Hot! or Hmm….: Tatyana Ali’s BET 2012 Upfront Catherine Malandrino American Flag Print Dress and Diane von Furstenberg Zia Metallic Cork Sandals

Tatyana Ali attended BET’s 2012 Upfronts last night in quite the patriotic outfit. The star of BET’s forthcoming sitcom, “Second Generation Wayans,” posed in a vintage Catherine Malandrino American Flag Print dress accented by $298 Diane von Furstenberg Zia Metallic Cork Sandals.

The $450 flag draped frock first debuted as part of Malandrino’s Fall 2001 line to express patriotism after 9/11. The dress was revived in the brand’s Spring 2009 collection to show support for Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign. The stars and stripes print dress has been worn over the years by Meryl Streep, Halle Berry, and more.

Ali’s cork sandals have a metallic, crackled leather upper, cork platforms, and a 5″ heel.

I actually don’t mind the dress, but think a white pointed pump could have worked! Sometimes white pumps get a hmm, but in this instance, it would’ve been hot.
What do you think?

Tatyana’s dress is sold out in stores, though you can get a previously owned version for $500 at Get her sandals at Footnotesonline.
*Just for fun, see how Meryl Streep and Halle Berry wore their versions:

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