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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.

Charlene on

I think people are forgetting that she wore it to Valentino’s couture show where he announced his retirement. The outfit is a tribute to Valentino and wasn’t meant to be “wearable.” I think she looks cute, playful, and very appropriate for the occasion. If I saw her walking down the street, then I’d say she looks crazy.

Socialite Dreams on

dress is FABULOUS….and I almost died laughing at the poster who said the coat makes her look like jigglypuff….OMG

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Maggie on

The dress is good, but I hate the cape thing no matter what; it looks like the spawn of the Michelin man and a Marshmallow Peep.

ALY on

What was she thinking?? The dress is cute and a pretty color, but the jacket-y-thing has to go. Who in their right mind would wear that. She really is trying to hard because she think she has to live up to her Cashmere Mafia character, but somebody please tell her, less is more!!!

julie on

She just got herself a slot on the top 100 celebrity fashion faux pas list. I think she is far too petite for that cape. Compare her to the model, who is likely 5’11″ or more. It just swallows her up.
The dress alone would have been enough, why add more?

Hallie on

Some runway looks were not meant to be worn in real life. The purple dress is fine, but the pink thing is just over the top. It might have looked *okay* on a super tall, skinny type over a neutral colored dress…but it looks awful on Lucy. And what is with that cross-body strap that is cutting into her decolletage?

Gabriella on

What is that? no way please c’mon it totally looks like a peach marshmellow.

jenny on

I say Lucy pulls the look off
To be fashion forward you have to try things that doesn’t always look “right.”
Yeah like Hallie said, if Cameron Diaz, (someone taller wore it) it would look better(actually cam doesn’t have the attitude)

but i DONT think she looks like a rolled up marshmellow- the fact that the cape is a pastel pink while the valentino is a bold purple, actually helps draw the eye up and down- lengthening her body- as it acts as a fashionable savy background.

Plus she wears it off the shoulders showing off her gorgeous neckline and collarbone which is slimming.
I Say PROPS to Lucy and her stylist- I can’t think of a better way to take such a High fashion item and make it work for everyday.

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