Amy Adams in Elie Saab

Posted on February 12, 2013

Since we’ve been hard on her a lot lately, we’ll do Miss Amy a solid and pay her a compliment.


Amy Adams attends The Weinstein Company BAFTA After Party in an Elie Saab dress.

Elie Saab Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Ji Hye Park (OUI)

This isn’t exactly earth-shattering in its originality or anything, but it’s a beautiful color, it looks great on her, and the textural elements provide some interest. We don’t even mind the nude shoes. Seems more like a luncheon dress than an after-party dress, but that ain’t no thing, in the long run. She looks good.

Now, she needs to take everything about this dress that works for her and apply it to her next red carpet gown. Look for color, Amy! Look for textural elements! Keep the form simple! You have your marching orders, girl. Now impress us at the Oscars.


[Photo Credit: Getty,]

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  • aeb1986

    first thought: she must be FREEZING. the woman behind her is all bundled up and amy is in shortsleeves

    • kmk05

      …we’re dying, it’s so cold. Those actresses are hardcore: even in my coat I can’t stand outside without shivering. Her ears! Her toes! My teeth chatter just thinking about it.

      • luciaphile

         At least she wasn’t wearing strappy sandals and a sequined bathtowel and yeah, it is damn cold. It’s a beautiful dress on her.

  • crash1212

    I think she needs updated hair. That cut is limiting her. Either she’s a mermaid or she’s a school marm. Not much else she can do with it. It’s beautiful hair, just needs a style. 

    • Alyssa

      I agree…a new hair style would really liven up her look!

  • NC_Meg

    The color is to die for.  A different hairstyle would have been nice but overall, she looks good.

    ETA: Is it just me or does she look like Nicole Kidman (pre-botox) to anyone else?

    • Diego!

       I agree!!! She looks amazing, but she also reminds me of Nicole pre botox era! 😛

    •  Oops, I just posted a similar sentiment. She should be playing Grace Kelly instead. Her face is more similar in its softness than Kidman’s.

    • FridaStaire

      yes, I was just thinking that – and better than Nicole. This is a great dress and look for her. Hope she doesn’t freeze.

  • She makes a lovely mother-of-the-bride.

    • StellaZafella

       I was thinking: “How genteel she looks, like a tea hostess at the Georgian Hotel in Atlanta, circa 1986”. This is not a bad thing, it’s just not a great thing.

  • Annabelle Archer

    She is just so lovely!  That color is just gorgeous on her.  
    I found myself wondering what shoes I would have selected instead of the nude, though I don’t hate them here.
    I landed on a deep purple or a fun silver.  How did I do?

    • Or gold?

    • MoHub

       I was thinking a bright red.

  • aahlife

    Her hair looks like what used to be popular in the 60’s,a pre curled fake hair bundle that one places on top of head.  You put your hair in a pony tail and plop the fake curls on top.

    • VictoriaDiNardo

      My mother had one of those – it got trotted out for parties and dances. She called it her “wiglet”. We thought it was fancy.

      • Imasewsure

        My mom called hers a “fall.” Looked like a raccoon tail to me, but I still covetted it

        • MoHub

           No. A fall was long hair mounted on a comb that was tucked in behind one’s bangs—if one had short hair—to give the illusion of having long hair. They were mostly replaced by extensions, although I believe Ken Paves still makes falls.

      • aahlife

        Yes, that it is, willet, I could not remember it’s name!

      • MoHub

         Wiglet is the correct term. I know someone who’s been wearing the same one for the last 30 years.

  • Zippypie

    She looks good BUT…with a belt and the hem above the knee and getting rid of the matronly 60s do hair, she would have looked fantastic.  I won’t even ding her on the godawfulbeigeshoes. 

    She has an instinct of good taste but she just doesn’t go all the way with any of her looks and always falls flat, whether it’s picking out great accessories and then failing on the dress or just not going all the way with a look or insisting on the wrong hair.  I don’t know about her.

    • Annabelle Archer

      I wonder then if that means she works without a stylist?  She has taste and class, but needs help with the overall execution.  Though we’ve seen some of the hot messes that pay oodles of money to be styled by professionals, so maybe she is wary of being turned into a joke.

    • j_anson

      The sad thing is I agree with everything you say here, but I STILL think this hairstyle is a step up from many of her past up-dos.

      • Zippypie

        Yes, the last bun looked like she used one of those Hot Bunz roller things, so it is improved.  It’s just not…right.  It’s very 60s PTA.  Maybe a lower loose bun would do the trick.  She keeps going for these high bunheads.

        • newleaf1

          I think her go-to is the bun because she started as a dancer.  Just speculating.

  • Mazenderan

    The texture and the colour of the dress are both lovely, and give her a softer look.  I’d still like to see her with her hair down, and a more colourful lipstick.  

  • amaranth16

    She reminds me of Grace Kelly here.

  • Rand Ortega

    Kinda matronly w/ the hair. But the color palette is a marked improvement.

  • j_anson

    Also the hair is better than usual. Not that it’s a slam dunk. But it’s better than usual.

  • That color couldn’t be any more perfect and it fits her beautifully. I wouldn’t mind looking like this on my best days. Gorgeous.

  • kimmeister

    It’s unfortunate that the textural elements have erased her bosom.

  • LANDRU3000

    I don’t know, she’s been giving off a late sixties Joan Crawford vibe lately.  It’s that hairstyle and neckline, I guess.  Ages her something fierce.   Same thing in that earlier Elle Saab posting of her.

  • Imasewsure

    I don’t know… I don’t really like this color and I hate this hairstyle on her… nude shoes don’t inflame me since it’s daytime and the dress is so fancy and sparkly… don’t know why I don’t like it really…..

  • nannypoo

    Beautiful. Hate the hair.

  • Absolutely gorgeous color against huh colors. That ‘do ages her, well to her age. If you have the ability to look 25 at 37, why try to look your age?

    • Mary229

      I sometimes get the feeling that the fact that she looks so young is something that someone told her to play down.  Which I know sounds really weird since this is Hollywood where you are supposed to stay young forever.   People always assume she’s so young and sometimes I wonder if she….doesn’t want to be perceived that way.  

  • needs a belt/different shoes for sure. something about her hair just makes me angry. it’s so beautiful and she does such weird things with it.

  • MilaXX

    Great color on her & I liked her hair like this last time. I’m not crazy about the shoes, but they don’t offend here.

  • alyce1213

    Faint praise indeed.  
    I think she looks nice, it’s a wonderful color for her, but don’t like the big load on her head.
    She’s looked better — for example, the unusual purple print J. Mendel dress a week ago.

  • That’s absolutely her color.

  • E. D.

    Was a WERQ until I got to the shoes.  Those are hideous.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Love the color on her, but not sure about the dress.  It veers slightly into Mother of the Groom territory to me.  It could just be the hair, which is very aging on her.

    • alyce1213

      Mother of the Groom, yes!  It’s the blouson top and sleeve length.  I hate the big bun.

  • Stubenville

    Where’d she get her hair done? Some place called “Curl Up and Dye” in East Cupcake, Oklahoma?

  • She needs to stop with the big bun. I wish she would chop off her hair to her shoulders. 

  • Diego!

    Nice Amy!!! I love this color on her 🙂

  • Mary229

    I’d be thrilled if she wore a dress this color to the Oscars.  Also, I love her long hair.  I’d just like to see more layers in it so she can wear it down more.

  • butter nut

    LOVE the dress, not crazy about the hair, but this is miles ahead of where she usually ends up.

  • That’s a lovely Chico’s dress.

  • I don’t know why she insists on styling herself so matronly all the time. The dress is fine here, but the tight hair doesn’t help. She would do better to play up how fresh and pretty she actually is. As an aside, I’ve always thought she should’ve been cast as Grace Kelly instead of Nicole Kidman.

  • pookiesmom

    She looks great but why does she insist on doing that to her hair?

    • janierainie

      Maybe she’s up for the part of Joan Crawford in a movie. 

  • guest2visits

    I think this is pretty and tons better than the last black-lace gown.  Her hair style makes the whole thing look retro;
    but not in a bad way.

  • Call me Bee

    Sexy secretary.  With ugly shoes. 

  • tallgirl1204

    beautiful.  So mad men, in a good way.

  • How is this not Mother of the Bride? I’m confused.

    • Mary229

      I really don’t see what is Mother of the Bride about this or why so many conservative looks often get that label.   It’s a short sleeved beaded dress that isn’t overly tight or short.   I look at this and I don’t see “mother of the bride” (My mother wore a stunning, fitted gown to my wedding btw and looked totally HOT)  but as a classy dress in a beautiful color.  I also imagine the dress was comfortable at the afterparty after being in that other crazy gown all night in the rain.

  • MzzPants

    Now, THIS is her style.  Softer, more feminine, than many of her severe choices.  And she OWNS that color.

  • I can’t with that hair style. It makes her look SO bobble-head-ed. And nude *pointy* toe pumps are an abomination.

  • oldbobbydraper

    best she’s ever looked.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Lovely dress, now Ms. Amy, listen to TLo, and take what works here and apply it to your next RC appearance.

  • butterflysunita

    Love that color on her.  It brings out the color in her eyes.  Pretty dress and like the makeup.  Not sure why she still has her hair like that but overall she looks great.  

  • LuluBI

    She seriously needs to let her hair down

  • shopgirl716

    I just wish she would have some fun with it.  She’s beautiful, thin, rich and amazingly successful.  She has designers throwing clothes at her left and right.  What the hell?  Maybe she’s saving that for when she is a little older and not gunning for Oscars anymore.

  • Anniebet

    Too bad women whose hairline “recedes” on the sides of their foreheads aren’t usually aware of how unattractive those pulled back hairstyles are. There’s more real estate on that forehead than Rhode Island. 

  • m0r0

    This is the perfect color for her. No disrespect intended but EVERYTHING about her reads mousy and a this color really gives her looks life. It takes her from ‘pretty girl’ to “Wow, she’s a pretty girl!”

  • I irrationally love her but she always looks tightly wound. She needs alcohol. Actually so do I.

  • Janet B

    Fantastic color and pretty shape.

    (Finally, an Elie Saab dress that I like.)

  • decormaven

    That is a wonderful color for her, but that hairstyle is not flattering. It’s sorta Princess Grace of Monaco. For once, I’d like this woman to have a solid look – HTT. She’s got the facial beauty, good figure, and access to designer gowns & accessories. Why has it been so tricky?

  • beeeeeelt!

  • Dhammadina

    Another thought: Ann Margaret. 

  • Like the color on her. I do feel sorry for these celebrities, posing out there trying to look good in sleeveless and short-sleeved outfits while it’s SNOWING. Look at the bundled up lady behind her. You know it was colder than shit. 

    • Dot

      Really! And look at her posing all effortlessly and shit. My nose would be sniffly and I’d be hunched over trying to conserve body heat.

  • Tuneful54

    I’m so happy to see some color; this one is great on her and the dress fits her well. But I think her makeup is too washed out, ditto the bare legs and nude shoes.  I’d like to see some more pizazz in her hair.  But overall this is progress. 

  • B_C_J

    Such a beautiful woman. She always dresses elegantly and always looks refined.  This is a perfect example. She looks exquisite. 

  • I don’t know.  There’s more than a whiff of late Joan Crawford here.

  • MarissaLG

    I think they should have kept the belt on it. Without it, it looks like there is something missing. It’s pretty enough, but nothing special. 

  • Wow, the sock bun trend has reached the red carpet. It’s officially time to burn down Pinterest. 

  • doowop1952

    And how about a bra?

  • stubbornthoughts

    Love this dress on her, and would love the dress on myself.

    And that is not a sock bun, it’s a bird’s nest. Though I don’t mind it here as much.

  • Mightiadd

    A luncheon dress?  This is a cocktail dress and even if you’re a lush who downs 3 martinis before noon, save this one for evening.  By the way, she looks great.  Simple shape, great color and fabric.  Don’t understand why some people feel it’s conservative or matronly.  You don’t always have to look like a Vegas hooker to appear youthful…Katy…J Lo…Kim…

  • Qitkat

    What a lovely color on her, as well as the color of the model’s dress. Lol, even if it’s the same color in different lighting. These are the blues that are flattering on so many people. It’s not my favorite hairdo, (sock bun, bird’s nest ??? I am behind the times, but my first college roommate wore the same hairdo in 1964!) Amy is so pretty here.

  • Pretty, flattering color, and this up-do doesn’t look as extreme as some she has worn in the past.

  • Retro in the right way.

  • Love this dress & she looks great in it-still hate the putty pumps though.  The original belt and a nice bracelet would elevate it more.

    • MarinaCat

      I agree. It’s the first time I can recall thinking “fresh and stylish.” Hate the shoes.

  • Laylalola

    Maybe Elie Saab is exactly where she should look first, then, for her next red carpet gown. 

  • kathrineb

    I am pretty satisfied with this. Colour is gorgeous on her! Not digging the hair but otherwise its lovely. 

  • peachy

    cute dress for lunch. shoes are ok – way better than matchy matchy shoes with that dress, ugh. hate the hair — set it free Amy, set it free!

  • librarygrrl64

    Silver-colored shoes would have been great with this.

  • YolandaHawkins

    Is that the same hairdo from the BAFTAs?  Not a fan.  Like the dress though.  Color is her friend.

  • doowop1952

    A bra would work.