WERQ: Joely Richardson in L’Wren Scott

Posted on December 16, 2011

If Joely doesn’t have a relationship (as they say in the styling biz) with L’Wren Scott, she really should. Scott’s somewhat severe, body conscious, long-legged sexiness is tailor made for her.

 

Joely Richardson in L'Wren ScottJoely Richardson attends the premiere of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” in L’Wren Scott paired with Christian Louboutin shoes, Fred Leighton jewelry, and a Judith Leiber clutch.

Joely Richardson in L'Wren Scott

Joely Richardson in L'Wren Scott

This didn’t inspire snaps the moment we saw it. In fact, we went back and forth about whether it was worth including today at all. The consensus was that it was a bit too severe and we were looking for something to compliment today because it’s a  pretty bitch-heavy day so far.

But the more we look at this, the more it really grows on us. First off, as with, say, Anjelica Huston or Faye Dunaway, it’s sometimes not fair to criticize Joely for looking severe. She’s naturally severe-looking. We mean that in a good way; she’s striking (what used to be called a “handsome woman”), so soft, pretty, traditionally feminine styles aren’t always going to do right by her.

In addition, this is a really fantastic color on her and we absolutely adore that belt paired with the dress. And the necklace. The bracelets and shoes don’t thrill but neither do they offend or detract. We just think she’s managed the trick of looking both elegant and head-turning at the same time and deserves some propers for that. You WERQ that “knowing what works for me” shit, girl!

 

[Photo Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images]

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  • MilaXX

    I like the dress and accessories, but I don’t like the hair and I think she should have done brown instead of the heavy black eye liner. The brown wouldn’t have been as severe looking and would have made her eye color pop more.

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      I’m a fan of black liner and I don’t always love brown liner, but I agree with you in this instance. Brown would have looked great – less harsh, and it would work well with the dress. The hair is OK. I definitely don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either.

  • Anonymous

    WERQ!

  • Anonymous

    The hair and eye makeup are a problem for me. When I see her now, I think of her loss of Natasha, not her fault, but sad sad I’ve been crying eye makeup really doesn’t help.

    • Anonymous

      Those bangs have to be tied with Rooney Mara’s as the ugliest bangs ever.

      The woman has an amazingly long neck.  Something is off about the neckline for me, though.  It just emphasizes how narrow and squared her shoulders are.

  • http://theworldasmeditation.wordpress.com/ Katie

    Yes, but we really want to know what you thought of Downtown Abbey Series 2.  

  • Anonymous

    I love her face.  You can see traces of Vanessa Redgrave all in it.  Also, she’s aging naturally, which is nice.  But no matter how nice she is, I’m afraid I’m going to have to knock her down in an alley and steal her dress.  WANT.

    • Anonymous

      Ok, the visual of someone in big white granny panties knocking ANYONE over, let alone a tall, elegant movie star has put an incurable smile on my face. Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      I want it tooooooo but my bod and this dress were not made to go together. Short and hourglassy + this dress equals weird green sausage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    I loved it immediately.  Standing ovation for knowing your body, and dress it well, with class.  You just don’t see that everyday in Hollywood!

    • Anonymous

      Well said.  Nothing more to add–you said it all!

  • Susan Crawford

    First of all, let me say I would kill for those cheekbones. This is a WERQ moment, all right. That dress is outstandingly chic in its simplicity, and the color is fabulous. Love the jewelry and belt, the dark hose and shoes. Joely looks timelessly elegant. (OK – I have had a girl-crush on her since “Nip-Tuck”. I admit it.)

  • Anonymous

    I think she looks fantastic in this; the color is gorgeous on her.
    If she would only go with a richer shade of blonde for her hair, it would do wonders for her face.

  • http://twitter.com/Nancer Nancer

    Love the dress on her, like that she’s doing sheer stockings instead of tights (so overdone).

    • Anonymous

      It IS overdone, isn’t it? Maybe that’s why I have a hard time seeing that these days…but methinks the worst is when a lighter shoe is paired with said tights/stockings. GROSS. Too Minnie Mousey. (I’m looking at you, Zoey D…)

  • Anonymous

    ok, yeah….no.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

    Gorgeous color on her, and I love the belt and HATE the shoes. The neckline of the dress really accentuates her gorgeous shoulders, but somehow it also make her breasts appear to be a little bit lower than they should be, and her waist to look disproportionately thick compared to her bust.

  • Anonymous

    You know, I have to disagree. Her clavicle area looks good, but the dress seems to be flattening out her bust and I think the length is unflattering to someone with long, lean legs. I think it would be better just a bit shorter, and I can’t abide bracelets worn on top of sleeves.

    • Anonymous

      I agree it would be nice a little shorter. It’s making her proportions a little weird at this length.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chloe.stabler Chloe Stabler

    This look really is perfect for her.  Plays up all of her attributes to make her look stunning.  WERQ!

  • Anonymous

    Very elegant.  I’d get rid of the bracelet and take maybe an inch off the hem and it would be even better.

  • foodycat

    I don’t love the bracelets over the sleeve, but the overall effect is WERQ,

  • Anonymous

    Those shoes look like they must be agony to wear.

  • Jessica Rowe

    Totally agree. She looks fabulous.

  • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

    Really? Do not like. 

  • MilaXX

    I like black liner as well, but I sometimes do a super dark blue instead. For blondes or people with fair skin tones I think brown liner is a better option with maybe a coat or two or black mascara.

  • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

    The neckline on that dress is fabulous. It could be the slightest bit higher, but it’s not so low as to ruin the look.

    I’m dying over the dress. It’s so chic and simple, and the color is fantastic. I don’t like the shoes. They’re a little too close to booties for my taste. I won’t argue with the WERQ, though. She looks amazing.

  • Anonymous

    I think she’s beautiful. Gorgeous eyes, square jaw, great posture. I wouldn’t think that color would work on her but it does.

  • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

    She’s gorgeous here but it’s funny–I think of a much younger version of her in a role or two where she was rather on the cute and fluffy side. But I agree this is channeling her true self.

  • Sara__B

    Elegant and chic, but not perfect. I agree with other posters about her hair style and eye makeup being too severe, but the overall look is lovely.

  • Anonymous

    Very elegant. 

  • Anonymous

    LUH. HUH. Nip/Tuck, ya’all!

  • Anonymous

    That’s exactly what I think.  Her breasts must be pushed way down, even if she’s not busty to begin with.  I also think the dress looks too snug across the middle.  There’s a good argument to be made for embracing the elegantly understated “severe” look but this is too much of a good thing in one appearance.  A softer hairstyle might have taken away some attention from that vast expanse of chest skin.

    • Anonymous

      I meant this to show up as a reply to ecallaw below, who said:

      “Gorgeous color on her, and I love the belt and HATE the shoes. The
      neckline of the dress really accentuates her gorgeous shoulders, but
      somehow it also make her breasts appear to be a little bit lower than
      they should be, and her waist to look disproportionately thick compared
      to her bust.”

  • Anonymous

    If this were an In or Out post, I’d definitely vote In, but not sure I can go all the way to the WERQ. She looks really good, but the eye makeup is too severe and I don’t love the necklace. Those are quibbles, though. She is beautiful and that dress is phenomenal on her.

  • Anonymous

    I wish she didn’t wear Peter Pan Stripper shoes, but that dress and accompanying jewelry is snaps-worthy.

    • Anonymous

      This is the first time I have ever understood those shoes. The line on Joely is super long.
      I never have seen her in anything so was wondering why she was still around. I guess I understand now.

  • Anonymous

    Very elegant, but I don’t understand the shoes. They sort of look like hooves. But the belt is truly perfect for her tiny waist and that dress.

  • Allison Woods

    Oh yes.

    Don’t get mad at me Uncs, but tailor-made reads better with a hyphen. Hugs!

  • http://www.facebook.com/CatherineKatz Catherine Katz

    Is that one of the stretchy 80′s belts with a fancy buckle?  It looks like one.  Dress is gorgeous on her, though!  

  • http://www.lindamerrill.com Linda Merrill

    The shoes are ridic. But the dress and everything else are gorgeous.

  • Anonymous

    BAM! S’good.

  • Anonymous

    BAM! S’good.

  • http://twitter.com/anacedillo Ana Cedillo

    i dont like the necklace or bracelet or peter pan heel shoes, or her make up and hair. pretty much only the dress looks good on her

  • Anonymous

    As a teal fan and someone who errs on the side of severe in her own sartorial habits, I have to say this is a stunning look for her.  She should have ditched the bracelets and I would have gone with a different pair of shoes but they’re not offensive.  Belt and necklace are perfect.  Of course, her tall, lanky frame makes her a walking clothes hanger upon which most anything would look stunning, but she looks fabulous.

  • Anonymous

    Can we say Kudos to WERQ’ing that FACE!  

  • Renee Thomas

    I’m no expert on L’Wren Scott, but I’ve never seen a celeb look bad in one of her dresses, and in fact they usually look very, very good. (See: Nicole Kidman)

    In other words, I agree that Joely looks great! (Except, tiny bitchery: those bangs! WTF??)

  • Judy_J

    She looks great in that dress. She definitely has the body for it. Hair and makeup are a bit severe, though.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CQPXLNCBM5CZSHZZXJDHPVFS7E Buffy

    she looks great but the shoes are scary

  • Libby Rhoman

    From the neck to the knees everything is perfect.  Unfortunately, the hair and eye makeup are unsightly. The shoes would probably compensate for that if it weren’t for the hose, which completely obscures their unique shape.  (When is sheer black hose going to go out of fashion again? It can’t happen soon enough for me.)  So, so close.

  • Anonymous

    Those Redgrave women get better and better.

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful woman and a great looking dress … Love the shoes too.

  • Anonymous

    like the dress, like the belt, like the color, like the necklace, like the shoes although i think theyre not precisely right for a dress this severe & conservative. not crazy about the bracelets although i cant figure what would work better. &, of course, you are right about l’wren scott. this one should be her spokesmodel [if she needs a spokesmodel, which she probably doesnt, who isnt l'wren scott herself].

  • Anonymous

    That colour is *stunning*, one of my favourites and I’m so glad it’s everywhere right now. The accessories also rock. That said, those shoes are hiddy, the stockings are unflattering, and that length is dowdy. Plus I’m unsure about the neckline. This would be an “Unfug It Up” over at Go Fug Yourself: there’s a good base to work with, but the execution is seriously flawed.

  • Anonymous

    Love that necklace and the neckline of that dress.

  • Anonymous

    I love everything.

  • http://twitter.com/felicitas_s Felicitas Strautman

    i think she should’ve taken the necklace off. it look identical to the belt and is kind of ugly. other than that she looks great.

  • Mary McClelland

    Hmmm… the bracelet is distracting but the real crime is her hair! AWFUL! AWFUL! AWFUL! More sprayed to death bangs haven’t been spotted since 1994. Icky. Also, I hate those elf bootie shoes but at least they’re black so it’s not too distracting. I wish she would have ditched the bracelet and chosen a pump with a little sparkle or pizzaz. 

  • Anonymous

    Square necklines are sooooo flattering!!

  • Anonymous

    Her shoulders and upper torso look really narrow. It’s a little disconcerting.

  • Anonymous

    this is beautiful!!! love the colour, remember when the colour green took over the Oscars a couple of years ago and nothing came of it? i hope it comes back soon! also, it looks like theres a ton of boning in this dress, maybe thats why her posture looks so great. not crazy about the shoes but the belt is really a nice touch!

  • Anonymous

    The minute I saw this photo I flashed back to meryl Streep in “Death becomes her”.  Post immortality repairs……  Nice dress but her make up and hair scare me.  Her face is a little too “sharp” for such severity IMHO.  I like her better with some softer hair and makeup.

  • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

    I’m not crazy about the length or the dark hose, but it’s a good color on her.

  • Anonymous

    Oh come on. This is gorgeous. I would kill to look like this. Severe is sexy and classy. 

  • Anonymous

    It may be the bangs, but I keep seeing Mary Martin.  Especially as Peter Pan.

  • Anonymous

    I really like the square neckline and the color – I think it’s great Hollywood it getting away from the all-strapless, all the time, trend.  My only problem is that she either needs ease up on the eye makeup or the blonde highlights; the harsh combo is taking her into Susan Powter territory.  JR is way too elegantly patrician for that comparison.

  • Anonymous

    It’s very Maid Marian, isn’t it? Sort of torn. The dress is great on her but the horrid bangs, over-powering black eyeliner and awful shoes do a lot of damage. I also feel like she has too much matchy-matchy going on with the necklace that not only matches the belt and bracelet EXACTLY, it has the same design elements. I would have done something lighter and perhaps with a bit of sparkle at the neck. The seems extremely 80′s to me.

  • Anonymous

    I love the dress and its color on her, but her eye makeup needs some help.

  • http://profiles.google.com/h.e.waddell Heather Waddell

    The neckline is kind of reminiscent of her costumes on The Tudors, which always looked killer on her. I’m not loving the raccoon eyes she’s got going, but the rest looks STUNNING.

  • Anonymous

    I miss her sister.