Palm Springs Film Festival Red Carpet

Posted on January 09, 2012

Kittens know the drill: film festival red carpet, celebrities in borrowed clothes, bitchy comments. Ready? GO!

Charlize Theron in Lanvin

 A little too plain and unadorned. Is everyone in Hollywood suddenly allergic to jewelry? We like the shape here, but we think it needed some oomph.

 

Glenn Close

 How does someone leave the house wearing this, knowing they’re going to be photographed? We don’t understand. Explain it to us, Glenn. Hysterical blindness? A neurological disorder? Lack of mirrors? We want to help.

 

Jessica Chastain in Prabal Gurung

Yeah, the redhead in a brilliant green is a pretty obvious choice, but it still looks good. We wish she’d take her hands out of her pockets so we could get a better idea of the way the dress looks on her, but from what we can tell, the matte and shiny blocking is not all that flattering. Besides, shiny brilliant green? That hasn’t looked good in 45 years.

 

Michelle Williams in Miu Miu

This is the first time in a long time we’ve seen her in something we pretty much hate. Shiny, wrinkled and tea-stained is only ever going to look like old slips or pillowcases to us. The top half is interesting, but a bit too much for her, we think.

 

Octavia Spencer in David Meister

 Well done, girl. We haven’t always liked your choices for the red carpet, but this is chic, simple, and flattering. Needs a bangle.

 

Olivia Wilde in Monique Lhuillier

 We’re always complaining about lack of jewelry, but we can’t help looking at this getup and thinking she slapped the borrowed diamonds on at the last second to salvage a look that looks like no effort was put into it.

 

Shailene Woodley in Stella McCartney

 Pretty cute. Yes, our first impulse is to say that she needs a belt, but we think it would probably ruin the clean line of the look.

 

Stacy Kleiber in Alexander McQueen and George Clooney

 Looks like she finally figured out how to dress correctly for standing next to him. For the first time, they really look like a couple.

It’ll last just the length of awards season. Just you watch.

 

[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos]

    • http://twitter.com/Kerry_McC Kerry McCombs

      Can someone please tell Olivia Wilde to brush her hair?

      • Anonymous

        She looks like she had a romp in the limo on the way over.

        • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

          Normally I am fine with JBF hair; but assuming said romp was with Jason Sudeikis, I disapprove. He seems douchey.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, I know…but I always find myself giving her a pass because I feel like she always looks like so much FUN! Like she’s having it, and like she’s bringing it with her.

        But yeah. It’s not the greatest look.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KEYJDIENR5MRK2NXJYKNOLWDFE Alexandria

      Jeez TLo you’re extra bitchy today, I think Michelle Williams looks beautiful (if a bit wrinkled) and I’m really digging Ms. Wilde’s look as well.

      • Anonymous

        I really like Michelle’s except in the case of the beaded boob banners? I feel like they hit too low and are making her ladytwins look a bit droopy.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      Charlize’s dress had an oddly placed cutout in some of the other pictures I’ve seen.

    • Anonymous

      I thought you didn’t like to comment on the state of celebrity relationships, hmm???

      • Sobaika Mirza

        That is not a relationship. It is the latest in a string of hot young women George parades around during award season.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HREPOWNBVUBRIVPQCF3ST2IKDM Euphory

          I was just watching “Roseanne” the other day and young George Clooney (as a factory supervisor) was smoking hot with longer curly dark hair.  He actually looked really good with Laurie Metlaf too (who was really pretty then even in overalls).

          • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

            Today she would play his crazy aunt. *sigh*

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        I think they mean her taste in clothes. As if they’ve hired a stylist through February.

        • Anonymous

          Ditto.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-John-Kostrzewa/1237573396 Paul John Kostrzewa

      I am betting on Jessica Chastain becoming one to watch on the red carpet. She is so beautiful and is just making a name for herself this year. You can tell she is just starting to get into the whole fashion game, so I am interested in seeing how her personal style develops. 
      I am predicting good things for her.

    • foodycat

      Charlize’s shoulders are a bit aggressive. Slightly less padding would have been a better line, I think. 

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

        I also don’t like that you can see the shoulder pads. And they’re a light color under a dark dress.

    • Anonymous

      Is that just bad photography? The first photo doesn’t look anything like Charlize!

      Glenn Close defines what is wrong with older stars who are carrying a bit of menopause weight around:  They dress in ways that emphasize the menopause weight.  Like Meryl Streep, she wore a giant shmatta that added about 40 pounds. Morticia Addams couldn’t save that dress.

      The only look that really does it for me is Octavia Spencer’s, which is chic and elegant and just right for her body type.

      Michelle Williams’s breasts appear to be circling her waist, waiting to land. Never a good look, but how did the dress do that on someone so young???

      The Stella McCartney is pretty, but it reads office wear to me.

      • foodycat

        I don’t really think the appallingness of Glenn Close’s dress is connected to her weight! The shape actually is reasonably flattering on her. It’s the see-through bits, the crushed bits and the crotch waterfall that are the problem.

        • Anonymous

          True.  She’s quite svelte on Damages.

        • Anonymous

          crotch waterfall…snort

        • BerlinerNYC

          Yes! She looks like she’s auditioning for Burlesque 2.

        • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

          I try to be generous and say that most people don’t have bad taste, it’s just different than mine. But Glenn Close is one of those people, like Katie Holmes, Kara Sedgewick and all the Arquettes, to name a few, whose taste is really questionable.

    • Anonymous

      I guess they’re all dressing for the Springs because most of these look tres casual for the carpet. In fact as I scrolled down I kept hoping to come across a look I though wasn’t boring, which is my key feeling here. Alas, everything here is a yawn, though as you point out some accessories would have totally punched up some of the dresses.

      Special advice: Michelle Williams. Back in the 1970s in small town NZ my older sisters used to dye sheets with tea and make themselves skirts (and scarves) out of them. The ones dyed with onion skins were a more interesting colour, actually we kind of loved it, so if you insist on wearing your old linen next time try that.

    • Anonymous

      Michelle Williams’ dress makes her boobs look like they are trying to run away from each other down her body. That is NOT a look she should cultivate.

      • Anonymous

        That is a bizarre dress, isn’t it? I think it needs two things: a floor-length skirt and a very tall wearer because that busy bodice needs to be balanced by more real estate in the lower half.

        • Call me Bee

          The dress is bizarre–it seems as thought the waistline is in the wrong place–a bit too high I think.  Lower waist and longer skirt might save it. 

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6RS6NLL44AED3E4QWIYTDQGU6I Psy_Chick

            That’s exactly what I was thinking. Something floor length and flowing would look much better with the top half of the dress.

    • Anonymous

      Stacy and George look ridiculous together, like old friends who hooked up once and are coming into contact for the first time since and are trying not to make it look awkward. Also, she and Charlize look the same. Woodley is a goddess. that is all.

    • Anonymous

      Octavia Spencer owns it here: Elegant, flattering long dress but not too formal. That Prada is too wrinkled and has waaaay too much going on up top for Michelle Williams. Olivia Wilde’s dress looks like something out of a dept. store junior’s dept clearance rack. That Stella McCartney is pretty damn cute. Don’t often feel that way about her designs.

      • foodycat

        Agreed on all counts. This is actually the second consecutive McCartney design I haven’t hated. 

    • Anonymous

      I wonder if the dearth of jewelry has something to do with the Cartier logo displayed all over the wall? Maybe folks were told that they had to wear Cartier or nothing.

      • Anonymous

        But the near to none jewelry trend has been going on for quite some time now. Especially necklaces seem to have fallen out of grace. Just click yourself through the latest TLo pages: lots and lots of cleavage but barely any sparkle on it. Such a pity!

    • Anonymous

      I like that neckline on Glenn Close and her hair looks nice, but that’s about it.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      Shailene Woodley is really perplexing me — I can’t tell what the difference is between the top and bottom of the dress, but I can tell there is one.  (Also, when picking stage names, please pick something easy to spell, so I don’t have to cut and paste your name:)

      • Anonymous

        I think one half is white-on-black and the other is black-on-white.

    • Judy_J

      Octavia Spencer is definitely the winner in this contest. I do like that Stella McCartney dress, though.  I’d wear it if I was 20 years younger.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, Octavia FTW! And that look on her face says she knows it. “I just shut it DOWN. You all can go home now.”

    • Anonymous

      I love the way Charlize Theron looks, and think the look has enough understated oomph. I wish Glenn Close had gone that direction.

    • Anonymous

      Glenn Close has broken my heart!

      And you don’t say who she’s wearing. She needs to put in a call to Chris March, stat!

    • Anonymous

      I’m just really glad Jessica Chastain is in a color that works on her, rather than all the peachy-beigey business she’s been wearing all fall.

    • http://twitter.com/hmbscully Wendy

      I think Octavia’s dress needs to be thismuch shorter. She has no feet.

      • BerlinerNYC

        Yes, that is the one single thing I didn’t love about the dress. It fits her great and is really pretty and flattering, but I wanted to see what shoes girlfriend was wearing!

    • Anonymous

      Wow! A Stella McCartney that I actually like!

    • Anonymous

      Evidently, the Palm Springs Film Festival is where stylists experiment with looks that probably aren’t going to work on the big red carpets.

    • Anonymous

      Dear Shailene,

      I have waited for the day you would finally show up here. You were my first love’s high school girlfriend and I need to apologize for being a huge bitch to you. I was madly in love and jealous that you knew him first. Clearly he is a horrible person and it is not your fault you had to date him at one point. We are both better off having him as an ex rather than current boyfriend. But brava, girl! You look gorgeous. 

      Love,
      M.

      PS: His new girlfriend is a horrible person. They deserve each other. 

    • Anonymous

      Olivia Wilde is wearing a walking away dress. You have to see it from the back.

    • Anonymous

      Stacy Kleiber in Alexander McQueen and George ClooneyMy brain interpreted that as her also wearing Clooney.

      • aimee_parrott

        Mine too.  And let’s face it, she sort of is, right? 

        • Anonymous

          Well isn’t actually more like Clooney is wearing her? Girl looks great, kudos to the stylist.

      • Anonymous

        or she’s IN clooney.  hmmm…i would think the other way around.

        • Anonymous

          Only if she were a dude.

    • Anonymous

      Octavia Spencer is rocking those cheekbones…dayum girl

      Olivia Wilde has turn around fug going on

      Shailene Woodley is wearing a Stella McCartney dress from that season that isn’t ugly/unflattering/stupid..you go girl

      Glenn Close…Jesus wept

    • Anonymous

      I disagree about Charlize, she looks terrific.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know what Michelle Williams did to her face, but whatever it is was a mistake. That dress is incredibly unflattering too.

      Octavia Spencer is the only one who looks truly glamorous here.

    • MilaXX

      Charlize Theron – I like this. I think she managed to get the balance just right for a minimalist look.Glenn Close – Sheesh! This is fugly.
      Jessica Chastain – I don’t mind the dress, but I think it needs a different shoe.
      Michelle Williams – Party up top and hot, wrinkled mess on the bottom.
      Octavia Spencer – Best she has looked in a long time. She says she’s having trouble getting dresses for the Globes. I hope she wear another David Meister if they make her look this good.
      Olivia Wilde – Looks like one of Jane Fonda’s cast off dresses.Shailene Woodley – Not a Stella McCartney fan, but she looks great.
      Stacy Kleiber – Glad to see she’s not looking like a trophy wife.

    • Anonymous

      Michelle Williams and Glenn Close look ghastly! At least they do from the neck down. Yikes. Jessica C. isn’t far behind.

      Stacy K. (who woulda thought?) and Octavia FTW.

    • Anonymous

      Glen Close’s dress is ugly, but her hair and make up look good, which is more than I can say for Olivia Wilde…

    • Anonymous

      If you scroll down just far enough so that Glenn Close’s tits are resting on the bottom of your internet-browser window’s frame, Glenn Close actually looks quite lovely.

      But egads, that lower two-thirds!

      I think navy and gunmetal grey are actually great colors on her and would actually work well together in a dress, but just not this one I also wonder if this dress looks…if not good per se, at least a lot better out of the harsh glare of the flash. (Yes, I know that’s a rather ridiculous line of speculation, since it’s a Red Carpet look, after all.)

      I also wonder if she could have saved the look in the RC photos by striking a 3/4 a la Octavia Spencer.

    • Anonymous

      Michelle Williams is having an off night, way off.

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

      I love that green dress, but I do wish she didn’t have her hands in her pockets.

    • Anonymous

      “Yeah, the redhead in a brilliant green is a pretty obvious choice, but it still looks good”….and then…”Besides, shiny brilliant green? That hasn’t looked good in 45 years.”
      Confused – You like or you don’t like? I prefer the matte parts. Don’t like the shape of the bodice/neckline on her. Is the camerman standing on a box? The ladies legs look forshortened – or whatever the word is.

    • http://twitter.com/aStudiobytheSea Jody Lee

      I want to recast Lord of the Rings with Stacy as Eowyn and George as Theoden, her Dad.  Now there’s a woman who could swing a broadsword with conviction.

      • Anonymous

        Funnily enough,I read this comment in a completely improper way

        “broadsword” you say

    • http://frockpaperscissors.blogspot.com/ kvlm

      Octavia is gorgeous.  Just simply gorgeous.

    • Call me Bee

      Love love LOVE Charlize’s look here.  Sleek and modern.  Olivia, too.  I hardly wear necklaces either, so I like that look. 
      Michele Williams has never looked worse, I think.  Ugly color, weird shape and length–makes her look like a thick granny.  Yay to Octavia and the redhead–both look fab.  
      But Ms Close–I love her hair and makeup here, but that dress is all sorts of ew. Trying too hard.

    • Anonymous

      michelle’s looking way too rosemary’s baby in those bangs, and the hair color doesn’t suit her.  now, we all know i love me some redheads ( jessica, i’m talking about you!)  maybe it’s the orangey lipstick and the non-color of the dress.  the tomato juice colored backdrop is not helping anyone here.

    • Anonymous

      COMPLETELY disagree about Charlize. That is WERQ.  and
      Shailene Woodley looks adorable (and I loathe SM)

    • Anonymous

      It never fails to crack me up when you call her “Stacy Kleiber.”  They do look like a couple…. on a daddy-daughter date.  Cute shoes.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FW64MDLC7CPCUP4QKKW5GRJRGM PinkFrost

      Well…  I like Shailene’s shoes.

    • Anonymous

      How do you KNOW these meaningful things, like the impending end of the Clooney/Kleibers and the dearth of mirrors in the Close home? You’re prescient, clairvoyant, wise, and calm. Smooches. 

    • Anonymous

      Shailene Woodley is more than pretty cute – she’s chic, elegant, appropriately dressed – just perfection. Plus she’s phenomenal in “The Descendants” – I predict an Oscar nomination.

      So glad to have been able to scroll down to see her. I thought I’d go blind from Glenn Close.

      I like less bling. It’s Palm Springs, after all, not Hollywood, NY or BH. I think Michelle Williams and Olivia WIlde are overdressed.

    • Anonymous

      Octavia Wins, hands down.  Glenn Close looks like an 1890′s saloon girl. 

    • Anonymous

      “It’ll last just the length of awards season. Just you watch.” From your lips to God’s ears. This woman bores me to tears.

    • Anonymous

      The older he gets, the more Clooney resembles Buzz Lightyear.  His chin is getting more and more prominent. 
      That Shailene is a cutie, and so is her ensemble.  Everyone else leaves me either wide eyed with disbelief (Close, Williams) or wide mouthed, yawning from boredom (Wilde, Theron). 

    • Anonymous

      i just stopped when i came to glenn close. i guess she’s trying to pull a helen mirren but failing failing failing failing, oy vey. when i have looked my very worst my very very worst, i may once have looked in a mirror, seen this [albeit w/ enormous hooters], taken it off & refused to leave the house. now that is really saying something. redux. what the h-e-double-toothpicks is someone whose options far outweigh her mammary promontory doing wearing this?

      in other news, the person whom i do not know but who is called Shailene Woodley is, indeed, showing that stella can sometimes be stellar. at least almost.

      • Anonymous

        This is not really relevant to anything, but I enjoy your comments – I always look forward to your usual mix of erudition and curmudgeonry (I mean that in the best of all possible senses) – and I am almost a little disturbed by your use of the phrase “enormous hooters”.

        I just felt obliged to mention that for no particular reason.

        • Anonymous

          thank you.

          last year was so very hard that it makes me positively brim w/ joy whenever any good thing happens or anybody says something nice to me. it’s even better, & that exponentially so, when i can do some silly thing that makes somebody else happy or feel better or whatever, if even in just a small way.

          the enormous hooters comment, while true, is a longstanding, if somewhat miserable, joke in my entirely too long life. a few years ago i was trying to find [oh, it's a sad story] the person i should not have ditched for exspouse no. 2 [in every said of the word. as per: years later he told me he got herpes from a carñe asada burrito. i was no longer involved w/ him & had not been for some time, so it didnt really matter to me but it was typical] anyway–i was looking for this person at the redcat where, of course, he wasnt–but two people who had terrible crushes on me & who i liked a lot, did not wanna upset but didnt wanna date, shall we say, either, anyway–they were there.

          that wasnt enough cos before i even got to them i was having a fabulous & even fun conversation w/ another local & very good author when up came someone i will refer, if briefly, to as harmless stalker no. 3 [even though his real name is conrad]. aside from telling me he at, i believe, age nearly sixty was in, if i remember correctly, a psychedelic cowboy punk band–aside from that, he noted, & this frequently, that i was a “pretty girl w/ enormous hooters.”

          it was a funny enough remark so it kind of stayed w/ me. i must say though that while it did, he did not–which was, at the very least, kind of disconcerting to him–somehow he got my number & he called me for months. it may, indeed, have actually been four months–i couldnt answer my telephone the whole time. or at least not w/o looking at the number. the one time i did, i got treated to an endless conversation about massage & bicycles [actually, it was a monologue] & could he please come up & visit, etc & ect, as anyone can imagine. none of which made much sense as in the bargain he was also bipolar 1 &, as per, off his everlovin meds.

          & the person for whom i sought i never found, of course, of course, & he has gone down that endless & e’erpresent hole du hair that is being a minor character who is a minor alcoholic while he couldve been a major creative force but, as it all falls out [life, hair] he wont. the end.

          i hope this was funny enough. most people are done reading this post so i wrote it as a kind of thank you note.

          • Anonymous

            You’re very welcome.

            I know exactly how you feel. Many a bad day in my life has been salvaged, or at least made a bit less bad, by some little thing – especially, indeed, when it is because I’ve done something that is somehow significant or interesting or enjoyable to someone else.

            Your life, unsurprisingly, is more lively than mine, I have to say – though there is perhaps a hint of that faux-Chinese curse about living in interesting times lurking somewhere beneath. I did rather enjoy the story, if enjoyed is quite the right word.

            And I am pleased that there is a background to your use of that phrase – for you to use it casually and without irony might upset my image of you.

            [Oh, I can empathize.]

    • http://twitter.com/germanopratinne VLL

      Olivia Wilde’s dress has to be seen from the back, where all the show is actually happening. That should have taught her not to pause upfront though.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe there was some kind of rule that stated none of the attendees were allowed more than one piece of jewellery.

    • Anonymous

      Octavia Spencer for the WIN!!

    • Anonymous

      Disagree on Charlize.  If I looked that gorgeous I wouldn’t bother with a lot of bling all the time either.  She looks super simple and polished.  Love Octavias dress, hate pretty much everything else.  That Mui Mui thing on Ms. Williams would have been sooo much better with a long, straight skirt. Her need to always show her knobby knees is a little annoying. 

    • Anonymous

      Disagree on Charlize.  If I looked that gorgeous I wouldn’t bother with a lot of bling all the time either.  She looks super simple and polished.  Love Octavias dress, hate pretty much everything else.  That Mui Mui thing on Ms. Williams would have been sooo much better with a long, straight skirt. Her need to always show her knobby knees is a little annoying. 

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      Oh god I hope you’re right. There is just something so wrong about him with her.
      I’m referring to George and Stacy of course.
      Charlene and Octavia for the win – chic, chic, chic.
      Olivia just had sex in the car and stole that dress off the rack at Express.

    • http://twitter.com/kimbelsp kimbelsp

      Isn’t Charlize covering a big cut out with her left arm? They showed it on another site. You should show that because it totally changes the look of the dress.

    • Anonymous

      glenn close’s dress – it would have been nice taking the bust and sleeves and having a simple empire skirt attached (not sure I worded that correctly)

    • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com/ Rebecca

      I could see a thin yellow or teal belt on the Shailene up there–but it also doesn’t *need* it.

    • Louise Bryan

      I swear that dress Glenn Close is wearing has exactly the same panels as my mother’s 60′s era girdle.

      The girdle WAS white, though…