Samantha Barks in Roland Mouret

Posted on January 24, 2013

Samantha’s naturally been overshadowed by her more famous – and more nakedly award-seeking – Les Miserables co-stars, but we loved this look so much we had to give her a shoutout.


‘Les Misérables’ star Samantha Barks attends the 33rd Annual London Film Critics’ Circle Awards in a Roland Mouret dress paired with Jimmy Choo pumps.

Roland Mouret Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Josephine Le Tutour (ELITE)

We like the runway version better; especially with the belt, but the red carpet version is just fine. It’s sleek and sexy; bold and eye-catching. The classic silver pointy-toed pump was a great punctuation point.

And now, bitching:

Like we said, she could’ve used a belt. And some jewelry would have taken this further into night-time, if that makes any sense. There’s something a little business-like about the dress and since she’s at an awards ceremony, we think a touch of glamour and drama was needed to bump it up from “merely” being a chic look. Just some earrings and a bracelet is all we’re asking for.  And we’re sorry, but the hair is awful.

It’s a great dress and pair of shoes, but if you want the full red carpet look, the effort doesn’t stop there, girl.


[Photo Credit: Landmark/PR Photos,]

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  • Annabelle Archer

    Well, it makes her look positively teeny tiny, so good on her.  The top reminds me of a linen napkin being tucked into a collar, and I agree, the runway version is much more interesting. 

    • Super_Red

      she is positively teeny tiny! Did you see the movie? In her scenes the only thing I can focus on is her waist. 😛 

      • Anne StJean

        OOOH, yes. It freaked me out how her waist just about equalled the width of her arms. It was really scary. I wanted Marius to give her a freaking donut or something.

      • Sarah Dickerson

        YES.  I could not focus on anything else when she was on the screen.  I kept thinking surely it had to be digitally altered.

        • kfarrel3

           Not digitally — she was corseted! She and Eddie Redmayne spoke about it in an interview; he said he believed that she had the hardest time singing because of the tiny, tiny corset she had to wear.

          • They actually put a corset on her?!? That’s ridiculous! Not only is she already teeny tiny, it also makes no sense costume wise. Her character runs around in hand-me-downs for God’s sake!

        • PeaceBang

          I’m glad I’m not the only one who was freaked out by her waist. Couldn’t stop staring at it. Also, I saw the movie five weeks ago and I still can’t get the damned Javert/Valjean confrontation scene music out of my head. I hope you’ve all seen the Jason Segal/Neil Patrick Harris version.

      •  seriously!!! i thought i was the only one.

      • mshesterp

        YES x2.  It really kind of creeped me out.  I love a nipped waist, but that was almost disturbing.  Like Dita von Teese tiny.

        She, however, is adorable, and looks more normally waist-ed (for a celebrity) than in the movie.

      • Annabelle Archer

        Will the entire site yell at me if I admit that I have not seen it? I just don’t know if I have it in me. Maybe one afternoon when I need a good cry.

        •  I won’t, because I am also guilty of a crime of omission.

        • julnyes

          I haven’t seen it either, nor will I because… I don’t actually like Les Miserables.

          So if anyone is going to be stomped it will be me first and you can make a clean getaway 🙂

          • Actually I saw it and thought it was god awful. I don’t get the appeal AT ALL. So I guess you might get away after all :).

          • Annabelle Archer

            bless you. 

          • It was terrible! yay! i’m not the only one!!

    • She IS positively teeny.  I remember watching her in the movie and wondering A) what exactly IS her waist measurement, B) when is the last time that girl ate a sandwich and C) how in the world does she have enough muscle mass for the breath support needed to sing like that!?

      •  I really hate the “ate a sandwich” comments. It’s body snarking, insulting, and unnecessary.

        • Allyson Wells

          Seriously! Some people are just skinny… and i’m sure they eat sandwiches all the time 🙂 I think sometimes people think that pointing out that someone is super skinny is always a compliment, but I have friends who are naturally extremely thin, and they don’t feel that way at all. It’s like saying she needs to NOT eat a sandwich, which is clearly a put-down. (although I realize being thin and being overweight are two very different things in our society, so I don’t meant to say they’re equal by any means).

        • Vickiefantastico

          And yet, your comment is the one that caused me to cringe, not LaDonna’s. Your type of comment is designed to make someone else feel badly about themselves. It’s much more bullying, in my opinion. And “snarky, insulting, and unnecessary.”

  • LOVE-THE-SHOES.  Needs some sparkle somewhere.  Overall, looks good.

  • Sobaika

    Her waist is out of control (in a good way).

    Did anyone see Les Mis? There were scenes where I couldn’t stop staring at her midesection, and that was in a blouson raggedy dress.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Her pose is distracting me.  Were her hands glued to her sides like that the whole time?

    • Sara__B

       I’ve never seen a photo of her WITHOUT her hands glued to her sides!

    • kschwarting

      I think this is just all new to her, being her first film, and she doesn’t know how to pose.  Which, as someone said above, is fairly endearing.

  • Pennymac

    Love it! Full stop.

  • Jackie4g

    She is waiting for a jewelry company to sponsor her and loan her some bling. I like the entire look, even if it is a tad underdone. 

  • Imasewsure

    Agreed with my dear uncles on all points!

  • teensmom99

    I see your point but my first thought was “where’s the jacket,” as in this looks like one of those suits you’d find in the career wear corner at Loehmanns.

  • savicevic

    She is soooo tiny, omg. I was so distracted throughout Les Mis by her tiny waist, which was emphasized by that big belt –×717/movies_les_miserables_still_8.jpg

  • TheLaurenJean

    I love her, just for the plain fact that she didn’t turn into Anne Hathaway from being in this film. Plus, she looks great in this outfit that isn’t the typical red carpet dress.

  • bertkeeter

    It DOESNT fit! Skirt is too tight over hips….makes it pleat …just like on runway version! OUT!

  • I_Heart_TLo

    I love that she’s “beveling” like a musical theatre performer and not like a seasoned red carpeter.  It’s endearing.

    • jenno1013

      ‘Splain please this ‘beveling’?

      • I_Heart_TLo

        It’s a very “theatre” way of posing – one foot flat, knee straight, other foot resting on the outside of the big toe, knee bent.  Think of the Rockettes when they’re not kicking 😉  As a fellow musical theatre person, her pose jumped right off the page at me (I have a gazillion photos of myself and friends in that exact pose – it’s just second nature to hit it whenever someone has a camera LOL).  And I just love that she naturally went right to that place.

        • jenno1013

          Thank you!  I love learning that there are words for things that I didn’t know had their own words.

  • another_laura

    Jewelry, please.  Otherwise she looks lovely.

  • MzzPants

    Can’t get behind that hair.  Love the shoes.  Hers was, for me, one of the finest performances in the film.  

    • TerryMH

      I totally agree with you on her performance (and hair btw). I thought she should have been nominated for an Oscar. When she sang about unrequited love, she broke my heart.

  • VeryClaire

    I agree with you re: belt, jewelry, hair but she still looks great! She’s fairly adorable. 

  • f_yeah_marie

    This makes her look smaller than she already is, which isn’t necessarily a complaint.  I love the color combination and the shoes she/her stylist chose.

  • I absolutely hate the runway version (especially the belt), and love the changes she made. I personally applaud her! 

  • Dot

    Runway version is pretty fierce. The green/white contrast really pops and she’s so teeny-tiny that she definitely could have pulled off the white skirt. The rest is terribly underdone — she forget to do her hair!

  • mhleta

    LOVE the runway version! Love her shoes and her darling little figure, but you’re right–she didn’t finish the look. 

  • I first thought that was shapewear peeking out at her knee.

  • Puck Thornton

    I agree, the runway version looks more interesting. The top on the model looks interesting, but that gets lost on this version. She could have spruced it up with some fabulous Art Deco bling.

    I want those shoes.  

  • CeeQ

    Oh I wish she would have gone with the runway green and white version! The black and green combo took it from WOW to almost zzzz. It’s still pretty but what a missed opportunity for a WERQ!
    Yes, the hair is AWFUL.

  • Allyson Wells

    Even I don’t go to work without putting on some type of jewelry… it surprises me that so many famous women (and their stylists) think its cool to attend red carpet events without ANY jewelry. Unless it’s like the most complicated outfit ever (which this clearly is not), you always need some sort of jewelry, amiright?

  • Carla_Charlton

    Well, I had to go back and look at the runway version to make sure there was a little color insert at the hem because I thought her black undergarment was peeping out!   That makes me think the skirt is too tight.  If the skirt moved a bit more, it would have been obvious that there was black detailing.  And do I spy some ice blue eye shadow?  Even if it’s just pearl, if it’s noticeable, it’s too much.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    See, I like the red carpet dress better! Yes, the hair needs help and jewelry is conspicuous in its absence, but I’ll take a good actress half styled than a bad actress impeccably styled any day (cough, Lopez….cough cough, Bosworth!)

  • Love this look.  Very distinctive and fresh. And I love the idea that she could kill someone with either pointy end of those shoes.

  • How the hell did she score shoes that fit when no other woman in Hollywood seems to be able to?

  • Love that teeny tiny song bird! New hair stylist, please. 

  • B_C_J

    LOVE IT! Sleek and body conscious without being too tight. I think a belt would have been a mistake.  It would have made it more of a day look and it would have cut the long, elegant line created by this garment and therefore it would have shortened her. I agree that some diamonds (maybe a fabulous Deco bracelet)  would have upped the wow factor. The hair needs work, stat!

  • The dress is gorgeous, but a belt and some jewelry would have been nice. And the yoga hair? Come ON. 

  • CurbGirl

    Her hair looks like the same ‘do’ she sported in the movie.

  • MilaXX

    Since I thought she was one of the things they did right in casting her, I’m happy to see her get some love her on the blog. I like the outfit but agree it needs some jewelry and the hair is a no. Love the shoe, I’ll take a pointy toe over a platform pump any day of the week.

  • when i saw le mis i was stunned by how tiny this girls waist is.  like damn.  

    • pookiesmom

      Yeah, same. Like, I was amazed she wasn’t falling over. Has she no ribs???

  • SorayaS

    Whoa- now I understand the controversy about Victoria Beckhams clothes being inspired too closely from Roland Mouret!!

    Samantha looks gorgeous here- sure she could have used some accessories but the look is strong enough that it looks great as is.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I agree.  The dress is lovely, but the hair is AWFUL.  Too bad, because she is so pretty!

  • cleverlady

    She looks like she is holding her breath in all of these pics.  Cute dress, but let it out a bit, please.  And, breathe!

  • Love it. 

  • The runaway version is much better but this is a cute look.

  • Trisha26

    I said immediately it needed a belt. It’s an okay look but there’s something unflattering about the bodice on Samantha that I don’t notice on the model – is it just the camera angle?

  • librarygrrl64

    I FAR prefer the original runway version; much more visual interest. My goodness, she’s like a classy version of a little Bratz doll in that first shot, isn’t she?

  • marilyn

    What kind of jewelry would she wear?  Not a necklace.  There is too much going on at the neckline and shoulder area.  Maybe a black bracelet and some bold earrings with a bold purse?.  It would be very easy to ruin the looks with bad accessories.

  • SugarSnap108

    Agree with you on all points.  I do like the black and green more than the runway version, though.  She looks so great from the neck down. But the hair … I wouldn’t go to the grocery store with my hair looking like that.

  • Jill Morino

    Business like?!? In what business exactly? She looks adorable. That dress is hella flattering and that’s a great color!

  • nannypoo

    I like it. There is no excuse for that hair, though. I wonder why she thought it would be acceptable.

  • Louise Bryan

    Belt, yes, and maybe a cocktail ring.  Hair is…hair.  Otherwise, she looks great.

  • Katie Agnew

    I think she looks great, but perhaps needs a clutch to help her unglue her hands from her thighs.

  • Joey Melliza

    lollipop head. 

  • Anniebet

    Is it just me, or in the first picture doesn’t it look like her head is photoshopped in? Just plunked on a little too far forward?  Nice look for her though.

  • She’s great.  I hope she becomes an A-lister.

  • Alyssa

    That is a great dress, and I love the color changes from the runway version. Definitely needed a belt and some jewelry (and obviously different hair!), but a very classy look. A good start!

  • PeaceBang

    LOVE the dress, and yes, the runway version is better but I think the metallic Jimmy Choos are utter perfection with it. I want to drag her in a back room for a re-do of the ‘do.

  • amaranth16

    Love it from the front, but I’m not wild about the cut of the bodice.  I also don’t like the green cutouts at the knees.  But that shade of green is delicious and the shoes are inspired.

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  • sekushinonyanko

    Does she always look this much like Sasha Grey?

  • sleah in norcal

    those droopy wisps of hair are trying to fill in for the missing earrings, but it’s just not working.  love that green!

  • julesj

    Thanks for the link. OMG, that is crazy looking!