Add It Up: Lucy Liu's Valentino Pastels

01/25/2008 at 06:00 AM ET

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Lucy Liu‘s style ante has definitely been upped by her new role on Cashmere Mafia — she’s been making edgier choices in her wardrobe for months. But when we saw her in this Valentino dress and volumetric cape, we just didn’t get it. So we went back to the runway to see where exactly things went wrong — it is the never-endingly elegant Valentino, after all! The dress is so chic on its own — imagine it with a loose updo and strappy silver heels. And while the cocoon coat isn’t something you’d throw on to run to the grocery store, we see where the designer was going thanks to its monochromatic pairing with a pink column dress. Put together, the two pieces sadly make the gorgeous actress look more like an Easter decoration than a catwalk queen. As for Liu’s reasons for being at Valentino’s final show, she tells PEOPLE: “He designed such incredible pieces. Not only are they special but they’re romantic — the bow, everything. His sense of humor and his love of life comes through in everything he does. And it’s his last show, so I’m here to celebrate.” Tell us: Do you like Lucy’s outfit? Do you like the pieces better individually?

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Neka on

I think she is trying a little too hard since Cashmere Mafia hit the airwaves. She is definitely not SJP. Sarah can pull off just about anything because she works it.

rina on

c’est tout simplement moche!! chic mais moche quand meme

Kim v on

I do like the dress, but the cape is awful/ridiculous/horrible. It reminds me of Jigglypuff from Pokemon – is that really a fashion statement you want to be making?

Natalie on

THESE PIECES WERE MENT TO BE WORN SEPERATLY.. THEY DON’T WORK TOGETHER.IF SHE WANTED TO MAKE A STATEMENT ,SHE SHOULD PICK A WISPER PINK DRESS INSTEAD OF BLUE ..AND THE COCOON COAT IS TOO OVERWEALMING FOR HER FIGURE..

Amy on

I actually like the two pieces better together than I like the cacoon with the pink dress! Cacoon with the pink dress is too monochromatic (Paris, anyone?), plus I like the wear Lucy wears it off her shoulders than around the neck.

bigwow on

I agree with our previous posters – SJP she is not! She’s no where nearly as likeable as Sarah Jessica either. The dress is very pretty, the puffy coat is interesting in a fashiony way but not really wearable in the real world and it overwhelms Lucy’s small frame.

smith on

i cant stop staring at how horrible those models look, that should be a crime!

ms on

Sometimes designers make clothes that make a statement or reflect a trend, with little concern for actual wearability of the garment. I love the look of this on the runway, but I don’t think the average person is supposed to wear that, and if you will, you better have the right height and figure to work it. She just can’t pull it off. But, what a lovely pink flotation device.

Meagan on

The dress is super cute! The coat is super ugly…she looks like she stole the Michelin man’s arms…

Dorothy on

The dress and the cape don’t work well together. The dress is amazing. The cape is very fashion forward and it will look good with a long slimming dress because its a bit bulky. The way Lucy has put them together-the proportions are not good, the lenght on both is the same and turns her into a ball-like shape.

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