Diane Kruger in Lanvin

Posted on November 26, 2012

Longtime kittens know that we’re big proponents of dressing for the venue. In other words, a red carpet is not a photocall is not a TV appearance. And even then there are various types of red carpets, from the Oscars to the opening of a big-budget action film to the opening of an animated holiday feature. This means that the average actress has an array of images to choose from, if she’s smart about her style choices.

A Christmas tree lighting ceremony, however, is something of a rarity, however, and it’s probably not surprising that when a celeb gets asked to do it, they tend to, well, OVERdo it. Just a skosh.


Diane Kruger attends the switching on of the Christmas lights along the Champs Elysees in Paris in Lanvin.

Lanvin Fall 2012 Collection/Model: Lauren Bigelow (NEXT)

Lanvin Fall 2012 Collection

We’ll give her credit for trying, though. She managed to marry her high-fashion cred with a little bit of twee holiday sugarplum fairy. We can only point to one thing she did wrong – that belt, which really doesn’t go with the dress at all, nor does it work for such an overtly holiday-themed look – but that doesn’t mean she got the rest of it right. We guess it comes down to … we just don’t love this dress. It’s heavy and stiff, and pairing it with a turtleneck and thigh-highs just makes it look more so. On the other hand, her hair and makeup are flawless, which is nice to see.

[Photo Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images, Pixplanete/PR Photos, style.com]

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  • f_yeah_marie

    The dress makes her look bigger than she really is.  

    • I honestly think that’s more the work of the belt than the dress. Because the belt is so thick, it damages the silhouette. 

      • Cautiously Pessimistic

        Actually, I’d argue it’s the princess seams falling in the wrong place.  They’re too far apart, which is making her look wider.  Unfortunate, because other than that and the weird belt it’s not a terrible look for a Christmas event.

    • Jenna621

       I think so too.  That model must be next to invisible because Diane is one slim lady. 

  • I don’t like the belt, but I do love the dress. It’s glittery and festive, and the silhouette is rather tree-like, is it not? Additionally, the frayed seams have the look of holiday tinsel. To my eyes, it seems a festive and fashionable choice for the occasion.

    •  I think the dress, of itself, is great. Of course if she was going to be forced to be outside for this event, at night, in late Fall, in Paris, then the tights sure make sense. But I can’t really get behind the belt.

      • The dress seems to function more as a coat.

  • shirab

    That’s a lot of fake hair to be carrying around. Must be heavy.

  • She might be in danger of getting shot by Bolsheviks but she does look fab.

  • SassieCassy

    Hmmm I’m not sure the hair it’s too Heidi. Belt is not cute!!!!

  • Oh, and here I thought she was in costume as a German Nanny robot, for her next Sci-Fi epic, where she must find her charges, who have been kidnapped by nefarious aliens.

  • It’s like she’s wearing upholstery…she sure looks purty with her Heidi hair…

  • schadenfreudelicious

    an outfit that makes Diane Kruger look thick?..surely a sign of the impending apocalypse!

  • BrooklynBomber

    All that’s missing are a cow, a pail, and ice skates.

  • Jellybish

    I want to put her on my Christmas tree. IN.

  • Valerie Jones

    Perfect for tree lighting.  In NARNIA.

  • SewingSiren

     Love it.   She’s getting her Deutsche on! 

  • charlotte

    Thanks, now I have “Oh, Champs Elysees” stuck in my head. And I don’t get the aggressive belt. You’re switching on Christmas lights, dear!

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    The belt makes her look like a prizefighter.  And it cuts her in half.  Otherwise, I could be okay with this — minus the Swiss Miss hair.

  • kschwarting

    I was just thinking that the hair and makeup are absolutely perfect.  This dress does nothing for Diane’s figure, though–she’s tiny tiny, and this makes her look thick around the middle.

    •  Looking again, I think what’s going on is that she is really, truly, wearing a turtleneck sweater under that dress, which is bulking her up a bit, above the waistline.

  • Nicholas

    Fräulein, das is nicht deiner Frisur.

  • iCouture

    Holy Swiss Miss Meets Thundercats!!!   I can’t really say I understand what she was going for here…..but…..nice makeup….I guess

  • Dot

    You know a garment is bad when it makes someone as whip-thin as Diane Kruger look like the Michelin Man.

  • MaryanneGirl

    Now starring Diane Kruger as Dominatrix Fraulein Maria! 

    •  All she needs is a whip, a frown, and Red lipstick.

  • I love the belt, in theory, as it reminds me of Scrooge’s door knocker; it’s just too bad it contributes to “thickening” Ms. Kruger.

  • Thun-Thunda-Thunder CATS! HOOOOO!

  • amf0001

    it looks cold. She should take a page from Kate Middleton’s book and wear on of those elegant dress coats.  And I’m never going to like that hair. But her face is flawless.

  • kimmeister

    I just don’t like the dress period.  LOVE the hair on her though.

  • her hair??  You LIKE her hair???  It’s two different colours in a “the real stuff, the fake stuff” kind of way!  That braid looks like it was glue-gunned on…

  • allaboutthewalterbenjamins

    Is the belt a bell to a haunted mansion?

  • Qitkat

    Ahh, come on, how many occasions would call for that belt?? This is as good as any. Maybe because I’m a Leo, I like it.

    Damn her, she looks flawless as usual, except that last photo adds about 20 years to her face.

  • The dress makes her look bigger than she really is, and I hate the stapled-on Heidi braids, which are a completely different color than the rest of her hair.

  • Jillaine13

    I’m guessing it was really cold that night along the Champs Elysees; she added layers and didn’t wear a coat.  My word she’s got a beautiful face.  

  • erinbinek

    Perfect!  For a Star Trek convention.

  • Germanic princess realness. I love it, belt and all.

  • Teri Brinson

    That is so ugly it hurts my eyes. Headache-inducing, heavy, stiff, yucky color, just so completely bad.

  • snevhead

    There’s switching on christmas lights and then there’s switching on christmas lights on the Champs E-farkin-lysées!! I’m not sure it’s possible to overdress. I kinda like this, although anyone with even a cm more around their middle woulda looked like a lard-ass.

    • 3boysful

       Exactly.  Lose the belt, but otherwise, she’s sporting Lanvin in Paris.  Parfait. Turtleneck and tights keeping her warm outdoors at night.  Works for me.

  • bertkeeter

    DK to stylist…I want a heavy looking dress. While your at it find me a black turtle neck and thick tights! Don’t forget a chunky Palm Beachy tiger head tacky belt! Yeah…I want to look dumpy and uptight for the hoidays!

  • nancylee61

    I hate her hair!! Heidi is singing in the Alps!! Her make-up is gorgeous, though, and the dress is eh.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Her face looks beautiful.

  • Janet B

    The dress doesn’t look so heavy on the model. Diane should have picked a fabulous coat instead of wearing so many layers under the dress.

    •  I dunno, the model doesn’t look so hot, either. Not a flattering dress. I hope it was maybe comfortable at least?

  • Sarah Thomas

    Some see a stiff boxy dress with a belt. I saw the world’s most fuckinfierce coat and wanted it badly. Tomato, tomato.

  • Judy_J

    That belt ruins the dress, it really does.  If she felt she needed to belt the dress, a thin black belt would been a better choice.  But it really needs no belt at all.  That turtle neck underneath the dress may be just a dickie, but paired with the heavy tights, it gives the illusion that it bulks up the dress, and makes it heavy and stiff.  I agree with the comments that she should have found a fabulous coat to wear instead of layering under the dress.

  • julnyes

    I don’t like this look because everything is too stiff and heavy. Her make-up is lovely however.

  • Delaney Davis

    It probably read well from the distance of the crowd.

  • Carla_Charlton

    Disagree about the hair.  I think it’s too much like hair for a costume and is not at all flattering to her.

    • I know; with that hair, it looks to me like Paris is being invaded by Germans again.  Or by a Heidi clone.  The makeup is nice, although I think all those false/extended eyelashes give her the appearance, at least in close up, of a doll with automatic open/shut eyes.

  • B_C_J

    Horrible dress – She is a slim woman and it makes her look bulky and heavy. Her makeup is heavenly.

  • I think the key requirement for correctly dressing for switching on Christmas lights is WARMTH!! I recall the Spice Girls switching on the Oxford Road London lights in what were basically sleeping bags with arms (down filled coats were on trend that season!!)

  • notoffred

    Viva Ukraine!

    • margaret meyers

      LOL! Yulia Timoshenko!

  • decormaven

    The animal head on that belt looks 3-D. It would have been all kinds of awesome if it had come to life when she hit the switch for the tree lighting. 

  • StellaZafella

    Something is vaguely old Soviet about this…I like it in my own way but it’s, maybe, more for the Kirov Nutcracker.

  • Kenisha Hill Phillips

    I actually like the proportions of the belt with the dress, but that… thing has to go.

  • snarkykitten

    is she standing in as the tree?

  • Heidi of the jungle mountains?

  • l_c_ann

    I like the hair done as braided buns, because I can see the alternative being droopy cocker spaniel hair. 

  • NCDFan

    I think that she looked absolutely wonderful from a distance (there is a short video on the internet of the lighting ceremony). The outfit (including the belt) looked great. I particularly liked the hair style, pretty and not a problem in the wind. The video shows her on the platform with a bunch of guys in suits with coats so she clearly has layers under that dress that would be hard to wear with something less structured and probably made her look a bit larger than usual.

  • another_laura

    I actually really really like this, sans belt.

  • crash1212

    I kind of like the dress. I understand the turtleneck – to balance out the boots, but the belt is a real miss. Love the hair and make-up. Also, the bone structure is to die.

  • Imasewsure

    Sonia Henie

  • librarygrrl64

    I like A belt with this, I just don’t like THAT belt with this. And only someone so incredibly thin can wear something so bulky. But I assume it was a chilly, outdoor event, so I don’t mind this overall. And I love the hair.

  • miagain

    Christmas lights along the Champs Elysees… sigh….

  • warnerave

    dress is ugly and heavy. i won’t even use it as my drapes nor my comforter 🙂

  • jw_ny

    The dress looks better from afar.  That belt..brown…clashes with the black boots and turtleneck, which don’t bother me.  I really don’t think she needed the belt at all…the waist detail on the dress is enough.  I absolutely hate her hair…looks beyond fake, as well as too costume-y.

  • nannypoo

    If I went to a Christmas tree lighting ceremony I would wear a coat. Just sayin’. This is one big fat ugly dress. Combined with the hair it makes her look like she’s all tricked out for a role in a Russian period drama.

  • Diane Kruger is one of those celebrities I just don’t get. Why does she have fashion cred? Just about everything she wears makes me want to laugh, and she seems to take herself way too seriously. 

  • Sara LaBatt

    Wow does she have a beautiful face.  Great makeup.  The dress is interesting but too stiff, and the belt, while bad ass, is not right for this look.  But really, her face?  Stunning.

  • More of a Cossack look to me. I love the boots with the dress. Wish she’d finessed the turtleneck a bit better, hate the hair and the belt.

  • ghopping

    I guess looking like a christmas tree is dressing for the occasion of turning on christmas lights. LOL

  • I’m going with my first reaction, which was, “Heidi, the Warrior Years ? Hell Yeah!”

  • margaret meyers

    She’s taken a heavy-looking dress and styled it like a coat, I think very successfully. 
    The only thing I objected to was the Heidi Braids. One detail too many.

  • I love to look at pictures of her, good and bad but….does she act anymore?
    Seriously, she poses a lot but does has she made any movies recently lol

  • “I am serving up Steampunk. Fräulein. REALNESS.”

  • quiltrx

    Looks like  a leftover costume from the Hobbit movie.

  • She looks like a haute couture version of Heidi.

  • Agree that the belt wouldn’t be so problematic if it wasn’t for that blasted turtleneck under the dress.  Wish she wasn’t wearing the boots as this would’ve been the perfect time to deploy some fun tights.  Ah well.  I can only imagine her goal was to look bloated.

  • I really dislike that fabric. She looks like an overstuffed cushion on one of those fancy guest-only sofas.

  • RzYoung

    I love the hair though, she can really rock those plaits!

  • Judih1

    Don’t like the Heidi (as in the fairy tale) hair style – ever on women older than 12.

  • Trisha26

    This just screams Ring Cycle to me, she looks Valkyrian.

  • ccm800


  • I like the dress, the lion belt and the Heidi hair, not so much.