Marisa Tomei in Jonathan Saunders

Posted on September 13, 2012

We kinda love this.


Marisa Tomei arrives at the premiere of ‘Inescapable’ during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival in Jonathan Saunders.

Jonathan Saunders Pre-Fall 2012 Collection

And we kinda think Marisa is one of a very tiny group of celebs who could make this work. Even then, we can’t really name another. Tilda, maybe? But this isn’t quite her style.

Anyway, we love the unusual color combination; love the almost-cap sleeves, love the full stiffness of the skirt. Also love the jewelry. Hate, however, the shoes. Silver sandals with this, honey?


[Photo Credit: Getty,]

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  • GoAwayKardash

    I lerve her.

  • janetjb

    Unusual and pretty.

  • MarissaLG

    Hair is off the charts. Love this. 

    • Tatiana Luján

      I love the hair too.

    • Judy Raddue

      All-over gorgeous, but especially from the neck up… I would think she’s 3 months away from 28, not 48, yet I don’t think she’s had work.  Love her!

  • lbl

    I think maybe Mia Wasikowska could have worked with this as well. And that’s the only opinion I have on it.

    • She is really tall, I think it would work. The color, not so sure. Mia is great in reds.

    • NC_Meg

      Michelle Willams? She could totally rock this in a cocktail length. (I wish it was cocktail length here.)

  • BeeBeauNYC

    I gasped initially when I saw the top but then was really disappointed to see what happens below the waist. I think the dress would have been better as a cocktail dress.  I think the shape gets wonky the further it goes down.

    • pattyw

       Agree, cocktail length might have worked better (and I was equally surprised by the scroll down), but I oddly love this look.

      • Clueless_Jock

        Yes indeed. Cocktail length would have been stunning.

        • teensmom99

          Cocktail would have been perfect but not quite as unique. 

          • I actually like the length on her in general. What I’m not as thrilled about is the way Marisa’s seems to have more gathering/pleating at the waist. On the model, it’s like a long, clean column. Of course Marisa has a real body and those models are 14 and weigh 60 pounds, so perhaps the shape doesn’t translate well. Otherwise, I love the look.

        • AudreysMom

           yep, and she’s got the legs for it. It would be in keeping with her middle aged youthful thing that she works better than most.

      • CozyCat

        I actually don’t agree.  I think if it were cocktail length it would be more of a “daytime” look. 
        What makes it unusual is that it takes a traditional daytime shape and pattern and upgrades it to red carpet by making it long and applying the appropriate accessories.  It’s also important that this was the right kind of red carpet, a late summer movie premiere (it would be too casual for an awards show or a holiday season event.)

        • Glammie

          Yep, it’s got an element of surprise with the length–more high fashion and less Mad-Men this way.  It would be cute at cocktail-length, but this way it’s memorable.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Totally agree; also, although I love the bracelet, I would have loved to see a bolder necklace.

    • formerlyAnon

       Generically, you’re right about the length. But I like this in part simply because it’s not cocktail length and yet, she’s pulling it off. (I give major credit to her hair.) Almost ANYbody can pull off cocktail length.

      • butterflysunita

        When I first saw the dress, I thought I didn’t like the shape and length.  But I love how she looks–she is so carrying this off.  

    • alyce1213

      My opinion exactly.  It’s too much – would have really WERQd at top-of-the-knee-length.

    • Spicytomato1

      That was my exact reaction, too. But upon a second look, the length is growing on me. Probably because of her general awesomeness. She rocks.

    • I agree– but I think she knows that. I think she deliberately went with the more difficult length. 

    • yulaffin

       Agree.  It looks kind of frumpy on her but I could see it work if it was shorter.

  • BazoDee

    Love the colors and the print -what is going with her make-up??? And yeah the shoes are way off the mark. 

    • I agree the blush is entering Baby Jane territory.  (the shoes are squarely in the retirement home)

  • kschwarting

    I kinda love it, too, and she looks so comfortable in it.  But am I alone in wishing that it were a shorter length?  I feel like it would be better just above the knee rather than as a full-length gown.  You could still have the stiffness of the skirt, but somehow the length feels wrong to me.

    • Tatiana Luján

      I was ready to shout WERQ!, and then I saw the lenght of the dress.

      • kschwarting

        Thank you!  Glad to know I’m not alone on this. 

  • Love the dress on her (I’d love to have it in the orange color on the model), but I don’t understand why the belt is riding high on not just Marisa but the models.  Is it just me, or is it a little off to have the seam showing right under the belt?

  • MK03

    Feh. Too long.

  • CPK1

    love love love! I always love her style. Do not like the shoes. 

  • DinaSews

    I really like this.  I don’t understand the unusual seaming around the bust that has been showing up recently.  Do they think the pattern wave center front is better than darts at the sides?

    • raininmai

       I agree about the seaming at the bust, which strikes me as awkward. I don’t really see the point of it structurally, but it does alter the design of the fabric, so that might be the point. Otherwise, I think Marisa looks so lovely in this very 60s looking dress.

  • Arrrggghhhh!  I think it looks like a dress made from dated curtains that she picked up at a thrift store.

    • Spicytomato1

      That’s actually what I like about it! The print/color look very mid-century to me.

  • Judy_J

    I love this, except I keep wanting to reach in and adjust her belt.

  • mmc2315

    I think she looks very, very pretty.  She is wearing the dress, the dress is not wearing her.

  • It’s pretty but it would have been better shorter. Not hoochie short, just shorter. And the shoes are horrible. 

  • She can do no wrong in my eyes. Love her so much. 
    (I loved her wardrobe in My Cousin Vinny though, so I’m a little weird.)

    • mountainFashionista

       “Oh yeah — you blend.”

      • BerlinerNYC

        You WIN for being the first to think of saying that. 🙂

    • LesYeuxHiboux

      The skintight floral jumpsuit with the keyhole back and black ankle boots? Too fab. If I had the bod I’d rock it. 

      • Haha that’s the one outfit I don’t know if I could rock. Maybe if I added a belt or a miniskirt over it. 

        • LesYeuxHiboux

          I think the blue dress she wears for the final trial is the one thing I could actually rock at this moment in time. 

  • DeborahJozayt

    I just wish it wasn’t so long. Love everything from the waist up. Gorgeous!

  • j_anson

    See, this is why I don’t understand fashion. To me this looks frumpy and lumpy and vaguely like a 1970s hotel room bedspread (although her hair and face look beautiful). I can see disliking BOTH this and the Amy Adams one before it (they both have serious flaws), but I don’t get liking this and disliking the Amy Adams (which seems to be the consensus based on comments).

    • formerlyAnon

       My opinions are way on the “personal opinion” side of personal the opinion vs. fashion expertise divide. 

      This appeals to me because I like the color, I find it awesome that (IMO) she’s making a very 70s suburban upscale summer party look work (I think in large part because her hair is somehow balancing the skirt), and I find I’m starting to give extra points to dresses that feature neither tits, ass, nor far upper thigh. Given all that, I just don’t mind that the skirt is awkwardly shaped.

      Amy Adams’ whole look (including hair and make up) was, for me, just washed out in color, I found the dress dull and it compounded the dullness by  simultaneously imparting zero sex appeal while showing more breast than I could feel comfortable showing without boob tape for security if one actually had to lean forward/down with one’s arms also forward. Somehow, that seems extra-wrong to me!

      Maybe someone with a real fashion vocabulary will offer a more general analysis!

  • l_c_ann

    Is the fabric woven silk?  It just doesn’t look that special under out door lighting.  Maybe the squares are woven gold? 

    Is she short waisted? 

    Practical me would say it will cut off nicely for a work dress.  The skirt would ride better if it were completely interfaced. 
    Those horizontal darts at front and center could only work for the non-Christine Hendricks chests out there.  They work with this fabric. 

  • J D

    She looks absolutely resplendent.  Tiny quibble: I hate those two seams (or whatever they are) that form a cross in the middle of her chest.

  • kimmeister

    I like the neckline of the other Jonathan Saunders dress much more, but only because I personally can’t pull off pseudo cap sleeves.

  • She looks just fab.  I completely agree on the surprise scroll-down length–this screams cocktail length from the bodice.  But it seems to work anyway.  Her colors are much better than the ones in the model shots, IMO. 

  • I would like to have seen her hair up for this look.

    • MilaXX

       I think an updo would have made this look more 90’s retro. I like the hair as is. It give is a classic, but yet easy, breezy look.

  • SophiaPehawkins

    I love everything about this. The hair is fabulous and the dress is even better. Easy, breezy.

  • lehen


  • janierainie

    Love it too.

  • mhleta

    Very dignified and suitable for a FLOTUS or a diplomat. In fact, our own first lady would probably look splendid in this. I tend to agree with the sentiment that this would look even better as a just-above-the-knee length dress. Thank you for accessorizing, Mz. T. There seems to be a general aversion to jewelry of late, so I’m glad to see some. The hair’s a bit heavy and needs managing. What is that very black mark on her right knuckle? Looks too dark to be a tattoo. 

    • mmc2315

      Oh!  I just saw your post!  I was thinking Michelle Obama too!

    • Zaftiguana

      MIchelle would rock the shit our of this.

  • I don’t care for her lipstick color, but that dress is fantastic.

  • Vanja

    That’s a very nice print. I’m glad she’s chosen these colours instead of the 70’s colour scheme of model’s dresses.

  • Tamara Hogan

    I think this is a dress that takes a woman of supreme confidence and (dare I say it) life experience to pull off. It would look quite twee on an ingenue or starlet.

  • fringebenefit

    Love her, love this ensemble, her poise, her hair, even the shoes. One of my favorite looks of the year on anyone because she looks so smart and comfortable while still rocking the fashion.

  • BrooklynBomber

    I kinda love it, too. TrÈs ’60s. Sigh.

  • Zippypie

    I kinda don’t, which I guess in is the minority.  It’s so huge and shapeless on her, the color is so wrong for her skintone, it’s too literal 70s and it highlights her over-brassy highlighted hair, which is doing her no favors.  She has looked SO much better. 

  • I strongly dislike the skirt, I have to say: a high-waisted and gathered effect, done in a heavy fabric, makes her hips look wider and higher than they are. The effect would’ve been mitigated by a knee-length skirt and/or a contrasting, focus-pulling belt (say, metallic gold?). I love the fabric, too, and want it for an armchair someday. Otherwise, Marisa would be the one to make this work, but it ain’t workin’ here.

    • Tatiana Luján

      a metallic belt and a shorter skirt would be so much better.

  • Le_Sigh

    Damn.  She’s so easy-breezy-beachy-chic-sexy.  Despite my brain shrieking “THAT IS COUCH FABRIC!”  She’s making it werq.  I’ll have whatever she’s having.


  • another_laura

    I love that she is one of the few relatively daring – and fellow PUFs, I chose “relatively” on purpose! –  RC celebs regularly appearing here at TLO.  

    This is a great dress, even if I prefer it in the colors shown on the models.  Those shoes, ugh! Sadly, that turquoise rug is throwing some nasty blue hue on her skin tone, which makes it look off altogether.

  • EEKstl

    Wow, what an improvement, and yes, great dress.  Why am I seeing some fab, nutty orange sandal with this?  That would be bad ass.

    • formerlyAnon

       You are seeing it because orange is the third (fourth?) traditional color used with the not-quite-turquoise blue & weird neither green nor mustard color combo she’s wearing.

      And I think it would have worked. With big mod matching earrings it would have kicked the “feel” of this from early 70s back into the 60s for me.

  • Tomei is such a likeable actress and such a natural and assured actress that she doesn’t seem to get as much credit as she should.  It’s great to see her looking so pretty and comfortable on the red carpet.  

  • newleaf1

    I love, love, love that she doesn’t appear to have had any work done.  She looks (sort of) her age, and looks really great.  And she looks elegant as hell in the dress.

  • lrhoff

    Oooo, I want one!!  She looks great.

  • tallgirl1204

    Love her hair.  Love the top part of the dress.  Would like it more if it wasn’t full-length– maybe knee-length pencil-skirty would put it into Mad Men range for me, and would create a “love.”   

  • WERQitspice

    Shoes? No. But yes to the dress! I dig everything about this, including the length.  Yes, cocktail and tea-length would be great options….but the full length takes this look to full-fashionista-mod….It’s much more fashion forward! 

  • claudemtl777

    the length is what makes it not quite MadMen, and therefore more modern…I like it VERY much

  • formerlyAnon

    I can deal with the sandals because – even windswept – her hair is SO RIGHT for this.

  • Belvane

    Doesn’t work for me, though I admire her for trying something different. My first thought was that she looks like Don and Megan Draper’s new couch. 

  • mmc2315

    Do you think Shelley O could wear this dress?

  • I really love this.  I wished the wind wasn’t blowing it so we could see it as a column in all its glory.  

  • poggi

    She looks so fresh and pretty and young.  I can’t believe she is 48. She (or somebody) really knows how to dress/style her. Unlike Amy Adams who seems perpetually age herself with her choices.

  • jw_ny

    I really like this too…she looks terrific.  Shoes…I thought they were white sandals like my grandmother would’ve worn…made me cringe a bit.  Love her bracelet, even tho it’s kind of matchy to the pattern in the dress, it’s perfectly suited for it.  

  • PeggyOC

    This makes a great day dress.   This, with a knee-length skirt?  Totally awesome.  The long skirt weighs it down and turns from “fun pattern” into “upholstery fabric”.  The fabric looks stiff and like wants to be a more bell-skirt, but was forced into this length.  Also, her makeup looks a little clown-y here, although it could be the lighting.  She never ages, does she?

  • SpcilK

    Love this so much…I want this so bad. Total homage to the prints and style of the 60’s.

  • Trisha26

    It’s not awful but I to me it looks very 60’s hostess-at-home outfit.

    • formerlyAnon

       I thought early 70s but agree. Though I have to admit that’s kind of what I love about it.

  • She is one of those women that is just so gorgeous they can almost wear anything. The dress would have been great if it were cocktail length. I love the jewelry. Not too keen on the shoes. A+ from the knees up.

  • SarkyMarky

    Ugh, I see her reasoning for the silver shoes based on accessories, however no no no no no.  Also, how on earth has her clown cheek blush application slipped through the bitch radar?  Honey, it’s all about highlighting and contouring.

    • MilaXX

      I don’t think the makeup is that garish, but it looks like there’s a color filter on the pictures? Maybe a blue exclusion? Photogs & photoshop pros can weigh in. I think that’s what’s causing the makeup to standout so much.

  • SapphoPoet

    I don’t love this dress–it looks too much like 1970s upholstery for me–but kudos to her for doing something different. I do love the hair, makeup, and jewelry, especially the necklace. It’s all very restrained; she looks calm, cool, and collected. 

    • formerlyAnon

        “It’s all very restrained; she looks calm, cool, and collected.”

      Thank-you! You’ve articulated a big contributing factor to why I like this.

  • CatherineRhodes

    I love that dress. It’s really fabulous.

  • crash1212

    I do believe this is as WERQ-worthy as some of the others you’ve posted lately. I love Marisa and her style and this is superb – silver sandals notwithstanding.

  • Zaftiguana

    Love it. I think Kiki could also make it work, maybe Michelle Williams. Might be a nice escape from twee for the both of them. I think slightly more polished hair would be a plus on Marisa here, if only because the combination of the natural flywaways and the unfortunate spot that the wave is hitting makes it look a bit like she wore her hair in a ponytail all day while running errands and then pulled it down and ran her fingers through it in the limo on the way over. 

  • MilaXX

    What a pretty dress! I like the entire look and don’t really mind the shoes. 

  • I love everything about this look! Hair, dress – gorge. The shoes don’t even bother me. 

  • mjude

    i love this retro look, she looks great

  • Jennifer Jacobsen-Wood

    She looks adorable.  I love the dress, and agree, it would be wrong on almost everyone else.  (Except for me.  I could totally rock it.)

  • elirt

    Love it and I get that the length of the dress is part of the drama, but I personally would like to see it shorter. I scrolled down thinking cute! then… hmmm… that’s too long! 

  • jmorino08

    I love this dress and I love her, but doesn’t it look at least a size too big?

    • Monabel

      I would say it fits properly, and looks big because so many women are now wearing dresses TOO TIGHT! Why, you can’t even see her belly button…

  • oohsparkley!

    I think Marissa is werqing it.  I think Diane Krueger could also rock it and the colors would be lovely on her. I like it a lot. Elegance vs. sexy. Her hair is the best I’ve ever seen it. Loving it.

  • megohd

    She looks like a bridesmaid in my mom’s wedding. And I mean that as a huge compliment.

  • neofashionista

    is it a tiny bit too twee for her?!?!? otherwise I do LOVE the dress and love her so I suppose that will do

  • Lisa Kramp

    That woman can make most anything she wears look wonderful. But I cannot buy into that dress…it’s too wonky.

  • The bodice is fantastic.  I think dropping the waist a bit or getting rid of the gathering and making the waist less obvious would look far better.I can’t figure out your rules on shoes!  What would you have her wear my dears?

  • msdamselfly

    She looks wonderful–so fresh 

  • FAB minus the shoes. This is a rare hit for her.

  • LOVE

  • FashionShowAtLunch

    She looks stellar, head to ankle (agree about the shoes).  

    However, I think my favorite part is that she doesn’t look botox-ed to hell and doesn’t seem to have had any surgery.  It’s remarkable how rare that is. 

  • margaret meyers

    A 60s fabric in a 70s dress.  coool.

  • redgauntlet

    She’s beautiful but that dress is drowning her.

  • librarygrrl64

    J’adore her.

  • I want to hack off at least the bottom third of this.  Otherwise, much like.  But did something happen to the photos?  Everything is so blue her hands look positively corpse-like.

    • MilaXX

       I know! It’s like they thought they were going to post this on Instagram

  • why is it that i love the past so much better the second time around??

  • frannyprof

    love love love the dress. perfect for her. the shoes, not so much.

  • I love that pattern but I couldn’t wear it long like she could. jealous….

  • bellafigura1

    Fantastic, head to toe. She’s got fashion guts!!

  • 3boysful

    This woulda been a WERQ were it not for the silver grandma sandals.  LOVE the dress.  And Marissa’s hair. And the jewelry.

  • melanie0866

    I love, even the silver sandals.  If you’re going to go 1971, go all the way.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    What I love about her is she has the confidence to wear whatever the hell she wants, and she ALWAYS looks put together.  That’s a real gift.  Love this look (minus the shoes, of course). 

  • victoria rodeno

    I think she looks awesome. Little girl, dress actually hemmed to take advantage of her lack of height, nice hair and great accessories. Perfection, and you can’t always say that about her.

  • I don’t like the heaviness so much, but I think it’s a quirky cool dress. I could almost see someone like Rachel Bilson wearing this if she A) Had personal style beyond wearing shorts & the colour black and B) it didn’t overwhelm her frame. So on second thought, maybe not. 

  • Scarlet39

    Not my favorite, but I like it for the simple fact that it’s something different.  Not the typical kind of dress seen at these kinds of events.  Basically, it’s not an “of course” and that’s why I find it appealing.

  • Really like the overall look, the color combo, but the dress, to me, got to heavy at the knees.  Would have liked it much more if the dress had been knee length.  

  • kolokOlchik

    I love this (sans the shoes).  I just wish her blush wasn’t so orange (and so obvious)

  • Coralie Legister

    I agree with everything they just said. Flawless til the shoes.

  • I kind of don’t love it.  Ordinarily I think her instincts are great, but I just can’t justify this in a gown-length hem.  I can’t help seeing a perfect cocktail dress buried in there somewhere.

  • marilyn

    Unlike the runway model’s dress, this one has the print matched in the bodice.  Kudos!  The colors are nice, but not particularly for her.  She can wear vibrant colors and this is a little pale.  The style is new (old?) and is a nice relief from the stripper costumes that have been passing as evening wear.  However, this reminds me of the dowdy side of the 1960’s.   Also, the fabric looks like upholstery fabric.  That fabric should be on a sofa, not a dress.  It is meh.

  • Wow, 1960s dressy cocktail sheath with about 3 extra unnecesssary feet of dress.  I am also not loving how noticeably orange the lips and blush are, but that could just be the color reproduction on the computer monitor rather than the actual colors she’s wearing.  I like the print but I agree that it needs to be a cocktail dress.

  • Presumptuous Insect

    Beautiful. Because she hasn’t had her face injected, stretched, cut, plumped, sand-blasted, nuked, or whatever the hell the Nicole Kidmans and Courtney Coxes are doing to make themselves look like frikkin aliens.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    My immediate reaction to the thumbnail was “not for her”, followed by “unless it’s floor-length”. Lo and behold! It’s a great, interesting look. I like the loose but styled hair, but the shoes are not a win and the skirt could be less voluminous. I adore her.

  • Amy Ellinger

    Reminiscent of the shapes Jackie Kennedy used to wear. Some good ole’ fashioned Oleg Cassini in the hizzouse!

    Love it, love her.  Ignoring the shoes.

  • I think she looks 95% adorable.  My only criticisms – I do agree with those who think this would be WAY cuter as a shorter dress.  I think the bottom half of the dress is much to heavy for her, and she would rock this if it were just above the knees.  The other criticism is that the overly bright pink blush and lipstick clash with the colors in the dress.  I think she’d have done better with warmer tones than cool tones for her makeup. 

  • guest2visits

    Yay, this is very cute on her; I’d still like to see it shorter though (different shoes for sure).

  • I would have liked the dress better if it were about knee length, otherwise she’s cute. Silver sandals, not so much.

  • Gener1c

    I adore this.  I’m bowing down (and pretending I don’t see the shoes)

  • Corsetmaker

    I love this. It fits beautifully. The centre bust dart is clever and makes the bodice less boxy and the whole thing looks fresh, comfortable and modern. 

    I disagree with those saying a shorter length would be better. Yes, that would look nice but it would be very literally 60s in style. She’d be as well wearing vintage. The length takes it out of the 60s and makes it current.

  • aristida_girl

    wow! i am impressed she is pulling out such a difficult dress…

  • quiltrx

    I would love to see how this would photograph at night.  Her hair looks terrific.

    • PinkLemon

       her hair is covetable here. it’s HUGE!

  • bitterk

    J’adore.  I want this dress and the social life that goes with it.  

  • PeaceBang

    While I have to love any dress that looks like it could go straight from the red carpet directly to apple pie baking in the kitchen, I think the skirt is swallowing her alive.

  • Elizabeth Denton

    at least she didn’t wear nude pumps! Love this to death. (And no to cocktail length—boring)

  • Michelle Cunningham

    I want to love it.  I just can’t… every single seam is crying out to me.  All of the horizontal ones are crying “I’m way too bunchy, the fabric is just too thick” and all the vertical ones are crying “don’t put me here, I’m adding man parts to ladies”  🙁   Lovely silhouette, horrible fabric. 

  • ccm800

    these fabrics would make killah throw pillows

  • RzYoung

    I love this head to toe.

  • Aurumgirl

    I can forgive the shoes.  They might actually be a gold colour that isn’t photographing well, but if they’re silver, I see what she’s trying to do with the silver and gold tone accessories.  It works with the aesthetic (for me, anyway).  The dress is unusual, flattering, and just casual enough to be completely appropriate for the event, and Marissa looks great.  Hard to believe this is the same woman who once wore massive bell sleeved tops with maribou trim, just to flap her arms in them at award shows.

  • piecesofconfetti


  • Fantastic.  She looks wonderful. LOVE IT.

  • PinkLemon

    the length is what keeps it interesting! ya’all are trippin about it needing to be shorter.

  • She is amazing in the other film at the festival as well. (Love, Marilyn)

  • CQAussie

    I do love this but I feel like it’s a bit baggy?  Also her hair could use a trim.  Love the bracelet, hate the shoes.

  • Samuel Donovan

    Marisa is probably my favorite celebrity style icon. She’s so kooky/interesting, and she looks like she gets a kick out of wearing the clothes she does.

  • HobbitGirl

    It’s pretty, but the cross the seaming forms on her chest reminds me uncomfortably of one of those gun-target things you see in assassin movies.

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    OH, I LOVE this. It’s so gamine and chic and Audrey Hepburn in the early 60’s. I love her hair. She looks lovely, fresh, and sophisticated. 

  • Great dress. Bad hair.