Kristin Scott Thomas in Giambattista Valli

Posted on September 04, 2012

We dig the hell out of this:


Kristin Scott Thomas attends the premiere of ‘Cherchez Hortense’ Premiere during The 69th Venice Film Festival in a Giambattista Valli dress paired with a Christian Louboutin clutch.

Giambattista Valli Resort 2013 Collection

But alas, we fear that Miss Kristin is doing little to dispel the dearly held celebrity fear of prints on the red carpet. Let’s face it; if this dress was in a solid black or red, it wouldn’t look quite so full and blousey when the wind hit it. Big prints can look unflattering from certain angles in pictures, no matter how whip-thin the celebrity wearing them. We love this look, but we’d bet a lot of people thought it looked unflattering on her. We think a belt to define the waist and slightly bigger hair would have helped with the proportions. We also would have recommended a more delicate sandal and a clutch with some color to it. Oh, and those earrings don’t really go at all. Basically, all the accessories are wrong and the hair needs work, but the dress is fabulously eye-catching.


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  • The top needs to be less blousy, in my opinion.  I do love the print though!

    •  Agree – blouse needed a little altering to make it shorter so that waist is more defined. A belt would help, but so would taking out some extra length. The bridesmaid dress I wore in my brother’s wedding a hundred years ago had that same shape – the only bridesmaid who looked good in the dress was the one who had it completely taken apart and altered to get rid of the blouse-over effect.

  • teensmom99

    Very Lee Radziwell!

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    She looks very at ease, very sure of herself. That helps pull off any look!  Or maybe – the dress is helping her feel this way – it’s fabulous AND approprite – nothing to make the wearer feel uncomfortable.  Sure, she could use the touches you mention, but overall, it looks great!  This beats Jane Fonda sucking it in to within an inch of her life any day!!

    • Sobaika

      Agreed, she looks every breezy-chic. And I don’t think that’s the easiest dress to pull off, prints can be pretty imtimidating.

  • call_me_schmeg

    above all else – let’s give praise to an elegant ladystar who is working a face that represents, beautifully, her actual age. kudos, kristin!

    • Jessica Goldstein

       I was thinking the same thing, and not in a condescending “she looks good for her age” kind of way. More in a “she looks elegant and gorgeous and like she’s not fighting her age” kind of way. This is what I’m hoping to do, adjusted for my decidedly less fabulous DNA.

      • aristida_girl

        Me too! Agree on all points…ladies like her are an inspiration, reminding us beauty is not dependent on age, and character is better than botox any day…

    • MoHub

       Also, she is wearing a bra!

    • ccinnc

       She’s one of my favorites, and I’ve missed seeing her!

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      How old is she, anyway?

  • I’m wondering if she killed poor Hortense, and that’s why everyone’s looking for her. That’s what usually happens in her movies. I think she just drips style.

  • MsALVA

    Wow, must have been a windy night in Venice, eh?

    I like the print but I think the dress needs a different/better neckline. She looks a lot dowdier than she should for her age. 

  • charlotte

    It’s a better hairstyle than the a-dog-pooped-a-bow-on-my-head ‘do the model is sporting.

    • kimmeister

      That is EXACTLY what I thought when I saw the model.

  • i love this as it is. ok, the clutch is a little limp. but otherwise, this just screams fabulous!

  • Pants_are_a_must

    KST is so slender, she can pull this dress off. On anyone bigger, it would look like a sack-caftan. Saftan.

    A light sandal would’ve been better, but I like the idea of glitter with this pattern. The earrings are a no, though.

  • janetjb

    The dress is beautiful, perfect for late summer.

    Such a shame that the styling is so off.

  • Allison Woods

    Styling’s a touch off, but that doesn’t stop me from loving this.


  • She looks fine. Even with it billowing out she looks svelte. The colors are beautiful. I’d have gone with turquoise accessories, and maybe a yellow clutch. 

  • Judy_S

    She looks gorgeous. I am divided between thinking the skirt is too long and that it is just long enough for her to step on it to keep it from blowing inside out. I like the clutch and earrings that are there but not distracting.

  • Carla_Charlton

    She is really beautiful and sophisticated — I love it that you’ve featured her!  (Did you see “A Handful of Dust”?)  I like that she seemed to have worn something that she likes and not what some publicist told her to wear; the dress really suits her. The earrings look great, too.

    •  Haven’t seen A Handful of Dust, but she’s amazing in I’ve Loved you So Long.

      • schadenfreudelicious

        she was truly staggering in I’ve Loved You So Long, a stellar performance.

  • mjude

    i think she looks chic!

  • MarissaLG

    I think this gown is really beautiful. The orangey color looks fabulous on her and she looks lively and fun and interesting. 

  • I want to be her.

  • Rand Ortega

    I love the print. The cut/style of the dress (particularly the blousing)…trouble. It’s aging her by  20 years! The lovely & talented teensmom99 coined it perfectly: “Very Lee Radziwell”.  The earrings belong w/ a sundress. Diamond chandeliers or drops would have been much more complimentary to the clutch & bracelet.

  • Richard Harper

    I don’t mind the dress, really.  Everything else however is not good, and that haircolor is not for her.

  • lehen

    i think the picture from the back looks beautiful

  • KST is AWESOME – seriously approaching the awesomeness of her older sisters in awesomeness, Helen Mirren and Charlotte Rampling, hot women who haven’t f****d up their faces. 

    • carolynmo

      I agree. She’s all kinds of fabulous. I still adore watching her and her great clothes in Four Weddings and a Funeral.

  • DaveinAlamitosBeach

    This kind of moves her into a whole other style level here.  She’s approaching Audrey Hepburn in her 50s style.  Yes, I said it.

  • j_am

    I love her so much for having a natural face. 

  • I think the dress looks really good on her! I like the color, the fit – just about everything. I agree that her hair needs some work.

  • Anathema_Device

    Agree on the belt and jewelry points (and she could use a different lipstick shade), but I think overall she looks great. I love her so much.

  • I think it looks beautiful!

  • cleep1000

    The dress is fabulous, but what’s happened to her face? She looks so different.

    • alyce1213

      Well, she’s aged, apparently without medical or surgical enhancement, and I say good for her!

      • cleep1000

        It doesn’t look natural to me, at all. Maybe it’s just an over-use of bronzer, or something. But she looks different to me. Not the wrinkles. I appreciate the wrinkles. It’s something else. Maybe I just haven’t seen her in a long time?

  • schadenfreudelicious

    the dress is not perfect but she falls into Dame Helen category for me, so talented and elegant she can do as pleases….i do prefer her with fairer hair but no matter, she will always be an IN for me.

    • Lilak

      Yeah you right!

  • SapphoPoet

    I love this dress and totally agree with what you said. Better accessorizing would have helped this look. I feel sad about her hair; I think she has very fine hair and there’s probably not enough hairspray in the world to give it volume. 

    Having said all that, she looks so easy and comfortable that she’s making it work. Breezy chic.

  • alyce1213

    Beautiful dress, classy dame, but maybe a little something else with her hair, bag and shoes.
    Overall, though, she’s fabulous.

  • Lisa Kramp

    It’s a lovely dress, but the color is wrong for her. That and her hair age her 15 years, and no one should be allowed to do that to one of the most beautiful women of my generation!

  • jmorino08

    If she had belted it like they did on the model, it would have looked a lot better. This way it cuts her in half too harshly… then you have that harsh hair and practically no make up other than her lips and it all just looks half done. 

  • Call me Bee

    I don’t know.  I don’t think anything could have saved this look, as it’s a classically frumpy design in the first place. 
    Blousey top, high neckline, no waist definition, dirndl skirt and poofy 3/4 sleeves is the perfect outline for a nightgown.  Which is just what is looks like both on KST and the model, even though both are thin as sticks. 

    Looks like she’s wearing pretty shoes, though.

  • MilaXX

    Love the dress, don’t mind the shoes & bag, dislike the earrings and hair.

  • tallgirl1204

    No.  Draperies. 

  • Tamara Hogan

    Not a fan of the print. I think it overpowers her, and appears as if it was chosen to match the carpet.

  • granddelusion

    Kristin Scott Thomas is all kinds of awesome, and I love that she had the balls to wear something NOT SO TIGHT on the red carpet. It isn’t perfect, and the styling isn’t great, but kudos to her. I’d love to see this when it’s not windy.

  • Judy_J

    It is an eye-catching dress, I’ll give you that.  I was shocked at how much she has appeared to age.  That red lipcolor and severe hair are not her friends.

  • kimmeister

    Holy smokes, them’s some big earrings.

  • formerlyAnon

    I love this on her. Old school, older gal glamour, IMO. Hair does need work.

    • formerlyAnon

       ETA: and NO, by “older gal” I don’t mean elderly. I mean past “sweet young thing” and “nubile bombshell.”

  • prettybigkitty

    I love, love, love her.   The English Patient is one of my favorite movies (and books).  

  • redgauntlet

    So that’s what happened to The Joker after The Dark Knight.

  • nannypoo

    I like this a lot. It looks graceful and soft. Whoever styled that model’s hair should lose their license.

  • RroseSelavy

    If you blur your eyes a bit, it looks something like a meat dress.

  • The color makes the dress look like prosciutto. Different color on the print perhaps? 

  • Love this dress!  If it was hacked off at the knee and affordable, I would wear it to death, blousey or not.

  • Ohhhh, no.  Not in love – way too billowy and big on her.  I don’t even think a belt would have helped.  I do think it’s a gorgeous print, and her hair and makeup look fabulous, but this is not her dress.

  • guest2visits

    Yay! – thats just what I was thinking; it looked really great to me, except the waist needed some kind of fitting.

  • sleepycat

    for some reason I want to say that the print looks like strips of bacon. 

  • poggi

    That shot with her back turned and her hair up and wind and all is great. But I guess if it only works from one angle (and it’s the back at that) and you need a wind machine delicately blowing, it may be a problem. 

  • I love her, and I think she´s pulling it off. It´s refreshing in several ways: a print, her age appropiatness, her smile. Everything is working for me here. 

  • quiltrx

    I imagine the hair looked better before the wind got hold!  I’ve always thought KST quite a fabulous thing, and she’s serving it up here.  Aging gracefully and beautifully, full of talent and wearing a fabulous dress!

  • aristida_girl

    I love that dress, good for her! Totally agree about the accessories…

  • Thathoodwink

    I don’t like this dress at all. It looks like pictures of jumbo shrimp all over it. Her hair is awful, too. Sorry Charlie…

  • RzYoung

    I still think she’s perfection!

  • The dress is eye-catching, and about 10 sizes too big for her.  It needs to be hemmed/taken in/given something at the waist and it would be perfect.

  • Look at that lovely smile on her face!

  • EEKstl

    Love the dress but it’s too much dress.  If long then a slimmer skirt.  If billowy then shorter.  And I too would have re-thought all the accessories.  

  • LambeeBaby

    The print is too much, it looks like something I saw under a microscope in college.
    Prints and color are great but I think the volume is just too…too

  • AnneElliot

    Kristin, I love you, but that dress reminds me of a horrible bedspread I had in 1972.  I must give it an OUT.  

  • Teal belt?

  • bluefish

    She is so beautiful and magnetic, it hardly matters!  Love her.