Amy Adams in Jenny Packham

Posted on December 03, 2012

Before we get into the bitching and the ripping and the all-around nastiness (but loving nastiness) for which we are not even remotely famous, let’s all ease into the week with something relatively, well … easy.


Amy Adams attends the 4th Annual Governors Awards in Hollywood, California in a Jenny Packham gown.

Jenny Packham Fall 2012 Collection

Okay, we lied. We’re gonna rip this one.

But only slightly. We love that sort of blush color on her. We love the ’40s Hollywood glamour feel of the dress.  We do not love – in fact, we’re coming close to hating – the bodice, and the way it looks ripped open on her. It broadens her top half and obscures her figure. And we REALLY can’t stand the Country Music Awards hair, which not only doesn’t go with the dress, but doesn’t really suit her all that well. Also: she looks like she has pinkeye.

Man, we feel really bad now. We thought, at first glance, we were going to like this one. We don’t hate it entirely, but there’s a lot not working for us.



[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos]

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  • rc h

    Looked much better in the model, maybe because of the hairstyling.

    • MoHub

       I think the model being more flatchested helped the look. Amy looks as if she might have a wardrobe malfunction at any moment.

      • Mary229

        Her stylist puts her in clothing alot that is meant for a flatchested woman. And she is NOT flat chested.  She has boobs.  They aren’t huge but she’s got them.   But over and over again her stylist puts her in clothing for someone who is an A cup.

    • EveEve

      Rare is the day I disagree with TLo.  But I think she looks fantastic, particularly compared to some of the disasters of years past.  I do think the dress would have worked better in a richer color. 

  • Who would have thought that you could make such an expanse of skin look frumpy? 

    • Part of the problem, I think, is that the proportions of the upper half veer towards linebacker.

      •  I was gonna go there, but you anticipated me, good man!

      •  Linebacker with a hint of Star Trek.

  • I really like the concept of the dress on her, but the top fits terribly. I don’t know why her makeup artists insist on making her look like she’s on the verge of tears at all times, but it’s starting to get ridiculous.

  • Judy_S

    Tangential to this post: I have been reading sporadically the past week, which means looking over a day’s worth of posts to see which ones I want to go for first. What an amazing moment in history (and I suppose geography) it is, when one can see glamorous gowns in the styles of the 30s, 50s, and even 60s, plus postmodern deconstructed gowns up to and including exploded upholstery factories, plus comfort clothes for  long airplane rides and and running errands in the city, all on the same page. Makes me glad to be alive.

  • VeryClaire

    Love it, love the hair.

  • In_Stitches

    I’m with you-the first impression is, okay…but the closer you get, the more it falls apart.  The top half looks like a too-tight bustier with Klingon battle armor on top.  Furthermore, the  texturized beading of the dress looks kind of like cheetah print to me. 

    • teensmom99

      Actually, I think the fact that the beading has a cheetah print look (without being too literally cheetah) is kind of what makes it interesting.

  • Janet B

    The fabric is interesting.  

  • teensmom99

    While I would never begrudge my favorite gay uncles the opportunity to nitpick, I think with this one it pays to go with first impressions.  She looks good and not “cookie cutterish.”  There could have been improvements but it looks like she’s having fun with fashion and this kind of old movie star glam dress works for her.  If the hair were up, it might look like a costume rather than a tribute to by-gone glamour. Ms. Adams does not have a model body and I think this works pretty well with her body.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I wish she got a haircut.

    • procrastinatrice

      Yep…this hair makes her look too provincial…I would love to see her with a haircut that will make her look more modern and urban.

      • Mary229

        Because super long hair isn’t modern or urban?  I live in a huge city.  Most women kill to be able to get their hair this long.  I would never suggest that this woman cut her hair.   A trim?  Sure.  More layers?  Sure.  But her hair is a beautiful feature.   You don’t cut off one of your gorgeous features.

        • procrastinatrice

          Long hair can look quite modern on a lot of people. I don’t think Amy Adams is one of them. Perhaps it’s her baby blues and soft features?  Her hair is in fact pretty, but she tends to wear it in a wavy, very simple-looking way that makes her look like a fresh-faced farm girl. Which is a somewhat romantic look some people may find appealing, but I think she would look more stylish with edgier hair. You are right that this can be achieved with some well-executed layers.

    • Watts

       In general, I’m ready for her to get a haircut. Or at least a hairstyle. Right now, it just looks long for the sake of being long.

  • Hmm, the make-up is (as per usual) terrible and the bodice does not fit her.  And while I think the hair is totally wrong for this dress, I definitely don’t think it looks badly on its own.  But perhaps that’s because I generally like “hey ya’ll hair” (as my friend calls it). 

  • Jacqui G

    Girl, that’s not your eyeshadow.

    • MilaXX

       no, it’s Fantine’s

  • lehen

    i think i hate the plunging v.  on anyone.  every time.  

  • There’s something vaguely Wilma Flintstone about this to me.  However, I do like the dress fabric–lots of interest in the texture and the shimmery colors.  I think if you took away that cheap looking black undergarment, sewed up the V front so it extended only to the xiphoid (which is the place between the breasts where the ribcage is at its highest), and closed up the armholes too so there was no side boobage, you might have a winner.  Put up her hair.  Emerald earrings.  

    • BrooklynBomber

      I agree: that is, I thought it was an animal print, and instantly disliked that. Closeup, I see it’s not an animal print; I wonder if it has that effect, though, in person. 

  • I am so surprised!  When I saw this I thought you guys were going to praise it.  There’s truth in your criticism, but the sum is better than the parts here.  I think she looks fresh and lovely, and like she knows she’s beautiful.

  • formerlyAnon

    I’ll go out on a limb and say this is one where someone fell in love with the fabric and became blind to the final effect on her body. At least, that would have been the case had I been involved.

    It all falls apart between waist and shoulders. Not flattering. Too-casual hair wouldn’t have been so bad if it hadn’t been trailing all over the already-mistaken bodice like a cuddly pet.

  • Contralto

    I can’t disagree with a word.  

  • afabulous50


    •  Cause they have to return them later, and don’t want to bother.  Or in the case of a piece like this with extensive sequin work, turning it up at the bottom would look odd because of the way the sequins would be curving around the hem return.

  • I’m in full agreement with you gents.  This is just not working, and for a woman as gifted by the gods as she is, ( and with access to so much expert opinion) this really shouldn’t be so hard for her.

  • neofashionista

    You are famous in My world TLO
    as for this there are many things I just dont like as much as there are some that I do
    It is some how a little fancy wife beater or something
    I cant quite put my finger on it

  • MoHub

    Can’t believe you used the phrase “Country Music Awards hair,” ’cause that was exactly my reaction. Vintage ’60s country music, though, à la classic Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette.

  • It’s the trailer-park hair. ‘Cuz it makes the black under-bodice look like a t-shirt and then it’s all downhill from there.

  • PeggyOC

    Girl, not your dress.

    • Jackie4g

      The dress needs a taller woman to carry it off. Well, it probably needs more then that, but she looks overwhelmed with draping.

  • mmc2315

    Adding to the already stated objections…I don’t particularly like the pattern on the dress because at first glance, I thought it was some sort of not-quite-right animal print.  I don’t think one should look at a dress, frown, and think “What is that….?”

  • VicksieDo

    Having never ever looked that good in my LIFE, I disagree.  She’s gorgeous and I like the dress and her hair…she must be sad about mean things written about her…LOL

    • Mary229

      I doubt she’s sad but I do admit that some celebrities make me feel worse than others about the nitpicking and she’s one of them.  Some celebrities I don’t mind picking on.   But she’s so talented that I actually do feel sad about it.

      • VicksieDo

        I need to watch her in Enchanted again.

  • Judy_J

    I look at this gown and the first word that comes to mind is “cougar”.

  • charlotte

    Looks like she draped her hair over the bodice to avoid a boob gate.

  • m0r0

    If the gold top portion wasn’t lined with black it might not have made her look so big on the top in certain photos. Even so I kinda like it on her. But the hair is GAWD AWFUL.

  • Wendi126

    Stick a bone in her hair and she’s ready for an evening out in Bedrock

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Her make up person needs to stop. She looks ill.

    • Mary229

      The thing is…she has nearly flawless skin.  So I ::think:: the make-up artist’s theory seems to continue to be to just give her this neutral one-tone look to highlight her skin.  But I just think her features can handle more dramatic make-up.  She’s so pretty in this natural look but she’s stunning in a darker lip and some more drama.

  • Verascity

     I don’t love the above-the-neck, but I actually think that dress is fabulous on her.

  • bertkeeter

    Contrived and NOT flattering!

  • I’ve stared at this for three whole minutes and I can’t for the life of me see a thing wrong with it. She’s gorgeous and you all have cramps. So there.  

  • decormaven

    Take a closer look at photo #3/ Is that a strap to the black undergarment that can be seen under the sequin overlay? This dress has not been properly fitted or hemmed. The fact that the hair hangs down so forlornly on the bodice just calls attention to the ill fit. New stylist to the rescue, please!

    • I’ll concede on that point. Could have used a bit of tailoring, ie hemming the bottom and bringing up the bodice a bit. 

  • At least she doesn’t look geriatric.  Points for at least trying to look interesting.

  • GorgeousThings

    Boy, she’s looking more and more like Debra Messing

    • MilaXX

       circa the Will & Grace years

    • Mary229

      I don’t see that at all.  To me, she looks more and more like Nicole Kidman circa The Moulin Rouge years.

  • She needed some Joan Crawford shoulders to rock this thing…and about six inches added to her midsection. And, yes, it’s haircut time.

  • Chillmer

    I actually like it! I think it’s a classic example of “looking great in an ugly dress”.

  • poggi

    You have to reach deep down to your inner Joan Crawford or Joan Collins to pull this one off.  The Sunday school teacher hair does not work.

  • kikisayshi

    I love it. She looks fab.

  • MilaXX

    Nice dress, poor execution. The bodice is too open, making her look broad across the chest.  The hair doesn’t go and she needs more of an earring to balance out the vat expanse created by the too open neckline.

  • Qitkat

    I don’t like this dress, at all. Miss Adams is, I suppose, wearing it as well as is possible. But it is a very unattractive gown, not fugly, but I had a visceral reaction of dislike. So it didn’t matter to me how she styled herself. Bad dress.

  • alyce1213

    This is not a good dress for her, the cut and proportions are way off.

  • nannypoo

    I like the fabric and the concept of the dress, but the fit of the bodice is sloppy and her makeup is really awful.

  • Trisha26

    Love her, but she always looks slightly uncomfortable on the red carpet. I don’t mind the dress, looks comparable to the model. The only thing I would change would be an updo.

    • Mary229

      I think she looks uncomfortable because unlike alot of the women in Hollywood right now she didn’t grow up with privileged parnets who are performers nor was she ever a model.  She grew up dirt poor, was a stage actress for years who worked at Hooters and made it this far based solely on her incredible talent.  I can’t begrude her still feeling a little uncomfortable on the red carpet because I just don’t think that’s her. 

      • Amy Ennis

        I didn’t know this about her. I love her even more now!

  • ojosazules

    This would be elegant for Jane, as in Tarzan and Jane. If she were sitting side-saddle on an elephant it would be a Werq. 

  • guest2visits

    What a horrible dress, for both model and Amy.  It must look deceptively wonderful on the hanger. 
    I think her face is lovely though, hair too.

  • MissAmynae

    Needs someone taller, with more broad, straight-line shoulders.  Also, the hair needs to go.  

    Throw this on Ciara or Swinton and you’d have a winner. 

  • EEKstl

    It’s really close tho – love this color on her.

  • Mary229

    At first glance, I thought she looked fabulous.  Yes, even the hair.  She has gorgeous hair and I love seeing it down like this.  I do agree that her make-up artist is doing her no favors in this continued light make-up.  I want to see a more dramatic lip on her and a different approach to her beautiful skin.  I agree that the cut of the dress isn’t perfect.  But…I don’t know.  I still think she looks pretty darn great.

  • ccm800

    she always looks sorta barrel chested to me

  • demidaemon

    I like this dress more than I like it on her. It’s pretty enough, but I think this is a case of “That’s Not Your Dress” as well as “Your Favorite Hairstyle Must Die.”

  • DCSheehan

    The dress looks cheap to me.

    She’s so pretty but I so often see her and go ‘that ain’t your dress’. She should get a new stylist cause her current one is not doing her favours.

  • cleep1000

    It’s the bodice that really ruins it. Everything else could probably be overlooked. Although she does look a little stoned.

  • It just looks super-tacky on her.