisitely cut and fitted, it works beautifully.

  35. Jen S. 2.0

    That should be DREADFUL, but she is — inexplicably — pulling it off like a badass. With her face, skin, and figure, she can get away with clothes normal people can’t, and this is a prime example.

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