Well Played, Courtney Love


I mean, she’s in a bit of a wan phase right now — I hope she’s just, like, ill-advisedly giving up flour, and that there’s nothing more serious going on — but if you ignore that, this dress is kind of cool.

It’s tough sometimes to evaluate objectively, because Ms. Love is one of our country’s premier nutcases, and so that aura — as embodied by this goofy pose — rubs off on things. But imagine it on someone else (or, if Courtney is your girl, stay right where we are). I could see Cate Blanchett in this, or even Nicole Kidman on one of her good flowy-red-hair days. It’s so serpentine, yet tough, exactly what Voldemort’s snake Nagini would wear if she took human form and got invited to museum openings. Which she would, because seriously, you don’t say no to the cherished pet of the most violent wizard in all of humanity, until such time as you are POISED to STRIKE, and you don’t want to do THAT in front of all the priceless art in case the ensuing splatter is too hard to clean. There’s only so much club soda can do.

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Comments (69):

  1. Annabeth

    If you put Courtney Love in this dress next to Cate Blanchett in this dress, it would be like the Goofus and Gallant of fashion.

  2. Fiona

    Er, NO ONE, because that dress is horrible!

  3. Art Eclectic

    Who would I want to see in that dress?

    ME. It’s lovely. Designer?

  4. Jill

    I think Florence Welch would look good in this. Also, Kate Winslet.

  5. LoriK

    I would like to see this on someone who would get it tailored to fit correctly. I’ve asked before and I’ll ask again, why does no one in Hollywood seem to know any tailors any more? Why don’t people’s clothes fit?

  6. BigNoise

    SWINTON. Just for the hell of it.

  7. Gina

    I have to agree with Fiona. Do not like

  8. The Other Katherine

    On Cate Blanchett, this dress would be perfection. Love the dress (which seems to be quite divisive!), but agree with LoriK that it ought to be fitted better.

  9. Jasmine

    I have to agree with you, H. Cate Blanchett would rock the shit out of this beautiful and interesting dress. CLove might have been able to when she was all fancy from acting, but now? Not so much.

    On an unrelated note, one of the gazillion reasons why I love this site is that it’s so glaringly evident that you two are crazy excited about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 coming out. ME TOO, GUYS.

  10. Aria

    I could see Iman in this, although I think she would have it properly fitted!

  11. Michelle

    Ladies, you are hysterical. But seriously – if an evil possessed snake were to take human form, wouldn’t Courtney Love be the most appropriate vessel?

    PS the dress is awesome

  12. Fawn

    Halle Berry. She’s been so poorly dressed lately (unusual for her), and I think she would be smokin’ in this without it being so overtly sexy.

  13. Peggy

    Penelope Cruz. I think this is a brunette’s dress.

  14. mary lou bethunem

    How could she countinence going from Kurt Cobain to fashionista? She looks awful and wasted and drugged. Also, plastic.

  15. Jane Hutchins

    Angelina Jolie.

    And the dress is awesome. Just not for everyone.

  16. MaryK

    I’d like to see Voldemort in this one.

  17. nmlhats

    Freida Pinto, Catherine Zeta-Jones, or Penelope Cruz. I love this dress but it fits her very weirdly around the boobs.

  18. a

    Someone who has hoisted their girls above their navel–this makes her look like her chest is hanging very low. Lack of support together with the visual of the beads (chains?) hanging down makes the whole thing seem droopy. Lift and separate and even she would be rocking it.

  19. jerkygirl

    I like it BECAUSE it’s on Courtney–this is a rocker chick dress for sure, and maaaaaaaaaybe Cate Blanchett could wear it since she’s got funky taste, and SWINTON for sure, but I’d love to see it on:
    Solange–she would look gorgeous in this
    Madonna–edgy but not alarmingly nekkid
    Cher–but it would probably not be nekkid enough for her
    Shakira–kind of a belly dancing vibe on the dress, maybe? A little?
    Ryan Gosling–just kidding!!!
    P!nk–a maternity version? She could rock it

    And Jasmine–ME TOO!!! Can’t wait for HPATDH2!!! :) And yeah, Nagini would look best in this out of anyone.

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  21. Samantha Alice

    Why can she never dress for her shape? This is so one of my pet peeves- all this drop waisted hideous thing does is say ‘look I have giant man shoulders and no hips, neat huh?”
    I love miss Love because she used to be cool and grunge but girl needs STYLIST WHO KNOWS HOW TO DRESS PEOPLE PROPERLY.

  22. ak

    You guys are awesome. Laugh-aloud awesome.

    Most definitely Cate Blanchett could pull this off. Also, some slinky brunette. Olivia Wilde, maybe? I’m having post-work trouble coming up with one, but I like the idea of a tall brunette in this dress.

  23. vandalfan

    Courtney looks kind of stringy and chewy, like tough old beefsteak. This would look good on someone more toothsome. Kate Winslett? Solagne?

  24. that girl

    I think this looks like something Maggie G would wear

  25. Caitlin


  26. JK

    SWINTON, absolutely. Or Cate Blanchett. Or Marion Cotillard. Or anyone other than her, honestly.

  27. eee

    Annabeth, you just made me snort with laughter. Loudly, I might add.

  28. BW

    Cher already wore this 30 years ago on her TV show. I remember her gently lifting a thread off the dress and commenting, “I have to be careful. There’s only 2 threads holding this dress together.” I think Cher’s version was red and by Tom Mackie.

  29. Rebecca

    Me. And her boobs are really bumming me out.

  30. The Other Katherine

    @JK – Ooh, Marion Cotillard! YES!

  31. Donna

    I think you win with Nagini… no way I can improve on that!

  32. Anna Louise

    I’m just wondering – do you guys get paid for the constant Diet Coke promotion on your site?

  33. wiz

    Giselle. I’m pretty sure she’d be smoking in this dress.

  34. MiWo

    Me, although I have nowhere to wear it.

  35. Rachel

    Nagini. Hands down.

  36. Jaye

    nice dress…sadly wasted on an ugly weird no-talent AW druggie

  37. Monique

    Bellatrix Lestrange, hands down.

  38. Jamie Noir

    I’d still like to see this on Courtney Love but in less of a museum opening, more of a funereal, open casket setting.

  39. The Other Molly

    Miley Cyrus, because a fugly dress should be on a fugly girl.

  40. Laura E

    Now that you’ve mentioned Nagini, all I can think about is how awesome Neville Longbottom is at the end of Deathly Hallows.

  41. Melissa

    I don’t mind this on her, but is too big, no? I need it hoik it up a couple of inches.

  42. Bagbo

    I think I’m already seeing it on Iggy Pop.

    @Laura E: Neville rules. And now all I can think is that this dress suffers from a case of Longbottom.

  43. Jessica

    We do not get paid for the Diet Coke mentions on the site. If we did, I’d have a swimming pool.

    We just actually really like Diet Coke.

  44. Deb

    Courtney Love. She so wants to be pretty and to have pretty things. Didn’t you listen to the lyrics?

  45. themis

    Ugh, she’s one of the few people I can’t ever see the beauty in. Narcissist. If it were Gwyneth in this dress that would just be par for the saggy-boobed course and no one would want it. Courtney, people idolize and admire, and I can’t for the life of me figure out why.

  46. Anna Louise

    I had to go drink one this morning after reading your text, so I’d say Coke owes you a commission. The Fug Girls deserve a swimming pool.

  47. Nbug

    ScarJo or Charlize

  48. Ann

    Because her hips look like their narrower than her shoulders (which I think looks like of weird no matter what the person is wearing), she’d be better off with something less skimming that added to the hips. She just looks droopy all over.

    But hell, she’s never going to change…so really there’s no point in debating what she should or shouldn’t be doing! I think it’s just so bizarre that she can once in a blue moon really nail it and look great. But most of the time she just looks like she threw on something fabulously well made with the same passion as someone putting on a pair of old sweats.

  49. TonyG

    Sigourney Weaver would wear the hell out of this dress.

  50. Sandra

    Penelope Cruz totally had my vote even before I saw the comments – provided that it’s with her little tiny bit of extra weight from the baby. This dress needs a little curve to fill it out!

  51. Lloyfid

    Nana Visitor, because this dress looks like Cardassian formal wear.

  52. Jules

    Yeah Tony! Sigourney.
    It’s not a bad dress… its a good dress for a washed-up mermaid. I get it.

  53. Catherine

    Anyone taller than her or with the sense to maybe get a slightly different size. Though I also like “The Other Katherine”‘s idea about Marion Cotillard

  54. Tamam

    This actually looks like Courtney skinned Nagini and made a dress out of her!
    Love the HP references, good to know i’m not the online Potter nerd out here.

  55. delpheena

    i will love you forever for that nagini comment. that is totally an alternaverse that needs to happen.

  56. Froniga

    I’m old enough to remember when being told that you dressed like Courtney Love was a compliment.

    I’m guessing that her fluctuating weight issues have affected the fit of the dress, which is totally awesome, and made it look like something from Grandma’s dressing up box. I want that Grandma though, becasue I bet she mows down pedestrains in her electric wheelchair and can mix a mean gin martini.

  57. Jerika Coleman

    Leighton Meester.

  58. Anissa

    Charlize when she plays the Wicked Queen in the upcoming Snow White and the Huntsman.

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  60. funtime42

    Zoe Saldana would kill in this dress.

  61. your neighborhood li

    Rosario Dawson – because then she would have been in something good at least once. Oh, I crack myself up. But it would look good on her, she’s got such a feisty vibe, it goes with the scales.

  62. robin

    The dress is fine. If only she was wearing a bra it would look fine on her.

  63. meli

    She still looks like a crack whore. you could dress her in the finest Chanel suit and she would still look like a bruised up crack whore.

  64. Rose

    Nicole Kidman! Remember that snakeskin dress she was wearing with the too-furry shrug thing a while back? This is like the fixed version of that (well, as long as there’s a bra involved…it ain’t gonna be a “fixed” anything no matter who wears it if they don’t get a little support up in there). It’s another dress that looks like it’d be right up Angelina’s alley (that came out weird), but would be more dramatic on Nicole.

    I like the Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet ideas, too.

  65. Lindsay

    She looks like Amanda Lepour with bad bad hair. Maybe they both use the same plastic surgeon. And the dress is fug.

  66. heath


  67. heath

    Sigourney Weaver? she’d looked like her own alien baby!!

  68. Starla(dear).

    I’d like to see Eva Green in this dress. I think she’s got the edge to pull it off.

  69. pgw

    Maggie Q (from La Femme Nikita). No question.