Halfway Well Played, Kat Graham


I want to like this so badly. And for fifty percent of the way, I actually do.

That top is seriously cool, and at the premiere of a superhero movie, it’s definitely thematically apt — without being grossly on-the-nose — to wear something that looks like fancy deep-sea armor. In fact, I wish it had continued as it began, instead of changing for the skirty bits (man, I am so good with fashion terms). The effect is as if she’s being expelled from a body of water, which really only works if you’re looking to add the scene in Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail¬†where we actually SEE the watery tart rise up in a farcical aquatic ceremony to lob Arthur the sword on which his supreme executive power is based.

All that said… you know what, even with the rippling mismatch of a skirt, I’m on board. She’s selling it like the store’s about to close, and I’m in the mood to buy.

[Photo: Getty]

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Comments (37):

  1. becca

    I’d like to hike it up 2 inches, but otherwise, I’m all aboard . I genuinely enjoy Kat Graham and her wonderful crazitude.

    • Amanda

      I’d like even more. It should end at the knees. It’s superhero pretty, but the bottom makes it feel too formal (She’s not in the movie!)

  2. yeahandalso

    I agree totally, the top of that is seriously awesome.

    She is filming a music video today and I tried to get on but alas it wasn’t met to be…doh

  3. Noire

    Woman: Well how’d you become king then?

    King Arthur: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king.

    Dennis: Listen, strange women lyin’ in ponds distributin’ swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony!

  4. TarynB

    Oh but if I went around, sayin’ I was Emperor, just because some moistened bink lobbed a scimitar at me, they’d put me away!!

  5. Adriele

    Every woman needs her own fancy deep-sea armor. :)

    And Heather, LOVE the Monty Python reference. Nicely played.

  6. Jenna

    I do really love the top part, but the bottom of the skirt sort of reminds me of Ursula the Sea-Witch.

    • sarah

      which, in this context, might make it BETTER!

      • Girlin

        I totally got the Ursula vibe too!!!!! I do LOVE the top of the dress though – amazing. ‘She’s selling it like the stores about to close…and I’m in the mood to buy’…I’m totally robbing this!

  7. Visiteuse Random

    The dress is great, original and edgy while still very elegant. I totally buy it and might even buy it again in a different color, I like it so much. I love the hem at the bottom, it falls beautifully.

    To me, though, it’s that. Goddamn. Hairdo.
    She’s always wearing her hair this way and in my opinion, it does nothing to her face, except making it look both stiff and crooked at the same time… She would look so much better (and less wannabe-edgy-generic-popstar-ish) with her hair down.

    • Jasmine

      THANK. YOU.

      It actually gives me a headache when I see her with her hair like that, which we all know is all the goddamn time. She looks so pretty with it down, she should play with some other styles besides WARRIOR KAT.

      I also fully agree about the dress. It’s interesing and textural, and the bottom gives it a lovely softness without being cutesy or gimmicky. Love love love.

    • Rachel57

      Yeah, I love the dress, but the hair kills it for me. And I’m not on board with the nude lip, either. But the hair — it’s so harsh, and looks painful. It also really emphasizes her widow’s peak hairline. Ease up a bit, Kat, you’re going to give yourself a migraine.

  8. Gigi

    Disco cockroach bridesmaids dress?

  9. eee

    I love it. It’s Kat, but fancy event Kat. Superhero fancy event Kat. This is probably the best I’ve seen her look, hands-down. Love it.

  10. Marvelous A

    Bleeding galactic exoskeleton.

  11. Marvelous A

    Seriously, I bet if you shot her with a ray gun, she’d bleed blue gel and you could hoist some magical elemental stones out of her.

  12. amy

    Love the dress, hair’s okay, HATE the evil fingernails. And how do you walk in something that’s 6 inches too long? I always wonder about that when I see these puddled dresses.

  13. Sajorina

    She always look the same to me… I feel like I’ve seen this before, even though I’ve not! I say get rid of the ridiculous “Ursula from The Little Mermaid” skirt and maybe I’ll consider giving her a full FAB!

  14. Sandra

    Yeah, if it was the shiny blue all the way to the floor I’d like it a lot better.

  15. Charlotte

    I don’t know…between the armor and the hair, I think she looks like a Klingon at a fancy dress ball. That, or like she has an exoskeleton. A well-designed, glittery exoskeleton, but an exoskeleton nonetheless.

    • Claire L

      Ok…it’s sad, but the Klingon comment makes me like it even more. Nerd girl alert!

  16. Lina

    I love it. I still cringe at the hair, but apart from that this is great.

  17. Anna

    Mmmmmmm watery tart.

  18. annieD

    The skirty bits just kill it for me. I can’t.

  19. Shanti

    I like it – it looks like an Iron Man homage. Maybe this is her way of naming her favorite Avenger?

  20. Shiitake

    Like an blue aluminum armadillo.

  21. Chrissy

    Even though that top part looks kind of stiff, I like it. The color is like a really cool new car. I would cut off all that soft stuff below the knees and it would be a unique cocktail dress.

  22. Erica

    So close. I’d lose the floor length skirt.

  23. Aurora

    The armourish top is hands down awesome, but i do think the bottom doesn’t quite go. The silhouette it creates is very nice though, so I feel like she should keep that, but make it the same colour as the top.

  24. The Fugger

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but…the bottom of the dress should have been leather.

    As it stands, it’s…all right – I don’t LOVE it, but I’m very far from hating it. So it’s a like, but a “WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN” like.

  25. vandalfan

    Turtle? Crayfish?

  26. Cherry

    I want to like the top, but her breasts look like sleepy muppet eyes…Yoda?

  27. katkin74

    I too like this. Ditch the bottom and cut it off where the exoskeleton ends at the knee. And as for the hair making her face appear crooked…I think that’s because her face actually IS crooked, a bit. It’s part of her character and a testament to how darn beautiful the girl really is that you don’t notice or really care. If I had that, I’d look like Quasimoto Minus the Hump.

  28. w00b

    Am I the only person who saw this and thought Blue Beetle?

  29. Lily1214

    She looks really nice in that color. But otherwise, no.

  30. Rubee

    Looks like Lorraine the Warriorette stitched a veil at the hem of her pretty armor in order to disguise it as an exotic dress, and get a pass into the Charming Prince’s Choice Ball.

  31. Bambi Anne Dear

    I do love this dress but it’s probably better suited to being worn by a drag queen.