Amanda Seyfried in Elie Saab

Posted on February 12, 2013

Our lacism threatens to spew forth at any moment, but we suppose a lace dress is to be expected when you’re attending the premiere of your movie, “Lovelace.” If the lace dress wasn’t so de rigeur for the red carpet at the moment, we’d almost suspect Miss Amanda and her stylist were being a little witty.


Amanda Seyfried attends the premiere of ‘Lovelace’ in Berlin in an Elie Saab dress.

Elie Saab Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Kasia Struss (WOMEN)

Oh, honey. This color is trendy at the moment, so you should wear it every single day until the trend dies out, because it’s absolutely the best color for your coloring.

We don’t actually hate this as much as you’d think. It’s dramatic and pretty, and it suits her. Our only real issue is that it feels like random bits from the trim and notions bins were just tacked onto a pretty lace gown. We could’ve done with fewer horizontal bands.

Still, no major complaints here. It’s (a tiny little bit) different, it suits and flatters her, and it photographs well.
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  • Emily Giovanni

    I think it’s very striking! Here hair and makeup look great too. I would like it just a little better if the lacey strips were just blue stripes instead. But she’s gorgeous. 

  • Tatiana Luján

    How much better would this be if the lining was of a different color, maybe a soft blue in the same family, instead of that old bra color.
    I also wish she wore a bracelet.

    • carolie_king

      I’d like a change in the lining as well, except maybe a better nude for her.  This one’s a little too pale.

    • Sobaika

      I think a color would have tacked it up, but definitely different lining was needed. Looks too dingy, although I assume they were trying to blend it with her fair skin.

    • BrooklynBomber

      I was going to say that while I’d never think she should have worn it unlined, I think it looks better that way (on the model). But maybe a different lining is the answer. 

  • Lovely colour, but I actually, weirdly, prefer the properly naked runway version.

    • imspinningaround

      Totally agree.  Couldn’t the dressmaker have found a semi-sheer lining?  A lace dress should retain some of its inherent sheerness–that’s what gives lace its sexiness and mystery.  You’re covered, except you’re not.  (I feel that way about freckles, too.)

      • Sobaika

        Yes. Semi-sheer lining!

      • sojourneryouth

         Yes, changing out the under-desk-gum-colored lining to semi-sheer would help, but there is something I find inherently ugly about the horizontal ruffles and bands, no matter what is done with this dress.  I’m not sure why.  I love this color, I have nothing against well-used lace, and I get that there needs to be something covering the candy, but something about the horizontal detail is just unsightly and tacked-on.

    • Stubenville

      Sorry – maybe because I’m older, I just find the model’s version completely vulgar. I cannot get over showing your underwear (or lack thereof) on the runway or red carpet.

      • I’m with you. I feel like screaming I CAN SEE YOUR UNDERWEAR! 

        • MoHub

           I see London; I see France …

        • Jecca2244

          and it looks like regular old undies she threw on that morning. Kind of odd!

      • neeva

         What’s wrong with vulgar for the premiere of a biopic about a porn star?

        • Ali3n Baby

          You mean it’s not about Ada Lovelace?  That’s a movie I’d go see.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        Agreed — that was my first thought, how much better it looked lined.  Though I agree with Tatiana above that it would have been prettier with a blue-toned lining.

      • Janet B

        Put in a sheer layer of fabric that gives the illusion of nude, naked is way too easy. 

      •  Oh I know exactly what you mean – I always want them to cover up more! But somehow on this occasion the lining just makes a fussy dress fussier.

      • butterflysunita

        Why are sheer dresses still here?  Why hasn’t this trend died yet?  

    • Lilak

      Agreed.  (Either not weird or you have some company in weird.)

      The tone of Seyfried’s lining takes the drama out of the lace, muffles the blue color, and makes the whole deal look like a vinyl tablecloth fancied up with a polyester lacy overlay.  Way to scuttle a look!  

    • StellaZafella

       Sister Wife bondage.

  • jmorino08

    It’s not a dress that would work for everyone, but she looks fantastic!! I am also appreciative of the lining added to the runway version!

  • MilaXX

    Looks like the real culprit is the lining. In the original the various rows appear to over the naughty bits. Since she lined it, they seem unnecessary, but I’m not sure if it would be the same dress if they were removed. It’s a pretty look, but I think I too suffer from lacism.

  • What is that term from Project Runway?

    Wickety Wack.

    That is what this is. Too much Wickety Wack, not enough awesome.

    • MoHub

       And great thanks to Uncle Nick for that one.

      • decormaven

        Looks like someone cleaned out the notions counter at Mood…

  • newleaf1

    I don’t love lace (see what I did there?) either, but this looks pretty on her.

  • Stubenville

    The version on the model is absolutely vulgar. At least Amanda seems to be wearing some kind of a lining.

  • The runway version is horrific.  I don’t like this dress, but the color is working for her. Actually everything BUT the dress is working for her here. 

  • holzfaellen

    Thank god for the lining.

  • Annabelle Archer

    It’s all too home sewn looking for my tastes and I wish the lining were less obvious.  The color is spectacular though. 

    • halleyg

      ITA, it looks like a craft project.

  • Little_Olive

    oh I love it! I feel it would look more scatty with less horizontal bands. Good call on the off-white instead of “nude” undergarment. 
    Great lip color too. 

  • appliquer

    Do love that shade of blue,  but I’m not in love with the lining color. I suppose she couldn’t wear it as shown on the runway model but, hey, it is a movie about a porn star, after all!

  • crackineggs

    Having to walk (and pose) up those stairs in heels and a train seems scary to me.

  • The runway version, while a bit exposed, has a flowy, lighter than air feeling. The added lining makes it look kind of heavy and dated. It would have kept that lightness with a lighter color lining. Never the less, it’s still a pretty color and fits her perfectly! Love the hair and lip color!

  • Clearly there needs to be a 12 step program for laceophobics.  (1. first, admit you have a problem….)   “Hi, I’m Tom, I’m a lace-hater.”

    Anyway…..This is not so awful.  As you pointed out, it’s a smashing color and perfect for the dainty, doll-like coloring of Miss Amanda.  Not a bad way at all to start the morning.

  • Janet B

    I’m still not a big fan of this collection from Elie Saab. Miss Amanda wears this blue lace better than Jessica Chastain. It’s a fantastic color on her and the shape of the dress is quite flattering. 

  • MoHub

    100 points for having it lined!

  • greyhoundgirl

    Love the color.   The lining does make it look heavier, and makes the lace/ribbon stand out like a home ec. project back in the day.  

  • afabulous50

    I hate it.

  • In_Stitches

     I wish the lining was in a color; maybe a citrus?  Why go for the appearance of nude if you’re going to completely give away the fact that you aren’t? 

  • ojosazules

    I find it really busy and tacky. Maybe I’m guilty of lacism, but damn, there’s way too much going on here.

  • oldbobbydraper

    i don’t like it with such a light lining.

    • mhleta

      I agree. The color of the lining is gross. It’s beautiful on her otherwise, but that’s not saying much given that the liner is 85% of the dress.

  • Becky Home-ecky…my work is done here.  But seriously, it’s just.  Fail.  Too many horizontal bands, enough to make someone size zero look dumpy.  It really does have that “upcycled” etsy vibe.  

  • Violina23

    I agree on the color, but it just looks messy/sloppy. Can’t get behind it.

  • MarissaLG

    I really love this! The color is beautiful and it’s a fresh take on a tired trend (lace). Her hair and makeup are great too. 

    • pop_top

       I agree and I like that she has the lining.

  • DinahR

    I like the color, but not in lace.  The color of the lining ruins it for me somehow.  Maybe if it were a white or a blue that matched the lace, but that flesh color makes this look like a nightgown to me.  Fewer bands would have helped also.   She does look pretty though. 

  • It’s fun. No, really, I’m being serious. It’s not some dramatic gown. It’s an exuberant color and it fits really well. Which means it’s fun, not fun-house. Not a fan of all that hair but what I agree, what a great color on her.

  • Gorgeous.

  • Nariya

    I donno, it looks kind of like a bag. She could do with some waist definition. I do like the color, but otherwise, I’m not a fan. 

  • Pants_are_a_must

    I am not super enamored with the boob curtains aspect of this dress, but it does suit her very well.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Hate it.

  • crash1212

    Finally, a lace dress done right. I love this, and you’re right, she should wear that color every day all day. Beautiful.

  • msdamselfly

    Yuck  Looks dated

  • kolokOlchik

    The shade of lipstick, however, clashes with her coloring

  • tallgirl1204

    My first thought was that it looked like a craft project using notions remnants.  I would have liked it better with a different color lining, maybe? 

    • Targettaste

       A classic Project Runway challenge: make a pretty dress out of the notions in your grandma’s sewing box.

  • kschwarting

    I really should hate this, but I don’t somehow. 

    The charm of the wearer is overcoming the weaknesses of the dress.

  • MEH. I ***LOVE*** Elie Saab, and I can never get enough lace, but  aside from the color, this one is doing nothing for me. 

  • Zippypie

    Ew. My lacism is reaching frantic heights.

    Color is gorgeous.  Dress is not.  It looks like she’s wearing a nightie that someone holding a spool of blue lace trim randomly spun around her, tacking it on in concentric circles.  PR notions challenge.

  • mmc2315

    I hope that lip color is not a thing now.  

  • Donald Hite

    I think the overall impression of this is gorgeous.  Under closer scrutiny, it doesn’t fair quite as well, but all in all I like!

  • I’ve got quibbles with this, but it looks better enlarged than when I first saw it thumbnail sized. Her hair and makeup are gorgeous.

  • DominoEstella

    I love it and I love her makeup!

  • snarkykitten

    It looks like a home ec project

    pretty color, though

  • LaSylphide

    Hate the color (not a lover of blue), but it is good on her. And thank God we don’t have to endure yet another underpants peekaboo. Glad she went for the lining on the skirt.

  • maggiemaybe

    Totally agree — that blue with her blonde hair is the best thing ever. She should wear it all the time.

  • Dagney

    The problem with lace is that in photographs, it looks so drab and tableclothy.  This one looks like a bad home sewn effort.

  • Sara__B

    Lovely color on her, but the gown looks like it was attacked by the notions aisle at Mood, and her lipstick is blinding me.

  • Trisha26

    Considering the film she’s promoting she should have gone with the unlined version.

  • the color of the lining is just wrong!  it does match her pale skin, but it is not providing the illusion of nudity at all.  it looks like she’s wearing her nighty under a see through dress.  i would have preferred a slightly sheer matching blue.  that would have played down the concentric circles a bit.  and what is with the orange lipstick everywhere?  the only person it looks good on is rhianna. 

  • Monabel

    I’m just so grateful there IS a lining!

  • MzzPants

    Praise the Lord for lining.

  • i like it – the color is fantastic, and i’m digging the orangey lips.

  • neofashionista

    i hate to say it but it is almost passable sheer on the Model but on Amanda… YUCK

  • nannypoo

    I don’t like the dress, but I love the color.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    SHE looks gorgeous.  The color is fabulous on her.  The dress?  Is-A-Train-Wreck.

  • guest2visits

    I like it – flatters her very nicely, and it makes miss tiny look taller.

  • butter nut

    nice color, shitty dress.

  • pookiesmom

    Ick, I’m not a fan of any of this. It’s not helped by the fact that she’s on my irrational hate list. In fact, she may actually be the *only* truly irrational one on my hate list. Most others (cough cough KIRSTEN DUNST cough cough) are on my list because they can’t act or are insufferable. For some reason, every time I see photos of this poor girl, I roll my eyes. Sorry, Amanda! You can wipe your tears in your pool of money!

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  • Corsetmaker

    It’s not a colour I like at all, so I’m more royal blue-ist.

    But, I LOVE the amount of lace on the catwalks. I love when any small industry fabric is celebrated. The lace those designers use mostly comes from relatively small companies in northern France that have survived for generations. They need those surges now and then to survive. I’ll say the same when the next tweed craze comes round. Yes it would be nice it there was more of a constant mixture, but then fashion doesn’t work that way.

  • jack mackenna

    bluh, I think it looks like curtains

  • ccm800

    blech. hair and makeup and dress lined as such. BLECH