Pairs Division: Kruger and Jackson

Posted on June 15, 2011

Adorable red carpet fixtures Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson attended the ‘Liaisons Au Louvre II’ Charity Gala Dinner at Musee du Louvre in Paris. Josh apparently took the Parisian setting as an opportunity to audition for a Napoleon movie.

Alessandra Rich Spring 2011 Collection

HE: Looks great, like he almost always does. We imagine we’ll be the cheese who stands alone on this one, but the curly hair isn’t doing it for us. We also think he’s one of those men who can’t really work a 3-day beard. He looks much better with a clean look. Still, the tux looks great and we can’t really find anything substantive to criticize. Score: 9/10.

SHE: Is wearing quite the … interesting dress, isn’t she? We want to be careful here because celebrities are very fragile and she should be encouraged to try new things instead of simply strapping on the latest minimalist Calvin Klein gown. We love the pale green floral pattern and how it continues into the lace. We also like the pairing of a coral belt with it, but we don’t like the buckle or whatever that is, because it looks like something you’d see on luggage. And while the neckline and sleeves are interesting, we think they make her look like she’s belted a much-too-large dress on herself. Still, despite these flaws, we find ourselves appreciating this look the more we look at it. We suspect this was quite the head-turner in person. To hell with it. We just decided right on the spot to give her a higher score than we originally planned. Originality on the RC needs to be celebrated, so we’re going with … Score: 8/10.

Combined Score: 8.5/10.

How about that? That’s a much higher score than we assumed we were going to give. Excuse us while we compliment ourselves for being so open-minded. You guys go right ahead and tell us to put down the crack pipe.

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  • Anonymous

    I rather like her dress.  It’s unusual to be sure, but I like it!  I do think a different belt would’ve been served her better.

    And I don’t understand the issue with his curly hair – I’m assuming that’s the way it grows out of his head??

  • Anonymous

    The  both look great. She definitely went futher out on a limb, while he stayed firmly in tradition. So I would her the higher score.

  • Anonymous

    You’re not smoking crack–I agree!  (And is it me, or does her face look different in these photos?  Is it just because her hair is down?)

  • scottyf

    New Male Fashion Rules. 

    When taking a photo:

    1. Don’t put your hands in your pockets.

    • Anonymous

      Or you are (up of a role as) Napoleon.

      • scottyf

        If that is the case, then your ensemble MUST include a bicorne.

        • Anonymous

          God, I love it when you talk dirty.

          • terpsichory

            You two should finally get a room 😉

      • Can’t be up for Napoleon – he’s clearly 7 feet tall.

    • Anonymous

      Do the fellows get a pass on Rule 2 if they happen to be sporting a very thuggish all-black ensemble?  I can’t decide if it’d be the perfect finishing touch …. or the male equivalent of matching shoes to purse.

    • Anonymous

      Or reaching for your Amex Black Card to pick up the bar tab!

    • Anonymous

      How about I go for his “LUGER”?  :O

  • Lies L.

    I like her dress, but then I think she’s one of the most beautiful actresses around today and she could pretty much wear a potato sack and still look good.

  • Anonymous

    I might stand alone (with you), but I love that dress.

    • Anonymous

      yeah, me too. different but intriguingly so. beautiful and surprising color combination. i like it! 

  • she looks frumpy dumpy.  Originality is awesome, but Fit is WAAAY more important.  And I will not be swayed by a “bad photo angle” argument either.  I hate when the model looks better, but better the model looks!

  • Anonymous

    Why does a woman who looks great in the dress, whose only flaws are in the design of said dress get an 8 while the MAN who looks like he really should have shaved and is otherwise as boring as every other MAN on the red carpet gets a 9?  I will never GET your scoring system.  humph.

  • Amanda in Austin

    Is the buckle on her belt made of plastic? From a distance, I think she looks chic and interesting. Up close, not so much.

    Pacey looks good no matter what. I want to eat him on a cracker.

  • So glad you did a 180 on the dress. I loved it at first sight!

  • Alisa Rivera

    Kruger’s got the same mojo as Zoe Saldana, able to turn marginal dresses into showstoppers. The arm candy helps a lot (and what’s wrong with curly hair? It’s trimmed and neat so I don’t see the problem).

  • Anonymous

    I love love love that dress.

  • Anonymous

    I’m quite fond of her dress. The colour is lovely, but I wish the belt was different, though preferably in the same shade of
    red/pink/whatever. He looks absolutely adorable as always.
    Tangentially, I hope they don’t screw up the next season of Fringe.

  • Men with a 3-day beard are H.O.T. – And I also like her dress. They are such a gorgeous couple! 

  • I think she looks great except that the belt seems to be riding above the actual waist seam of the dress, which is distracting. 

  • Anonymous

    The sleeves look odd to me on her. I think the problem is she’s got a much shorter torso than the model. That’s creating the effect of her wearing a dress too big for her.

  • Anonymous

    He looks gorgeous as usual. I’m all for the curly hair!

    Her dress just needs a dramatic hairdo and change of belt.

  • I don’t like the curly hair, so you have another piece of cheese with you.

  • Carrie Bull

    C’est très magnifique

  • Anonymous

    damn in contrast the model look like a stick compared to Ms. Kruger (who I am sure is not large at all).

    Not really liking the dress on her.  

  • margaret meyers

    The dress is a choice she made, but to carry-off the look she needed to wear her hair up.  She would have looked more graceful.

  • Anonymous

    She gets an 8 for this look? I’m not sure I like the new and improved open-minded TLo.
    This dress reminds me of the one time my mother went out and bought several yards of (cheap) printed fabrics in different colors and sat down at the sewing machine and made us a bunch of long, comfy house dresses. The sleeves were just like the ones on Diane’s dress and, if I had belted the waist, I would have had almost the exact same look as Diane is sporting.
    I’ll have to call my mother and tell her she missed her opportunity. She could have sent that shit down a runway and made some mad cash.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like the lower half of the dress, but she still looks beautiful, made even more so by the dashing young man by her side…
    I think they might be my favourite pair in showbiz…

  • I appreciate your open mindedness but an 8, really??  I agree that the color and the lace and the coral belt are all good things but they don’t add up to a good dress.  It’s not Diane’s fault, the designer really didn’t hit with this one, I absolutely hate the fabric that isn’t the lacey green part.  It’s too stiff and makes the dress hang weirdly and the sleeves stand too far away from the body.  On paper it’s a good idea, in real life, not so much.  I give her a 10 for trying something new but I’d give the designer a -2 for not understanding her fabric.

  • Anonymous

    I like the color of the belt but I think it’s too high up on her—it’s making her look short-waisted.  It’s the sleeves of the dress that take the design down a notch.  They remind me of those kimono-type, one size flatters none, wraps you get at a spa.  They’re just too boxy.  Imagine the dress as sleeveless, or perhaps with more fitted cap sleeves, and it’s much better.  Love the pockets! His hair is cute–curls are wonderful on men!

  • Love her dress!!!!

  • I like the dress but the belt cheapens it. The color is fine but I would prefer a soft leather with a delicate silver buckle. He looks yummy but in need of a shower and shave. Razor stubble does not equate rogue with him.

  • Anonymous

    I love the dress but maybe not on her.  The sleeves somehow make her neck look too short, or maybe the dress is just too big.  And I would like to see a different belt, something not made of the cheapest possible plastic.  And now I will say aloud what I have privately thought for a long time:  there is no man on earth who looks good with a 3 day beard.  Shave, already.  

    • Anonymous

      I beg to differ. My boyfriend looks HOT with a 3 day beard. HOT I tell you.

      • Anonymous

        Well, I haven’t seen your boyfriend.

  • Anonymous

    I’m just not feeling the love for that dress, and I think it’s due to the sleeves. The belt came straight from the runway look, it seems, but without the holes punched in the original.

  • I’m more concerned with his eyes.  He doesn’t look particularly sober… But maybe he has allergies or a cold and is hopped up on actual meds. 
    I’m not a fan of the dress.  Yes, it’s unusual, but it’s not pretty or sexy or fierce or anything women usually hope for in their clothes.  Just being odd isn’t enough to make it good.

  • Elizabeth Denton

    I’m obsessed with her dress. It’s beautiful! And crazy that it actually looks better on her than on the model. 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t love the dress, but it is interesting and unique —- certainly not something you’d expect to see on a young starlet these days. The dress should be celebrated for these two merits alone. In short, she looks fabulous.

  • Mariah J

    The sleeves on that dress are whack, and he looks tired and sweaty. Eh…8.5 is a tad generous.

  • Anonymous

    It does look a bit big on her, but it’s still very lovely. I love the color combo and the hair/makeup really work. He’s adorable, but I’m of the generation that had a crush on him in the Mighty Ducks so you can’t trust my judgement. Bravo to him for not sticking his hands in his pockets, however the Napolean pose isn’t much better.
    Maybe I’m smoking the same crack…

  • Anonymous

    That dress is gorgeous!  I love it for all the reasons you stated and completely disagree with the tiny, not picking details you wisely abandoned.  Him?  He looks completely f**kable.  It’s nice to say that and think that out loud.  Doing it when he played a high school student was creepy.

  • Anonymous

    She looks good, but I think you scored him too high.  The sort-of beard and aren’t the hem on those pants a bit too long?

  • Anonymous

    I really like her dress. 

    Him 8/10 – go shave your face
    Her 8/10 – go fix your hair

  • there’s a girl in those pictures? All I see is PACEY *swoons*

  • Jessica Rowe

    I love it all!  I think they both look great. I actually love her dress.  She looks great in those colours, and I could never wear them.

  • I totally agree with you about the hair and the beard. But that tux looks amazing!

  • MilaXX

    Josh is fine. I agree the beard ain’t working for him. My only quibble is he always looks a bit awkward & uncomfortable on the RC. 7/10.
    I like Diane’s dress and hair/makeup are fine. I just don’t think this is the dress for her. This dress requires a more vibrant personality & I always get a bit of an ice princess vibe from her. This is a dress for Lucy Lui or Zoe Saldana. 7/10

  • Anonymous

    Love Diane’s dress.

    • Me, too, except it would have looked better if it were shorter.

  • Lisa Sabatier

    Sorry, I hate the dress on her. I guess mainly because I hate the dress

  • Anonymous

    Pacey needs a shave. The dress needs to be burned.

  • I adore her dress. It’s interesting and gorgeous and the pops of color are delightful. When she is done with it, please send it to me, thanks muchly.

  • Anonymous

    love the dress…for the most part. the more i look at it, the more i come to the conclusion that its just 1 size too big. she’s a dainty little thing and this is just a smidge too baggy.

    LOVE the color contrast of the belt and lace. gotta love when folks use the other side of the color wheel!

  • Napoleon audition…I love you guys.  Mwah!!!

  • Lauen newman

    They are such a lovely couple, though I agree with you guys and I think he should shave. I like the curly hair, though. She looks amazing and I love her dress, but I wish she would have sized down. Other than that, lovely.

  • Anonymous

    I think they look great. I wasn’t sure about her sleeves at first but they’re growing on me.

  • I don’t like the sleeves, and the fabric looks way too heavy. 
    But the print is gorgeous, and I love the belt.

    I wish they’d at least take the sleeves off. 

  • Grace Ritt

    Wow! I saw the picture and assumed you guys would be cranky but I agree with the high score. Although he still needs a shave.

  • Anonymous

    I adore the dress on her. This has to be one of my favorite looks she’s ever worn. Very striking.

  • Anonymous

    I completely agree that she should be rewarded points for originality.  It is an interesting dress and she looks great in it, however, I agree about the buckle; it looks like cheap plastic. If I saw that dress on the model only, and not Diane, I wouldn’t have liked it at all.  This is one of those rare instances where the dress looks better on the celeb than the model.

  • Anonymous

    With you on her. With you on his beard, but wondering – should that deduct a whole point? But if not, where’s the room for the spark of pizazz that a few, a very few, fellas can bring to their proscribed and narrow range of acceptable red carpet dress?

    I mean, if you deduct less than a point for the beard scruff, there’s less than a point free for truly inspired genius male touches in color or accessories.

    so, so fraught, these decisions.

    I’ll go with your scores.

  • He’s gorgeous . . . in just about anything or with any shorter haircut.

  • That thing is a dress? That thing is a belt?

  • i want them to start making beautiful babies. they’re beautiful creatures.

  • Anonymous

    Love the dress.  It screams spring, in the best way.  The sleves may be a little big, but I like that there is a little play with proportions.  The belt is an interesting splash of color.  Like Pacey’s hair, but the beard is a little too “I have been on vacation and haven’t shaved before going back to work.” He knows how to work a tux though, I’ll give him that.

  • Anonymous

    Ug and Lee. Look like Ken and Barbie serial killers at large.

  • Anonymous

    Cringing! The top of her dress is so ugly and I don’t think her hair is making the grade. NOT sharp. He looks scruffy and gross. You scored ’em too high, TLo.

  • Anonymous

    Cringing! The top of her dress is so ugly and I don’t think her hair is making the grade. NOT sharp. He looks scruffy and gross. You scored ’em too high, TLo.

  • Anonymous

    i also think her score should’ve been higher ~ i really like that dress, even though it’s generally not something i’d go for, and kudos to her for doing trendy (florescent colors) in a new and interesting way.

  • Lisa

    Okay… put down the crack pipe!  (Hee!) 

    I don’t like his look because, while the suit looks neat, clean and well fitted, he himself looks like he hasn’t showered in three days.  And really – doing a Napoleon pose for pictures while in Paris?  It makes him come across as a tool.

    Her – oh, no.  No no no!  The dress is too big, and it’s very much got an air of “Laurie Partridge Goes to the Homecoming Dance” look to it.  And that orange plastic belt just makes it all worse!

  • I love them. He looks fab in his blue suit, and I like that he’s growing out his hair a bit (but please not a single inch longer!). He needs to lose the facial scruff, STAT. Kruger looks so good. It’s a tough dress to pull off and I applaud her choice, it’s a nice change up for her. The only other person I could see this working on is Ms. Blanchett. Still, I think because of the deliberately odd proportions of the dress on her tiny frame, I would prefer her take the sleeves in tad. Love the belt.

  • i wonder wherefrom the desire to deconstruct the most universal aesthetic arises. i mean, one can go from era to era & culture to culture, pretty much w/o stopping, & find @ the base, a similarity in visual ideal. if colors do not agree w/ one another, for example, they do so in a way that is aesthetically–pleasing, i guess. same w/ symmetry/asymmetry/dyssymmetry etc & ect.

    no longer. when i look at that dress i see a barrelful of unattractive contradictions. to me, it looks like an early 60s evening gown from which the bejeweling has been pulled, stuck on over a cuffed hospital gown, sent thru a shredder that deposits 1980s detritus–pulled together by a orange-hot plastic seatbelt.

    i dont know. i like discordance, chaos in outerwear, flouting that e’er teeming & swimming mainstream, asymmetry, avant guardianship.

    but i dont like this. apologies.

    edited to add:
    dont mean to take it all out on this particular dress. it’s pretty constant, & pretty annoying–almost as bad as continual appropriation. getting there, anyway.

    • Anonymous

      Everything you said, but especially your second paragraph. It’s exactly what’s bugging me about the dress, although I couldn’t find the words to explain it.

      I actually like the pattern and the colors, but that’s as far as it goes. The fabric looks like canvas, and the proportions are terrible. Even in a smaller size, the dress would overwhelm her, because those sleeves have a mind of their own.

  • Megan Sullivan

    I actually disagree with you guys completely on your criticisms on this one. I LOVE the dress, she looks fabulous. I like Josh’s hair, and I think the scruff is sexy on him. God, what a beautiful, adorable couple. I just love them.

  • its the sleeves.  they’re just…so…bulky.  if they weren’t oversized i’d really really really love it instead of just liking it.

  • Anonymous

    This woman is absolutely gorgeous and I give her mad props for trying to dress outside the “boobs/legs” box (Blake Lively, I’m looking at you).

  • Shawn Hill

    I’m so in love with these two. I hope they keep attending every event in Paris!