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Who Wore Balmain Better? Zoe Saldana, Joan Smalls or Alessandra Ambrosio

Back in August, Zoe Saldana wore this gorgeous Balmain Resort 2012 dress to the ‘Colombiana’ Miami premiere, but we were on the fence about the additional train.

The dress is so hot and sexy on its own that we wished she’d opted for the lookbook version.

Well, in the space of twenty days, two Victoria’s Secret models have worn this gold-embellished Balmain mini dress as it was presented.

Joan Smalls wore it to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show after-party at Dream Downtown in New York City earlier this month.

She teamed her dress with silver Alexander Wang Fall 2011 accessories including an Adriel clutch and Fabiana metallic leather sandals.

Usually mixing metals sends a shiver down my spine, but there are enough silver elements in her dress to make this combo work.

Alessandra Ambrosio wore the same dress to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show viewing party which took place in New York City last night.

She accessorized with tame nude slingbacks and a tan Valentino clutch.

Joan wins for me.

Her accessories are far more interesting. Zoe lost points for the train and black sandals, whilst Alessandra lost major points for her uninspiring accessories.

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13 Responses to Who Wore Balmain Better? Zoe Saldana, Joan Smalls or Alessandra Ambrosio

  1. robbie November 30, 2011 at 12:24 #

    joan all the way.

    • Alina November 30, 2011 at 12:30 #


      • DivaDebbi (Beauty and Fashion Blog) November 30, 2011 at 13:03 #

        +2. She nailed it. Zoe looks ridiculous, Alessandra looks Hookerish.

        • Jones19 November 30, 2011 at 13:18 #

          Alessandra’s pose is what really kills her look. Joan looks far better.

  2. Martin November 30, 2011 at 12:26 #

    Definitely Joan Smalls. And Balmain should remain exclusively reserved for Victoria’s Secret models. Zoe, you’re better than this – both the dress and the complete look are beneath you.

  3. Katey November 30, 2011 at 12:31 #

    I love Zoe’s version the most, just not with those shoes.

  4. alex November 30, 2011 at 13:10 #

    However much I hate the black sandals, I LOVE the train so Zoe wins it for me!

  5. Vicky November 30, 2011 at 15:57 #

    The white train look so out of place, especially with the white line across her thighs.

  6. Nat39 November 30, 2011 at 17:11 #

    Joan by a long mile. Alessandra loses her major points on the overly exposed boobs.

  7. Dhppy December 1, 2011 at 20:32 #

    It’s official. I just don’t like this dress. If four different beautiful women can’t shake off the “Captain EO” vibe, then the design can’t be amended.

    • Dhppy December 1, 2011 at 20:40 #

      Honestly, it’s like someone tried to mix a reptile with a pheasant in the early 90s. I just can’t see past it.

  8. Jen December 2, 2011 at 04:32 #

    don’t know how the belt would have improved things on our 3 ladies, but I thought the proportions were off until I saw the model, and it seems to work better on her and she’s got a belt.

  9. Shaina December 3, 2011 at 03:35 #

    Am I the only one that thinks that dress has a McQueen feel to it?

    Anyway, Joan wins for me, better accessories and I honestly love it best on her.

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