ELLE’s 19th Annual Women In Hollywood – Part 2

Posted on October 16, 2012

Hit it, ladies!


Allison Janney in Calvin Klein

Elegant. And her hair looks great.


Ellie Kemper in Moschino

We’d like it a lot better without the neck ruffle, which takes a pretty decent dress (although a little plain) into twee territory.



Jayma Mays in Alexandra Vidal

Her eye makeup look scary and her shoes look like torture devices from Candy Land.

Dress? What dress?


Jennie Garth in Tadashi Shoji

Total mother of the bride.


Julianne Hough in Calvin Klein

All those competing whites are giving us eye twitches. Her hair and makeup are adding 40 years to her age.


Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Marios Schwab

Oh, god. It was Bad Shoe Night, wasn’t it? Love the dress, though. Hair’s too severe.


Nina Dobrev in Vera Wang

We’d like it a lot better if the lace part stopped at the hem of the skirt.

What the fuck is she doing with her feet?


Rachel Zoe

Everything needs a hemming, but the look is pretty chic.


Sarah Jessica Parker in Calvin Klein

 Love the look. Hate the eyeliner. Sarah Jessica: IT IS WAY PAST TIME TO RETHINK YOUR MAKEUP.


Viola Davis in Raoul

We kinda like the dress, but it seems like it should be fitted a bit better. She wears way too much shimmer.


Zoe Kazan

Wrinkled, colorless mess.


[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos]

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  • Roosevelt 85

    Is that Alexandra Vidal from Season 1 of Project Runway?

    • h0n0rb

      Looks like it – I think it’s look number 5 from the spring/summer 2013 collection.

  • lovelyivy

    Man this whole event is unusually underwhelming. What gives? Did the stylists go on strike?

  • charlotte

    So glad to see Allison Janney! She’s way up there on my Rational Love List (along with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Martha Plimpton and some other people).

    • Stuck_on_Mute

      Agree on Allison – I once read an article on her where she talked about having a ‘What do you want to be when you grow up’ costume party and she dressed up as a boat captain – her enthusiasm was contagious.

      • Magatha

         Yes, yes ,yes. Janney is good in everything, but I especially loved her in “Drop Dead Gorgeous”. She looks fantastic here.

    • kschwarting

      Mine too!  She occasionally goes back to Broadway, and I would love to see her do theatre.

    • tsid2012

      I’m totally with you!  I LOVE her in anything and everything.  Just rewatched all seasons of West Wing in a cold/flu marathon DVD fest.  When she is made Cheif of Staff, I cry with pride for her everytime.  Weird, I know….

    • lalagigi

      I want to be her best friend and go to lunch. I think she would be a blast to hang with.

  • TheDivineMissAnn

    That’s a whole lotta ugly up there.  Though I love Allison Janney with long hair – it suits her face.  And I’m likin’ Rachel Zoe with bangs.  Her face does not look nearly as gaunt when she is wearing bangs.

    • Sobaika

      I was just about to say the same thing. She looks really healthy and vibrant with the bangs.

      • Magatha

         I agree: I like Rachel Zoe’s look, but I’ll admit that my first thought was to Photoshop her holding a candle and chanting “Redrum, redrum.” But I still like it. Not as much as I like Allison Janney’s look.

  • Vickiefantastico

    Jennie Garth looks like her feet are cut off! That hem is hilarious.

    •  Seriously. When you have to hem a given dress that much, sometimes you should rethink the dress altogether.

  • Zoe is looking a tiny bit like Goldie Hawn here so, good for her!

    • hughman

      ha! i just read this after i posted the same thing! you beat me to it!  🙂

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Allison Janney – WERQ.  She looks fabulous!!  Everyone else looks a mess. 
    SJP’s dress – it’s got a literal breastplate??  I’m sorry but that dress is freaky bad.

    • Agreed! Janney is “grace” in statue form.

      • teensmom99

        yes, a WERQ.

    • theblondette

       Also, I saw a pic of Allison from the back and the dress is sexxxxy!

    • Joanie Hunt

      SJP’s dress and bony chest are doing weird things together. It concerns me.

  • I shudder to think of the dresses these women decide NOT to wear…

  • Hate Winstead’s dress. To me, looks like an OshKosh B’gosh overalls jumper made in green felt. Sure, it can be done…but why?

  • MGMcD

    Alison Janney! My queen! Love her whole look. It’s all at once effortless and elegant and she looks a good twenty years younger.

  • Imasewsure

    Yeah wow …. almost universal no’s here, although I have to say that Ellie Kemper makes me smile every time I see her smile. Adult adorbs… and Rachel Zoe is unrecognizable which does not make me smile

  • Knightley

    Rachel Zoe, SJP, and Julianne Hough seem to have hired Morticia Adams and Bozo the Clown as makeup artists.  Yikes!

  • Billie_Dawn

    Rachel Zoe looks a little nuts.

  • Trisha26

    Totally agree on the shoes – almost universally hideous. Julliane Hough’s dress is hein & I can see her bra…what a terrible concept. Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s green contraption is just tortured. And SJP, just have to say it, she looks like an alien.

  • claudemtl777

    Allison Janney has never looked so good..
    Why am I getting a Stonehenge vibe from Rachel Zoe?Why do I like it?

    • Stonehenge! All it needs is a hood. She does look great though, her hair and makeup are fantastic.

      • decormaven

        “Stonehenge! Where the demons dwell
        Where the banshees live and they do live well
        Stonehenge! Where a man’s a man
        And the children dance to the Pipes of Pan”

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    That’s the best hair and makeup I can remember seeing on Rachel Zoe.

    • hero21

      I think she looks like an aging blonde cleopatra wannabe…

  • kolokOlchik

    Oh man, before I read that it was Jennie Garth, I thought “who’s this older woman”?

  • I almost didn’t recognise Jennie Garth! She looks so much older than she is (assuming she is not a thousand years old)

  • I’m utterly underwhelmed with Allison Janney and Rachel Zoe’s garments. They both look like they need to be fitted better, they look kind of sack-like to my eyes. Of course, elegant and chic are not often (if ever) applied to me, so there’s that.

    Jayma Mays is nearly unrecognizable, awful makeup. The shoes. My eyes. No words.

    Jenny Garth looks ridiculous in that hiddy MotB dress and Julianne Hough looks like she may be wearing gaucho pants. This is not a good thing.

    If I block out the overall-like straps on that Marios Schwab dress, I love it and think it’s the best of this bunch, with Nina Dobrev, a close second (blocking out the extraneous lace bit, of course).

    I like the idea behind SJP’s dress, but it looks like it’s hanging so low on her chest that it throws it off for me.

    Viola Davis is adorable.

  • pattyw

    First Emma Stone morphs in Melanie Griffith, now Jennie Garth into Linda Evans. It’s the Invasion of the Aged Starlet Body Snatchers!

    Candyland torture devices–best laugh of the day.

  • teensmom99

    Allison Janney has never looked better.  And not sure why you think Ellie’s collar is twee. To me, this is what my late mom (who was very well dressed and always looked turned out–at 5′ and 130 lbs) would have thought of as the perfect dress; sort of a fiftiesish thing updated.  I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how she always wanted more material in my dresses–she thought a beautiful fabric should be displayed.  I used to not understand what she meant and now I see it in some of the fuller, longer dresses that look sensational.

  • Lulu Lafurge

    All pretty bad with the possible exception of Viola Davis and Allison Janney.

    Man, I feel like I’m looking at rejects from this season of PR.

  • Kate4queen

    peplums everywhere argh!!!!

    • MidArmJewel

      Even around Ellie Kemper’s neck!

  • i LOVE allison janney. i’ve always imagined her as my mother.

  • hero21

    I think she looks like an aging blonde cleopatra wannabe…

  • You didn’t include Kristen Wiig in this post or the last, but can I say how happy I am that she was one of the only women to wear color to this event? For once in her life, she was wearing color!

  • Sorry but Rachel Zoe looks like she’s wearing a white sack.  I’m beginning to think she wears all that flowy, loose stuff to hide her skeletal figure.  She does NOT look healthy & happy even though she has every reason to be.  A. J. FTW!!

  • RocknRollmom

    Adore Allison Janney–she exemplifies here the best in simple but elegant.  Everyone else–NOT.  Rachel Zoe —words desert me.  I have heard her clothing line is not doing well.  And I can see why, even if that is not one of her designs.  What an unpleasant looking woman.  I understand that she is supposed to be  fabulous stylist, but to me it is like going to a hair stylist with an awful haircut.  If you are going out the door looking like that, Good Lord, what would you let me walk out in.  I remember when SJP was cute and quirky.  Now I just a get a trying too hard, brittle vibe.  I know her clothing budget, even with freebies exceeds my annual salary, but still!  I would generally take my hapazard makeup and just about anything in my closet over what I see her in on most days. 

  • RocknRollmom

    Oh…and is Ellie Kemper’s hair suposed to match her shoes and clutch?!

  • Allison Janney looks great.

    I almost didn’t recognize Jennie Garth; this look is SO aging on her.

    I LOVE Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s shoes.

    In general, I usually hate RZ’s look, and this one is no exception.

    Best dress that I’ve seen on SJP in a LOOONG time. I love the dress, but she seriously needs to change the makeup. PLEASE.

    Totally agree that Viola wears too much shommer. Seriously girl, turn it down a notch.

    Zoe Kazan looks like she’s wearing a nightie and shoes from 1995.

  • hughman

    For a sec I thought Rachael Zoe was Goldie Hawn. Yikes!

    • MarinaCat

      Everything about Rachael Zoe looks dragged down.

      • Carleenml

         I don’t understand her eyeliner getting a pass and SJP getting called out for it. RZ’s zombie look and oversized clothes – meh.

  • crash1212

    Allison Janney FTW. Rachel Zoe close second and Viola Davis runner up…would’ve been close if the shimmer gun had been set to 50% less.

  • Call me Bee

    The Zoes both need help today, don’t they? 
    Julianne?  Wearing a dress with a sheer panel showing your underpinnings is never, ever a good idea. 
    SJP’s boobs must be screaming. 

    All-in-all, lots of “what the heck…?”  Except for my gal Allison Janney.   FTW!

  • Holy shit, what happened???? Allison Janney is the only decently dressed/styled one of the bunch!

  • LeifBallard

    I have to give to Rachel Zoe….of all those looks she does it the best.  Granted it’s her usual but she looks Fierce!

  • Allison Janney has never looked better! Wow!!

  • Allison Janney needs to give SJP a tutorial

  • SJP is venturing into Madge territory.

  • kimmeister

    Did Allison Janney skip the bra?

  • MarinaCat

    Allison Janney = Awesome

    Julliane Hough = Jack Nicholson’s Joker

  • amaranth16

    I think Ellie Kemper’s collar is pretty cute, but if I never see another peplum I’ll die a happy woman.  I like the idea behind SJP’s dress, but it doesn’t look like it fits her well — the awkward puckering around her waist and the proportions of the inverted triangle on the bust make her look much wider than she is, and that lace insert needs to gtfo, stat.

  • Janet B

    Jennie Garth looks as if her knees are bent so that her shoes don’t show.

  • Kyle Crawford

    One quick bone : If Lea Michele gets the MUCH deserved OF MUTHAFUCKIN COURSE then so should Rachel Zoe for showing up in that same shapeless schmata time after time…..

  • DylanCurtis

    How nice Grandma Garth could leave the nursing home for an evening out.
    And Julianna Hough let a retired mime do her makeup, also nice.

  • Love SJP’s dress, but the eye makeup makes her look 10+ years older.

  • MilaXX

    I can’t with this lot. Allison Janey takes it with a nod to Rachel Zoe, who needs a hem and SJP who needs new makeup. Jennie Garth should be slapped for losing 30 lbs and still dressing like a frump. Where’s you post breakeup Herve Leger dress?

  • LambeeBaby

    SJP and Viola Davis get a pass.
    The rest of them look like crack heads.
    Can’t agree with Allison Janney’s dress, looks like she hung up a wet T shirt and put it on dry.
    Rachel Zoe should be a guest star on The Walking Dead

  • CurbGirl

    Did SJP and Rachel Zoe do each others eyes in the bathroom during class change???

  • Rachel Zoe is wearing a Snuggie?

  • librarygrrl64

     I so wish that SJP would ditch that heavy eyeliner.

  • Viola Davis looks as if she’s been standing there so long she’s gotten dusty.

  • formerlyAnon

    Allison Janney FTW.

    Rachel Zoe’s dress and hair are FABulous. But (and maybe it’s my  monitor because only a couple of others here seem to think the same) she looks OLD.

    Like old-style rich wife kind of old, someone who’s pushing 60 and manages to look 40-ish except for the skin which looks 50-something. Because in the olden days they couldn’t do what they can now to fix decades of tennis, tanning and cigarettes.

  • filmcricket

    Allison Janney is #1 on my list of Women I Want to Get a Pint With. Love her. This isn’t the best she’s ever looked, but she’s definitely the best of this sad bunch, tied maybe with Ellie Kemper. Jennie Garth is only 2 years older than I am and I swear she looks 10 – not because her face is aged, but because of the styling. Just awful. SJP looks like an art deco vase from the waist up and a dust ruffle from the waist down. That weird disc on Viola Davis’ cleavage reminds me of the S1 “Ugly Betty” episode where everything had to be “round and white.”  The rest don’t even bear discussing.

  • claudemtl777

    Is it just me or SJP looks like she’s about to pounce, predator style?

  • miagain

    Allison Janney for the win!!

  • Question of the day:  Why are Allison Janey and Rachel Zoe wearing nightgowns? And this makeup makes Sarah Jessica Parker look like the Alien at the end of “Stargate” – needs a softer look and please do something more creative with the hair.

  • nannypoo

    The bodice of SJP’s dress is completely unflattering.

  • Julienne:   Which one of the 4 year olds in your acquaintance did your makeup?

  • Oooooh!!!!! CJ Craig!! I luff her.

    Now I’m going to go look at the rest of the pictures. That was a nice opener, though. I never can see enough of Miss Janney.

  • Aside from Ms. Janney – whom I adore – the rest make me scared and want to go home. I don’t understand what is going on here. But to put unreasonable focus on one person, let me choose Ms. Hough. WTF? She is so beautiful and young and teenie-tiny. I can excuse Ellie Kemper for being a comedienne and looking  a little meh. But Julianne, did you actually look in a mirror on the way out of the house and think this was alright? I find it astounding.

  • Judy_J

    I love when Viola Davis rocks her natural hair! It suits her. And SJP needs to to find a makeup artist who will toss out all her black eyeliner pencils.

  • Jayma Mays looks insane. I didn’t even recognize her.

    Allison Janney looks divine. I may have to go rewatch The West Wing now. She’s not quite a girl crush, but damn, that woman is about 87 kinds of awesome. 

  • Bwin51

    What the hell happened to SJ Parker’s chest? She looks like she’s got one huge boob.

  • jabes

    I thought Jennie McCarthy was Linda Evans.

  • shawnhunter

    is it bad that i actually think mary elizabeth winstead looks great from head to toe?

  • quiltrx

    Ugh, this group is kind of a nightmare.  It really says something when I (who doesn’t care for her)think SJP looks the best…from the neck down, anyway.  (her makeup is beyond nightmare)

  • Anathema_Device

    Oh good lord. Come on ladies. Step it up! I made a serious stink face when I got to Kazan. WTF?

  • That is not Jennie’s face. It looks like she borrowed one of Barbara Eden’s old faces. And my exMIL did wear a dress just like that (but in rose) to my wedding.

  • GTrain

    Time has not been kind to Jennie Garth and SJP. Both of them just look harsh.

  • Layne Alexander

    Jennie Garth’s = mother of the groom, too. My MiL wore that Tadashi Shoji dress to my wedding 4 months ago. And wore it better, I should add.

  • Holy shit. Allison Janney is killing it. I love her and it makes me happy to see her looking so damned happy and chic.

  • Melvis Velour

    I thought SJPs dress wasn’t that good – sort of looks like someone opened up the front panel and revealed that there’s nothing inside of her…

  • lehen

    Seriously Jenny Garth looks like she’s a 70 year old who just got a chemical peel.

  • Ann

    What happened to Jenny Garth? She was just on the cover of People having lost 30 pounds and looking fabulous!  Now, she’s gained 30 years?  Jenny… flaunt that new bod!  Lose the the MOB look!

  • n a

    Agreed that SJP needs to refresh the make up scheme– is it me or is she starting to look like an alien??  

    I’m going to call BS on your assessment of Rachel Zoe– are you going easy on her via professional courtesy?  She looks like death– shroud covered and all. 

  • Kathy MacLeod

    Was “hookers” really necessary? :-

  • granddelusion

    Allison Janney totally rocks. So does Viola Davis. She could wear a sack and look great. And it’s time for SJP to rethink a lot of things, including that odd aggressive stance.

  • Why is Joan Van Ark there?  Oops, sorry, its Jennie Garth,

    • EEKstl


  • Mike Owens

    “Wrinkled, colorless mess.”—Best assessment ever. 

  • EEKstl

    Of everyone in this post Allison Janney is my fave and her hair is best I’ve ever seen it look.  My only complaint is the MOB shoes – she should have loaned them to Jennie Garth.

  • Zippypie

    SJP – what a versatile dress.  She can park her SUV right on her rack while she’s at the event and not have to worry about getting a parking ticket.

  • guest2visits

    Pretty ladies in some oddball dresses.  I probably like SJP’s best, but agree about the make-up.

  • I feel like SJP is wearing half a vulva on her chest.  And it makes her look like her head is too small for her body.

  • Laughing my ass off at Nina Dobrev’s feet!

  • FoxInSocks

    Can we be done with Crayola shoes now? I think this season’s PR has turned me completely against them.

    Rachel Zoe looks like an extra from a movie with a ‘huge group baptism in a lake or river’ scene.

  • I like Juliannes look the best. AND, I adore SJP, but why oh why does she always rim her eyes so black? She has small eyes and they just make them look smaller!

  • Caitlin Klukas

    TLo, help me out with the shoes.  What DO you like?

  • If it wasn’t for the eyeliner, I’d say SJP should steal Rachel Zoe’s hair and makeup team.  Rachel looks radiant here, a word I don’t especially associate with her.

  • Jillaine13

    I always love Rachel Zoe’s whole aesthetic and wish I could pull some of it off but I have to eat occasionally.  She does seem to have a penchant for things to be much longer than good taste would allow.  Having the dress rest on the floor swallows her up. 

  • plinkiedoodle

    Oh, SJP:  You look like a robot in that dress.  Bow down to TLo about the make up.  Poor thing you look hidious.

    • Candigirl1968

      Her eyes look like those of the aliens you used to see in fifties movies.