Krysten Ritter in Versace at the Spirit Awards: sexy or try-hard?

2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals
This morning we’ll be bringing you the fashion from the Independent Spirit Awards, which were held last night in LA. The Spirit Awards celebrate films that were made for less than $20 million. A complete list of nominees and winners is here. 12 Years a Slave was the big winner, which is hopefully a sign for how things will go tonight at the Oscars.

2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards

First off we have Krysten Ritter in a Versace illusion dress with a kind of yellow abstract leopard print and pleather-look black panels on the side. On the rack, I would probably hate this dress but Krysten really works it. I also love her choice of simple gold pumps, Red Carpet Fashion awards says they’re “Rubert Sanderson ‘Elba’” pumps. Krysten’s styling is so pretty and I love her messy waves.

The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards arrivals

Here’s another Kristen, Kristen Bell, also working it in formfitting strapless cobalt blue Reem Acra with black mesh and sequin details. She was there with her husband and fellow crusader against the paparazzi, Dax Shepard. This dress fits her like a dream and. I like that she also went with beachy hair and understated makeup.

The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards arrivals

The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards arrivals

Dax and Kristen clowned around on the red carpet. Dax got some highlights. I hope they’re for a role.

The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards arrivals

In contrast we have Sarah Paulson in a bizarre white Honor gown with lighter colored fabric on the lower arms and midriff and giant blue flower appliques on the shoulders and down the back. At least it’s not a cut out. This is just a strange dress. When she slouches even slightly it looks like the top is cut asymmetrically, although it looks straight from head-on. Paulson’s film Mud won the Robert Altman Award, which is given to the film’s director, casting director and cast.

The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards arrivals

2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards

And here’s Octavia Spencer in her favorite designer, Tadashi Shoji. This is a great dress and I like the lace pattern across the front. It’s a clever twist on an illusion dress. She could have done without the black scarf, and she did take it off in the press room. Also the shoes are a bit too clunky for this look. Octavia’s film Fruitvale Station won First Feature. She’s shown here with director Ryan Coogan and her co-star Michael B Jordan.

The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards arrivals

2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards

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  1. David99 says:

    Krysten Ritter is sexy.

  2. emmie_a says:

    Octavia looks the best. Great dress, great styling. And yes, I think Krysten Ritter is trying way too hard. She just plain annoys me for some reason.

  3. hunaw says:

    I have had a huge crush on Krysten since Shes out of my league.Thats when I developed a crush on Jay Baruchel as well.Oh my god,I love that guy.

  4. LAK says:

    The independent film awards aren’t about the budgets of a film. They are about *how* a film was made, mainly outside the studio system and more often subject matter which may or may not be supported by *main studios.

    *all the studios have an independent arm which appears to operate outside their main studio in terms of criteria, budgets, subject matter and types of films. This means some films that appear indies are not really indies eg 12YAS.

  5. kibbles says:

    Krysten looks good here. Octavia’s dress is nice, but I agree that the shoes look clunky, awful, and cheapens her entire look. The scarf also needs to go or she should have draped it around her shoulders and upper arms. I’ve never seen Dax Shepard in anything but he looks so annoying to me.

  6. LIVEALOT says:

    SN: I’m loving this blue carpet and backdrop!

  7. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Krysten looks great. That dress is so flattering. Kristen looks amazing for a new mother, but I don’t like that black lace on her dress. I think Sarah’s dress was a pretty idea gone wrong and Octavia is much more beautiful than this look.

    Now, if you could see me, the third day into my cold with greasy hair, pale skin, red nose and chapped lips, you might wonder where I get my nerve, and you would have a point.

  8. Samantha25 says:

    It seems like Octavia always looks good. She usually wears fitted dresses instead of tents. Which usually makes larger women look bigger.

  9. Tig says:

    Octavia Spencer looked amazing- her styling is always great. Didn’t even notice her shoes!

    Kristen Bell was also great- watching her walk in that dress really showed off how well it was tailored.

    The other two are plus/minus- tho more minus for Sarah!

  10. bettyrose says:

    It’s not fair to the other actresses to put Krysten’s pic first. She has a long, lean look that one can only be born with. By comparison the camera’s ten pounds aren’t doing anyone else any favors.

  11. yennefer says:

    Am I the only one that hated her character in Breaking Bad?

    Well, okay, more like hate/envied her. She got to sleep with Aaron Paul and draw awesome things. Plus she has those luscious lips, ugh, can’t stand her… 😛

    • bettyrose says:

      I think you were supposed to be conflicted. She was a beautiful young woman with talent & supportive parents. We watched her throw away a perfectly nice life. On the one hand, we wanted Jesse to find love, but OTH recovering addicts shouldn’t date dealers. Sigh. That show …

      • yennefer says:

        That show was all about making the audience conflicted! 😀 Definitely the best show I’ve ever seen.
        I became a TV show junkie after I finished watching BB. I watched the show online within three weeks in January and I found myself in need for a new show to have my mind occupied when there were no BB episodes left. So, being a loyal celebitchy reader, I started watching Sherlock, but I have to admit it wasn’t something that I expected. I mean, it’s not as if I didn’t like it, but it isn’t as engrossing as Breaking Bad.
        Then I started watching House of Cards, cause I’m a big fan of David Fincher. I’m still watching it, but it’s a bit confusing for me since I’m not American and I have to look up terms like “trickle down economics”. So it’s fun and educational at once 🙂

      • bettyrose says:


        After Breaking Bad, The HBO show “True Detective” is so far the only thing I’ve found that makes me believe I can fall in love with television again. But the current season ends next week with only 7 or 8 total episodes. Only one weekend’s worth of binge-watching. From reading this site, I was lured into watching The Fall with Gillian Anderson, which isn’t nearly as engrossing and it’s only like 5 or 6 episodes long, but definitely worth a few hours of one’s time just for the awesomeness of her character.

      • Kiddo says:

        Yeah, I miss BB. But I refuse to pay for HBO and know no one who pays for it, to ‘borrow’ it.

    • Esmom says:

      I hated the character at first but then she grew on me. I loved how Jesse finally felt loved with her. And so I was heartbroken to see her go. I think her performance, like pretty much everyone’s on that show, was amazing. There had to be some serious magic going on with that set because the actors just knocked it out of the park every time.

  12. Lucy says:

    I think they all looked very good. My favorites are K. Bell and Octavia. Also, is anyone else surprised by how young the director of Fruitvale Station is (or seems to be)?

  13. LaurieH says:

    All of these dresses, with the exception of Sarah’s, look cheap. What is with all the cheap-looking dresses at this awards show? For someone under 30, it may seem modern and new, but for someone over 40, like myself, I’ve seen these looks before and am somewhat horrified they are making a comeback. As to Sarah’s dress, actually really like this. It’s not at all appropriate for an awards show, but it would make an absolutely awesome wedding dress for an older gal getting married at the courthouse.

    • Sankay says:

      Re: Looking cheap. Personally, I think this is what all the dresses have looked like over the years it’s just now we have digital cameras and we can see much better detail from a picture. I remember when I first went to a good department store to look at nice dresses and was surprised to find dresses I had seen in pictures/ads look less than. JMHO.

      • LaurieH says:

        I agree. It bothers me that these actresses are wearing dresses that are being sold for $$$$ (not that they paid anything for them) and yet they look like something that costs $39.99 at TJ Maxx. The fabrics are cheap, the designs are tired retreads and the colors are often garish. The actresses themselves are beautiful and make the most of the looks that are put together for them. I just find myself questioning the taste level of many of these so-called stylists. I also see many of these cheap, done before designs the result of our flagging world economy. It’s been at least 5 years since I’ve seen anything “new”. And sadly, many of these frocks look like they came from a cheap discount store because they were all made in the same factories. In fact, on more than one ocassion, I have seen the exact same garment or shoe with a label sewn in.

  14. ichsi says:

    I love Kristen’s shoooooeeees!!

  15. Anna says:

    Love, loer, LOVE Sarah’s dress! Weren’t we just complaining how no one takes risks with fashion anymore?! That dress is awesome..

  16. pru says:

    Wow. I do not like Sarah Paulson’s dress. It’s got a 50’s, mother of the bride vibe going.

  17. A Fan says:

    Yowza, Krysten Ritter looks great in that dress…

    [And I want those shoes…NOW]

  18. Meggin says:

    I’m not a huge fan of Krysten’s dress but still think she is so pretty.

  19. taxi says:

    “Mud”? The 2012 Reese W – Matthew McC movie? Shouldn’t Paulson have titled hers by another name?
    I dislike short-sleeve jackets over long sleeved shirts, unless the under piece has a very snug sleeve. This just looks sloppy. Pouring rain in LA makes all white appear seasonally inappropriate.

    Olivia’s dress is too tight & makes her look bulge-y instead of sleek. She’s lovely & talented, but it;’s better to go up a size & eliminate the horizontal wrinkles. Closed-toe shoes would have been better.
    The 2 Ks look great.

  20. Tellie says:

    I love that black hair color on her. It complements her delicate features very well.

  21. Norman says:

    I really like Krysten + Kristens dresses, very nice, also, Octavia Spencer’s ensemble is nice too. Sarah’s dress is meh.

  22. Lucy2 says:

    Love Kristen Bell’s dress and I like Sarah’s haircut.
    Never liked Krysten until the B in Apt 23- she was so great on that! Her figure is insane.

  23. kimbers says:

    Some of these looks were WAY effing better than the oscar looks