IN or OUT: Anne Hathaway in Antonio Berardi

Posted on November 29, 2012

Our first impulse is that this looks a bit too “LOOK AT ME!!!!!” for a group cast photocall:


Anne Hathaway attends the photocall for ‘Les Miserables’ in Tokyo in Antonio Berardi.

Antonio Berardi Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Irina Nikolaeva

Our second impulse is, holy shit, there’s a lot going on with this dress. It helps that it’s all black, but if you kept every element and added one color to the mix, we think it would look a right mess. What really grates on our nerves are the multiple straps, too-busy neckline, and keyhole cutout. That’s a lot for one bodice to bear. Add a skirt that doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be and we’re getting eyestrain.

And yet, strangely enough, even though we just did all that bitching, we don’t quite hate it. We appreciate that she kept everything else very toned down. We also appreciate that she tried to make that hair look a little edgy, but we’re not sure that’s working for her. Ambivalence, darlings! The savior of lazy fashion bloggers! You make the call.


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IN! Edgy and unique!


OUT! Busy and focus-pulling!


Many kittens rose to Miss Cate Blanchett’s dress, but the majority thought she didn’t bring the Galadriel to the Hobbit premiere, voting it OUT.


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  • LLuL

    It looks like she’s wearing a backpack. 

    • gabbilevy

      That skirt’s even made of backpack fabric!

    • H2olovngrl

      Exactly what I thought. I am surprised the designer didn’t catch that initially.

    • curiouserandcuriousest

       I’ve seen a few dresses with that neckline and it’s always a fail. It’s an odd dress, and an OUT for me. Though I love the hair!

  • ralish

    Out. Way too much going on, way too formal for the event. Plus, the straps make her look like she’s wearing a backpack!

  • Lilithcat

    The top of that dress has  way too much going on.  I like her hair, though.

    • Sobaika

      Agreed, this is the best she’s looked in the pixie cut IMO.

    • NoelleMB

       Yes, I agree about the hair. I want to give this an IN based on the hair and makeup alone – this is the first time I’ve actually liked the cut on her.

      • sweetestsith

         I like the bangs on her, I think she looks her best with a bit of hair in her face. I didn’t mind the pixie, but this suits her features better. Super cute.

  • Hey boys.  Just letting you know that the caption under the first photo reads Amanda Seyfried.

    And this looks like a dress that would be in the top 3 of a PR challenge but would lose to the more conventional look. 

    • Judy_S

       Re. the problematic caption–I was thinking that if Amanda can manage to look like Anne Hathaway by putting on a dress, she is IN.
      But I will give Fauxmanda here an IN just because she looks like she needs it–her eyes say she is very tired.

      • That would be one amazing dress, no?  And you are so kind to poor Fauxmanda (clever!).  She’d better get used to no sleep because Oscar season is coming and you’d better know she’s going to be begging for it. 

  • Out. The straps look like she’s carrying a backpack. The waistline is nonexistent. The hem is attacking her feet.

    Her hair looks great, though. 

  • msftmargarita

    It’s looks big on her. Out. 

    • lindsmh

       Agreed. The fit is off. It looks way too big, and much heavier on her than it does on the model. Out.

  • Love the hair.  The dress is ok, but doesn’t particularly flatter her.  I like the length, though.

  • alyce1213

    I want that dress to put over a picnic table to keep bugs off the food.

  • it looks too long…too long in the hem…too long in the mid section….too elongated. Seems to happen a lot. I thought the same thing with the Dior dress on Marion earlier.

  • B_C_J

    Love the hair and makeup.  The dress is architectural but I think it would have been better had it been a size smaller. Especially  from the waist down it seems to be a little big. 

  • miagain

    I am tired of the overly complicated, goofy, over designed, strappy, kind of dress… They begin to look like rigging on tall ships! 
    oh yeah…out

  • I like it, edgy yes and somehow a bit on the gothic side. Its a change. 

    • Judih1

      I like it too! But I think we are the minority. I don’t really like the shoes she paired with it, but it is still an IN For me

  • I’m going with an emphatic IN. She looks great. The dress is intriguing. It’s complex, that is true, bit the solid color choice, and black on black texturing save it from being too much of too much.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      I’m with you – she’s making it work.

      • Thanks, it was getting a bit lonely out here. lol

        • Call me Bee

          I agree with you, too!  I’m just a bit late to the party. 

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    IN .. I think she looks really good here and not inappropriate for a cast photo shoot — it’s not like she showed up in a ball gown or a sparkly mini dress with too much cleavage.  I agree that her choice to keep everything else understated works here.  And maybe I’ve gone blind looking at the D&G/Westwood/et. al. monstrosities that have been showing up lately, but this dress sits way on the low end of too-muchedness for me. 

  • Dot

    I am loving her hair like this.

  • Deac82

    the lighting is creating extra straps with the shadows which is adding to the mania of the top.  I really like the perforated texture of the skirt though

  • Oh that’s an OUT. It looks baggy and is doing weird things to her body.

  • mozzer0906

    the thick black straps needed to go, but otherwise I like it.  I’m giving it an in.

  • barbarienne

    I would like it except that seam between the skirt and bodice. There’s several layers of stuff coming together, and it makes the skirt look heavy and kind of like a blanket. I like her hair, but if anything, such a light, fun style is fighting with the weighty skirt.

    On balance, I have to give her an OUT.

  • Kyle Crawford

    I like it

  • IN! Viewed as a whole I like the dress or at least find it interesting. Just the bodice – without the skirt to balance it – is rather annoying. Love the hair and make-up. 

  • Jangle57

    Ok, the top is too fussy, and it does look too big on her though from the neck up she looks great.   I guess it’s OUT though if I was just comparing it to what Amanda is wearing, I’d give it an in. 

  • Gregory Baird

    I don’t like the straps and I don’t know why the hem is pointing at her heels like that, but it’s not a bad look per se. I like that she went relatively low-key. What decides it for me is that when she stands next to that inexplicably rumply-looking Hugh Jackman she looks like an unqualified IN. Comparatively, of course, but still.

  • Huh. I think… I like it? When I pull it apart, all of the pieces don’t work, but somehow it comes together beautifully on Anne. I think this is a dress that is for only advanced fashionistas can pull off, and Anne is making it work. All that to say – IN!

  • Judy_J

    In, but I think she could have gone down a size.  The dress seems a bit bulky at the waist.

  • mmc2315

    I’m not in love with the dress or anything, but it’s for sure an IN.  Her hair looks killer.   Fresh and sassy.

  • Out. too busy and the bottom of the dress is polka dot netting. shower curtain.

  • VicksieDo

    Without the keyhole, and after fixing the wonkiness where the skirt meets the top, it would be edgy.  Love the hair.  Guarded IN anyway.

  • I really *love* her hair and her makeup. I think she looks pretty…but that dress is SO awful….but her hair is so cute. Hmmm…I’m giving it a small ‘in’. 

  • OUT. It just looks too big for her, like they didn’t have her size. It looks great on the runway, but she just looks engulfed here.

  • AlexisPayne

    In, the dress just barely works but the second to last shot sold it for me. 

  • StellaZafella

    out…If it was Project Runway the Duchess might say, “Peek-a-boo bondage with chain mail. I feel like I could grate Gouda on that skirt!”

    • formerlyAnon

       Sounds just like him! If he needs a writer, I think you’re qualified.

  • Well I hate it.OUT

  • l_c_ann


    Any dress that incorporates greenhouse shade cloth as a skirt gets no respect.

  • This dress has Team Project written all over it. OUT.

  • Out.

  • marigi

    Once again, Berardi brings it home for me. But I’d have worn colored flats and some kind of lipstick… IN!

  • BeeBeauNYC

    1. I can’t stop staring at Hugh Jackman. 2. It is a lot going on, but the fact that it’s all black pulls it together. Plus, hair and make up are looking good. IN. 3. Back to Hugh Jackman.

  • Anathema_Device

    Out. Totally agree with your assessment, but this dress is a strap too far. And it looks bottom heavy, even though the skirt is made of netting. Also a little too long. Okay, I’ve now worked myself up to three strikes against this. I thought this was closer to an In until I started making a list.

  • decormaven

    Out. That perforated fabric overlay on the skirt looks like a bug screen on a tent. And the combination of the straps on the bodice make me thing she could pull a ripcord at any moment.

  • ojosazules

    The fabric of the skirt is very ugly. It looks like something you would find folded up in the garage. Out.

  • OUT, I saw the back of the dress on the Fug girls site

  • Joyce VG

    OWWW…..hmmm…It’s ok. I like it actually. IN. 

  • RocknRollmom

    I like the dress but not so much on Miss Anne.  I think the dress is just too big for her so it is just not fitting like it does on the model who looks good in it, notwithstanding all the competing interests.  Having said all that, I adore her hair.  And I know lots of people have irrational dislike for her, but I like her in a similarly irrational way. 

  • MrsMaxPower

    Out, her skirt looks like mithril

  • RocknRollmom

    One more thing…she makes Amanda look frumpy and sad.  She looks like a star should—and way more sophisticated than Amanda with the spaniel hair and ironing board dress.

  • neofashionista

    loathe the mesh in it and dislike the person wearing it but otherwise the upper half has a lot of potential

  • neofashionista


  • LesYeuxHiboux

    OUT, it looks like a Project Runway make-a-pretty-dress-from-car-upholstery fail. 

  • procrastinatrice

    Actually, I love it! It’s a unique dress, and she was smart enough to keep the rest simple. If you don’t like the dress, you won’t like the look. But I happen to like it very much indeed. IN.

  • myristica_fragrans

    the length ruins it for me. the skirt needs to be fitted and not go past her knees.

  • GorgeousThings

    I gotta go with OUT, based on the bodice. The skirt is okay while she’s standing still, but it runs the risk of looking like a beach cover-up when she moves. It’s not horrific, but it’s not fabulous.

    If Hugh Jackman (le sigh…) was more dressed up, she’d probably look worse than she does, if that makes sense.

  • dsco3031

    It’s oddly sloppy looking.

  • clevRcat

    Out.  It looks a tad too big and the fabric of the skirt is heavy looking.  On the “in” side – love her hair.

  • Lochery

     I hope she has another dress in that backpack.

    • kimmeister

      Ha, it’s like one of those “this backpack converts into a dress” designs that some gimmicky designer would brag about.

  • glennethph


  • e jerry powell

    It looks less like a dress and more like a preliminary sketch for a Swedish office building.

  • In because Hugh Jackman. 

    That’s what we were talking about, right?

  • afabulous50


  • Kenisha Hill Phillips

    I think the skirt and bodice are fighting with each other, so I’ll have to give it an Out.

  • Out. A classic scroll down fug. 

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I like the oddball skirt, but the top and the place where they join need, erm, help.

  • Kate4queen

    I actually think she carries it off- In. 🙂

  • deathandthestrawberry

    Speaking of household items, that skirt looks like it’s made of the same netting material as my laundry bag. But I do like the straps. It’s complicated but it’s also pretty striking. I’m going to have to give it an OUT though, just for the home materials challenge skirt.

  • In. It’s got a very “edgy Tokyo” vibe going on. I actually quite like it. Of course, I am running a temp, so take that with a grain of salt.

  • RebeccaKW

    Out.  That’s an ugly dress.  Those shoes are boring and ugly.  I don’t mind the hair.  

  • kaycem

    i love the solid-yet-not-solid quality of the skirt.  and the more i look at the entire ‘fit, the more i like it:  IN.

  • The fit is off else it would look great on her.

  • kelsita421

    No all around. Ugly dress. Don’t like the edgy hair. Sorry, but I’m all about the soft/fresh/pretty pixie on Miss Anne.

  • BrooklynBomber

    It looks great on the model, but somehow it looks heavy and stiff on AH. But I’ll bet it looks good in person. IN

  • PeggyOC

    Out.  She’s trying, but that’s just one ill-conceived dress.

  • I don’t like the shoes…. but I think I just dislike peep toes, they always look awkward to me. 

  • CeeQ

    Hate the hair, it’s not working for me. Plus side-boob bodice that is also too busy isn’t working for me either. I don’t find the skirt length flattering and all the straps on that dress makes it look like she’s wearing a back pack. OUT.

  • ScarlettHarlot

    Mega-hideous. It looks heavy, the textures look like they are fighting each other. 

  • The straps are confusing, but better on the model. I think it was just poorly fitted and droopy. For as confusing as the bodice is, I hate the skirt even more. It’s an OUT.

  • Am I the only one who caught the caption? 

  • formerlyAnon

    In. But not edgy. She’s pretty in this, it’s like a winter sundress which is not a great concept, but she’s making it look good.

    If it were a tad shorter it’d be perfect with the guys in suits. Not so much with Amanda.

  • j_anson

    She can look a lot better than this. OUT. It happens to everyone eventually.

  • choco

    i wish it cinched at the waist a little and the hem was shortened a bit. It also looks like the kind of dress that would look better if the person were in motion. God, you’re a celebrity, there should be a fan pulsing the perfect amount of wind under your skirts at all times. 

  • lalahartma

    In!  Not sure why she is wearing a backpack tho.

  • mjude

    it looks so heavy….OUT

  • AuntJentie

    Out. I think it’s not fitted on top properly…I’m nervous she’s going to peekaboo right out of the keyhole!

    • kimmeister

      Exactly, and she clearly doesn’t have any boob tape on.

  • All I could focus on was how tightly fitted Hugh Jackman’s jacket was.  Complete 180 from the other day when he was swimming in it.

  • I think she looks awesome. The length of the skirt keeps it from being too formal, in my opinion.

  • Oops. She is passing through the akward grow out stage.

  • IN.  I think she looks gorgeous, and the hemline actually shows off her shoes, as opposed to the more common ones that you must have to kick out of the way when you walk.  I agree that in black, it’s got *just* enough going on.  In any other color, it woudn’t work.

  • random_poster

    I don’t like the two straps at the top…the “backpack” looking ones as others have noted.  Otherwise, I think she’s really working the dress, hair and make-up. IN for me.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    I’m not a fan of the business of the dress, but I love the hair and makeup. All in all, not too shabby (which I suppose isn’t much of a compliment but…). Still, I say she gets an IN.

  • frannyprof


  • jmorino08

    Do not like. Not even a little. Blergh.

  • Hate, hate, hate the texture of that skirt. OUT.

  • Janet B

    Complicated dress, but Anne looks fantastic.

  • YoungSally

    At least her hair appears to be growing back — unlike Carole on TWD.

  • snarkykitten

    it looks like it was inspired by the car parts challenge on PR

  • yuk.

    That is all. Really.

  • kschwarting

    That is one fugly dress.  And is it too big for her, or is the fit just wonky in general?

  • notdorothygale

    Awful awful awful dress. Would it kill her to accessorize with some small yet edgy earrings? And I think it’s disturbing that she doesn’t seem to have regained any of the weight she lost. She’s a beautiful woman and I hope she looks less breakable soon.

  • Eva_baby

    Out.  Looks like a mesh hefty bag.

  • Something is off with the fit of the top.  If you compare it to how it sits on the model-who isn’t THAT much thinner than Anne-it looks like it’s too baggy.  A couple of pins along the back would remedy that.  The fabric looks weirdly heavy, too.

  • mike__tv

    Gurl that’s not your dress. Obviously. 

  • jjfg

    I don’t quite know what I’m seeing here.  The dress seems fine on the model.  It just doesn’t seem to sit right on Anne.  The length is neither here nor there and the midsection seems – unfitted?  Just off.  She looks fresh and pretty but the dress on HER is just a no. OUT.

  • Candigirl1968

    Too much. Not terribly flattering.  Out.

  • annrr

    Her hair is hideous, I like the dress but it is too big. I think I would like it if it was one size smaller

  • altalinda

    Too much dress.  Out.

  • Call me Bee

    Hmmmm….I like it.  IN! 

  • penn collins

    what IS that fabric?? burlap? barely an In. (if there were ONE accessory it would be an OUT) and next to the 2 ugly suits, she looks ‘good’.

  • Emily Roach

    In! And I quite like the hair.

  • Imasewsure

    Think it would have made a great top with some slim cut ladypants… as is, more OUT than IN but not awful

  • minnye

    IN. I’m a sucker for industrial-esque fabrics so the skirt makes me smile. For me the dress would be perfect without the backpack straps & the wonky-looking seam where skirt meets bodice. Love the hair.

  • crash1212

    IN. It’s only a look-at-me dress because everybody else on the red carpet looked SO awful. I like the edgy-ish hair as well. Not crazy about the shoes…don’t like it when the toes look like they’re making a run for it.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Too much going on. And it looks too big. OUT.

  • That dress is UGLY. Those tiny weeny little straps holding up all of that hideousness. There’s no balance throughout the entire frock.

  • Carrieanno

    It’s just not pretty.  At all.  Out.

  • Louise Bryan


  • Qitkat

    IN all the way. While I’m not absolutely nuts over this dress, she wears it well, with her slender figure, (it would look insane and bunchy on anyone with curves), although a short simple pair of teardrop earrings with sparkle would have been worth the effort. I LOVE her hair. 
    The guy to her left in photo six is um…in need of some…um…adjusting.

  • Sara__B

    Dress is OUT. Hair and makeup are IN.

  • amy

    Totally pregnant.  The dress is too big, but its loose everywhere except just below her waist, where it skims her body.  Check the pics of her from the side.

  • gsk241

    I love it – IN!

  • IN. I dunno. I like it. I continue to stand by her as my haircut model. 

  • She’s trying, but the skirt is too long to be edgy and it isn’t working. Anne is always in, but the dress is OUT.

  • rh33

    Does the dress come with its own backpack?

  • marilyn

    Out.  She could have gone LizaM. with this, with some glam makeup and some killer earrings.  She looks like a 12 year old boy from the neck up.  With a haircut like that, she needs to glam up her face area.

  • bertkeeter

    Like almost all of it! Only would have closed up front bodice….not sexy…a solid black bodice would have been more striking! 

  • It offends my eyeballs.

  • lizlemonglasses

    Ew. No. And get yer hands off my Jackman!

  • I like it. In.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    IN…If I looked like her I would definitely wear a “Look at Me” dress now and then.

  • Kthrow

    The dress looks too big, but it’s not bad … LOVE the hair, so chic.

  • OUT. Busy and unflattering.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I don’t hate it, but I don’t particularly like it either.  The strappiness is a tad fussy for me. I do like her hair better in this photo.

  • demidaemon

    Not only is it screamin “LOOK AT ME. OSCARS! ACADEMY!,” I also find it to be quite hideous. OUT.

  • TSkot

    Don’t hate it, but what’s missing on Miss Anne are the broad shoulders of the model:  OUT

  • olivelovetree

    Backpack! Well, exactly. That’s how it reads.

  • shanteIstay

    Out, it looks like it weights 10lbs and the hem just isn’t my cup of tea.

  • guest2visits

    I like it less than you; I think excessive straps, the cutouts and mostly the cheap looking fabric make the whole thing look like a
    complete design failure.  Anne is so beautiful and she also wears black so well – it almost works because of her.

  • Trisha26

    In! So odd that in the 2nd photo up from the bottom the solid dress panels look blue like the guys’ suits. Lights. Tricky.

  • MilaXX

    IN, I think Hugh is under dressed, but Anne looks fine.

    • formerlyAnon

       Underdressed? I think he looks as rumpled as if he’s been making out with enthusiasm, but in some place too public to actually remove any clothing.

      Of course, that might just be the direction my thoughts trend when perusing Jackman.

  • CatherineRhodes

    OUT. Project Runway bottom third.

  • DCSheehan

    In. I dig how quirky this is.

  • unbornfawn

    Nice fit and good looking construction. Too many design elements ruin the dress. OUT.

  • pookiesmom

    Weird dress. It looks like she’s wearing a backpack. OUT.

  • Monabel

    In, interesting dress, like the graphic effect of the skin and straps, don’t see a backpack at all.

  • ankali

    I like her hair, but she’s got too much boob for the dress. Which is ugly, especially with the skirt made out of carseat material.

  • Nonmercisansfacon


  • mila_8

    Out. The good to bad idea ratio seems to be 1:4.

  • kcarb1025


  • JauntyJohn

    All crits are true, but… it works in the context of the photo call.

  • nannypoo

    I thought it was fine until I enlarged the pictures and discovered that it sucks. It’s oddly bulky and stiff, and it doesn’t fit very well. And I am totally over this hair.

  • VioletFem

    IN. She looks elegant.

  • jw_ny


    I like it all…she looks fantastic.  

  • plinkiedoodle


  • m0r0


  • Any dress that has this many people actually questioning if she’s wearing a backpack at a photo call has serious issues, and I don’t care HOW much Miss Annie is working it.  OUT.

  • FridaStaire

    In. Perfect Hollywood star playing French character in Japan. Fusion couture.

    • WittyCism

      Exactly what I thought:  it’s in Tokyo, right!  In for me too!

  • elemspbee

    in. edgy indeed.

  • eeeeee. out. 

  • Interesting dress. Kinda like it though. IN

  • Wait, one sec. No, ok never mind, my mesh laundry bag is still in my closet. 

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    OUT. For one its not fitted properly and is sort of hanging on her in the bust department. Secondly the skirt is also sort of hanging limply, dirdnl style. And the shoes are just a big, ol’ poop. I personally think this dress requires a bit more bust and a bit more va-va-voom and she’s so wan and waifish lately she just can’t pull it off. 

  • Hair? Like a six year old’s after a fight with the older brother. Dress? Like something a 9 yearold would do during arts and crafts. Shoes? What my grandma wore at a funeral once. mmmm maybe OUT.

  • OUT. Mainly because I’m sure she just might have a back pack on……

  • sweet_potato

    Anne looks nice but there is entirely too much going on with that dress. OUT.

  • I kind of like it… But for me, she can almost do no wrong.

  • AnaRoW

    I’m voting out but mainly because the dress looks too big and heavy on her, not because I don’t like it.  This is the closest I’ve come to liking her hair since she got it cut.

  • MarissaLG

    IN. It’s totally edgy and super weird, but that’s what I love about it. I think she looks great. 

  • Sal Neslusan

    her hair looks like stefan from SNL. 

  • It looks like a Teva sandal in gown form. Out.

  • Cathy S

    I think she looks fabulous. And if you’re going to stand next to Hugh Jackman, you need something attention-getting to wear or no one will notice you. IN.

  • kolokOlchik

    The dress itself is meh, but I am totally digging the hair and makeup!  Especially the hair

  • julnyes

    I like her hair and make-up, but that dress is just not working – OUT.

  • zelavie

    OUT – but I do love her hair!

  • prettybigkitty

    Not feeling it.  Mostly because it does not do her figure any favors.  What happened to her waist.  My vote is out.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    IN. I love it. 

  • judybrowni

    any dress which appears to give anne hathaway a big butt…

  • oohsparkley!

    She’s looking good. In.

  • 🙁  She used to be so fabulous before she became Sharon Stone.

  • Carly Warnock

    ew. out, out, out.

    • Carly Warnock

      also, she needs a bra. sorry anne. 

  • LittleKarnak

    What’s going on with Hugh’s giant suit??? Oh…Anne’s in…..

  • Derek_anny

    Looks like I’m in the minority.  In, despite the backpack straps.

  • ccm800

    IN – but how much cuter would it be without the backpack straps and instead a kick ass cardigan with it? 

  • bellafigura1

    It’s too big!

  • DeTrop

    Ambivalent? Yes, good word. May be too much dress for such a little lady. Love her hair.

  • It would be better without the see through element, but mostly because the color of the mesh is off and makes the look off kilter. Besides that one flaw, this look is FUCKING gorgeous. 

  • bitterk

    OUT.  And memo to Anne, it’s ok to let the Fantine hair go.  You stopped filming months ago.  

  • eruannalle

    It’s definitely a strange dress, but I think she’s making it work. IN for me. 

  • melanie0866

    I like it, but I don’t think it’s edgy.

  • fringebenefit

    IN. Hate the multiple straps, but somehow the girl is making it work. It fits her impeccably, and that helps.

  • In! Edgy! Black! Chic!

  • imakeart

    The hell with her.  Look at HUGH!

  • She can just taste that Supporting Actress Oscar.