Michelle Williams is Big in Japan

Posted on March 14, 2012

It must be so weird to have to continue poledancing for a movie after you failed to win the Oscar for the part.

This concludes our “Feeling Sorry for Wealthy International Stars” portion of the day. It’s best to get through it early so we can spend the rest of the day being bitchy.

Anyway, Mich is in Japan, opening her My Week with Marilyn movie, and we thought we’d check her style now that she’s no longer campaigning for an award.

Michelle Williams attends the ‘My Week with Marilyn’ Press Conference in Japan in a Valentino dress.

Damn, girl. Where’s the twee?

Oh, yay! We just found the title of our autobiography! Damn, Girl. Wheres the Twee? The Tom & Lorenzo Story.

Sorry. We’ll stay focused. Our point is, this is sleek and sophisticated and there isn’t a Peter Pan collar or Mary Jane in sight. Her lipstick matches her dress exactly and that’s kind of hard to take, but the dress is lipstick-colored anyway and it’s the right shade for her skin. Plus it’s the perfect shade of Marilyn-pink. She looks great.

So that’s the photocall look. Let’s check the premiere look.


Actress Michelle Williams attends the premiere of ‘My Week with Marilyn’ in Japan in an Alexander McQueen gown.

Where’s a subway grate when you need one?

It’s funny. We covered her pretty extensively this past year and we don’t recall her making such overtly Marilyn-esque choices in her clothes. It’s a lovely dress and she looks great in it, except we think the waist could’ve been taken in.

Both looks are T Lo-approved, but we think it’s kind of odd how much she’s eschewing jewelry here. You’ve got a pixie cut and you’re in a gown that costs more than most people’s mortgage payment. You couldn’t put a couple studs in your ears for the occasion?


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  • I LOVE both looks.  She looks fresh and gorgeous.

  • halleygee

    I love the first look but not the second, it looks like a nightgown to me.

    • Spicytomato1

      My thoughts exactly. That shade of pink is beautiful on her and the cut and fit are just perfect. One of her best looks all year, imo.

      • halleygee

        Agree, the first dress is perfect on her.

  • She must be wearing huge platforms under that gown – it makes her look about 9′ tall! I love the lipstick coloured one.

  • Don’t love the white dress — too overtly Marilyn-esque and the fit is strange at the waist. Love the coral dress (at least, it’s coral on my phone).

    Since my movies only “premiere” on Xtube, I dunno how it works for the big names — do you have to watch your movie again and again and again every time it premieres somewhere?

    • I’ve heard many stars admit they walk in the entrance of the theatre and keep walking to the exit.

      • carpediva

        You’re totally right, that is pretty much SOP. Though there’s a funny moment in a “Sex & the City” ep that makes both sides of the argument:  Carrie is trying to get into a party in Los Angeles after the premiere and she’s not on the list, so the hostess asks if she at least has her stub from the movie.  Carrie says something like “Well, nobody actually watches the movie.” And the snotty gatekeeper replies, “EVERYONE watches the movie.”  So LA could be different! 🙂

        • Actually, here in LA, I sometimes think more people watch the credits than the movie. Even if you’re not in the business, you stay and watch the crawl to see if anyone you know is listed.

  • SewingSiren

    The pink is fabulous. A modern twist on something Marilyn Monroe may have worn in the 21st century.
    The white is a pale imitation of a very famous movie costume. It might work in another circumstance, but here it is obviously referring to a far superior dress.

    • serenitynow02

      here it is obviously referring to a far superior dress.

      And the far sexier lady who wore it.

    • Actually, the pink immediately made me think of the dress she wore– okay, I’m not the expert here– in the movie where she sang “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend”. The one Madonna ripped off for “Material Girl”.
      Maybe not as literal as the white dress, but it refers to it I think. Instead of a shoulder bow, there was a butt bow.

      • Gentleman Prefer Blondes, or so they say. 🙂

      • SewingSiren

        I never would have thought of that one, but I bet you’re right. The stylist picked both of those dresses to refer to Marilyn’s most famous costumes. The pink is a more subtle and successful. 

  • jw_ny

    Mich looks fantastic in the pink dress.  Best I’ve ever seen her…and the pink matchy lipstick and putty peep toes don’t bother me either.  I’m not loving the white goddess gown though…just ok.   

    • bellafigura1

      Mmn, I will respectfully say that I think Michelle Williams is a very smart young woman, has no interest or intent to “compete” with MM’s sex appeal, never ever comes across that way (except in the stellar performance) and chose a dress that is paying homage to that very sex appeal in her own understated way.

      • Adriana_Paula

        Well said.  I also wonder (with absolutely no evidence) whether a Japanese audience might appreciate the theatrical aspect of a direct clothing reference to Marilyn, in a way that an American audience would just snark at?

        • sweetestsith

           That was my first thought too, but I don’t know…

          The pink one is fabulous, a smidge barbie, but fabulous. I wish she’d shift her style to incorporate more dresses like that and less twee shit.

  • I want the first one!

  • MissAnnieRN

    Does anyone else think both of these dresses (but especially the Valentino) scream KATE MIDDLETON?

  • Shoelover1512

    I love the first  look. She looks great in it.

    2nd look..meh

  • Jessica Rowe

    I will rip that pink dress off her. I love it so much.

    • I would too if I thought I could fit my big toe in it. =)

    • bellafigura1

      Me too, stunning.  Just the perfect dress in every way.

  • serenitynow02

    Love the first dress, and it looks great on her, but the smile on her face looks so artificial her cheeks might crack. (I guess I didn’t get the “Feeling Sorry for Wealthy International Stars” memo.)

  • ms_kat

    Love the pink dress because the neckline is fab. The second dress is too drapey and definitely needs some tailoring.

    I also still love the pixie cut, though I wonder how old she is? I mean, how long can a starlet sport a pixie. God knows my mom (in her 70s) still has one, but I’m not sure she is the bellweather of fashion.

  • She turns everything she wears into dowdy.  

  • I LOVE the first look. The second one not so much – I do like the dress but not how it looks on her. 

  • I love her in both. I think the second is a nice homage to the Marilyn dress, without being exactly the same. You’re right that it could use a bit of tailoring at the waist. Maybe a belt? But that would mess with the lines, so I don’t know. Overall, I approve!

  • I love her in the pink. The white dress doesn’t fit, does it? It looks too big, like it’s a nightgown but not a sexy nightgown, just a comfortable one. 

  • sarahofalessergod

    Thank the gods, Michelle.  I always want to like your looks, but the twee usually gets in the way.  Not this time.  Well done!

  • J D

    She looks knock down beautiful in that first dress.  You’re right about the second one, though; she needs jewelry or something to help complete the look.  As it is, she looks a bit one note.

  • Violina23

    The color is a BIT twee, though, don’t you think?  I love both dresses on her.  I have a soft spot for simple/elegant style. I think that’s why I think I’m so in love with pretty much anything Kate Middleton (I mean Cathy Cambridge!) wears

  • I actually love the looks without blingy jewelry – I think that’s what keeps it so fresh and modern.

  • I love both looks but think the second one could’ve been improved with a belt. It looks unfinished to me.

  • PastryGoddess

    I love that pink look.  the white one is meh…

  • mjude

    love the 1st look, down to the lipstick.  2nd look not bad.

  • I agree that I think she looks lovely and not a bit “squeaky clean and fresher than springtime “, but I Sooooooo want her to lose the pixie cut.

  • Judy_J

    Love, love, love that pink dress.

  • Yulie29

    The first dress is fantastic, and it’s sophisticated enough to balance out the twee haircut. I am so over the haircut. Grow it out, Michelle.

    But she does look fabulous.

  • Pink dress is adorable. She needs some jewels though.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Wow, that bright pink is one of the best colors I have seen on her. She should definitely explore more options in this color family.
    Agreed about the lack of jewelry. I’m so sick of it.

  • nannypoo

    She looks great in the pink dress. The other one seems not to fit. It’s also boring. And the hair – enough, already. Fluff it up.

  • BrooklynBomber

    The Valentino is fanfuckingtabulous.  Funny – I was in JCrew yesterday and a woman was trying on a very similar dress in orange. I’m not crazy about the McQueen on her, though.

  • Terence Ng

    I think she looks fantastic in the first dress. It’s a gorgeous color for her and you almost never see it (and for good reason). But the second dress is so unsubtle that it seems sad to even attempt it if you can’t hit the mark or shoot higher.

  • TheLaurenJean

    I actually love the first look, which is surprising, because I can’t stand Miss Williams. But that dress is great on her!

  • AthenaJ

    I actually love both dresses – the first is playful and fun while still being grown up and stylish, and the other has a simple understated elegance.

    That being said… Michelle, for the love of God, PLEASE get rid of that damn pixie cut already!! Ack! With such a round head and prominent cherub-like features, that the short pixie ‘do makes her look like a bobble-head. Sooo distracting and drives me up the wall! I remember there was a spread a couple weeks ago that had her with longer hair (must have been a wig), and she looked phenomenal. Time to change it up, Michelle! No more twee lil’ pixie, ok?

  • aimee_parrott

    LOVE that pink dress.  God, she looks gorgeous!

  • rketeckt

    The coral is a perfect color and style for her.  Half point of for the Silly Putty shoes and lack of any jewelry. 

  • crackineggs

    Autobiography title – too fricking funny.  Now you just have to figure out who plays who in the movie version.

    The pink dress is a flawless choice.  The cut and the colour are just perfect on her.  The McQueen gown is nice, but I think it could use some “twee-king”?  (sorry, couldn’t resist).

  • crackineggs

    Autobiography title – too fricking funny.  Now you just have to figure out who plays who in the movie version.

    The pink dress is a flawless choice.  The cut and the colour are just perfect on her.  The McQueen gown is nice, but I think it could use some “twee-king”?  (sorry, couldn’t resist).

  • Sara__B

    Earrings, please, Michelle, to go with those lovely smiles. The pink dress is fabulous in color and style, but the white one needed to be taken in or belted at the waist, and needed something — anything! (besides a subway grate) — to take it from nightgown to premier gown.

  • Judih1

    I love the looks too, but they could have been enhanced with jewelry and a purse. Might be nice if she did something different with her hair from time to time – spike it, sleek it down, waves – something.

  • Anathema_Device

    She looks fabulous in both dresses. The bow on the pink dress adds a nice touch of sweetness without being too much. Agree that the McQueen could fit better at the waist and that a little jewelry would add that last bit of polish to make the look perfect.

  • RzYoung

    She looks gorgeous but I’m with you on the jewellery front – boo to not wearing studs, chuck some diamonds in there girl!

  • Love the dresses, still hate the hair.

  • CQAussie

    Loving both looks!  

    I look forward to seeing “Why You Have Tits-crepancy – The Tom & Lorenzo Story” at my local book store followed up by the Life Time Movie “Two Queens in Phily: Not Without Our Precious Unborn Fawns”.

  • I love the pink dress but I wish it didn’t make her hips disappear. She looks completely straight up and down. 

  • dress_up_doll

    The first dress is pink perfection! She looks gorgeous!

  • altalinda

    That pick frock is SO much better.  Whew.

  • Maybe trying for twee in the land of kawaii was too intimidating?

  • janetjb

    I’ve come to the conclusion (based on a several long moments of reflection, but no actual research) that Michelle doesn’t wear earrings.

  • Haley Buchanan

    The first one is GORGEOUS and not too twee at all!  Well done, Michelle!

  • I think the first is the best I’ve ever seen her looking.  Lovely.

  • lesmaha

    LOVE that first dress–maybe the best/most interesting I’ve ever seen her in.  wow.

  • Lauren Maier

    No more twee?!  Is this Michelle Williams’ evil, stylish twin??  

    All joking aside, she looks SO MUCH BETTER in these shots than she has in…well…forever.

  • MilaXX

    LOVE that pink dress on her. It’s still very much in her wheelhouse, but more grownup looking. I also like the white gown, but I think is needs a skinny belt and yes, a pair of studs would have been nice.

  • BazoDee

    That pink one is just STUNNING – I give it a WERQ! The white one is sort of meh to me. 

  • Love pinky salmon items. I want my whole wardrobe to be salmon, it looks like your skin is glowing when you wear it. I don’t know why it’s not more popular.

  • sk8tfan

    Love the lipstick dress; uncharacteristicly sophisticated for her. The white one doesn’t fit properly. and thank you for calling her out for what is rapidly becoming one of my pet peeves-no jewelry. The outfits scream for a little pair of diamonds. I’d even be happy with little pearls. The outfit looks unfinished without it.

  • She’s clearly calmed down since the awards-parade … she looks great in both!

  • Dear Tom and Lorenzo,

    If you ever need a ghostwriter for ~Damn, Girl. Where’s the Twee? The Tom and Lorenzo Story~, this soon-to-be graduated English major would delight in taking on the job. Nary a comma will be out of place.

    Just throwing that out there, since this autobiography clearly needs to happen.

    • missinmass

      Or a screenplay.

  • lrhoff

    Wow, the first one is a WERQ from my perspective.  The second definitely could’ve used something around the waist….or something.  Regardless, she looks fabulous!  Nicely done, Michelle.

  • bluefish

    Love both looks too.  She looks fabulous in both and the subtle homage to MM in white is clever and touching.  

  • Credit where credit is due:  That Valentino is HER DRESS.

  • ccm800

    I still contend she was miscast. 

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    The lack of jewelry with her spare haircut has an interesting effect. With the Marilyn-esque clothes it has this abstracted effect, like she is the idea of Marilyn rather than the image, that makes me more interested in seeing this movie (I have never been fascinated by Marilyn and all the obsession with her just kind of grosses me out). /art grad pretentiousness

  • CatherineRhodes

    You don’t think the top look is twee? It’s bright pink and there’s a giant bow on the shoulder! 

  • Cathy S

    That first dress is incredible. The second is nice, but it’s not exciting me.

  • EEKstl

    I’m revving up to be totally obsessed with the color of that Valentino.  It’s a stunning dress and she looks fantastic in it.  Like the second one too but agree it’s too big for her.  I remember when Carolyn Bessette Kennedy started the “no jewelry” trend: It was spectacular on her.  And while I appreciate the restraint, Michelle isn’t pulling it off like Carolyn could.  

  • That pink dress is gorgeous on her.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Adore the Valentino – gorgeous!

  • malvernite

    she looks nice in the pink. and she’s smiling – even better. 

  • Kristy Evans

    The first one is GORGE. I am sick it’s so pretty. The second one needed a killer belt. Or something.

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  • butter nut

    that pink dress might be my favorite thing she’s worn in a long time.  looks great.

  • TSkot

    She’s never looked better.

  • That 2nd one screams NIGHTGOWN!!!!!

  • marywv

    That first dress is amazing. Why am I not an A-list actress with limitless wardrobe possibilities. Alas, I love that dress.

  • quiltrx

    For once (twice actually, since there are 2 looks), she doesn’t make my teeth hurt.

    i seriously wonder if she was encouraged to look more Marilyn-ish for the Japanese.  That first dress is SO Gentlemen-Prefer-Blondes-pink, and shit, all we need to do is trim the bottom of the second one.  I suspect the literal-ness is intentional.

    • Rrroza

      Agree with your theory, absolutely.

  • unbornfawn

    Love her in the pink dress! Why hasn’t she been dressing more like this? The white dress is just a little off, it needs a bright little belt or something.

  • Rrroza

    So great to see her in grownup’s clothes. That pink look is fab. Hope she keeps it up when she gets home.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    With her mouth open, she looks a lot like Sutton Foster. So quick, grab Sutton Foster for Marilyn: the Musical. Oh, wait. Alyson Reed already did that and Broadway needs another Marilyn musical like a collective hole in its head…

  • i adore that she’s done a modern twist on famous marilyn looks!! but i agree, a little bit of jewelry would have made these knockouts; or at least the mcqueen gown.

  • Megan Patterson

    Agree about the jewellery. I think the very Marilyn looks might have something to do with being in Japan? I feel like it would be something they would expect of her there.