ELLE’s 18th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute

Posted on October 18, 2011

Since we did an all-boy red carpet rundown yesterday, it’s time for the ladies to take center stage, wouldn’t you say? Compare and contrast. At the Scream Awards, the look for men was pretty much “frat boy,” whereas at ELLE’s 18th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute, the look was very much “Ladies who Lunch.”

Abigail Breslin in Calvin Klein

We almost like it. It’s a bit shapeless but not everything needs to be form-fitting. The yellow clutch makes it just a bit too citrus-y and the beige pumps don’t really go.


Alice Eve in Dolce & Gabbana

Betty Draper. We would guess that was the look she was deliberately going for. We like the accessories matching here. The clutch pulls out the greens in the dress and the pumps “go” without matching.


Amber Heard in Calvin Klein

Pretty, but the makeup – and the shoes, for that matter – are a bit heavy for this look.


Camila Alves



Chloe Moretz in Calvin Klein

Enh. It’s on the chic side of things, but it’s not really doing any favors to her shape.


Cobie Smulders in Max Mara

She’s way too young to be looking this matronly. A less cougar pair of shoes and wearing her hair down would have helped a lot. The dress is actually pretty, although we’re not sure she can pull off that yellow.


Elizabeth Olsen in Calvin Klein

Hair and makeup look very pretty and mostly age appropriate, but that dress is not flattering.


Ellie Kemper

Pretty dress; hate the shoes.


Evan Rachel Wood

ERW didn’t get the memo. “Ladies who Lunch,” sweetie. Not “Ladies who practice witchcraft.”


Freida Pinto in Calvin Klein

Very, very pretty. Love the shoes and necklace, although they’re a little too matchy.


Gillian Jacobs

She looks like she wandered into an April Cornell store and twirled around.


Jayma Mays in Catherine Malandrino

Someone else who didn’t get the memo.


Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Edition by Georges Chakra

Pretty, but a bit on the showy side for this type of event.


Katherine Heigl in Amanda Wakeley



Laura Dern

Oh, dear. Those pants are a tragedy and SO IS THAT CRAZY LADY HAIR, LAURA. But we like your necklace.


Michelle Pfeiffer



Nichole Richie

That’s a beautiful print. Again, all the gowns just look overdone here.


Octavia Spencer

This would have looked great had she worn a better bra. Great accessorizing.


Rachel Zoe

Since floor-length is Rachel’s go-to, we guess we can’t ding her for wearing a gown. Besides, she looks pretty amazing here.


Reese Witherspoon in Bocanegra

Hate the lacey cami, but props to her for wearing a chic pantsuit.


Robin Wright Penn

The washed out makeup with the heavily lined eyes is a bit disconcerting, especially paired with the Moe Howard hair. The dress is a bit too interesting for its own good. Don’t tell her we said all this because she looks like she can kick our asses.

Viola Davis in Calvin Klein

Chic. Sometimes, all one color from dress to accessories really works. We love a good pewter. Don’t love the mushroom hair, though.

[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • In terms of Chloe Moretz, I’m not sure of how much ‘shape’ a 14 year old girl has…

    • Anonymous

      I don’t like skirts that are both short and stiff.  The possibility of inadvertent flashing seems too high, and wearing such an outfit seems like advanced technique for a 14-year-old.

    • Anonymous

      I attanded the live tour of “So You Think You Can Dance” this past weekend with my neice for her burthday.  The place was wall to wall Jr. High girls and I am STUNNED as too how completely slutty/whore these girls dress for an evening out.  Uber short skirts, tight, tight, tight, lots and lots of skin and make up.  Finished off with braces and it is an odd look.  It really is sad.

      • Anonymous

        I have never been more self-conscious about my lack of cleavage than when I chaperoned my little brother’s 7th grade dance. Then I died a little inside and drank some punch.

  • Anonymous

    Wow – I totally did not recognize Rachel Zoe!! Love her hair pulled off her face, for once.

    • suz72350

      I didn’t recognize her either. Her makeup is beautiful and her hair off her face is a good look for her.

    • Best she’s ever looked, in my opinion.

    • Anonymous

      Agree – she looks great and I love her hair up.

  • Is it me or does Jayma Mays have a wonky baby toe sticking out of that shoe where it’s not supposed to be… nevermind the dress, that looks uncomfortable.

    • HILARIOUS!!!

    • AHHHH I can’t unsee the toe. 

    • Sobaika Mirza

      OMG. Now I can’t NOT see it. It looks like something The Hills Have Eyes people would be sporting.

    • Anonymous

      I actually downloaded the picture and zoomed in on the toe.  It looks like a dew claw on a dog….how can she even stand?

    • Someone needs to shoot off that pinkie toe, Harlem Nights style.

      • MilaXX

        THAT?! Is my favorite scene in the movie.

    • Anonymous

      Nooooo! Can’t unsee!

    • Anonymous

      I was afraid to look…but, I did. Now I’m totally freaked out for the rest of the day! Humongous, EWWWW!

    • Accchhhkkkk. That toe is going to give me nightmares. That has got to be the most uncomfortable feeling, poor Jayma.

    • MilaXX

      a friend of mine has a wonky toe like that. She avoids certain styles of sandals as a result

  • Anonymous

    what is with hems both men and women??? is there a tailor shortage on the west coast?

    • Anonymous

      Yes. East Coasters seem to think tailors go on trees. I have never so much as seen a tailor in my entire West Coast life. Sometimes the dry cleaner will hem pants or a skirt, but that’s it.

      • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Viola Davis and/or her stylist has a fantastic color instinct.  Her skin is always beautiful but when they add rich, saturated colors that contrast vividly, like this pewter, the result is gorgeous, glamorous and memorable.

  • So you’re going to call out poor Octavia Spencer for bad bra, but not Viola Davis (what in hell is going on upstairs, V?), Gillian Jacobs or Elizabeth Olsen (who is 22 years old, for god’s sake!)?  How about the fit on Alice Eve and Gillian Jacobs (though maybe with a bra, it would fit, who knows?).  Finally, I’d like to point out that Chloe Moretz is a 14-year-old girl.  That IS her shape.

    • No, it’s not her shape — the dress is fitting oddly in a couple places.  And even if it wasn’t, that doesn’t make it flattering.

    • Re Olsen, that dress would look weird on her no matter how brilliant the bra was.  Jacobs, I’m not sure a change in bra would make a difference–either you like that dress or you don’t (I actually do, but I gather TLo do not). I think the point was that Spencer’s look had more potential and just needed the bit of uplift.

  • diana jacobs komisar

    Since when is Abigail Breslin 40?

    • Anonymous

      i had to look at her photo twice.  still cant believe its her!

    • And why does she look SO MUCH like Lucy from Seventh Heaven? It’s freaking me out.

  • Anonymous

    Michele Pfeiffer is such a pretty woman and she looks amazing here.  Best in show.  But the real story for me is Abigail Breslin. The last time I saw her she was a young girl.  She has grown into a beautiful young woman.  Now let’s put her in a less baggy dress.

    • Hate that Abigail Breslin has grown so much — she’s always looked just like my niece, and I don’t like to think of Lyssa getting that much older:(

    • Anonymous

      “Best in show” is a phrase that applies to animals judged to be the best of all breeds in a competition.  Can we get real here. 

      • It was a figure of speech. I am sure (as seems obvious in context) that no harm was meant. 

  • Sobaika Mirza

    Chloe Moretz needs new people.

  • I love the color on Viola’s dress but I think this is another one who needs a better bra.  She has a bit of a uniboob going on like she was wearing a sports bra under the dress.

  • Kyle Crawford

    Who doesn’t love it that Michele Pfeiffer ruled this daytime red carpet?!?  Lean lesser mortals….. learn…..

    • Anonymous

      I’d like to steal the entire look–and the body that goes with it.

  • Anonymous

    Overall, the little girls look great. Abigail Breslin’s dress could have been a little shorter, but I disagree with you on her shoes. Orange and camel is a classic combo. I think you’ve got putty on the brain (although lately who could blame you?). I don’t like Chloe Moretz’s shoes, they look like she got into her mom’s closet (of tacky shoes). A simpler shoe would have been more age appropriate.

    I thought Maggie Gyllenhal was the only one allowed to wear the neckline that Cobie Smulders is attempting?

  • Anonymous

    I know it’s nit-picky, but Jayma Mays’ wandering pinky toe really freaks me out. 

  • Anonymous

    The Gillian Jacobs comment wins the day.  Also, so refreshing to see a smiling Olsen sister.

  • I really like Gillian Jacobs. I really like her dress. I really hate her hair and makeup.

    Ellie Kemper really needs better shoes. Come on, funny ladies!

    • Gillian Jacobs just doesn’t quite look like herself (or comfortable) in that hair.

  • It’s a shame Gillian Jacobs picked THAT Mary Katrantzou dress.

    • Kate Pearce

      LOL! I love that dress 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Abigail B – It’s too old for her.
    Alice Eve – IN
    Amber Heard – Her hair is several shades too blonde.
    Cobie Something – BAD color for her
    Elizabeth O. – Rumpled bedsheet
    Ellie Kemper – Cute!
    ERW – She looks hot. Love the hair.
    Frieda Pinto – Love those shoes. Dress is boring and I hate the length.
    Laura Dern – I just saw her on the street the other day and she looked beautiful. What the hell is up with the crazy lady hair and can’t she afford to have her pants hemmed?
    Michelle Pfeiffer – Fabulous
    Octavia S- Agreed, what a flattering dress in a beautiful color. The girls need some serious support, though.
    Rachel Zoe – I didn’t even recognize her. She looks even more like a hag than she normally does.
    Reese W – Love it. She needs to go see her colorist immediately, because her hair is five different shades of white and yellow, with black roots.
    Robin Wright Penn – I love her and think she’s gorgeous, but I would never have recognized her here. Makeup is wrong and I feel like the hair could work with a bit of styling. This is like wash-n-go hair. The dress looks cheap and sloppy. Honey, you’re beautiful and rich! It doesn’t have to be this way!
    Viola Davis – The hair is awful and that dress is giving her uni-boob.


  • Anonymous

    This is a strange collection of looks.  I read that this was an evening event, but some dressed for a Beverly Hills luncheon, some for a cocktail party, and some for a black-tie event. Was this Elle’s fault–for not specifying the nature of the event? 

    Without knowing what the dress-up level should’ve been, I give the win to Camilla Alves’s gorgeous retro look, followed by the effortless chic of Viola Davis and Michelle Pfeiffer. I like Nicole Richie’s gown, although I do not like her. Like Alice Eve’s dress but not her accessories.

    Depending upon your point of view, what Barbra Streisand (and hubby Brolin) wore to this event?  Hilarious and/or tragic.  

  • Anonymous

    Wait a minute. This was a pre-Halloween costume party, right? A “Wear The Biggest Regret in Your Closet”* party! 

    * Viola Davis excepted – the dress looks wonderful; Reese is a close 2nd, but what’s under the jacket is bad.

  • Anonymous

    I love how half the women who got it wrong were too retro and the other half too diva. I imagine this would be a pretty tricky event to nail, style-wise.

  • Anonymous

    I have little to nothing to say about this oddball collection of looks (and stars, for that matter). Just had to chime in to give you props for the April Cornell comment. I’ll be cracking up over that all day…especially when I sit down and eat off my April Cornell placemats.

    Love that yellow dress and the polka dot one. those were the standouts for me.

  • Abigail – love it, even with the shoes
    Alice Eve – don’t like the dye job, otherwise, like
    Amber Heard – hate the shoes, hate the lips
    Camilla – LOVE. 
    Chloe – bleh
    Cobie – love except the shoes, and I don’t usually like the bumblebee thang
    Elizabeth Olsen – low self esteem dress
    Ellie – duster
    EVW – Looks great, even tho I’m not a goth fan
    Freida – LOVE, head to toe
    Gillian – LOL
    Jayma – TOE
    Jenna – a little too slutty/trashy, IMO
    Laura Dern – I haz a sad
    Nicole – meh
    Octavia – love the hair
    Rachel Zoe – ugh. Too much make up too much dress too much jewelry
    Reese – whatever
    Robin – Hate the dress with the sash and the uneven hem, hate the make-up, hate the shoes. Too bad. She’s stunning
    Viola – LOVE. Perfect make-up

  • It’s tragic about Gillian and the Mary Katrantzou dress.  I love MK, but you’re right:  April Cornell, indeed!

  • Why is ERW wearing Joan’s gold pen necklace from Mad Men?

  • Didn’t Robin Wright Penn go back to being just Robin Wright after divorcing Sean?

  • Anonymous

    Is there just one pair of putty-colored platform pumps that Hollywood women just share?

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe Rachel Zoe looks like white Alicia Keys.

  • Anonymous

    I thought Evan Rachel Wood and Michelle Pfeiffer looked spectacular. And Rachel Zoe without her hair in her face definitely needs special kudos. The rest were just meh… 

  • Anonymous

    how did you miss Jennifer Aniston????? 😉
    My favorite: Evan Rachel Wood….

  • Anonymous

    Just a few randoms…
    Is Elizabeth Olsen really only 22?  She looks sooooo much older here.  Pretty, but older.
    Rachel Zoe looks stoned.
    I’m pretty sure Robin Wright will kick your ass simply for the “Penn”.  She very firmly dropped that after the divorce.  VERY FIRMLY……
    And Jenna whoever you are – no need to frame the cleavage at a womens luncheon.  Save that dress for the Spike Awards.

  • Anonymous

    I did a double take when I first saw Reese’s camisole.  It looked like she had a REALLY hairy chest.

    That is all. 

  • Katherine Heigl’s hair scared me a little, then I saw Laura Dern’s. Yikes! At least Katherine makes up for it by being totally put together otherwise.

    I’m dying over Alice Eve’s dress. The whole look is absolutely gorgeous.
    Michelle Pfeiffer – bow down, y’all.

    I cannot and will not criticize Abigail and Chloe. They’re just young girls.
    I love Elie Kemper’s frilly dress, but in the name of all that is fabulous, please stop it with the putty colored shoes.
    Rachel Zoe looks ridiculous. She’s supposedly an amazing stylist, but can’t dress herself to save her life.
    I want Gillian’s dress.


  • Anonymous

    Ok, again, Chloe Moretz is a 14 year old girl.  How much shape is she supposed to have?  (and for the record, I think she looks perfectly gorgeous).  
    Normally I think of TLo as very sensitive and in touch with this sort of thing, but the two recent posts about Chloe are not my favorite.  

    • Anonymous

      Eh, I was at least a C cup at 14, sadly enough. High school girls have shape. Though I agree with you that she looks cute here. Way better than the last time she was featured on here.

      • Anonymous

        I guess I should have said that it’s ridiculous to comment on doing “favors” to the shape of a 14 year old girl.  Can you imagine saying something similar about a 14 y/o boy?  I can’t.  Obviously 14 y/o’s have a shape.  

  • Anonymous

    On a more positive note, Rachel Zoe looks awesome. 

  • ERW looks fabulous!

  • Leslie Carver

    I seriously cannot tell one Olsen from the other anymore. I could have sworn that was M-K or Ashley.

    • M M

      I could tell – by the smile – the mere fact she had a huge grin.

  • Um, ERW looks Ah-mah-zing. You guys are on crack. As the IMAN once said, goth is a legitimate stylistic choice. Or something like that.

  • Anonymous

    Look, I’m just going to say this: Obviously that outfit is a tragedy, but I think Robin Wright Penn looks kind of hot there. She looks like Buttercup and Westley’s daughter grew up to be the Dread Pirate Roberts.

  • Kate Pearce

    Gillian Jacobs is wearing a Mary Katranzou dress that I seriously covet. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    A few quick impressions:
    No one should dress like a character on Mad Men. I still don’t know who she is, but Amber Heard looks different here than she looked in the recent post and I would not have realized she was the same person. I, for one, like Gillian Jacobs’s dress. Jayma Mays’s toe is freaking me out. I’m not sure how to respond to Laura Dern’s commentary on pants’ hems on the red carpet, but I love the necklace. I think Octavia Spencer looks good, but I’ve said before that I’m fine with things being where things actually are. Rachel Zoe looks great for once. There are a lot of things I like about Robin Wright’s dress, but it’s hard to tell exactly what is going on there – I don’t think it’s supposed to be so asymmetrical.

  • Anonymous

    At quick glance I thought RWP was Ellen Degeneres!

  • Anonymous

    Amber Heard looks soooo Donna Martin. And she and Chloe Moretz are both wearing the same shoes, and they look shiteous on both of them.

  • Anonymous

    Robin Wright tends to do that “severe understated makeup” thing all the time, as if working pretty makeup and having substance are mutually exclusive.  Nicole Richie’s “go to” is a maxi (she is a Rachel Zoe devotee), too.  Plus, the colors (as opposed to Rachel’s black with gold shimmer) make it look a bit more “formal day” as opposed to night.  Rachel was overdressed, probably on purpose.  Camila looks fantastic. Jenna’s boobs are so not lunchtime appropriate – I don’t want to see that much cleavage before sunset.  Reese just brings me back to the perpetual problem that these women have with the suit – nobody can quite figure out how to avoid either looking like you’re off to a business meeting or tarting it up.  TLo – you need to do a “suits done right” post. 

  • Anonymous

    Alice Eve looks like Elizabeth Banks here.

    Amber Heard and Chloe Moretz have the same (ugly) shoes, just in different colors.

    The top of Camila Alves’ dress is giving her a weird shape.

  • Anonymous

    Was there a general Bra Outage in Hollywood or something? There’s an awful lot of bad boobage in this post. I love Gillian Whatever’s Elizabeth Montgomery “Bewitched” hair. Yay for that!  All the evening gowns tell me that women no longer understand how to dress for a daytime event. Michelle Pfeiffer gets it right. 

  • Anonymous

    She looks like she wandered into an April Cornell store and twirled around.
    That comment is perfection.

  • Anonymous

    Frieda, Reese and Michelle are my faves.  Michelle is stunning, so she’s really in a category of her own.  Nicole and Rachel look good…if they were attending another event.  

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how embarrassed (and pissed off at the stylist) the ladies are who show up in gowns for what is clearly a day-look event?

  • Reese’s lacy cami is gross because it looks like she developed a gorilla-ish manly thatch o’ chest hair. Eep. 

  • Anonymous

    Abigail Breslin is growing up to be quite the pretty young lady. I wouldn’t have recognized her. I really like everything except the shoes. The dress is cute and age appropriate, as are the hair and makeup. But she needs to break the silly putty shoes habit NOW!

  • Anonymous

    I lovelovelove Ellie Kemper’s dress. Rachel Zoe looks really great. She’s kind of glow-y. And I actually like Robin Wright Penn’s whole look. It reminds me a little of that Kiera Knightly movie where she plays a model turned bounty hunter, but I still dig it.

  • Anonymous

    I was struck by how difficult it appears to wear a Calvin Klein dress well. 

  • My darling TLo,

    Please stop calling her Robin Wright Penn. She divorced that asshole.

    Love and kisses,

    P.S. Princess Buttercup forever!

    • If TLO were smart, they’d reply. . .

      Aaaaaaaaaaas Yooooooouuuuuuu Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiish!

  • Anonymous

    Holy God, I had no idea that was Nicole Richie until the caption.  Are you postive that’s her??  I mean, I’ve never seen her look so good.

  • Davina Jackson

    What’s going on with Viola Davis’s boob section? It’s odd looking. Love the color but… Hmmm on that top portion.

  • That’s the best I’ve ever seen Rachel Zoe look, but it’s the opposite for Robin Wright.  She has always been so stunning, but here she suddenly looks SO OLD!  I think whoever did her makeup here should be fired.

  • Anonymous

    I gasped when I saw Gillian Jacobs (whoever that is), I absolutely love what’s going on there. LOVE.

    Chloe and Amber are wearing the same ugly shoes in different colors. Ugly ugly stripper shoes.

    I want to be Michelle Pfeiffer when I grow up.

  • Anonymous

    3 gals wearing that lariat looking shoe. Dun like it.

  • It is SO WEIRD to see someone who looks like an Olsen twin at a healthy weight. Mind. Blown.
    Also – no comment on Viola’s uniboob?

    • Anonymous

      I agree, Elizabeth looks so much better, and healthy, than the twins.  But they should stop buying their eyeliner at Sam’s Club.

  • Anonymous

    I declare Michelle and Freida my winners.  I think ERW looks awesome, though…she is WERQ’ing that “The Craft” shit, and looks like she would cut a bitch and proceed to screw bitch’s husband.

    I didn’t even recognize RWP, who I’ve always found so beautiful.  This look is doing her no favors.  I might have liked the hair if she had done something with it.

  • Anonymous

    everybody fails this class except Michelle Pfeiffer. 

  • MilaXX

    Abigail Breslin – Cute, hate the shoe
    Chloe Moretz – Much more age appropriate, but I hate the shoe
    Amber Heard – Lip and shoe are too dark/heavy
    Cobie Smulders – What is wrong with her hair? Also not crazy about the dark red lip with this lookElizabeth Olsen – I see she’s picked up her big sister’s habit of too big.baggy clothes. Knee length and a size smaller and this would be cute.Evan Rachel Wood – Too fierce for this event. Dial it back.Gillian Jacobs -I like the dress, the hair is a bit Nashville.
    Jayma Mays – Over dressed, go sit in a corner with Evan Rachel & Nicolel Ritchie
    Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Katherine Heigel – Put your boobies away.Laura Dern – I applaud you for wearing pants, but they need a hem and stop doing that to your hair.
    Octavia Spencer – A shapeless tent dress is just as shapeless belted. Also get thee to a bra fitting stat!Rachel Zoe – I’m hoping that she’s dong like Ellen Pompeo and keeping a few pregnancy pounds. She looks so pretty with her face a tiny bit fuller & her clothes don’t appear to be all but falling off her.
    Robin Wright Penn – I hope that little dutch boy hair is for a movie role.
    Viola Davis  – Gorgeous & Congrats to her for the new baby!

  • I honestly did not realize that April Cornell is a chain.  I (and probably most other people who live in my small city) assumed it was a local business.  Michelle Pfeiffer looks amazing. 

  • Anonymous

    I like to think ERW got the memo and very deliberately picked out this look. Michelle Pfeiffer still makes me drop to my knees in awe and worship. Robin Wright looks like she was channeling Sharon Stone. Why would anyone do that? And Laura Dern must have gone in character to promote her new show.

  • I want Rachel Zoe’s dress. Fullstop.

  • Anonymous

    This poor Olson gal.  Good grief, awful dress.

  • Lisa

    Michelle Pfieffer is the only one who really made me take notice.  She got it completely right!

    Is it just me, or does it look like Robin Wright Penn had work done?  Her face looks completely different – if her name hadn’t been over her picture, I would have never ever guessed it was her.

  • Calvin Klein is so overrated.

  • Perhaps there was no dress code on the invitations and stylists were too lazy to check? Only explanation I have for the huge difference in looks.

  • Anonymous

    Jenna Dewan-Tatum my breast hurt just looking at her dress.

  • I don’t care if she’s a crazy witch who can cast voodoo spells and has a cauldron full of oozing frogs, that’s EVAN RACHEL FUCKING WOODS, and she’s fabulous!

  • Anonymous

    TLo, you’re tripping.  Evan Rachel Wood looks FIERCE AS SHIT.

  • Anonymous

    So nice to see Michelle Pfeiffer. She is indeed a goddess, she puts the young’uns to shame. She’s still the most beautiful woman in film, at age 53.

  • The winners are Viola Davis, Robin Wright Penn and bow-down-ye-mortals, Michelle Pfeiffer.

    I was coveting the Calvin Klein t-strap platform heels when I first saw them on the runway, but now that I’ve seen these versions I’ve changed my mind. Total clompers.