Jennifer Love Hewitt
updated 09/18/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/18/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT
The panelists agree that Hewitt (at an awards event in Manhattan in February) could have looked pretty in pink–if her footwear hadn't tripped her up. "She needs little shoes with this dress," says Mia Tyler. Adds designer Dana Buchman: "The boots just ruin it. I guess she chose the bag to try and tie them in with the dress, but it's not enough." Even singer Sisqó, who likes Hewitt's boots, declares, "They don't go here. Nay, nay–again I say nay!"
Like several other outfits, the Donna Karan gown Hewitt wore to the People's Choice Awards in Pasadena last January sent our judges in search of similes. "I'm getting a whale or a porpoise vibe here," says Sisqó. "She looks like she wrapped Free Willy's carcass around her back." To Mia Tyler, it looks like she's being sucked through a straw." Elie Tahari offers a pro's appraisal: "Nice dress, bad neckline. Not flattering. It's too tight and too low."
Dana Buchman is puzzled by the Tommy Hilfiger creation Hewitt chose for a Manhattan gala in December. "A feather skirt!" she exclaims. "I've never seen one before, and I guess I know why." Ben Stein thinks he knows as well: "She's borrowed Santa Claus's beard and sewn it into a skirt." Mia Tyler wishes Hewitt would stick to a "classic look"–and lose those boots. "I hate that heel!"
"It looks like a maternity outfit," says Dana Buchman of the halter Hewitt sported at the L.A. premiere of Road Trip in May. But Elie Tahari doesn't see a baby on board: "It looks like she's carrying a sign."
At the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas in December, Hewitt reminds Elie Tahari of "a cancan girl" and Mia Tyler of "an exotic dancer." Dana Buchman diagnoses accessory overload. "The top looks great and the skirt might be fine," she explains, "but once you add the feather boa and those unusual platform shoes, there's too much going on."