Pairs Division: Hathaway & Seyfried

Posted on December 05, 2012

Fantine and Cosette went to a party! That sounds like the opening line to a children’s book, but in fact, it’s an open invitation to judge two actresses in a bitchy, life-affirming manner! Allons-y!


Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried attend ‘Les Misérables’ New York Screening After Party. Anne Hathaway wore a The Row dress paired with a Jessica Robinson bracelet and a Graziela ring. and Amanda Seyfried wore a Marios Schwab dress paired with Rupert Sanderson shoes.

The Row Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Daiane Conterato

Marios Schwab Spring 2012 Collection/Model: Daiane Conterato

From the left:

SHE: Is wearing the curtains from a storefront fortune-teller’s parlour. Forget (for a moment) the bizarre W neckline, which is probably some sort of subliminal message like “WINNER – of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar!” Forget the fact that this dress uses roughly three times the amount of fabric it actually needs to; instead, focus on the fact that SHE IS SPORTING BALL FRINGE ON HER ARMS. BALL FRINGE, DARLINGS.

Oh, we can’t. Nothing else need be said. Score: 4/10. And that’s us being kind. This dress is hiddy. A nightgown with a fucked-up neckline and ball fringe.

SHE: Looks kind of nice. We’re not inclined to love a look that’s so colorless and washed-out, but it matches her eyes, which are are her best, most noticeable feature, so it makes sense to play them up. Besides, it has a lot of visual interest going on in the bodice. Some might say it has a bit too much going on there, but the fact that the dress is so neutral keeps it from going overboard. Her hair and makeup are pretty, and suitably toned down to go with the dress. We think any more makeup would have overwhelmed her face here. Our one real complaint is with this shoes. That was her opportunity to punctuate all this paleness with something a little bold, but she went the safe and boring route on that front. And for that, she gets a … Score: 7/10. Some jewelry would have been a good idea too.

Combined Score: 5.5/10. Amanda, feel free to spend the night plucking balls off Anne’s dress and throwing them at her.


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  • Sobaika

    I can’t even focus on the fashion, Amanda Seyfried’s skin is exquisite.

    • Jecca2244

      how is it that perfect?!

      • Sobaika

        Bathes in virgin blood or something.

      • lilibetp

         She only goes outside at night.

    • H3ff

      If she were taller she would most likely have been a runway model. Stunning.

  • All I can say about Annie’s dress is that I like the fabric.  Both the color and texture are good.  What to say about Amanda? The points on those bust darts needed to be seen to. They’re a bit, um, pointed, no?

    • DeborahJozayt

      It’s the passive aggressive way to do a “Look at my tits!” outfit without anyone really knowing.

      •  I dunno, those darts lean way more to the aggressive side of things.  You could draw blood with those!

        • DeborahJozayt

          She’s short, though. She’d have to be a really good jumper to aim for someone’s face. 

          •  hah Hah HAH! Oh, well played m’dear. Well played. 

    • bookish

       That’s the first thing I noticed about her dress. It seems designed to look like her nipples are showing.

      • kimmeister

        I actually thought the model’s nipples in full headlight mode, but upon further inspection it might just be the pointy darts!

    • They’re headlight darts.

    • also, visible bra straps

    • Ditto.  I kept thinking i really liked Anne’s dress, except…  Finally I realized I would love it if it were an elegantly draped empire waist period gown. But it’s not. 

      • I know, I know. I want to like it so bad (ball fringe obviously must go, it is not to be spoken of further) but it’s just not what I want it to be…like I don’t mind the neckline or the extra fabric, but a nip in at the bustline would help so much, and some embroidered trim somewhere, and then we’re in Avalon, and I’m just fantasizing, and this isn’t fashion anymore but rather a Marion Zimmer Bradley television adaptation.

  • Mb

    You forgot to mention Anne’s hideous belt.  That dress actually looked better on the model, ball fringe and all.  Still, not a great dress except for the color.

  • filmcricket

    Can I have Seyfried’s dress in Hathaway’s colour? That dark teal is gorgeous, but the dress is, yeah, hiddy.

    • DeborahJozayt

      And Anne can keep the wrinkles that come with her fabric, too. It looks like she’s done one curtsy and the wrinkles just spread like wildfire!

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Anne – 4 for sure. I love the color – that’s something.  And the addition of the belt was a good move.  The hair looks cool.  But yeah, balls on the sleeves and the 2nd wonky neckline in the last couple of appearances.  No good.
    Amanda – …. it’s a 3 for me. I really hate this dress with the nipple darts. The color is blah. And the shoes are UGLY.

  • RzYoung

    Oh…I was just going to say I sort of like the The Row dress…’fine, the cheese stands alone’ as Miranda would say

    • teensmom99

      I’m with you.

    • Me three. It’s a fun, not-too-literal reference to the film’s period costumes, in a gorgeous color. And her hair is to die for. AH looks striking, where AS just looks… pale. 

      • Jacqueline Wessel

        I agree, I think Anne looks great here. Amanda looks kind of pale and could use some perking up, but the bust darts need to be unperked.

    • ecallaw1977

       Me four.  I think she looks wonderful, except for the ball fringe.  Just when I think I’m getting better at this, I have an almost completely opposite reaction than TLo.  Crap.

      • StellaZafella

         I’m almost sure T & Lo appreciate opinions that differ from theirs. I like Anne’s dress, too – for the color and the attitude -but sans fringe. I just don’t think it looks very “Party Frock”
        Amada’s dress looks awfully “day to evening” office wear…bat, maybe it was comfortable.

    • marigi

      Me too! I like it. It surely stand out compared to the really dull one Amanda Seyfried is wearing!

  • BrooklynBomber

    Fantine and Cosette went to a party! 

    Love it! But I also love the dress AH is wearing, ball fringe and all.

    • I know, I kind of love it, too.  And I’m really not a fan of Anne Hathaway, either, so go figure!

  • gabbilevy

    I don’t hate Anne’s dress nearly as much as I should.

  • I don’t like either dress.

    True, but unrelated story: last night I dreamed that TLo and I were driving around, and we went way, way, way the hell out in the suburbs to pick up some bags of used clothes, and then TLo were all like “Can you use Google maps on your phone to find an easier way back to town?”  And of course I totally couldn’t.  But they were nice about it.

    • On the one hand, we love that we’re inspiring performance anxiety dreams in people because it makes us feel all powerful and shit. On the other hand, it’s depressing that the performance anxiety centers around the use of a smart phone.

    • out for a walk

      Ooh, add me to the has-had-dreams-involving-TLo club! It was awhile back and some details have gone fuzzy, but:
      TLo was getting married! However TLo was a single amalgam of T and Lo, and might have been marrying Paris Hilton, eep. Anyway the detail that stands out is the wedding programs were fantastic and had a glossary with definitions like “kitten (kit-‘n) 1. A young cat 2. Colloquial term used for a reader of Tom + Lorenzo (see also: PUF, BK)”

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I just have fantasies of taking the train up to Philly and drinking coffee and dishing with my favorite gay uncles!

  • Say what you will, the person I want to get to know better at that party is the one wearing ball fringe.

    • RzYoung

      I need some ball-fringe in my life

    • random_poster


  • teensmom99

    A rare occasion when I disagree with my gurus, the presidents and co-founders of TLo enterprises, LLC.  The bottom line for me is that Ms. Hathaway looks striking in a fabulous color and Ms. Seyfried just looks blah.  Analyze away, but that’s how I see it.

    • ecallaw1977

       My thoughts exactly.

      • teensmom99

        Thank you, ecallaw1977.   I was worried that the kittens were going to attack me–but I see that we are all friends. Yay!  I’d like to give you a special thank you gift of ball fringe. 

    • mellorcr

      Agree! I realize that what Anne is wearing is not fashionable in any way, but to me it is as if she has stepped outside of fashion and still looks great.

      • teensmom99

        mellorcr, my dear, you too have earned my eternal gratitude and some ball fringe.

  • Kayceed

    Pom pom trim and a tepid lattice-work bodice with a visible bra strap? I’m going for more coffee, I can’t take it this early in the morning.

    • Judih1

      Yes, I noticed the bra strap too on Amanda. Plus the dress is a blah color and it looks too springtime to me for December. (Maybe for Easter). And I just can’t, with those shoes!!!!

      If Annie’s dress did not have the ball fringe and was not as loose fitting, I might like it. It is a gorgeous color and her and a nice reference to the period film. At least she took a risk, points for that.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      I’m going with you.  (But we’re really going to get some vodka, right?)

      • Kayceed

        Howzabout a finger of brandy in our espresso?

  • Yeah, sorry.  I kind of love Anne’s dress.

  • MilaXX

    Anne look awful. Dress is ugly, and too big.  Hair looks growing out pixie cut bad. 3/10
    Amanda – not bad. A little pale, but I think it works. The shoe is her downfall here. 7/10

  • ccinnc

    I can’t even criticize Ann’s dress – her hair and face are so stunning.

  • trisker

    I kinda like the ball fringe, which is high-end ball fringe — balls covered with the dress fabric.  It appears from the model that it is *supposed to* look like a nightgown/at-home dress.  Adding a belt just made it stranger.  Never been a fan of lavender, but Amanda is doing ok with it.  I think both looks are really strange, especially together.

  • I love Anne’s look.  It’s very loose and Edwardian.  

  • jw_ny

    lol…fortune teller curtains indeed! 

    Amanda’s visible bra strap, and those obvious nipple darts on the bodice, should drop her score by a few more points.  

    • christinewithanx

       Plus what seems to be a stain on AS’s skirt in the solo photo, ick.

      • jw_ny

         hehe…I didn’t notice it with the way she’s humping Anne’s hip in the other photos.  😉

    • l_c_ann

      Whoever ironed Amanda’s dress should be shot (or at least sent to ironing/finishing school) for messing up the points in the darts on the bodice.  Just so wrong because of ineptness.

  • Aww, I kinda think she’s serving up Neoclassical French Revolutionary fierceness…and I love the color on her. Amanda’s looks stiff, uncomfortable, and cheap to me. I think the design element on the bust is sheer or has no lining on the model? (On the phone so I can’t tell at this resolution.) Amanda covered up, I think and it ruins it.

  • GorgeousThings

    Normally I love The Row, but I can’t get behind that dress on any level.

    And while Amanda’s dress is pretty, the bust darts scream “HERE ARE MY NIPPLES!!!!”
    She should have had a tailor work some magic on it.

  • procrastinatrice

    I adore Seyfried’s dress! But then I love that shade of gray, and I love the bodice and the fit at the waist. Hair and makeup highlight her beauty…it’s really just a poor shoe choice. With Anne, well, I was with her when she was wearing that complicated but beautiful black dress that was voted OUT, but I just can’t with this. Hate that neckline, and how the fabric falls in a trash bag-y way.

  • Laurie Bergman

    I rather like the fucked-up neckline and the color of Anne’s dress, but the wrinkles and housedressy ball fringe kill the overall “wandering the halls at night” effect. The latticework detail on Amanda’s dress gives her look some much-needed interest; that dishwater color is not my favorite, but I must agree with Tlo that it does great things for her eyes.  

  • LadyCelia

    Anne’s dress looks like it was made by a 13 year old girl in Home-Ec who once saw a picture of a Fortuny gown.

    • teensmom99

      I actually like the dress but I love your take on it as a cheap Fortuny rip off.

  • charlotte

    Considering the hem length of her dress, I’m surprised Anne didn’t trip over it. Although tripping might have ripped the dress apart and made it more bearable (not that I want her to get hurt or anything, just talking about the dress). Alas, the ball fringe would still be there.

  • Anne’s dress is a fantastic color and texture, really lovely. I didn’t even notice the ugly drapery and fringe until you pointed it out, because the color is doing amazing things for her. And she’s in the awkward hair growing out stage and ROCKING it, so there’s that. I forgive her fringe.

  • Mouse droppings or ball fringe? Either way, Cosette wins this one by a mile. That color is lovely with her eyes.

    Ball fringe. 

  • Nicholas

    I am getting a major pixie vibe from Hathaway.

    Slap on some pointy ears, and you’ve got yourself a role as an Elf in The Hobbit.

  • The ball fringe reminds me of that scene in “Pillow Talk” when Doris Day triumphantly orders TASSELS! to decorate Rock Hudson’s apartment…

  • MissMariRose

    Sorry, Anne. Carol Burnett did it better. Maybe if you had left the rod in?

  • AnnPopovic

    cat toys do not go on sleeves.

     Amanda’s dress is FAB and she looks terrific in it.

  • silaria

    I could actually live with the ball fringe if not for the neckline. But then, I have a weakness for jewel tones and crushed velvet.

  • bellafigura1

    I am unchecked in my blind love for anything Ann Hathaway says/wears/marries/trips over. She just shines from within and I can forgive this dress completely because she kind of seems like she loves it and so it works (in a Stevie Nicks kinda way). More burning: Why is Amanda’s bra strap showing?  All that effort, that coy pose and the wrong bra?  Really?

  • Hathaway’s dress instantly brought o mind the famous Scarlet O’Hara curtain dress from Gone with the Wind.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    First thing I thought of was the fabulous Bob Mackie “Scarlet O’Hara” dress that Carol Burnett wore in that GWTW sketch, except that his was better!

  • SewingSiren

    I actually love the dress that Anne Hathaway is wearing. I agree that it is fortune teller windowish, but it really suits Anne , and the movie she is promoting. Also I am not against ball fringe, sorry but it’s true.
    Amanda looks perfectly fine.  But a  little  “supporting actressy” compared to Anne.

  • siena Mystic

    I may be crazy, but I think Hathaway looks fantastic.

  • B_C_J

    I am clearly in the minority. I like Ms. Hathaway’s dress. It’s very bohemian in a New York artsy intellectual way. Normally, I would laugh at the ball fringe but here it serves as a throw back to the salons of the Victorian era. Her hair and her makeup look exquisite. 

  • I kind of like Anne’s in a bohemian sort of way; love that belt. The rich color really suits her, but she should be smacked for not hemming the dress to the proper length.
    Amanda Seyfried would have killed it if she’d picked a yellow shoe (to contrast and emphasize the purply tones in that dove grey), and some sort of bright, mod dangly earrings. 

  • decormaven

    You can put rings on every finger, dear, but nothing is going to take the eye away from that tacky fringe. Not a fan of the pale lilac on AS, either. So much for an opening curtain look!

  • Judy_J

    Ball fringe!  How ’60’s is that?  Anne’s dress does look like a nightgown with a belt.  Amanda’s dress is pretty, but her shoes are totally boring.  C’mon girls….get with the program!  We mortals expect more from you!

  • Carla_Charlton

    There are certain buttons and notions that I like and I like ball fringe. And I like the neckline.  I think it shows off her neck and face really well.  I don’t love the belt, but overall, I really like Anne’s look here!  I agree with everything you said about Amanda.  

  • lilibetp

    What about Amanda’s visible bra strap?

  • lilibetp

    And Anne, that hairdo is just not working on you.  Grow it out, please.

  • Lilithcat

    I once made a dress with ball fringe.  But I was 11? 12? (It was for elementary school home ec class.)  What’s her excuse?

    • formerlyAnon

      My ball fringe moment was  a beach poncho made of (of course) beach towels. Super easy sewing project for a beginner in 3rd or 4th grade – until we got to edging that sucker with ball fringe trim.

      (Don’t tell me you’ve never heard of a heavy terrycloth poncho being the non plus ultra of beach coverups?!)

      I live in expectation of seeing those beach towels on Mad Men this season. It was 1968 or ’69.

  • FrayedMachine

    Okay, the dress on Hathaway isn’t really great but I do like that neckline, if only because it shows off her insanely gorgeous bone structure. Seriously, she looks kind of like a marble statue.

  • bertkeeter

    Love AH’s hair, bangs, etc…..nothing else!

  • ojosazules

    I think they both look wretched. 

  • Julie Parr

    I’m going to part ways with the crowd and say that I think Anne looks stunning. LOVE this dress. If I were 120 lbs, I would wear it and love it. LOVE the balls, love the fabric, love the way it drapes, love how unique it is and love the belt. So there. Everything is subjective. 

  • Anathema_Device

    I was ready to give a tepid defense of Hathaway’s dress until you pointed out the ball fringe. Oy. That is bad. I’m sure her cats love her, though. Better shoes and jewelry would have really helped Seyfried’s look.

  • formerlyAnon

    I agree on Ms. Hathaway. Several somebodies were having bad judgement moments, there. Also, if there were ANYthing right about her garment (except the color, which I like), I think she’d be overdressed compared to everyone else I see in these photos.

    I think the lilac dress is perfect for what looks like a rather casual event. I’d bump the lovely Amanda up to 8/10. And that’s being stringent over the lack of a cuff bracelet or giant cocktail ring.

    Overall, 6/10.

  • BeeBeauNYC

    Seyfried looks a million times better in the outfit than the model does. Absolutely gorgeous. Anne needs to go home, hang the curtains back up, and try again.

  • One can only hope that a ball fringe support group exists somewhere out there. (As opposed to a ball *fur* support group. Which is another animal entirely.)

  • I’m loving the fringy piecey hair on AH, but I am not going to lie, that dress is an affront to dresses everywhere. Looks like it came off the table of a Gypsy funeral parlor. 

  • Ball fringe immediately makes me think of Judy Garland in Meet Me In St. Louis.

  • TieDye64

    I think both dresses look terrible, though from the neck up both ladies look fantastic. And, as others have noted, the bust darting on Amanda’s dress are….unfortunate. Hate her shoes.

  • Sarah Thomas

    I love Anne’s dress and am indifferent to Amanda’s. 

  • Sara__B

    I want to blown away by their style during the multitude of screenings and openings and photo ops they’ll be attending, but so far I’m disappointed. Please step it up, ladies!

  • Tracy_Flick

    Anne = lampshade, Amanda = department store boring. Fail. 

  • glennethph

    I’ve noticed something about Anne. These days, she seems to have a thing for clothes with extra(or extraneous) ties, strings or whatnot.

  • I think BOTH dresses are hideous. (but if I had to choose, I actually like Anne’s more.)  Amanda’s looks hella cheap. In the full picture it doesn’t hang nicely. The skirt looks stiff and awkward. It’s like a waitress uniform at a futuristic diner.  5.5/10 was incredibly generous. But it is the holiday season, so good for you.

  • judybrowni


    Last seen on Betty Draper’s fat suit ’60s muu muu.

    Which should tell you everything you need to know about ball fringe.

  • almondemy

    Someone has to take my fashion card away because I thought Annie looked completely adorable. Dress and hair look great together, and there is something comfortable and breezy about it.  The belt gives it much needed shape and the bell-fringe has a wonderful kind of gypsy-darling vibe to it. There, I admit it.  I think she deserves a 7!

  • Nightie/sack dress w/ low rider sleeve enhancements.  Could that garment BE more ugly?  I think not.

  • I weirdly like Anne’s dress and thus I am worried for my future.

  • quiltrx

    I really do like Amanda’s dress, except for the seam up the middle of the skirt (why?).  I agree, the rest is simple enough that the ‘stuff going on’ at the top isn’t too much.

  • librarygrrl64

    It’s too bad, because that color is great on Hathaway. Seyfried looks washed out.

  • They both look great. I don’t hate Anne’s dress, but it looks a little old-lady-like. I mean, it seems that she could be Amanda’s mom here.

  • SorayaS

    Call me crazy but I would totally switch the scores here. Despite the ball fringe, I love the colour of Anne’s dress and think she has accessorised really well and her makeup looks fantastic.

    Amanda looks washed out, the alterations make the dress look stiff and heavy, the shoes are hideous and the accessorising is non-existent.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Ball fringe.  I mean, really, Ms. Hathaway.

  • frannyprof

    Is Anna’s bra strap showing?

  • I don’t like Amanda’s dress. And I must be way more exhausted than I realize, because there’s something that I like about Anne’s dress. 

  • prettybigkitty

    OK, I can’t hate on Anne’s dress because her hair and makeup is so spot on.  It’s distractingly good, in such a good way.  

  • Allons-y!..sigh. I miss David Tennant. =( 

  • alyce1213

    I think Anne looks great here.  I get the dress — it’s way out of the red carpet box — NICE ball fringe and all, a great color for her, in a lovely fabric.  She can wear this kind of thing without looking like an escaped prisoner.  I prefer her dress to Amanda’s.

  • guest2visits

    I think the ball fringe makes the look, in this instance.  I really think Anne (or her stylist) understood the gown by pairing it
    with the kind of jewelry and belt that Anne’s wearing. The deep shade of blue and the sheen of the fabric give a sort of richness
    and feel of a more historical-period piece; something from the royal court.  She looks wonderful in it.
    Amanda’s dress is pretty – but not as ‘big’ or impactful; it’s almost secretarial. Or Sunday church. It’s plain and busy at the same time. It’s a nice color for her, but the dress doesn’t serve her as well as it should.

  • littlemac8

    That’s the second oddly-sleeved/neckline dress AH has worn in as many days.  Hiddy!  Just say “NO” to ball fringe!!! I hate it with a burning passion.  The color is lovely and she is beautiful but that’s it in the positive column.  It’s true AH and AS don’t look like they are attending the same event.